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Find Books and Other Sources in RaptorSearch: Home

This guide explains what RaptorSearch is and how to search it effectively to retrieve relevant results.

What is RaptorSearch?

RaptorSearch is not a database itself but is an integrated searching tool that finds items that are owned or licensed by the library (such as individual books, e-books, videos, etc.) and content in other databases subscribed to by MC Library.  It allows you to search almost everything we have from a single search box. Results may include articles from journals and magazines, newspapers, books and e-books, or videos and other media. RaptorSearch is a good choice as a starting point for your research.

Terms in this Guide

  • Check-out: To borrow something from the library; to take something home with you from the library.  You will need to show your MC ID card to check out an item. 
  • Circulating Item: A book or a library item that you can check out to take home. The loan period at MC Library is generally three weeks.
  • Intercampus Loan (ICL): A service that allows you to borrow materials from another MC Library location.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): A service that allows you to borrow materials from other libraries through your own library.

Research Cycle

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