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HUM 2020 - Professor Sandridge: Searching the Catalog

Finding eBooks

Finding Books

Catalog Search Tips




Go to the Polk State homepage,, and select Library/TLCC at the top of the screen.




Next, select Books/Catalog on the left side of the screen.




Use the search bar to enter key words related to your research topic.




Narrow your results by using the facets on the left side of the screen.



This book looks interesting and it's available at the Polk State Winter Haven Campus Library (highlighted). Click on the book title to learn more.


Polk State Libraries has one copy of this book at the Winter Haven Campus.


The call number is highlighted in yellow.


A call number is an alphanumeric code that tells you exactly where to find a book-- first look alphabetically, then numerically.


Still confused? That's okay! A librarian will be happy to help you.




Don't want to go to Winter Haven to get a book?


Click Request to have it sent to the Lakeland Campus for you. This service takes 1-2 business days, so it's best to plan ahead.


Select the campus where you would like your item delivered. Click Send Request.


You'll receive an email at your email address when your item is available for pickup.


You have 7 days to pickup your item before it returns to the shelf on its home campus.


If a book record indicates that it is available online (highlighted in yellow), then you can read it as an ebook. Click the title to access the record.





Find View Online in the book record. Select a link under Full text availability. For this demo, I'm selecting the InfoBase option.




You can search within ebooks (find the magnifying glass on the left side of the screen). Tools are also available-- download a copy of the book for offline reading or save a permalink so you can return directly to the resource.


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