Summer Research at the NCTC Libraries


Due to NCTC’s limited schedule during the summer semesters, getting help with research may seem difficult. But, the NCTC Library does have several resources available for students on our Research Help page that can make summer research a little easier.

With limited hours that the campus libraries are open, students can use our “Ask a Librarian” form to ask questions that don’t require an immediate response. Before submitting a question, though, it can be a good idea to check out the Library FAQ page to see if your question has already been answered.

Students can also find a comprehensive selection of Subject Guides to guide them toward resources for different topics. Subject guides provide suggestions for databases and catalog searches, as well as links to useful websites that have been vetted by librarians.

Learning a new citation style? We have resources for those as well on the Research Help page, including updated handouts for MLA 8th edition.

The Research Help page also has links to other useful resources and tutorials for scholarly research. Just check out the menu on the right side of the page for more information.

Finally, the NCTC Library has the Library Instruction Tutorial on Canvas. Every student currently enrolled in a summer class at NCTC should have the tutorial listed under their Courses. If you do not have the tutorial, send an email with your NCTC user ID to to be added.

The Canvas tutorial has 6 modules:

Introduction to the NCTC Libraries
Research Strategies & Authoritative Sources
Internet Research
Library Databases
Citing Sources
Skills Assessment

At the conclusion of the tutorial, complete the Skills Assessment and send a screenshot to any instructors that have assigned it to get credit.

And always remember, Off-campus access to the Library Databases is always available through MyNCTC.

–Contributed by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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