What hours is the library open?
Check the library homepage for current hours and closings.
How can I contact the library?
How do I access library resources from home?
Does the library have textbooks?
The library owns some of the textbooks required for classes. You can check here to see what is available. Please note: most books are for in-library use only, for a 2 hour period.
What if I want an item not available at the library?
You may request items from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service.
Does the library offer wireless access (wi-fi)?
Yes. More information here.
I have a lot of questions on the research process – can I meet with someone in person?
Certainly! You may drop by the library at any time to ask questions. If you would like a more in-depth research session with a librarian, we encourage you to make an appointment by calling 860.343.5830 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so time can be reserved just for you.
How can I find a topic for my assignment?
Check here for ideas.
Is there an online guide for the class I’m taking?
What websites are good for research?
The library has compiled a list of recommended websites to use in your research and organized them by subject. When you search the web on your own, remember to evaluate for accuracy and currency. Not all the information on the web is trustworthy.
I can’t get to a library or bookstore. Can I access books online?
Yes! Check out this eBooks guide.
How can I find articles for my paper/project?
Use the library databases.
How do I access full-text articles through Google Scholar?
- Go to scholar.google.com. If you are off-campus, you will need to set up remote access.
- Perform a search. If the library has access to the full-text online, you will see “Full Text @ MxCC Library” appear next to the citation. (Note: You will be asked to login with your NetID and password to access the full-text.)
What is a “library database” exactly?
A library database is a searchable online collection of materials (mostly articles) from scholarly journals, popular magazines, books, newspapers, and other sources. Some databases are subject-specific (e.g., Business Source Premier); others include a variety of subjects (Academic Search Premier). Some articles within the databases are provided in full-text; others are ‘abstract only’ (summaries). As a student, your research will predominantly come from library databases.
What keywords should I use to search the databases?
Check here under ‘Identify Keywords.’
My professor said I need peer-reviewed articles for my paper. What are these and where can I find them?
“Peer-reviewed”articles, also known as “scholarly” or “refereed” articles, are written by researchers or professionals, have been reviewed by scholars, and are found in academic and research journals. These are generally considered more academic than articles in popular magazines (check here for information on the differences between the two types). Many databases allow you to narrow or limit your search to ‘peer-reviewed or‘refereed journals’, which will retrieve only scholarly journals matching your search terms.
How do I create an outline for my paper?
What’s the difference between a bibliography and a works cited page?
The standard definition is: a bibliography includes all sources consulted when compiling a paper (even background research), while a works cited page includes only those sources you actually used.A works cited page is typically shorter than a bibliography. To create either one, you must use a standard style guide such as APA or MLA found here. Be sure to confirm with your instructor which one he or she requires.