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Off-Campus Access

Use your NetID and password to access library resources when off-campus.

About the Libraries

Our collection includes over 2 million books and e-books, over 100,000 e-journals; over 450 databases, and another 3.8 million titles in microforms.

Circulation Policy: Undergradutes: 50 books; one-month borrowing period. Faculty & Graduates: 99 books; semester loan (except branches). All patrons: 3 DVDs, with a one-week borrowing period.

Renewals: 3 times if no one is waiting for the material. Can be done online via STARS.  More information.

Fines: $0.25/day, $85/lost book – Card is blocked at $5.  More information.

Recalls: If you need a book that's checked out, you can place a Recall on it via STARS.

Photocopies/Scanners: Free scanning to USB and to Email. $.10 a page for print copies. You can put money on your student ID using Wolfie's Wallet. The Photocopy Center is on the 3rd Floor of Melville, near Circulation.

The entrance to the Main Stacks (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences collections) is on the 3rd Floor.

The Central Reading Room (Main Reference Desk), Science & Engineering Library (North Reading Room) and Music Library are on the on 1st floor of Melville Library.  There are several Branch Libraries on campus as well.

The Health Sciences Library is located on the East Campus. You have access to their collection, both in print and online.


The purpose of this guide is to help students find appropriate materials for doing college level research.

Really Want to Cite Wikipedia?

Try Britannica Online! It's also an online encyclopedia but it's not a wiki so there is less risk of incorrect information.

Once you find your topic, check the bottom of the page for citation information.

Search Tricks

AND between words searches for BOTH words on document. 

EX: immigration and employment 

Returns results with both words. Fewer, but better, results.

QUOTATION MARKS around a phrase searches for that exact phrase

EX: “genetic engineering” "climate change"  "no child left behind"

Returns results with that exact phrase.  

ASTERISK (*) search looks for all the various words using the same root.

EX: comput* results in articles that have the words compute, computer, computing, etc. 

       educat* will search for educate, education, educator, educators, etc.

OR between words searches for at least one of the words. 

EX: fat OR obesity

Returns results with either word. Produces more results.   

(Parentheses) group multiple search terms together.

EX: debt and (teenagers or adolescents) 

Returns results for debt and teenagers and for debt and adolescents.