Tutoring Services for Summer, 2015

The ASAP Tutoring Center is open and ready to help during the 2015 Summer semester! Tutors are available in person and online in a variety of subjects, including math, writing, reading, biology, and computer skills.

On-Campus Tutoring

Drop into our labs during operational hours for personalized assistance in one of our tutored subject areas. On the Beaufort Campus, the Writing/Reading Lab is located in Building 9, Room 127, and the Math Lab can be found in Building 9, Room 101. To find out about tutoring on other TCL campuses, call the Tutoring Center at 843-525-8221 or visit our website at www.tcl.edu/tutoring for schedules. Appointments are not required, but if you would like to schedule a specific timeslot, you may call the Tutoring Center or book online at http://libguides.tcl.edu/tutorschedules.

Online Tutoring

We offer a variety of online tutoring services for those times when you can’t make it to campus. If you would like to meet with a TCL tutor online, we can set up a tutoring session using an online classroom. accessible from another campus or from home–all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a headset with a microphone. You also have the option to upload a paper to the Writing/Reading Lab and receive a tutor’s comments via TCL email. Need assistance when the Tutoring Center is closed? Try Smarthinking, an online tutoring service accessible 24/7 via your Blackboard account for those times when you need tutoring in the middle of the night. We can also refer you to other free online learning resources like Khan Academy and LearningExpress Library if you would like additional tools for math, English, and other subject areas.

What should you expect from the ASAP Tutoring Labs?

  • Individual assistance as you work through your assignments
  • Helpful, courteous, and competent assistance
  • Improvement in your overall academic ability after repeat visits

These tutoring services are FREE and are available to all TCL students, including dual-enrollment students and distance learners. Students do not have to be enrolled in a course related to the subject in order to seek tutoring. Want to brush up on basic math skills before the Compass test? No problem! Our math tutors are ready to help.

What else should you know?

  • Bring a specific assignment to work on along with any ideas, notes, and any other relevant materials such as a syllabus or grading rubric.
  • Be prepared to take an active role in your sessions. Let the tutor know what concerns you most and what you’d like to focus on.
  • Drop-ins are always welcome, but in order to reserve a specific timeslot you may want to schedule appointments in advance.
  • We look forward to working with you soon!

Working on a research paper? Check out the library’s eBooks and databases!

It’s that time again–research paper writing season! If you are struggling to find sources and can’t make it to the library, check out the eBooks collections and databases described below. These electronic resources are available 24/7 and are accessible on and off campus. Log in off campus using your 7-digit TCL ID number and a password made up of the first initial of your first name + the last three digits of your Social Security number. If you have any trouble logging in, contact the LRC at 843-525-8304.

Q: What’s in the eBooks collection? 

A: You will find books on many different subjects in our eBooks collections–everything from history to science to nursing to careers. We have several eBook resources, including two major collections: EBSCO eBooks and ebrary. Both have a great selection of titles. The one thing you probably won’t find is current fiction–our eBooks are mainly geared to research, so if you need a good beach read, make sure you visit the library catalog to search for popular fiction titles. (You can also order popular books through other libraries via our PASCAL Delivers system.) With our eBooks collections you can view full-text books on your computer or download them to many devices, all for free! Visit http://libguides.tcl.edu/ebookslist for more information.

Q: What is a database?

A: Library databases are searchable collections of articles in electronic format. You can use a database to find and read articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. We have databases that focus on many different subject areas, including nursing, business, law, and English/writing. Click here to view the complete list of databases.

Q: My instructor doesn’t want me using websites for my paper. Can I still use an eBook or database?

The books you find in our eBooks collection and the articles in our databases are not websites. Many of our eBooks are also available in physical form from libraries and booksellers, but they have been transferred to electronic format so that users can read them on a computer. Most of the articles you find in databases come from magazines, newspapers, and journals, not from Wikipedia, blogs, or personal websites. Most importantly, the databases and eBooks identify the authors and publishers of articles and books so that you can figure out if the source is credible.

You should always check with your instructor on what sources are okay to use for an assignment, but most instructors love it when you use eBooks and databases through the library!

Q: How do I cite eBooks and database articles?

A: Many databases and eBooks will give you a citation (MLA or APA) for the article/book. Look for a link that says “Cite” or “Citation Tools.” Note: You should always review the citations you find in the eBooks and databases. Make sure you look at the current MLA or APA guidelines and follow any instructions your teacher has given you. It’s also a good idea to show your Works Cited page or references list to a librarian or writing tutor. For citation resources, click here.

More information:

EBooks: eBooks LibGuide

Databases: Databases LibGuide

Book an appointment with a writing tutor: Tutor Schedules Guide

Citation/Paper Formatting Assistance in the LRC: MLA, APA, and Chicago Style

Are you struggling with MLA, APA, or Chicago style citation, or pulling your hair out over paper formatting requirements like paragraph indentation, headers, font size and style, and line spacing? Citation and formatting are important parts of the paper-writing process, but we know they can be tricky. That’s why the library and the Tutoring Center have lots to offer when it comes to creating Works Cited pages and references lists. We hope the following services will make the process as quick and painless as possible!

Want to get some expert eyes on your citations?

-Meet with a librarian in the Beaufort LRC in Building 12, Suite 200 (843-525-8304), or stop by the New River LRC (call 843-470-6003 for librarian hours).

-Meet with a Beaufort or New River English tutor. See their availability and schedule an appointment through the Tutor Schedule LibGuide, or call us at 843-525-8221.

-Send us a question using the LibChat box or the Ask Us button on the LRC homepage. You can also text the LRC at 843-256-2247.

View the MLA LibGuide.
View the APA LibGuide.
View the Chicago LibGuide.
Use the Creating MLA Style Citations for Articles and the Creating MLA Style Citations for Books guides to practice your citation skills.

How to Book a Tutoring Appointment

Whether you are a new student or just need a refresher on how to book an appointment with a tutor, the ASAP Tutoring Centers have got you covered! Follow the instructions below to book your appointment today. (Please note that you are not required to make an appointment to see a tutor; however, booking ahead is recommended, as the Tutoring Center is often very busy, particularly during exam and paper-writing periods.)

On Tutoring website select "Tutors Schedules."
While on the tutoring website (www.tcl.edu/tutoring), select “Tutor Schedules.”
Choose the tutor's subject and location.
Choose the subject and location.
The individual names of tutors will be listed. Scroll down to view their schedules and then click on the tutor's name who offers tutoring at the time you need.
The individual names of tutors will be listed. Scroll down to view their schedules and then click on the tutor’s name that you wish to book.
Select the block of time you would like to schedule. To schedule an hour-long session, be sure to book two back-to-back 30-minute sessions.
Select the block of time you would like to schedule. To schedule an hour-long session, be sure to book two back-to-back 30-minute sessions.
Enter your full name, TCL student email address, and any notes/comments you would like to include. Click submit and you are finished! A confirmation email will be sent to your email address.
Enter your full name, TCL student email address, and any notes/comments you would like to include. Click “Schedule Appt.” and you are finished! A confirmation email will be sent to you.

If you have any trouble, call us at 843.525.8221 (Writing/Reading Lab)  and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. Please note that all online tutoring appointments must be booked by phone. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your TCL ID: A Powerful Library Card

Did you know that as a TCL student or employee, you can borrow from libraries all over South Carolina? With a current, valid TCL ID card (click here for instructions on how to get one), the following libraries will allow you to check out materials:

TCL libraries: Items available for checkout through our Learning Resources Center include books (fiction and nonfiction), DVDs, audiobooks, laptops, and Kindle eReaders. Visit our online catalog to search for titles. You can even let us know which TCL campus is most convenient for you to pick up and we will send books and DVDs to that campus. During the summer semester, this includes New River and Mungin Center (Hampton).

South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL Delivers): You can use your TCL ID number to borrow books from almost any college library in South Carolina. The PASCAL Delivers system allows you to order books online and pick up from the TCL library. For more info on this free service, including instructions on how to search for and order titles, click here.

Beaufort County Libraries: Even if you don’t live in Beaufort County, you can use your valid TCL ID to obtain a card for the Beaufort County Public Libraries. BCL branches are located throughout Beaufort county and offer a great selection of books, movies, audiobooks, and more. For more info on how to borrow from Beaufort County, click here.

USC Beaufort: With locations in Beaufort and Bluffton, the USCB library is another great place to study and check out material. Bring your valid TCL ID card to a USCB librarian for assistance with borrowing.

Still can’t find what you need? Don’t give up! Contact a TCL librarian by calling 843-525-8304 (Beaufort) or 843-470-6003 (New River).

How can a librarian help?

TCL offers many resources to help students throughout their academic careers, and librarians are one of them. A day in the life of a TCL librarian can include lots of different tasks, but the most important part of our job by far is to provide support to you, the student. It also happens to be our favorite part of the job–we love helping out with questions on everything from research to Works Cited pages to formatting Word documents, and we hope you will come to us when you need assistance!

Some of the most common things that Librarians can help with are listed below:

  • Choosing and narrowing a research topic
  • Locating and accessing information resources (print books, eBooks, articles, and credible websites)
  • Finding scholarly (peer-reviewed) or evidence-based journal articles in the databases
  • Evaluating information
  • Citing sources correctly (and avoiding plagiarism)
  • Navigating the LRC’s website
  • Using educational technology (downloading and displaying eBooks, using citation software, formatting Word documents, etc.)
  • Accessing and navigating WebAdvisor, Blackboard, and TCL email

Do you need assistance with any of these?  If so, stop by the Beaufort or New River LRC, contact us by phone or email (listed below), text us at 843-256-2247, or start a chat session on the LRC’s website.

Cindy Halsey

Cindy Halsey, Director for Learning Resources



Sasha Bishop

Sasha Bishop, Librarian (Beaufort Campus)



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Karen Turner, Librarian                                          (Beaufort and New River Campus)



LRC Hours during Spring Break

TCL’s library will be open during Spring Break (March 9-13). The Beaufort campus library will close at 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and will be open 8-11:30 a.m. on Friday. The Writing/Reading lab will remain open 9:00-5:00 pm Monday-Thursday and the Math lab will be open 9:00-5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. No tutors are available this week.  Normal hours for the library and labs will resume on Monday, March 16. For more information about our hours, click here.