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Find Books & DVDs

MCC's library - Use WebPAC (MCC's computer catalog) to find books, DVDs, or videos available in MCC's three campus libraries (Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha, and South Omaha) as well as Omaha Public Library.

eBooks - Use eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), a database of full-text eBooks appropriate for academic research, many of which can be downloaded.

Encyclopedias and dictionaries are available in Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

The eBooks page contains links to free eBook sites on the web.

Streaming videos - The Films on Demand Streaming Videos collection contains 300+ documentaries. Additional videos are linked on the library's Streaming Videos page.

Other libraries - The Library Catalogs page contains links to other Nebraska library catalogs as well as WorldCat, a worldwide library catalog.

For information on obtaining items available in other libraries, refer to Get Items MCC Doesn't Own below.

Find Articles

Find a specific magazine, newspaper, or journal - Use Magazine Finder to see if a specific magazine, newspaper, or journal is available at MCC, either on paper in a campus library or online in a library database.

Find articles by topic - The libraries subscribe to more than 30 computer databases containing citations, abstracts, and full text articles from thousands of magazines, newspapers, and journals.

Choose the right database! It is important that you select a database appropriate to your topic. General databases (such as Academic Search Premier) provide articles on a variety of topics while subject specific databases (such as Business Source Elite) contain only articles related to that subject. Use Databases by Subject or ask library staff for assistance.

Find Scholarly Journals

The Scholarly Journals page includes a search box allowing you to search for scholarly journals in multiple EBSCOhost databases plus instructions on how to find scholarly journals in other library databases.

Find Web Sites

The Search the Web page includes links to a variety of tools designed to help you find web sites:

  • Web Searching Guides & Tutorials - The basics of web searching; recommended search strategies; how to use search engines, subject guides, and other search tools; search engine updates and comparisons; more.
  • WorldCat - Search for reliable websites by subject, keyword, title, author, etc.
  • Search Engines - Links to several recommended search engines.
  • Blogs & Discussion Groups - Search tools designed to search blogs & Internet discussion groups.
  • International Search Engines - Lists of search engines organized by country or region.
  • Deep Web - Websites to help you search thousands of databases and other information resources not accessible to general search engines.

Search engines do not distinguish between reliable and unreliable web sites and the quality of the information they retrieve will vary. The Web Sites by Subject page contains lists of reliable web sites organized by subject.

Get Items MCC Doesn't Own

Interlibrary Loan - MCC students, faculty and staff may request books, articles or other library materials through the library's Interlibrary Loan service. There is no cost for this service. See Interlibrary Loan for details and request forms.

Reciprocal Borrowing - MCC students, faculty and staff may check out library materials from Nebraska college libraries participating in the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement. A MCC identification card is required and may be requested from a campus Student Services office (students) or from Human Resources (faculty and staff). Some libraries may require additional forms of identification (contact them for details).

La Vista Public Library and Omaha Public Library - MCC students, faculty and staff may also check out library materials from the La Vista Public Library (located at the Sarpy Center) as well as Omaha Public Library (main library and branches). Omaha Public Library materials may also be requested for pick up at MCC"s Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha, or South Omaha camus libraries. MCC students, faculty, and staff may also request an Omaha Public Library card at MCC's campus libraries.

Purchase Requests - You may also recommend items for purchase by MCC's libraries by contacting a campus library or by submitting a Library Purchase Request Form. NOTE: Items needed on an immediate basis should be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

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