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Encyclopedia articles are a great way to gather background information as you begin your research.

Remember: encyclopedia articles from Credo are preferred over Wikipedia articles by your instructors.  They also come with properly formatted citations for you to copy into your bibliography!

Learn more about how to search Credo Reference.

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Search Minerva, the online catalog, for books, ebooks, and streaming video, as well as DVDs and CDs.  Protip!  You can use the ISBN from books, DVDs, and CDs to add them to your bibliography in Noodlebib.

YCCC doesn't have it?  Learn how to request materials from other Minerva libraries.  Items are delivered to YCCC for you for free!

Need something to read right away?  Try the Maine Infonet Download Library.  With a valid YCCC Library or student ID card, you can access popular fiction and non-fiction e-books and audiobooks to download onto your computer, Kindle, iPad or Kobo.


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Research databases provide free access to full-text scholarly journal articles, as well as magazine and newspaper articles.  These articles also come with the properly formatted citations for you to copy into your bibliography.

Try Ebsco Academic Search Complete above or browse our complete list of research databases by subject.

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Thousands of film clips and full-length documentaries, perfect for academic research.  Films on Demand videos come with properly formatted citations.  Be sure to copy them for your bibliography.

Learn more about using Films on Demand for academic research.

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Summon gives you access to all of our online encyclopedias, all of our e-books, and all of the articles in all of the research databases, with only one search.  It can be a little overwhelming, but if you need something right away, it can be a great tool.  

Learn more about using Summon.

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Subject guides are a great way to jumpstart your research with librarian-recommended resources.  Save time searching and get high quality resources, guaranteed!


Or try one of our course guides.  These guides are designed for specific assignments in specific classes.


In order to fully acknowledge the authors and works that contributed to your research and to avoid plagiarism, you must cite your sources correctly and completely in your paper, using the "citation style" recommended by your professor.

YCCC uses two citation styles: MLA for classes in the humanities (English, literature, music, art, etc.) and APA for classes in the social sciences (psychology, sociology, etc.). The resources below will help you create bibliographies in either citation style.

Check our calendar for citation style workshops, offered several times throughout the semester.

How to use Noodlebib, the online bibliography generator

Citation Style Tutorials

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