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ENG 1061/1070 English Composition/Effective Speaking: Books

Getting started with background research for composition and speech topics.


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You can browse or search within Castleton's EBSCO ebook collection, full-text books to read online or download, or see the ebooks included in your catalog searches. 

Books on public speaking

Find books in the library on
public speaking


Dewey numbers

You can browse in the library's reference section or the stacks.  If you know the call number for an area you are interested in, you can go directly there and browse. 


  • Photography:  770
  • Sports:  796
  • Music:  780

Here's more on the Dewey Decimal System, including 100's and 1000's breakdowns

Here's a more basic chart of the Dewey Decimal System by 10's, in PDF (below)

Using the VSC catalog

Use the Online Catalog
to search for books and more

Searching by keyword

Choose the most significant concepts for your search.  Leave the drop-down option as "All fields."

Searching by subject

Put your subject term in the basic search box, and choose subject from the drop-down options

Or, try an Advanced Search

Here's an example of a search using a subject term and a keyword:

Search strategies

Example Boolean search

Notice the parentheses around the or phrase and the truncation

child* and (television or TV or television viewing) and violen*

Items at other VSCs

To request an item from another Vermont State Colleges library:

Click on
"Place Request (Castleton)"
and log in

You'll get an email in your Castleton email when it arrives, usually within a week.

Advanced searching

Consider an Advanced Search

For more control of your search, use the Advanced Search boxes in the VSC online catalog.

To truncate a word, i.e., to get alcoholism, alcoholic and alcohol: use alcohol*

To search a phrase, use quotes, e.g.,"medical marijuana"