3.1 Books

The Leeward CC Library maintains a collection of over 140,000 books.  About 60,000 are print books housed on shelves for open browsing.  An additional 80,000 titles are in the form of electronic books, or e-books, available via three online collections: Credo Reference, ebrary, and EBSCOhost e-books. 

Titles are selected by librarians to meet the needs of students and faculty on this campus.  You will find books on a wide range of subject areas and topics.  Books for every reading level are available starting from basic readers for English language learners to scholarly research for students in upper-level courses. 

Does the library have my textbook?

Textbooks are the one category of books that the library does not acquire due to the regular changes in course and instructor requirements.  Some instructors will place personal copies of textbooks in the library's Course Reserve Collection behind the Circulation Desk for students to use in the library.  Ask a librarian if you want to know if your instructor has placed a copy of your textbook"on reserve."

Is this the book for me?

Once you find a book on the selected topic your next step is to decide if the book contains the information you need.  An quick way to determine if the book meets your needs is to take a look at the Table of Contents and Index.

Table of Contents

A table of contents is the listing of the book's chapters found at the beginning of a book. Not every book will have a table of contents but if available it can help you to see how the book is organized.  Chapter titles will provide you with some indication of the content inside.  View the table of contents to quickly check if the book contains the information that fits your needs. 

The example below is from the book, Value of Hawai'i : Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future edited by Craig Howes and Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo'ole. 


An index is located at the back of a book. It is an alphabetic list of people, places, events, and concepts with page numbers pointing you to the exact location of the content within the book.  Use the index to find the specific information you are seeking.  Indexes often contain See also references which direct you to more appropriate index headings or related subjects. 

The sample page below is from American Aloha : Cultural Tourism and the Negotiation of Tradition by Heather A. Diamond.

The next section will describe books that can help you to identify a topic and  get your research started.