You can conduct a basic book search by using QuickSearch @ PDCCC. Type your keywords in the search box and select Books in the first Show Me: drop-down box, then click Search. If you have a specific title or author in mind, you can type that information as your keywords in the search box. The results from this search will identify resources from our print collections, as well as eBooks (electronic books) and audiobooks.
- Audiobook Collection (Overdrive Media) — contains thousands of audiobooks to be checked out online, downloaded, and heard on many devices.
- eBook Collection (Ebsco) — a collection of books presented in a digital format. The collection contains over 50,000 titles of books, and the full content of each book is intact.
- COMING SOON—Ebrary eBook Collection (Physical Sciences)—a collection of thousands of digital books focused on the physical sciences, such as biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics, physics, and many more.
- Safari eBook Collection — access to thousands of online, technology-based books.
You can conduct a basic video search by using QuickSearch @ PDCCC. Type your keywords in the search box and select Multimedia in the first Show Me: drop-down box, then click Search. The results from this search will identify resources from our video collections, including online video streaming.
- American History in Video — offers a rich collection of video available online for the study of American history.
- Films on Demand — provides access to thousands of full-length streaming videos and clips from many different subject areas.
**Using QuickSearch @ PDCCC also allows you to enter the PDCCC Library Catalog to access books and multimedia at the same time by clicking on the Books/Multimedia feature in the top right-hand corner.
You can conduct a basic article search by using QuickSearch @ PDCCC. Type your keywords in the search box and select Articles in the first Show Me: drop-down box, then click Search.
QuickSearch @ PDCCC also has an Advanced Search feature. You can tell the difference between a Basic/Simple Search and an Advanced Search by the number of text boxes into which you are able to put keywords. Basic/Simple Searches will have a single text box in which to type; Advanced Searches will provide several text boxes and will likely offer other ways to limit or expand your search. Commonly used search strategies/techniques/tips are:
Boolean Operators = AND, OR, NOT
Some databases provide a drop-down list for these between text boxes.
- AND connects two keywords meaning that you would like both in your results, narrowing them
[Keyword example: students AND learning…student and learning will be searched for together]
- OR connects two keywords meaning either of them can be in the results, broadening them
[Keyword example: dreaming OR daydreaming…dreaming or daydreaming will be searched for]
- NOT connects two words meaning you want one keyword without the other in the results, narrowing them.
[Keyword example: singing NOT choir…singing will be searched for without the word choir]
Nested Logic = Parentheses ( ) around words that use OR to connect them in a keyword search
- [Nesting example: animals AND (fins OR feathers)…the results should include only animals that have fins or animals that have feathers]
Side-by-Side Keywords = Quotation Marks “ “ around compound words or short, common phrases to keep those words together in your results
- [Side-by-side example (compound word): “learning style” will have both words side-by-side in that order within your results]
- [Side-by-side example (common phrase): “balance of power” will have all three words of the phrase in that order within your results]
Truncation = asterisk * (wild card) after a brief form of a keyword to broaden your results
- [Truncation example: Teen* locates all forms of the word teen (i.e. teens, teenage, teenager…)]
**More detailed instructions on how to use search strategies/techniques/tips are available at Ebsco Tutorials.
The following online databases are available for your use: (to access these resources off-campus, you should consult the Remote Access information)
- African-American Poetry—a collection of over 2,500 poems providing a survey of African American poetry from the earliest published African American poems to the most recently published works.
- American Poetry—includes 1,288 poetic works by 209 poets, along with six landmark anthologies of American poetry which gathers the works of the most influential American poets, from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century.
- APA PsycNET—a compilation of databases to provide information in the field of psychology and behavioral sciences. It provides access to PsycArticles, Psycbooks, and PsycInfo.
- BioOne—provides a must-have collection of critical, high quality titles across the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
- CQ Researcher—is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.
- Criminal Justice Collection (Gale Database)—provides access to over 150 journals specifically geared toward the criminology field.
- Ebsco Host Research Database—a compilation of databases dealing with a broad spectrum of fields of study. The available databases may be searched all at once or individually. By clicking on the EBSCO Host Research Database hyperlink above, you will be able to see a description of what each of the following databases contain.
- Academic Search Complete
- Alt Health Watch
- America: History & Life
- AP NewsMonitor Collection
- Associates Programs Source
- Business Source Complete
- Communication & Mass Media Complete
- Computers & Applied Science Complete
- Economia y Negocios
- Education Research Complete
- Environment Complete
- European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
- Fuente Academica
- Health Source: Consumer Edition
- Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
- Historical Abstracts
- Hospitality & Tourism Complete
- Humanities International Complete
- Legal Collection
- Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
- MasterFILE Premier
- Medic Latina
- Military & Government Collection
- Newspaper Source Plus
- Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
- Regional Business News
- Religion & Philosophy Collection
- Teacher Reference Center
- Vente et Gestion
- Web News
- Women’s Studies International
- English Poetry 600-1900—contains poems in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the nineteenth century by writers from the British Isles covering the works of 1,257 named poets and many items by different anonymous hands.
- English Verse Drama—contains more than 2,200 dramatic works by around 500 named and over 300 works by unknown authors including masques and short dramatic pieces written primarily in verse, selected translations, works written for children, and numerous adaptations.
- ERIC—provides access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week.
- FirstSearch—provides electronic access to dozens of databases and more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles.
- Gale Databases–a compilation of databases dealing with various fields of study, which can be cross-searched. You will need to enter your MyVCCS username and password, the one you use to enter Blackboard, to access the Gale databases. It contains the databases listed below.
- Criminal Justice E-Journal Collection
- Business and Company ASAP
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Criminal Justice E-book Collection
- Twayne’s Authors Online
- Scribner Writers Online
- Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
- Gale Science in Context
- Literature Resources from Gale
- Literature Resource Center-LRC
- Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography
- HarpWeek—contains a fully indexed, digitized version of historical exploration with the preeminent news and literary journal of the last half of the 19th century.
- Issues & Controversies—a database that focuses on in-depth investigations of today’s top issues.
- OVID—a collection of books, journals, and database resources containing information for the scientific and healthcare communities.
- Project Muse—a collection offers a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals to support a core liberal arts curriculum.
- Today’s Science— which is a database that centers around important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.
- Wiley InterScience—contains full text journals, reference works, books, and databases promoting discovery across the spectrum of scientific, technical, medical and professional endeavors.
- WorldCat—allows you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
- World News Digest— which brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.
**Sometimes it is necessary to search several different databases depending on your topic. If you are not sure which database(s) to use, please consult a member of the library staff.
**Each campus retains a copy of the previous month’s issues**
Franklin Campus Newspapers:
New Journal & Guide
The Smithfield Times
The Tidewater News
The Virginian Pilot
The Wall Street Journal
Suffolk Campus Newspapers:
New Journal & Guide
The Smithfield Times
The Virginian Pilot
The Wall Street Journal
The instructor of your course should tell you what style he/she requires. Different academic disciplines require different formats for citation styles. Here are the two most common styles:
Some other common citation styles include:
- CBE (Council of Biology Editors)
- ASA (American Sociological Association)
- University of Chicago Press
The Study Guide Zone also provides assistance when writing research papers or essays (listed under the section labeled Study Tips; writing tips are at the bottom of the page).