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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 browse all databases relevant to your subject area.
How to Find a Specific Book or Media Item
Search for the item in the Library Catalog to see if Biola has it.
For online books and media, click on the full text link to read or listen to the content.
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.
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.
If Biola does not own the book or media item, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Please note that ILL items must be picked up in person at the Biola Library.
How to Find a Specific Article
Note the name of the publication in which the article can be found - the journal, magazine or newspaper.
Use Journals A-Z to search for the publication title (not the article title).
Results will indicate if the publication can be found online through a library database. If available, note the publication date and select the appropriate database to view the article.
If Biola does not have the article online, request it through Interlibrary Loan and a digital scan will be provided to you.
How to Find a Book Chapter
Search for the book in the Library Catalog to see if Biola has it.
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.
If the book is not available online, request the book chapter through Interlibrary Loan and a digital scan will be provided to you.