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How to Navigate the Library

This guide provides an introduction to library resources and how to find, evaluate, use, and cite them.

Types of Library Materials

SC4 Library collects many different kinds of information:

  • General Information - sources for everyone (general public, students, faculty)
  • Professional Information - specialized sources for professionals in different fields or students studying those professions
  • Scholarly Information - sources for students who are studying and researching different topics and courses of study

The chart below explains the differences between primary and secondary sources.

primary vs secondary

Location of Materials in the Library

These sources are organized in SC4 Library according to the chart below. If you have any trouble finding a source, please ask a librarian!

Type of Source                            



Specific Source




Location in SC4 Library





Reference Books                                                                    

Reference Area [some also available online]



Fiction and Non-fiction Books

Circulating Books [the books in the moving shelves], Online, and New Books Shelf [near the library entrance]



Reserve Books

Ask at the Circulation Desk, Online


Current Magazines/Journals   

Current Periodicals Shelf [near the library entrance], Online



Older Magazines/Journals/Newspapers   

Online Databases  




Current Periodicals Shelf, Online

Electronic Sources                             


Ask at the Circulation Desk







Journal Articles




Streaming Video/Audio



For any other resource type not listed here, type your search term into the OneSearch box, hit enter, and then you will be able to refine your content by type or ask a librarian.

Your Librarian

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Jane Lewandoski
Phone (810) 989-5640
Text (810) 515-7343