at an MDC Library
Kristy Padron, MLIS
Miami Dade College
Learning Resources – Library
Welcome to the MDC
Learning Resources Libraries!
The MDC Homestead
Location: Building D-101
Phone: (305) 237-5153
Mon. – Thu.: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
7:30 am – 9:00 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Who are we and what
• Borrow books, DVDs, and other
• Find information for
• Get research help from a
• Learn how to access online
• Use computers, printers and
FYI: Don’t forget your
• Your MDCard is
your library card.
• It is also used to
pay for printing
Find Library Materials.
• Go to http://www.mdc.edu/learning-resources/libraries/.
• Select Libraries.
• This is the library catalog.
• Enter words that describe your topic, then select Search.
• This is a list of results.
• The icon next to an item shows what type of material it
• Select Locations to find which MDC campus has a
• In addition, write the collection and call number given.
They will help locate the book.
• This will also show if a book is Available.
• Find other types of information sources under Format.
also will show:
• Articles from
What is a database?
In the library field, a database is an online
collection of publications such as eBooks, magazines, and journals.
Databases can be used to find articles.
MDC Learning Resources provides databases to
Databases can be used on or off campus!
• To use a database, go the MDC Learning Resources
home page and select Select Articles/Databases to find
• Select Databases by Subject to find recommended
databases for a subject area.
• Or, go to Databases A-Z for a complete list.
• Since databases are available only to MDC students and
employees, authentication is required.
• Your borrower ID is your student number on your
MDCard; it has the letter followed by 8 digits
• The PIN is the last 4 digits of your student number.
• Select Log In to continue.
• Here is the list of databases.
• Scroll down the page or use the A-Z letters to get to a
• For general news and journal articles, try Academic
• For reports on specific topics, try CQ Researcher or
• Select the name of the database to start a search for
articles (we will try Academic Search Complete).
• Enter your topic in the search box. Sometimes, alternate
topics may appear.
• Next, select Search.
• A list of articles will appear.
• Read the summaries of the article along with its
bibliographic information (name of article, author, journal)
to evaluate its usefulness.