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Finding Information

A basic guide to finding information and conducting research in the Mott College Library.

Using the Library at Mott Community College is a self-paced instruction worksheet designed to guide you through the typical steps of gathering information for a research paper you may be required to write. Learning how to locate information is a valuable skill, not only for your academic career, but for your life. When you break down the research process into manageable steps, you will have the tools you need to inform yourself on any topic, issue or concern that is of interest to you and your family

Contact a librarian if you need assistance.

Books: Looking for a book by title or author, or need books on a particular subject or topic?

  • Use the Library Catalog to locate books owned by Mott Library. If you want to also search the Baker and Kettering libraries, use the drop down menu next to “library:” and choose “ALL”. Current MCC students may have Baker and Kettering books sent to MCC by choosing the “Place Hold” link and entering the 14 digit barcode number on their MCC ID card. Students may visit Baker or Kettering campuses and check out the books with their MCC ID card and a photo ID if the books are needed right away.
  • E-books on many topics are available 24/7 using the Library's Online Resources. Check out the "eBook Community College Collection" for relevant titles.
  • LibGuides provides research tips, subject guides and useful resources compiled by the Mott librarians.

Magazine and Journal Articles: The Mott Library offers many online databases that contain articles from a wide variety of magazines, journals and newspapers. Below are links and descriptions to our most popular databases. Currently enrolled students will be prompted to enter the 14 digit number above the barcode on their MCC ID cards when accessing the databases from off-campus. The Mott Library’s Online Resources page has links to over 18 databases for our students. Ebsco OneSearch and Gale Powersearch are vendor platforms that allow you to combine multiple databases for a search. Visit our A - Z Databases for a complete list of over 70 individual databases (includes descriptions).

  • Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
  • Gale Powersearch features innovative cross-searching capabilities. You can access all the Gale Cengage content in our library's collection by exploring one, several or all available databases simultaneously. General Reference Center Gold, Expanded Academic ASAP, and the Academic OneFile are just a few our popular databases.
  • CINAHL (Cumlative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database provides coverage of nursing, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and other allied health fields literature back to 1937.  Includes evidence-based care sheets and quick lessons for diseases and treatment options.
  • CQ Researcheris the choice of researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. You will see in-depth, unbiased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on a wide range of topics. Each report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist, professionally fact-checked, and footnoted to facilitate further research.
  • JSTOR is an online database that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.
  • PsycArticles database contains over 143,000 full-text articles from 78 different journals published by the American Psychological Association.
January 14, 2016