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Hours of Operation

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Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm
Summer Sessions
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Fri 7:30am - 12:00pm

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Summer Sessions
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Citing Quick Reference Guides

Overview Guides:

Citing Tools on the Internet

  • Easy Bib
    The FREE Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker in MLA Format! For Free Citations in other formats--APA, Chicago, Turabian--use one of the other tools below.
  • Son of Citation Machine
    FREE citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian style.
  • NC State Citation Builder
    FREE citations in MLA and APA style!

Tips for Better Searching

• Keep your initial search simple—single words or short phrases.  In database, set the limit for “Full Text” right away, but save other limits (such as date ranges, number of pages, peer-reviewed, etc.) until you see the results list.

• Look for common database tools (suggested subject headings, abstracts, citation help, emailing and save options) on the edges of the page, often in a color bar above the search boxes or in a separate frame on the right or left of your results list.

Truncation allows you to search variables of a word by typing part of the word plus an asterisk *

ADOPT finds just adopt, but ADOPT* finds adopted, adopting, adoptions, etc.

WOMAN finds just woman, but WOM*N finds woman and women.


Enclose your words in quotation marks to create a phrase search.

CHILDREN OF MEN finds titles with any combination of those common words.

"CHILDREN OF MEN" finds the book and movie with that exact title.


Look for  proximity search options.

Many CFCC databases offer proximity searching by typing multiple search terms within a single search box (with no quotation marks).

Google also uses a variation of proximity searching, giving more relevance to words typed in a single search box if they appear near each other in the results.

Use the right  Boolean operator.

• Use the right Boolean operator--usually AND--to link two search terms.  Using OR often results in a large number of unrelated (and less useful) results.  Using AND assures that both of your search terms will appear in the same document.

Want more information about Boolean searching?

Boolean Tutorial - Beginner

Boolean Tutorial - Advanced


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