Graduate Student Resources

The library’s online databases and electronic resources, as well as printed materials, are available to graduate students through a variety of services.

Off-Campus Database Access

How to access e-resources from off campus

 Log into the MLC network on the Portal website with your student account, username, and password. Once logged in you will have access to the library’s purchased online resources, databases, eBooks and more.

Borrowing MLC Materials from Afar

Borrowing Materials

Interlibrary Loan Services

  • To borrow physical materials from the MLC Library, please check with your local library about the availability of ILL services.  ILL is set up to easily and efficiently move materials between libraries.  In rare cases, nominal fees accompany interlibrary loan services.
  • If ILL is not available through your public library, please contact the MLC Library to learn about other options for obtaining the materials you need.

Citation Management

What citation management software is available at MLC?

Currently, the library does not purchase citation software for our campus family. However, there are many products that are available for you to use online. Some require a purchase or fee, but many are free. Here is a list of the more popular citation software tools.


  • RefWorks: An annual license (12-month subscription) includes feature upgrades and online support.
  • EndNote: You can buy for personal use and offers a reduced price for students.
  • Bookends: A reference manager for Mac and iOS users. This is also a purchased product that has a reduced price for students.
  • Mendeley is available either as a premium payable version or a basic version that is free but requires registration.
  • Paperpile is a commercial reference management software, with special emphasis on integration with Google Docs and Google Scholar.

Free and Open-source:

  • Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is free and open-source.  Zotero help.
  • Mendeley is available either as a premium payable version or a basic version that is free but requires registration.
  • BibDesk used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.
  • Pybliographer is a tool for managing bibliographic databases.

Basic Citation and Bibliography Sources

Find comparisons of a more comprehensive list of citation managers at Wikipedia’s Comparison of reference management software.

Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects are completed papers/thesis of the Master of Science in Education Degree program.

Field Project

Investigation of an educational issue or implementation of a strategy.


The internship is completed in an educational setting.

Literature Review

This is a Capstone category that is no longer available to students. However, completed projects are listed and available below.


Data gathering and analysis.