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Get Help from a Librarian

Ask A Librarian: Drop in Video Chat with a Librarian during online service hours.

Use the Research Help Request Form to request assistance and a librarian will respond during Library online service hours.

 Search OneSearch

OneSearch enables streamlined access to resources provided by the Library by allowing you to search for print and digital content as a single search, rather than having to access different databases and systems. It also has an account feature that allows you to save lists of items, manage your renewals, and request items from West Valley College. For information about OneSearch, refer to the OneSearch guide.

Search the Research Databases

Online library materials are available around the clock through the Library's Research Databases. Your Mission email address and password are required to access these resources from off campus. Among the resources available are:

  • Articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals
  • E-books
  • Reference materials
  • Streaming films
  • Software skills building tutorials and practice exams
Search The List of Full Text Periodicals

Find out if a specific newspaper, magazine, or journal is available at Mission College by searching the Complete List of Full Text Periodicals. This list includes the name of the database in which the periodical can be found.

Search for Textbooks Reserves

Textbooks Reserves are material on reserve, including textbooks, are for use in the Library only.

Search the List of Textbooks in the Food for Textbook Program

Bring 10 cans of food to the Library to check out one textbook for the entire semester. Donated canned food goes to Second Harvest Food Bank. Quantities are limited – first come, first served. Go to the Food for Textbook page to see a list of the textbooks available.

Enter the Library Research Portal

The Library Research Portal provides subject specific guides to help with research in a specific discipline or on a specific topic. Includes a comprehensive guide to The Five Steps to Writing a Research Project.

Activate Your Pass

Mission College students have full complimentary access to NYTimes. com and NYT mobile apps. Go to the Digital Access Guide for information on how to register for a complimentary digital subscription to The New York Times.

Register for O'Reilly Safari Tech Books Online

O'Reilly Safari Tech Books Online
A valid West Valley-Mission student, faculty, or staff email address is required to access this database. Students will need to use their email address to log in to and register for an account to use this database. You will have access immediately, but you will need to validate your account via your email to continue to use the database past this first session. If you do not validate it within two days, you will lose all of the information in your Playlist.

This database Includes tech and business ebooks from more than 250 publishers along with videos, case studies, exclusive O’Reilly-produced content from world-renowned innovators and corporate leaders, expert-curated learning paths and self-assessments. For additional information on how to access this database, refer to O'Reilly Safari Books.

Learn with Credo Instruct - InfoLit Modules

Credo videos, tutorials and quizzes are designed to give you a foundation in information literacy and critical thinking. Learn why information literacy skills matter, how to get started with research, understand the process, narrow a topic, write a thesis statement, avoid plagiarism and much more.

Find Library Handouts

The Library provides handouts which include tips, suggestions, and resources for research and study.

Get Help with Citing Sources & NoodleTools
Use Anatomy Models, Phone Chargers, etc. at the Library

The Library has a variety of items, such as anatomy model, phone chargers, and calculator, for in-Library use or check out. For a list of the Library's assistive/adaptive equipment, see Library Accommodations and Adaptive Technology.

Available for use in Library:

Anatomy Models
The Library has 16 different anatomy models available to use in the Library. The models are on display in the Reference Area. If a model has detachable parts, they are available at the Check Out Desk.
Book Stands may be checked out for three weeks. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.  

Headphones for computers may be checked out for all day in-Library use. Antibacterial cleaning wipes will be dispensed with Library headphones when available. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. As a courtesy, headphones are available for Library visitors who are not students or employees in the District to use while in the Library.

Plasma Screens
Study Rooms 4, 5, and 6 have large plasma screens that can be hooked up to your own device.Phone Chargers
Phone wall chargers for iPhones and Android phones may be checked out for all day in-Library us. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. 

Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry
Molecular models sets may be checked out for 2-hour in-Library use. They are part of the Textbook Reserves Collection. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk by providing the following call number: QD257.P74 1984. Each set includes 66 spheres, 96 bonding links, 1 short link remover tool.

Whiteboard Markers and Erasers
Whiteboard markers and erasers are available for all day in-Library use. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. Whiteboards are available in Study Rooms 4, 5, and 6, and in the Collaboration Room
As a courtesy to Library users, the following office supplies are available for use in the following locations:
  • Check Out Desk - Stapler, stapler remover, electric three-hole punch, tape dispenser, scratch paper, electric pencil sharpener, and hand sanitizer.
  • Information Desk - Stapler,  stapler remover. three-hole punch, tape dispenser, pencil sharpener, and hand sanitizer.
  • Lobby work table - Stapler, stapler remover, three-hole punch, tape dispenser, scratch paper,and paper cutter.
  • Copy Room - Stapler, stapler remover, tape dispenser, three whole punch, electric pencil sharpener.
Available for three week check out:
The Library has several different styles of scientific and graphic calculators that may be checked out for three weeks. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. There are also graphing calculators available through the Food for Textbook Program.
Clipboards may be checked out for three weeks. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.  
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Viewers
Experience virtual reality with a Google Cardboard Viewer, your smart phone, and thousands of apps, games and videos. Google Cardboard VR Viewers may be checked out for one week. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.Wireless Mouse
Wireless mice are available for three week check out. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.
Wireless presenter with laser pointer
Wireless presenters with laser pointer are available for three weeks. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. 
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