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Library Research Basics: Getting Started

Tips on how to find books and articles in the library and on how to research and write a paper.

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Reference Desk
(650) 949-7608

Circulation & Reserve
(650) 949-7611

Media Center
(650) 949-7445

The library is in the former Media Center (bldg. 3600) for the 2014-'15 school year while the library building is being renovated. See Foothill College Library Remodel for more information.

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Off-Campus Access

For off-campus access to the online databases and eBooks, you'll need your student ID.

You can also renew your books online from home.

Search the library

One search — many resources! EBSCO Discovery Service allows you to search not only our full collection of EBSCO databases, but the complete library catalog, eBook collections, streaming videos, and many other database collections as well.

The Assignment

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin your research, you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

How many pages should it be?
How many sources do I need?
What kinds of sources? Books,
   articles, websites? Scholarly or
   popular articles?

In what format should it be

Assignment Calculator

San Jose State's Assignment Calculator is a good resource to help you determine how much time you have to complete various aspects of your research and writing, given your starting date and due date.

Our Hours

M-Th: 08.00am-7.00pm
F: 08.00am-4.00pm

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Circulation & Reserve: 650-949-7611
Reference Questions: 650-949-7608
Media Center: 650-949-7445


Temporary Library Location: 3600
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills
CA 94022