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SD Mesa Library Online Resources

This guide provides links to Mesa COVID-19 information and online resources provided by the library for your research needs.

Ask A Librarian

Never Fear The Librarians Are Here!

Help Options


  • Make an appointment. Click here  and make a Zoom appointment with a Mesa librarian who will help you live, at your convenience. 
  • Phone: Call the Reference Desk Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at 619-388-2660.
  • Email: You can email us anytime at we will normally respond within one business day.
  • Chat with a reference librarian from the 24/7 team that works with Mesa from around the world, anytime of the day or night, just click the blue "24/7 Ask A Librarian!" button below.

Research Assistance

Your Librarians Are Here to Help!​

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Library Home Page

Everything listed below (and more) can be found on our library home page

We also have a faculty resource page accessible from our library home page

24/7 Research Chat

While the library is closed research assistance is just a click away 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Click Here

ZOOM Reference Appointments

We have re-configuring our 45 minute private reference appointments to be done via Zoom for faculty and students Click Here

Would You Like an Audience?

In the Fall term we will be continuing our "Lunch with The Librarians" (day) and "Libations with the Librarians" (evening) sessions for any faculty members interested in learning more about any our services and how to use them. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent out via email at the beginning of each week that they are held. 

Is There a Specific Librarian You are Interested in Contacting?

No problem, Below are Email Addresses for Your Contract Faculty Librarians

Research Resources


Stand Alone Information Literacy Modules

With Credo Instruct you can mix and match online videos, text tutorials, and quizzes covering topics relating to information literacy. Just right click on the links and paste them into your online teaching environment.

Streaming Videos

(Click on the blue hot links to go directly to these resources)

Films on Demand

This is a database of thousands of educational videos on a wide variety of topics.

Topics can be located and embedded into Canvas in total or by segment and have scannable transcripts. 

If you would like to embed a Films on Demand Video into your Canvas shell we have a video that will show you how! Click here

SWANK Digital Campus

Streaming video collection of feature films from major Hollywood studios.

These can be embedded in Canvas or sent directly to students.


 Documentaries, Classic and Indie Films. On Desktop, Mobile and Roku for Students, & Professors .

Articles and More


Mesa’s search box for journal articles, newspapers articles, book chapters, ebooks, print books and much more.

Helpful One Search videos can be found on our tutorial page!

Subject Specific Research Guides

Click here to see our 20+ guides that are created by librarians to help students do their research in specific subject areas.

If you would like to add a research guide to your Canvas class shell we have a video that will step you through the process here. 

Embedding Library Services Into Canvas

The Library Canvas Page is located here

Adding Mesa Streaming Videos from Films on Demand to Canvas (Video)

Adding Research Guides to Be Used Inside Your Canvas Shell (Video)



Course Reserves and Other Content

TextBook Scanning Service

 The library staff can legally copy up to 20% of a paper text for you to use with your students. Fill out the form and if we have your book we will get your scan back to you within two weeks. Instructions and guidelines are on the form. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns. 

Research Instruction

Research Instruction For Your Classes

For many years the librarians have been conducting library research sessions in person with limited online options. We are now fully up and running with Zoom sessions!  just fill out this form and let us know which classes you are teaching and your research session needs. We can make the session as generic or as customized as you wish, more information can be found here

Are you back on campus? No problem. Now that the library is open again we'd be happy to teach your class! Just fill out the request form that can be found here.

Some of the areas we can cover are:

  • Using Library Databases
  • Research Techniques (e.g. narrowing your topic, search language, popular magazine vs. scholarly journal, etc.)
  • Using Library eBooks
  • Citing Sources
  • Evaluating Websites For Scholarly Sources
  • ...and so much more 

If you have any additional questions feel free to contact:                 

Alison Steinberg Gurganus at 

One Search Tutorials

These tutorials were created to help you understand how to find books and articles using the Mesa College One Search tool. The last video will show you how to refine the results that One Search gives you so you can better narrow down what One Search gives you.