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This guide answers frequently asked questions about library services and research.

How do I...

...find an article?

To find articles, see the Database Collection section of our library webpage. Click any tab to expand. The menus are divided by subject area. You can search databases one at a time, or you can expand the “Search Everything” tab to search all our databases at once. Here's an example of an article search the library QuickSearch tool.

...find a book?

Click on Catalog for Books, EBSCO ebooks, and Films. Type in the title of the book you’re looking for, the author, or a word or two to describe what it is that you want to find. Use the Library of Congress classifcation number (call number) in order to locate the book in the library.  An additional classification will appear for books located at campuses other than the main, Nashville, location, including SEC for Southeast campus, CLARK for Clarksville campus and HUM for Humphries campus.  JUV LIT incidates the book is located in the juvenile literature section. Watch this video tutorial on searching the Mayfield Library catalog for more information.

If you'd like to have a book sent to your campus, send the library a chat or text with your A number and campus. 

...and if the book isn't here?

Fill out the online form or email to request books through Interlibrary Loan

...locate a scholarly article?

To locate scholarly articles, first choose a database. Once you have chosen a database, look for a box that allows you to limit your search to either scholarly, peer reviewed, or refereed journals. Check this box. Some good databases to locate scholarly journals in are: Academic Search PremierAcademic Onefile, and JSTOR. Note: All articles in JSTOR are scholarly.


Each student receives 15 dollars in his/her print account at the beginning of each semester. Black and white print outs are 10 cents a page. Color print outs are 50 cents a page. To print in black and white, choose the NSCC B&W printer. You will then be asked to enter your A number.  Next a screen will pop up with the amount of the print job. Click yes to confirm. Now you can go to a printer release station to release your print job. You will use your A number and password to release your print jobs. Print jobs will be held for two hours.

...print in color?

Choose the NSCC Color Printer. Color copies are 50 cents a page. The color printers are the tall black printers in the library and Learning Center. the library?

You can contact the library via phone, chat, or text. Our phone number is: 615.353.3555. Text is: 615.640.0006

...access student wireless?

To access the student wireless choose the network NSCCWireless. Then enter Instruction\ and your A# along with your password. If your computer is unable to access the wireless, consult with the Computer Help Desk: 615-353-3678.

...print wirelessly?

Instructions for wireless printing are available in the library.
...access guest wireless?

We do not currently have guest wireless. Students may access the wireless by choosing the network NSCCWireless. Then enter Instruction\ and your A# along with your password. If your computer is unable to access the wireless, consult with the Computer Help Desk: 615-353-3678.

...scan documents?

The Learning Center has a scanner available for student use.  There is also a scanner in the computer lab in Building C-219.

...make copies?

There are two coin operated copy machines located in the library. You will need to have change or small bills to use these machines. In addition, there is one copy machine in the library that you may use which accesses the money in your student account. All copy machines charge 10 cents a page.

...make two sided copies?

Ask a member of the library staff if you need to make two-sided copies.

...check-out laptops and iPads?

The library has three Macbook laptops for four hour checkout. In addition, we also have several iPads for student checkout. See full list of Media Center equipment and policies here.

...sign onto library computers?

Use your A number and password to access the library computers. You are only able to access the library computers during semesters in which you are currently enrolled as a student. an ebook?

For more information on how to download EBSCO ebooks check our ebook guide: Downloading EBSCO ebooks