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research in the library

Resources for finding articles and other research information through the Allan Hancock College library. 

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Visit our database page to find the best journals and articles for your research, including many scholarly, peer-reviewed resources.

Search our library catalog, OneSearch, to locate articles, books, videos, and more. Discover print books available to borrow here. 

Select from a list of curated Library Guides (LibGuides) created by AHC librarians to help guide your research journey. Find subject and course specific guides here, as well as general research and library-specific assistance. 


Looking to learn about the library from the comfort of your own home? Try our online library orientation modules and explore the in's and out's of the library:

AHC Library Orientation - Module 1: An Unexpected Loan
In this module we will introduce the library and basic guidelines

AHC Library Orientation - Module 2: A Morbid Taste for Books
In this module we will introduce the library catalog, OneSearch, library website features and more!

AHC Library Orientation - Module 3: The Librarian Always Cites Twice
In this final module we will explore library databases and basic research tips

Become a better researcher with the help of AHC Librarians! The library offers a variety of research workshops each semester. Check our events pages for a full listing of the workshops being offered. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Missed a workshop? No problem! View a recording of any of the workshops held online: 

Navigating the Catalog and Finding Your Textbooks

Navigating the Catalog

Finding eBooks & Audiobooks 

Searching the Newspaper Databases

Research with JStor 

Social Issues Research

Social Issues Research

Supporting Your Thesis/Idea with Research

Evaluating Web Resources

Research with Nexis UNI

Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagiarism

Building & Checking Works Cited/Reference Pages

ABCs of Research

Librarians offer virtual research consultations to support your assignments and that are tailored to meet your specific needs. Schedule a research consultation by filling out this form

Access the library's digital books and textbooks from anywhere 24/7. For off-campus access to ebooks, you will be asked to enter your myHancock username and password.

A collection of eAudiobooks and eBooks available to Allan Hancock College students, staff, and faculty.  Click to visit Overdrive and see what is available.


A collection of credible books from authoritative, scholarly sources.  Click to visit Ebook Central and see what is available.

A collection of titles from top publishers and university presses. Click to visit EBSCOhost eBook Collection and see what is available.