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How to Navigate the Library

This guide provides an introduction to library resources and how to find, evaluate, use, and cite them.

Types of Library Materials

SC4 Library collects many different kinds of information:

  • General Information-sources for everyone (general public, students, faculty)
  • Professional Information-specialized sources for professionals in different fields or students studying those professions
  • Scholarly Information -sources for students who are studying and researching different topics and courses of study

The chart below explains the differences between primary and secondary sources.

primary vs secondary



Location of Materials in the Library

These sources are organized in SC4 Library according to the chart below. If you have any trouble finding a source, please ask a librarian!

Type of Source                            



Specific Source




Location in SC4 Library





Reference Books                                                                    

Reference Area [some also available online]



Fiction and Non-fiction Books

Circulating Books [the books in the moving shelves], Online, and New Books Shelf [near the library entrance]



Reserve Books

Ask at the Circulation Desk, Online


Current Magazines/Journals   

Current Periodicals Shelf [near the library entrance], Online



Older Magazines/Journals/Newspapers   

Online Databases  




Current Periodicals Shelf, Online

Electronic Sources                             


Ask at the Circulation Desk







Journal Articles




Streaming Video/Audio



For any other resource type not listed here, type your search term into the OneSearch box, hit enter, and then you will be able to refine your content by type.

Helpful Links

  • Achievement Center ~The Achievement Center offers test preparation, tutoring, study skills and tips, and disability services.

  • Book a Study Room ~ The library features multiple group study spaces, available for use by students, staff, and faculty.
  • Canvas ~ Log in to Canvas, SC4's online study program.
  • Interlibrary Loan ~ Students, Faculty and Staff may request a copy of an item that is not directly available in full text through SC4 library.
  • Math Center ~ Get math help Mon-Thurs 9 am-4:30 pm in Room C100, College Center (across the hall from the library).
  • Printing and Copying Information ~ The library has two black and white printing stations, one color printer, and a copier/scanner that prints both letter and ledger size.

  • Writing Center ~ Busy students find the assistance they need at the SC4 Writing Center, located in 313 Main Building.

  • Office 365 ~ With Office 365, you will have access to all of the Microsoft Office applications to either use in your web browser, or to install on your computer. You will also get free cloud storage using OneDrive (up to 1 TB) and a selection of other Microsoft applications. Sign up using your SC4 student email.