Students and staff at Holly Library.

Research Help


Ask a librarian!

  • Research Survivor Session - Need in-depth help with your research?  Make a Research Survivor appointment with one of our librarians by calling 828-398-7301 or use the email form above with your appointment request.
  • NCKnows Logo Need help after regular library hours?  A NCKnows librarian can help you use the NC Live electronic resources via chat or email when the library is not open.

Research Tools

LibGuides - Try our Library Guides, created by Holly Library reference librarians to help guide you through various research resources by subject areas.

Web Search Tools | Evaluating a website

AMSER Applied science and Math Repository

Merlot Online tutorial, animations, and research materials.

NCLOR North Carolina Learning Object Repository--includes documents, audio/video clips, simulations, learning modules, assessments, and more.

The Free Dictionary


Citing Sources

Need help with the works cited or references page for your research paper?  Use these tools, examples and guidelines to find out how to correctly cite many kinds of print and online resources in the format you need.

NoodleBib self-help citation tool:

NoodleBib helps you create MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian citations.  Note:  First time users must create a personal id and password to use this program.  To do this from off-campus ask at the circulation desk for the library password.

Examples of MLA, 7th edition:

NC LIVE resources | Electronic resources | Print resources | Literary Criticism resources

Examples of APA, 6th edition:

Electronic Resources | Print resources

More formats and styles:

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Research Tips and Database Tutorials

What kind of magazine is it?  

Use these links to help you understand the difference between popular, trade/professional, and scholarly magazines.

Popular literature vs. Scholarly Peer-reviewed literature: What's the difference? (Rutgers University Libraries)

Types of Magazines/Journals Chart

Database Tutorials

Gale Literature Resource Center Search Tips.

CREDO Numerous links to help you get the most out of this powerful collection of over 400 Reference ebook titles.


Interlibrary Loan Service

If Holly Library does not own the book or full text article you need, current students and staff may request the material from another library using one of our online Interlibrary Loan forms.  Some limits may apply.  Details and the online forms are available from this Interlibrary Loan Guidelines link.

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