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ENC 1102 (O'Brien Grogan): eBooks

This guide is designed to help students with library research assignments in Professor O'Brien Grogan's Comp II classes.

Searching the Catalog

Search the Valencia Libraries Catalog below, or log in using Atlas.

If you're asked for a borrower ID and PIN, your borrower ID is your VID (with the V) and your PIN is the last four digits of your VID.

Search Terms

When searching the library catalog for eBooks relating to your short story, try searching by the title of the short story. For example:

Everyday Use

A Worn Path

The Yellow Wallpaper

A Good Man is Hard to Find

The Tell-Tale Heart

For more specific results related to the story and/or its themes, try using two search terms, such as:

Araby AND Themes

I Stand Here Ironing AND Criticism

Feminism  AND America

Mental Health AND Women

Finding eBooks

After entering your search terms, click on the eBooks tab to see what is available on your short story or theme.

Finding Information in Subject Encyclopedias

Finding background information on your story and its themes can be extremely helpful. It can help you understand the story better or give you ways to narrow or focus your theme. This focusing or narrowing of your topic will come in handy when doing research in the library databases. It can also provide you with keywords or alternate terms that you can use when doing research. The information in the database comes from online reference sources like subject encyclopedias. 

You can try searching Research Starters by the short story title to find information about the story and/or author. You can also search by theme to get background information on the theme as a possible social problem that still needs addressing in today's society. 

View the video below to see how to search the Research Starters database.