Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do you find books in the library?

In order to find books, you need to use the library's online catalog. This is accessed using the search box on our home page at under "Search the SCC library for books and videos." Books that can be checked out are located on the second floor; reference books are located on the first floor. Watch this short video on finding books in the SCC Library.

Q: How can I locate scholarly journal articles?

One of the best places to start looking for scholarly articles is in the Academic Search Premier database under Search for Articles – Databases. From the main screen of the database, click on search options and click in the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box to limit your search to scholarly (or peer-reviewed) articles.

Q: Can I access library materials from home?

If you have a computer with an Internet connection, you can access library resources from our Web page at All users can access the majority of the resources on the page, including the Online Catalog/MOBIUS and the Research Guides. However, only current students, faculty and staff can access the databases.

If you live closer to another academic library in the state, you can request books from the SCC Library and pick them up from many academic libraries throughout the state of Missouri. Click here for more information on pickup anywhere.

Q: What topic should I choose for my research paper/class presentation?

You should always try to find a topic of interest to you. It is also a good idea to discuss your topic with your professor to be certain it is appropriate for the class. The library has a number of sources that give you ideas for topics, such as:

10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports & Speeches (book)
REF / LB 1047.3 .L35 1998

CQ Researcher (database)

Opposing Viewpoints (database)

The reference area consists of numerous subject encyclopedias as well. These encyclopedias give you good background information in particular subject areas, which can help you pick out or narrow down a topic. Ask the reference librarians to suggest a subject encyclopedia in the area you are interested in.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to check out books?

You must bring your student ID or driver's licsence with you to check out books.

Q: My instructor put a book/video/CD on reserve. Where do I get it?

Reserve materials are kept behind the circulation desk. You must know your instructor's LAST NAME in order for us to locate the material since they are shelved by instructor name. Bring your student ID with you to check out the material from the circulation desk.


Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Circulation Desk

Reference Desk