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How do I activate my TECH OneCard?

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To activate your TECH OneCard visit www.techonecard.com and select your method of payment. Failure to activate your card and select a payment method will result in your financial aid or refund being returned to the college, and denied access to college facilities. For more information about your TECH OneCard, visit http://www.tstc.edu/financialaid/techone.


How do I request my transcripts?

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For transcript requests, you must log in through WebAdvisor at https://webadvisor.tstc.edu/. Click on Students then look under “Academic Profile.”


How do I apply for financial aid?

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Step 1: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at fafsa.ed.gov.  Step 2: You will receive an email notification to view your award letter on WebAdvisor when your aid has been processed. NOTE: if you wish to receive a Federal Direct Student Loan there are additional steps.  Step 3: Officially declare your major in the Enrollment Services Office. NOTE: You must have your transcr ... read more


What is the Federal School Code number that I should use when I fill out my FAFSA?

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The TSTC Federal School Code for all campuses is 003634.


What are the libraries’ hours?

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Abilene Mon-Thu: 8.00 am – 6.00 pm Fri: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm Brownwood Mon-Fri: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm Sweetwater Mon-Fri: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm During holidays and summer sessions, we may have different hours posted.


Can I check out headphones?

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Yes.  Headphones may be checked out for the day but may not leave the library.


How can I be sure that the article is from a scholarly source?

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When searching in your database, click on ‘Advanced Search’.  Then select “Peer-Reviewed”.  This will ensure that all of your results are scholarly sources. 


How do I cite in MLA format?

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Your citation will depend on the type of resource you are using (book, periodical, website, tweet, blog, etc.).  For a full list of MLA formatting and style guide visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/. Make sure you know which format (MLA, APA, AMA, etc) that is required for your paper.  If the assignment does not state it, check your syllabus o ... read more


How can I be sure I get the full text of an article?

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When searching in your database, click on ‘Advanced Search’.  Then select “Full-Text”.  This will ensure that all of your results will be articles you can actually read.


How many books can I check out?

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That depends on whether you are a TSTC Student, Faculty/Staff member, or ATEMs Student. Status Number of Items Loan Period Student 10 2 Weeks Faculty/Staff 10 End of Semester ATEMs Student 5 2 Weeks Audio Visual Materials Status Number of Items Loan Period Student 3 1 Day Faculty/Staff 3 End of Semester ATEMs Student 3 1 Day


How can I suggest a book, DVD, Journal, etc. for the library to buy?

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Submit a request using the My Purchase Suggestion form on your library account. Provide as much information as you have regarding author, title, edition, publication year, and ISBN or ISSN.  Faculty purchase requests are always considered when items are being ordered.


How do I cite in APA format?

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Your citation will depend on the type of resource you are using (book, periodical, website, tweet, blog, etc.).  For a full list of ALA formatting and style guide visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/. Make sure you know which format (MLA, APA, AMA, etc) that is required for your paper.  If the assignment does not state it, check your syllabus or a ... read more


Does the library have a color printer?

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The Sweetwater library has access to a color printer.   Abilene, Breckenridge, and Brownwood only have black & white printers.


How do I access eBooks?

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eBooks can be searched from the TexShare Database . For off campus access, contact your librarian!


Do you have calculators to check out?

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Yes.  Calculators may be checked out for the day but may not leave campus.


How do I apply for graduation?

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To apply for graduation, you must log in through WebAdvisor at https://webadvisor.tstc.edu/. Click on Students then look under “Academic Profile.”


Is there a scanner in the library?

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Yes! The scanner is free to use.  You may use Google Drive to save items you have scanned. The photocopier is 10¢ per page and uses coins only.  


Do you have a scanner or copier?

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Yes! The scanner is free to use.  You may use Google Drive to save items you have scanned. The photocopier is 10¢ per page and uses coins only.


How can I read eBooks offline?

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eBooks can be downloaded so long as they are in PDF format.  Some eBooks will have restrictions on the amount of pages you can save from a title.  Make sure you choose the right ones! eBooks can be searched from the TexShare Database . For off campus access, contact your librarian!


Do you have textbooks in the library?

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No, TSTC Libraries do not buy textbooks.  Some instructors might place a textbook on "faculty reserve".  These items are searchable on the library catalog and can be retrieved from the circulation desk. To purchase a book, go to the TSTC College Bookstore.


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