Using the Three RiversCommunity College Library Website
To get to the library’s website, simply locate the blue bar at the top of the TRCC homepage, then hover over “Learning Resources” with your mouse. Click on the “Library” linklocated on the drop-down menu.
You will be redirected to the library’s home page. News and announcements are found inthe “What’s New?” section located near the top of the page. Below that, you will findfour groups of links, which will be covered in detail throughout this tutorial.
The first group of links is found under the “Electronic Resources” heading. Here you cansearch for books, articles, web resources and audio visual materials.
To search for books, reference materials, or e-books, click on the “Find Books” link. Youwill be redirected to our online catalog, which can be accessed from on or off campus.
This is what the online catalog looks like. Enter your keywords into the search box toretrieve a list of titles. For more help using the catalog, click on the “Find Books” tab inthis guide.
“Find Articles” is the next link in the group. This would be used when you need a peerreviewed article from a scholarly journal or an article from another type of periodical,such as a magazine or newspaper.
If you are working on a TRCC computer or on a personal laptop that is accessing theTRCC Wi-Fi, you will choose the “On Campus” option. This will redirect you to the list ofdatabases on the library’s website.
Here is a list of the databases you have access to as a TRCC student. There are twocolumns. Those contained in the “General Databases” column cover a wide range ofsubjects. Those contained in the “Subject Specific Databases” column focus on a specificsubject area. Just click on one of the links to be redirected to the database. For help withusing the databases, please see the “Find Articles” tab in this guide.
If you would like to access the databases from off campus, you will click the “OffCampus” link. This will redirect you to the myCommNet login page.
Enter your student NetID and password to access myCommNet.
Once you log in, look for the “Library” tab at the top of the page and click on it to accessour page.
Here, you can search for books in our catalog. Simply type your keywords into the searchbox at the top of the page. You will be redirected to the online catalog where you canview your search results.
You can also access our databases from this page. The list of databases appears exactlyas it does on the library website. Just click on one of the links to be redirected to thedatabase.
The links on the left side of the page will bring you back to the library’s website. Ourphone number is also there in case you have a question.
Another way to search for electronic books would be to go directly into the ebrarydatabase. You can do this by clicking on the “Electronic Books” link. Again, whether youclick the “On Campus” or “Off Campus” link, depends on where you are working. Aftermaking your selection, you will be redirected to the database.
Enter your keywords into the search box to retrieve a list of titles, or click on one of thesubjects to browse related books. You can access your list of saved books by clicking on“Bookshelf” at the top of the page. For more help using ebrary, you can use the “GettingStarted” guide on the left side of the page, or click on the “Find Books” tab in this guide.
The second group of resources on the library’s website is called “Research Tools”. Hereyou will find video tutorials on using library resources and subject guides. There is alsoinformation on citing sources, as well as a periodical list where you can access some ofour scholarly journals electronically.
The “How do I get started?”, “Video Tutorials”, “Course Related Guides”, and “ResearchGuides” links are great sources of information if you need help using the library’sresources, and a staff member is unavailable for assistance. Here you will find tips forsearching, using the catalog and databases, and help choosing the right resource foryour assignment.
The “Citation Manuals” link will redirect you to a page containing information about thecitation styles used at TRCC (MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style).
There are links to reference sheets for each of the styles. These sheets are in PDF format,making them easy to download and print. There are also links to the Purdue UniversityWriting Lab for both the MLA and APA styles. For more help with citing information, clickon the “Citing Information” tab in this guide.
Clicking on the “Periodical List” link will bring you to an alphabetized list of everyperiodical we subscribe to, which includes peer reviewed journals, magazines, andnewspapers.
You can navigate through the list either by scrolling through the page, or by clicking oneof the letters up top to jump to a particular section. Click on any of the titles highlightedin blue for electronic access to the periodical. The information to the right of each titletells you how far back we keep the journal in print. For example, we keep two full yearsof American Anthropologist in the library at all times.
The online forms section of the library’s website provides links to various electronicforms that are used to request materials, library equipment, library cards, and referenceinstruction.
One of the most important set of forms for students are the Interlibrary Loan (ILL)forms. When you are looking for a book, article, or AV materials that the TRCC does notown or have access to, we can probably get it for you. This service is free to all membersof the TRCC community. Just click on the appropriate form and fill in the fields to makeyour request.
Here is an example of the ILL form for books. Just fill in the fields with the bookinformation and click submit. We will contact you when the item arrives, or send it youvia email if it is available electronically (such as an article). If you need help filling in theform, please contact a staff member. Also, it may take us a while to locate the materials,so please keep this in mind when making your request.
The final group of links is called “Library Information”. Here you will find contactinformation for staff members, library hours, information about our collection, and thelibrary mission statement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call orsend us an email. Of course, we always love to meet our students, so dropping in isalways an option too!