Find It button
your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to
You can email me at
Trust me, you WANT to be
friends with a librarian. Not only are we extraordinarily cool,
but we're here to help you with your research, and we actually
enjoy doing it, as crazy as that sounds! Visit my website for
more information about me:
When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you
can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 129 or at the
research services desk. My hours on the desk are Mondays
10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 12pm-2pm, Thursdays
10am-12pm, and Fridays 8am-10am. Stop by and say hi!
can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the
Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:
Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources
for your assignment. Many times, your professor will insist on
scholarly sources. What does that mean? Find out using this
chart from Duke Libraries.
We have several databases you can use to search for journal,
magazine, or newspaper articles. Some of them only give a
citation to the article, and some have the full-text. Here is a
list of databases you might want to try.
links will only work from on campus. From off campus,
access databases through
- citations to literature from professional communications
literature. Now with Find It buttons thanks to your
ever-vigilant Communications liaision (ME!)
Humanities International Complete -
an EBSCO database with some fulltext and some citations.
Use the Find It button to access the articles you want.
- the gold standard database
for psychology and related fields. Also an EBSCO
Social Sciences Abstracts - articles
and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as
addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics,
gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political
sciences, psychology, sociology, and more.
You can search the EBSCO
If you find a very
relevant article, look at the subject terms in the record
for the article. Then search using those terms to find
other articles like it!
Once you know the
prominent authors in the field, you can also search by
Use the suggested
subjects on the lefthand side of the search results to limit
your search in EBSCO databases.
THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?
It's a bit like magic,
really. The Find It button does three things:
Looks in all of our
databases to see if the document you want is available
full-text in another of our databases. If so, it links
you to it!
Links you to the library
catalog when we have the item you want in print or
Links you to ILLiad
(interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another
library if we don't have access electronically or in print.
The Find It button is YOUR
You can also use the Citation
Linker, another fabulously cool tool. It is useful when you
are reading an article and it cites another article that looks
like it would be super useful for your research. You plug in
the citation information for that article and can find out how
to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the
library, or through Interlibrary Loan. It works the same way as
Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.
Learn more about the
Citing your work:
Of course you
want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you
use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or
paraphrase. This guide helps students understand what
plagiarism is and how to avoid it:
Use this guide to
help you cite your work, and remember librarians are good at
answering citation questions as well!