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Adult Basic Education: LibrarySearch: Introduction

What You Can Do with a Library PIN

Use your Library PIN to:

  • Access e-books, articles, and online video from off campus (some e-resources also require a PIN for on-campus access).
  • Request books from other campuses, and from other libraries.
  • Check your Library account online, to see what materials you have out and when they're due.
  • Renew your books online.

Your Library account is not the same as your Registration account, or your Discovery (computer) account.

Activate your Library account and get your PIN in person at the Library, or online:

 

LibrarySearch: Find articles, books and more

Searching Tips

Use LibrarySearch (above) to find information in lots of different formats: books, e-books, articles, videos, and more,  You will also find the LibrarySearch box on the Library's home page.

Be precise.  The more specific your term, the more relevant your results will be.  For example, use "rainforest ecology" rather than rainforests, "atomic weight" instead of atoms.

Use quotation marks for phrases.  "Computer network security" will get fewer results than computer network security, but those results will be more useful.  Using quotation marks for phrases will improve your Google searches, too.

Limit your results.  Use the limiters on the left side of the screen (under the heading Refine your search) to narrow your result set.  Excluding newspaper articles is a quick way to reduce the number of your results.  To get only the most recent information, limit by publication date.

Follow the links to get your information.  For online full text articles and e-books, click to access the information on your computer screen.  For books and videos, click Check Availability to find out whether the item is on the shelf in the library, or if it's on loan to someone else.  You can request items that are on loan, or are at other campus libraries.

Ask for help.  If you have problems locating information you need, please ask library staff to assist.  See the Get Help page of this guide for ways to contact the library.

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