Big Sandy Community and Technical College

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Academic Research

The library has many services that can aid you in your academic research.

(If accessing the databases using the ‘Off Campus’ links, you may need to allow access via your firewall and add a security certificate exception through your web browser. These links may not work for users of Mozilla Firefox.)

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How to Request an Article or Book
Fill out the Article Request Form. A librarian will review the request and make arrangements via email to send the article or book to you. If the article or book is in digital format, the librarian will attempt to email it to you as an attachment. Otherwise, other arrangements will be made.

Accessing Electronic Databases

From Computers On Campus
All databases are available from computers on campus without the use of a username and/or password.

From Computers Off Campus
Unless you require Netlibrary, which has special instructions at the bottom of the page, click on the database link and simply enter your student username and password -- the same ones you use to access webmail. If you have any problem logging in, please contact Web Services. Below are the electronic databases that BSCTC has access to.

BSCTC Has Access To These Databases:
Infotrac Databases (Off Campus)
Use this Resource Center to find information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc.

NewsBank (Off Campus)
Articles are selected from the newspapers and regional business publications of over 450 U.S. cities. Articles included in NewsBank address national concerns.

Institute for Career Research
This site can be used to find information about specific careers of interest. Information at this site includes earnings, educational requirements and career responsibilities. Note: This database requires username and password. They must be lowercase Username: 488w Password: future

Kentucky Virtual Library (Off Campus)
KYVL provides access to approximately 30 databases which cover a variety of subjects.

Oxford Reference Online (Off Campus)

On-Line Public Access Catalog (OPAC)
This site can be used to find books and magazines owned by the college.


Netlibrary is a collection of eBooks to which BSCTC has subscribed. There are two collections of books (public library and Custom Library) to which BSCTC has access.

No Login is required if accessed from a computer on campus. To access this database from off campus, you must first set up a Netlibrary account using the Netlibrary Account Request Form. Once this is completed, a librarian will email you when the account is active and you may log in below.