Welcome to the library! This guide will help you find sources for your projects. It will also give you a succinct overview of the library itself.
Since we are focused on finding good sources as efficiently as possible, here are some tips:
If this is one of your first times using the library to conduct college-level research, have no fear! I've pulled together some additional resources that will help you get started & answer any questions you may have. You are more than welcome to email me with any questions that arise or to ask anyone who works in the library for help.
To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via the search box on the library's homepage.
When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number.
General Collection, A - PQ are on the Third Floor
General Collection, PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor
Oversize, A - Z are on the Third Floor
Reference, A - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor.
Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. The system is a little tricky to figure out at first, so don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Information Desk or Reference Desk. This guide will help, too.
Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.
You can check books out at the Information Desk.
Reference books are an excellent way to get quality information fast. All the reference books are on the main floor of the library, Beck Hall side. Use the call numbers below to locate the books. If you're new to finding books in the library, consult this guide and/or ask at the Information Desk or Reference Desk.
Databases will let you access scholarly articles as well as newspapers and magazines. Use the following to track down articles. Utilize the search tips tab (above) for ideas on how to work with databases efficiently.
To look for reputable websites, be thinking about the groups and organizations that would be a) involved in the conversation you are researching and b) experts in the field. Are there nonprofit groups working on your topic? Have you looked at tribal government websites or other government agencies? Here are a few recommendations to get you started: