Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Research Without a Library (Oregon Edition)

Sometimes you need to do research, but you don't have library access -- maybe because you're not enrolled in PCC classes right now. This guide will help you locate free resources and subscriptions maintained by the State Library for all Oregonians.

Research Help Appointments

Schedule an appointment at the calendar link below to get uninterrupted individual time with a librarian. 

A reference librarian can work with you on:

  • coming up with a research topic or question
  • finding credible and useful information on the web or in a library database
  • evaluating sources and citing them

Things to know about appointments:

  • We offer 30-minute appointments, either online or on the phone. 
  • Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Please bring your assignment with you to the appointment.

To make an appointment:

  • Click on an available appointment slot in the calendar.
  • Be sure to log in with your PCC email address when prompted and then sign in with your normal PCC username and password.
  • Make sure you are not using a personal (non-PCC) Gmail account to book the appointment.
  •  A librarian will email you to confirm your appointment.

Get Help in Person or by Phone

You can ask our librarians a question during open hours at any PCC Library.

Need the phone number for your campus? Contact us! If you'd rather come by in person, check the PCC Library locations and hours.

Email Us

Need to ask a question by email? Use the Email a Librarian form or find your favorite librarian's email address on Library Staff.

Use Library "How Do I...?" to get your questions answered

Library "How Do I...?" contains the answers to common questions students ask about research.

Library How Do I... screenshot and link

Helping Yourself!

PCC Library has many resources that you can use on your own. Each campus library offers quiet study spaces as well as study rooms you can reserve. (NOTE: During the campus closure, you cannot visit PCC campus libraries or reserve study rooms)

The Library also has video tutorials on everything from how to develop a topic for your paper to figuring out how to incorporate citations into your paper. You'll find those videos, as well as information about using e-resources, at Tutorials and Handouts.

Learning to cite sources is another way you can help yourself! PCC Library has all the information you need to cite sources: