This guide offers a set of tabs across the top so you can:
- Find information for a course assignment.
- Figure out how to use different types of research materials.
There is a great deal of other useful material, so browse around this guide or one of the others on the Research Guides page.
AND, PLEASE let us know if you have questions. Find us by using the contact information in the box at right. All of the Reference Librarians here at STCC are waiting to help you. Good Luck!
Use the Catalog!
Use your STCC catalog to find the following types of research materials from the STCC collection:
- audiovisual materials (cds, dvds, vhs, etc.)
- reference books
- e-materials including films!
Can borrow material from over 100 libraries through the C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing) system.
If WE don't have an item you want, check other libraries to get an item shipped here within approximately 4 business days. AND, there's no charge to you! PLEASE LEAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET MATERIAL THAT YOU NEED FROM OTHER LIBRARIES.
SEARCH EXAMPLE: Your research topic is Richie Valens. Use the catalog to find books, CDS and possibly a movie, on him
Start: try a key word search under Richie Valens.
Use the box below to do a simple keyword search in the STCC catalog (see left sidebar):
When you see something you want, click on the blue text. This provides information that includes SUBJECT HEADINGS. These appear at the bottom of the book's information in blue letters and underlined. Ciick on that subject heading for a list of related subject headings, and you can choose the heading you want to see all items in that category.
Did you know?
Our campus-wide writing guide called "On the Same Page: Springfield Technical Community College Campus Writing Guide" was written specifically for this campus. It is part of the text of Diana Hacker's "A Pocket Style Manual," Call No. PE 1408 .H26 2004 Reference.
This book explores some challenges in its introduction: "Writing is a powerful tool for learning; it's also an essential skill for success in college and in business. However, writing assignments present challenges. Key questions arise immediately: What does the assignment require? What's the format? How can I go about completing the project efficiently? Where can I find information? Is help available? Are there model papers I can read?" Th
That's why the STCC guide is incorporated into this small book, which is available for purchase at the STCC bookstore, and also on Reserve in the Library. Check it out!