24/7 Online Resources from the Library

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Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your questions on the Library's Question & Answer page.
Whom to contact about checked out materials, fines, and reserves/holds

For questions regarding checked-out materials, fines, and reserves/holds, email mc.circ@wvm.edu, or call (408) 855-5150 during open hours.

How to contact a Librarian for research help

For research assistance, help using the Library databases, or help locating items in the Library:

  • Stop by or call the Information Desk (408-855-5169) during open hours.
  • Use the Live Chat/Zoom button, available on the right sidebar, during online hours (Live Chat/Zoom is not available during winter session).
  • Use the Research Help Request Form any time to request assistance and a librarian will respond during open/online hours.
  • Schedule a one-on-one 30 minute research session with a librarian (appointments are not available during winter and summer sessions). In person and Zoom sessions available. 

Open and online hours are listed on the right sidebar of all Library web pages.

Short videos to help students get started with using Library resources for research

The Library offers a series of short videos to help students get started with using the Library resources for research. They include information on where to start your research, finding articles through OneSearch, finding articles in the Library databases, and creating citations.

Research databases

Online library research materials are available around the clock through OneSearch and the Library's Research Databases. Your Mission email address and password are required to access these resources from off campus. Among the online research resources available are:

  • Articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals
  • E-books
  • Reference materials
  • Streaming films and videos

OneSearch searches most of the databases at the same time, but not all of them. For a list of databases not included in OneSearch, go to the About OneSearch guide.

Library Research Portal

The Library Research Portal provides subject specific guides to help with research in a specific discipline or on a specific topic. Includes a comprehensive guide to "The Five Steps to Writing a Research Project."

Textbooks at the Library

There are two collections of textbooks at the Library, Textbook & Instructor Reserves, and SemsetserText.

Textbook & Instructor Reserves is a collection of textbooks and material on reserve for two hour check out. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk by providing the call number (available from OneSearch). 

SemesterText is a collection of textbooks and graphing calculators available for semester long check out. Quantities are limited – first come, first served. Items in the SemesterText Collection cannot be reserved/put on hold. Go to the SemesterText page for more information adn to see a list of the textbooks available.

To see if your textbook is available at the Library, conduct a textbook search in OneSearch.

NoodleTools & citing sources

The Library's Citing Sources guide includes style guides for MLA, APA, etc., tips for avoiding plagiarism, and information on how to use the citation creation tool, NoodleTools.

Digital magazines

The Library subscribes to over 50 digital magazines you can read on your computer or mobile device. Go to the Flipster page to browse available magazines or click on a magazine below to go directly to it. For a list of available magazines, go to the Flipster Title List.

Flipster has a mobile app for Apple devices, Android devices, and side-loaded to Kindle Fire Tablets. Once you download the app, select Mission College as your library. If you are off campus you will be prompted to sign in with your Mission email and password.

Browse the full collection of magazine titles
Digital subscriptions to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Mission College students have free access to the digital versions of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Go to the guides below for information on how to register for a free subscription.

New York Times Digital Access

The Wall Street Journal Digital Access

Digital access to the SJ Mercury News and SF Chronicle

The Library subscribes to NewsBank: Access World News Research Collection which offers extensive coverage and differing viewpoints from global, national, regional and local news sources, including image versions of the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle. 

Online journals list

Find out if a specific magazine or journal is available in one of Mission College Library's databases by searching the Journals List in OneSearch. 

Credo Instruct - InfoLit modules

Credo videos, tutorials and quizzes are designed to give you a foundation in information literacy and critical thinking. Learn why information literacy skills matter, how to get started with research, understand the process, narrow a topic, write a thesis statement, avoid plagiarism and much more.

Library handouts
Handouts give tips, suggestions, and resources for research and study.
Links to other area libraries

Find books and other material at local libraries in Santa Clara County. To obtain a print or online resource from these libraries listed, you must have a current library membership to that library system.

Santa Clara County Public Library

Santa Clara City Library

San Jose Public Library

Sunnyvale Public Library