Databases for Articles and More
Searching the Library Catalog
To find items owned by the library, search the library catalog. By default you will be searching by keywords.
In a keyword search, the catalog will look for the terms you specify anywhere in the important areas of the cataloging records, and display a list of those records. Be sure to ask a librarian for ideas for keywords, or consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), a guide to the terms commonly used in catalogs like ours. The LCSH can be found on the web at the Library of Congress Authorities or the Library of Congress Subject Headings or on the shelves behind the reference desk on the first floor of the library. Here is an example from the Library of Congress Subject Headings using the term graphic novels.
A good way to locate materials is to use the Advanced Search and use multiple search fields, as in this example:
Books are arranged on the library's shelves by Library of Congress Classification. This is a system which organizes materials by general subjects. Once you have a call number from searching the library catalog, see this guide to call number locations at Mudd and the library floor maps to find out where a book might be on the shelves.
Search our library catalog for materials in our library; try WorldCat to find materials beyond the Mudd. See a reference librarian if you need help.
OneSearch helps you find multiple kinds of resources at once, like online resources such as journal articles and images, as well as those found in the library (books, DVDs, scores, etc.), from a single search interface. It is especially useful when you are beginning your research or researching a topic that may be addressed by multiple scholarly fields.
Be sure to sign in with your Lawrence username and password prior to using OneSearch. Many resources, as well as interlibrary loan and library account options, only appear after you have signed in.
Some OneSearch hints:
- Use double quotation marks to find phrases, for example, "english literature".
- Use an asterisk to find multiple word endings. A search for femini* will find items containing the words feminine, femininity, feminism, and so on.
- For more complicated boolean searching, type logical operators like AND and OR in capital letters
- Try different ways of displaying your results using the Sorted by pull down at the top of the results list.
- Use Expand my results at the top of the column on the left to find articles that my not be provided in full text in OneSearch. These will include items that might be on the library shelves or materials available through Interlibrary Loan.
- Use Refine My Results, also in the left column, to narrow your results to different resource types, subjects, publication dates, and more.
Evaluation, Annotation, & Citation
The best index to use will depend on your topic. Be sure to check the Electronic Resources page for other options.
Once you have a citation for an article on your topic, try using the Find it @ LU link or search Citation Linker to see if that particular article is available. If you don't find it, you can submit a request for interlibrary loan (ILL) of a copy of the article: ILL takes about 7-10 days, so plan ahead. See the library's Interlibrary Loan page for more information.
Don't forget that the library still receives a significant number of publications in paper; these are housed on Level A (between the first and second floors of the library). You will want to search the library catalog for the title of the journal or book (not the title of the article or chapter) to see if the library owns the volume you need.
About Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan is a service that provides access to materials needed for academic research that are not accessible through the Seeley G. Mudd Library. This service is available to all students, staff, and faculty of the Lawrence University community at no charge.
Log in here to your Interlibrary Loan account with your Lawrence University username and password.