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FAQ: Research

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 resources by subject?

A: To find out what databases, books, and other resources are available for your particular discipline, click on Databases A-Z in the left-hand menu. In the search bar, top right, type in the subject you are researching, for example: typing in ‘Business’  will reveal all of the business and business related databases HPU Libraries provide. Click on the Research Guides tab in the left hand menu for specific recommendations for your class or subject/discipline. Still need help? Contact us by email or phone, or use the chat box on the right-hand side of this page.

How do I find the full text of an article?

A: If you know the title of the article you are looking for, you can search our catalog with the title and narrow your results using the left-side menu. You can also enter the title into Google Scholar, which will give you access points if we have that article available. If you want to browse a journal for articles, you can search for the journal via our catalog, or by using Journal Finder on the left side menu of our library main page. You can search Journal Finder using a keyword, like Education, or using the full name of the journal. If we have access to the journal, you will be able to see if we have digital or print access, and which years we have coverage for on the results list. Once you select the journal, you will be able to see the volumes/issues we have available and search within those results. 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? Ask a Librarian.

How do I find scholarly/peer-reviewed articles?

A: To find an article on a specific topic, you can use one of the library’s many article databases. Our full list of databases is available if you click on Databases A-Z in the left-hand menu on our library page. You can also browse HPU Libraries Research Guides for resources and databases to help with your search. To find articles that are scholarly and/or peer-reviewed, you can search in the library catalog or in one of the library’s online article databases. Most databases provide an option to limit your search to only those articles that are scholarly and/or peer-reviewed. If you need help with choosing appropriate keywords, navigating the database, narrowing your searches and finding full text, please contact us by email or phone or use the chat box on the right-hand side.

How do I cite my sources?

A: To find guides for a particular citation style (such as MLA or APA), click on Citation Guides in the left-hand menu under “Research.” Each guide contains information on how to create in-text and reference list citations for that style, as well as links to other helpful resources. If you need additional help with citation, Contact us by email or phone, see our video tutorial or use the chat box on the right-hand side.

How do I know the permitted/prohibited uses of copyrighted electronic materials I may find online?

A: See our Guidelines for Using Electronic Sources.

How do I find and borrow eBooks?

A: HPU Libraries have a large selection of eBooks on all topics. Ebooks are just like print books only you can access them online; that means no pickups, returns or late fees! The best way to find eBooks is to go to our Databases A-Z List and narrow the search to e-books, you will then see a full listing of all databases offering eBooks, for both research and leisure reading.
There are a few ways you can borrow eBooks. The simplest way is to read the book online without downloading it. You are usually able to read the HTML version right on the site or download a pdf of the book; you can do this with most of our eBooks (except our popular OverDrive books which must be checked out – here is 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.


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