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The Research Process: A Guide for OCC Students: 2a. Books & E-Books

This guide will walk you through the research process for a standard research paper.

Finding Books at the OCC Library


The OCC Library has borrowing agreements with Golden West, Fullerton College, and Cypress College.

To see these materials, click on the Change link next to the words "Orange Coast College Library" on the catalog home screen and select the libraries you wish to search.

Example of where to click

To get these materials, you may go to the owning library and show your OCC student ID card or you may request an interlibrary loan at the OCC Library Reference Desk.

E-Book Collections

Find Books

To find books at the OCC Library, enter your terms below or go to the catalog home page.


Find Books in Other Libraries

Library of Congress Call Number Classification

The materials in the OCC Library are organized by the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System so that materials on similar subjects are shelved together. Each item is given a subject heading that corresponds to a call number which identifies the location of the item on a shelf. 

Items are arranged on the shelves from left to right, top to bottom, according to call numbers. Call numbers are read in this format: