Virtual Reference from Ask Now Texas!


The Library is closed but you're still working! Ask Now Texas Virtual Reference services are provided to assist students during hours in which NCTC Librarians are not available. Service hours may vary by semester.



Ask Now Texas Virtual Reference Hours


Mon.-Thurs: 9 am to 12 am

Friday : 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday : 1 pm to 11 pm


Text Reference Service Now Available!


Ask Now Texas now provides a text messaging service for reference assistance. Contact them at (903) 354-4275 or (903) 354-4ASK.


Disclaimer: Standard text messaging charges will apply to all users. It is the responsibility of users to pay any such fees, not NCTC.

Research Help





Study GuidesResearch Help


Need help with researching a particular subject? Need some good internet-based resources?


Check out our Study Guides page!


Citation Guides


Need help with citing your sources? Don't know your MLA from your APA?


Check out our Citation Guides page!




Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazine Tutorial


Still confused about popular magazines and scholarly journals? Try watching this video tutorial to help!



Online Library Instruction


Need help with using the library? Check out the Library Instruction Tutorial under "Courses" on Canvas.  All students that are currently on Canvas are enrolled in the tutorial, but it is not required unless requested by your instructor.


Library Catalog


The library's online catalog allows students to search for items held by NCTC Libraries across all five campuses.  It also allows students to request those items to be sent to their home campus for checkout.  Students can also search for items placed on reserve for their courses by their instructors.


Basic Searching

Power Searching

Placing Holds

Placing Requests

Renew Materials Online

Reserve Desk


Interlibrary Loan/TexShare Cards


Can't find what you need at NCTC Libraries? We may still be able to help!


NCTC Libraries can borrow materials on your behalf from other libraries across the country via Interlibrary Loan (aka ILL). Interlibrary loan services are available to NCTC Library users at no charge. All requests must fall within accepted interlibrary loan standards and copyright regulations. For more information on Interlibrary Loan, click here.


NCTC Libraries also participate in the TexShare Card program. With a TexShare Card, users can borrow materials directly from participating institutions (such as the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University). In most cases, users need only present their current TexShare Card and a photo ID. TexShare Cards are provided only to NCTC faculty, staff, and students in good standing (i.e. no current fines, lost materials, etc.).


To obtain a TexShare card, qualified users must inquire at their NCTC campus Library and present current photo ID.