Services for Online Students

SBCC online student studying in the Luria Library.

About this Guide

As an online student, you are entitled to many excellent resources and services from the SBCC Luria Library. Follow the tabs on this guide to learn more about what we can offer you remotely, and contact us whenever you have questions!

Online Books

When accessing these ebook collections from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Pipeline username and password.

Reference Books: For Background Information on Most Research Topics

  • Credo Reference (Credo Reference)
    Contains the full text of nearly 800 encyclopedias, dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and other reference books covering all major subject areas. Thousands of Topics Pages provide articles from different reference sources, arranged by subject. Includes “gadgets” for finding images, definitions, people, pronunciations, quotations, and measurement conversations, as well as a concept map feature for help identifying keywords and broadening or narrowing a topic. Additional features include videos, maps, and animations.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
    Contains the full text of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Subjects covered include arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, government and political science, religion, science, and social sciences.

Fiction and Nonfiction Ebooks

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
    A collection of over 22,000 electronic books, in all subject areas, selected for the Luria Library collection.
  • ebrary College Complete (ProQuest)
    Provides unlimited, multi-use access to more than 26,800 ebooks in a range of subject areas, such as business, computer science, and health.

Print Books

Search the Library Catalog (the books+ tab on the library homepage) for both print and online books.

Tips for obtaining print books:

  • Search by author, title or keyword. Your search results will include articles as well. Limit to books by choosing the appropriate box from the menu to the left of the results. (For more was to find articles, go to the “Articles” section of this guide.)
  • We are happy to mail books to you if you do not live in the immediate Santa Barbara area. Please send an email to library [at] with your request, and please include your student ID number and mailing address.
  • You can renew materials from our library collection by phone, in person, or online (by signing into your account) as long as no other person has requested the material. You may renew materials up to five times; if you need the item longer, please contact the circulation desk at 805-730-4430. If in doubt, please contact us before the item is due.


As an online student, you have full access to all our paid subscription databases from off-campus. When you click to access a resource from off-campus that is restricted to SBCC students, faculty and staff, you’ll be prompted to log in with your Pipeline username and password. If you have forgotten your Pipeline username and/or password, select “Find and set up your account here.” from the Pipeline login screen to retrieve/reset them.

Search for articles and other resources on your topic in the library databases listed below.
View a full list of library databases here.

Starting Points

  • Academic Search Premier (scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers)
    A great place to start, Academic Search Premier provides full text and Provides abstracts for articles from nearly 13,200 periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers) in all subject areas, and full text articles from nearly 8,750 periodicals, including more than 7,550 peer-reviewed journals. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals. Full text PDF content dates back as far as 1887.
  • JSTOR (scholarly journals)
    This database contains full text of hundreds of scholarly journals. The journals are available in full text from the first volume up until five years ago. Useful for literary criticism and history.
  • Project MUSE (scholarly journals)
    Search this very useful, often neglected full text database for the contents of 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Subject Specific Resources

  • Artemis (literary criticism)
    Search here for literary criticism of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and dramas from all time periods and all languages. This database provides access to Literature Resource Center, Literature Criticism Online (which includes Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism), and Scribner Writers Series in a single research environment. Includes primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.
  • CINAHL (nursing)
    Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature is an authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. Provides full text for more than 600 journals; with full text coverage dating back to 1981; searchable cited references for more than 1,290 journals.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
    Offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 500 journals, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study.
  • CQ Researcher (current events and pro/con articles)
    An excellent source of pro/con information, containing single-themed reports on issues in the news. Provides in-depth, unbiased coverage of both sides of controversial issues related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each 12,000-word report includes: an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
  • History Reference Center
    Covers material from all time periods of U.S. and World History from wide variety of sources. Includes historical documents, such as treaties, biographies of famous historical people, as well as photos, maps, and historical videos. Primary source material is also accessible through this set of databases.
  • News Databases
    Provides regional, national, and international news sources, including full text access to top newspapers like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
    Provides coverage of more than 576 full text journals, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles; covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods
  • More!
    Consult this complete list of library databases to find other resources.

Evaluating Websites

Finding good websites for college research can be challenging and time-consuming. Be sure to evaluate any websites you find on your own, using the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test for Evaluating Sources:

  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. Is the purpose to sell, to entertain, to inform, to teach, or to persuade? Do the authors and publishers/sponsors make their purposes clear? Is this source designed for general readers or academic readers?
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Does it relate to your topic? Does it meet the requirements of your assignment? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information. Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong or emotional language, or leave out important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information. Where does the information come from? Can you verify it in other sources? Are there citations or links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic?
  • Expertise: The source of the information. Who are the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the information? Are they experts, or has the information been reviewed by experts? Is it posted on a personal website or blog?
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Is it up to date? Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as technology or current events), or will older sources work as well?

For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.

See the MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing for tips on evaluating health information you find online.

How to Cite

Review the citation guides page on our website for a comprehensive set of resources for creating citations. Check with your professor about which citation style to use for a given assignment. Follow the links below for help with some of the most common citation styles.

APA – American Psychological Association

APA style is commonly used in the social sciences, like psychology and sociology, and in business and nursing.

APSA – American Political Science Association:

APSA style is often used in political science.

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago style is used in many disciplines, but most typically in history and the humanities.

CSE – Council of Science Editors Style

CSE style is used in biology and other sciences.

MLA – Modern Language Association

MLA style is most typically used when writing papers in the liberal arts or humanities.


Online Tutorials and Informational Videos

The Tutorials page (find the link under the “Help” menu) includes links to online tutorial videos about the Luria Library, the online catalog (also known as WorldCat and books+), library databases, and various aspects of the research process. Below are links to just a few of the tutorials available:

About the Library

Visit the Luria Library YouTube Channel to get to know your library and librarians a bit better!

Library Catalog (also known as WorldCat local and books+) Tutorials

Database Tutorials

Research Help Tutorials

If you visit campus, you are welcome to use all of the services and resources of the Luria Library. We have over 115,000 books, approximately 200 print periodical subscriptions and 8 newspaper subscriptions. Reference services are available during the library’s open hours.

Whether you come to campus or not, take a look at this video to become better acquainted with your library. We’re here to serve you on- and off-campus!

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