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Use Billington Library to help during finals

April 29, 2018


Research, relax, write or cram ­– all of the resources and services provided at Billington Library are convenient and the staff is ready to serve you as you prep for finals. As the calendar days flip closer to finals, know that your full-service library has the tools you need to succeed.

Summon – Your source for sources

Not sure how to start your research?  Check out the Summon search box on the front page of the Billington Library website. Summon works like Google for the library – searching through almost everything the library can access through one search box. It connects you to almost 600 million items (books, ebooks, articles from magazines, newspapers and journals, streaming videos, DVDs and more).

Library access 24/7

You don’t have to be in the library to use its resources. Much of JCCC’s collection is available online 24/7. Use your MyJCCC username and Student/Employee ID number to log in and access library research materials from off-campus. 

If you need it, we’ll find it! (If it’s not on the shelf)

If you’re looking for a specific source and it seems impossible to find, librarians can get most resources for you. If it’s available in the United States or Canada, JCCC’s library can request it for you through Interlibrary Loan. Books, articles, DVDs and many other kinds of resources from more than 6,700 libraries are available to beef up your final projects, papers and presentations. Interlibrary Loan is a free service for patrons to borrow materials.

We’ve got you covered – textbooks/course reserves ready for checkout

If your books aren’t readily at hand, check out a textbook for a couple of hours at the library. With almost 400 course reserve items and textbooks available, chances are good you’ll find what you need. The current list of textbooks is available by using the course reserve function of the library’s search and looking by course number. Students can check out materials with a Student ID card and use them for two hours in the library.

Need answers? Ask us

Librarians are here to support you every step of the way. Whether you have a quick question or need help finding articles for a 10-page research paper, they want to help! You can reach librarians in person on the first floor of Billington Library, by phone at 913-469-3871, by text at 913-674-5631, or online through our Ask A Librarian page.

Late-night study hours

Starbucks stays open late and so does Billington Library – in fact, it’s open 79.5 hours a week.

Quiet, but not too quiet

Some staff have nicknamed the second-floor area that overlooks Fountain Square courtyard “Sleepy Hollow.”

If you need quiet study space, use the second floor. Want to work with a group on a final project? The first floor is the place to be. Snacks are allowed, but leave your full meals at home or enjoy them in the restaurants.

Make a date with a database

The library provides more than 180 research databases connecting you to the reliable information you need.

  • Want to see use an article on the front page of the New York Times from April 15, 1865 – the day after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated – for a history project? You can see it in the Historical New York Times.
  • Need to bone up on psychology terms or the latest brain research? Check out PsycARTICLES.
  • Got a deadline for a final paper about business strategies? Learn the trends at IBISWorld, a collection of industry market research and industry risk ratings.

Make a plan

Reduce your test anxiety at the library. Planning can help knock down nervous tension. Here are a few ways:

  • Invite your study group or project team to the library and develop a plan together.
    • Use our comfortable areas to rest and restore your mind.
    • Make an action plan and stick to it by reducing your distractions in the library.
    • Find healthy ways to cope with pressure, but don’t avoid the realities of rigorous study time.

Remember to use your campus resources, especially your library. Finals success is waiting for you.