Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2022     Views: 197

A great place to start learning about the library is on our website library website is the main point of access to all of the library's resources.

When you first access the page, you'll see a large box at the top labeled Search Our Collections.  This search tool is called our Discovery Search and it searches for all types of materials in the library, including books and articles.  Watch this short video on the Discovery Search to learn more

Article Databases are another essential tool you will use from the library. These databases connect you to millions of articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Start again at the library website and click on the red Library Databases button.  The Library Databases page lists all of the databases that you have access to.  Try starting with the database called Academic Search Ultimate which is a general database that covers lots of topics.  Then focus your searching by using the drop-down menu to choose databases by subjectWatch this short video on Library Databases to learn more.

Make sure you know how to ask questions and get help from IUP's Librarians.  The Libraries' Ask a Librarian provides lots of information on how to contact a librarian for help!

Finally, you can learn lots more about the library and doing research at the Library Help for Students website.  This website provides more videos and tutorials to help you learn about the library and how to become a great researcher!  You can also find more information about getting help from a librarian and receiving an assignment voucher (if your professor has asked you to get one).

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