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Choosing and Using the Right Tools to Find Information

Select the correct tool to find the information you need.

Choosing the Right Tool

There are many different search tools available through the PPCC Libraries as well as some helpful internet tools. Selecting the right tool can make all the difference in your research. Use this chart to help you differentiate between the types of information. The best place, though, to find academic sources is through our library databases.




•PPCC Libraries catalog

Use this to find books at either library location as well as eBooks. 

•PPCC Libraries Databases

Use the library databases to search for articles on your specific subject.

•Research Guides

Use the guides put together by librarians to help you find the best resources for your subject or assignment.


If you just need a quick fact, a basic overview of a subject or need information on an event that happened this morning, this is your best choice.

•Google Scholar

When you've already found information in the databases, but need more or just want to see if there's anything else available, try Google Scholar to find articles and sometimes books. 

•Other Libraries

Visit UCCS or Colorado College to use their print collection and databases. If you need something from out of town contact the PPCC Libraries to request an item through interlibrary loan (ILL).

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