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Ask-a-Librarian: Library how-tos

How To... Find HCC Libraries Online on Canvas and search the library catalog

Step 1.

In the course menu for one of your Canvas courses, find and click on "HCC Libraries Online".

Step 2.

Click "Open in New Tab" when prompted.

Step 3.

Search for something in the search bar. It can be a title, author, keyword, or subject. You can use a single word, or a phrase. Hit enter or click the magnifying glass button to search. Tip: put quotation marks around a "title" or exact phrase like "global warming".

Step 4.

Browse the results. They're automatically sorted by relevance. You may need to filter your results, which you can do in the filter menu on the right side of the page. You can select only articles from peer-reviewed journals, sources available online, sources published within a certain date range, and more.

How To... Sign in to the catalog

Step 1.

If you're not automatically signed in from Canvas, click "Sign in".

Step 2.

Click on NetID. If you are signed on to HCC in another tab (like your HawkMail), the catalog will log you in automatically from here.

Step 3.

If you are not already logged in to HCC in another tab, you will have to enter your NetID (your HCC email address) and password here.

How To... Open an article or eBook from the catalog

Step 1.

Select a title from your search results.

Step 2.

Under "View Online", click on a resource to view the full text.

(If a title had "Available Online" on the search results page, but a "View Online" full text resource does not appear, it is a known error that is being worked on. Unfortunately, we do not own the title in online format, but it appears in the search results for some reason.)

How To... Go to Databases A-Z from Canvas

Step 1.

In the course menu for one of your Canvas courses, find and click on "HCC Libraries Online".

Step 2.

Click "Open in New Tab" when prompted.

Step 3.

Click on "Databases A-Z" at the top of the library catalog​​​ page.

Step 4.

Browse the list of databases for one that suits your needs. The databases are in alphabetical order to easily find a specific one.

Step 5.

You can also narrow the list down by subject or database type by clicking on one of the dropdown menus at the top of the page.

Step 6.

You can also select a database from the list of Popular Databases on the right side of the page.

How To...Place book on hold in the catalog

Step 1.

Sign in to the library catalog if prompted. You might already be signed in if you navigated here from Canvas.

Click sign in

Step 2.

Click on NetID. If you are signed on to HCC in another tab, the catalog will log you in automatically from here.

Sign in NetID screenshot

Step 3.

If you are not already logged in to HCC in another tab, you will have to enter your NetID (your HCC email address) and password here.

Sign in NetID screenshot

Step 4.

Select the title you want to put on hold.

Step 5.

Under "Get It", click on "Request".

Step 6.

Select the pickup location (the campus library closest to you or that you frequent the most). Then click "Send Request".

How To... Renew a book yourself

Step 1.

After navigating to the library catalog, click “Sign in” in the top right corner of the screen if you don’t already see your name there.

Step 2.

Click on NetID. If you are signed on to HCC in another tab (like your HawkMail), the catalog will log you in automatically from here.

Sign in NetID screenshot

Step 3.

If you are not already logged in to HCC in another tab, you will have to enter your NetID (your HCC email address) and password here.

Sign in NetID screenshot

Step 4.

Once logged in, click on your name in the top right corner of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Click “My Loans”.

Step 5.

Your account will come up with the Loans page open. You should see a button that says “Renew” next to your item if it’s renewable. Click this to renew.