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ENGL B1A: Incarceration Nations: Finding Books

This guide focuses on the book Incarceration Nations and topics related to it such as: the school-to-prison pipeline, racism in law enforcement, the War on Drugs, and the prison industrial complex. It was created for Professor Alexander's ENGL B1A course.

Using OneSearch

Search for books and ebook using OneSearch. You will find a "OneSearch" button in the center of the library webpage, or linked in the OneSearch image below.  OneSearch allows you to search EVERYTHING the library has access to, including print books and eBooks, plus journal articles and more from our databases. Click on the OneSearch image below to access this resource (right click to open in a new tab).

OneSearch logo with link to search anything page

When you click on the OneSearch button, it will take you to a Search Anything search bar.  When you start typing your search, you will see some drop-down options for the kind of search you want to do. Choose the third option, BC Library Books & eBooks, if you'd like to focus your search on books. 

For the best results, sign in with your BC ID at the top right corner.

Japanese-American Internment Camps

Click on the link below to see the books we have on those topics. Below the link, you'll find specific books that might be useful for your assignment. To find the books in the library, write down the call number and follow the instructions in the box on the bottom left. Some of these books will say "available online," which means you can access them as ebooks instead of checking out a physical copy.

Finding Books on the Library Shelf

Call Number= the address of the book on its spine

The signs on the end of the bookcases only refer to first two lines of a call #.

Pay attention to "collection" on the book entry in the catalog:  

REFERENCE= Green-labeled bookcases

GENERAL= White-labeled bookcases

Once in correct aisle, read call number, matching one line at a time, until find the right book.  Browse the shelves around it for possibly more books on your topic.

The U.S. Prison System

Click on the links below to see the books we have on those topics. Below the links, you'll find specific books that might be useful for your assignment. To find the books in the library, write down the call number and follow the instructions in the box on the bottom left. Some of these books will say "available online," which means you can access them as ebooks instead of checking out a physical copy.

Prison Systems Outside the U.S.

Click on the links below to see the books we have on those topics. Below the links, you'll find specific books that might be useful for your assignment. To find the books in the library, write down the call number and follow the instructions in the box on the bottom left. Some of these books will say "available online," which means you can access them as ebooks instead of checking out a physical copy.

Mass Incarceration

Click on the links below to see the books we have on those topics. Below the links, you'll find specific books that might be useful for your assignment. To find the books in the library, write down the call number and follow the instructions in the box on the bottom left. Some of these books will say "available online," which means you can access them as ebooks instead of checking out a physical copy.