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Library Information Retrieval Service (L.I.R.S.)

The Library has two different types of database searching available to faculty and students: independent searching that you can do yourself and mediated searching that a librarian can do for you.

Mediated Searching
The Library offers mediated, fee-based searching of several hundred online databases on all subjects, including many databases not available to the public on our website. This means that a librarian will search the databases for you whether you choose to be present or not. If you choose not to be present, your topic must be sufficiently refined with the librarian ahead of time.

Fees for mediated searching include hourly connect rates, print charges, and telecommunications fees. For faculty, all of the fees are charged back to the faculty member unless arrangements have been made with the faculty member's department to supply funding. In this case, an appropriate fund transfer form, available in the Reference Department, must be given to the librarian conducting the search.

Appointments are necessary for online searches. Online searches, in which we connect to databases through a commercial vendor such as DIALOG/DataStar (Knight-Ridder Information, Inc.), are conducted by librarians. Stop by the Reference Desk, or call 299-2305 or 299-2306 to talk with one of the search specialists to determine whether a computer search is appropriate for your needs. Search request forms and more detailed database descriptions are available in the Library's Reference Department.

Independent Searching
Another type of searching is free: end-user searching using databases accessable over the Internet from any computer on the Long Island University network, as well as some that can be accessed from home. The Library currently subscribes to over 150 database products in such fields as psychology, education, business, health/medicine, sociology, pharmacy, language/literature and library science. Workstations for L.I.U. faculty and students are also located throughout the libraries of Long Island University. Alphabetic and subject lists of databases are available. Please feel free to ask a librarian if you need help with your search.

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