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Starting points

The Library website provides you a central point to search for and find information. We call this central search BruKnow. You can also get help - by chatting or emailing one of the subject and research experts who work in the library.

To find journal articles and databases, you can use the Databases A-Z list or eJournals A-Z to go directly into a specific resource. 

Research guides list resource related to specific subjects, formats, and methodologies. These include:

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Obtaining resources from other libraries

If Brown doesn't have everything you need, use Interlibrary Loan get materials from other libraries.

Books: using WorldCat/ Borrow Direct
If the book you need is checked out or not in our catalog, try looking for it in Worldcat, a catalog of libraries worldwide. You can also use WorldCat  to conduct additional subject searches just to see what’s out there. Be sure you're on the Brown network, then click on the Request This Item in the green box. If it’s available, the book will be sent to you. This service for books is called Borrow Direct.

Journal articles: using ILLiad
If you found the article in a database, click on Find It button. If we don't have it, you'll be directed to an Interlibrary Loan link. If you're not in a database, or don't see Find It button, open your own ILLiad account and request the article there. Generally, you'll be emailed a PDF of the article, and it can be found in your ILLiad account.