Research Essay: Library Sources

This post provides information about the library database article requirement of the Research Essay, specific to my ENG 1002 course. Students are expected to use

General Suggestion: 1) copy/paste the permalink or document URL for each article you believe you will use as evidence in your essay 2) download/email yourself the PDF (when available) and 3) print the article. This will allow you to troubleshoot Internet access issues.

List of Commonly Used Library Databases 

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Using IVCC’s Library Databases

This description is geared toward my online ENG 1001 students but can be used by ENG 0900, ENG 1002, and Literature courses, when relevant.

Logging into the Library Databases from Home

  1. Navigate to the IVCC homepage.
  2. Below the “IVCC Students” column, click on “Library”.
  3. Click the icon that says Academic Search Complete.

  4. It’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name. Note: your Blackboard password is your students number.
  5. You will then have access to research.
  6. Log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page.
  7. NOTE: if it’s still not working, try a different web browser (Chrome instead of Firefox or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) and make sure your computer is allowing “pop-ups” from the IVCC website. And sometimes your High School firewall is the problem, see if it works at home and notify me if this seems to be the problem. 

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As an IVCC student, you’ll use WebAdvisor to access your academic information. You can register for classes, print class schedules, update/verify your personal information, search for classes, drop/withdraw from classes, view grades, pay tuition, and request transcripts.

Be you’ll first need to set up your account. If you haven’t done so yet, here’s how.

And here are some additional WebAdvisor resources:

“For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.”

Mental Health Services

The internet is riddled with mental health resources, but Googling and searching for something that speaks to you and feels safe isn’t helpful when you’re in the middle of an emergency. If you’re currently experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact JED Foundation ASAP, and if you’re on campus, you have access the IVCC Personal Counseling Assistance Program (P-CAP) that provides confidential and professional counseling assistance to enrolled students in emergency situations. Counselors are professionally trained in mental health, personal development and relationship issues and can provide immediate, short-term assistance.

Get Help from JED Foundation Right Now:

Text “START” to 741-741
or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health. @JEDfoundation on Twitter.


IVCC Counseling Services

Located in CTC-202, the mission of the IVCC Counseling and Advising Center is to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and EMPOWER. Students have access to academic advising, career planning, and transfer services. Schedule an appointment for semester schedules, program review, or course sequences. Whether you plan to transfer to a university, complete a career program, or dual-enroll as a high school student, working with counselors can keep you from taking unnecessary classes (*ah-hem* spending unnecessary money) or lose credits when transferring.

Enrolled students can also access the IVCC Personal Counseling Assistance Program (P-CAP) in times of emergency.

About P-CAP: “In the event you are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation when you are on campus, you will be given priority attention. Please come to the Counseling Center in CTC-202 or call 815-224-0361 or 815-224-0324When calling or visiting, be sure to indicate that you need to speak to a counselor about a personal and urgent issue so that you can be given first priority.”

Counselors are professionally trained in mental health, personal development and relationship issues and can provide immediate, short-term assistance. Referrals may be made to community agencies, medical services or public assistance for continued services. IVCC does not provide long-term counseling services.

Some of there other resources and services include Project Success, a Department of Education funded program devoted to empowering students and promoting success, student retention, and graduation. You may qualify if you’re a first-generation college student, a low-income student, or a student with a disability: qualifications and more information.


IVCC Email and Office 365

As a registered student at IVCC, you can install MS Office 365 ProPlus 2013 or 2016 on up to five compatible personal devices for use while you are a student at IVCC. This package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more. And, you can use OneDrive for syncing across your devices. Visit the student email help page for more information.

Office 365 Download Instructions

Log into your Office 365 student email account, click on “Office 365” in the upper left corner, then click on ‘Install Office 2016’ in the upper right corner and follow the prompts. If you wish to install 2013 or learn about Phone & Tablet options, click on ‘Other installs’.

If you would like step-by-step instructions or MS Office Contact Support, please visit and follow the steps for “Office for business”.

Initial Email Login Instructions:

  • Username and Email Address:
  •  Initial Password:  EaglesXXXXXXX (the Xs are your IVCC 7-digit student ID number)
  •  Upon your first login, you will be prompted to create a new password.  Your new password must be 8-16 characters in length, containing three of the following:  uppercase letter, lowercase letter, number, special character.
  • Once logged in, you will be prompted to select a language (English) and a time zone (Central Time US & Canada).