Online Catalog  |  Using the Internet for Academic Research

The library's all-in-one Catalog enables you to search everything in the library at one time, including books, music, films, journal articles, eBooks, and selected external, online material. If you are searching only for journal articles, using individual, subject-appropriate databases is highly recommended. For information on the best database(s) to use for your topic, see the Online Databases page.

To access the Catalog, go to the main search box on the library home page.

  • To search everything at once, enter your search term in the box
  • At the left-hand sidebar, limit your search by format
  • For full-text journal articles, click the “Downloadable Articles” box in the left-hand sidebar, then the title link and the “View Full Text” link
  • For eBooks, click eBook box in the left-hand sidebar, then the title link and the “View eBook” link
  • For print books, films, music, etc., click the appropriate box(es) in the left-hand sidebar, then the title link and look for location code, call number and availability

Using the Internet for Academic Research

An Internet resource is one obtained by using an Internet search engine like Google. It does not refer to a journal article obtained from an online database such as those to which the library subscribes. In some classes, you will be allowed to use Internet resources for your research--choose wisely! For academic purposes, much material found on the Internet is useless. Many sites are designed to entertain (blogs, social network sites) or to persuade/promote/sell you a product or a point of view (.com and some .org and .net sites).

There are Internet sites suitable for academic research:

  • statistics and documents published by the government, e.g., (.gov is always OK)
  • corporation or organization web site, e.g.,, (can be OK depending on your purpose and the nature of the organization)
  • image or illustration, e.g., (OK if a legitimate museum or other image site)
  • open source scholarly directories, e.g., or (OK if .org/.gov/.edu and clearly legitimate)
  • Google Scholar ( can be helpful, but has limited full text
  • Google Books ( will allow you to view selected pages, but not entire books. This can be helpful if you need only a small bit of information from the work. There are many other sources of full-text books online in their entirety, e.g., Free eBooks.