Why search for a book? Books provide great historical perspective, a broad overview on a subject (as opposed to the specificity of journal and news articles), and can provide you with important background info for a research assignment.
When aren't books the best choice? Bear in mind that the lengthy publication process for books means that you won't be able to use them as information resources for events taking place within the past year or so (look for articles and web info). Remember to evaluate the author and his/her bias just as you would any other source.
The most important tip to remember is "don't ignore books" just because you are running out of time. Use the table of contents and index within each book to zero in on those chapters and key words that are just right for your assignment.
Note: If you are off-campus, you will need to sign-in with your Bigfoot username & password to use these databases.
your first name - first initial of last name - last 4 digits of your CTC@bigfoot.spokane.edu
The SFCC Library participates in a cooperative of Inland Northwest libraries called WIN (Washington Idaho Network). WIN includes:
Your student ID card can be used to check out books from any WIN library.
You can also search WIN Borrow Libraries in the Library Catalog to find and request books.
If you find a reference to a book or article that does not seem to be available through the online catalog or article databases, we can get it for you!
Either contact the Reference Desk at 509-533-3834 / 800-251-1972, or submit an online interlibrary loan request.
Keep in mind that it may take ten days to two weeks for materials to arrive.