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  • Getting Started in the CFCC Library

    [ Get your CFCC ID Card.

    Your CFCC ID Card is also your library card.  It allows you to check out books, movies, Reserve items and more.  (You also get discounts at many area businesses.)

    [ Scan the Library’s website:

    You’ll find our hours and policies, links to the Library catalog and subscription databases, research guides, upcoming events & other “after hours” help.

    [ Use the Library Catalog to locate books, movies, and audiobooks.
    Catalog Tips:

    ·         Try your search term(s) first as a "Keyword" search.

    ·         Too many results?  Re-run the search as at “Title” or “Subject” search.

    ·         Too few results?  Try truncating a word in your search to pick up variation.  Typing econ* searches for economic, economics, economist, etc.

    ·         If you find one resources that seems just right for your project, look at the “Subject Headings” linked to it to find more resources that are similar.


    [ Choose  the “Articles & eResources link to find over 100 databases of magazine, journal, newspaper articles; business directories; art images and more. This link also routes you to time-saving web portals.

    Tips for Articles & eResources:

    ·         Start with one of the good general databases: ProQuest Central or SIRS

    ·         Keep your initial search simple—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.

    ·         Be aware of search strategies : Boolean, proximity, phrase searching can each produce different results with the same search terms

    ·         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.



    [ Get Library help even when the Library is closed.

    ·         Follow the Research Guides link to see suggested resources for your academic program, or for general topics such as avoiding plagiarism or evaluating web resources.