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Academic Success movies
Streaming videos on many aspects of college success, including how to study effectively, manage your time and money, and take tests with confidence.

Here are some favorites:

Regaining Control of Your Day

Studying and test-taking

Active listening and note-taking

Working with your Math textbook, a video from PCC Math department shows how you can use your textbook to be successful in your math class. 

Find Books

The Library search box is your starting point to find books, ebooks, DVDs, and other materials.

Find Books & Movies for College Success in the library catalog

Click on the links below to find books and movies available through the PCC Library:

Study skills


Stress management

Test taking

Time management

Money management

Motivation & goal setting

Self help


Find Articles

  • Find articles on topics related to college success in the library databases listed below. These databases are searchable collections of articles from academic journals and popular magazines. 

  • MasterFILE Premier
    EBSCOhost. Full text of general interest periodicals, reference and travel books, biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.
  • General OneFile
    General OneFile is a periodical resource with over 6500 full text titles, many dating back as far as 1980. It contains popular, business and professional journals, NPR audio files complete with transcripts, and Fodor's travel guides.

Test-Taking Support

  • Learning Express Library
    Interactive practice tests and tutorials for academic or licensing tests, as well as academic skills and computer software tutorials. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your test results. You must sign in before taking a test.

Career Support

  • Oregon Career Information System
    Provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education.

Choose or Learn More About a Topic

  • SIRS is a useful tool for getting ideas of topics to research. Gale Virtual Reference Library contains encyclopedia entries that can give you a basic overview of your topic. 

  • SIRS Knowledge Source
    ProQuest. Full text information on social issues, science, health, history, government, business, and the arts and humanities.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    GVRL is a database of 27 encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Look here for biology, chemistry, nursing and medicine, sociology, history, education, law, and more.

Cite Your Sources

What are citations and why cite sources?

Citations tell your audience that you are using the words, ideas, images or other things created by somebody else, and a citation tells your audience how they can find the original source. You cite sources for several reasons:

  • To join into a scholarly conversation, and show that you are contributing to existing work
  • To show your audience that you've done proper research, which gives your work more credibility
  • To avoid plagiarism and give credit to others by acknowledging their words and ideas
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources you used 
  • To comply with the PCC Academic Integrity Policy

Research and Documentation Online - How to cite in-text and in a works cited list. Tips and examples for using MLA and APA styles.

EasyBib is a free web site that will help you write a citation for sources you need to cite. This is really great for helping you cite free web sources. PCC has a subscription to EasyBib, so you can cite in APA and other styles as well as MLA.

Here are some more tools to help you cite your sources.

Last Update: 14 Apr 12:36 | Tagged with: careers college success