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Heinz College: 94-803 Consulting Lab: Using the Library

Support for online research and learning

While you are now all learning online and may be off-campus, the library is continuing to support your research and learning in a number of ways. Many of our resources are electronic including books, journals, articles, and databases and you can access these remotely by starting at the library website. Our interlibrary loan services are more limited currently, but you can still request book chapters and articles.

For up to date information on library operations during the Covid-19 pandemic, visit our Covid-19 updates page. For more information about remote resources, visit our Remote Resources page.

Finally, don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at if you have questions about library services and resources. I'm happy to set up Zoom consultations for more in-depth questions.

Finding Full-Text Articles

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Use the Get it @ CMU links wherever you see them!

If you have citations for specific articles, check the Journal Search to see if we subscribe to the journal that contains the article. If the CMU library collection doesn't have what you're looking for, you can request an article scan via Interlibrary Loan.

Reference librarians are here to help you - so please contact us with any questions!

Library Catalog

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From the CMU Library Homepage you can search for materials across the library system including books, music, dissertations, and journal articles.

You can search by keywords, title, author or call number using the Advanced Search feature of the library catalog.

The results page will list CMU holdings and will be sorted by relevance by default.  You can sort by date, author, or title using the drop-down menu to the left of the search results. 

If the library doesn't have what you're looking for, consider Interlibrary Loan for access to non-CMU holdings.

Off-Campus Access

To connect from off-campus, access our resources via the library homepage or via this guide. Alternatively, use the VPN client as described on our Accessing the Library from Off-campus page.

If using the VPN to access the library, make sure you are using the Full VPN.


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Interlibrary Loan

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You can borrow items from other libraries if CMU Libraries does not have what you're looking for. ILLiad is our Interlibrary Loan system.  Simply log into the Interlibrary Loan system, fill out a registration form if its your first time using the system and then click on a New Request link in the left hand column.