Student Resources

Job Search and Career Resources

Are you graduating? (Congratulations!) Do you graduate in a year? Are you thinking about your future jobs and career? Here are some resources to help you.

The Moraine Valley Job Resource Center is in Building S, Room S202. They can assist you with resume and cover letter reviews, interview skills, and possible internships. You can email them at jrc@morainevalley.edu.

How about some Ted Talks? They have a list of talks regarding interviewing, body language, and staying calm when you are stressed.

And here are some books available in the library.

Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags

The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide

101 Job Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again

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INFLATION

INFLATION

Saving money during times of inflation

What is inflation?

Definition: Persistent increases in the general level of prices. It can be seen as a devaluing of the worth of money. (From The Penguin Dictionary of Economics)

Simply stated: Everything costs more! Here are some cost saving tips from your MVCC library:

Entertainment Savings:

FREE ebooks, comics, music, eaudiobooks, movies and TV shows! Download Hoopla – log in with your MVCC connect info.

FREE streaming access to a collection of feature films- JAWS, Black Panther, Reservoir Dogs & more! Download SWANK Digital Campus – Log in with your MVCC connect info.

Hulu’s Student Discount – $1.99/ month for College students with ID.

Health/Fitness Savings:

Moraine Valley FitRec Membership for Full-time students (12+credit hours) FREE.

Part-time students (1-11 Credit hours) $60/semester.

Discover more ways to reduce expenses- borrow these books from your MVCC library (always free!)

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What’s My Topic?

Is it time to start thinking about a topic for your paper or your speech? You might want to look at SIRS Researcher to get some ideas. SIRS Researcher is one database available through the Library website. In SIRS Researcher, you can browse topics and categories.

Opening page of SIRS Researcher database with SIRS Issues Researcher and Trending Topics titles highlighted in gold boxes.
Opening page of SIRS Researcher database.

You may find a topic that you have always been interested in or you may find a topic you don’t know much about. It’s easy to browse.

Page from SIRS Researcher database with Need help choosing a topic? title highlighted in gold box above a grid selection of 10 selections.
“Need help choosing a topic?” section of SIRS Researcher database.

SIRS Researcher has thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political, and global issues. The articles come from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books, and government documents.

Access SIRS Researcher.

We also have a Help Guide for SIRS Researcher.

If you need help with this database or any database, Ask a Librarian!

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Finals Week in the Library

Student asking librarian for help

With finals starting tomorrow, I wanted to wish you all good luck and remind you that the library is here to help.

Do you need a quiet place to study? The library is the perfect place for that. We have many different spaces to study in including a small silent study area on the first floor of the library (which is pretty quiet to begin with). If you prefer to study with a group, you can book one of our study rooms for up to 4 people. You can also book a virtual study room.

Do you need to review your textbook? We have many of the books used on campus; search the library textbook collection to see if we have what you need. Most check out for 3 hours.

Do you need help researching for your final paper? You can ask for help at the library information desk, or you can call, email, text, or chat with us on the Ask a Librarian page. Do you need help citing sources? The librarians can help you with that too, or you can use our citing sources guide.

Do you need to print a paper? The library has black and white printers (10-15 cents a page) and a color printer (50 cents a page). We also have a scanner if you need it.

Do you need to know when your finals are? You can check the final exam schedule.

When in doubt, Ask a Librarian!

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Students can reserve a virtual study space to collaborate with classmates and peers!

Students can reserve a virtual space to work remotely with other students. They can reserve an online space through the Library’s Website (under quick links) or directly by clicking on this link

The virtual study spaces are available to all students using their network login. The virtual study spaces utilize Microsoft Teams and can be accessed from laptop, cellphone, tablet, or desktop. A microphone is needed for laptops and desktops. A webcam is helpful but not required. 

In this space, users can:
–Meet virtually with voice and/or video images
–Use the built in chat feature
–Share their computer screen with other group members
–Use the virtual whiteboard
. . . And more! 

For more information, visit this online support guide

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“How do I _____ at the Library?”: A Library Choose Your Own Adventure

Using the library can be an adventure, especially with so many recent changes. Follow the steps in this guide to find the information you need to be successful this semester. Choose a “character” to get started on your library adventure!

First, Choose Your Character:

You’ve Chosen Student!

Students can find all sorts of help at the library, including research and citation guidance, technology to borrow, and of course books! What will you do next?

Next, Choose Your Action:

You’ve Chosen Staff or Faculty Member!

Staff and Faculty are the backbone of education! The library wants to support you in your work by providing several services. Which one will you choose?

Next, Choose Your Action:

You’ve Chosen Member of the Community!

Members of the community are still welcome in the library and we have several services available to you. Which will you choose?

Next, Choose Your Action:

You’ve Chosen Research!

Research projects can be overwhelming, but the library has so many ways to learn what you need to be successful! Where will you start?

You’ve Chosen Visiting the Library!

The library is excited to welcome visitors back into the building, but there are some new things to know about using the space. What would you like to know?

You’ve Chosen Help with a Nursing Assignment!

Nursing assignments can be tough, but the library is ready to support you. What’s your next move?

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New Library Databases

To meet the need for increased online resources, the Library has introduced a number of new databases this Fall! If you have questions or need help with any Library resources, Ask a Librarian!

Nexis Uni

Legal, news, and business sources—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.

This could be useful for students:

  • Conducting legal or paralegal research
  • Looking for international new sources
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

University Press Scholarship E-books

30,000+ eBooks on humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law from Universities around the world.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for in-depth scholarly books or chapters
  • Researching complex speech or essay topics

Wiley Online Library

eBooks, articles, reference works, and other sources on a range of topics.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for reference or scholarly works in a specific discipline
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

Oxford Very Short Introductions

E-book series on a diverse range of subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

This could be useful for students:

  • Looking for a brief and thorough introduction to a common topic
  • Researching common speech or essay topics

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Need an Article the Library Does Not Have? Order with InterLibrary Loan (ILL)!

Are you researching for a paper, and you find that the Library does not have the article (or other resource) you would like to use? Click on this tutorial to learn how to request an article through the Library’s InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service! If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian for help.

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Today is Autism Awareness Day (and Month)!

April is Autism Awareness Month, but April 2nd also happens to be Autism Awareness Day. There are many e-books and some streaming videos available here through our library catalog. You can also try searching for articles in our library databases. Academic Search Complete and PsycArticles are a good place to start. If you are looking for information from a teaching perspective, the Eric database and Professional Development Collection are your best bet. If you need any help, the librarians are all working from home and available to help. Our Ask a Librarian page will get you in touch with us.


April is National Autism Awareness Month - ADAPT Community Network

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