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Library Research Guides

Academic Research and Writing: Home

Closure Announcement

As part of the campus closure, the library building is also closed. However, librarians and staff are available to help you online. 
See the Library Research & Instruction During Campus Closure Guide for information about available library services.


This guide will introduce you to the ARC Library and help you through the steps of conducting research and writing a research paper. Use the information in the above tabs to learn about finding and evaluating resources; the writing process; and avoiding plagiarism.

This page contains information about using the ARC Library. The librarians at ARC are available to help you with your research, so please do not hesitate to contact us directly or make an appointment for assistance. 

Research Help Chat

Chat online with a librarian 24/7!

Research Appointments

Research Appointments

Personalized assistance with an ARC librarian. Currently available over the phone or Zoom. 

Contact a Librarian

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More information on how to contact the library. 

ARC Library FAQs

The American River College Boettcher Library

Boettcher Library

The Boettcher Library is located in the center of campus near the Student Center and Welcome and Support Center. See the Campus Map for its exact location. 

Research Help Desk

The Research Help Desk, located in the back, right corner from the main entrance of the library, is staffed by a librarian during regular business hours. Please stop by or call (916) 484-8458 for assistance with your library questions. If you need lengthier research help, it is recommended that you make a research appointment. If you need to check out a book or have questions about your account, please speak with the circulation desk at the front of the library. 

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Library Research Guides

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Librarians at ARC have created comprehensive guides for subjects, classes, and more.

Canvas Research Tutorials

Students can instantly enroll in the Library's free Canvas course to access tutorials on conducting research, using OneSearch, evaluating sources, avoiding plagiarism, and citing. 

Each of the 6 self-paced online modules takes about 15-30 minutes to complete. It is not necessary to complete all of the modules or to take them in order. Upon completion of a module and getting 75% or higher on its quiz, the option to fill out a certification of completion will appear in the module screen.

Library Courses

Did you know that the Library offers one-unit and three-unit for-credit courses on basic and advanced research skills? If you are looking for ways to improve your information literacy skills, we highly recommend them! Many of these fully online classes start in the second or third part of the term.

This guide was developed by Sarah Davis Fall 2020.