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CIS 101: Books

Introduction to web searching and evaluation, plus library databases.


Books on Your Topic  

  • Click this link Parkland Catalog to find books at Parkland College.   
  • Do a search for your topic (use Tips below).
  • Use call number to find book.
  • Bring your Parkland ID to check it out.


I-Share (books from 75+ other libraries) 

  • Click the Parkland Catalog link.
  • Change the drop-down box from Local Catalog Only to All I-Share Libraries.
  • Repeat steps above.
  • You will need to create an account to request a book.
  • Books are delivered to Parkland free of charge! No need to go anywhere else.


  •   If you know about the item, search by title or author.
  •   If you are searching for a book on a particular topic, search by using the Keyword option in the drop down box 
  •   Use as few words as possible while describing your topic.
  •   Keep your topic “high level”
  •   Try multiple synonyms for your topic


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: 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

Parkland College Library
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

Fax: 217/351-2581