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This English research guide will guide you the the best subject databases, how to read Dewey Decimal call numbers and how to navigate the classification system, how to look for ebooks, and help you cite sources using MLA.

What You Need To Know.

The Library at Los Angeles City College has a large collection of journals, books and databases that are available to you as a student. This research guide will help you navigate these resources, in addition to providing information on how to cite sources. It also contains information on identifying scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. For more research help, browse our guides on the left hand side under the "Research Skills Center" tab.

Tutoring is available in the Writing Center (JH 318) for students enrolled in English 67 or 108 and concurrently enrolled in an English class. Monday - Thursday 9am-7pm; Friday 12pm-2pm; Saturday 11am-2pm. (323) 953-4000 ext. 2712

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For a complete list of all our databases with descriptions, visit our A-Z Database list


The library carries copies of many of the textbooks needed for your classes. Textbooks are available for 2-hour checkout, 7-day checkout, and in some cases 28-day checkout (check with your professor if they accept earlier editions). Search the catalog below for availability. 

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The 2-hour and 7-day versions are available at the circulation desk on the first floor. The 28-day checkout copies are available in the stacks (2nd and 3rd floor of the library, depending on the call number). If you have any questions, check in with the Librarian at the reference desk!

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