Book Inspection Assignment (PHIL 102)

Contacting a Librarian

Getting Started with Your Book Inspection Assignment

Ted Chodock, the class librarian, can help you find and borrow the physical book or access the ebook you need for this assignment. Please familiarize yourself with the assignment's requirements, posted in Canvas, before contacting him. Use the chat box below to ask him for assistance during his online office hours.

Virtual office hours for Spring 2024: 

  • Thursday: 12 pm - 4 pm

You can also email him: to make an in-person or virtual appointment outside of office hours.

Set up a time to meet or email him with questions and he will respond within a day.

Also, any of the CSN librarians can help you find and borrow the books you need for this assignment. Use the chat box below or the email link, when chat isn't available, to get assistance.

Please note: If you need assistance quickly, please be sure to contact Ted before Friday at 5 pm. On weekends he does not check emails as frequently. Chat, however, is available during the weekend, on Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday 2 pm - 11 pm.

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EBook or Physical Book?

Using the CSN Libraries website, you can find a physical book or an ebook for this assignment. Here are the steps:

1) Go to the CSN Libraries homepage:

2) Click on the blue Find Books Tile to get to the Find Books webpage:

3) Type in words that describe the subject of the book you'd like to use for this assignment. 

4) If you want to only look at ebooks, click on Full Text Online on the left side of the results page.

5) If you want a physical book, click on Available in the Library on the left side of the results page.

  • You can also choose North Las Vegas Campus Library, Henderson Campus Library, or Charleston Campus Library to make sure the book will be at the campus library convenient for you. Here are the library hours.
  • Remember that you will need to go to the campus library to borrow a physical book. If you don't already have a library card, you will need to bring a photo ID with you to verify your identity in order to get a library card. You will need a library card to borrow a physical book.
  • Your professor has also created a list of suggested books that you can use, which you can access in Canvas.

Criteria for the Book You Inspect

Here are the requirements for books you can use for this assignment: “Your selection MUST be a NON-FICTION work (many students seem not to be able to make this distinction as every semester I receive submissions of both novels and poetry), it must be written by a single author (it should not have different chapters or essays written by different authors), it should NOT be an introductory text, and it should NOT be history or biography (i.e., your selection should NOT be primarily descriptive); further, it must be a book you have NOT read before. Additionally, it should be a minimum of 100 pages in length and be published by a reputable publisher (no self-published titles).”

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