Marymount California University Library

MCU 200: Academic Development Transitioning to MCU - Library Assignment

Example: Photocopy Cover

Find the print book in the library and then copy cover and title page. You can take a picture with your phone, email it to yourself and then copy it to your word document or take a snip-it or screen shot. 

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Example: Catalog Record

From the MCU Library, print or save an image for the print book or e-book catalog record you have selected. Your instructor will let you know how he/she wants the assignment turned in, which will dictate printing or saving the record electronically.

Here's an example of a catalog record found in the MCU Library catalog. The record includes the title of the book, author, publisher, year it was published, an image of the book, location (MCU), if it's available, a short description and the call number. 

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Locating and Annotating One MCU Library Book

Locating and Annotating one MCU Library Print Book or E-book, Choose one source only

In the MCU Online Library Catalog, enter some key words related to the topic you chose. Find one print books or e-book relating to your career topic here. Select the book carefully. The book should relate to your career path and reflect your Statement of Scope.

1.  Select 1 print book or e-book from the results list

  • Save an image of the catalog record for that print book or e-book and include it with your assignment. 
  • If you select a print book, find it on the MCU library shelves (using the call number), then copy the front and back cover (including the call number sticker which is usually located on the spine of the book) and include it with your assignment.
  • If you select an e-book, open it, save the image of the first page, and include it with your assignment.
  • Use the "Snipping Tool" or "Screenshot Tool" on your computer to document the records mentioned in the above bullet points.  

2.  Create a citation for the print book you selected and use this simplified format: 

Author's last name, Author's first name. Title of book. Name of publisher, year of publication.

3. Write a 75-100 word annotation for the print book

  • The annotation should summarize the main themes of the book, identify information you found interesting or unique, and include a short reflection on how you found the source helpful to learning about and understanding your topic.

4.  Use the "Snipping Tool" or "Screenshot Tool" on your computer to capture a record of the following:  

  • Copy of the front and back cover of the physical book


  • The e-book record copy from MCU online library catalog and a copy of the first page of the e-book from MCU online catalog.       

Print Book or eBook: How Can You Tell?

How can you tell it's a print book? It's easy:

  1. The library catalog record will display a book icon followed by the words "Print book." 
  2. Look for Held by: Marymount Library. This means our MCU Library owns it. 
  3. The last line in the record will let you know if the book is available in the MCU library and provides you with the call number. 

How can you tell whether it's a print book or an eBook in the MCU Library Catalog? It's easy: eBooks have a "view now" option located in the record. See the example below. 

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