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This guide is intended to connect you to our library resources and reliable websites to assist you in your research. Click on the tabs above for information on how to find books, articles, streaming videos, citation assistance, and more. Contact your campus library with any questions.

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Maricopa Campus Library

17945 N Regent Dr
Maricopa, AZ 85138

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Signal Peak
8470 N Overfield Rd.
Coolidge, AZ 85128

inside Superstition Mountain Campus Library

Superstition Mountain
805 S Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119


Library Catalog

Find books, DVDs, government documents and more from any of the 5 CAC Libraries and all of the Pinal County Public Libraries.

If the book you want is at a different campus or one of the public libraries, hit the request button and enter your login information. Your barcode is found on your ID (not your 880 number) and your password is the last 4 numbers of your phone number.

Your student or staff ID is your library card. Check out 10 books for 3 weeks and 3 DVDs for 10 days.

Use the call number to find items on the shelf.

*Databases and eBooks are available only to CAC students, faculty and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard to access online journal articles and eBooks. In Blackboard, select ‘Library,’ then select ‘Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.’

  • D – World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Etc.
  • G – Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
  • J – Political Science
    • JL – Political institutions and public administration (canada, Latin America, etc.)
    • JN – Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
    • JQ – Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
    • JZ – International relations
  • K – Law
    • KD-KDK – United Kingdom and Ireland
    • KE – Canada
    • KG – Latin America – Mexico and Central America – West Indies. Caribbean area
    • KH – South America
    • KJ-KKZ – Europe
    • KL-KWX – Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
    • KZ – Law of nations
  • L – Education
    • LE – Individual institutions – America (except United States)
    • LF – Individual institutions – Europe
    • LG – Individual institutions – Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
  • P – Language and Literature

Lists materials from libraries worldwide and can be checked out through InterLibrary Loan. Come and speak to a library staff member to request books.


eBook Collection (EBSCO)

Search by keyword(s) in this growing collection of books covering a wide range of topics.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Complete, full-text eBooks covering most topics including subject-specific encyclopedias. Search by keyword(s), or select Nation and World from the Subject list or enter the country name as a keyword search.

  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations (2012) Information on the nations of the world, including details on each country’s climate, political situation, economy and population.
  • Encyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007) Information about issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies.
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2009) Covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Each volume is organized by continent, covering history, politics, customs, religion, education, human rights issues, teen life.
  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2006) This 5-volume encyclopedia has over 1000 entries that focuses on topics in physical/ biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology.

Instructional Videos

Here are some instructional videos on using your library account online and access the library’s eBooks. You can view more of our instructional videos on our YouTube page.

Academic Journals

Academic OneFile

In addition to using search terms in a keyword search, you can click on Subject Guide Search and enter a country name as your search term. Click on the link for Subdivisions to find articles on specific topics within the overall subject of that country.


Suggested Search Terms

Search by country name. Narrow your search with an advanced search for 2 terms such as the country name + history, folklore, customs, politics, foreign relations, economic conditions, social conditions, etc.

Access journal articles by entering your keyword(s) into the Search box. OmniFile also lets you search by subject. Click the Advanced Search link and select SU Subject from the drop-down Select a Field (optional) menu to the right of the search box.

Gale Power Search

Search all available Gale databases and modules from just one place or select specific ones to search, such as Diversity Studies Collection and World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean. Search by keyword(s).

Encyclopedia Britannica

*Databases and eBooks are available only to CAC students, faculty and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard to access online journal articles and eBooks. In Blackboard, select ‘Library,’ then select ‘Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.’

Enter the country name or your term as a keyword search.

Global Issues in Context

Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering a range of global issues. From the home screen, enter your country name in the search box.  Scroll down to the reference sources section and select it to find resources.  You can also search for cultures, peoples, tribes or ethnic groups using the search box.

Streaming Videos

Films on Demand

Find full length streaming video by entering a keyword in the Search box. Click on the triple bar symbol to find the subject Area Studies under View All Subjects.

Ethnographic Videos Online

Search this comprehensive collection of videos covering the study of human culture and behavior by keyword(s).

Instructional Videos

Scroll through to view our research and database instructional videos or check them out on our YouTube page.



Discover is a science magazine containing scientific news and current events, with topics that include technology, space, environment, health and medicine.

Helpful Websites

BBC News: Country Profiles

Provides a brief overview about the country, including information on its leaders and media, as well as a chronology of key events and links to current news stories.

CIA World Factbook

Country profiles include information about the country’s geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

Library of Congress Country Studies

Comprehensive overviews of countries, including historical information.

Here are some reliable websites. Remember that anyone can put information online so it is always important to verify that what you find is accurate and unbiased.

Map of Europe and hearts with flags

MLA 8th ed.


Lastname, Firstname and Firstname Lastname. Title of Book. Edition if needed, Publisher abbreviated, Year published.


Haenfler, Ross. Goths, Gamers and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subculture. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2016.

Journal article from a library database

Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, volume, issue, Publication date, pp (if there is no page number, use n.pag). Name of Database, online DOI/ permalink/ URL where found.


McDermott, Jim. “My Inner Zombie: Living with ‘The Walking Dead’.” America, vol. 213, no. 12, 26 Oct. 2015, p. 29. Academic OneFile,

MLA 8th ed handout

MLA8 Citing Images and Tables

APA 6th ed.


Author, A. A., Second, B. B., & Third, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.


Wilson, F. (1998). The hand: How its use shapes the brain, language and human culture. New York, NY: Pantheon.

Article from a Magazine or Academic Journal

Author(s), A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of Publication, Month Day if known). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.  {note: no pp. abbreviation here}


Craner, P. M. (1991). New tool for an ancient art: The computer and music. Computers and the Humanities25(3), 303-313.

APA 6th ed handout

APA 6th ed Citing Images and Tables

Purdue Owl

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a very respected website that can provide guidance on many of the finer points of citing in MLA, APA 6th ed., or APA 7th ed.


RefWorks is an easy to use citation manager that can help you…

  • Access and manage research information online, from any browser.
  • Import references from CAC Library databases and websites.
  • Generate and format bibliographies in virtually any style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) in seconds.

RefWorks is offered free to all CAC students and you can set up your account any time you are ready.  Simply follow the link below and create your account using your campus e-mail address.  After you create your account, RefWorks offers an easy tutorial when you get started.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a librarian or the Learning Center staff with any other questions you might have.

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