Tutorials and Handouts

Searching & source help

Citation help

  • MLA 8 Reference Guide (PDF): This reference guide will help you navigation citation if you are an instructor or student who is using the changes to citation and references outlined in the Modern Language Association’s 8th edition (MLA 8).
  • APA Citation Samples (PDF): This guide provides samples of the citation style from the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • CSE Citation Samples (PDF): This is a guide to citation styles from the CSE (Council of Science Editors).

Database help

  • Credo Reference (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use Credo Reference, which provides online versions of 500 published reference works, including general and specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias. It is a great place to begin your research, get some facts about your topic, then jump to another Library database to find published journal or magazine articles.
  • EBSCOhost (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to find published newspaper, magazine and scholarly journal articles on a range of topics in EBSCOhost databases.
  • Google Scholar (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how: to set preferences to get full-text access while using Google Scholar; save articles to your Google account; obtain full-text articles through the PCC library through Google Scholar; and what to do if you are unable to get full text of an article through Google Scholar.
  • Alt-Press Watch, Ethnic NewsWatch, & GenderWatch (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use the following three databases: Alt-Press Watch (full-text articles from alternative and independent presses); Ethnic NewsWatch (articles from ethnic and minority presses); and GenderWatch (focus in the impact of gender in many subject areas).
  • JSTOR (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use JSTOR, a large collection of scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles strongest in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • PsycINFO (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use the PsycINFO database, which has peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals, book chapters, and dissertations in psychology, behavioral science and mental health.
  • Science Direct (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use Science Direct, which provides full text articles for peer-reviewed life sciences, Health Science, physical sciences, and engineering journals with citation information for thousands more.
  • SIRS Issues Researcher (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use SIRS Issues Researcher, which is updated daily to provide information on current social issues,economics, business, politics, global issues, scientific developments, health, history, government, culture, the arts and humanities.
  • Standard & Poor’s (PDF) : This PDF tutorial explains how to use Standard & Poor’s database, which provides industry reports for sectors in the United States and company profiles for publicly traded corporations.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly GVRL) (PDF): This PDF tutorial explains how to use Gale eBooks (formerly GVRL), which helps you get the background information you need to do a well-informed research project. It offers students, researchers, and professionals a wide variety of full-text interdisciplinary content on virtually any subject area to tackle their assignments, papers, projects, and presentations.