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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 librarian with any questions.


New Books

Check out some of our newer titles. Click on the cover to view the book in the catalog.


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. Twenty items can be checked out at one time, books for 3 weeks and DVDs for 10 days.

Use the call number to find items on the shelf.

  • Q – Science
    • Q – Science (General)
      QA – Mathematics
      QB – Astronomy
      QC – Physics
      QD – Chemistry
      QE – Geology
      QH – Natural history – Biology
      QK – Botany
      QL – Zoology
      QM – Human anatomy
      QP – Physiology
      QR – Microbiology


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


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.


Under Legacy view, search eBooks by keyword(s) under Quick Search. You can also find Science, Technology, and Environment under Subject Category.

eBook Collection (EBSCO)

A growing collection of books covering a wide range of topics. Search by keyword(s), or select Sciences under Browse by Category.

Gale eBooks

Complete, full-text eBooks covering most topics including subject-specific encyclopedias. Search by keyword(s), or to browse select Science from Browse Collections.

*Articles, eBooks, and streaming videos accessed through our databases are available only to CAC students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard. Once in Blackboard, select CAC Library Page under Your Institution or Student Library Resources under Organizations, then select Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.

Journal Articles*

Academic OneFile

In addition to using search terms in a keyword search, Academic OneFile lets you search in a way that gives you a good overview of the number of articles on a certain subject.  For example: click on Subject Guide Search and enter science to auto-populate appropriate search terms.  Click on the link for Subdivisions to find articles on specific topics within the overall subject or click on Related Subjects to find broader, narrower, and related terms. You can also find Biology and Chemistry under Browse by Discipline section.


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.

Agriculture Collection

Search by keyword(s) in this Gale database, which provides comprehensive periodical collection supporting research in agriculture and related fields.

*Articles, eBooks, and streaming videos accessed through our databases are available only to CAC students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard. Once in Blackboard, select CAC Library Page under Your Institution or Student Library Resources under Organizations, then select Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

Search by keyword(s) for information about environmental concerns.

Gale Power Search

Search by keyword(s) all available Gale databases and modules from just one place.

Issues & Controversies

This is database is great for controversial issues such as cloning or genetic testing, Search by keyword(s) or find related subjects in the category Science, Technology, and Computers under All Issues by Subject.

Opposing Viewpoint in Context

Search by keyword(s), view current Issues of Interest, or Browse Issues such as Bioethics, Evolution, Stem Cells, and more under the category Science, Technology and Ethics.

Salem Science

Search by keyword(s) in the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and the Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues.

Science in Context

Search by keyword(s), browse Topics of Interest for current issues, or Browse Topics with topics grouped by categories such as Biology, Chemistry, General Science, and more.

Streaming Videos*

Films on Demand

Find full length streaming videos by entering a keyword in the Search box. Click on the triple bar symbol to view all subjects. The subjects Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Earth Science each have multiple subcategories.

Digital Magazines


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

Popular Science

Popular Science is the “What’s New” magazine of modern science and technology. Each issue covers the latest developments in cars, electronics, communications, tools, energy, aviation, science, space exploration, and much more.

Suggested Search Terms

Science, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Animal Science, Environmental Sciences, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Science

Biology, Anatomy, Zoology, Biochemistry, Biomathematics, Biophysics, Botany, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Geobiology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Taxonomy (Biology), Biotechnology, Evolution, Organisms

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Green Chemistry, Dilution (Chemistry), Metallurgy

Earth Sciences, Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Marine Sciences

Physics, Cryogenics, Nuclear Physics, Photonics, Theoretical Physics, Thermodynamics, Conservation Laws (Physics), Energy (Physics), Forces (Physics), Mass (Physics), Relativity (Physics)

Instructional Videos

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


American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an American international non-profit organization with the stated goals of promoting cooperation among scientists, defending scientific freedom, encouraging scientific responsibility, and supporting scientific education and science outreach for the betterment of all humanity.

Science Magazine

Science, also widely referred to as Science Magazine, is the peer-reviewed academic journal of the AAAS, self proclaimed as the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

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

Science Magazine on YouTube

The latest videos from Science magazine, the world’s leading outlet for scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research.

National Geographic Science

Exploring the latest in scientific discoveries from prehistoric life to missions to Mars.

New York Times Science News

The New York Times has a special Science page that covers current scientific events about the environment and space and the cosmos. is a gateway to government science information provided by U.S. Government science agencies, including research and development results.


Science Daily is one of the most popular science news sites on the web and covers breaking scientific news and the latest scientific discoveries.

Scientific American

Scientific American is an American popular science magazine. It is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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MLA 9th ed.


Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title of Book. Edition if needed, Publisher, Publication Date.


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

Journal Articles from a Library Database

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Publication Date, Page Range (p. for 1 page, pp. for multiple). Title of Container, URL (without the https://).


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

Here are handouts with additional examples and further assistance can also be found on our Citation Guide.

MLA 9th ed. Handout (PDF)

APA 7th ed.

Books and eBooks

Author, A. A., Second, B. B., & Third, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher. DOI or URL if available.


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

Print and Electronic Journal Article

Author(s), A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI or URL if available.


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

Here are handouts with additional examples and further assistance can also be found on our Citation Guide.

APA 7th ed. Handout (PDF)

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 or APA.


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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