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How to Use the Library


LIBRARY STAFF
Patricia Stroud – Director of Libraries - 304 723-7517- pstroud@wvncc.edu
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Weirton LRC – 304 723-7516
Nancy Nosko – Library Technical Assistant – 304 723-7518 nnosko@wvncc.edu

Wheeling LRC – 304 214-8954
Linda Fletcher – Library Associate – 304 214-8955 lfletcher@wvncc.edu
Pearl Foston – Library Technical Assistant 304 214-8954 pfoston@wvncc.edu
Larry Bukosky – Library Technical Assistant 304 214-8953 lbukosky@wvncc.edu

New Martinsville LRC – 304 510-8766
Janet Corbitt – Staff Librarian 304 510-8781 jcorbitt@wvncc.edu
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West Virginia Northern Community College has three campuses (Wheeling, Weirton, and New Martinsville) with a Library/Learning Resource Center on each campus. All three libraries have a collection of about 28,000 items. Please use the WVNCC Library Catalog to find specific items that the library owns. It is important when using the WVNCC Library Catalog to refer to the item that the campus is on. The library will ship the item to the campus that you are near and you can check the item out from there.

From the library’s web page you will be able to access the WVNCC Library Catalog and our electronic databases.
Following will be instructions for the use of our resources to help you with your research needs as a student of WVNCC.

LIBRARY WEB PAGE

Access to our library catalog, databases, and other online resources can be found on the Library Web Page and in the portals. 
Go to the College Web Page  - Look for Library under Quick Links.  You can also use your Student, Faculty, or Adjunct portal.  Just log into your portal and click on the Library link.  This takes you to the Library Portal Page which has links to the library databases and the Library Web Page.


Library Web Page

 Library Web Page

Books – will take you to the WVNCC Library Catalog of our resources. Also listed on this page will be links to other important resources from books including WorldCat and our collection of online reference books, Credo Reference

Articles – will take you to our group of online databases. Here you will find full text articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Reference – Credo Reference has a link here along with links to other online reference materials including WV Infodepot and the Britannica encyclopedia.

Web Search – has links to Blackboard Vista, FAFSA, and other search engines

Library Info and Help – will take you to more library information.

BOOKS and the WVNCC Library Catalog

In the process of doing research, you may need to use information from books. Libraries have online catalogs to search for the books available in their libraries. Our catalog is the WVNCC Library Catalog and can be found from the Library Web Page by clicking on the Books link.

Books Page

The first link is the link to our catalog of items – WVNCC Library Catalog.  Some other options to find books on this page are:
West Virginia Public Libraries – this searches all the collections of the libraries in the Northern half of West Virginia. Search a library near you to find resources.

WorldCat – use this database to search for resources in libraries outside of West Virginia, worldwide. Find what is available at a library near you, or request that we get the item by interlibrary loan. You would need to pick up and return the interlibrary loan item from one of our campus libraries. Contact staff on the campus near you for more information.
The others are links to resources about more information on books from the Library of Congress to the last three links on the page that will take you to online eBook collections. There is also a link here for Credo Reference.

CREDO REFERENCE – has hundreds of reference books (over 500) covering every major topic including art, medicine, history, technology, literature, and more. The collection features over 3 million entries, 200,000 audio pronunciation files; 40,000+ art, science, and medical images; and 90,000 atlas images of places and geographic features throughout the world.
Access Credo Reference on the Library Web Page from Books, Articles, or Reference

Credo Search Page
Search by keyword including advanced searching, or by each individual reference book (Find a Book).
Credo Reference should be used to find information about your topic from some of the world’s best and most respected reference publishers. From here you can get your background information, statistics, a biography, or image to use in your research, you can then link directly to articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals in our databases to continue with your research or you could go directly to the WVNCC Library Catalog to see if there are books available on your topic by using the Related Resources link on the left of the page.

On the Books page, or from the Portal pages go to the WVNCC Library Catalog

 The next screen below is the opening page of the WVNCC Library Catalog.
 WVNCC Catalog

The opening screen will always be the basic search screen. You can search by title; author, subject, and keyword by either selecting the tabs next to the basic search tab or by using the drop down menu at Keyword.

 

 

 

 

The following screen shot is of a search done in the WVNCC Library Catalog. I dropped down the menu at Keyword and chose a Title search. I searched for the book, What Happens in Hamlet by John Dover Wilson.
What you are seeing is the record of this book. On the left you get all of the information on title, author, publisher, etc. At the bottom on the left is the Holdings information. Here you will find on what campus the book is located. In this case the book is on the Weirton campus. If you need the book, you could go to that campus and check it out, if you live nearer to Wheeling or New Martinsville, the library will ship the book to that location for you to check out from there.

 This is an example of a record of a book found in the WVNCC Library Catalog.

Book Record in the WVNCC Catalog

 

 

 

On the lower right side of the Book Record you will see a link to Google Books.  Google has digitized thousands of books and will let you see parts or all of the books online if the books fall into copyright law.

 

Below is what the Google Books link to What Happens in Hamlet looks like: Google Books View

 

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Please contact library staff for any questions on how to use the WVNCC Library Catalog, requesting books by interlibrary loan, or using the WorldCat database to find books in libraries around the world.

ONLINE DATABASES
The Library Web Page gives you access to several different online databases that contain reference material, newspaper articles, and magazine and journal articles – many are in full text.

To access these databases; go to the Library Web Page  Then click on the Articles button or use the .

The following page listing the databases will appear:

Articles/Databases Page

 These are the database companies that are available to you; Infotrac, Sirs Knowledge Source, OMNIFILE Full Text Mega, EBSCOhost Web, and Ovid. Credo Reference also has a link here. Some contain one large database to search; others have several different databases for you to choose from. Each will search and look a little different, but with some practice you should be able to find much of the information that you will need to complete your research projects here at WVNCC. All materials are from reputable publishers and are in well known publications.

In the Infotrac group you will find the Powersearch available from the opening screen. You may also just choose one of the databases to search. The Student Resources in Centext is a large database of information on general topics including a lot of information on topics in Literature, including authors, plays, and works of literature. The Business and Company Resource Center covers the area of economics and business topics and the Health and Wellness Resource Center is good for medical topics. Opposing Viewpoints is found here and is an excellent resource for pro/con issues

Sirs Knowledge Source is also excellent for this type of search on argumentative topica and has a lot of information from the federal government..

OVID contains full text articles from nursing journals.  Be sure to use Your Journals @Ovid for access to the full text

EBSCOHost contains many more databases including MasterFile Premier and OMNIFILE Fulltext Meag is another large general information database.

Always remember to contact your instructor or the Library Staff if you need any assistance.
 

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