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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about CCC Library.
  • I need help searching in a database.
  • Our Research Help guide is a great place to start, particularly the sections Translate your topic into a search and Search for information.
    If you’re having other struggles searching in a database, try searching the FAQ for the specific issue or contact a librarian!
  • Peer-reviewed articles.
  • Peer-reviewed articles are scholarly articles that have undergone rigorous editorial review. To learn more about peer-reviewed articles, check out our Research Help guide!
    To find peer-reviewed articles:
    • Go to the CCC Library homepage and enter your keyword(s) into the search bar.
    • On the left hand sidebar of your search results page, you’ll see "Refine my results" and below that, "Availability."
    • Select the box to the left of "Peer-reviewed Journals" and click "Apply filters."
    • Your results should now have a small icon listed below the article title with a purple icon and the words "Peer reviewed."
  • I need help with citations.
  • Check out CCC Library’s guide to MLA or APA citations!

    Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help: in-person, phone, email, or 24/7 live chat. We are here for you!
  • Where can I get the full text of an article or a book CCC doesn't have?
  • You can get nearly any book or article in the world through CCC Library, even if we don’t own it. We borrow from our library partners on your behalf!
    Books
    If you find a print book using CCC Library that CCC doesn’t own, we can order if for you through Summit.
    If you have searched CCC Library for your book and cannot find your book listed, we’ve got you covered with Interlibrary Loan.
    Articles
    If you find an article using CCC Library that does not have Online Access or Full Text Available, but instead says "No full-text," you can order the article through Interlibrary loan by filling out a request form.
  • What are good sources?
  • CCC Library provides many strategies to help with evaluating information. Resources available through our catalog & databases are generally "better" than random internet searching. Starting your research in the CCC Library Catalog will help you find books, eBooks, and articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.
    How "good" a source is can be a very difficult thing to determine, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reference librarians exist to help you answer this very question. Visit, email, call, or chat with us any time you have questions determining whether a source you’ve found is "good."
  • I need help choosing a topic.
  • The most important aspect of your topic is that it needs to be interesting to you - CCC Library has several easy tips to help you choose a good, interesting topic.
  • Is there a course guide or website for my class?
  • To find a Course Guide, look in these places:
    • Select Course Guides at the top right of the CCC Library homepage to see the full list of course-specific guides.
    • Find your class by Course number or look under "Subject Guide" for guides by discipline.
    • The "Research help" guide under "Topic Guide" addresses every angle of research, from topics to keywords to searching to citing. If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, contact a librarian to get the answer you need.
  • I need help with writing and editing my paper.
  • CCC has a super-helpful Writing Center with locations on both the Oregon City and Harmony campuses. Get help with essay writing, editing, topic selection, resume and scholarship writing, and more.
    You can also get writing and editing help online via Smarthinkingonline tutoring.
  • I need math or science help.
  • The Tutoring Services at CCC webpage has comprehensive information. Note that in-person tutoring labs have hours that vary by term, so check the website before coming to campus. Contact tutoring@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-6191 for more information.
    Oregon City campus has drop-in Math and Science labs in the Dye Learning Center.
    Harmony campus has drop-in Math and Science labs on the third floor of the Harmony West building.
    You can also schedule math tutoring for a specific time using the online scheduler. Instructions for using this system are available here.

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