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Items owned by the library and most ebooks can be
searched in the
Databases listed under Find
Articles index articles on various topics. Some
have only citations and abstracts while others provide
the full text article. Although the information
is accessed on the Internet, they are not web pages
but actual journal, magazine, and/or newspaper articles.
and ebooks, an entire print
book converted into an electronic format, are listed
on their respective web pages. Some must be read
online, and some can be downloaded to your computer
to read offline. Downloadable ebooks "checkout"
for 1-3 weeks.
If the database provides full text articles, you
simply need to click on the hyperlink to retrieve
it. If the database does not have full text, you
may need to use the "Link to Full Text"
or "Check for Full Text" hyperlinks
to access it through another database.
Another method to retrieve full-text articles is to search
Find Full Text Periodicals. Search by the
title of the periodical to find if full text is carried in a
Find an Article with a Citation to find an article when you only have
Finally, you can search the Internet to see if
the article has been archived and is available for
Library are two of the best
search engines for this.
If the above methods fail, contact a librarian
for assistance or request the article through Interlibrary
Loan. more information
All the online resources can be accessed off-campus
Because the library pays for them, they are password
protected. When prompted, you will need to enter
your Southwestern learner ID number and last 5 digits
of your social security number (or last 5 digits
of your SC learner ID number) as your password.
To find out your SC learner ID, please contact your
advisor or the library.
Please note that learners logging on from the
Kansas National Guard base have reported that they
are unable to log into our online services, probably
due to military firewalls. They have reported that
they can log in from off-base locations, such as
at home or at one of the Professional Studies centers.
SC ID numbers and passwords are updated every
weekday. Therefore, there may be a lag time over
weekends before your ID number will work to open
the databases. If you have problems logging in,
If you are not using broadband, the loading of some
of the online resources may take awhile. Some PS
learners informed the library that using Google
Chrome rather than Internet Explorer helped to speed
up the loading. A link to download Chrome is at
the top of the page. Firefox
and other Internet browsers may also be faster than
Another option that is only provided in ProQuest
databases such as ABI/Inform, ProQuest Nursing,
and ProQuest Religion is to use the Text-Only Interface.
When you first open one of these databases, scroll
to the bottom of the page and click the link "Text-Only
Interface" under the ProQuest logo. This will remove
the graphics and speed up the loading. Also this
preference should be remembered by your browser
so you won't need to do it every time you access
You may use interlibrary loan
to request an item that the library owns or does
Items that the library owns will be shipped to
you free. However, you are responsible for its return.
You may return it to a Professional Studies Center
or the Library in Winfield, or you may mail it.
If you mail it, you must pay for the return postage
(media rate may be cheaper than standard). Complete
Request SC Material form to have an item checked
out and mailed to you.
Items that the library does not own will take
a while for you to receive. This is because the
item will be mailed to the SC library from the lending
library before it will be mailed to you.
Cheryl Barnett 620.229.6312 if you have questions.
Full Text = the entire article usually as a PDF
and/or HTML (webpage)
Citation = only the publication information is
provided such as author, title, page numbers, publication
title, etc. Check under Periodical Holdings to see
if the library has the article in another database.
If not, the article can be borrowed via Interlibrary
Abstract = an overview of the article's information
is provided. Reading an abstract allows you to figure
out if the article is relevant to your topic before
you read the article or go through the process of
finding the full text article.
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