Beginning Online Research
How do I find books in the Library?
- Use the online catalog,
to locate books. At the Basic screen you can do a
To search alphabetically for an Author, Title, or Subject heading, select that from the drop-down menu.
How can I get e-books?
- E-books are available in full-text electronically, and are listed in
LIUCat. In Keyword,
combine your topic with the term ebrary; e.g., "dance and ebrary".
How do I find journal articles on a subject?
- Click Online Databases
at the Library homepage and choose a subject that pertains
to your research.
If unsure, try General.
General databases such as
Expanded Academic, Proquest Research Library,
Academic Search Premier, and JSTOR are good starters for many topics, and
have full-text articles. Ebrary has full-text books.
How can I tell if a journal is in our Library?
- In LIUCat,
choose Journal Title from the keyword drop-down menu to
see if LIU has it.
Can I get full-text from all the databases?
- No. Databases containing full-text have a green
button beside them.
This means, however, that the database has some full-text, but not all.
What if an online citation is not full-text?
- In most databases, an Article Linker icon will connect you to a program called
This lists other databases that contain full-text of the journal entry
or item you've found.
A "No Holdings" message means that the journal is not available in
any of our databases.
What if it's not full-text or in the Library?
- If all else fails, you can request books and articles not available in our Library
from Interlibrary Loan.
How do I get Remote Access privileges?
- Bring your LIU ID card
to the Circulation Desk to activate your account.
Then you can search databases from home.
Which databases are available from home?
- Only those databases with a red
button next to them in the
subject or alphabetical database list are searchable remotely.
How do I cite my sources?
Getting Started, click on
Citation Style for examples and tips on formatting your
bibliography using APA,
MLA, Chicago and other styles.
I need help, but can't come to the Library. What can I do?
- Click on the AskALibrarian link to
contact us by chat, email, or phone, at 299-2305.
You can also set up a personal research appointment with a librarian.
Remember, always ask for help!
Jacqueline Elsas, 4/06
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