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Overview of the resources, people, and support available from the Brown University Library, as well as the special focus of academic libraries from Joseph Meisel, the University Librarian.
Online guidance to navigate and use resources as well as develop new research skills.
Resource lists for research in a specific area of study assist you with getting started with research, navigating research databases, and connecting you with the information you need at any point in your research.
Move forward with your research with guidance on search strategies and identifying resources in a specific area of study. Contact a Subject Librarian for help through email, chat, or video
If your instructor uses Canvas, online reserves can be accessed via the e-reserves link in Canvas. (If your instructor does not use Canvas, log into OCRA with the course password provided by your instructor.)
Library databases are similar to Google; searching for a specific topic gets you many results: websites, articles, etc. Library databases will give you a variety of informative results, but with a focus on research-specific results like study results, scholarly articles, primary sources, book chapters, and dissertations.
Research is often interdisciplinary and intersectional. Consider exploring other related subject guides that may address your research topic from a different perspective.
You can search for ebooks with our ebook search tool:
You can also find ebooks using the search box on the homepage. Here’s how:
Recommendation: Use Google Scholar in addition to the Library search box and databases.
If you would like help developing a research strategy, please Contact a Subject Librarian
Google: Google indexes the entire web and is different from Google Scholar.
Google Scholar: Google Scholar indexes a wide range of scholarly literature. Use of the Google Scholar search box will provide many search results, most of which are scholarly in nature. Google Scholar includes content that is not in library databases, such as grey literature and content from university repositories. It also includes content that is in library databases, but not all of that content (though there is some overlap). The options for narrowing your search in Google Scholar are limited.
How to use Google Scholar: In your Google Scholar search results, look for text that says "FindIt@Brown." Clicking this will take you to a page with links to the document or to the document itself. Brown community members who log into Shibboleth have full access to this content. Logging in to Google Scholar
Library Databases: Each Library database has a specific content focus and offers the ability to fine-tune search results. These specialized, scholarly resources are often licensed by the University for your use. In order to access these resources you must be logged into Shibboleth with your Brown log in.
Find an Article from a Citation Let’s look at a citation for a journal article:
Van Dokkum P, Danieli S, Cohen Y, Merritt A, Romanowsky AJ, Abraham R, Brodie J, Conroy C, Lokhorst D, Mowla L, O’Sullivan E. A galaxy lacking dark matter. Nature. 2018 Mar; 555(7698):629-32.
While citation formats vary, there are a few standard sections:
Author(s). Title. Journal Name. Date published. Volume(Issue): pages.
You can do a few things to get a copy of the article. If you don’t find it with one option, you can try another just to be sure. For example: