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Library Instruction

VGCC librarians provide regular library and information literacy instruction to students, faculty, staff, and library patrons through class and small group sessions, one-on-one assistance, research guides (LibGuides), and online instruction. Reference assistance is available in person, by telephone, by email, and afterhours via ChatStaff- Live Chat with a Librarian.


Please contact the library for more information.

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion is an intuitive, self-guided tool written by writing instructors and librarians, designed to enhance information literacy, writing, and research skills in online learning environments. This tool was built to help students do more effective scholarly research. More than 80 short videos are organized into nine Learning Modules that answer questions like "How do I choose a topic?" "Where do I find information?" and "How do I evaluate sources?" Different kinds of "pre" and "post" assessment questions make the viewing experience more interactive, while allowing students to measure their learning and identify gaps in their understanding.

In less than 3 minutes, learn how Research Companion, the award winning information literacy tool, can help you acquire the key skills associated with successful academic research.

Do you have additional questions? Please Email or Call us (252-738-3279). We are here to assist you.

Library Tutorials

Summon Search Help

Summon Search is the library's one search tool for database research. Learn how to use some of the advanced features in this tool.

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How to Read a Call Number

The VGCC library is an academic library and uses the Library of Congress Classification System to shelve its print resources including books. Learn how to quickly locate resources in the library using this system.

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Database Searches: Boolean Operators- And, Or, & Not

Learn how to narrow search results to include the information you need.


Please Email or Call us (252-738-3279) if you have questions or need assistance.

Database Tutorials

New to searching the library's databases? Want to be a better researcher? Try some of these tutorials to learn more about how to use the library's online resources more effectively.

ChatStaff- Live Chat with a Librarian

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Library Research Guides

Research guides are available for most subjects. These are compiled by the college's librarians using books, databases, and other resources owned and/ or licensed by the college. 

Subject Specific Databases

VGCC librarians have organized the library's licensed databases, related periodicals, and Library Research Guides by subject to aid in research. They are detailed under the "Databases" navigation tab. 

Need help?  Contact the VGCC Library.