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Happy Researching, Raptors!

We are halfway through the semester and I don’t know about you, but for me that means all of the research papers are coming up! Now this is my last semester at MC so I have done my fair share of research papers, but I recently learned something that will make my future projects so much easier.

First thing, all of the MC libraries have specific librarians for different majors and class types that can help you out–you can email them or visit them at their library.

If you can’t make it to the library though, the online database, Raptor-Search, is an AMAZING resource. Here’s how to utilize it:

  1. Visit the Montgomery College website and click on “library” in the top right corner.
  2. Scroll to the left where it says “research” and scroll down and click “library course page” under “learn”
  3. Now you have some options:
    1. You can click on your campus where you will then see your class’ research paper guide (if your teacher has submitted it). If you find your class, you will then be taken to a page specifically designed for your project full of more resources tailored to your studying.
    2. You can also use a “resource tool kit” for common classes like ENG 101 or BIOL 150.

If you still need more help researching here are some tips:

  • When researching on raptor search always click “full-text.” This limits your search to all of the databases MC has full access to.
  • If you need an actual book, click on “catalog only” in raptor search. Then you can limit to books. This also shows you which campus the book is on and where in the library. Wanna know the cool thing? If the book is on another campus, you can request to have it sent to your campus free of charge!

Hopefully these tips will help you to create your best research papers yet!

Cassidy Colbert

I am a 19-year-old lifelong resident of Damascus, Maryland. I am in my 3rd semester as a part-time student at MC. I plan on getting my Associates Degree in the next couple of years and then transferring to the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove (health permitting).

MC has been my academic home for the past year and I could not be happier. I started off my collegiate experience at Salisbury University in the fall of 2015, but due to my Chronic Lyme Disease, I was forced to drop out. I thought my academic life was over, as I was too ill to handle a full course-load, but that is when I discovered the part-time option at MC. MC gave the choice to take as many, or as few classes as I wanted, and because of this, I am now back on track to getting my degree. MC also offered me disability support services to further assist me in accomplishing my dreams.

I hope that this blog can help other students like me to see that even though they may not be taking the “traditional” route towards higher education, MC offers load of opportunities that will get us where we want to go. Whether you aren’t sure where you want to end up in life, or have another obstacle, like a chronic illness or disability, you can still reach for the stars and accomplish anything they want to here at MC. 

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