Library FAQ

The NNEC Library is the gateway to knowledge for the College Community and Partners. The Libraries' collections reflect the strengths of the College as well as its vision for the future.

Frequently Asked Library Questions

I can't access Library Portal outside the library. What should I do?
Please make sure that you are connected to NNEC Library Wireless Network with the code provided for you. If you continue to experience problems, please contact the e-Library Coordinator.

How can I find out when a library item is not available?
You can find the due date for any item by logging into the College Library’s Portal and looking at a book’s record. By logging into your NNEC Library Account, you can see the due dates of items you have borrowed and every other information about the availability of the book queried.

Can I check out Periodicals or Reference Books?
Periodicals and Reference items do not circulate. Reference books, bound periodical volumes, and other non-circulating materials may only be borrowed after obtaining special permission from the OiC Library.

Can I have the old magazines that the library discards?
As our popular collection continues to shrink due to full-text online access becoming available, the Library does not actually have a supply of issues ready to be discarded at the moment.

How are books organized in the NNEC Library?
The books in the College Library are organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification System whereby books are labeled with letters and numbers so that you can find them on the shelves. These are known as call numbers.

What is an empirical study?
An empirical study is any research that is based on experimentation or observation or quantitative measurement. It can be research in science or social science. The term "empirical" refers to the aspect of the scientific method in which a working hypothesis is tested using observation and experiment. An empirical study can be either quantitative or qualitative. You will find empirical studies in scholarly journals, not popular magazines.

Is it OK to use Google for research?
Although Google can be good for simple searches, it should not be a primary tool for doing research projects. The reason is that very little research literature is publicly available and therefore accessible through the main Google search engine. Instead you should concentrate on the Library’s Database. Do not get confused with the main Google search engine and the other two Google search tools that can be good resources for research.

Google Books is a collection of books in the public domain that Google, in cooperation with several large university libraries, has scanned. Because of copyright laws, only books for which there is no copyright protection are fully accessible. You can specifically search Google Books, but a regular Google search will include Google Books result mixed in the list.

Google Scholar is a separate search engine for a broad range of research areas. Google Scholar allows you to search across a wide range of academic literature. It draws on information from journal publishers, university repositories, and other websites that it has identified as scholarly. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, records will include preprints, and technical reports. Results of a Google Scholar search will include Google Books records.

How can I best manage my time when doing research?
Many studies indicate that most College students struggle with time management. A full military life, including distracting social networking, sports, music, and other extracurricular activities, and trying to sleep in the morning can take away lots of time for academics. How then do you cope with the pile of assignments given by your instructors? Nonetheless, before you wait until the last minute to start working on a research assignment, consider these factors:

  • There are only limited sources in the library.
  • Computers are in short supply, and machines, printers, Internet connections, and networks all break down.
  • Most things take longer than you think and it is easy to underestimate the time that the mechanics of doing research takes.

Here are some simple time management tips:

  • Keep track of your deadlines and know when assignments are due.
  • Prioritize assignments by both due date and importance.
  • Try not to be distracted. Turn off the cell phone. Avoid IMs for the day.
  • Don't try to do too much in one take. Schedule yourself some multiple times to work on a single assignment.
  • Learn from previous experience and try to remember.

Seek out a librarian.

  • Sometimes they have immediate answers or might be able to lower your frustration.
  • They know how the system works. They know where things are located, even some things that seem hidden to everyone else.
  • They can recommend good, even the best, research tools to use.
  • They probably have worked with your instructor before and know the assignment.
  • But please remember: Help takes time. Librarians, too, are limited by time and can become frustrated themselves when a student replies with the fatal words, "but I need it by tomorrow."

When does access to library Database/Portal ends for UTOs/UTRs?
Student accounts in the College's official Library Portal (managed by E-Library Coordinator) expires at the end of every year. Access to the library’s database also ends at that time and must be renewed for the next academic session/year.