Library Resources

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LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our learning centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work or in life.


Credo Reference is an information skills solutions database that serves libraries worldwide. We build platforms and instructional materials that enable the flexible configuration of content, technology and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.


GALE INFOTRAC is a family of full-text databases of content from academic journals and general magazines, of which the majority are targeted to the English-speaking North American market. As is typical of online proprietary databases, various forms of authentication are used to verify affiliation with subscribing academic, public and school libraries.


Accounting Resources is a professionals database in the financial, risk, legal, tax, accounting and media markets that provides information to help make decisions that which matters most, all powered by the world’s most trusted news organization.



Allied Health Resources

Medicine and Health Sciences links to a list of all health care resources available from  GALILEO.


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 520 scholarly full-text journals focusing on nursing, allied health fields, and many medical disciplines as well as abstracts and indexing for over 550 journals. Also included are the USP Pharmacopoeia DI: Volume II Advice for the Lay Patient and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.


ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source includes abstracting and indexing for more than 690 titles, with more than 570 titles in full text. This database provides users with health care information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text provides abstracts and indexing as well as full text for hundreds of journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials with indexing back to 1937. Offering complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, the database covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as evidence-based care sheets.


Alt HealthWatch focuses on multiple perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Full-text content comes from more than 160 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings and association and consumer newsletters, plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts.


Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, including full text from many health reference books and encyclopedias and thousands of health reports as well as physician-generated videos and hundreds of medical images and diagrams.


Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.


Research Library provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for more than 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines


Criminal Justice Resources

Georgia Department of Corrections website contains inmate information; GDC video library; Divisions of Georgia Department of Corrections; reports including graphs showing inmates and probationers in facilities from 1989 to present; prison admissions during the past 12 months; plus many others.


Early Childhood Resources

U.S. Department of Education


Free Teaching Resources

The Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) are research-based early learning standards for children birth to age 5. Excellent resources for early childhood professionals and parents.

ALA American Library Association


Links to children literature and websites for children.

The Children’s Music Network


Resources for performers, teachers, kids, and parents.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning


From the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning;

Bright from the Start Comprehensive site which has pre-K and childcare locations; links for families and teachers; also includes the rules and regulations for childcare learning centers as well as those for group and family day care homes; information for choosing, searching for or starting a childcare center.



Professional organization which promotes excellence in early childhood education. Information for educators and parents, conference information and professional development.


Young Children is an award-winning, peer-reviewed professional journal published bimonthly by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Young Children issues are organized around topical clusters that devote special attention to issues in the field of early childhood education. View the entire issue online or read selected articles.


The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children and their families through advocacy and professional development.


Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) is a non-profit professional

organization that promotes quality early care and education for young children.


ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.


Everything Preschool

Our philosophy revolves around the concept that children learn through doing. Our site contains more than 30,000 preschool education activities separated into more than 100 themes, 26 alphabet areas and lesson plans. Whether you are a parent or teacher, we encourage you to adapt these activities to your specific challenges and challenge you to never stop learning.


Preschool Rainbow

Places of interest for early childhood teachers with fun preschool education sites for parents and kids. Databases packed with resources and information about preschool curriculum, activities and various early childhood programs. Child care provider sites with parenting suggestions and home learning ideas.


Literature Resources

Literature, Language and Criticism – a list of all literature resources available from GALILEO.


LION (Literature Online) is a full-text library of more than 330,000 works of British and American poetry, drama and prose.


Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals, as well as original content. Literary Reference Center includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; articles of literary criticism; author biographies; full text of more than 300 literary journals; book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories; full text of more than 7,500 classic novels; author interviews; and more than 1,000 images of key literary figures.


Literature Online Reference Edition is a collection of literary reference and criticism resources, including biographies, author bibliographies, Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), essays from New Essays on the American Novel and full-text articles from 103 literature journals.


Literature Resource Center provides biographies on more than 120,000 authors, as well as literary criticism, historical context and social implications of literature. It includes nearly 300,000 full-text articles, including reprints from numerous resources.


Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.


Research Library provides abstracts and indexing for more than 2,600 scholarly journals, as well as full text for more than 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines.


WGTC Catalog Search – to find a book that WGTC owns while off campus.


Welding Resources

Lincoln Electric

Welding and safety information, downloads, printable PDF files and more.


American Welding Society

Some information can be viewed on web page; interested individuals may register as guest at no cost.


Writing Resources

The following links offer access to a variety of websites that contain publicly accessible online tips, guides and handouts for writing. Some of the websites have very specific links (e.g., how to write a paragraph) while some are very general (e.g., thinking about how to start the writing process). We’ve included resources for writing, grammar, dictionaries, and how to avoid plagiarism. The Library Services section of the West Georgia Technical College website also includes an additional section of links on citing sources using APA or MLA style [link to Citing Sources].

We have tried to include a variety of websites with the rationale that one size does not fit all. We hope that one of the sites listed will provide useful links/information to assist you in your writing assignments while at West Georgia Technical College.

Note: These materials should be used as an addition and supplement to the resources that are recommended by your instructor.


Writing Resources

Purdue University Online Writing Center
One of the most comprehensive online writing centers (OWL) available. Includes a section of resources for “Non-Purdue College Level Instructors and Students“. Links to information about the writing process: creating a thesis statement, introductory paragraphs, body and conclusion for argument papers, exploratory papers, punctuation, grammar and mechanics, writing paragraphs, developing an outline, evaluating sources of information, tips for writing resumes and cover lettersemail etiquette for students and many other topics.

The OWL at Purdue offers online and printable exercises in grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and style, paraphrasing, and number writing.

Capital Community Technical College’s Guide to Grammar and Writing
Originally Charles Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Writing, this site is now maintained by Capital Community College Foundation. This is the ultimate guide to everything about the English language, and it is extremely easy to navigate. It contains excellent examples, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, further resources, etc. This website provides an immense amount of information on grammar and writing. It also provides information on MLA and other formats of citation.

Roane State Community College Online Writing Lab
Resources targeted to community college users. This site includes links to other Online Writing Centers, but also has a section of writing resources only available at Roane State Community College users.

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison includes handouts on stages of the writing process, common types of writing assignments, grammar and punctuation, improving your writing style and citing references in your paper. The Writer’s Handbook includes a section on planning and writing a research paper.

The University of Richmond Writing Center
Sections on getting started, sentence structure, punctuation, peer editing, etc.

Writing at the University of Toronto

Sections on how to organize your essay and general advice on academic writing.

Colorado State University Writing Center
Many different resources. Writing activities and the Writing Center require a login and password (created by you).

Grammar Resources

Robin L. Simmons’s Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with AttitudeThis site is excellent for grammar purposes. It contains information under the categories of terms, exercises, handouts, and tips and rules. The tips and rules section is a quick way to find specific grammar rules and explanations.

English Plus+’s Grammar SlammerThis site offers information regarding general and specific grammar topics. It begins with larger topics and narrows the focus to specific areas (e.g., style and usage or sentence fragments). However, it does not give many examples, and the explanations are rather short.

Jack Lynch’s Guide to Grammar and StyleIt is kept updated and is extremely in-depth. The author provides an alphabetical list of topics. It may be difficult to find what you are looking for, but it is probably there somewhere. This guide also lists textual references and other websites for further perusal.

Paul Brian’s Common Errors in EnglishThis website contains information regarding word usage errors: homonyms, homophones, heteronyms, etc. There is no grammar discussed beyond that; however, the author does provide a few websites for further information.

The Blue Book of Punctuation and GrammarJane Straus’ easy-to-use reference guide and workbook is now available as an online resource. Sells a book, but does have some free resources.


Dictionaries & Thesauri

OneLook Dictionary
An online dictionary that provides easy access to multiple references.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

Roget’s Thesaurus
A searchable online version of the classic Roget’s Thesaurus.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (1919 edition)
A collection of passages, phrases and proverbs along with their sources traced back to ancient and modern literature.

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
More than 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendices.

Credo Reference (available only on campus) provides access to a large number of dictionaries and encyclopedias available to West Central Technical College students. Resources include Roget’s II Thesaurus” and American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.”



Galileo’s Online Learning Center Unit 8: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due has a section on copyright, citing sources and the perils of plagiarism.

The University of Kansas Writing Center has a section on “Avoiding Plagiarism.”

Purdue University OWL “Avoiding Plagiarism”

Also check the WGTC Student Handbook for WGTC’s definition of plagiarism.

George Mason University Writing Center has online PowerPoint presentations on:
Evaluating, Documenting, and Citing Resources
Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing Resources

Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial

Goucher College: Plagiarism-by-Paraphrase Risk Quiz, which includes discipline-specific quizzes.

Simon Fraser University Plagiarism Tutorial has sections on using quotations, paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing references.