When doing research, nearly anything can be a source. If you wanted a first-person account of someone's experience living during the Great Depression, an e-mail from a grandparent is just as valid a source as a formally published autobiographical book. Libraries specialize in the collection and organization of formally published works. Here at HACC, we purchase access to these publications so that you don't have to! We offer nearly 100 databases to help you find something that has been formally published as a book, article, or visual media. Included on this page is a small sample of the resources we have available in some of these categories. When accessing most of these resources from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your myHacc log-in information.
AND - Finds all the words
OR - Finds either of the words
NOT - Excludes a word from search
" " - Searches as an exact phrase
* - Truncates a term to search for varied endings
( ) - Tells the database to do this part first
When you type things into search boxes, you are, by default, doing what is known as a keyword search. When you are looking for information about something or someone it can be helpful to do a subject search instead. Here are some key differences between the two search types: