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It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
-Proverbs 25:2 (ESV)
Welcome to the University Library!
The Library should be a prominent part of the process of earning your degree. Whether you take classes on-campus or online, the Library's resources are at the center of your research for discussion board posts, papers, and projects.
Students who invest the time to learn to use the Library's resources spend less time researching and develop better results in the end.
We have made many short videos, which are posted on our YouTube channel, that explain the best ways to use our tools.
Overview of Content
In this guide, you will discover:
How to locate sources for your projects using the Library's online tools.
How to evaluate the reliability of sources.
How to safeguard yourself from inadvertent plagiarism.
This link takes you to Primo (you can also use the search bar above), our most powerful search engine, which shows you books and e-books in our collection as well as articles and videos from the databases we have.
It's easy to get a book or article from anywhere! Click on this link to register and make an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for a book (or article, etc.) from any library. All you need is basic information such as the title and author. You can also use this link to have books sent to your home!
5. Use Interlibrary Loan to request any books or articles you came across that we don't have (you don't need to buy sources)
6. If you're stuck or need more background knowledge, look up your topic on Google. Try to grasp the basic issues and key terms related to your topic. See if you can find what major authors have written about it.
Put in the title of a magazine, newspaper, or journal you want to read or browse, and this tool tells you which databases have them for which dates. Some databases have older issues, while others have current issues.
In this massive database, try narrowing the search to newspapers and magazines if that is what you need. Also try narrowing by date if you need something current or from a certain time period. Plug in article titles you find on the internet but are behind a paywall.
Try narrowing the search to newspapers and magazines if that is what you need. Also try narrowing by date if you need something current or from a certain time period. Plug in titles you find on the internet but are behind a paywall.
This powerful search tool will bring up scholarly sources and actually tell you if our library has them! If not, you can request them through Interlibrary Loan. To link your Google Scholar to our library, go to the drop-down menu, then Settings, then Library Links, then search for Regent Library.
Google is a great search tool, but you will not have access to every article or book you find on Google. If you hit a paywall on the internet, check to see if we own the materials here by using our search engine, Primo. Also, Google may bring up biased results or questionable information. Be sure to vet every source for the quality of the author, publication, etc. You can find good background sources or basic terminology on your topic through a Google search, as well as popular articles, think tanks, open access sources, and government sources.
This tool searches just for books, and if they are not free on the web, you can either find them in our collection through Primo, or you can request them through our InterLibraryLoan! If you need books, be sure to search Primo and WorldCat as well.