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CG 51

Introduction to College

   How to get to this page on the Internet
  • Go to the Library home page (
  • Under Library Instruction, click on Course Related Instruction, then click on the CG 51 (M. Garcia) link

Tour of the Library -- The webpage (and more)

Let's take a brief look at the "virtual" Library, the Library's home page, at

  • On the main page, you will find:
    • Information about our Textbooks on Reserve
    • A link to information about creating a Computer Network Account
    • Our current hours and Contact Information
  • Under Find, you can find many things, including:
    • Books, Videos & More (the library catalog)
    • Textbooks/Reserves (to find copies of textbooks available for 2-hr loans)
    • Articles and Databases (search thousands of magazines, newspapers, etc.)
    • Research Guides by Subject (Internet links on lots of subject areas)
  • Under Computers, you will find:
    • Information about using the library's computers and available software
    • Printing overview and instructions
  • Under Using the Library, you will find:
    • Apply for a Library Card (online application)
    • Borrowing Information (details about what you can do with a library card)
    • Renew Books Online (you don't even need to come in)

Finding Books in the Cabrillo Library Catalog -- A good place to start

Finding a book on a topic is often the best way to begin researching a subject. In addition, you can often find books targeting the level you're looking for: beginning, or advanced.

From the Cabrillo Library home page:  

  • Click on Books, Videos & More
  • Try a Keyword search, for a broad general search:
    • volunteering
    • migrant and education

Magazine Articles -- Using Academic Search Premier to find articles

EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier provides access to fulltext articles from over 4,000 periodicals, and article summaries from an additional 4,000 periodicals.

From the Library homepage (

  1. Under Find, click on Articles and Databases
  2. Click on Academic Search Premier (from off-campus you will need to enter your library card barcode number)
  3. Type in your search terms, then click on Search
  4. Search tips:
    • Put multi-word phrases in quotes, e.g., "santa cruz", etc.
    • Consider different words to express your topic, e.g., jobs, careers, profession

Sample searches:

librarians and profession engineering and profession
nursing and careers "social workers" and (jobs or career or profession)
Internet Search Engines -- Finding needles in haystacks

Search engines are powerful websites for looking through very large portions of the Internet. Each search engine provides its own collection of tools and techniques for searching the Internet.

  1. Begin at the Google search engine website (
  2. Type your search terms in the dialog box, and click on the Search button
  3. Search tips:
    • Don't use sentences - choose the key words/concepts from your topic, and use those words for your search
    • To search a specific Internet domain or website:
      • scholarships site:gov
      • transfer
      • "executive order 9066"
Career Information Sources -- Looking for the perfect job

Below are some good sources of information on specific careers.

G. Romero; rev7/12


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