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Heinz College: 93-717 Writing for Creative Industries: Using the Library

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.

Finding information

When searching for information about your topic, keep in mind the way data and information are produced and disseminated. You may be able to find very timely statistics and data about a topic, and government reports, industry reports and white papers may provide current analyses and snapshots of the state of affairs. On the other peer-reviewed literature can provide the results of research on a topic that may inform your writing in other ways. As the peer-review process can sometimes take many months, researchers sometimes publish their work before peer-review to disseminate it more quickly, in the form of pre-prints and working papers, which can be found in online repositories.

Information Timeline


As a writer, its your job to gather information from many sources and synthesize these ideas and findings into a new piece of work for a particular audience. You can find these different types of information in many sources, both freely available online and through library subscriptions and resources. In the image below, the red text indicates resources you'd find through the library and will be linked to in this research guide.

Sources for different types of information


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.

LibKey Nomad

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LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that facilitates access to the Libraries' full text resources as you find research on the web. LibKey Nomad provides one-click access to full text from websites like PubMed, Wikipedia and publisher pages. Install the plug-in for Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or other browsers by going to this LibKey Nomad download page and choosing Carnegie Mellon University as your institution when prompted.