Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize information on a single topic.

The Cuesta library organizes and shelves its books using the Library of Congress Classification system. The circulating collection is found on shelves called "bookstacks." The Reference books are shelved separately. In addition, about 13,000 full text books are available online as eBooks through Cuesta's EBSCOhost eBook collection, and are available from the Library's home page.

Use a Book

  • when looking for a lot of information on a topic
  • to put your topic in context with other important issues
  • to find historical information
  • to find summaries of research to support an argument


  • Nash, Gary B. ed. The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, 1990.
  • Coupey, Eloise. Marketing and the Internet, 2001.
  • Smith, J. T. Roman Villas: A Study in Social Structure, 1997.