Category Archives: Research category

The Library has a brand-new platform that allows you to find the books, videos, ebooks, articles, and more. Whenever you use the search box on the Library home page, you’ll end up there. Be sure to check out our one-minute demo:


Looking for the old OneSearch? It’s been renamed EBSCO Discovery; you’ll find a link on the research databases page.

In January, OneSearch, our main tool for finding library materials, will be updated to a new platform. We are still configuring the new version, but we’ve made a “beta” version available.

Try the new OneSearch now. You’ll find a feedback form there—let us know what you think!

As with the current OneSearch, keyword searches will bring up print books and DVDs from all Los Rios libraries, along with ebooks, online articles and other formats held at a variety of full-text and audio-visual databases.

Search results page for keywords "social and emotional learning"

Note, when using the beta version you will not be able to request items or view your library record, and item status (such as whether or not a book is checked out) might be inaccurate; that’s all because we’re still using the current system. But you can search and access articles and ebooks, and generally get a sense of how things will be working starting in Spring 2020.

The underlying platform, Primo, is in use at colleges and universities across the U.S. and internationally, including the entire CSU system.

If you’re curious about why and how this change is happening, please see our Library System Migration page.

Spring Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.
  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, second-8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 307, Medical Information Resources, is a 1-unit, second-8-week course perfect for students planning a career in medical or Allied Health fields.

All three courses are taught online; neither requires a textbook purchase.

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.

Spring Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a more wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.
  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, second-8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 307, Medical Information Resources, is a 1-unit, second-8-week course perfect for students planning a career in medical or Allied Health fields.

All three courses are taught online; neither requires a textbook purchase.

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.

Fall Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, 8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a more wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.

No need to purchase a textbook for either of these courses!

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.

Spring Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, first-8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a more wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.

Both courses are taught online; neither requires a textbook purchase.

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.

Very frequently, articles from subject-specific encyclopedias provide a great starting point for research. OneSearch provides some of these as “Research Starters” that pop up for certain searches.

We’ve now enhanced and expanded that feature by pulling in content from one of our other databases, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), which provides loads of useful reference articles. Do a simple search and, if we’ve got an article in GVRL that matches, up to three such articles will appear at the top of the screen under the heading Topic Overviews.

Search for Nativism brings three results from different encyclopedias

We’ll be tracking the number of clicks on these items and otherwise assessing how this new feature is being used. We’re very happy to have the opportunity to develop OneSearch in student-friendly ways. If you’ve got thoughts on how it could be better, contact a librarian and let us know!

The Library has published a guide to this year’s election. Find out about voter registration, the presidential election and California’s 17 (!) ballot measures. Our guide gives you links to the best sites and also provides starters for researching some of the issues at stake on November 8.

<Election guide home page, showing three sections: Voting, Presidential Election, and California Propositions

Also be sure to visit the election-themed display on the 2nd floor of the LRC. Which literary characters would you vote for? Who said it: Trump or Clinton? Which issues do you think are most important this year?

Board asking what the most important issue is; attach a piece of paper to the column of your choiceBoard asks, what if your favorite literary character ran for president. Who would you vote for?Board asks, Who said it? Donald Trump or Hillary ClintonBoard provides information on California Propositions

We’ve also got a book display on presidential elections and politics. You’ll find a list of all books in the display in the election guide.

Welcome to research season! Whether you’ve got an in-class presentation, a paper or some other project, here are some tips for how to go about finding the info you need.

1. Visit the Research Help Desk

Librarian helping two students

Librarians love your research. We enjoy helping you discover resources for getting further in your project and helping you think through what kinds of information might help. There’s always at least one librarian at the desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC. Give us a try!

2. Take a Library Workshop

We offer 50-minute introductions to library resources throughout the semester. You’ll get hand-on practice using OneSearch and ideas for how best to approach finding information on a given topic. Has your instructor offered extra credit for attending one? Come to the Research Help desk (or call 916-558-2461) and reserve your spot.

3. Take PILOT

PILOTlink to SCC Pilot is our online tutorial that guides you through everything from forming a topic to searching the databases to citing your sources!

4. Use Ask A Librarian

Ask a LibrarianYou’ll find our Ask a Librarian icon on our website, in OneSearch and some other databases, and in D2L. If it says “live chat”, that means a librarian is standing by available for text chat. If it says “leave a message,” click to find a page where you can explain what you need and a librarian will reply quickly.

5. Make a Research Appointment

For those who know some of the basics and want a little more focus, we offer 30-minute appointments. Let us know what you’re working on in advance and we’ll spend some time helping you find great info for your research project.


Those are just the top 5—as you spend more time with the library, in person or online, you’ll discover many more.

Remember: successful students use their college library!

Looking to make some rapid progress in your research? Librarians now offer 30-minute appointments where you can get great tips on finding and using the best resources available for your particular topic.

If you have no experience at all using the library, you should start with a library workshop or our online tutorial, PILOT (especially modules 3 & 4). For going beyond the basics, give these appointments a try!

More info is available at our Research Appointments page.

Also remember:

  • Librarians are always available at the Research Help Desk—on-demand help, no appointment necessary
  • We’re also available via email, instant messaging and social media
  • Start your research early; you never know where it will take you
  • For writing help, contact the Writing Center