FAQ Full Listing

Question:
Why are the print journals filed by call number instead of by their titles?
Answer:
The Library of Congress call number system that the library uses is designed to organize materials together by subject matter.
Question:
Who decides what journals and databases the library subscribes to?
Answer:
The library subscribes to journals and databases that cover a wide variety of subjects, and no one person could judge what is useful for all of the subscriptions.
Question:
What are “Continuing Resources”?
Answer:
Continuing Resources are any materials that intend to be published continuously for an unspecified amount of time. These materials include journals and newspapers.
Question:
Where are federal documents located? Can I check them out?
Answer:
Documents published after 1920 are shelved in open stacks in the east wing of the library’s ground floor – adjacent to the Ainsworth Commons.
Question:
What do these catalog status codes mean?
Answer:
  • On order – an item has been ordered but has not yet arrived
  • Being processed – an item has arrived from the vendor, but is not yet available for checkout  
Question:

Does the library ever purchase books requested through Interlibrary Loan?

Answer:

Yes. Please see Patron Initiated Purchase for more details.

Question:

How can I tell if a particular journal, magazine or newspaper is available through one of the full-text databases purchased by the library?

Answer:

You can use the E-Resource Portal to search for or browse e-journals by title or subject.

Question:

Can I print or save articles from the databases?

Answer:

Most of the time yes. Please see our Using Library Databases page.

Question:

How do I choose which databases to search?

Answer:

On the Database pages, descriptions of each database are given.

Question:

What is a “citation”? “Abstract”?

Answer:

citation provides basic information about a particular source of information.

Question:

What is a database?

Answer:

Please see our Using Databases page.

Question:

What do I do if I am having trouble accessing resources?

Answer:

Please see our Accessing Electronic Resources page.

Question:

How do I access Electronic Resources?

Answer:

Please see our Accessing Electronic Resources page.

Question:
Who can access electronic resources?
Answer:

It depends on the resource and your University affiliation. Please see our Accessing Electronic Resources page.

Question:

How can I bring my class to the library for instruction?

Answer:

You can find out more about requesting instruction from our Request a Class page.

Question:

How can I renew a book?

Answer:

You can do that by going to My Library Account.

Question:

How late is the library open?

Answer:

It depends on the day and session. Please check our Hours page for more information.

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