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Librarians help students develop the information skills they need for success in college, on the job, and in their personal lives. Ask a librarian to:

  • help you design a research project
  • provide subject-specific research instruction for your students
  • provide resources that support your curriculum
  • teach your students how to search LIBRARY DATABASES to find articles for their research
  • work with you to create a RESEARCH HELP GUIDE for your course’s research project
  • provide subject-specific research instruction for your students
  • integrate the College’s Institutional Student Learning Outcomes for RESEARCH into your curriculum:
    • RESEARCH ideas and examine them using current knowledge.
      • Identify information needs for a specific purpose;
      • Access information effectively, efficiently and ethically;
      • Use information effectively and ethically to accomplish a specific purpose; and
      • Evaluate information and its sources critically for accuracy, authenticity, and bias.



  • Research process instruction begins with our own Research Skills MOOC, which introduces the skills necessary to write a research paper. The MOOC is open to everyone and is a perfect first step for your students.
  • After your students have completed the portions of the MOOC that you assign, you may wish to have a librarian work with your class, and then you would complete the RESEARCH PROCESS INSTRUCTION REQUEST FORM in preparation for a meeting with a librarian to discuss instructional needs. (Open the form, fill it out and print it. To email the form, you need to save it to your computer BEFORE you fill it out.) To request library instruction for Gardner classes, contact Suzanne Levasseur. For Devens, Leominster, Fitchburg, or online classes, contact Ellen Pratt. WE TRAVEL – JUST ASK!


The library supports distance learning initiatives by providing off-campus access to online databases and the library catalog, as well as providing the Research Skills MOOC and additional library instruction. Learn more about library resources available to distance learning students by contacting Ellen Pratt, the Distance Education & Outreach Librarian


This guide is a collaborative effort of MWCC faculty and librarians to offer tools for improving capstone and other research papers. Get help asking a good research question, teaching your students how to write a good thesis statement, refreshing basic research skills, locating credible sources of information, citing sources and playing with some cool tools along the way!


Each academic department has a library liaison who is both a contact person and an advocate for departmental and faculty concerns. Your liaison can answer questions and provide information about library programs, services, and resources. Librarians are eager to work collaboratively with faculty to enhance the academic program.

We encourage teaching faculty to communicate suggestions or concerns about library services and the collection (print and electronic) to their library liaison. In turn, liaisons notify faculty about new resources and programs.


Instructors are invited to place materials for their courses on reserve at the library circulation desk to make them available to students. Reserve materials may include books and other library materials, books owned by the instructor, previous exams, journal articles, and other various media (video recordings, software, etc.). Instructors choose the borrowing period and specify if the item must be used in-house.

As a general rule, the library does not purchase copies of textbooks, and instead welcomes donations of recent textbooks and instructors’ copies to add to the reserves collections UNLESS the books include statements that indicate that adding them to the library collection would violate copyright law.