Using Library Materials
All physical items held at Shepherd University's library (books, maps, CDs, DVDs, microfilm and print journals) can be obtained at the library.
Materials may also be obtained using Fetch! services.
- Select Martinsburg Center for courier service delivery to Martinsburg Campus when using Fetch!.
- Delivery and return of materials will be located at Room 110 of the Martinsburg Center.
If your class uses SAKAI, that login information will work for accessing databases "off-campus."
Useful tip: Use Firefox or Chrome web browsers for SAKAI.
Text a librarian during reference hours (see below for hours).
Public Services Desk:
Your Best Friend(s)
On the library website, your best friend (ie beginning research tool) is the Research Assistance tab.
This tab has direct links to the library catalog, electronic resources (databases like EBSCO, JSTOR and the e-resources guide), a journal title search, government information, and research guides for subjects important to students and fields of study.
Another excellent "friend" for research is the electronic resource guide which lists both individual databases (ex. Education Resource Complete, Business Source Elite) and subject-related websites. The list can be searched either alphabetically by e-resource name or by subject area.
There are librarians available that specialize in assisting particular departments or fields of study; these are library liaisons.
Business and Social Science
Nursing, HPERS, and Education
Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics
Art and Humanities
The library's resources and the information they contain (and how to use them) can be overwhelming even for the experienced researcher.
The library has a research guide that explains the basics of using the online library catalog to search for materials
Other extremely useful research guides (with some overlap) include the following:
E-books and how to access them
Copyright and its issues
Citations (what they are, the necessity of them, and how to format research papers)
Plagiarism (overlaps with citations)
Interlibrary loan How to borrow materials from other libraries