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.

Need More Help?

If you need more help with research, ask a librarian! Stop by the Reference Desk, or contact a librarian by phone, email, or chat for more help. Find our contact information on the right side of this page.Contact Us

Library Tutorials

Interested in learning more about the library and how to find and use resources on your own? Explore the library’s online tutorials.

Online Books

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

Reference Books: Background Information

  • 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.
  • Ebook Central College Complete (ProQuest)
    Provides unlimited access to more than 40,000 ebooks in a range of subject areas, including: business; computer science; career guidance; vocational education; liberal arts; 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 SBCC students who do not live in the immediate Santa Barbara area. Please send an email to library [at] with your request, and please include your SBCC student ID number and your 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 Checkout 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 “Need help?” link on the Pipeline login screen to reset them.

Search for articles and other resources on your topic in the library databases listed below.
Visit the Database Descriptions page for a full list of library databases.

Starting Points

  • Academic Search Premier (scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers)
    A great place to start, Academic Search Complete provides full text for more than 8,500 periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals), including full text for nearly 7,300 peer-reviewed titles, in all subject areas. The database includes PDF content going back as far as 1887. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
  • 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.
  • Nexis Uni
    Provides the full text of more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources. News sources include: current and back issues of local, regional, national, and international newspapers; television and radio broadcast transcripts; newswires; and blogs. Business sources include: information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives. Legal sources include: law reviews and journals; and the Shepard’s® Citations Service for all federal and state court cases and statutes back to 1789, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions back to 1790.
  • 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.

Evaluating Websites

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
  • Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?

Recommended Websites

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 Tutorial

Database Tutorial

Research Help Tutorials

On Campus

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!

Contact a Librarian

There are many ways to contact your librarians:

  • Live Chat
    Use the chat box on the right of this screen to talk with a librarian. Chat is available during our regular library hours. You can add us to your buddy list if you use gmail, Yahoo!, or Meebo – our user name is lurialibrary
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  • Email
    Use the comment form. Be sure to click Post it Privately after entering question or comment.
  • Call
    805-730-4444 for research help or other reference questions. Call 805-730-4430 for all other needs.
  • Follow us
    “Like” us or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube as another way to stay connected to your library!
  • In Person
    Please chat, email, or call for an appointment, or stop by the Reference & Information desk to talk with a librarian!