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William Hessel Library

Students and staff may use the Ask a Librarian email to reach library staff for assistance. Please return any overdue library materials.

Benton Harbor Campus
Main Building, L-Wing, lower level
50 computers available

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Library and Computer Lab Hours
SUMMER 2024 SEMESTER (May 6 - August 23)
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

INTERIM HOURS (August 26 - August 30)
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

Library Closures
May 27
June 19
July 3 & 4
September 2

Use databases to find information from credible sources to use for your research assignments.




Welcome to your home for researching information. The library website provides over 100 credible online resources referred to as “databases” to support your assignments. To find print books, eBooks, DVDs, and streaming videos held in the library, search the Online Catalog.


Quick Links:

Your online library is open! Some links to get you started (login with your WaveLink username and password):

The Popular Library Databases Libguide

Beginning Steps to Research Libguide

eBooks - full-text books available electronically

Citing your work - APA/MLA citation guides and NoodleTools

Library Facebook

Contact the Library - Library staff is available to help you!

Browse the Online Catalog to search for print books, eBooks; also DVDs and streaming video.  Included are selected eBook databases. 

Selected online collections providing access to academic journals, articles and reports, as well as mainstream newspapers and magazines including the Herald Palladium and New York Times.    

Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Includes indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Access World News Research Collection
Research diverse perspectives, topics and trends that align with areas of study such as Business, Health, Criminal Justice, Science, Humanities, Political Science and more. Features reliable, credible information from a wide variety of international, national, and local news sources.

CQ Researcher
Reports written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Each issue includes a pro-con feature.

Gale in Context: Global Issues
Covers current events and global issues with content from over 400 international full-text English-language journals and newspapers.

Full-text Herald-Palladium articles. Current issues plus articles from the past 10 years. Note that these are the locally written HP articles, not newswire articles from national news sources.

Issues and Controversies
Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture

Back files of academic journals. All titles start with Volume 1, issue 1.

Nexis Uni
Find coverage from news, business, and legal sources.

Magazine Finder
Use to locate a magazine or journal title.

New York Times (for LMC community)
The LMC community may register for an account using their LMC email address. Registration includes all articles, features, interviews, obituaries, columns, and still image, audio, video, and data, text and multimedia published on the site since 1996. Some coverage goes back to 1851. Includes mobile access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone and tablet apps.

Wall Street Journal
Search top news stories and information contained on the various sections of the paper such as companies, people, products, etc. For current day's news, click on Advanced Search, filter by date, and click search.

Browse our complete collection of databases featuring content from various fields of study, including full text of articles, reports and other reference material, as well as streaming video. Databases are available remotely to the LMC community with the WaveLink username and password. Licensing agreements with the resource providers will allow walk in visitors to access the databases while in the library. 

Wondering if the library has a particular journal or magazine? Search here and discover which database has electronic access to that title or subject.  

Properly citing your sources is an important skill to have for writing a research paper. Check out this guide on using NoodleTools, an online resource, to format citations in APA or MLA style, create reference lists, and export them to Word. Create your own username and password for access to all your research projects. The guide also has links to the Owl at Purdue Online Writing Guide. 

NoodleTools - Reference page citing  

See our list of new books and DVDs 

Library guides are written by librarians to help with your research in specific fields and courses, and to provide introduction and tips on various library-related topics including images, citing others’ work, tips on searching, and choosing a topic. 

This guide provides access to resources that can help in your search for a new beginning: career change, resume writing, job hunting, success in business, career development, and more.

Library support for instructors includes selected databases, information on library instruction for your classes, setting up a NYT account, requesting materials from other libraries, and copyright information. 

Library support for nursing includes selected databases, resources on healthcare careers and additional information for nursing students, faculty and staff.

Library Help + Services

The William Hessel Library loans materials to the Lake Michigan College community and selected materials to the general public. The Circulation Desk is open during all hours of library operation. For assistance, visit us in person, call (269) 927-8605 or send an email to 

Need a book the library does not carry? Or a magazine/journal article not found in the library databases? You may request items from other libraries. Note that the library does not borrow textbooks. 

Search the Online Catalog to request locally held items to be sent to the South Haven or Niles campus. First you will need to log in with your eight digit ID number and your birth date. Upon locating an item, select place hold, and under the reserve a title frame, indicate the campus - South Haven or Niles -  to have your item(s) sent to the respective campus. 

Log on to the Online Catalog with your eight digit ID number and your birth date. Under your account name you can renew and also look at your checkout history. 

Books (only five out at a time) are loaned for two weeks and DVDs for one week. There is a ten item limit per student.  Longer checkouts are available for LMC staff. 

Fines are 25 cents a day, up to $5.00 per item. Borrowers will be charged for lost and/or damaged items. Cost will include replacement fee and processing charge. 

Title suggestions are welcome. Please let the library staff know in person or send an email

Course Reserves 

Faculty may place material on reserve at any time during a semester.

A reserve request form indicating the instructor’s name, the course the reserve is for, and the circulation limit for the material needs to accompany the materials. The form and reserve item should be sent to the circulation coordinator at the Napier Avenue Campus.

Faculty should obtain copyright approval for any materials not covered under "fair use" guidelines before they place materials on reserve.

Library Instruction

The library staff will provide instruction about its resources to classes. Faculty need to schedule classes at least one week in advance. Instructors are to remain with the class during the library presentation. Students retain more from a library instruction session if it is scheduled at a time when library use is necessary to complete a class assignment. Sessions can be tailored to a specific class assignment.

Click here for an overview of library instruction.

Other Resources

  • There are 24 computers in the library. The computer lab next to the library is also available when the lab is not being used for instruction.
  • Several printing and photocopying stations, including color are available; release prints using your LMC username and password. 
  • Offline printing available with PaperCut
  • Wireless: WiFi is available throughout the library. To gain access, use your LMC username and password. Select LMC-private if you are a LMC student or staff.  Vistors are to open a browser, select “yes” to the Acceptable Use policy and then login as guest. 
  • Guests needing to do Internet printing or photocopying will need to visit the cashier in Student Services and purchase a print card. This will allow visitors to set up a print account using a library computer -- which is required -- before any printing or photocopying can occur. 

Please View Lake Michigan College's Acceptable Use of Technology Resources Policy

The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as: “The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.”  So how can you avoid plagiarising someone’s work or idea when doing research for papers or speeches? Most instructors will be addressing this issue if you have research assignments. For further information  the library recommends: 

Avoiding Plagiarism  From the Owl at Purdue Online Writing Guide. 


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