What are ProQuest, JSTOR, Google Scholar…and how do I find them?
A: ProQuest, JSTOR and Google Scholar are a host of many databases available to us at HPU Libraries. These databases are where you will find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, journals and all sorts of information you will need for your research. JSTOR, Google Scholar and ProQuest Central are examples of some of our general databases that you can use to find information on almost any subject. For more in-depth research, please see our Databases A-Z page which lists all of our 200+ databases! To search for a particular topic, simply type your subject (ie: English, psychology, medicine, business) into the search bar and the list will narrow to the best databases for you. You can also type the name of the database you need into the search bar for quick access.
*A note about saving links to articles in our databases: please don’t save the main link you see in your browser bar. The link will expire in 24 hours, and you will not be able to return to the item. Instead, click on the permalink or Document URL (you will see either the word or an icon of a link) and copy and paste from there. This is a good practice when using any database, ProQuest or otherwise.
How do I find the full text of an article?
A: To find the full text of a specific article, there are several places that you can search. In the library search interface just click on the “View Now” button. In a database, look for the link that says “full text” or has the Adobe PDF symbol and you should be able to click and go. You can also click on Journal Finder (left-hand menu under “Research”) and enter the title of the journal in which the article was published to see if the library has access. If we do, click on the journal name and then look for the date and you can find the specific volume and issue number in which your article was published. Also, you can search for the title of the article title in Google Scholar to see if you can access in that manner. If we do not have access, see the FAQ question: How do I get a book or article the library does not own? Need more help finding full text? See our use the chat box on the right-hand side or contact us via email or telephone.
How do I access the library’s resources off-campus?
A: When you attempt to access a library resource, such as a database, from off-campus, you should be prompted to enter your HPU username (without “@highpoint.edu”) and password. The library username and password will be the same as the username and password for your email and Blackboard. Once you enter this information, you should be given access to that resource. Always make sure to use the links located on the library home page, rather than a link from the open web. If you are having trouble with your username/password, make sure you have updated your library password (just go in and change it to whatever you are using for your HPU email). If you are still having trouble, contact us via chat or contact IT.
How do I find scholarly/peer-reviewed articles?
A: To find articles on a specific topic, you can search in the library search interface or in one of the library’s online article databases. Our full list of databases is available on the Databases A-Z tab on our library page. Most databases also have the option for you to search only scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Many databases also provide an option to limit your search by date, journal, source type (article, case study, etc.) and author. If you need help with choosing appropriate keywords, navigating the database, narrowing your searches and finding full text sources, please contact us by email or phone or use the chat box on the right-hand side.
How do I find and borrow eBooks?
A: HPU Libraries have a large selection of eBooks on all topics. E-books are just like print books only you can access them online; that means no pickups and no need to return them! The best way to find e-books is to go to our Databases A-Z List and type e-book in the search box. You will then see a listing of all databases offering eBooks, both for research and leisure reading. You can also search our library catalog for e-books. Just type in a title or a subject. E-books like articles will have a View Now link or you can narrow your results by clicking the “e-book” facet on the left side of the screen.
There are a few ways you can borrow eBooks. The simplest way is to read the book online without downloading it. This can be in an HTML or PDF format. You can also download an e-book (except our popular AXIS360 books which must be checked out – here is a link to show you how to do that). If you do choose to download an eBook, you will be asked for your HPU username and password (or in the case of EBSCO eBooks, you will create an EBSCO account to access the material).
If you would like more information on HPU’s eBooks, please see our eBook Research Guide or contact us.