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Mat-Su College: Computer and Network Technology

A guide for Mat-Su College Computer and Network Technology courses

Why bother with books?

Many technical books are still published. Here are just a few from the last couple of years that our library owns:

  • The Basics of Web Hacking (2013)
  • Hacking and Penetration Testing with Low Power Devices (2015)
  • Simple Steps to Data Encryption (2013)
  • CompTIA Security+ Rapid Review (2012)
  • Collaboration with Cloud Computing (2014)

And this is just a small subset of our print books. Many new technical books are available through the library as eBooks (see the eBooks tab in this guide for more info).

Using the library catalog to find physical items

Start by going to the Mat-Su College Library webpage. Do this by clicking the "Library" link at the top of any Mat-Su College page:

Screenshot of Mat-Su College webpage with Library link on top highlighted

Next, enter your search terms in the "Just Mat-Su" search box:

Screenshot of library page with the Just Us option selected and the term Political Anthropology entered in the search box

Press enter. In the search results page you will see matching items at the Mat-Su College library:

Catalog search results showing two books held at the Mat-Su College library

To find an item in the library, use its call number (listed underneath the Call # heading). If you're not sure how to use a call number, just ask a librarian for help.

Finding items at other libraries

In the library catalog, you can switch from searching only the Mat-Su College library to searching most Alaska libraries. Do this by using the drop-down menu next to the search bar. Select "All Collections":

Screenshot of library catalog with search location drop-down menu open‚Äč

Now try your search again using your original (or new) search terms. You now see items from other libraries. Click "Place Hold" next to an item to have these sent to Mat-Su College for free.

Screenshot showing Hold button in catalog interface

You will be asked for a card number and PIN. Your card number is student ID number, while your PIN is likely to be the last four digits of your student ID number. After logging in, you will have the choice of selecting which library to have the item delivered to. Make sure to choose Mat-Su College or whatever library you prefer:

Screenshot showing "Pickup library" menu in place hold dialog

Once the item gets here, we'll call to let you know you can pick it up.

Getting the book you want when it's not in the library catalog

What should you do when the item you want isn't in the library catalog? Don't fret -- you can still get it!

Just click the "Interlibrary Loan" link on the library website, as seen in the screenshot below.

MSC library page with Interlibrary Loan hilighted

Then fill out the Interlibrary Loan form with your name, library card number, and information about the item you want. The item will be obtained from whatever library has it. This is a free and relatively fast service.