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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.

Research Guides

The librarians at SC4 have created research guides for different topics and classes that can help you find information for your papers and projects.  A research guide is a web resource containing carefully curated materials that is developed by a librarian or librarians to aid the student or user in finding credible, scholarly, useful information.

An alphabetic list of all of the guides is available on the library homepage under the Quick Links in the left hand column (shown below).


library home page, research guide location


How to Use Research Guides

Let's say that you are in the Criminal Justice program and have an assignment to find some scholarly sources of information for a paper, you might consult the Criminal Justice Library Research Guide for help. 

Notice the tabs across the top (in many guides they will be on the left-hand side instead of at the top) that help you find additional information, such as government websites, such as the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice, that provide statistical information.


Check out these research guides by clicking on the links:


Most of SC4 Library's research guides contain various print books, reference books, e-books, online sources, database suggestions, and other helpful materials. So if, as in our example above, you go the Criminal Justice research guide, you will likely find plenty of relevant and reliable resources, whether you are writing a research paper, studying for an exam, or exploring career options.


Why Use a Library Research Guide?

There are many great reasons to use a research guide when studying or researching!


  • Saves time and reduces stress - The library has hundreds of thousands of print & electronic resources. A research guide brings together all of the best refined, appropriate, and subject-specific content in one place.
  • Reliable, expert information - The librarians at SC4 create the research guides using the most current, credible, and scholarly resources available.
  • Databases - Nearly all research guides, particularly subject and department guides, have a list of pertinent databases-helpful when we have over 200 to choose from!
  • Find answers - The research guides help with more than just research. Citation help, writing tips, study tools, and test-taking advice can also be found.

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