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GEOG: Geography: Finding Books & eBooks

This guide is intended to help students with research assignments about geography.

The library has many books and eBooks in it's collections related to topics discussed in Geography. Learn how to find them in the library's collections using the SpartaCat, the library's catalog on this page. eBooks can also be found using EBSCO Discovery Service or by searching specific eBook collections directly. 

Request Items from the Library's Physical Collections

Our Library to Go and Library to Go PLUS service for students, faculty, and staff lets you request items from our physical collections for free UPS delivery or library pickup. Portions of library materials may be scanned for email delivery or our Digital Reserves system through Blackboard. 

Search SpartaCat or work with a librarian to find items. Once you know which items you need, submit your request.

SpartaCat and EBSCO Discovery Service Tutorials

Need to see searches in SpartaCat and EBSCO Discovery Service demonstrated? View our video tutorials:

Need something we don't have in our collections?

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Using SpartaCat (the Library Catalog)

SpartaCat, the NCC Library Catalog, is an online tool that allows you to search for items owned by the Library. This includes books, e-books, encyclopedias, streaming videos, audiobooks, print periodicals, and more.

You have the option of performing many different searches within the library catalog:

           

Basic Searching in SpartaCat

Keyword: If you are looking for a general topic (like "global warming"), it is best to start here. It will search the title, summary, table of contents, and publication information of each of our books and items for the word or phrase you enter.

Author: If you are looking for books by a specific person, search using this. For example, if you want to find books by Edgar Allan Poe, enter his name like this: Poe, Edgar Allan.

Title: If you know the specific title of a work, choose this option.

Subject: Search the Subject Headings list. These are like #hashtags. They are the main word or phrase used to catalog the book and reflect what it is about, but they may not appear in the title, summary, table of contents, or publication information the way a keyword would.

While these are the most popular, basic types of searches, you could use one of the other options listed (ISBN, Genre, Series Title, Call Number, or Periodical Title) if it fits your needs.

 

Finding Books in the Library Collections:

To find books on our shelves, you will need to know the call number and shelf location of the book. It is also helpful to know it's status. You can find this information by clicking on an item in your results list to view its details. image of item location information in SpartaCat

Common shelf locations for library materials:           

Stacks: The largest collection on the Bethlehem campus library's main floor.
Monroe: Items are at the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation Library at Monroe campus.            
Reference: An area for multi-volume encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. These books can only be used in the library, they cannot be checked out or borrowed.

Media Tower: Item is a DVD, VHS, or CD (although children's and young adult materials are in this location too) in the Bethlehem campus library.   
Online: Digitial e-Book or streaming video viewed by clicking the access link.            
New Books: A special section of the Libraries for recent additions to our collection.

Browsing: An area in the Bethlehem campus library for popular fiction and nonfiction titles and bestsellers.

 

Common statuses for library items:

On Shelf: the item is available or on the shelf. 
Due xx/xx/xxxx: the item is currently checked out and loaned to someone else. 

Circulation Desk - Main Campus: the item is currently on reserve and may be in-library use only, have a shorter loan period, or have other restrictions.
Monroe Reserve Desk:
the item is currently on reserve and may be in-library use only, have a shorter loan period, or have other restrictions.


See a Demonstration

Watch our SpartaCat Tutorial to see a search demonstration. 

Finding eBooks in SpartaCat

Finding eBooks 

After you choose the type of search and enter your search terms (keywords), a little bit further down the screen, change type to Electronic Books by selecting it from the drop-down menu there.

In the results, eBooks will be tagged with the words Electronic Resource and their location will be Online.

Accessing our eBooks

To view an eBook from the search results page, click on the link labeled URL.

This URL link also appears on the eBook's Item Details (or summary) page.

 

Clicking this link will open the eBook in a new screen. You may be prompted to login with your MyNCC username and password before you can begin reading the book. 

Spotlight on Library eBook Collections

You can search individual eBook collections directly as well. A few of our most popular ones are highlighted below. You can also look for them, and others using the eBook database type filter on our Databases list.  

Highlighted Free eBook Collections on the Internet

There are many free, open access, publicly available eBooks collections on the Internet. Here are some of the most popular ones used for academic research: