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Search for articles and books in over 20 databases. Advanced Search

Tip: Use quotes for an exact match.

Search ProQuest ebrary or EBSCO for electronic books.

Search the JBU library catalog for books.

Search for journals, magazines, and newspapers by title. Results are for full-text availability. Browse by Subject

Do you want help brainstorming a topic or identifying related search terms? 

The Mind Map tool (from Credo Reference) or Topic Finder (from Academic OneFile) can help you find concepts related to your original search term. You can use these to narrow your focus or find related terms to improve the quality of your search results.

Do you need an overview of a topic? 

Look in General Reference in our online resources (Credo Reference is a good starting point) for concise, academically credible articles that will help orient you to a topic or field of research. You can also ask a Research Librarian to show you print reference books related to your topic.

Do you need articles? 

WorldCat Discovery (the "All" tab on the library search box) searches our major multi-subject databases for articles and other kinds of documents, or you can try one of our other multi-disciplinary databases. For more focused and comprehensive results, use Resources by Subject to find relevant subject-specific databases. (PRO TIP: Some key subject-specific databases, including ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Elite, and PsycINFO, are not available in the WorldCat Discovery multi-search. If you are researching in these subject areas, it's important to use the appropriate database. For a full list of the databases included in WorldCat Discovery, see the Advanced Search page.)

Do you need books? 

Use the JBU Catalog to find books in our collection and to find out where they are located in the library. Use WorldCat Discovery to find both books and articles, including books that you can request from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

Books in the JBU Library are shelved according to the Library of Congress classification system. You can find the call number in the JBU Catalog. For an overview of how to find books following their Library of Congress call numbers, see this video (from University of Arkansas) or this page (from Boston Public Library). For books in the main collection, call numbers beginning with A-B are on the first floor; call numbers C-Z are upstairs. Feel free to ask for assistance if you need help locating a particular book in our collection.

Do you need eBooks?

The eBooks tab on the library search box gives easy access to our two largest eBook collections, EBSCO eBooks and ProQuest ebrary. For a comprehensive list of eBook collections available through JBU library, see the Books page under Resources by Subject. (PRO TIP: The "All" tab on the library search box gives unreliable results when searching for eBooks in particular. For best results search the eBook collections separately.)

Do you need a specific periodical (e.g. The New Yorker or Christian Scholars Review)? 

Use Journal Titles search to find out what access (print and electronic) JBU provides for that publication. If we do not have full text access to the journal you need, you can request articles through Interlibrary Loan.

Do you need “academic” or “scholarly” sources?

See this summary for an overview of the distinction between academic and popular works. Consult your instructor or a librarian if you need help evaluating a particular source.

A shortcut for articles:  In most of our databases (e.g., WorldCat Discovery, ProQuest), look for the check box that limits your search to “Peer Reviewed” and/or “Scholarly Journals” to find publications that are generally recognized as scholarly sources.

Do you have another question, or are you still not sure where to start?

Ask a Librarian for personalized advice.

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CREDO reference

Credo Reference
Nearly 800 reference ebooks covering the major areas of university study. See General Reference for more online reference options. 


ProQuest Central
Comprehensive collection of full-text journal titles with over 20,000 publications in more than 160 subject areas. See Multi-Disciplinary Databases for more interdisciplinary research options.


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