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Quick Start Library Instructions Library@TCC

noteResearch walkthrough, from choosing a topic to citing sources.

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Books, DVDs, and other materials in a library catalog

Use a library catalog to identify books, magazines, journals, and audio-visual materials that are OWNED by the library. Ownership may include direct links to individual titles in electronic format.

Articles in library databases

Articles are found in periodicals--magazines, journals, newspapers-- that are issued periodically more than once a year.  Some databases include abstracts (short summaries) of articles and some include full text (complete) articles.

ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, music & other resources

Full text of selected books are available online through TCC resources. Download ebooks or locate full text materials on the Internet.

Newspaper articles in news and current event databases

Just as many books have indexes to point you to the page for your topic, indexes and databases, which may include newspaper sources, point you to the newspaper article citing the newspaper, date, page, and sometimes column.  Some resources include abstracts (short summaries) of articles and some include full text (complete) articles. 

Find out whether specific materials are available in databases or at other local libraries. If you have a citation for an article, this is where you can find out if the journal cited is available online.

Reference materials are generally used to provide quick information, provide an overview of a topic, "refer" the patrons to other resources, and must be used in the library. Subject encyclopedias (examples) are great places to start your research.

Created by TCC librarians, each guide provides call number areas to browse for books, specific library resources to use, and some of the best Internet sites on the web. Government, Literature, and Searching the Internet are just a few of our guides.