James H. Thomason Library

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Find Books

@ Thomason Library:



@ other libraries:

        PASCAL Catalog


The first step for most research projects is to find books on your topic.

Books contain background, in-depth information, giving you a broader understanding of your topic . . . and ideas for keywords to use in searches!

Refer to our citation style manuals at the Reference Desk (RR) to correctly cite the sources you have used or you can consult the following web pages:

                   Citing Resources              The PC Writing Center


THOMCAT, the library's online catalog, will direct you to titles on your topic, tell you where they are located in the library, and whether or not they are checked out.

THOMCAT includes all print book, CD, and DVD titles available at Thomason Library, as well as scholarly websites and digital collections on the web. Titles of journals and newspapers are also in THOMCAT, but NOT titles of articles in journals.

Many ebook titles are included in THOMCAT and soon all ebooks titles will be available through a THOMCAT search.

        How to Search THOMCAT                     Library Location Guide 



eBooks at Thomason Library include several collections of

electronic reference encyclopedias and approximately 200,000 ebooks on a wide variety of topics.

Encyclopedia & Reference Collections

EBSCO eBook Collection. Electronic books on a wide variety of topics.

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection

Collection of over 80,000 ebooks, covering a variety of disciplines.

ebrary Academic Complete Collection. Collection of approximately 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes. Tutorials are available to introduce you to downloading books from this collection and saving these books to your personal bookshelf.

In THOMCAT, many eBooks are identified with an icon like this:

     Connect directly to eBooks by clicking on the link in the THOMCAT record. In EBSCO, you may view the eBook table of contents or search the entire book on the eBook details page. You may also choose to view the eBook in a language other than English at the bottom of the details page.



PASCAL Catalog, the South Carolina statewide college library catalog, may have additional books on your topic that can be borrowed from other colleges in the state.

Through the PASCAL Delivers service, you can order books on your topic as you search in the PASCAL Catalog. Delivery to Thomason Library is usually within 3-4 days and is a free service.

         How to Search & Order through PACSAL        



WorldCat will identify books on your topic that are available in libraries worldwide.

Search by title, subject, or keywords related to your topic. Titles owned by Thomason Library will be highlighted in your search results.

Books found in this catalog that are not available at PC or in the PASCAL Catalog can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

                  Citing Resources                            The PC Writing Center


Please ask a Reference Librarian if you have any questions. We are here to help you find information.

Reference Desk Phone: -7080      Reference Desk e-mail:  libref@presby.edu


After you find books on your topic, your next step should be to Find Articles.


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PASCAL Catalog

Journal Finder