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Research Process : Find Books and Videos

This guide takes you step-by-step through the research process.

The Helena College Library shares its collections with 17 other academic libraries in Montana, which means you have access to a lot of books.


Our library provides you access to thousands of e-books. They are easy to use and navigate, and you don't have to worry about due dates! Try a few while you're searching or visit the link below to learn more about our e-book collection.

Interlibrary Loan

If you come across a book, article or video you need for your research, and the library does not own it, request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We'll borrow the book from another library and make it available for you to check out!

Allow about two weeks for an ILL request to arrive.

Video Sharing Sites

Listed below are a few of the hundreds of video sharing sites on the Internet.

Find Books in the Library

You can use OneSearch to find books, DVDs, and audiobooks at Helena College or other Montana academic libraries (TRAILS).

Helena College

On the left side of the screen are different options for narrowing down your results. Click "Available at Helena College Library" to find all print books and DVDs in our library. 

Montana Academic Libraries

At the top of the search box, you can choose to search all Montana academic libraries libraries. If you find a book or DVD here, you can sign in with your NetID to request any item to be sent to Helena College for you to pick up. 

Dewey Decimal Classification System

Books and videos in Helena College Library are arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

 This system organizes all knowledge into ten broad categories and assigns each a hundreds digit from 000 to 900 (see basic dewey subjects below). These categories are then broken down into more and more specific topics which are assigned specific numbers in the tens and ones places and finally decimal numbers that convey the smallest details of topics.

 For example:

 700 The Arts

 730 Sculpture

 738 Pottery

 738.38 Pottery of Ancient Greece

 This system ensures that books on the same topic are together on the shelf. As a result, once you locate one book on your topic, you should be able to find others by browsing nearby items on the shelf.

Call numbers listed in the library catalog and printed on the spine labels of library books are like addresses for specific books in the library. Call numbers are made up of a Dewey number that indicates the topic of the book, a “cutter number” that is the first three letters of the author's name or first three letters of the book title, and sometimes a date of publication.

Basic Dewey subject areas:

Class 000 – Computer science, information & general works

Class 100 – Philosophy and psychology

Class 200 – Religion

Class 300 – Social sciences

Class 400 – Language

Class 500 – Science

Class 600 – Technology

Class 700 – Arts & recreation

 Class 800 – Literature

 Class 900 – History & geography


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Search Google Books

Find many copyright-free books online and preview full chapters of current books through Google Books search. 

Note: Google Books' Preview does not mean you can read the entire book.  This is a great place to see if you want a specific book and to get started on your research.  You can request the library borrow a copy of a book that we don't have by filing out an Interlibrary Loan Request.