Faculty & Staff
Library Resources For You
Borrow books, DVDs, and more with I-Share. If HCC Library doesn't have your item. Make an I-Share account to request books from other academic libraries in Illinois. Materials are delivered to your campus mailbox in 3-5 days! Looking for something fun to read? Check out our Popular Reads! page or talk to a librarian for reading suggestions.
Heartland librarians can support your academic research by: conducting specialized research and creating an annoted bibliography, answering citation questions, explaining copyright policies, setting up RSS feeds from academic journals, interlibrary loaning full-text articles, and more!
Library Resources For Your Classroom & Students
Does the library need a specific resource to assist your students in their assignments? The library welcomes any suggestions and requests for purchase of materials that support Heartland's curriculum, benefits employee professional development or proves useful to students. For resources on Open Education Resources, try the library's OER Research Guide or contact Rachelle Stivers for more information.
Place course materials on phsycial or electronic reserve. Reserves can be checked out for in-library use, 24-hours, or 1-week. Contact Erin Zimmerman with questions or to place items on reserve.
Information literacy skills taught in instruction sessions address the critical thinking competencies in HCC's Essential Competencies (PDF). Working with a librarian reduces research anxiety and improves the quality of student research and papers. Students learn more in instruction sessions when the class is taught at "point of need." Plan a library visit after your students have reviewed their assignment and chosen topics. The librarians also have support options for online classes.
- Refine a research topic
- Understand the difference between scholarly and popular sources
- Identify relevant search terms
- Conduct efficient searches in online databases and the I-Share catalog
- Evaluate the credibility of sources
- Create citations using NoodleTools
- Understand how to avoid plagiarism