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Getting Started in MTC Library

A guide for students at Midlands Technical College Library

Pro Tip!

Finding the best keywords to build a great search can take time and trial and error. Don't be discouraged if you try several different terms and still aren't locating the information you need! Even experienced librarians regularly try multiple searches before landing on one that works well. Don't give up! If you would like some assistance, don't forget that MTC librarians are happy to help.

Get Started with OneSearch

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a search tool available on MTC Library's homepage, designed to explore various resources including books, ebooks, videos, and articles. It operates primarily by searching for keywords and allows users to refine their searches using specific limiters.

Why is it important?

OneSearch serves as a centralized location to access diverse scholarly materials in a user-friendly interface. It enables users to search many different resources at once, saving time and effort.

Learn How to Find a Permalink or Persistent URL

What is a Permalink?

A permalink, also known as a persistent URL, is a unique and permanent web address that links directly to a specific online resource, such as an article, ebook, or database entry. Permalinks serve as stable and reliable ways to access scholarly materials and resources.

Why Is This Important?

  • Ease of Access: Permalinks are essential for accessing and sharing library resources. Without permalinks, simply copying the in-browser URL from a library database won't reliably lead back to the resource. Using permalinks guarantees persistent access to valuable scholarly content, even if the original URL changes.
  • Citations and Referencing: When conducting research or writing academic papers, students often need to cite their sources. Permalinks offer a reliable method for including accurate references in their work, as they link directly to the exact resource used.


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