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Library Resources & Services

Baker University offers a variety of resources and research services through the library homepage. The databases tab provides access to over fifty databases organized by subject, including ERIC and Education Source.  Researchers can discover over 300,000 ebooks from the catalog tab, which can be read online, downloaded to a device, or printed.

If a needed resource is not available in the library’s collections, it can be requested through interlibrary loan.  While requested articles are almost always sent electronically to the researcher’s university email account, books and other tangible materials are mailed.  The library will cover the cost to mail the resource to you; however, you are responsible for mailing the resource back to the university library by the due date.

Step 1: Basic overview of the library website

Visiting the library website for the first time can be overwhelming.   In order to get your bearings, take a few minutes to watch the video below that provides an overview of the resources and services available on the library website.

Step 2: Become more familiar with the search tabs

Now that you have a basic understanding of the website, let's delve deeper into the three main tabs.  When searching for journal articles by topic, the best place to begin is by using the resources provided in the Databases tab.  To learn more about searching databases, watch the video below.

But what if you already have a citation for a journal article that you want to read?  You can discover if the library has access to the article using the Journals tab.  To learn how to use this tab, watch the video below.

But how do you discover books, ebooks, and other materials?  This is when you need to use the Catalog tab.  The video below demonstrates the different search tools that are available.

Step 3: Fine-tune your research skills

While the previous videos have shown you how to conduct basic searches, you will need to develop more advanced search strategies for your dissertation research.  The following two videos introduce foundational search strategies for fine tuning your research skills.

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How do I log into the library databases off campus?

When trying to access electronic library resources off campus, you will be prompted to login using the following screen:

screen capture of the login screen

You should enter your Baker email/Moodle login credentials (username: & password: email password).  

Education research databases

Most commonly used databases from other disciplines