Research and the Library

October 2, 2017

Whether your a research mastermind, or a freshman just getting used to college research, here is a helpful little guide to assist you on the road to success within researching at the library. 


For online research, visit the Briar Cliff Library website. On the homepage, you will notice a search bar. Use this search bar to search the library online databases. By clicking on the advanced search button, you are able to be more specific in your searches. You can even narrow your search based on the critics of scholarly articles, to read it all online (full text online), eBook, Book, Journal, and more. You can even limit your advanced search to only display publications within the last five years. This allows your search to find information that may be more accurate and current research. 


How do you know if an article is going to be useful? Start by reading the abstract. If it seems to fit what you are looking for, add the article to your favorites folder, in the top right corner by the article name. If the article is not full text online, you may submit an InterLibrary Loan request in order to gain access to this article. We can even do an InterLibrary Loan for other books you may need but aren't available on campus. You can find the Interlibrary Loan here.


When conducting research in the Bishop Mueller Library, help is all around. In order to find a specific book, visit the library catalog, to see if the book is still available for check out and what the number is. You can always ask a research mentor, located at the right hand side of the library font desk. When you are looking for a book in the library, books with call numbers 'A-H' are in the lower level basement, while call numbers 'J-Z' are on the main floor. Magazines can be found along the wall under the mural while teaching manuals are in the back left corner of the main floor. For Interlibrary Loan articles or books, please stop at the front desk to let the research mentor know that you have one available for pick up, or any other question for that matter! 

Happy Researching!

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