Research Guides

The Rock Valley College Library Research Guides and Tutorials focus on topical resources to help in your research. Research Guides cover general topics, specific academic disciplines and academic  courses. There are also guides and tutorials that walk you through the research process.

Web Tutorials

Library Knowledge Handouts

Database User Guides

These guides provide detailed information on using the Library's electronic databases:


Allied Health Research Guides

Combined location for research tools designed to assist students in the Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Respiratory Care Programs.

 Health Related Library Article Databases

Additional Helpful Links

English & Composition

Assisting English & Composition students in their academic research in order to develop the fundamentals of writing clear, intelligent prose while developing analytical thinking skills, competence in reading and interpreting texts.

Fitness, Wellness & Sport Research Guides

Fitness, Wellness & Sport imparts the values, experiences, and skills necessary for students' future leadership roles as scholars engaged in lifelong learning and as professionals serving their communities through the promotion of healthy behavior and lifestyles.

Find articles in specific databases:


Find holdings in RVC Library's Print Collection and Electronic Journals subscriptions:

Library Journals - Subject List


Philosophy - World Religions Research Guides

World Religions is a survey of the major religions of the world. This course will include a philosophical examination of the histories and selected teachings, practices and institutions of major Eastern and Western religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Ilsam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Taoism.

Reference Sources


Web Sources

STU 100 Research Guides

Orientation for College Students is designed to acquaint students with the community college, how it is organized, its offerings, and the role it plays in the community. Units of study also include an introduction to learning in college, the world of work, personal problems in college, student personnel services, and students’ values and needs.

Electronic Resources