Online Students


All Tyler students have access to the libraries’ collection of online resources.  To access materials off-campus, simply enter your myTyler username and password during the authentication process.  If you are having difficulty accessing a resource from an off-campus location, please contact library staff for assistance

The following resources can be used as starting points for all research assignments.

Quick Search

Find books, articles, videos, and more using one search tool.  Quick Search provides access to both campus’ book collections, ebooks, academic and popular articles, and the streaming video service, Films on Demand.  This is a great place to start finding materials for any topic you may be researching.

Academic Search Complete

ASC is a comprehensive scholarly article index. This is an excellent starting place for general research on all sorts of topics (sciences, humanities, technology, and more). ASC provides full-text access to hundreds of scholarly articles and also provides some popular resources from well-known magazines and other periodicals. ASC is also part of the EBSCO collection, which can be used for subject specific collections as well.  See the research guide for help using Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO collections.

Still looking for more databases and online resources?  Visit the A-Z List of Databases to find everything the Tyler libraries have to offer!

The following research guides were created by the Tyler libraries to assist students with using resources, citing information, and accessing specific collections within the Tyler libraries' holdings.

A to Z List of Databases

  • A complete list of databases available to JTCC students. Databases are also organized by subject.

Using the John Tyler Library Website

  • General guide to using the most popular library databases and resources.

Citation Styles and Formatting

  • General guide to creating citations and formatting written documents in APA, MLA, and Chicago style.

Writing Essays

  • General guide highlighting various types of essays, library resources for finding sources and information, and other tips for writing various essays.
  • Includes argumentative essays, literature reviews, research or report essays, text or visual analyses, and annotated bibliographies.

Nursing and Healthcare Resources

  • Guide for students in the nursing or healthcare professions.
  • Databases, books, web resources, citation help, and other information for healthcare studies.

Technical Services

  • General guide for students and library guests to provide information on library computers, printers, WiFi, Microsoft Office, and more.

Need an article not in the databases? Found the perfect book….at another library? John Tyler Library can borrow items from libraries across the country through Interlibrary Loan. This service is available for John Tyler students, faculty and staff.

Download the Interlibrary Loan Form in Word format.

Submit the Interlibrary Loan Form by e-mail to library@jtcc.edu or in person at the Information Desk at the Chester or Midlothian Library. If you have questions, please call 804-706-5198 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian).

Interlibrary Loan materials will be shipped to the JTCC Library, where you can pick them up and return them. It can take up to two weeks to process.

Guidelines:

  • Please provide as much information (title, author, date, ISBN, etc.) as you can about the item you need. Staff can help you with this.
  • Your items will be available for you at the campus where you submitted the request.
  • You must return the item or request a renewal before the due date. However, the lending library may decline your renewal request and may recall their items at any time.
  • You are responsible for the costs of lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.
  • Request articles individually. Libraries do not loan complete issues of journals or magazines.

In addition to these policies, the library follows the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (1994, revised in 2001), Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code, the Virginia Interlibrary Loan Code of 1989, and the Virtual Library of Virginia Interlibrary Loan Guidelines of June 2004.

Library 101 is a tutorial on Blackboard that will help guide you through various topics relating to the Tyler library and the available resources. Please use this tutorial as a guide or to refresh your information literacy skills. Library 101 covers the following topics:

  • Finding books
  • Finding articles
  • Using scholarly sources
  • Citing information

To access this tutorial, complete the self-enroll option from your Blackboard homepage. Once you have self-enrolled, you will see Library 101 appear in the "My Organizations" section below your "My Blackboard Courses" links.

Screenshot of JTCC Self-Enroll screen with link to JTCC Library 101

Borrowing Privileges at Local Libraries: the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC)
Through an agreement with the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC), you have in-person borrowing privileges at many local libraries.

Borrowing Privileges at Virginia Academic Libraries: the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
JTCC Library is a member of the Cooperative Borrowing Program of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. You can request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library.

Need Help?

The Tyler libraries are here for all students, whether you are visiting us in-person or virtually. Help is only a click, email, or phone call away!

If you need assistance with library resources or research, please feel free to contact us using the following:

  • Email: library@jtcc.edu
  • Phone: 804-594-1519 (Midlothian) 804-706-5195 (Chester)
  • Staff:
  • Ask-a-Librarian 24/7 Online Chat: This is a 24/7 instant message chat service that connects you with a librarian with access to Tyler’s online library. Please feel free to use this chat service when the Tyler libraries are not available. If the librarian thinks you may still need help with your question, they will send a follow-up to Tyler librarians and we will contact you to see if you still need assistance!
  • Off-campus access information: