Finding Materials at the University Library

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Let's face it, finding what you want in any library is a challenge.

Most users are looking for

Print books
All older books (before 1991) are in Rover, the ASRS. Others are on library shelves. The web page on Obtaining Books helps with these details.
Electronic books
Electronic books are in several databases, and there are many free collections of older books and classics. These collections are described on this page.
Journal articles

The articles in journals are found in databases containing that journal. Sometimes a journal is in more than one database. Use Finding Journals to get help with databases of journals.

Watch this YouTube video made by the Peabody Library for help in separating scholarly v. popular articles.

Especially important to you as a student judging quality. This video contrasts databases provided by CSU with what can be found using Google.

Audiovisual media
DVDs, music CDs, some fiche or film, and a few other oddities are available.

Other libraries have provided help


The kinds of library materials

Finding and using books and media

Books come in various forms and formats. Use these links to help locate and use the items.

Library Tools

Call Number Guides
Call numbers are used to shelve and locate materials in the library.
Terminology Used in the Library
A glossary of library terms
Guide to “MyAccount” in I-Share
You must login in order to access your MyAccount information, to settle library fines and fees, to renew books, to access your Remembered Searches and Remembered Titles, or to set up your search Preferences.
Guides to using the library catalog, using journals, finding articles, researching topics, and more
Various Guides, How-To's, and Skill-builders

Research Tools

Guide to Citation Styles
Here are guides to how to cite using standard format. The page provides links to university courtesy pages detailing American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) style guides.
How to Research a Topic
Identifies and describes research steps and library resources appropriate to completing a paper

Resources for Grants and Scholarships

Print and electronic resources for obtaining funding and aid

Finding and using online reference resources

RefWorks—an online research management, writing and collaboration tool—is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

RefWorks Basics button RefWorks Tutorial button RefWorks Login

Finding and using archives, digital, and other collections

A library, the "old" library, was thought of as a collection of items rather than a place to find many services. The words from the older practices linger, and library materials are thought of as the "core" or the library. As a result, whether things are big or little, hardback or soft bound, physical or virtual, or limited in number still dominates some thinking. These formats (scrolls, books, maps, and so on) are often placed apart from the subjects to which they lend support. Just ask.

Finding ideas

Find research sources, strategies, and support from your Chicago State University librarians.

Internet search tools and finding aids

This is list of old and new search engines useful for finding general and specific information in ‘blogs and sites on the World Wide Web