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Community Nonprofits: Locating Information

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.


Accessing the Libraries

Alumni and members of the wider community are welcome to use the resources available in the Salisbury University Libraries. The Guerrieri Academic Commons is open to the public without a Community Access Card during our Visitor Access Hours listed below. If you would like to access the building outside of these hours, you will need a Community Access Card to gain entry to the Guererri Academic Commons and Conway Hall.

  • Monday-Thursday 10 am-6 pm
  • Friday 10 am-5 pm
  • Saturday 12 pm-5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm-6 pm

Requesting a Community Access Card

  1. Complete and submit a Community Access Card request form. You will receive confirmation of your request by email.
  2. We will mail your Community Access Card to the address you provided on the form. This will include instructions for use, as well as the due date that the card must be returned by.
  3. Once you receive your card in the mail, you can use it to access the Guerrieri Academic Commons and Conway Hall (where the Curriculum Resource Center is located) during regular operating hours.

For further information, refer to our Library Services for Alumni and Community page or email Amy Jones, Head of Circulation, at


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.