Research focuses on new and evolving problems or questions. Expert researchers:
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Information is valuable. Leeward students should know both their rights and responsibilities regarding the access and use of all information. Expert researchers:
Please visit the ARCL Frame "Information Has Value" for more info
Leeward Library provides access to valuable information sources through collections and services. Circulation & references services and print & online collections and tools are detailed below.
The Leeward CC Library on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Learning Commons maintains a collection of over 140,000 books. Of these, about 60,000 are print books housed on open shelves for browsing. Another 80,000 electronic books, or e-books, are available online.
The library provides a selection of electronic resources for research which are all available 24 hours a day via the library's website.
Search for books, magazines, journals, and newspapers at your convenience from any Internet-capable computer, smart phone, or tablet device.
Circulation Services is responsible for many of the services and functions in the library and Learning Commons. The circulation desk is located on the 2nd floor.
2nd Floor Circulation desk
If you have any questions, the friendly students and staff at Circulation can help you!
The Reference Desk is the place to go for research help. It is located on the 3rd floor. There you will find professional librarians who can assist you with:
A librarian is scheduled to be at the Reference Desk for most hours of the day. Don't hesitate to ask librarians questions!
For subject and writing tutors please see our partners in the Learning Commons: The Learning Resource Center and the Writing Center.
Articles published in periodicals are important sources for current information and research. Periodicals include newspapers, magazines, and journals that are published in a regular, recurring basis. Periodicals are found in print on the 3rd floor of the library, as well as online in our many research databases.
Research databases are available to all Leeward students, staff, and faculty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from anywhere.
Click here for a complete list of Leeward Library research databases with descriptions
EBSCOhost is a suite of databases providing access to articles from a wide range of newspapers, popular magazines, and scholarly journals.
The most important EBSCOhost database is called Academic Search Complete. The Academic Search Complete database provides access to more than 4,600 journals and magazines covering many different subjects. This database meets the needs of most ENG 100 research assignments.
More specialized databases are also available through EBSCOhost. These databases include content that is subject or audience specific.
If you conduct any research about Hawai'i you will need to consult local newspapers. These are the major local newspaper holdings at the Leeward CC Library. ProQuest US West Newsstream is a database of full-text articles from 270 news sources from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Includes the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and Hawaii Business.
Books contain historical, comprehensive, and detailed information. Books are often long and full of useful information. To find a book at Leeward Library or any UH System Library, use our OneSearch tool, PRIMO.
Among the items you will find in your Primo searches are e-books. E-books are books in digital format. About 60% of the library's collection are e-books and this number is growing.
E-books contain the same content as print books. The key difference is the format and access. Whereas print books force you to come to the library to access them, e-books can be accessed from anywhere at anytime. All you need is a computer with Internet access. Primo searches will retrieve both print and e-book titles.
To find an item in the library you need to know the call number. The call number serves as an address. It tells you both the location and subject of the item. The classification system is a way to shelve items on the same subject in the same area. Take a look at the Library of Congress (LC) Classification Outline. Look for the blue LC Classification Outline posters in the library to help you with browsing the collections.
Hint: Think of the call numbers like money... Everything behind the decimal is like change, so DU624.33 comes before DU624.5 because 0.33 cents is less than 0.50 cents!