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last updated: 5/12/2012

Getting Started

Ask!  |  Where Do I Start?  |  Guides and Tutorials 


Wells Library



The IUB Libraries is a large system, which means there are many people, librarians and staff, who can help you find the information you need for your research projects and course assignments.


The best way to get started is to consult with a librarian or reference services staff.  You can Ask a Librarian online or in person.  Library staff can help you get started or help you determine what the next step in your research should be.  Always ask!



Where Do I Start?

OneSearch@IU is a good starting point.  This resource searches several information sources, including IUCAT (the IU Libraries' online catalog), most Ebsco (e.g. Academic Search Premier, ERIC) and many scholarly full-text resources, at the same time.  It helps researchers discover reference and information sources.

Sample Search: enter "herman b wells"

Note: use double quotes, there is no period after the letter b

Hint: use facets at the left of the results screen to limit/focus the search


Sample Search: enter Bloomington Indiana and music

Use the drop-down sort menu at the top and change the sort to descending to put the most recent items first.




Guides and Tutorials 

Fundamentals from the Libraries' Teaching & Learning Department.  Here are some examples:

Basic Database Searching Techniques

Find a Book

Google Scholar

Specialized subject guides are available from subject specialist librarians and from subject libraries.  Check the Subjects link at the top of the Libraries' web page for the subject homepage or for links to the subject library's web page.  Here are some examples:

Reference Services Department Research Guides

Government Information Department Research Guides

African Studies Research Guides

Business/SPEA Information Commons Research Guides

Law Library Research Guides

last updated: 5/12/2012