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ENVS 101 Environmental Science

Books: What Are They and Why Should I Use Them?

Books can go broad and deep because they are long.  Use a book to get a combination of ideas, numbers, history, theory--a book can do it all.  But the publication cycle can take 6 months to many years, given the time it takes to research, write, edit, publish, print and deliver books, so don't expect a book to cover the most recent ideas.  Books be popular or scholarly, so use your critical thinking skills to evaluate books, even if you do get them from a library. 


To search for books and ebooks in Highline College Library, use OneSearch. After you enter in your keywords and click search, you can filter your results by Material Type to Books.  The filter will be to the left of your search results.

One Search

Ebook Databases

Google Books

Google Books searches a huge library of digitized books.  You can get full-text of those books out of copyright domain, i.e., 70 or more years old.  You can get partial full-text some current books, and sometimes there is no full-text, but all the books are linked to a library or a bookstore. 

Google Book Search


WorldCat lets you make lists of books, journals, and even articles for later use. Look for Add to List and make your own account with Worldcat. It will also help you format your citation. Look for Cite/Export and choose the citation style your instructor requires.