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FAQs: HOW DO I FIND?

Frequently asked questions regarding library resources, services and technology.

ARTICLES

MCC students, faculty, and staff have access to electronic databases that include both article citations and full-text documents. All databases may be accessed remotely using the MCC username and password.  You can search within individual databases or use Discovery Search to search most of the library's databases simultaneously.

Research databases



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DATABASE ACCESS

Having trouble using the databases? This guide answers frequently asked questions about databases, provides video tutorials and search tips that will help you use the databases to find the information you need.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Several of the library databases contain access to full text newspaper articles.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS, DICTIONARIES & REFERENCE

If you need quick basic information on a topic, encyclopedias and dictionaries are a great place to start.  The library has several encyclopedia and dictionaries online.  For most college research papers, a general reference source will not be considered an appropriate source; however, obtaining background information remains an important part of the research process.

HOW CAN I FIND A SPECIFIC MAGAZINE, JOURNAL OR NEWSPAPER?

The Library subscribes to many online and print journals or periodicals.  Use the Journal/Periodicals Guide to search for a particular journal or article.  You may search by journal title, article title and subject.

BOOKS

The Online Catalog is the key to finding books in the MCC library collection. All books and journals in the MCC Library are listed in the Online Catalog. The catalog listing also includes information about their location on the shelves. The Online Catalog will help you find any book in the MCC collection. There are also electronic books available in the Online Catalog. You can access these books by clicking on a highlighted link in the book record.

Finding books grouped together by subject area
The MCC Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System, a system that organizes books and other library materials by subject, allowing you to browse the shelves for materials on a specific topic.

SCHOLARLY (PEER REVIEWED) ARTICLES

You will find scholarly, peer reviewed articles in many of the library databases.  When searching, select a limiter before or after you search to retrieve only scholarly articles.