Answered By: R. C. (Rip) Rybnikar
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2020     Views: 22

At MCC you can do a great many library activities from off-campus. Let's begin with the library homepage which you can find linked from the MCC homepage or MyMCC. On the library homepage you will see the following.

Starting in the center of the page, under Search is our "discovery" search. A search from that box will give you an overview of the resources available on your topic. It is meant to be an overview, a way for you to learn if we have anything to assist your research. Follow this link to learn more about it.

The first tab Books will open a search of our HELM network with the default search being MCC's collections. While all printed book deliveries are postponed, you can still search and use eBooks. When you click on that link, you will be asked to log in with your A# or MCC staff ID and library password just like using most of our resources from off campus.

The second tab is for Video. While you don't currently have access to DVDs, there are links to three streaming services: PBS, Films on Demand, and Kanopy. As with other library resource access from off-campus, you will be asked to log in with your library password.

The next tab is for Databases. This tab opens the A-Z list of all of our databases. This list can be daunting. However, a look to the dropdown listing of All Subjects will help select the best choices. You can also look at a class or subject guide.

Next is Citing. This tab gives you access to Noodlebib, a citation assistance tool which you may have heard of. Please note that from off-campus you will be asked to log in to your library account and then you will also be asked to log in to your Noodlebib account. From this page you can get access to your account or create a new account.

Also on this page there are links to tools to help your write you own citations for APA, MLA, and Chicago formats.

The fifth tab is Journals. This allows you to browse a number of scholarly journals and have full text access to the articles there.

The final tab, Textbooks, will show you materials that are on reserve. Print materials are not available at this time.

Directly under these tabs is Flipster which provides access to many general interest and specialty magazines.

Under Flipster is contact information.

On the right side of the page is a box with class and subject guide information.

Under this box is a list of quick links. Since you are looking at a Help item, you have seen this but I'd like to refer you to the Off-campus access and password reset page. If you run into difficulties getting access to any of our resources due to the system not recognizing you (sometimes stated that it could not confirm your access) you can also try changing your password. You can access your library account and library tutorials, too


If you have any difficulties with any of this, please contact us. When the facilities are closed, email or text (978-241-7884) are best but we will maintain access through chat during what would be our regular hours.