About the Library

FCC students, faculty, and staff are invited to take advantage of the library’s services and rich content. Your course requirements and general research needs are well served by our book, journal, database, and media collections. You can access many of our resources at home through our web pages.
 
Our library blends traditional library collections and new technologies into a comprehensive information service program. Resources include 50,000 books and media, 5,000 periodicals, and 31 electronic databases. Materials are selected to support the curricula and the research needs of the college, enhancing our contributions to student learning and the learning college.
 
Librarians will be happy to help you to develop your research strategies, identify useful sources and assist you in using our collections. Please drop in, call us (301-.846.2644), or even ask questions using our online request forms.
 
The library occupies the top floor of the north end of the Library Building (L Building). There are 46 computers for student use and space for individual or group study. Mobile devices can easily connect to the campus wireless network. 

Use Library Resources

Library Catalog


Find print books, e-books, and DVDs by searching our Library Catalog.  If an item is labeled an "Electronic Book," use the "click to view" link to access it.  


Research Databases


If accessing the databases from OFF-CAMPUS:

Students: Enter your myFCC Username and Password when prompted.

Faculty/Staff: Enter your Novell username and password when prompted.
 

 


Research Guides


Research guides  From the FCC Library. We've included search relevant books, engines, directories, virtual libraries, specialized databases, and more on specific subjects or for courses on campus.




Term Paper Assistance



Style


APA Format for List of References 

Chicago/Turabian: Listing and Citing Sources

MLA Format for List of Works Cited

FCC's Online Writing Center: A wealth of information on grammar, style, content. 

Create an MLA Works Cited Page: Examples of how to cite print and electronic sources. 

Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format From Purdue's Online Writing Lab 

Introduction to APA Style From Purdue's Online Writing Lab 

General Writing Concerns Handouts From Purdue's Online Writing Lab 

APA Documentation: How to format parenthetical references, reference lists, headings, etc. 

Elements of Style: An electronic version of the classic by William Strunk, Jr. 


Content


Research guides  From the FCC Library. We've included search relevant books, engines, directories, virtual libraries, specialized databases, and more on specific subjects or for courses on campus.

Research Databases : Newspapers, statistics, and articles from more than 4,000 journals.
Restricted to FCC-affiliated users. Ask Library staff for more info, call 301-846-2444, or contact us via email

Internet Public Library  Subtitled, "Information You can Trust."
 Google (link to google.com) : The phenomenal search engine that finds relevant documents, images, and newsgroups on the Web.


Free Tutorial Assistance


FCC students! Check out our Tutorial Services at FCC. We offer both on-campus and online tutoring. Contact Rosie Dunn at 301.846.2523 for more information.


Evaluating Information



Evaluating Information Found on the Internet : Guidelines to help you decide how reliable, authoritative, and useful the information is.

Evaluating Internet Information : A look at guidelines for content and visual presentation.

Evaluating Internet Sites 101: A Tutorial. From Ohio State University Libraries

How Good Is that Information? Points for evaluating information in all formats



Get Help


Virtual Library Orientation


Need an introduction to the library and research? This online tutorial covers how to choose and narrow a topic, how to use the library’s databases, how to evaluate resources, and more.
 


Ask a Librarian


Need help finding articles? Don't know where to start with your research? Have a question about our policies or services?  Use our Ask a Librarian service for all of your research needs.


Student Technology Help Desk


Can’t log in to Blackboard? Microsoft Word giving you problems? The Student Technology Help Desk can help with all of your technology needs.
 


Writing Center


Got writing questions? Need help organizing your paper? Visit the Writing Center for all of your writing needs.


Library Services
 
Request material from a different library, reserve a book, make a suggestion or get other kinds of help from our Library staff. OPEN TO FCC FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN CLASSES FOR CREDIT.
 

Hold a Book or Video 


 We will put aside material for you to pick up in the library.


 
Interlibrary Loan


We can obtain books and articles from other sources if we don't have what you need.
Books , Magazine / Journal Articles.
 
Make a Suggestion
Suggest books, videos/DVDs, databases, or services that would enhance your library experience.



Faculty Services:


The Library offers a complete set of services to meet faculty needs.


Research Assistance


We can provide advanced research assistance to support your course development, graduate work, and more. Contact Nicole Martin (# 2641) or Colleen McKnight (# 2446)



Online Course Research Guides


We can prepare course- and subject-specific guides to research resources. When embedded into your Blackboard sight, these provide your students with simple, integrated access to Library databases, reliable websites, and information literacy instruction. Contact Colleen McKnight  or x 2446).


Virtual Library Orientation


Use our Virtual Library Orientation as an introduction to the research process. Describes how to select and narrow a topic, choose and evaluate appropriate resources, give credit for information, and more.




Library Instruction


We will provide instructional presentations to your students on how to use Library resources. All presentations are customized to course and assignment content. Contact Nicole Martin (# 2641), Colleen McKnight (# 2446), or use our online Instruction Request Form.

 


Course Reserves


If you have books, videos, etc. that you want your entire class to use, we can provide convenient, course-related circulation. Contact Patty Furry-Hovde (# 2448), or use our online Reserve Request Form. 
 


Collection Development


The Library can purchase books, videos, etc. to support your teaching and the research needs of your students. We welcome your recommendations for items to add to the Library collection. Contact Nicole Martin (# 2641) or use our online Make a Suggestion form.

 


Interlibrary Loan


We can obtain books and articles from other sources if we don't have what you need.
Books 
Magazine / Journal Articles 
 
Instruction Request
Faculty can ask for instructional presentations for students in how to use Library and Internet information resources. All presentations are customized to courses and assignments.
 
Reserve Materials
Faculty can reserve books, videos, or other items for student use.
 
Hold a Book or Video
 We will put aside material for you to pick up in the library.
 
Make a Suggestion
Suggest books, videos/DVDs, databases, or services that would enhance your library experience.



Policies


Circulation Policies

Who May Borrow?


FCC students, faculty, and staff. Present your college ID card to check out materials.
Students and faculty at other schools that offer reciprocal borrowing with FCC. Present the ID from your "home" institution.
Community residents of Frederick County. You may use your Frederick County Public Library card.
 
Borrowing Periods
For students and staff:
•    30-day loan period; 1 renewal if there is no hold on an item by another patron
•    20-book limit
 


For faculty


30-day loan period, 3 renewals semester loan
 
For community residents:
•    30 days, no renewals
•    5-book limit
 


Holds


A hold may be placed on any item that is checked out.
When items are returned, they will be placed on the hold shelf at the Circulation Desk, and patrons  will be notified by phone.
Items will be kept on the hold shelf no longer than 7 days.
 
Recalls
•   Any item may be recalled for prompt return, at the request of faculty. Library staff will recall library materials by phone.
 


Billing


•    Items that are not returned or renewed after the 30-day loan period will be considered lost. The borrower is responsible for replacement costs. Checkout privileges, transcript release, and registration will be blocked for those who have been billed for library materials.
•    If the borrower returns items after paying for replacement, full reimbursement will be made.
 






Library Hours


These are the regular hours for the FCC Library.

SPRING 2014

January 27th – May 16th

MONDAY – THURSDAY 7:45am – 9:00pm
FRIDAY 7:45am – 4:30pm
SATURDAY 11:00am – 3:00pm


March 24-25 Spring Break, Library OPEN 7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m
March 26-30 Spring Break, Library CLOSED
 

May 19-20 Spring Make-up days
(if not used, Library closes at 4:30 pm)

May 22 Commencement
May 24-26 Memorial Day Holiday- College Closed

(May 19 – June 1 Monday - Thursday 7:45am to 4:30pm)


Library Staff
 
Mick O’Leary
Library Director, 301.846.2444

Nicole Martin
Reference & Collection Development Librarian
301.846.2641

Colleen McKnight 
Digital Resources & Faculty Support Librarian
301.846.2446

Patty Furry-Hvode
Circulation and Interlibrary Loan
301.846.2448

Sheri Bailey
Administrative Support
301.846.2447