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CMP-125 (Peters, Spring 2023)


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Melissa A. Hofmann
Moore Library 331

Overview of RU Libraries

Library Home page showing One Search Catalog, Reserves tabs, with Books &  More, Databases, Journals, and Research guide buttons below the search box. Menu items on right side in red are FAQ, Ask a Librarian, Chat, Interlibrary Loan, Research Instruction, Study Room Reservation. Today's hous are at the top of the screen in the center and right.

(Library) One Search: cross-searches all of the library's resources, including books, ebooks, scores, streaming audio and video, journal articles, other electronic resources, and more!

Catalog (Tab)/Books & More (Purple Button): Search for books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs, and more.

  • Also links to the classic catalog for more precise searching and access to author and subject indexes
  • Access to Library One Search, so you can add in articles to your search.

Reserves: Access physical items your professors have set aside for all to use. 2-hour in-library use or short-term loans only.

Databases: Search for articles through individual databases or indexes. Browse by subject or select from A-Z list. Provides access to:

  • General databases, such as Academic Search Premier
  • Specific subject databases, such as PsycInfo, ERIC, ABI Inform, and Naxos Music Library.
  • The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Journals: Search by journal title to see if the Libraries have print or electronic access to the journal, magazine, or newspaper.

Research Guides: Find research guides created by your librarians for your course or subject area.

FAQs: Immediate answers to common library questions.

Ask a Librarian: Chat, email, text a librarian. Find out who your subject librarian is!

Interlibrary Loan: Log in here to request a book, book chapter, or article that we do not own or have immediate access to through a database--or to check on an existing request.

Study Room Reservation: Book a study room (FAQ here)


Introduction to Research in the Academic Library

  1. Articulate the place of the academic library in the information landscape.
  2. Navigate and describe the resources and services available on the library homepage.
  3. Introduction to Library One Search to find sources your on your topic: a modeled search (researching plagiarism).
  • Navigate the screen and understand search filters and options.
  • Combine keywords into an effective Boolean search
  • Limit by source type
  • Evaluate results
    • How to determine if a source is worth using
    • How to use results to modify search
  • Modify search if necessary.
  • Get the full text.
  • Organize what you find!
    • MyEBSCOHost
  • Cite
    • Copy from database
    • Export citations to RefWorks