Category Archives: Online Resources

Where do I find Literary Criticism?

If you take an English class at CPCC chances are you will be asked to find literary criticism on a specific work. Whether you need it for an assignment our are just interested in what someone with a doctorate in literature thinks of your favorite novel, we’ve got just the resource for you! It’s called Literature Resource Center and is accessible through the Find an Article section of the Library website. Literature Resource Center contains articles, literary criticism, and biographies on over 90,000 authors, including playwrights and poets. This resource is available to you free as a CPCC student and can be accessed from on-campus or off-campus with your SNAP ID.

Need some assistance? A short video tutorial on using Literature Resource Center can be found in the Quick Tutorials section of our website or feel free to contact us.

Academic Reference Books Available Online

Titles like The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, and others used to only exist in print, but many of them are now online and available through the CPCC Library website.

These reference works have been through the publishing process and are professionally edited for factual errors — they’re a great resource for background information on a particular topic. We subscribe to a few different collections of online reference titles. Check the links below for titles available in each collection. These resources can also be found in the “Find-an Article” section of the library website. If you are off-campus you will prompted to enter your SNAP ID and password for access.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Offers 25 specialized encyclopedias on topics from art to animal sciences.

Greenwood Digital Collection

This collection has a emphasis on history and literature.

Britannica Online

General encyclopedia with enhanced features, such as access to magazine and journal articles.

Oxford English Dictionary

Provides definitions to over 500,000 words, access to over 2.5 million quotations, pronunciation, spellings, and etymology.

New Titles Available for Earth Day

Earth Day is Just Around the Corner Thinking about how you can go green this Earth Day? The CPCC Libraries have resources to help you out. Here are just some of the books and DVDs we offer on topics like the environment, energy efficiency, and climate change:


  • True Green: 100 Everyday Ways You Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet
  • Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth
  • Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
  • The World Without Us
  • Science 101: Ecology
  • Earth Then and Now


  • National Geographic’s Human Footprint
  • How Do I? Energy Efficiency
  • National Geographic’s Six Degrees Could Change the World
  • History Channel’s How the Earth was Made
  • NOVA/Frontline’s Global Warming: What’s Up with the Weather?
  • History Channel’s Life After People
  • History Channel’s A Global Warning?
  • A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Search the library catalog for for information on the location and availability of any of the above titles.

EBSCO, one of the library’s databases vendors, is offering free access to an environmental database, GreenFILE, at GreenFILE indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well.

Time-Saving Services

BooksWe strive to make the materials at all CPCC Libraries available to you no matter what campus you frequent. Did you know that we can deliver books from any campus library to the library nearest to you? What a time-saver! For instructions on using this service click here.

Another time saving service the we offer is online book renewal. For instructions on renewing a book online click here.

All-Search: Search Multiple Library Resources from One Search Box

There’s a new way to search CPCC Library materials called All-Search. All-Search allows CPCC Library users to search our library catalog for books, multiple magazine and journal databases for articles, and some pre-selected websites from one search box, eliminating the need to repeat the same search in each resource. All you need to do is enter your search terms and pick one or more categories to search. Librarians have assigned the most relevant resources to each category to make it easier for you to find reliable information faster.

All-Search can be found in the “Find-an-article” section of the Library web site. For a quick video tutorial on using All-Search click here. This resource is available from on-campus and off-campus, with the use of your SNAP ID.

Watch PBS Programs from your Computer

CPCC Faculty, Staff and Students can now use any computer with a broadband internet connection to access nearly 250 PBS television programs… with more to come! Included are full-length documentaries on baseball and the Civil War from acclaimed director Ken Burns, episodes of Frontline, The American Experience, and much more!

Your computer must have Flash Player 9.0 or higher installed. Flash Player is free and is available for download here.

These videos are part of the NCLive Video Collection, which can be found on the CPCC Library website in the Find an Article section under Browse Article Database by Name.

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. — Now Available Online!

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Online The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe.

To access it click here or visit the “Find an Article” section of our website and browse the article databases by name.