Finding Information
at an MDC Library
Kristy Padron, MLIS
kpadron@mdc.edu
Miami Dade College
Learning Resources – Library
...
Welcome to the MDC
Learning Resources Libraries!
The MDC Homestead
Campus Library
Location: Building D-101
Phone: (305) 23...
Who are we and what
we offer:
• Borrow books, DVDs, and other
library materials.
• Find information for
assignments.
• Get...
FYI: Don’t forget your
MDCard!
• Your MDCard is
your library card.

• It is also used to
pay for printing
and copying.
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
is.
• Select Locations to find which MDC campus has a
particular item.
• In addition, write the collection and call number given.
They will help locate the book.
• This will also show if a book...
• Find other types of information sources under Format.

The results
also will show:
• e-Books
• Articles from
Journals &
...
Using Databases
What is a database?
In the library field, a database is an online
collection of publications such as eBoo...
• To use a database, go the MDC Learning Resources
home page and select Select Articles/Databases to find
databases.
• Select Databases by Subject to find recommended
databases for a subject area.
• Or, go to Databases A-Z for a complete l...
• 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
(eg., A12345678).
• The P...
• Here is the list of databases.
• Scroll down the page or use the A-Z letters to get to a
particular database.
• For general news and journal articles, try Academic
Search Complete.
• For reports on specific topics, try CQ Researcher...
• 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 ar...
• Select PDF Full Text to see an article.
• This is the article. Use the sidebar to turn the pages.
• An article can be printed or saved by using the icons.
Questions?
Contact your local MDC
campus library!
Kristy Padron, MLIS
kpadron@mdc.edu
Miami Dade College
Learning Resource...
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Finding Information at MDC Library

  1. 1. Finding Information at an MDC Library Kristy Padron, MLIS kpadron@mdc.edu Miami Dade College Learning Resources – Library http://www.mdc.edu/learningresources/libraries/
  2. 2. Welcome to the MDC Learning Resources Libraries! The MDC Homestead Campus Library Location: Building D-101 Phone: (305) 237-5153 Hours: Mon. – Thu.: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm Fri.: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm Sat.: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  3. 3. Who are we and what we offer: • Borrow books, DVDs, and other library materials. • Find information for assignments. • Get research help from a librarian. • Learn how to access online library resources. • Use computers, printers and copiers.
  4. 4. FYI: Don’t forget your MDCard! • Your MDCard is your library card. • It is also used to pay for printing and copying.
  5. 5. Find Library Materials. • Go to http://www.mdc.edu/learning-resources/libraries/. • Select Libraries.
  6. 6. • This is the library catalog. • Enter words that describe your topic, then select Search.
  7. 7. • This is a list of results. • The icon next to an item shows what type of material it is.
  8. 8. • Select Locations to find which MDC campus has a particular item.
  9. 9. • In addition, write the collection and call number given. They will help locate the book. • This will also show if a book is Available.
  10. 10. • Find other types of information sources under Format. The results also will show: • e-Books • Articles from Journals & Magazines • Newspaper Articles and more!
  11. 11. Using Databases 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 MDC students. Databases can be used on or off campus!
  12. 12. • To use a database, go the MDC Learning Resources home page and select Select Articles/Databases to find databases.
  13. 13. • Select Databases by Subject to find recommended databases for a subject area. • Or, go to Databases A-Z for a complete list.
  14. 14. • Since databases are available only to MDC students and employees, authentication is required.
  15. 15. • Your borrower ID is your student number on your MDCard; it has the letter followed by 8 digits (eg., A12345678). • The PIN is the last 4 digits of your student number. • Select Log In to continue.
  16. 16. • Here is the list of databases. • Scroll down the page or use the A-Z letters to get to a particular database.
  17. 17. • For general news and journal articles, try Academic Search Complete. • For reports on specific topics, try CQ Researcher or Opposing Viewpoints.
  18. 18. • Select the name of the database to start a search for articles (we will try Academic Search Complete).
  19. 19. • Enter your topic in the search box. Sometimes, alternate topics may appear. • Next, select Search.
  20. 20. • 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.
  21. 21. • Select PDF Full Text to see an article.
  22. 22. • This is the article. Use the sidebar to turn the pages.
  23. 23. • An article can be printed or saved by using the icons.
  24. 24. Questions? Contact your local MDC campus library! Kristy Padron, MLIS kpadron@mdc.edu Miami Dade College Learning Resources – Library http://www.mdc.edu/main/library

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