US 315 - Brown

Using the Library Catalog to Find Books & E-Books

Library Catalog
  • Search one or two keywords for best search results.
  • To limit the catalog to Reference books, click on the "Modify Search" link and limit by Location by selecting "Reference" from the drop-down menu.
  • Not seeing any materials that you want in Ursuline Library's catalog? Try searching the OhioLINK catalog

Searching for Journal Articles

Recommended Databases:
  • URsearch
    • All-in-one search tool that searches 200+ Ursuline databases.
    • Limit to Full Text + Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals + set the language to English after entering your search terms. You can also narrow down results by date range.
  • Academic Search Complete - Indexes scholarly resources from all academic areas.

Database Search Tips:
  • Search one or two keywords for best search results.
    • Use Firefox or Chrome to get the drop-down box under the search bar for keyword suggestions.
  • Think about RELEVANCE
  • Boolean Searching: Combine search terms and concepts using AND/OR
    • Use OR to broaden your search to include synonyms and related terms (ex: race OR ethnicity OR ethnic OR racial)
    • Use AND to narrow your search by combining concepts
    • Truncation: Use an asterisk * to find word variants (ex: psych* = psychology, psychological, psychiatric, psychotic, etc.)
  • How to find the FULL-TEXT:
    • Click on the PDF Full Text link or the Find It! button to look for the full-text in another database.
    • No PDF or Find It! link? Try searching for the journal title in Journal Finder or see if the article is freely available online.
    • If you still can't find the full-text, you can submit an Article Request form. Please note it may take several days to process your article request!

Website Evaluation

  • To evaluate websites and news sources, we encourage you to use the CRAP Test.

Citing Sources

  • Most article databases provide citation generators - look for a "Cite" tool or link in the right-hand navigation of the article description page.
  • Keep in mind that you're responsible for editing your citations! If you're using online tools to help you construct your citations, always check for errors.
  • Writing and Citing Weblinks
  • Noodle Tools Express - Select style and the type of source you are citing, then fill in the form to generate a citation you can copy & paste.


Off-Campus Access

To use Ursuline Library electronic resources from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your first & last name (ex: John Doe) and your Ursuline ID number (ex: 1234567).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance with your research, please contact the Reference Desk.