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Types of Library Materials

This guide will help you distinguish between different types of library materials including books, reference books, eBooks, magazines, and journals.

About Scholarly Articles

In general, information that has been been created, selected, or reviewed by experts is more reliable, helpful, and accurate.  These "experts" are often referred to as "scholars" and thus the articles and books they produce are referred to as scholarly sources.  Libraries purchase electronic databases such as EbscoHost and ProQuest which contain these articles.  This is often how you, the student, obtain access to this scholarly information (at least in electronic format).

Scholarly articles are not typically free and accessible from Google searches.


Access your library account, and search for articles, books, etc. on the OneSearch Home Page

General Databases

These databases will cover a wide range of topics and will yield articles on most any subject.

Note:  If you locate an article that you want but only see the abstract,

  1. check the periodicals holdings list  and if we do not have the journal,
  2. you can order it from interlibrary loan at no charge using our online ILL form.

See All Databases

 Database List A-Z
Full list of databases sortable by title or subject.
Go to Database List
 Journal List A-Z
Full list of journals sorted by title. Use for searching for a particular title.
Go to Journal List