English Language Learners

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education, ashton, help, books, bookFind stuff on the Main Floor of the library

ESL Easy Readers are located by the Library Instruction Room door. 

Music CDs are found along the north wall.

Magazines that can be found on our magazine shelf that are written specifically for English Learners include:

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News For You

Northwest News


Find theses upstairs in the Stacks

Movies PN 1995.9   Stairs II by dincsi
Graphic Novels PN 6727
Composition PE 1404 Pronunciation help PE 1137
Dictionaries PE 1625 Grammar PE 1112



Research databases contain journal articles, eBooks and more to help with your research.  A full listing can be found here.  The following databases allow you to sort your results by reading level:


  • eLibrary (from ProQuest). Sort search results by 'Reading Level' -- lower is easier.
  • SIRS Discoverer (from ProQuest). Sort search results by 'Lexile' -- lower is easier.

  • Bellingham Herald (from NewsBank). Sort search results by 'Readability (Lexile)' -- lower is easier.


  • Two citation styles are used most frequently at Whatcom Community College:


    APA Style


    MLA Citations


    • APA Citations are usually used in Psychology, Nursing, and science courses.
    • MLA Citations are usually used in English, History, and non-science courses. 

    Check your assignment or ask your professor which citation style to use for your class.

    When you write your paper, you will need to cite your sources in two places:

    • in the paragraph where you have quoted, summarized, or paraphrased from the source (called an in-text citation)
    • in your Works Cited list (MLA) or Reference list (APA)

    Please see our citations page for links and handouts about proper formatting of citations. We also have an online tutorial for you.

    Help for using the Library is available in several ways:

    • In-person. Librarians are available at the Library, no appointment necessary.  Drop by and say hello!
    • Telephone reference is available during open Library Hours (see right side bar).
    • Text Chat is available 24/7 from AskWA.

    Rowena McKernan

    Ro is an instructional librarian and would love to answer any questions you may have. Email her at rmckernan@whatcom.ctc.edu