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Library Services for Distance Education Students

All HCC students have the same rights and privileges, and we make a strong effort to make sure that our Distance Education students don't feel too far removed from campus. Below are some of the services that may be of most interest to DE students. This page outlines just some of the services that the Houston Community College Libraries offer to our distance education students and faculty. You can access the full range of our resources by exploring other pages on this site.

  • Log in From Home
    Use your HCC student information (your "W" number and your student center password) to log in to databases from home. Use your library account login (name and library barcode number) to log in to your library account to request or renew books.
  • Encore Discovery
    A single search for books, media, and articles. Login first using the link in the upper right part of the screen for full access.
  • HCC Library Databases
    These electronic resources contain the full text of thousands of articles, books, and citations or abstracts for many more. Find video and image resources, too. Searching these databases will allow you to find relevant, verifiable, and reliable information on your research topics.
  • HCC Library Catalog
    The HCC Library catalog is available online, and will allow you to search for and find many books, media, and online resources available to HCC students, faculty, and staff.
  • E-Books
    Almost 48,000 digitized, searchable, research-oriented books on a wide array of topics, this is a resource that all distance ed students should know about!
  • Online Reference Sources
    With both a quick reference list and a much more comprehensive list of sources, these items will get you the answers you need, fast!
  • HCC Library LibGuides
    Find free online resources, or resources owned and licensed by the HCC libraries organized by subject. Check back often. Resources are added daily.
  • Book Requests
    Using this handy feature, you can have a book sent from one HCC Library to one that is closer to your home.
  • Request a TexShare Card
  • HCC Streaming Media
    Search for streaming media.
  • Tutorials
    Not sure how to find what you're looking for? Simply need to brush up on your research skills? Afraid you might be plagiarizing without knowing it?! These tutorials will help you find your way.
  • Suggestion box
    Let us know if you have a suggestion for improving our services.
  • My Library Account
    Renew books online, see what you have checked out, check the status of holds you've placed, rate books and media in the catalog, and more.
  • Ask A Librarian
    Can't come to us? No problem! We'll come to you - electronically! Use this service to access email, live-chat, and phone reference assistance.
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