FAQ/How do I?
Use the QuickFitz Library catalog. Search with a keyword, a title, or an author. Note the call number and location (e.g. lower level, upper level, Reference) of the item you want and locate it on the shelf. Bring it to the Circulation Desk to check it out.
All books in a library are assigned a call number which can be found on the book's spine. The number acts like the book's address and represents what the book is about. Books are arranged in call number order on the shelves, so you will find books on similar subjects shelved near each other. Our library uses the Dewey Decimal system to assign call numbers.
Use this link to retrieve a list of Spanish-language DVDs in the catalog.
To download EBSCO eBooks to another device you must:
- Create an account with EBSCO for yourself (user name and password are your choice)
- Download free Adobe Digital Editions software to your computer
- Click on the "Download Offline" button
Use the EBSCO eBook download tutorial for specific information
See EBSCO's eBooks & Audio Books Support Page for a variety of tutorials
Try using different search terms or stop at the Reference Desk to get help finding more effective search terms. Broader search terms work better in book catalogs than narrower terms. So "dog" rather than "golden retriever" may bring up a book about dogs with a chapter on goldens.
Go to our databases list. Here you can choose a specific list of databases to search based on your topic or subject. Use keywords, authors, or titles to search. Many articles will come up in full text and you will be able to print them out.
Apply the CRAP test. From California State University, Chico, the CRAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate your information sources.
To locate full text articles from abstracts and citations click on "Full Text Options - Saint Mary's University" You will be led to a link for requesting the article from another library, to a link providing full text in another database, or to a page telling you that the article is in the Fitzgerald Library print collection.
Getting an article from another library is free and easy. Just follow the links to submit your request. The article will come to your email within a few days.
If the article is in our print collection you can find it on the main level of the library. Stop at the Research Information Desk for help locating it
I know the name of a journal I want to search in for an article. How do I know if the library has it?
You can use Publication Finder to find out if this library has the journal, magazine, or newspaper title that you are looking for. Just type in the title to see if we have it, either in our print collection in the Reference Room or online in a database.
See Finding a Print Journal for locating it on the shelf. Includes a tip on how to read a journal citation.
How do I cite my sources?
Need help with your Reference List? Need to cite a website? an interview?Cite your Sources