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Library Information for Graduate Students

An orientation to library resources, services, and spaces.

Where To Start

The majority of the library's resources are available online. You can find most of them, and information about items available in our physical collections, by using our main search tool on the library's homepage

Search Our Collections Learn more about what's included in this search

Searching for Articles

Here are a few approaches you can take to find articles:

  1. The library subscribes to about a hundred article databases! Most of them focus on a particular subject (or maybe a handful of subjects).

    • If you go to Resources By Subject, you'll see a list of subjects. Choose the guide for the subject you're looking for. The subject guide will list the best resources for that particular subject.
    • You can also go to our list of databases and choose your subject from the dropdown menu there.
  2. Start your search from the library homepage, and select "Articles only" from the dropdown menu. This is a good option if you're researching something that might span several subjects. For example, if you're researching 9/11, maybe you're interested in its psychological effects on Americans and the government policies and laws that resulted from it.

  3. Try Google Scholar. We've got more information on how to connect Google Scholar to library resources, so you don't have to shell out $45 for one article.

Searching for Books

Searching for books isn't too complicated. Select All Books from the drop-down menu, and then enter your search terms.

If you've searched for something from the homepage but you didn't select All Books, you can narrow your results by selecting "Books" under the Resource type heading on the left.

Screenshot of Primo results page with arrow pointing to 'Books' under Resource Type heading

Other Places to Find Information

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