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SLS 1122 - New Student Experience Library Guide : Intro to Library Services & Resources

Intro to Library Services & Resources

Welcome to the Valencia College Library! In this lesson, we'll introduce items you can borrow and access from the Library for free, such as books, eBooks, subscription articles, library databases, streaming video, DVDs, equipment and devices. We'll also discuss ways that librarians can help students with research.

Visiting the Library

How to Log In to the Library

How to Search the Library Catalog

Activity #1: Find a Book or eBook

Search the Library for a book or eBook on one of the following:

  • time management
  • personal finance
  • study skills
  • a career of interest to you

Tip: It is a good idea to try your search multiple times using different keywords. Keywords for attorney might include lawyer, public defender, district attorney, etc. Keywords for time management might include procrastination. When searching for books on careers, try the following:

career OR vocational guidance

Narrow your search further by searching for your major AND one of these keywords, like this:

nursing AND career; nursing AND vocational guidance

How Librarians Can Help: The Research Roadmap

Ask a Librarian

Need help with research or library resources? Get remote help from state-wide librarians at Ask-a-Librarian.

Ask a Librarian provides online help through live chat and text messaging from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (ET), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ET).  

Get help directly from Valencia College librarians on Ask-A-Librarian.

Students can chat live online or text a Valencia College librarian during these hours for Fall 2022:

  • Monday - Thursday 2pm - 9pm
  • Friday 2pm - 5pm 
  • Saturday 11am - 3pm

During campus closures or off hours, students can send an e-mail that librarians will retrieve when the virtual desk reopens.

The Valencia College libraries do not welcome solicitation of resources to be added to our LibGuides. This includes but is not limited to vendors, search engine optimizers, placement of ads, products, or any other requests. Our LibGuides are carefully curated resources developed in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to support specific assignments, courses, events, and other related purposes at Valencia College. The Valencia libraries reserve the right to ignore LibGuide resource solicitations, and/or block persistent requests from groups or individuals to add or promote links in our LibGuides.