24/7 Online Resources from the Library

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Contact a Librarian for Research Help

For research assistance, help using the Library databases, or help locating items in the Library, stop by or call the Information Desk (408-855-5169) during open hours, or use the Live Chat/Zoom button during online hours. Hours are listed on the Library home page and the right side of most Library web pages.

Use the Research Help Request Form any time to request assistance and a librarian will respond during open/online hours.

For questions regarding checked out materials, fines or hold/reserves, email mc.circ@wvm.edu any time, or call (408) 855-5150 during open hours.

Research Databases

Online library materials are available around the clock through the Library's Research Databases. Your Mission email address and password are required to access these resources from off campus. Among the resources available are:

  • Articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals
  • E-books
  • Reference materials
  • Streaming films and videos
Digital Magazines

The Library subscribes to 50 digital magazines you can read on your computer or mobile device. Go to the Flipster to browse available magazines. 

Flipster has mobile apps for Apple devices, Android devices, and side-loaded to Kindle Fire Tablets. Once you download the app, select Mission College as your library. If you are off campus you will be prompted to sign in with your Mission email and password.

Online Journals List

Find out if a specific magazine or journal is available in one of Mission College Library's databases by searching the Journals List in OneSearch. 

Textbooks Reserves

Textbooks Reserves are material on reserve and are re for use in the Library only.

SemesterText Program (formerly Food for Textbook)

The Library has a collection of textbooks and calculators available for semester long check out. Quantities are limited – first come, first served. Go to the SemesterText page to see a list of the textbooks available.

Library Research Portal

The Library Research Portal provides subject specific guides to help with research in a specific discipline or on a specific topic. Includes a comprehensive guide to "The Five Steps to Writing a Research Project."

Digital Access to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Mission College students have full complimentary access to the digital versions of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Go to the guides below for information on how to register for a free subscription.

New York Times Digital Access

The Wall Street Journal Digital Access

O'Reilly Safari Books Online

A valid West Valley-Mission student, faculty, or staff email address is required to access this database. Students will need to use their @mywvm.wvm.edu email address to register, log in and access this database; faculty may use @missioncollege.edu or wvm.edu.

This database Includes a large range of topics from the humanities and social sciences to tech and business, to hobbies and travel ebooks from more than 250 publishers along with videos, case studies, exclusive O’Reilly-produced content from world-renowned innovators and corporate leaders, expert-curated learning paths and self-assessments. For more information on how to create an account and access this database, refer to our guide O'Reilly Safari Books Online.

Credo Instruct - InfoLit Modules

Credo videos, tutorials and quizzes are designed to give you a foundation in information literacy and critical thinking. Learn why information literacy skills matter, how to get started with research, understand the process, narrow a topic, write a thesis statement, avoid plagiarism and much more.


Research Videos
The Library offers a series of short videos to help students get started with using the Library resources for research. They include information on where to start your research, finding articles through OneSearch, finding articles in the Library databases, and creating citations.
Library Handouts
Handouts give tips, suggestions, and resources for research and study.
NoodleTools & Citing Sources

The Library's Citing Sources guide includes style guides for MLA, APA, etc., tips for avoiding plagiarism, and information on how to use the citation creation tool, NoodleTools.

Anatomy Models, Phone Chargers, Etc.

The Library has a variety of items, such as anatomy model, phone chargers, and calculator, for in-Library use or check out.

See the Library's assistive/adaptive equipment available for use in Library:

Anatomy Models

The Library has 16 different anatomy models available to use in the Library. The models are on display in the Reference Area. If a model has detachable parts, they are available at the Check Out Desk.


The Library has several different styles of scientific and graphic calculators that may be checked out for three weeks. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. There are also graphing calculators available through the SemesterText Program.


Headphones for computers may be checked out for all day in-Library use. Antibacterial cleaning wipes will be dispensed with Library headphones when available. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.

As a courtesy, headphones are available for Library visitors who are not students or employees in the District to use while in the Library.

Phone Chargers

Phone wall chargers for iPhones and Android phones may be checked out for all day in-Library us. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. 

Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry

Molecular models sets may be checked out for 2-hour in-Library use. They are part of the Textbook Reserves Collection. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk by providing the following call number: QD257.P74 1984. Each set includes 66 spheres, 96 bonding links, 1 short link remover tool.

Whiteboard Markers and Erasers

Whiteboard markers and erasers are available for all day in-Library use. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk. Whiteboards are available in Study Rooms 4, 5, and 6, and in the Collaboration Room. 

Wireless Mouse

Wireless mice are available for three week check out. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.

Other Area Libraries

Find books and other material at local libraries in Santa Clara County. To obtain a print or online resource from these libraries listed, you must have a current library membership to that library system.

Santa Clara County Public Library

Santa Clara City Library

San Jose Public Library

Sunnyvale Public Library