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NUTR 20 Hobbs: Finding Books & eBooks

Principles of Foods

Book Databases

Reference Book Examples

Reference books are good sources for overviews on a topic.

Citing Print & Electronic Reference Books

When in the links below, you may need to scroll down to see all of the examples. Find even more about citing in MLA in the Citing in MLA tab.

How to Read a Book for Research

"When you find a book for research you do not necessarily need to read the text from cover to cover. This video will provide several strategies for identifying key passages in a book when doing library research" (RIT Libraries, 2:29).

Checking Out Books & Using eBooks

Print Reference Books

  • Library use only; no check out required
  • Reference books are on the 1st floor
  • Use the call number to locate them on the shelf; all reference books start with REF 
  • When you're done, put them on one of the book carts in the reference section 


  • Even if you’re logged into the Portal off campus, to open an eBook from the catalog, you will need to log into your library account. In the catalog, find the User ID and PIN boxes on the upper right-hand side of the screen.
    • Your User ID is your student ID card number. 
    • If you don't know your PIN, reset it using the Reset PIN link. You will be asked to enter your User ID and Student ID. Leave the User ID blank and enter your student ID card number in the Student ID box. 
  • To check out an EBSCOhost eBook, you need to sign into your EBSCOhost folder account, so it can be saved into the folder. If you don't have account, you will need to create one. To learn more, visit 

Regular Library Books

  • Check out for 2 weeks & can be renewed once if no one else is waiting for it
  • To renew a book, bring it to the front desk before the due date or online through your library account
  • Books you can check out (biography, fiction, non-fiction, & paperback) are on the 2nd floor
  • Use the call number to locate them on the shelf
  • Use your student ID to check out books on either the 1st or 2nd floors