Rockford, Illinois

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


Online Catalog User Guide (Keyword Search) - Classic

Use the Rock Valley College Library Online Catalog Keyword Search to identify books, periodicals, government documents, E-Books and other material available in the Libraries.

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Online Catalog User Guide (Tomcat)

Use the Rock Valley College Library Online Catalog to identify books, DVDS, e-Books and other material available in the Library. Users can access it by going to the Library home page at http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Library/index.cfm and selecting the “Library Catalog (Tomcat)” link located at the top of the left hand column.


Database User Guides

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

Allied Health Research Guide

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

 Links to Health Related Library Article Databases

Important 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 Guide

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.

Library of Congress Classification System

  • Recreation, Outdoor Life
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Sports, Coaching
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Health, Hygiene, Fitness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Exercise Therapy

Find articles in specific databases:

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

Library Journals - Subject List

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Philosophy - World Religions Research Guide

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


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Web Sources


STD 100 Research Guide

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

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