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Phi Theta Kappa: Books/eBooks

Includes resources and research tips to help Phi Theta Kappa students and anyone looking for scholarly information

Check Out 101

Q.  What do I need to check out a book?

A.   Your Parkland ID.

Q: RESERVE books too?

A: Yes, you need your Parkland ID.  Reserve materials are at the desk, and most can be used in the library only, for up to 2 hours.

Q: What about those REFERENCE books?

A: Sorry, reference books can't be checked out.  You can photocopy or scan portions of them, however.

Q: If I can't check something out, what are my options?

A: Copiers: 10cents/page for black & white copies OR 50cents/page for color. FREE OPTION: scan the material and save it to a USB or email it to yourself.

Q: How many books can I have checked out at once?

A: 20

Finding Books

Search Strategies:

When you find a book in the Catalog that you like:

  • Click on the link beneath the book for more information, often a summary or table of contents, to see if the book will be useful to your research. 
  • Click on the terms to the right of Subject (LCSH) to see a list of all the books that have been tagged with that subject heading.
  • Click on the call number to see books that are around it on the shelf and likely on the same topic. 
  • You can also text yourself the call number!

Now you're ready to go to the shelves to find your books.

  • Call numbers can be found:
    • STACKS location = third floor
  • When you find a book on the shelf that seems useful to your topic, look around it for other possible resources.
  • Books in the stacks can be checked out for four weeks. Take your books to the Desk--you must have your Parkland ID! 

Parkland College Library
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821