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RCC Library Information

Book a Librarian

You can schedule time for personalized, one-on-one research assistance with an RCC Librarian. We suggest one 30-minute session for basic help with finding books or a few resources, or schedule a full hour for more in-depth projects and an expanded selection of sources.

Interlibrary Loan - How to borrow books from other libraries

If you are unable to find books in the RCC library and wish to search other community college libraries in North Carolina, use the drop-down menu on the catalog to change the library from Randolph Community College Library to All NC Community College Libraries. This will search North Carolina community college libraries that are members of the CCLINC consortium.

If you need a book from another library or if you find a book in RCC library that is checked out, use the following steps to request it in RCC Library Catalog (opens in a new window):

  1. Click on the Details button to the left of the title.
  2. Click on Place Hold (first link in the box on the left).
  3. Enter your library account barcode number in the user ID text box (this number should start with 29875). You do NOT need to enter an alternate ID or PIN. If you do not know your card number, email
  4. Click Place Hold. 
  5. Your name should appear with a confirmation that the hold has been placed.
  • You will be notified via email as soon as the item(s) is received.
  • There is no charge for interlibrary loans from other CCLINC libraries.
  • It may take 7-10 business days to receive an interlibrary loan item.
  • Overdue charges apply to interlibrary loans.

Can't find the book you need in CCLINC? Use the Interlibrary Loan Request - Book online form (opens in a new window) to request that we find it for you elsewhere.

Library Instruction

Librarians provide course-related library instruction on request. This instruction focuses on helping students learn information-seeking and evaluation skills relevant to a particular course. To learn more about the library's information literacy objectives and student learning outcomes, see the Information Literacy Program guide (opens in a new window).

  • Librarians provide instruction in a classroom or as a Course Librarian (opens in a new window) in Moodle. Contact Donna Windish by e-mail or call 336-633-0204 to schedule library instruction.
  • Librarians are available to collaborate with faculty to design assignments that provide students with an opportunity to practice and refine their information literacy skills.

  • Faculty and students may Book a Librarian (opens in a new window) for assistance in exploring library resources and improving their information-seeking skills.

À la carte Menu of Library Instruction Topics

→ The cost for each selection appears as time in curly brackets { }
→ Add approximately 15 minutes if student hands-on time is desired.


Search strategy techniques {10 minutes}
Learn about keywords, combining terms with AND and OR, and the importance of synonyms.

Library Catalog / Requesting books from other libraries  {20 minutes}
How to search for books in RCC Library, in community college libraries throughout North Carolina, and how to request that books be sent to RCC Library.

General interest database - ProQuest Central {15 minutes}
Learn basic searching in ProQuest Central. If more advanced searching is required, please allot more time.

Specialized databases {20 minutes per database}
Most disciplines have specialized databases such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Literature Resource Center. They are more complicated but often provide better search results and citations in scholarly journals.

Distinguishing between popular and scholarly journals {15 minutes}
Hands-on activity teaches students to compare and contrast periodicals and learn for themselves the differences. Especially helpful for first year students who have never seen a scholarly journal before.

Evaluating Web sites {20-30 minutes}
Easily expanded to a full 50-minute session, this class covers the basics of evaluation and includes a hands-on exercise for students to practice evaluation techniques.

Library Tour {20 minutes}
Acquaints the students with library resources and policies. Optional: have students find print resources on their research topics.


Research 101

  • Piloted in spring 2011, the Information Literacy Course was renamed "Research 101" in fall 2013.
  • Research 101 is a self-paced Moodle course that includes five lessons & quizzes covering
    • how to choose a topic,
    • develop a research strategy,
    • continue the research process,
    • analyze and evaluate sources,
    • and use information effectively by synthesizing and citing sources.
  • Upon faculty request, curriculum course students will be enrolled in Research 101. E-mail requests to Donna Windish.
  • We strongly recommend that all ACA students complete Research 101.

We envision the course being used in a number of ways:

  • As an independent assignment outside of scheduled class time in preparation for a research project or a live library instruction session

  • As a basis for a class discussion (e.g. plagiarism and citation styles)

  • As a context for designing research assignments

  • As a library instruction session for any online class and in particular, ACA courses

  • As a tool for capturing the stages of students' research processes