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Contact an SCC Librarian:

8:00 PM - 8:00 PM M-Th and 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Fri
828-339-4288 or 800-447-4091, ext. 4288

Or, Chat with a NC Librarian (Available after hours and weekends)

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Holt Library Catalog Search

Search the library catalog to find books, videos, and more at Holt Library.

For more advanced search options, go directly to the library catalog.

Using MLA format

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab is using the 7th edition of MLA's guidelines and will update their site in June 2016. In the meantime, see the link titled "MLA 8th edition: what's new and different" for a very simple explanation of the updates, which are found in the 8th edition in print.  



This guide will show you how to find books and peer-reviewed articles for your research papers.

If you need further help or have questions about other databases and resources, don't hesitate to contact me.  My contact information is under my profile photo.


How to Create Library Account


The SCC photo ID card is also the SCC Library card. Students and College employees may bring their photo ID card to the Library to register the barcode number as a library account number. This is required as a one-time process. Library staff will scan the barcode on the card to begin a library transaction, so it is necessary to bring the card into the library. Users who need to register from a distant location may contact staff via  More information for distance learners is posted on the MySCC/Library page.

How to Search for Books

Sign in to MySCC and click Library tab.

Choose the "SCC Holt Library Catalog" link.

You may search for an item several ways, such as title, author, or subject.  The library box default is Southwestern.

Click on the item and it will give you a call number (Dewey Decimal) and a location.

If you do not find what you need at Holt Library, simply go back to your search screen and the box that says "Southwestern."  This time, scroll to the top of the list and click "ALL" so that it will search all of the libraries in our community college system.  If you find an item you would like, call us to place an order.  Our number is 828-339-4288.

If you still don't find what you need, please contact me and I will place an inter-library loan order for you.  That means that I can search libraries outside of our system.  You have access to many libraries through SCC.  My contact information is under my profile picture to the left.

How to Find Peer-Reviewed Articles

Sign in to MySCC and click Library tab.  Under Research Tools, click NC LIVE or use the link below.

There are many ways to search, but I find that searching "By Subject" is easiest.  If you know the specific database you would like to use, then you may find them by clicking "Browse Databases."  

  • NC LIVE Homepage
  • ProQuest Central
    ProQuest Central is a good general database that covers a broad range of topics. It is listed under "Poplular NC LIVE Resources" or you may click the link above.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    Under "By Subject," click on "Current Issues" and select ProQuest Research Library, or use the link above. Here, you will find peer-reviewed articles for current issues and pro/con essays.
  • CQ Researcher
    Under "By Subject," click on "Current Issues" and select CQ Researcher, or use the link above. Here, you will find articles and photographs of the most important current topics. These articles are not "peer-reviewed" but are fact-checked.

Need Help with Writing?

  • LAC--Learning Assistance Center
    Library employees are here to help you with your research, but if you need help with writing, you may go to the LAC (Learning Assistance Center). You may also get help citing sources within your paper.
  • Southwestern Community College WAC Style Guide
    The purpose of this style guide is to offer students and faculty members a place to easily access information about writing within an academic setting. It is our hope that students and faculty alike use this resource for its ultimate purpose – to support student writing across the curriculum.

    Effective oral and written communications skills are necessities for success in all areas of the modern world. Opportunities for advancement in today’s global markets increase significantly for individuals who master the art of clear communication. The successful writer, therefore, must possess skills sufficient to
    create informative, insightful analysis;
    effectively manipulate language in the compilation of documents such as resumes, portfolios, proposals, reports and letters;
    correctly research and document information; and
    carefully edit and produce error-free copy.
  • Common Grammar Issues

    Teachers who use writing in their classes often discover that they encounter the same mistakes in student writing again and again. These patterns of error are common, and the comments students receive on their writing seem like a broken record!

    You can learn to avoid these common mistakes, though. Listed below are seven grammar/mechanics/usage mistakes that students often commit in their writing (this is by no means an exhaustive list – it’s simply some of the mistakes that are seen most frequently.). Beside each is the section letter and number for the section of your handbook, A Writer’s Reference, where these issues are addressed. (For more information and a longer list of common mistakes, see the results of Andrea Lunsford’s study at this website.)

The Dewey Decimal Rap

Most libraries use either the Dewey Decimal system or the Library of Congress classification system.  Holt Library uses Dewey Decimal.  This is the number that is on the spine of each book.  Here's a fun video to help familiarize you with the Dewey Decimal system.  Please ask if you need help finding anything in the library.  Enjoy!


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