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BC3 Beck Library Off Campus Services

Butler County Community College's Beck Library is committed to providing resources and services to students and faculty at off-campus sites. Access to our library catalog, databases, and other resources is provided through Beck Library on Blackboard. Requests for books and articles to be delivered to off-campus sites can be done through the library's catalog and interlibrary loan systems. Please see the information below for details.

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  1. BECK LIBRARY ON BLACKBOARD
  2. Although Blackboard is primarily an online course instruction tool, it is also an efficient means for us to provide remote access to library resources. Remote access to the library's online resources is only available through Beck Library on Blackboard. Instructions:

    1. Go to blackboard.bc3.edu and login
      1. Username: first initial, last name and last 2 digits of your social security number Example: jjohnson59
      2. Password: your birth date in 8 digits, 2 for the day, 2 for the month, and 4 for the year Example: 06261984
    2. Once you are logged into Blackboard, select the Beck Library on Blackboard link that is listed under the My Courses menu.
    3. Use the green buttons in the left sidebar to navigate through the different resources on Beck Library on Blackboard.

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  3. FIND BOOKS

  4. The Beck Library Catalog lists the books and audiovisual materials available in Beck Library. It is accessible from the BC3 website and under the Find Books button in Beck Library on Blackboard.

    Netlibrary: E-Book Collection
    Thousands of e-books are available through NetLibrary. This is a collection of books that the library has purchased and can be viewed and read online. Access Netlibrary under the Find Books button in Beck Library on Blackboard.


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    Request a Book from the BC3 Library
    If a book is in the Beck Library collection, you can request that it be delivered to one of the off-campus sites. To do this, you must first search the catalog and retrieve the full record of the book that you want to request. Click on the book's title to view the full record. To place a delivery request:
    1. Click on the Request button, which is one of the buttons located at the top of the book's record.
    2. Enter your name, barcode and PIN.
      • Name - your first and last name
      • Barcode - barcode number on your BC3 student photo ID, if you do not have an ID, contact Beck Library at (724) 284-8511.
      • PIN - this is your PIN for the Beck Library catalog, which you create. To set up a PIN number, leave the box blank and you will be prompted to create one.
    3. Enter a "cancel if not filled by" date.
    4. Enter a pick-up location: Butler, Cranberry, Lawrence County (Lawrence Crossing), or Mercer County (Linden Pointe)
    5. Click the Submit button.
    Books will be delivered via routine courier runs to the selected site's administrative office where you can pick them up. Please return borrowed items to the same office

    Access PA
    Use Access PA to search the holdings of libraries across the state of PA.

    Links to Regional Libraries

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  5. FIND ARTICLES: JOURNAL, MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

  6. EBSCOhost
    EBSCOhost indexes the contents of thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers. Use it to search for articles on a wide array of topics. EBSCOhost includes several different databases; select and search those most relevant to your topic. Access through Beck Library on Blackboard.

    Request an Article
    Sometimes only the citation of an article is available in EBSCOhost or from some other source like an Internet site. You can request articles using the library's Interlibrary Loan form. We will photocopy articles that are available at Beck Library, or request them from another library if we do not own the journal, and mail them to your home address. Allow about a week to receive an interlibrary loan request.

    America's Newspapers
    America's Newspapers indexes and includes the text of articles from over 800 U.S. newspapers. Newspapers indexed include national newspapers like the New York Times, and local newspapers like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Butler Eagle. Access through Beck Library on Blackboard.


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  7. ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE THROUGH BECK LIBRARY ON BLACKBOARD

  8. CQ Researcher contains lengthy, balanced reports on contemporary issues. It is listed under Beck Library on Blackboard's Find Articles button.

    Facts on File Reference Suite includes three databases: World News Digest, Issues & Controversies, Today's Science as well as an online dictionary, almanac and encyclopedia. The Issues & Controversies contains reports, overviews, and statistics on contemporary issues. The World News Digest contains short, concise news articles, and Today's Science contains science-related news and reports. It is listed under Beck Library on Blackboard's Find Articles button.

    Encyclopedia Britannicauseful as an introduction to a topic. Find it under Beck Library on Blackboard's Ready Reference button, and within the Almanacs, Encyclopedia, & Dictionaries folder.

    Reference USA
    Use to locate information on businesses or to create lists of businesses using various criteria such as yellow page subjects, SIC codes, and geographic locations. Find it under Beck Library on Blackboard's Subject Search button, and within the Business folder.

    Hoovers Business Database
    Hoovers lists in-depth information on larger businesses. Find it under Beck Library on Blackboard's Subject Search button, and within the Business folder.

    CADCAM Net
    This is an excellent resource for technology-related articles. It is listed under the Subject Search button, and within the Technology folder. The link also provides a user name and password, which you will have to enter in order to view CADCAM's articles.

    ASM International: The Materials Information Society
    The library's ASM membership includes access to the online versions of ASM's Materials Handbook Desk Edition and Metals Handbook Deck Edition. Find the ASM link under Beck Library on Blackboard's Subject Search button, and within the Technology folder. The link also provides a user name and password, which you will have to enter in order to view the books.


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