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Find a book?
To find books that are physically at one of SCC's three campus libraries, search the Library Catalog. You can search by keyword, author, title, or subject. To see more options for finding books, including electronic (online) books and books that can be requested from another library, go to our Find Books & Videos page.
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Find a video?
To find videos that the library owns, go to Power Search, and select "Audiovisual Collection" from the "Location" drop down box. Then enter your search term in the top box (next to keyword). This will limit your search to items that are in our Audiovisual Collection -- which is mostly videos (DVDs and VHS), but also contains some CDs, CD-Roms, and audiobooks.
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Check out a book or video?
SCC students, faculty, and staff need to bring their SCC ID card to the library in order to check out materials. This ID card serves as your library card (we will also accept your driver's license). For community patrons, you will need a driver's license or other form of valid picture ID to check out materials. Students from PASCAL affiliated libraries, need to bring their valid student ID card from the school they attend.
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How long can I borrow an item?
Please see our Library Services page for check out periods.
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Access databases from off-campus?
Please visit our Off-Campus Access page for more details about logging into our databases from off-campus. Only SCC students, faculty, and staff can log in to our databases from off-campus.
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Find a magazine or journal article?
To find a magazine or journal article on a specific topic, you will want to visit our Find Articles page, select the subject area that best fits your needs, and search one of the Library Databases listed in that subject area. For advice on which database to use or which subject area to begin looking, Ask-A-Librarian
The SCC Library also has magazines and journals available in print in the library's periodical section. The most recent issues of these magazines are kept out in the periodical section; however, the library usually keeps approximately 5 years worth of older issues behind the Circulation Desk -- so if you need an older issues, please ask a library staff member to assist you. For a list of our current print magazines and journals, go to our Magazines & Journals page and select Central campus, Cherokee campus, or Downtown campus to see what is available at each location.
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Tell the difference between a magazine and journal article?
Magazines have colorful, splashy covers, contain many advertisements, contain many pictures and colors, and are written in language the average audience can understand. They may mention sources, but they usually lack a bibliography or footnotes. There is no peer review process for a magazine, and they are usually written by regular journalists/staff members of the publisher.
Journals have plain covers, often with no pictures, little or no advertising, and most illustrations used are charts and graphs. Journals use higher-level language and jargon (terms and words) of the field; sources are cited, often in long bibliographies. The peer-review process is often required, and the authors are experts working in the particular field.
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Find a newspaper article?
To find a newspaper article on a specific topic, you will want to visit our Find Articles page, select the subject area that best fits your needs, and search one of the Library Databases listed in that subject area. For advice on which database to use or which subject area to begin looking, Ask-A-Librarian.
The SCC Library also has newspapers available in print in the library's periodical section. The most recent issues of these newspapers are kept out in the periodical section; however, the library usually keeps some older issues behind the Circulation Desk -- so if you need an older issues, please ask a library staff member to assist you. For a list of our current newspaper subscriptions, go to the Library Catalog and click on "Magazines & Journals by Subject" (in the top-left, under the SCC logo). Then select which campus you are on, and then look for 'News, Current Events, Essays & Newspapers."
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Know whether SCC has a particular magazine or journal?
To tell if the library has a particular magazine or journal in print, you will need to search the Library Catalog, entering the title of the journal or magazine as your search term.
To tell whether the library has articles from a particular magazine or journal article online, you can search for the title of the magazine or journal article in the Library Databases; however, because there are so many databases, this can be tricky. It is best to contact a Librarian for assistance -- Ask-A-Librarian.
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Renew my materials online?
Go to the Library Catalog, and click on "My Account" (near top of page). You can either review your account or renew materials. To renew materials, enter 003994 followed by your college i.d. number (on back of college I.D., no spaces). The password is "scclibrary." Check which items you would like to renew, then select "renew selected items." You can also renew items in person or by phone. Note: you can only renew materials before their due date. Once an item is overdue, it may only be renewed in person (unless another patron has requested it) after the item is brought back to the library. Detailed Instructions (with screenshots).
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Place a hold on an item that is checked out?
When you find the item in the Library Catalog, and it says the item is checked out (i.e. due date is displayed), then you may place a hold on an item. This means that you will be contacted when the item is returned to the library, and this item will be held for you at the Circulation Desk. When you are looking at an item in the Library Catalog, if it is checked out, you will see a box that says "Place Hold" on left hand side of screen. Click on "Place Hold," and enter your username (003994 followed by college I.D. number, no spaces) and password is scclibrary (no spaces). A screen will pop up with your name and information about the item on hold. The library staff will call you once the item is available. If you have any problems or questions, Ask-A-Librarian. Note: if you have changed phone numbers or email addresses since you enrolled in SCC, you may want to contact the library to make sure we have your current contact information on file -- otherwise we may not be able to get in touch with you when your requested material comes in.
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Start a research paper?
Before you start searching for material, check out the Library's Research Guides to see if there is a subject guide that might help you with your assignment. These guides can point you to good places to start searching, as well as some specific materials that might be useful.
After that, you may want to check out the library's Find Books & Videos or Find Articles page for help locating those types of sources for your research.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask a Librarian -- either at the Information Desk in the library, by phone at (864) 592-4654, or Ask-A-Librarian via email.
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Find a peer-reviewed or refereed journal article?
A "refereed" or "peer-reviewed" article is a scholarly work that was reviewed by the scholar's peers, meaning other scholars in the field. This is an important part of the research process since it allows other scholars to provide input on the accuracy and methods of the research. Only scholars or experts in a field write a refereed article. It is generally published in academic journals.
A general magazine article, on the other hand, is often written by someone who is not a specialist in the field. A good example of this would be Newsweek or Time articles -- they are written by journalists who have done research on the topic they are writing on, but they are not scholars in that topic. They are writing for general readership rather than on a level that only other scholars could understand.
Many of the library's databases, including Gale Databases and Academic Search Premier, give you the option to limit your search to peer-reviewed journal articles by checking a box on the search page.
Caution: Be aware of things like book reviews or editorials that appear in peer-reviewed journals, but aren't necessarily peer-reviewed themselves. For questions about this, Ask-A-Librarian.
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Make a Works Cited page?
A Works Cited or Reference page can vary depending on which citation style you are using. We have helpful information and guidance for both MLA and APA. If you have any questions or are using another style, email Ask-A-Librarian for assistance.
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Make an annotated bibliography?
The format and content of an annotated bibliography can vary, so be sure to ask your instructor for specific guidelines; however, see our Annotated Bibliography page for guidance and examples of an annotated bibliography.
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Cite an E-book?
To find the citation information you will need, click on "Cite" at the top of the page when viewing an e-book.
To learn how to format your citation, see our MLA or APA pages, depending on what citation style you are using.
Please a Ask-A-Librarian if you need to cite an e-book in a format other than MLA or APA.
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