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About this Guide
This guide will provide you with basic guidance on conducting library research, with an emphasis on materials related to language & culture.
Pima Community College has 5 libraries. Students may borrow materials from and return materials to any library.
Books and other materials can be delivered to the library nearest you.
Desert Vista Campus
5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, F-205, Tucson, AZ 85709-6055
1255 N. Stone Ave., LB-130, Tucson, AZ 85709-3035
8181 E. Irvington Rd., L-125, Tucson, AZ 85709-4000
7600 N. Shannon Rd., B-304, Tucson, AZ 85709-7330
2202 W. Anklam Rd., Santa Catalina Bldg. 3rd floor, Tucson, AZ 85709-0070
Library Research Tips
The library offers a few options for searching our books, ebooks, journals, and other materials.
All our search options can be found on the library website. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- MegaSearch is best for when you want to browse what the college has available, or find journal articles.
- Books & More is great if you are trying to locate a specific book or find books by a particular author. Use the drop-down menu to select your search type (by author, by title, etc.)
- Articles & Databases is ideal for finding scholarly articles and reports instead of books.
- Encyclopedias are best for getting general information. For most academic assignments you should cite scholarly books, book chapters, or journal articles.
Before beginning your research, create a list of 3-5 keywords or search terms. These are words are phrases related to your project.
Keywords represent the main concepts or concerns of your research. For example, if you are researching language and national identity among first-generation immigrants some keywords might be:
- national identity
- linguistic identity
Keywords can be combined using "AND" to get more specific results:
- immigration AND linguistic identity - searching with this phrase will return results only if they include both keywords.
When you find a book or article which is relevant to your research, make a note of the words in the title or the keywords listed in the catalog record. Try these new terms to find additional materials.