October 7th, 2011

Finding Course Readings

Fall quarter starts next week and you should now have access to your courseroom, so where are your course readings? You should already have your textbooks (see textbook post for more information), but below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about getting your course readings.

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Q: I am a new learner, how do I get to the course readings in the Library?

A: Required course readings should be linked in your courseroom, both in the learning units and in the Syllabus on the Course Materials page. For more information, see our Finding Course Readings guide.

Q: “One of the links to a reading from the Library is broken. How can I get the article?”

A: Contact the Library to let us know which course you are in and which reading link is broken. We will work from our end to get it updated. In the meantime, you can check the Journal and Book Locator to see if your article is available. Here are the directions:

  1. Search by the journal name (e.g. Harvard Business Review, Journal of Psychology, etc.).
  2. Click on the database name (e.g. Business Source Complete, etc.) which covers the year of the article you want. Check the Syllabus> Course Materials to get the full citations.
  3. Use the year, volume, issue and pages to find the reading. You can also “search within this publication” for the first couple words of the title.

Q:”How can I get the Optional Articles?”

A: The library does NOT have every article that appears in an optional reading list, so here are several ways you can try to obtain them.

  1. Search Journal and Book Locator by the journal name (NOT article title) to see if we have the full text, as described in the directions given above.
  2. If the full text of a book or article is not available through the library, you may fill out an Interlibrary Loan form and we will request the item for you from another library. (Note: Articles take about 3-5 business days to arrive. Required books and articles may NOT be requested through interlibrary loan).
  3. For books, you can search Worldcat.org to see if a local library has it.

If your particular question about course materials wasn’t answered here, you can Ask a Librarian.


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