Welcome to the SCU Library!
We're jumping right in to test your knowledge of accessing college-level resources for research.
Break into 4 groups. You have 10 minutes to find the full text of each of the sources on the Find It Challenge. Post the links to the Padlet at the bottom of this page.
Next you need to know what you're searching for. That will guide how and where you search.
Here are examples of citations from the MLA style guide.
We know this is an entire book because it only supplies the basic info of author, date, title, place of publication, and publisher. It doesn't contain page numbers or another title.
We know this is a book chapter because there is a portion in quotes--the smaller part of the larger thing--and a title in italics following--the larger thing that contains the smaller thing. This is similar to a journal article, but the difference is that there is no issue or volume number, just the page numbers.
We know this is a journal article because, like with the book chapter example, there is a portion in quotes--the smaller part of the larger thing--and a title in italics following--the larger thing that contains the smaller thing. It's different than a book chapter in that it has a volume number (17), an issue number (3), and pages (969-92).
For finding journal articles, you have a lot of options.
Many of the tools linked below are available through the front page of the Library's website, but the direct links are provided below.
OneSearch is a discovery tool you can use when starting your research.
However, you can also use it to help you find the full text by searching for the title of the book, book chapter, or journal article and following the links from there.
Use OSCAR for the title, author/editor, or other details of a book or journal. OSCAR does not contain journal articles or individual book chapters, so you would have to use the journal/book title or book author/editor name to find the larger container the article or book chapter is published in.
Use the title of the journal, magazine, or periodical to search, not the title of the article.
It is advisable to start with a search in OSCAR with the title of the book, album, or movie, and if SCU doesn't own it or if it's checked out/unavailable, look for the Link+ button. Above is the link directly to Link+ if you know SCU doesn't have it.
Interlibrary Loan, or ILL as librarians affectionately call it for short, is a portal where you can submit requests online for articles, books, and other materials SCU doesn't own or doesn't have available at the moment, and materials that aren't available through Link+.
NOW you can also use it to request book chapter scans and article PDFs that SCU owns -- a library staff person will get it for you and upload it to your portal. Super easy but getting it yourself might be faster if you're in a rush.
Google scholar is great and you will probably like using it, although it has its drawbacks. Make sure to set up your library account through the settings in your Google Scholar account to connect it with the Find it @ SCU Tool.
This is not a tool to link to, but a tool embedded in most of the Library's databases, including OneSearch. Look for this text to connect to the tool that hunts down the link to the full text for you through the Library's subscriptions. It is also useful in that it will pre-populate the InterLibrary Loan Request Form if SCU doesn't have a subscription to your journal article.
Head over to your Interlibrary Loan account and login for the first time (if you have never logged in). You will be directed to fill out some basic information about yourself, which is a one-time thing.
Now, configure your Google Scholar account to show the Find it @ SCU library tool.