Services for Undergraduate Students


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Books & Media

How do I find books & media?

Use the QuickFitz Library catalog. Search with a keyword, a title, or an author. Note the call number and location of the item you want and locate it on the shelf. Bring it to the Circulation Desk to check it out. For more information on using the catalog watch a Tegrity Tegrity tutorial.


How long can I keep my items out?

Check our policies for due dates, renewals, & late fees

Don't get a fine; renew your books online


Where will I find reserves?

At the Circulation Desk filed under your instructor's name. You need your St. Mary's ID to check out reserves.


What if I can't find books on my topic?

Stop at the Reference Desk to get help finding more effective search terms or you can use WorldCat to search in other libraries and request items from them. Use the directions on our Interlibrary Loan page for help ordering or ask a reference librarian.


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Articles in Journals, Newspapers, & Magazines

How do I find articles?

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.


For more information about our databases view these tegrity Tegrity tutorials:

EBSCO & ProQuest | CQ Researcher & the Citation Trail


To search databases more effectively watch these YouTube clips:

Boolean Operators | Boolean Operators and more


What if there is no full text, but just a citation or abstract?

To locate full text articles from abstracts and citations click on full text icon Full Text Options - Saint Mary's University



What is "Journals A-Z"

You can use Journals A-Z 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. (view tutorial)


What if the library does not have my title/article?

You can go to the Interlibrary Loan page and put in a request for that journal article. Please feel free to ask a librarian for help


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Research Help

How do I get started on a research project?

Use our Research Strategy Guide or ask a librarian for help.


How can I get organized?

Use the Research Project Calculator


How can I get better search results?

Use our Search Tips


How can I find scholarly journals?

Use our What is a Scholarly Journal page or watch this video clip to learn what a scholarly journal looks like. When you are searching in our databases you can choose to limit your searches to scholarly journals.


How can I tell if my sources are good quality?

Use our Evaluating Sources guideline

Apply the CRAAP test


I am not sure how to do a Works Cited page.

Whenever you use the words or ideas of another person in a research paper you must give credit to the author by citing your source, both parenthetically (within your document) and in your Works Cited List.

Use our Citing Sources examples



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Academic Dishonesty--Includes plagiarism, fabrication, and abuse of internet sources

Plagiarism as defined in your student handbook is "the presentation of someone else's words, ideas or data as one's own."
Fabrication as defined in your student handbook is "the intentional use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings to deceive." An example might be submitting a lab report with falsified data.
Abuse of internet sources as defined in your student handbook is "the acquisition or presentation of information obtained by purchase or obtained for free from the internet without the explicit written acknowledgement of the source." An example might be buying a term paper.
Plagiarism, fabrication, and abuse of internet sources will not be tolerated at Saint Mary's University and will "result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal." Please see your student handbook for more details and examples.
What is academic integrity and how can I avoid plagiarism?
Go to the Villanova University Library site to test your knowledge and pick up some good tips


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