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Seven Steps - A Research Strategy: 3: Books & Media

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Books and Media:




Consider using books

  • for a thorough, complete source of information on a topic
  • for historical information related to your topic
  • to find summaries of research to support your argument or to put your topic in context with other important issues

Note:  Since books are not published as quickly as other sources of information, they are not the best source for current events.

Examples: Textbooks, instructional manuals, biographies 


Select the tabs below to learn more about books and media resources.


You will find a Discover! search box like the one below on the start page of your Ivy Tech campus library website. Use Discover! to search for journal articles, books, and media from one search box.  


IvyCat provides access to over 90,000 e-books, and these e-books will show up in your search results right alongside print books.  You can also limit your search to only e-books by changing the Location limit to Electronic Books.  To determine if a book is an e-book, just look for the phrase “electronic book” or “Online Book Collection” in the record. To access an e-book, click on the title to go to the detailed record.  At the top of the item record, you’ll see a link with “CLICK HERE” to access the ebook.

Ivy Tech students can access e-books 24X7, from anywhere with internet access.  Many e-books are also available for download to an e-reader or portable device.  E-book collections include Ebook Central, Skillsoft Books, and EBSCO eBooks.  Ask your local librarian for details.   

Search IvyCat!


IvyCat has a brand new look, and may look different from image below!

Video, Audio, & Images

A variety of media resources to support coursework are available.  These are a few examples:


Bridgeman Art Library Archives (Credo Reference)


Medcom Video Training Programs Collection



Now, try these self-check questions as
an informal quiz of your understanding. 

Books and Media




You can also use IvyCat, the library catalog (in addition to Discover!) to find items in Ivy Tech libraries and to link to ebooks.  Find out more about IvyCat in the short video below.

IvyCat has a brand new look! Searches will function the same, but may look different from video below.
Search the New IvyCat Here!



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