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MCC Librarians created this guide to help you use the library's resources--books and much much more! If you have any questions about information in this guide or if you want help finding what you need for class, please contact us! You can call us, email us, chat with us or come to the Learning Commons to see us.
See MCC Library's Getting Started with Research guide to learn more about searching in library resources.
MCC Library Resources
The MCC Library provides electronic and print resources to support students with their assignments and research projects. The great majority of our resources are available online. We have more than 200,000 ebooks and more than 60 online databases that include thousands of periodicals and other publications--both scholarly and popular. These publications contain hundreds of thousands of articles, reports and more.
MCC Library OneSearch searches all of our resources at once.
MCC librarians can help you with your research assignments. Please contact us or just drop in!
Picking a Research Topic
Picking a topic for your bibiliography or paper may seem difficult. Here are some suggestions:
- Pick a topic related to your major or program:
- Pick a topic from a newspaper or magazine article.
- Pick a topic from a news story.
- Browse topics in one of these:
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Gather basic facts, terminology and background information from Credo's reference collection which includes specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.The mind map feature can help you find keywords for your research.
Credo Reference helps you build your research vocabulary with dictionaries, glossaries, thesauri, and other reference materials.
Points of View Reference Center This link opens in a new window
A good starting place when researching controversial topics or writing an opinion paper. Has hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint and critical thinking guide.
Issues & Controversies This link opens in a new window
Featuring a dynamic design and a wealth of features, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
Britannica ProCon.org This link opens in a new window
Presents sourced pros and cons of debatable issues, as well as a host of reference information relevant to those issues, thoroughly researched and compiled.
Reading others' writing
Reading is a good way to learn more about writing. These books are either freely available online or accessible with your MCC login.
When prompted, please use your EasyLogin to log in to MCC Library e-resources. It is the same one you use for Canvas, SIS, your college email and printing from college computers. If you have trouble logging in, please see these suggestions.
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