Monday, August 9, 2010

Does the library have ___ ?

One of the most common questions we get at the Ask A Librarian reference desk is "Do you have ___ ?" Whether it's an e-book or an online journal, we're always happy to answer your question, but there's a quicker way for you to find out yourself whether a particular item is in the library.

To find a book, use the E-book Catalog. You'll find it at You can also get to it through the library web site, in the left column. Simply click through to the basic search page and enter either the title (in quotation marks) or the author's name (last name first.) If we have the item, it will appear in the search results, probably at or near the top. To read it, simply click the view e-book link to the right of the title. (At this point, you may be prompted to log in.)

To find an article, use Full-text Journal Finder. It's at and it's also on the library web site in the left column. To use it, simply enter the title of the journal you're looking for. If we have it, you will get one or more databases that have that journal. Pay close attention to the dates that are listed. Different databases have different volumes and issues of the same journal! Click the link to the database that has your journal in the date range you're looking for. If you're not already logged in, you'll be prompted to log in.

Now that you're "in" the journal, you need to find articles. There are two ways to do this. One is to click the link to a particular date, volume, or issue, and then look at the article titles that are available there. The other is to locate the search box and search for your keywords there. If you have a certain article that you're looking for in the journal, search for the title of the article in quotation marks.

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