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
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.
Q. I found an article online and I can’t get access to the full text.
While our database subscriptions don’t provide full text to all journals or issues of journals, we are able to get copies for current students, faculty, and staff through interlibrary loan. You can submit an ILL request form, and the library staff will request a copy of the article from a library that does have access. Your copy of the article will be emailed to you directly.
Q. Where can I find the full text of an article?
If you have a citation for a specific article, use Citation Resolver to see if the MLC Library has a full text copy of the article online or in print. If the library doesn’t have access to the full text, use the ILL request form to get a copy. The library staff will request a copy of the article from a library that does have access. Your copy of the article will be emailed to you directly.
Q. I want to search in a specific journal, how do I know if MLC Library has access to this title?
Publications A to Z is a searchable database that lists all the journals that we have access to through our purchased and open source databases. Click on the Full Text Access link to see which database contains your title and the dates that are available online from the publisher.
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.
EasyBib the Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator. Whatever program you decide to use, it will take a certain amount of time to learn the system well enough to get the benefits. These tools really will improve your work, it is well worth your time.