Century Library Homepage
• http://www.century.edu/library/default.aspx
Century Library Resources
Holdings: 112,000+ titles
– The library catalog includes books, electronic books, streaming videos,
videos, pamphlets, periodical titles, and other holdings
Subscription Databases
Century College Library subscribes to over 70 databases, containing millions of
articles on a wide variety of topics. Start from the library homepage, click on the
“Articles, Databases & More” tab, and then “Databases from A-Z.” Examples include:
African American Studies Center - Articles, images, primary source materials
ARTstor - Images of art, architecture, and archeology
CQ Researcher - Reports on current events and issues
EBSCO - Academic , business, CINAHL, and MLA Bibliography, etc.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – Selected electronic reference books
Gale - Expanded Academic ASAP, Discovery Collection, etc.
JSTOR - Humanities and social sciences full-text articles
Lexis-Nexis - News, business and legal resources
Literature Resource Center (Gale) - Literary criticism, reviews, biographies
ProQuest Newspapers - Includes the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press
Reference USA - Business and residential database
SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO) - Sociology research database
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Login – username is the barcode on the back of your Century ID, password is your last name
Your Library Card is Your
Century College Photo ID
• Use your library card to:
Check material out of the library
Log on to subscription databases from off campus
Request interlibrary loans (ILL)
Renew materials online
• Logging on to library resources:
– Use the 14-digit number on the back of your student ID
– Your last name is your password
If you do not have a Century College ID, or if the above directions don’t
work, call the library at (651) 747-4004.
Library Search Tabs
• Three Search Tabs
– Books & More
• Search for all cataloged materials: books, e-books, films, streaming video,
journal titles, etc.
– Articles, Databases & More
• Search for articles, locate journals, learn search techniques through tutorials
– DVDs, Videos & Streaming
• Search for DVDs and videos that are part of the library collection, or watch
streaming videos
Century Library Catalog
Basic Search
The default is:
1. Searching all fields of
the record
2. Searching the
Century College
Library collection
Basic Search Options
• A drop down allows you to specify which part of
the record you want to search
Catalog - Advanced Search
• Click on
Search” if you
want to:
– Set up a more
complex search
– Select limits
Catalog - Results List
• Results are
sorted by
• Change the sort
by using the drop
down menu
• Refine your
search with the
tools on the left
side of the screen
• Click on a title to
see the complete
Catalog – Electronic Books
• Click on “Advanced
• Select “Electronic
Book” from the
format menu
• Enter search terms
into the search bars
• Click “Find”
Accessing E-books
Click the “Online
Access” link to view
a book
When you are off
campus you will
need to logon:
Username: 14-digit
number on the back of
your Century ID
Password: your last
Loan Periods
Books - 3 weeks, one renewal
Periodicals & pamphlets - 1 week, one renewal
Circulating DVDs – one week, with one renewal
Reserves – varies, the loan period is set by the
instructor who put it on reserve
• Reserve videos and DVDs - students may only
use these in the library - can be checked out to
• Reference Books - in library use only
• ILL - set by the library that owns the material
Renewals -1
Renew in person, or online
Online Renewal
1.Start from the Library Home
2.Click on “My Library Account”
Renewals - 2
• Logon
– Username = the 14-digit barcode
number on the back of your Century ID
– Password = your last name
• Click “My Account”
Renewals - 3
• Click “Renew
This” for each
item you want to
– Note: ILL Items
are not
renewed. You
will be notified
renewal status
• It is important to return things on time
• Until fines are paid a hold will be placed on you record
and you will not be able to register for classes, get your
grades, or get a transcript
• $1.00 per day for items on reserve and circulating DVDs
– No grace period
• $5.00 per item for other Century College materials after
the 2nd notice is sent
– This notice bills you for the cost of the item. After the item is
returned the charge is removed, but a $5.00 per item fine
• Fines on interlibrary loans vary, and are determined by
the lending library
Interlibrary Loans
• Books and articles not owned by
Century Library can be obtained from
other libraries
– They usually arrive within one week
– Copies of articles are yours to keep
– The library that owns the book
determines the loan period and
renewal policies
Interlibrary Loans - Requesting
• You can request materials in person, or online using the
library catalog, the “My Library Account” button, Worldcat
via FirstSearch, or MnLink
– When a logon is requested, use the14-digit number
on the back of your student ID card (numbers only)
– Your password is your last name
Be sure you get a confirmation number. Until you
have a confirmation number, the ILL request has
not been successfully completed!
Interlibrary Loans - Articles
• Articles are often sent electronically
– If the article can be sent electronically, an
e-mail message is sent to your Century
College student e-mail account with access
Questions about ILL? Call 651-779-3260
• Select the Articles, Databases & More Tab
– Click on either Databases by Subject, or Databases A-Z
• NOTE: Selected groupings of databases can also be found by starting from
a “Subject Guide.” These are located below the Library Search box on the
library home page
Databases are available both on
and off campus
• Start from the “Article, Databases & More” tab, and
select either:
– Databases by Subject, or
– Databases A-Z
• Click on the name of a database
– You will need to logon, if you are off campus
• Username = the 14-digit barcode number from the back of your Century
College ID (numbers only)
• Password = your last name
Database Basics
• All databases have unique features. For best
results, spend a few minutes learning how the
database works. Try to answer the following
• What is in the database?
– Brief descriptions are listed for each database
• How can I search it?
– What is the default search method?
– What are some other ways can I search it?
– What parts of the record can be searched?
• How do I work with the results?
Default Search Method
Every database has default search methods, usually one of the 5 listed below:
1. And Search
Finds records that have ALL OF YOUR KEYWORDS - in any location
or order - in any searchable part of the record.
2. Or Search
Finds records with ANY OF YOUR KEYWORDS in any location in all
searchable parts of the record.
3. Phrase Search
Finds only records with YOUR KEYWORDS IN THE EXACT ORDER
in which you typed them.
4. Proximity Search
Finds records with YOUR KEYWORDS NEAR EACH OTHER, in any
5. Browse Search
Finds records starting with your first term, and displays an alphabetical
list of results.
Other Ways of Searching
Phrase searching
– Use “quotes around the phrase” to find words in that exact order
Boolean searching – use to expand or limit
– AND: Finds only records containing both terms
– OR: Finds records containing either word
– NOT: Finds records with first term, but not second term
Limits that you can select before searching
– Full-text only
– Scholarly journal articles only
– Etc.
Expanders that you can select before searching
– Search the full-text of the documents
– Search for related words
– Etc.
Truncation and Wild Cards
– Special characters to substitute for one or more letters in your keywords
What Parts of Record can be Searched?
• Full-text
– This can often be selected as an option
• Selected parts of the record
– Options vary from database to database,
and may include:
Search Term Tips
• More terms = fewer results
– (except for OR searches)
• Be creative! Think of other terms to
describe what you are looking for
• Use the subject headings assigned by
the database you are searching
Working with Results
• Display & selection of records
– Databases often include features that allow:
• Saving
• E-mailing
• Printing
• Locating and obtaining materials
– Call numbers tell you where to look in the library
– “Journal and Newspaper Titles” link can be used to locate an
article from a citation
– Interlibrary loan (ILL) can be used to get an item that is not
available in Century College’s print or electronic collections
• Not all articles are full-text.
– Choose this as a limit before you search if you
only want articles you can print immediately
• Full-text article formats:
Printing a PDF Document
• When printing
click the PDF
print icon
Examples of databases
Examples of databases:
• Academic Search Premier, EBSCO
• Expanded Academic ASAP, Gale
• Gale Virtual Reference Library
Tutorials for these and other databases are available at
Academic Search Premier, EBSCO
What’s Included
• What is in the database?
– The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database
• More than 8,500 Abstracted and Indexed Journals
• More than 4,600 Full-Text Journals
• More than 7,400 Peer-Reviewed, Abstracted and Indexed
• More than 3,900 Peer-Reviewed, Full-Text Journals
– This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of
academic study including:
• Computer sciences
• Chemistry
• Language and linguistics
• Arts & literature
• Medical sciences, and many more
Academic Search Premier, EBSCO
The default search is:
– A Boolean/Phrase Search
– An advanced search
– A proximity search
These defaults can be
changed to:
• Find all my search terms
• Find any of my search
• SmartText Searching
– Combine search terms by
using the drop down
Boolean operators (And,
Or, Not)
– Select parts of the record
to search by using the
drop down menu
– Add any limiters or
expanders desired before
Academic Search Premier, EBSCO
Results are displayed in
relevance order
– This can be changed to
date, source, or author
Narrow results further by
using the facets on the left
side of the screen
Click on a Title to display
the full record
Or Click on “Full Text” to
display whole article
– Note: not all articles are
full text, unless this limit
was selected
– Articles can also be
requested through ILL
Expanded Academic ASAP, Gale
What’s Included
• Expanded Academic ASAP contains:
– Over 2,000,000 articles, updated daily
– Articles published between 1980 and today
• Balanced coverage on a wide-range of topics including
– Arts, the humanities, social sciences, and science and
technology, this database meets research needs across all
academic disciplines. You can access:
• Scholarly journals
• News magazines
• Newspapers
Expanded Academic ASAP, Gale
The default search:
– Is an advanced search
– Is a proximity search
These defaults can be changed:
– You can change the type of search to:
• Home Page (basic search screen)
• Subject Guide Search
• Publication Search
– Change the proximity search default:
• Use quotes to create a phrase
• Put terms in separate boxes and use
drop down menu to add Boolean terms
(And, Or, Not) between words and
– Select parts of the record to search by
using the drop down menu
– Add any limiters or expanders desired
before searching
Expanded Academic ASAP, Gale
Results are sorted by
type: Academic
Journals, Magazines,
etc. Click other links for
additional results
Results are displayed in
relevancy order
Can be changed to date
You can refine results by
searching within the
results, or setting limits
Click on a Title to
display the full record
Click on “Full-text” to
display whole article
Note: not all articles are
full text, unless this limit
has been selected
Articles can also be
requested through ILL
Virtual Reference Library, Gale
What’s Included
Selected reference books on the following subjects:
• Biography
• Education
• Environment
• General Reference
• History
• Literature
• Medicine
• Multicultural Studies
• Nation and World
• Religion
• Science
• Social Science
Virtual Reference Library, Gale
Defaults to a Basic
Search mode
• Use quotes around phrases
• Combine search terms with
Boolean terms (And, OR,
• Other search options:
– Click on a subject to
search the books within
that subject
– Click on a title of a book to
search only within that
– Change to “Advanced
Search” for more options
Virtual Reference Library, Gale
• Sorted by
• You can change
the sort to:
– Document Title
– Publication Date
– Publication Title
• You can search
within the results
• All articles are fulltext
Contact Information
• Library Website: http://www.century.edu/library/
• Reference questions (651) 747-4004
• Email: [email protected]

Library Catalog - Century College