You no longer need a library card to access online library resources. All you will need is your college portal login - the same credentials you use to log into Canvas.
Yes, we recommend the options below!
Use SIRS Issues Researcher to locate articles about controversial issues selected from newspapers, magazines, journals, and government publications. SIRS features information about a variety of social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, and political issues from around the world. A helpful list of popular topics is included as well as current issues organized in a “Pro/Con” argument format.
Click on Leading Issues to browse through possible subjects to choose from.
For more help in finding topics try:
A good place to start is USNewsstream (1980 to current).
View this video for more information on how to find articles in USNewsstream.
You can also browse all available newspaper databases.
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A great place to start looking for assigned materials is the Shasta College Bookstore's textbook section. Most textbooks that are assigned by professors will appear here after you enter the semester you are attending and the specific classes you are taking.
If your instructor put something on "reserve" in the library for the class to use, go to the library home page and click the link marked course reserves located under the search bar in the center of the page--or go directly to "Course Reserves" here. You can search for reserve materials by instructor, course number, or course name. You can also check in the library catalog by title or author.
In addition, the Student Services research guide offers ideas on textbook assistance.
If you're looking for a specific story or author, a good place to start is the library's eBook Collection.
Try searching for the title of the short story in quotes for more specific results (for example: "Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories").
For examples and guidelines for citing Twitter (tweets, profiles, and moments) in seventh edition APA style, see the seventh edition reference examples page.
The library building will be open for the Fall 2021 semester Monday - Thursday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM, and Friday 8:00AM - 3:00PM.
Email us for assistance, or use the options under "More Help" at the top-right of our FAQs page.
Visit the articles & databases page. Find the best library database for your topic, and click on the title. Enter keywords into the search box that is located at the top of the page. For instance: internet and addiction would look like the image below. If your initial search does not yield enough articles, try different keywords.
SIRS Issues Researcher (for opposing viewpoints on controversial issues) is a database designed for subject searching. It may also be helpful in picking a topic to write about. SIRS provides articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political, and global issues. A helpful list of popular topics is included as well as current issues.
We recommend using these resources to find literary criticism:
On the screen with detailed information about the article, check to see if there are links to the full text on the left-hand side of the page (PDF or HTML). If the article is only available in PDF format, you will need to click the PDF Full Text link to open it. The HTML format of full text is located below the article citation and abstract so scroll down.
Some articles are not available in full-text. This means that you will only find their summary. If you need an article that the library doesn't own, you can request it through Ask a Librarian.
The library databases have citation makers—look under Tools for on the right side of the article results screen-- but they sometimes have mistakes. Make sure you use reliable guides or citation generators to correct them, or make your own (see resources below):
The Tutoring & Learning Centers offer assistance also.
Primary sources are first person accounts of an event. They are documented by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question. Santa Cruz University provides this definition of primary sources
Get started with the following resources:
The Literature Resource Center provides information on authors and stories from all time periods and includes essays of literary criticism.
You can also use Academic Search Complete to find book reviews. Scroll down to document type under search options and choose Book Review. Search the title that you want in Quotation marks. For instance, "Tell-Tale heart".
The easiest way to find a peer-reviewed article is by using one of the library databases. All library databases are listed in the Articles & Databases index. The databases are divided by name and discipline. For instance:
In the research databases, there is a Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals limiter that you can
select to limit your results to peer-reviewed articles only. Scroll down from the search box to limit your
results. Watch this brief video on finding peer-reviewed articles.
The library has copies of some, but not all, course textbooks. You can check if the library has the textbook you need by searching course reserves. You can search for reserve materials by instructor, course number, or course name. If you can't find the book in course reserves check in the library catalog by title or author.
If the library does not have the textbook available, you can rent or purchase your required textbooks through the Shasta College Bookstore. The bookstore will ensure you find the most recent edition of the textbook requested by the professor, and by using the textbook information from the bookstore you can check other sites for renting and buying options that best fit your budget.