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Textbook Reserve

Some textbooks are available for use at the Coastline Student Success Centers.

View the Textbook List External Link

Call the centers to verify textbook availability and Student Success Center hours.

Public eBook Collections

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.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Adoption Process A slideshow tutorial explaining the OER adoption process.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks A list of openly licensed textbooks.

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books

Other Libraries

Cal-West Consortium Libraries

Local Public Libraries

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Instructional Videos & Tutorials

Coastline Library Introduction

Ask a Librarian at Coastline College

Does the Library have my textbook?

Other Related Topics

Using Subscription Databases


Credo Reference

eBooks in EBSCOhost


Encyclopedia Britannica


SIRS Knowledge Source

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.
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You may also ask your question by contacting Librarian Elizabeth Horan at 714.696.1573 (phone / text) or email

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Librarian: Elizabeth Horan
Phone / Text: 714.696.1573

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11460 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2529

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