Find It Button
Citing Your Work
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:
Reference sources are a good place to start your research.
is a reference source? A reference source is something you
consult for a specific piece of information, not something you
read from cover to cover. Reference sources include
encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, thesauri, atlases,
almanacs, directories, etc. Blackwell Library's reference
collection is located on the main floor. Consult the
Congress Classification outline to see the call number area
for your topic.
can't I just use Wikipedia?
Well, anybody and their
brother can get on Wikipedia and write whatever they want, for
starters! Plus, there are tons of more reliable, authoritative
sources out there for you to use. And, I just can't resist
sharing my favorite Colbert Report clip about the downfalls of
Wikipedia. View it here (and please ignore the brief commercial
at the beginning!):
Find books in Blackwell Library using our
online library catalog.
Books in our library are arranged using
Library of Congress Classification.
The books you can check out are located on the second floor of
the library. If you ever have trouble finding a book you want,
PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!
Books from other USMAI
You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by
selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog
page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses." When you find a
book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request"
button and use your ID number to login. You can have the book
delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.
Books from Interlibrary
Interlibrary Loan is a great tool that
allows you to borrow a book from libraries outside the USMAI
system. Before you submit a request, make sure that we don't
own the book here at SU or at one of the other USMAI
institutions. If not, you can submit a request through
You can also search
Worldcat, which is a huge catalog of materials from
libraries all over the world. If the book you want is in a
library, chances are pretty good you will find it in Worldcat!
If you find the book you want and you know it is not available
at SU or any USMAI campus, then you can click the Find It button
and then request the book through Interlibrary Loan. The
advantage of doing it this way is that you don't have to fill in
all the information about the book!
Click here to go to the
Interlibrary Loan webpage.
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 handy-dandy
chart from Duke Libraries.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY & NEWSPAPERS:
Academic Search Complete
- a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of
scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find
It links when there is no full-text available
scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5
- this database contains full-text world news, legal and
- a collection of full-text major newspapers including
The New York Times and
America: History and Life - covers
United States and Canadian history, both full text articles
and citations for others with Find-It buttons.
Business Source Premier - company,
industry, business information with the familiar EBSCO
International Affairs Online -
full text theory, research, and case studies on
Com Abstracts - citations
to articles in Communications Journals. From this
page, choose Com Abstracts in the top right-hand corner to
search the database.
CQ Weekly -
Congressional Quarterly Weekly - your opportunity to find
out what's going on in Congress!
Contemporary Women's Issues - would
be good for topics relating to women.
ERIC - "Education Resources
Information Center," a database with full text education
articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to
non-full text resources.
Humanities International Complete -
database covering the Humanities with quite a few
Communications journals included.
PsycINFO - the gold standard database
for psychology and related fields.
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
WHAT DOES 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
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
Always make sure that internet resources are
appropriate for your project.
Look at the criteria listed
on this website:
If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website,
please check with your professor or a librarian.
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
Here are some APA Citation Guides: