Information is currently available from an overwhelming number of sources and in a huge number of formats, such as printed text, television, videos, library databases, websites. As a student, you will need to be able to choose the best source for what you need to know, whether you need a thorough analysis of a subject, a concise description, statistics, up-to-the-minute data, etc..
The general aim of this tutorial is to promote "information literacy", or the ability to choose, use, and evaluate the wide range of sources currently available to answer your specific information needs.
More specifically, the tutorial is meant to familiarize students with research tools and techniques necessary to find support and documentation for course presentations and research papers.
Access to many of the database links on this guide requires NSCC authentication - users must sign in with their My Northshore (formerly NSCC Pipeline) username & password
If you want to place any library materials on hold, request a book from another library, or check out any physical library materials out you will need to have your NSCC ID card.
Stop by the Student Life Office in Danvers (DB 132) or Lynn (LW 171) with a current class schedule and a picture ID to get an NSCC ID.
The NSCC Library is open online! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Libraries are closed but you can still access our resources and get help from a Librarian online. If you are having trouble accessing a resource or finding what you need let us know. We are here to help!
Our Online Reference service is available Monday-Thursday 8 am to 8 pm and Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
Book an appointment with a Librarian for more in-depth help.
Each module or section covers a different aspect of the research process.
Begin each section by clicking on the tab or link above. Navigate through each section by clicking "Continue" until you reach the end.