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Learning Center Library Guide: Welcome! Start Here

Getting to Know the Oakton Library

Welcome to the Oakton Library guide for tutors.  This can be a toolkit for guiding students to library resources and services. 

Reference Librarians are always glad to work with you and your students to find the right materials for papers, projects, and presentations. 

Oakton Librarians are also ready to help with citations.

How do I get an Oakton library card?

As an Oakton student, staff or faculty member, you are entitled to a free library card.

Sign up for your library card at the front desk or circulation desk of the library.

Bring a driver's license or state ID card.

You can sign up for a library card at the Des Plaines (DP) campus or the Skokie (RHC) campus.

Your library card will not expire until you are no longer enrolled or employed at the college.

Research Guides

Research Guides are created by Oakton Librarians to help students find library resources.  Explore these 3 categories of Research Guides to learn more about them. 

1) General topic Research Guides can help with a subject such as Art History or World Mythology.

     Browse the A-Z List of Research Guides.

2) How Do I? Research Guides are created to help library users with practical needs such as How to Access Catalogs and Databases.

     Choose the How Do I? category for help with practical questions about the library or research.

3) Course Research Guides are also created for students in certain classes at Oakton.

     Choose the Course Guides category to see what classes have a research guide.




Oakton Library Website

The Oakton Library website and online materials are available 24/7.

The Library's Website includes:

  • contact information
  • hours
  • workshop schedules
  • links to catalogs
  • databases
  • streaming videos
  • online reference by email or chat

The Library has everything you need to be a successful researcher during your time at Oakton.  

Got Research? and Cite It Right! Workshops

Workshops are offered throughout the semester for anyone interested in learning more about the library and what it offers.  These workshops are one hour drop-in sessions that are presented at both the Des Plaines and Skokie (RHC) campuses. 

  • Got Research? workshops cover a basic introduction to the library.
  • Anatomy and Physiology workshops introduce more specialized health and medical library materials.
  • Cite It Right! workshops focus on the best ways to create APA, MLA and Chicago style citations and bibliographies.

Students attending any library workshop will receive a certificate.  Some professors will give extra credit for attending library workshops.  Everyone who attends a workshop will benefit by learning about new resources and by learning new skills.

Click here Got Research? schedules or look for "Workshops and Events" on the Oakton Library website.

Meet with a Librarian - One on One Research Consultations

Request a One on One Appointment 

     Sign up using our online form. 

     Please sign up for the campus where you plan to meet with the librarian!

    Use the DPC form for the Des Plaines campus library and the RHC form for the Skokie campus library.

Get help from Oakton's Librarians!

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Reference Librarian

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Ruth Whitney
Ruth Whitney

Adjunct Faculty, Library Services