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Beginning Online Research

How do I find books in the Library?

Use the online catalog, LIUCat, to locate books. At the Basic screen you can do a Keyword search. 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 Full text available 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 Ebsco A-to-Z. 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 Remote access available button next to them in the subject or alphabetical database list are searchable remotely.

How do I cite my sources?

Under 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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