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Library Support: Off-Campus Support For Students


Distance Education Students & Off-Campus Users

If you are taking online classes or your schedule makes it difficult to stay on campus outside of class, the VVC Library should still be your first stop when doing research. The Library is committed to providing students and faculty involved in distance learning programs with resources to support their course requirements. View the information under each tab to discover the resources available to you through the Library's website.
Extended eBook Collection to support students during COVID 19: eBook Central 


Reserve Textbooks: In Response to COVID-19

The VVC Library is dedicated to helping you get access to your textbooks.  At this time, we are able to scan limited sections of a textbook and email them directly to you. Or we can assist you in finding the textbook in an electronic form. See information below regarding access to eTextbooks. Please note that we may not have access to every textbook.

Many major publishers are offering their eTextbooks for free for a limited time in response to COVID-19.  Anyone with a ".edu" email address can register for an account and log in to access these free textbooks. 

Note: this service from various vendors, and is not affiliated with VVC or the VVC Bookstore. All materials on the site are licensed legally. This is for a limited time only in response to the virus.

(List of Publishers participating in free eTextbooks)

Vitalsource Bookshelf (step by step guide)

How to register and search the site:

  1. Go to and make an account. 
  2. Once you make an account, they will email you a link
  3. Click the link in your email to finish signing up
  4. Once you're signed in, go to the search page, and search for your book (searching by ISBN is the most efficient)
  5. Click on the picture of the book, and then click "borrow." 
  6. It will open up in your online browser. There are even options to print, bookmark, and virtually highlight the pages. There are also app options that you can learn about on the site. 
  7. You're all set! Now you can search to see if VitalSource has your other textbooks. Learn more  VitalSource Helps.Or to download the app

Redshelf (step by step guide)

How to register and search the site:

  1. Go to and make an account. 
  2. Once you're signed in, go to the search page, and search for your book (searching by ISBN is the most efficient)
  3. Click on View Details, and then Add To My Shelf. 
  4. To view your shelf, click on your name on the upper right hand corner and then click on My Shelf.
  5. Click on Start Reading (the green button) to access the textbook.

Cengage Unlimited (step by step guide)

Start Your Free Access To Cengage Unlimited

  1. Go to 
  2. Click Create an Account > Student and register now. Use your school email address to register
  3. Once you have signed in, click Start Trial in the sidebar
  4. Click Explore Cengage Unlimited to start your access
  5. You have full access to Cengage Unlimited for the next fourteen days NOTE: At the end of your trial, click Start Trial to regain access for another fourteen days, as long as your school is affected by COVID-19
  6. To add online textbooks to your dashboard:
  7. Click the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your dashboard
  8. Search by ISBN and click Add to My Home.

Accessing Library Materials

Finding Books & Materials
Search the library Online Catalog to find books, eBooks, videos, CDs, and Course Reserves. From the catalog you will be able to see what materials are available in the library, if they are checked out, and if so, when they are due back. If an item is checked out, you can contact the Circulation Desk (760-245-4271, ext. 2262) to place a hold on it. We will contact you when the item is returned. Remember that you will need to bring your current student I D or a copy of your registration to checkout materials. For more information, see: Borrowing Materials.

Finding Articles
The library subscribes to online databases that provide access to full-text magazine, scholarly journals, e-books and newspaper articles. Academic Search Complete is the main database for finding magazine and journal articles. Newspaper Source Plus is the main database for newspaper articles. If you are researching a controversial topic or looking for ideas for a paper, start with Opposing Viewpoints in Context and CQ Researcher.

All of these resources are accessible from the Databases page of the library's website. Since databases are subscriptions that contain copyright written materials, off-campus access is password protected.

In addition to article databases, the library also subscribes to a number of full-text subject databases and electronic reference books that are useful for research in specific subject areas. These include: Access U.N., Biology Journals, Country Watch, CQ Weekly, Health Resource, History Resource Center, Grove Dictionary of Art, Grove Dictionary of Music, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and Routledge Religion Resource, and more.


Finding Web Resources
Under Internet Resources, you will find links to Web sites organized by subject area. These sites have been selected by librarians and other faculty members to assist you in finding useful resources on the Web. 

Your instructor may require you to evaluate any Web sites that you include in your research for authority and accuracy. If you are not sure of the criteria used to distinguish one Web site from another, read the information under Evaluating Web Sites. Also, if you are in the habit of always searching the Internet the same way, be sure to read the Web Search Tools page to strengthen your understanding of other search options.

Remember that if you are looking for articles in magazines, journals, or newspapers, use the Library Databases. The full-text of articles found in databases will generally not be available on the Web without paying a fee.

Finding Research Tools
Look under Research Tools for a list of useful guides developed by the librarians to assist you with enhancing your research. Guides include examples for citing MLA and APA style formats, Understanding Plagiarism, Research Tips (Getting Started), locating Controversial Issues, distinguishing the differences between magazine and journal articles, and much more. Faculty librarians are also available for additional assistance during library business hours. You may reach a librarian by phone 760-245-4271, ext. 2262 or by email at LibraryHelp.

Need More Help?

Virtual Reference Hours:
M-TH 8:30am-9pm
F 8:30am-5pm
Sat 10am-3pm

Remote Access

NEW SUMMER 2019: To access databases from off-campus, users must supply a Username and Password (Use MyVVC username and password). If you have any issues connecting, please contact the VVC Help Desk at (760)245-4271,x2740 or email