Using Books

This module covers how to search the Moorpark College Library Catalog.

When you have completed this module you should be able to:

  • recognize that the Library Catalog contains more than books
  • find books and audiovisual materials on a topic using a Keyword search
  • find books and audiovisual materials by title, author, or subject heading
  • find periodical titles (magazines, newspapers and journals) by using a journal title search
  • identify the location of books, periodicals and audiovisual materials
  • read a Library Catalog call number and use it to find where books and other materials are shelved in the Library
  • use the limit function in the Library Catalog
  • find an item placed on reserve by your instructor using a course reserve search
  • access your personal library account "MyAccount" to see items you checked out from the Library

If you cannot find what you need and need assistance, please call the Reference Desk at (805) 378-1472 or email us at

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Searchpath was adapted by Faten Habib, Moorpark College Library, Moorpark, CA, in 2008 and is based upon Searchpath © 2001-2002 by the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University. Revised 2009-2016, Faten Habib, Moorpark College Library, in accordance with the Searchpath Open Publication License.   
This version has been modified for use at Moorpark College Library.
Updated May 23, 2017