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.
EBooks: eBooks LibGuide
Databases: Databases LibGuide
Book an appointment with a writing tutor: Tutor Schedules Guide