Answered By: Colin Magee
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2022     Views: 17

Why do I need to use the library?

In this course, you will need to access the MCC Library to do research.  Depending on who your instructor is, you will likely be required to use the library's resources to locate information that will help support your ideas when writing several different papers in this course.

So for example, when writing the cause or effect paper (sometimes called the causal analysis paper), you would need to find an article published in a magazine, newspaper, or scholarly journal, that provides information about what the causes of a problem might be.  Again - it depends on your instructor, and they will let you know which assignments in your course will require you to use the library for finding information.  This orientation will provide the basics.  We'll look at how to access the library, where to go to get help using the library, and where to go to access the library's digital collections, which are also called "databases."

 

 

Accessing the library

 

The Loman C. Trover Library on the MCC North Campus

The library is located on the North Campus in Madisonville in the Learning Resource Center building. 

 

 

Computers, study space, and books in the library

We have computers, study space, and a collection of 20,000 books you can borrow at any time.  Most of our resources and services are available online.  You can access most of our digital collections through the college's website.

 

 

The MCC website

You can access the college's website by going to madisonville.kctcs.edu.  From here, go to "Quick Links" at the top of the page and then select "Current Students." 

 

 

The "Current Students" page

From this page, scroll down to that second row of tiles, and click "Library."

 

 

The link to MyPath is at the top left side of the MCC website.

You can also access the library through MyPath. Click on "MyPath" at the top left. 

 

 

The log in screen for MyPath

Log in with your MCC student username, which is your KCTCS email address.  For example, jsmith0001@kctcs.edu, and your password. Logging into MyPath will sign you in to Blackboard, your email, and into the library, all with one login.

 

 

The link to the library on the MyPath page

From the MyPath page, scroll down to "Library."

 

 

Choosing a college library on the MyPath library page.

And then choose "Madisonville Community College" from the list of different college libraries.

 

 

The local links on the MyPath page has a link to the MCC library

Or, scroll all the way down to the local links, where you will find a link to the library for Madisonville.

 

The Library Website

The MCC Library website

This is the MCC Library's website.  You can use the search box at the top of the screen to search our book collection, our digital collection (which is mostly articles published in different newspapers, magazines, and journals), or our streaming video collections.

We're not going to use the library search box today.  Instead, we'll look at one of the library's individual collections, also called "databases."  You'll be using one of the databases today to find some information, and we'll show you how to do that later. 

 

 

The "Get help" tile is on the left.

Before we do that, let's scroll down.  To access individual databases, you can click on the first tile.  Information about the library, located on campus, is on that second tile.  And then if you need help, click on the third tile to access our help page.  Let's look at that first.

 

Getting help

The Get Answers page

Our "Get Answers" page is our help platform, where you can access frequently asked questions about using the library.  During daytime hours, you can get help through our chat box on the left, and you can always email the library: mcclibrary@kctcs.edu.

 

The Database Help tab on the Get Answers page

For help using specific collections or databases, click on "Database Help."  Here you can access step by step instructions on how to search using our different databases. 

 

The help file for the library search box

For example, this page shows you how to use the library search box.

 

Databases

The Research Databases tile is on the left side on the MCC library webpage

Let's go back to the library's webpage.  Today we're going to find some articles using one of the library's databases.

Databases are digital collections of library materials.  Mostly the databases are collections of published articles that appear in newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.  The library also has databases for streaming video collections, and eBook collections. Click on the first tile to access the list of different databases.

 

The Research Database page

The library's three largest databases are at the top: ProQuest, EBSCOhost, and Gale OneFile.  The second row features some smaller databases: Gale In Context Opposing Viewpoints, which is great for finding information for English 101, NewsBank for newspaper articles, including from the Madisonville Messenger, and Credo Reference for finding general information on a topic.

 

Access additional databases at the bottom of the Research Databases page

More databases, and the entire list of databases can be located at the bottom of the page.

 

The tile for ProQuest is the first tile on the Research Databases page

Today, we'll  be searching for articles using the library's largest database, ProQuest. ProQuest is the first tile on the top row of research databases.  In the next video, we will search in ProQuest.

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