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Library Orientation

This guide overs an orientation to all the resources and services the library has to offer.

Help Guides

We have created several Help Guides to help you navigate using library and information resources and tools. These guides are designed to walk you through finding what you need while offering tips, tricks, and other useful information. 

You can see a full list of our subject guides in our Index of Research Guides.

Library Databases

The library's many databases help you find individual articles, media, e-books, and other items of information that are available from scholarly and reliable resources.

  • The library buys many different article databases for you to use — to retrieve relevant results you need to pick an appropriate database to search.
  • Databases are organized around a particular subject area (i.e., Nursing, Art and Architecture, Sociology, etc.) or are organized around an academic area (e.g., Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences).
  • Some of the databases provide full-text access to all of the information indexed in the database and some provide a mix of citation and abstract information as well as full-text.

All of the databases can be used off-campus by logging in with your UDC credentials. 

You can see the full list of the library's databases here:

Newspapers and Newswires

Newspapers and newswires report information via research, interviews, surveys, speeches, etc. They can provide the latest information on what people are thinking about your topic. Reading different newspapers may provide different perspectives for you to consider in your research.

Newspapers and newswires are available in the following databases:

Reference Resources

Reference resources are authoritative works that help you find summaries of information about people, things, and events. Reference resources often contain definitions, facts, timelines, and other helpful information. They are not comprehensive but provide great introductions to a topic. They're a great place to start your initial research and will help you find out more about your topic or idea.  Many reference resources also link or refer you to additional information.


E-books are books, too! They just happen to be available to you online. Just like any of the library's databases, these can be used from anywhere with an Internet connection. When prompted, all you have to do is log-in using your UDC credentials. 

Many e-books may be downloaded (chapter-by-chapter or the entire book) and some can even be printed. If you check out an e-book, it will "disappear" from your library account on its due date.

E-books are available in many of the library's databases. You can try a few of them in the list below:

Multimedia Resources

Multimedia resources or databases are where you can find streaming video or audio content. These databases contain news clips, training videos, podcasts, audio stories, and other media content. 

Using Websites Properly

Some academic disciplines and research topics require you to look for information available on the web. While there is a lot of good information available through Google and other websites, you should always evaluate the information you find to make sure that it accurate, relevant, and appropriate for your needs. 

You can learn more about why and how you should evaluate information in our Evaluating Sources Help Guide.

A Word on Wikipedia

Many people begin researching a new topic using the Wikipedia. Because anyone can edit a Wikipedia page it makes it very hard to know if the information contained in them is accurate. Because of this, Wikipedia is NEVER an appropriate source to cite in your assignments.

Instead, try beginning your search with this source, which performs similarly but contains information from reliable sources. It also links you to other library resources that you can use.