The NHCC Library has many books to help you with your reading and writing assignments. Below are some key areas of focus in your English classes and tips on finding books in those areas. The best thing to do is to go to the call number areas given and look through a number of the books on the shelf in order to decide which one will be the most helpful to you.
Encyclopedias -- Encyclopedias provide brief overview articles about specific topics, such as key concepts, countries, historical events, and famous persons. They can be found in the Reference collection at REF AE 5.
Dictionaries – English language dictionaries will provide you with definitions of words you are not familiar with and can be used to check for proper spelling as well. You can find dictionaries in the Reference collection in the call number range REF PE 1601 – REF PE 1630. There are also dictionaries at the same call numbers in the General collection and these can be checked out. (Aleph subject keyword search: English language – Dictionaries)
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
- American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
- dictionary.com Thesaurus – a thesaurus is a book that provides lists of words that have similar meanings (also called synonyms). Thesauri can be found in the Reference collection at the call number REF PE 1591. There are some copies in the General collection at the same call number that can be checked out. (Aleph subject keyword search: English language – Synonyms and antonyms)
Writing/Composition – books about how to properly write sentences and paragraphs call be found in the General collection in the call number range PE 1402 – PE 1497. (Aleph subject keyword search: English language – Rhetoric)
- NHCC Writing Center
Spelling – books on improving your spelling skills are found in the General collection in the range PE 1141 – PE 1153. (Aleph subject keyword search: English language – Orthography and spelling)
Vocabulary – books about increasing the size of your vocabulary are in the General collection at PE 1449. (Aleph subject keyword search: Vocabulary)
Readers– readers are collections of essays and articles designed to show students how to write properly. They can be found in the General collection in the call number range PE 1417. (Aleph subject keyword search: College readers)
Research papers – helpful instruction on writing research papers is in books in our General collection at the call number LB 2369. (Aleph subject keyword search: Report writing)
Citing sources – for information about how to document the sources you use for your research paper check the Reference collection shelves at REF LB 2369 (MLA style) and REF BF 76.7 (APA style). (Aleph subject keyword search: Report writing – Handbooks, manuals, etc.)
TOEFL tests – study guides for the Test of English as a Foreign Language are available in the General collection at PE 1128. (Aleph title keyword search: TOEFL)