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Library Guides

Librarians have created guides for every academic subject on campus, as well as for courses and broader topics. View all published guides here for pointers on how to tackle beginning a search in a specific area.

Openly Available Resources

The resources below are a sampling of non-SU resources. These are accessible from off-campus.



Maryland residents of Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, and Dorchester Counties may apply for a free Special Borrower Card at the Library Service Desk and must present it when borrowing items. As a part of that, community borrowers are able to check out books from the general stacks and leisure books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and headphones. To find out more about loan privileges as well as paid account types, check out the Borrowing Policies page.

Use the box below to search for books in SU Libraries' collections.

Search Library Databases

Searching a library database successfully requires different skills than searching a search engine like Google. Identifying keywords and alternate keywords will improve your results. See the example below.


Research Question: "How does media affect voting in young people?"

Keywords:   media    voting    young people

Alternate keywords require you to identify synonyms, broader ideas, and narrower concepts. For the example of media, one might generate a list of words like this:

mass media

social media

social networking





print newspaper





Library databases can be used by non-SU patrons only when on-campus. Community patrons can obtain a temporary user ID (available for up to two weeks) from the Library Service Desk. Patrons need only bring a valid photo-ID to register for one.

While a complete list of all our databases can be accessed here, the ones below might be of particular use. Academic Search Ultimate and JSTOR are both databases covering a wide variety of areas; starting broadly with them is usually a good start. Statista is a great resource if statistics are needed.