Answered By: Chris Clouser Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014 Views: 112
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I'm happy to help you get oriented to the IUP Libraries. My first recommendation is to visit the Reference Desk at the Stapleton Library and ask one of the reference librarians to give you an orientation to our website and to our resources; face-to-face discussions are usually the best way to figure out how to navigate and use our library (you can also contact a librarian via our Bring Your Assignment service, to make an individual appointment).
If you can't make it to the library to speak to a librarian, there is a Library Guide, Geography of the IUP Libraries, which may also be helpful. Just go to http://libraryguides.lib.iup.edu/orientation to explore our various service areas and ways to access our resources.
Finally, when you can't visit the library in person and wish to simply explore the Library services on your own, the first place to start is the IUP Libraries Website, http://www.iup.edu/library. The library website is the main point of access to all of the library's resources. When you first access the page, you'll see several prominent links that go to the most-used library pages. Further down the page are many links to various library services, but for now, I'll just address the first two major elements: our online catalog, PILOT, and our Article Databases
PILOT Online Catalog
Our online catalog, called PILOT, is the catalog of all of our resources, from books and journals to music and movies. If you need to know whether the library owns a particular item, PILOT is where you search for it. You can use PILOT to locate books (and you can then check them out at the Circulation Desk, using your I-Card), determine if we subscribe to a particular scholarly journal, or track down a movie or government document.
These databases connect you to citations (and often, full-text) to millions of articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. When you need to locate research on a particular topic, or when a professor instructs you to find peer-reviewed research on a particular topic, the Article Databases page is where you will find yourself going very frequently. The Libraries attempt to offer as many articles in full-text as possible, and for those articles to which we cannot provide immediate access, you can use our Interlibrary Loan services to request them from other institutions.
I hope this information is helpful! Please do not hesitate to contact one of the IUP librarians or visit the Reference Desk if you have any questions (you can also call the Reference Desk at 724-357-3006). Thanks again for using our LibAnswers service.