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Welcome to the Lone Star College-Montgomery Library. We're glad you're here! If you learn to use this library, you'll more easily be able to use any library you encounter as you complete your education. The library faculty and staff can play a critical role as you work toward becoming a college graduate. Hang in there! You can do it, and we can help!
The library provides high-quality information resources and services to the Lone Star College-Montgomery campus and surrounding community. These resources support and supplement LSC-Montgomery courses by providing additional explanations, perspectives, and details to give you a broader and clearer understanding of the topics covered in class. The library faculty members instruct individual students and entire classes about library resources, becoming familiar with them, and how to efficiently search them for the information you need. As with subjects such as math, science, and literature, there's much more to libraries and librarians than you think and much to learn about them. They can greatly contribute to your educational success, so don't overlook them!
Once you obtain a student identification card, it can serve the following functions:
You can also apply for a TexShare card that will allow you to borrow information resources from any TexShare public or academic library.
The library's regular and holiday hours are available here: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/info.htm
The services and resources the library provides to students include the following:
More about library services to students is available here: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/services-students.htm
The services and resources provided to the faculty include the following:
More about library services to the faculty is available here:http://www.lonestar.edu/library/services-faculty.htm
For your convenience, the library provides several useful forms online. At the link below, you can, for example, request a library card, an item from another library, or, if you're a faculty member, instruction for your classes.
Find library forms here:http://www.lonestar.edu/library/services-forms.htm
The library staff is here to help you meet your information needs so you can graduate. The staff works at one of two important desks: The Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk.
Staff at this desk can:
Faculty librarians work at this desk. Academic librarians typically have two master's degrees. Librarians can:
The library faculty and staff are listed here: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/15159.htm
This is the home page for all Lone Star College System (LSCS) libraries. It gives you access to the most important searchable information resources; library hours, locations, and services for various groups; guidelines and policies; chatting with a librarian; and much more. Here are links to the home page and a guide that shows what some of the main links lead to:
Home page: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/index.htm
The library catalog (i.e., OPAC, online catalog) is the computerized version of a card catalog. For the most part, it allows you to locate information resources IN the LSCS libraries. However, some resources you can find with the catalog are not physically located in the library. eBooks and web sites are examples. Additional resources you can find with the catalog include the following:
NOTE: You cannot find magazine or journal articles using the library catalog. Use the research databases instead. See below.
This link provides you with information about how to search the library catalog: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14914.htm
Physical resources in the library are arranged according to the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System, not the Dewey Decimal System. Here is a link to LC's classification of information resources: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14921.htm
Research databases are huge collections of the electronic version of several reputable information resources that cover many topics. These resources include articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals; e-books; audio books; biographies; maps; videos; images; encyclopedias; and other reference works.
Here are the research databases arranged by subject. Several databases are listed within each subject: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/article-databases.htm
Here is an alphabetical list of the research databases arranged by their title: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/15174.htm
Here's how to access the research databases from your home: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14900.htm
This page explains how to search the research databases (document): http://www.lonestar.edu/departments/libraries/SearchingArticleDBs.doc
Here are some time-saving database-search commands and techniques (document): http://www.lonestar.edu/images/Database_Search_Methods.doc
As with many professions, librarians use specialized terms. Here's a list of library terms to help you "speak and understand the language": http://www.lonestar.edu/library/15556.htm