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Argumentative Research: Locating Books through the Library

Student Learning Outcome: Locate argumentative research through appropriate library resources

Requesting Items for Pickup

How to Find a Book in the Library

To search for a physical book that's available in the library, enter your search terms/topic and choose one of the following options from the dropdown menu to the left of the search bar:

  • MVC Library Catalog - to search for Physical materials held only at MVC
  • RCCD Library Catalog - to to search for Physical materials held at any RCCD library (RCC, Norco or MVC)


This will show you a list of books available (as well as magazines, videos, CDs, etc) for your search. If looking for a book, be sure to pay attention to the type of item (book, reference entry, article, etc).

Search Results

On the left side of the screen, you can limit your results to books available at a specific college, or to items available in the library or online. 

Filter your search results by library or availability


Click on the title of the book to see more information – such as the book's status, location, call number (where it can be found in the library), description, table of contents, and subject headings.

Locations in One Search

If the item is available at the library then write the location and call number down on a slip of paper and look for it on the shelf, or ask a librarian to help you locate it. If the item is at another college, or is checked out then you can request the item by logging in and following these instructions. If you have any questions or issues with any of this then feel free to ask a librarian for help!

Location in the Catalog Location in the Library
Reserves Behind the circulation desk
Circulating Textbooks 2nd floor of the library, back wall
Main Stacks A - G on the 2nd floor; H - Z on the 3rd floor
Reference 2nd floor of the library
Juvenile 2nd floor of the library
Good Reads 2nd floor of the library
New Books 2nd floor of the library
Periodicals 2nd floor of the library


How to place a request in OneSearch

Navigate to the library's OneSearch catalog.

Enter the name of the item you would like to request.

OneSearch catalog screenshot

Open the title of the item you would like to request.

Scroll down and click the Sign-in button on the yellow bar in the middle of the screen.

Catalog record screenshot of how to sign-in to account

Sign in using your RCCD email and email password. (If you do not know this then information you will have to go through the Forgot Password process. If you still cannot log-in then make sure you have registered your RCCD Single Sign On (SSO) account. Instructions on registering your SSO account)

RCCD Single Sign On screenshot

Once signed in click the Request button. If there is no Request button then the item is unavailable.

Catalog screenshot showing Request button

Enter your phone number, and any additional information. Click submit.

Screenshot showing Request screen

You will receive an email confirmation when the item has been pulled with details of the pick-up event. Please note that your item is not ready to pickup until you receive this email.