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Library Research Tips

The Tri-County Community College Library staff has compiled these tips to help you find library information . 

To use any of the resources outlined here:

  • Log on to the Tri-County Community College web site at
  • Choose Library from the directory
  • Links to all resources are active on the Library's web page

LIBRARY ACCOUNT  To borrow library materials, you will need to visit the library, set up a personal account and receive a library card.  You can access your personal library account online to request and renew materials from the library.  Requested materials can be picked up in the library.

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CATALOG To find a list of available books, videos, DVDs, CDs and audiotapes on your topic, search the TCCC Library online CATALOG from the link on the web site.   

ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS are a good place to start a research project.  To begin with a general overview of your topic, logon to one of the Library's online encyclopedias.

 More than 9,000 electronic magazines, containing millions of electronic MAGAZINE ARTICLES, may be searched through NCLIVE at   NCLIVE offers online Internet access to complete full-text articles in electronic magazines, journals and newspapers. 


 A password is required to search NCLIVE from home.  Ask the Library Staff for a NCLIVE remote access password. 


More than 22,000 ELECTRONIC BOOKS or ebooks, including science and computer texts, Cliff Notes, classic fiction, speeches and government reports are available through netLibrary.  Ebooks are keyword searchable and portions may be printed or downloaded.  

  To access netLibrary from home you must create a personal account in netLibrary.

 The Internet is a powerful resource for finding information on a topic.   To search for specific websites about your topic, try an Internet SEARCH ENGINE. 



 Tips on Internet searching can be found on the TCCC Library web site

 For online assistance FORMATTING your research paper and works cited page, visit some of the following Web sites:   

Columbia Guide to Online Style   Modern Language Association (MLA style)
OWL online writing lab  Guide for Writing Research Papers APA Style 
The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing  Landmark Citation Machine

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