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Library Without Walls


You want it; we’ll show you how to get it: Get books from anywhere in North America. Set up alerts so new articles you want in library databases are sent automatically to your email. Get articles & documents available elsewhere delivered to your email usually for free. Download audio books, eBooks and more from Overdrive.



Books & Articles From Outside RCC Walls

The RCC library can get the books and articles you need from anywhere in the country.

Online Catalog

Search our catalog for access to millions of books available through the MBLN network. You can order books and movies in the catalog and have them sent to RCC.
Example: "Spanish Armada"

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Enter term in search box and click on arrow

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Results with two books, click on "Limit by" and select "All Locations" to search the whole network

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We are now searching the whole network, notice the results went from 2 to 61 items

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To order a book, click on the "Hold this for me " button

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Enter your library barcode and pin number

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Click on "Request" to order the book, it should be delivered within a week

InterLibrary Loan/ Document Delivery:
The RCC library can get books and articles from another library anywhere in the country. If we do not have it and you need it, fill out an online form and we can request it be sent here. Many times articles are emailed within two days in PDF format.

World Cat
Use World cat to find books & videos from libraries worldwide. This is a good place to start if you want to see what is availble through InterLibrary loan. You can also use it to get the correct citation when submitting a ILL using the online forms.

InterLibrary Loan/Document Delivery Forms:

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InterLibrary Loan web page

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InterLibrary Loan form for books

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Document Delivery form for articles




Email Alerts

Ebsco databases allow you to save searches and then emails you links to new articles about the topic.
Example: "Diabetes and Byetta"

Academic Search Premier

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Enter search term and click "search"

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Search results: click on "Create an alert" in the upper right hand bubble

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Sign into account

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Enter alert preferences

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Saved search alert: new articles are emailed to you when they become available in the database

For help, click here


Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.
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General Library Information


Research guide prepared on 11/19/08 by William Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu