The library's all-in-one Catalog enables you to search everything in the library at one time, including books, music, films, journal articles, eBooks, and selected external, online material. If you are searching only for journal articles, using individual, subject-appropriate databases is highly recommended.
To access the Catalog, go to the main search box on the library home page.
- To search everything at once, enter your search term in the box
- At the left-hand sidebar, limit your search by format
- For full-text journal articles, click the Journals box in the left-hand sidebar, then the title link and the "Access Journal" link
- For eBooks, click eBook box in the left-hand sidebar, then the title link and the "View eBook" link
- For print books, films, music, etc., click the appropriate box(es) in the left-hand sidebar, then the title link and look for location code, call number and availability
Using the Internet for Academic Research
An Internet resource is one obtained by using an Internet search engine like Google. It does not refer to a journal article obtained from an online database such as those to which the library subscribes. In some classes, you will be allowed to use Internet resources for your research--choose wisely! For academic purposes, much material found on the Internet is useless. Many sites are designed to entertain (blogs, social network sites) or to persuade/promote/sell you a product or a point of view (.com and some .org and .net sites).
There are Internet sites suitable for academic research:
- statistics and documents published by the government
- corporation or organization web site
- image or illustration
- open source scholarly directories
- Google Scholar
- Google Books will allow you to view selected pages, but not entire books. This can be helpful if you need only a small bit of information from the work.