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Distance Library Services: Research Tips & Tricks

for distance students

Find It button

The Find-It Button

It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!
  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.
  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  Click here to see the Find It button starring in a short tutorial!

You can also use the Citation Linker, another fabulously cool tool.   It is useful when you are reading an article and it cites another article that looks like it would be super useful for your research.   You plug in the citation information for that article and can find out how to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the library, or through Interlibrary Loan.  It works the same way as Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.

Learn more about the Citation Linker!

Research Guides

The librarians have create many useful research guides to help you with your research. Some of these are subject guides and some are course specific. The subject liaison works with your course professor and creates these guides collaboratively. If you do not find one for your course or in your subject area, please contact me or one of the subject specialists. We will be more than happy to create a research guide tailored to your course.


Here's the entire list of research guides. Enjoy and do give us some feedback!

Citation Linker

If you already have a citation and looking to find the full text of the article, no need to search individual databases. The Citation Linker will help to find that specific article.