Welcome to the Coastline Virtual Library
Mission: It is the mission of the Coastline Community College Virtual Library to directly contribute to academic achievement, student success, and lifelong learning; to provide a variety of learning-centered resources and innovative services that meet the needs of its diverse community; to support the achievement of student learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels; and to enhance teaching excellence.
Hours: Always OPEN! We are Virtual. The Librarian can be reached Monday-Friday.
Services for Students
- Ask a Librarian
- Instructions/ Tutorials
- Textbook Reserve Collection (located in the Garden Grove center)
Services for Faculty
Hours: Monday - Friday
Coastline Community College Center
11460 Warner Avenue
Fountatin Valley, CA 92708-2529
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I find anything useful when I search the Internet?Information and Internet specialists try to design systems that will be easy to use and ultimately useful to Internet searchers. They have used old models for new media and as a result, there are many problems for searchers. It is important to remember that search engines search lists of words which have been indexed; if you are having trouble getting results, use synonyms, spelling variations, and more general terms. Sometimes the case (capital/lowercase letters) is important; sometimes it's not. Search tips, hints, and guidance are available in abundance on the Internet. Sometimes walking away from the search for a time, getting some fresh air, changing your perspective will help, too, when you get back to your search.
I am in a distance learning class and I need library help. What should I do?Coastline Library provides several avenues for students needing assistance. If you need assistance with Internet use, visit "Evaluating Websites" in "Instructional Videos & Tutorials", which has useful insight and guides in determining what is viable and what is not on the internet. CalWest Libraries gives you access to the library catalogs at libraries within the CalWest Consortium (a help option is available on the CalWest Libraries home page. The Ask a Librarian option lets you pose a specific question or request assistance developing a research strategy. The librarian will respond to your request within 24 hours; please do not wait until the last minute to ask for help.
How can I get copies of magazine articles for a report I'm writing?Coastline's subscriptions to EBSCOhost Web and ProQuest provide access to thousands of publications. While most articles are available in full-text, you may sometimes find that the article you want is not available electronically. In that case, you will have to take information about the article (author, title, publication name, date of publication, etc.) to a college or university library to make a copy of the article from the print version.
My local public library does not have the books and periodicals I need for my course work. What should I do?As a student at Coastline, you may obtain a library card at any of the CalWest Libraries (Golden West, Cypress, Orange Coast, and Fullerton community colleges). For a fee, you may obtain a short term library card at the University of California - Irvine library. If you live outside of southern California, check with local academic institutions (community colleges and universities); for a small fee, many will extend library privileges to the public. Remember, too, that most public libraries offer inter-library loan services. There is usually a fee for these services (from $.50 to $20.00) and there is a delay in delivery of the item (a few days to several weeks), but when you really need a resource, this may be the only way to get it.
Is your question not here? Ask a Librarian.You may also ask your question by contacting Librarian Cheryl Stewart Monday through Friday at (714)241-6117.
Books and Online Catalogs
Textbook ReserveTextbook Reserve (located in the Garden Grove Center)
eBook Collection Coastline currently owns the content of over 50,000 ebooks.
- Access to the content is provided by EBSCOhost.
- From the EBSCOhost search screen, click on Choose Databases (above the keyword boxes).
- Deselect Academic Search Elite and select eBook Collection.
- Click OK
- Enter appropriate keywords and database fields in order to find ebooks.
- All results will be ebooks.
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books
Google Books is a search engine that allows you to browse for books online for electronic viewing, purchase, or to find in a nearby library.
Cal-West Consortium Libraries
- Cypress College Library
- Fullerton College Library
- Golden West College Library
- Orange Coast College Library
Local Public Libraries
- Anaheim Public Library
- Buena Park Public Library
- Cerritos Public Library
- Huntington Beach Public Library
- Orange County Public Library
- Newport Beach Public Library
- Santa Ana Public Library
- CSU Fullerton Library
- CSU Long Beach Library
- Chapman University Library
- UC Irvine Library
- University of California Libraries (Melvyl)
State and Virtual Libraries
Instructional Videos & Tutorials
- Avoiding Plagiarism (Northwestern University)
- Citing Sources Using MLA or APA -- information about citing sources with examples of the most common formats in APA and MLA.
- MLA Style (Online University)
- Developing a search strategy (Kentucky Virtual Library) -- this brief 8-part tutorial introduces techniques and tools used in searching electronic databases.
- Evaluating Websites (New Mexico State University Library)
- Finding eBooks in EBSCOhost -- instructions for finding electronic books in the Coastline library.
- Picking a topic
- Understanding Fair-Use and copyright
Using Subscription Databases
eBooks in EBSCOhost
SIRS Knowledge Source
Ask a Librarian
Please contact Cheryl Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.