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Quick Start Library Guide: For Students

Use this handy guide to learn about and gain access to all the library resources from home or on-the-go!

Library Access

Reminder:  Valencia College libraries will remain closed in Phase 2 of the reopening plan, August 1-December 31, 2020.  There will be no access to materials in the closed buildings.  Library services will remain online and we are ready to assist you with your research needs. 

Library electronic materials are available for access 24/7 through your Atlas account.

Click here to keep up-to-date with College newsWhile campuses are closed, please wait until the library reopens to return borrowed materials and equipment.  All fees and fines for library materials due during the closure will be waived.

Students with questions in regard to their library account; database access; fees and fines; holds on their registration; books, equipment or other items checked out currently; etc., can email libraryservice@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-2459.

Questions About Textbooks: The library does not sell textbooks. Textbooks can be purchased through the Campus Store. For information and updates on purchasing textbooks from the Campus Store during Phase 2 of the reopening plan, see the COVID-19 Student FAQ.

Need help with research or library resources? Get help from Valencia College librarians at Ask-a-Librarian.

Logging In to Access Library Resources

This guide works best by accessing it within Atlas or Canvas. 

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Atlas
  2. Go to the Courses tab
  3. Locate the Libraries box halfway down the right-hand side of the screen
  4. Click on Search the Library.

Note: If you do not access this guide through Atlas or Canvas, you will be prompted for a Borrower ID and PIN when you click on the links to library resources

  • Your Borrower ID is your V number including the V.
  • Your PIN is the last four digits of your VID

Research Guides

A research guide is an organized collection of resources that librarians, in conjunction with your professors, have created to highlight resources that will help you research your assignment. You can use a research guide to get background or in depth information related to your assignment.

Interlibrary Loan/UBorrow

During the closure, interlibrary loan and requests from other state institutions through UBorrow will be unavailable. All existing interlibrary loan requests for physical items are on hold. If you have a request for an electronic resource, such as an online journal article held by another institution, contact your campus library to see if the materials are obtainable.

Library Catalog

Search the library catalog to find e-books and/or streaming videos related to your topic.

Videos & Tutorials

Need help with research or have questions about the library in general? From learning how to spot fake news to citing your sources correctly, the library has videos and tutorials to help you with your research. 

FAQs

Visit the Library FAQ Video Guide for a collection of tutorials that will help with your research. 

To begin accessing our resources, start with the two videos below. 

Using Google Scholar

You can access articles from Valencia's library databases using Google Scholar. To begin, go to scholar.google.com. Under settings, click Library Links and search for Valencia College. Check the box to enable linking search results to Valencia's library databases. Note: to link directly to library database articles from Google Scholar, you must be logged in to the Valencia library.

Learning Technology Support

Students who need help with technology skills, such as Microsoft Office, devices, Canvas, or applications like YouTube can request an online appointment with a staff member in Learning Support by filling out the form below:

Research Workshops: Live & On Demand

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Want to brush up your library research skills? 

Research Workshops is a self-enrolling Canvas course that offers live Zoom sessions and self-paced modules to help you with your research assignments. Here's how it works:

  • Follow the link below to join.
  • Complete modules or attend live sessions.
  • After each workshop, take a brief quiz.
  • Earn digital badges to demonstrate that you have completed the training.

Ask-A-Librarian

Get help from Valencia College librarians and librarians from around the state of Florida.

During the break between terms, students can chat live online or text a Valencia College librarian during the hours of 

  • Monday - Friday - 8am - 5pm

During off hours, students can send an e-mail that librarians will retrieve when the virtual desk reopens.
Use the link below to chat, text or e-mail:


Ask a Librarian is a statewide service. In addition to the Valencia College hours, librarians from other libraries across the state of Florida are also available to chat live with students until midnight, Sunday through Thursday. 

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