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Student Learning Success Toolbox: Research Success

A guide to library resources and services for students at Community College

How do I Find Help with Research at ACC?

  • Look for Research Success Tutorials in the dropdown menu above under RESEARCH to help you get started on your project
  • If you are on campus, visit your librarian on your campus - they can help at any stage in the research process-
    • Learn how to research
    • Choose a topic and the best words to use in a database search
    • Recommend which databases or books to use for your topic
    • Cite your sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE, ASA, AMA style

    Visit a librarian on campus OR contact a librarian online, by email, phone or chat.

Top 5 Differences Between High School and College Libraries:

1. You can’t see most of our books, videos or journals when you walk into the library. The ACC Library web site has thousands of ebooks, articles, films, and more available 24/7 from any device. 

2. You are supposed to ask a librarian for help when you begin a research assignment- and most of your professors also start their research projects at the reference desk. 

3. College library web sites have tutorials to help you with assignments, research and plagiarism from home.

4. Colleges can borrow materials from other colleges/universities for  – so you have access to other  libraries when you are a college student. 

5. Since you have access to so much - you need to plan ahead to complete research assignments. Most students begin their research at least 3 weeks before their paper is due. That gives you time to get everything  you need to make a good grade on your paper. 

Can I research from home?


research library from home

What is a peer-reviewed or scholarly article?

I am supposed to only use peer-reviewed or scholarly journals for my research paper- what are they and how do I find them?

How do I learn how to use the library for my research?


What do I need to know about college research projects?

  • Most of the library collection is online so you may need to learn how to find what you need from a librarian.
  • Online library resources are available 24/7 from any device.
  • It is not remedial to request help from a librarian- it is an important part of the research process.
  • Your professors also get librarians to help them with research!

Assignment Calculators

Get assignments done using your calendar to plan ahead:

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