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Getting Started

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What are the Library's Hours?

Can I use my laptop in the Library?

How does copying and printing work?

Getting Help

Is there someone I can talk to for help?

Do you have any handouts on how to use the Library?

Is there a class I could take that would make me more confident in doing research?

Finding Books

Where’s the catalog?

How long can I keep a book out? Can I renew it?

How can I get a book someone else has checked out?

What if I really need a book and it’s not in the catalog?

Finding Articles

What article databases are available online?

Can I get into these databases from home / off-campus?

How do I know if the Library subscribes to the journal I need?

Can I get journal articles online?

What if I need an article that’s not available at URI?

Finding Other Materials

My professor put some reading on Reserve in the Library. How do I get it?

Does the library have DVDs, video tapes, and CDs?

I have to work on a group project with some of my classmates? Is there a place we can meet?

Created and Revised By

B. Gallagher, M.J. Keefe, & A. Rathemacher, 9/04; Rev. M.J. Keefe, 6/06; Rev. A. Izenstark, 9/10, 8/13, 7/14

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