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Using Library Resources: Home

This page will guide students through the library resources available to them at MVC.

DCCCD Resources

When accessing databases from home you will be asked for a user ID and password. Please follow the below examples to gain access.

Employee example: and econnect password

Student example: and econnect password

For help with ebooks, click on the link below.

Use the DCCCD Library Catalog to search for items located at any of the Dallas County Community College District colleges, including:

  • Printed Books
  • eBooks
  • DVDs

To search the catalog, go to the search box below, enter your search terms, and click on the magnifying glass or hit enter.

Find books, media, and more in library catalog 

To place a request for a book in the catalog sign in with your econnect email and password.

Employee example: and econnect password

Student example: and econnect password

For detailed instructions click on the document link below.

Search Terms

Before you start your search, think about your search terms. Determine the main idea(s) in your research question or topic. These will be your search terms. For example, if your research question is Should capital punishment be abolished?, then your search term is capital punishment. Make a list of synonymous terms, broader terms, and narrower terms.  Here's another look at this research question and a few related terms.

Capital Punishment Synonymous, Broader, Narrower Terms

Evaluating Sources

There's a lot of information out there, but not all of it is appropriate for your research. You'll need to evaluate what you find and an easy way to evaluate is with the TRAAP Test. Click on the link below to learn more.

If you need more help with evaluating sources, try the infoLAB tutorial. Click on the link below.

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