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BSC 1011C (Laurent) : Finding Background Information in eBooks

A guide to assist students with research assignments in Professor Laurent's Fundamentals of Biology II class at the Poinciana Campus.

Logging In

To access the library catalog to search for books, videos, eBooks, and electronic videos log into your Atlas account and click the "Search the Library" link in the upper left corner on the "My Atlas" tab.

Once the library catalog opens, you will see the catalog search box in the middle of the page. Type in your keywords to begin a search.

Click the icon below to access the Atlas login page.


During Atlas outages, click on the icon below to access the library catalog.

search the catalog


eBook Databases

Searching the Library Catalog

To find books or eBooks in the library catalog, click "Advanced Search" to the right of the catalog search bar.

In the advanced search, type your research topic into the search term box. Then, select "Library Catalog", and set the "Material Type" to Books. Note that this will provide you with both print books and eBooks in your search results.


Once your search results load, you will have both print books and eBooks listed in your search results. To limit your catalog search to eBooks, look for the "Availability" limiter on the left side of the page under "Refine Your Results". Clicking on "Available Online" will limit your search results to eBooks which can be accessed online from any location. Note that you may be prompted to log in to your Atlas account again. 

Finding Background Information in Subject Encyclopedias

When starting to do research, finding background information on your topic is always helpful. Online subject encyclopedias are an excellent place to find this type of information. In the library catalog, you can search for online subject encyclopedias on your specific organism. Start by typing the name of your organism into the library catalog search box, then hit enter. On the left-hand menu, click on Resource Type, then choose Reference Entries.

When completing your initial search, you may also notice a box at the top of the search results called About the Topic. This box provides a summary of the topic and a link to an online subject encyclopedia. This option does not appear for every search. 

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