How To Library

Finding Library Resources


The library has lots of different types of resources available both in print and electronically. Here's a quick breakdown of the most common resources found in the library, and for more information on how to find each resource, please check out the links to the left. 



Resource Description Example
Research Starter A detailed guide that includes information on library resources for a particular subject or course Education Research Starter
Books and eBooks A written text that can be published in printed or electronic form(eBook)

Moby Dick (print book)

Moby Dick (eBook)

Databases A searchable collection of articles from hundreds or thousands of scholarly journals and other sources. Libraries typically pay a licensing fee to publishers (such as Ebsco) in order to give library users access to search for and download articles from a database. Academic Search Complete
Journals A collection of articles in a particular subject area published on a regular schedule, often 4 times a year. Similar to a magazine except that the articles are often scholarly, peer-reviewed and are read by researchers in the field. A journal can be published in print or online. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Journal Article A scholarly paper written by an expert in the field and often peer-reviewed by other experts before publication. Articles may contain original research findings and are usually published in scholarly journals. The article will contain a list of references or citations at the end. Psychology or psychological science?: A survey of graduate psychology faculty regarding program names.
Thesis/Dissertation Dissertations and theses are scholarly works written in support of an academic degree (typically masters or doctorate). It often contains the author's original research.  Coming of age and becoming American: Adolescents learning English and the rules of citizenship
Data & Statistics Datasets, statistical abstracts, and other statistical information U.S. Government's Open Datasets on Higher Education 
Tests and Measures Standardized measures of a particular variable. Can take a variety of forms, including verbal, written, or visual. Questionnaire on Metacognition
Open Educational Resources (OER) Any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. This can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. Open Textbook Library


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