LIB 101 Library Research and Beyond: Home

In this Guide

Open book with finger pointing to text. Titled Researching by Jimmie. Used under CC BY.This guide is designed to help students in the LIB 101 classes research a topic or question and learn how to use the PCC Library and its resources. This guide also provides easy access to some of the videos and content provided in class after the term has ended.

Use the tabs above to navigate through the other pages of the guide:

  • Get Started - Getting background information on your topic, concept-mapping your topic, and developing a list of keywords for searching.
  • Find - Find books, articles, videos and more through the library and on the free web.
  • Evaluate - How to determine whether your sources really meet your needs.
  • Cite Sources - Tips and tools for citing sources in MLA or APA format and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Get Help - Get help from a librarian 24x7, get support from a tutor, or find a handout or tutorial to help you with your research.

Photo: Researching by Jimmie. Used under CC BY.

Introduction to the Library Website and Library Services

This 5:26 video provides an overview of the library website and highlights some of the Library's most popular collections and services. 

What is Research?

Students often think of research as something you do only for school assignments, but research is much more than that. Research is about curiosity and finding the answers to questions. You do research every time you wonder about something and then try to find answers or more information.

These two brief (under 2 minute) videos describe what research is:

Get Help from a Librarian 24/7

Getting help with the library catalog

Research Help

You can get help in-person from our librarians during open hours at any PCC Library (see Library hours).

Call us:

  • Cascade: 971-722-5269
  • Rock Creek: 971-722-7239
  • Southeast: 971-722-6289
  • Sylvania: 971-722-4500


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