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BUILD IT Express: Module 3: Locating Information

A short version of the BUILD IT tutorial, with just the essential information.


This module will describe the various types of resources and how to locate them

Information is everywhere these days.  This is great news if you know how to find GOOD information, but unfortunately, not all information is accurate or useful.
Knowing where to look and how to search are the keys to finding reliable information.

Other pages in this module are Locating Books, Locating Articles, Discovery Search, and What About the Internet?

There are many more details, as well as sample and interactive searches, in the full module, LOCATING INFORMATION, in BUILD IT


stack of books

The Library has over 117,000 print books.  

  • Some of these are Reference books, such as general and subject encyclopedias, and cannot be checked out.
  • The vast vast majority are General Collection books, which are available for checkout.
  • You can find these books using eCatalog or the Discovery Search.  Even if you do not live nearby, they can be sent out to you through out Outreach Services
  • We also have over 66,000 eBooks, a collection that is growing rapidly Many can be found in eCatalog, but all can be found using the Discovery Search.


Of course, the Internet is a wealth of information.  

  • Proceed with caution, as the good information is mixed in with the bad information, advertising, personal opinions, and all manner of other marginal or just plain useless information.
  • Some of the best information online is maintained by entities like universities, the government, and museums.
  • The way you set up your search can affect the kinds of results you get.
    • You should evaluate websites for accuracy based on criteria such as the domain  in the web address, the author or organization, the purpose, sources cited, and currency. Also see WHAT ABOUT THE INTERNET.


The Library has access to over 46,000 periodicals.  

  • Periodicals are so called because they are published at regular intervals - or periodically. This may be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or any other interval.
  • Types of periodicals include magazines, scholarly journals, trade publications, and newspapers. Click here for a description of each type. 
  • Though we have print periodicals, as seen in the picture above, the vast majority are electronic.
  • Electronic periodicals are found in the library databases and through our single online subscriptions.


There are many other sources of information, including:

  • Videos, including documentaries, biographies, and educational videos in business, science, history, psychology, and other subjects. In addition to the library DVD collection, thousands of streaming videos are found in databases such as Films on Demand and Vast Streaming Videos.  
  • Legal documents, including court cases, laws, and regulations, related to your topic.  These can be found in WestLawNext and LexisNexis.
  • Newswires or transcripts from television news shows are found in several library databases.


Now that you know about all the types of information, you are ready to start locating it.

Go on to the next page to learn how to LOCATE BOOKS AND eBOOKS in the library