Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Human Development & Family Studies: Books

A LibGuide to support HDFS faculty and students

TMCC Library Books


Using Books for Background Information

Books are the best library resources for comprehensive information.  They tend to cover issues in depth and at great length.  However, they are not as current as sources in periodicals or the internet.  They are excellent for obtaining background information on a topic and to develop a list of relevant keywords with which to search.

In order to use a book effectively, you may not need to read the entire book.  Browse the Table of Contents at the front of the book for chapter contents, and the index in the back of the book for the pages on which shorter amounts of information are located. 

Ask a librarian for assistan

  • Search the Library Book Catalog

    On the Library’s home page, the Library Catalog has records for all books, video and other media.  Catalog records indicate that the library owns the item and where it is shelved,  Click on the Library Catalog.  The window opens to a place to type your search term ‘within Keyword’ [menu on the end of the search bar].

  • Library Catalog

You will find relevant print books on the TMCC Library shelves primarily in these call number ranges:

BF 712-724.85 Developmental Psychology, including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood (2nd floor)

HQ 1-2033 The Family, Marriage, Women (2nd floor)

RJ 1-570 Pediatrics (2nd )

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please contact one of our librarians to pull the book for you.

eBook Collections

Select an ebook database.   Use the advanced search feature to perform a focused search.  Use your keywords and the Boolean operator "and" to search for relevant bools.  Select a title that looks good and if it's available, use the search feature to search within the book to find useful information.  You don't have to read the entire book.

Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Online versions of more than 24 specialized multi-volume encyclopedias.

eBook Collection 

Search and view the full text of eBooks in the TMCC Library subscription databases.