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Chemical Dependency: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


I don't have a topic. What should I do?

Choose something you're interested in learning more about! Remember, you'll be spending a lot of time researching and writing about it. Look through your textbook and class notes to see what sparks your interest. You could also explore the peer-reviewed journals in the Find Sources tab on this site for topic ideas.


Where should I start?

Think about your topic. How would you describe it to someone who knows nothing about it? What keywords would you use? Jot these words down. Do these words have any synonyms? For example, teenager and adolescent. Once you’ve spent some time thinking about your topic, choose one of the recommended databases from the Find Sources tab, and start searching. Remember, research takes time, so start early.


I can't find an article on my topic.

Try adjusting your search criteria. Generally speaking, the more specific your topic, the fewer articles you’ll find. For example, if you use the following search criteria (peer-reviewed articles about men with narcissism in New York State written in the year 2016 or later) you’ll find fewer articles than if you use this search criteria (peer-reviewed articles about men with narcissism written in 2015 or later).


I still need help. What should I do?

Consult with a librarian online or in-person, whichever works best for you. Librarians are research specialists; we can help you find the information you need.
  • Use Ask Us 24/7 for online help from a college librarian 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Ask at the front desk for in-person help from a librarian whenever the library is open

How do I access databases off-campus?

Enter your SCCC login and password when prompted. It is the same login and password that you use for Brightspace/D2L, mySCCC, your SCCC email, and the college wireless network.


What is my login and password?

Use the Records & Registration page on the college website to find your login and password.


My login and password is not working.

Call the SCCC Help Desk at: (518) 381-1487 or email:


Does the library have textbooks?

We have some, but not all textbooks. Search the library catalog by author or title to see if we have the one you’re looking for.

Contact the library

CALL US: (518) 381-1235

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