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The below guides provide information on how to search for sources. For information on the library's services, such as how to check out a book, go to Library Policies.

Find Books

Finding Books
Learn how to find print, electronic and audio books available through the library and on the Web.

Searching the Library Catalog
Improve your skills for searching the library catalog to find books and other resources.

Find Articles

Databases A-Z, by Subject
Find a full list of the library's databases organized alphabetically or by subject.

EBSCO Tutorial
Learn to search for scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles in this database.

CQ Researcher Tutorial
Learn how to use this resource that provides comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news.

Literature Criticism Online Tutorial
Learn how to use this database to find literary criticism on major works of literature and poetry.

Literature Resource Center Tutorial
Learn to effectively search the Literature Resource Center for biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers.

Factiva Tutorial
Learn how to access articles from top newspapers around the world.

In Context Databases Tutorial
Learn how to search for information in any of the In Context databases, including: Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Science in Context, U.S. History in Context and World History in Context.

Find Images

Multimedia and Images Research Guide
This guide offers information on how to find and use multimedia.

ARTstor Tutorial
Learn to search for and view images in ARTstor. This database contains approximately one million images, including paintings, sculptures, maps and graphs and covers a variety of subjects areas.

Cite Sources

Citation Styles Research Guide
Learn how to properly cite your sources for academic work.

Become Information Literate

Information Literacy Tutorial
A tutorial introducing search strategies, library resources and Web evaluation. The information literacy tutorial for the blind and visually impaired is available here.

Connect for Success
A tutorial introducing search strategies, library resources and Web evaluation, created by the VCCS.

Copyright Guide
Guidance from the library on copyright issues, including links to informative Web sites.

Plagiarism Guide
Guidance from the library on how to detect plagiarism as well as suggestions for teaching students how to avoid it. Appropriate for both faculty and students.

Protecting Yourself on the Web: Your Online Reputation
How you present yourself online affects you personally and professionally. This guide details how to behave online to protect your online reputation.