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library services
Library Services
  • Library Web page with access to
      • Library information
      • Online catalog
      • Online periodical databases
      • Web Links & Tutorials
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • TexShare Program
  • Reference Librarians

TexShare is a cooperative program to share library resources. The member libraries of TexShare extend free reciprocal borrowing privileges to each other's students, faculty, and staff. This includes most academic and public libraries in Texas.

  • To participate in the TexShare program you must:
  • obtain a TexShare Card at St. Edwards Library
  • present identification as required at the lending library
  • observe the policies of the lending library
  • return the materials in person or by first-class mail to the lending library
  • pay assessed charges for lost materials, or materials returned late or damaged
library of congress classification system
Library of Congress Classification System

Q = Science

QD = Chemistry

251 = Organic Chemistry

QD251 .F53

Topics in organic chemistry

by Louis F. Fieser

Organized into twenty-one classes of knowledge, these classes are identified by a letter of the alphabet. Classes are broken down into sub-classes by additional letters. Sub-classes are further broken down using numbers.

T = Technology

TP = Chemical Technology

155 = Chemical Engineering

TP155.7 .E34

Optimization of chemical processes

by Thomas F. Edgar

mining for information
Mining for information…

Read strategically as you research!

Look for and note:

  • Keywords
  • Parties, Policies (organizations, politicians, etc.)
  • Primary sources (for statistics, laws, etc.)
  • Authors to research further
  • Sources in bibliographies, works cited, suggested readings, etc.

Research Plan


Reference Books, Circulating Books,

Periodicals/Serials, and Web Sites


GVRL & Reference Librarians,

Online Catalog, Online Databases,

Web Search Engines: Google, Yahoo, etc.


Search Tools


Boolean Operators: AND, OR,

Specific Fields: Title, Subject, Abstract, etc.

Controlled Vocabulary

Search Strategy


Authority, Accuracy, Appropriateness,

Relevancy, Objectivity, Coverage/Content


when you click search
When you click SEARCH...

You search >> the record vs. the full-text

Default is seldom searching full-text

What is the Record = Author


Journal title



search strategies
Search Strategies
  • AND different concepts:
    • biomass energy and agriculture
  • OR synonyms/similar terms:
    • biomass energy or renewable energy sources
  • Be careful of phrases! Don’t put words next to each UNLESS YOU REALLY MEAN IT.
    • biofuels advocates should be biofuels and advocates
  • To force a phrase search, use “quotation marks”
subjects are special
Subjects are special!

Common Language -------- Controlled Vocabulary

Biofuels BIOMASS energy

Academic Search Complete


* the word off at the root – get all forms!






Caution Policy polic* will also get you police


Note: In Lexis-Nexis, use ! instead of *

click the green button or the text link
  • You are only searching one database. The library has 100 databases, and access to over 18,000 journals.
  • Click the button to see if the article is in one of the other 99 databases! Or in the library in...paper!!




evaluating resources
Evaluating Resources
  • Authority – Who is the author and what are his/her credentials and experience? With what institutions is the author affiliated? Who published or disseminated the information?
  • Content – Is this primary research or gathered from other sources? What evidence is presented? Does the data support the conclusion? Are arguments and supporting evidence presented clearly?
  • Relevancy – How current is the content? Is the source appropriate for your needs?
  • Objectivity – Does the author have an agenda/mission statement? What is the purpose of the information – to inform, to educate, to advocate, to persuade?
locating items from a citation
Locating items from a citation
  • If you have a citation to a journal article:
    • Go to the library’s homepage
    • Search for the journal title
  • If you have a citation to a book:
    • Go to the library’s homepage
    • Click on CATALOG
    • Search for the title of the book
need ideas
Need Ideas?
  • CQ Researcher Issue Tracker
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
  • Lexis-Nexis Hot Topics
  • Browse Congressional Digest
  • Browse News Magazines
  • Search Google(controversial issues site:edu)
congressional digest in paper and online
Congressional DigestIn paper and online

Published monthly each issue features a current controversy with pro & con perspectives covered.

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news magazines
News Magazines

Search News Magazines in Academic Search Complete

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