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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.

            COURIER SERVICE 

  • 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.


Accessing Databases

If your class uses SAKAI, that login information will work for accessing databases "off-campus."

      ex. dabbe01


Useful tip:  Use Firefox or Chrome web browsers for SAKAI.

Contact Us

Scarborough Library Hours


Reference Desk:

Public Services Desk:

Your Best Friend(s)

On the library website, your best friend (ie beginning research tool) is the Research page. Below is a partial screen capture of some of the available resources (keep scrolling on the actual page to see all of them).


This page has direct links to the library catalog, electronic resources (databases like EBSCO, JSTOR and the e-resources guide), a journal title search (not pictured), government information (not pictured), and research guides for subjects important to students and fields of study (not pictured).

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 by subject area or alphabetically by e-resource name.


Helpful People

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

Arts and Humanities


Laura Neal

(304) 876-5379


Rhonda Donaldson

(304) 876-5424


Yanhong Wang

(304) 876-5302

Rachel Hally

Rachel Hally

(304) 876-5412


Library Resources

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)

How to Search EBSCOHost Databases: how to use the most popular database service for research 


 Interlibrary loan How to borrow materials from other libraries