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Welcome to the MHCC Research How-Tos Guide!

Here you will find tutorials, some produced at MHCC and others curated from other institutions, to help you with basic research questions, such as:

  • How do I find books @ MHCC Library?
  • What's InterLibrary Loan (ILL) and how do I use this service?
  • What is a library database?
  • If I have a citation for a specific article, how do I then find the article @ MHCC Library?
  • What are the differences between popular and scholarly sources?
  • What is plagiarism, and how do I avoid it @ MHCC?
  • And more!

To explore these self-paced tutorials, click on the tabs above to get started.


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Library Research FAQs

Q. I'm overwhelmed. How do I start the research process?

A. Try these tips:

  • Think about your research NEED and then what kind of resource would best MATCH that need. 
  • Ask your teacher.
  • Ask a librarian.

Q. I'm getting 0 results when I search. What can I do?

A. Try these tips :

  • Check your spelling!
  • Or, perhaps you have too many key terms in your search, and your search terms are too narrow. Take off a key term or two and recheck your results.
  • Or, try different key terms, like synonyms, or try broader terms.

Q. I'm getting too many results when I search, and I'm feeling overwhelmed. What can I do?

A.  Try these tips to narrow down your search:

  • Try adding additional key terms to your search. 
  • Or, add limiters (such as population demographics or date of publication).

Q. The library has a LOT of library databases. Which one is best for my topic?

A.  Start at the Library home page > Databases page > and then choose a category (e.g. Business) to see a list of databases related to that topic.

Q. I'm trying to get into a library databases from home, but I can't log in. 

A. Try these tips on our Off-Campus Access Guide at If that doesn't help, contact our Student Help Desk directly at

Q. I found an awesome article by Google searching, but now it wants me to pay for it! What do I do?

A. Don't pay for it! See if your MHCC Library has it! First, see if the library has the full-text copy of the article through one of our databases. Start at the Library home page > Find Articles link on the left > Locate a Journal Title link on the drop-down menu to get started. TIP: You will need to start with the journal title first.

If we don't have then article, then request the article through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). Library home page > Find Articles link on the left > Interlibrary Loan link on the drop-down menu >  scroll to the bottom and click the "request an article" link. Articles requested through ILL are processed electronically through email, so you can usually get articles within a day or two.

Q. I found a great citation in a library database, but there's no full text. What do I do?

A. First, see if the library has the article through a different database by following the steps right aboveTIP: You will need to start with the journal title first.

If not, then request the article through InterLibrary Loan (ILL), as described right above.

Q. I feel like I tried everything, and I am stuck. What should I do?

A. Ask a librarian! You can chat, email, text, come by in person to the Reference Desk, or make a research appointment with a librarian.


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