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Finding Library Resources on a Topic

Search Everything is the default search on the library homepage. It allows you to search all of the library's resources on a topic: books, films, journal articles, etc. Subject-specific databases give fewer, more focused results and often provide search tools unique to a subject or discipline (e.g. search by research methodology, scripture citation, or company name). Use Databases A-Z to find databases relevant to your subject area.

How to Find a Specific Book or Media Item

  1. Search for the item in the Library Catalog to see if the library owns it.

  2. For online books and media, click on the full text link to read or listen to the content.

  3. For physical books and media, look for the call number to locate the item on the shelf. Make sure to also note the location and availability of the item before going to the shelf.

  4. Additionally, Biola members can request a book or media item (even if checked out) to be held for pickup or mailed to their home (within the U.S.). See Library Pick-up Service or Mail to Home Service for more information.

How to Find a Specific Article

  1. Note the name of the publication in which the article can be found - the journal, magazine or newspaper.

  2. Use Journals A-Z to search for the publication title (not the article title).

  3. Results will indicate whether the publication is held online through a library database or in a printed format.

  4. If the full text of the article cannot be located, Biola members can request it through Interlibrary Loan. See Get Materials from Other Libraries for more information.

How to Find a Book Chapter

  1. Search for the book in the Library Catalog to see if the library owns it.

  2. If the book is online, click on the full text link to read the chapter. In some cases, book chapters may also be downloaded and kept.

  3. If the book is only available in a printed format, request the book chapter through Interlibrary Loan. See Get Materials from Other Libraries for more information.