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American Indian Studies Research Guide

Accessing Online Resources

To access an electronic book:

  1. It's a good idea to be logged in before you start searching
  2. Go to Library Catalog 
  3. Type in title in search box and search
  4. Click on Online Access for the book you want
  5. Click on the link next to Available at:

Topic Selection

Deciding on a topic can be the hardest part about starting a research project.

  • Find a topic of interest and one that fits your research assignment
  • Find background information using Encyclopedias and books (some online Encyclopedias)
  • Start with the library catalog
  • Keep a list of your terms

Using Find It

If the article is not available in full-text within the database click the icon (available in many of the database) to help you retrieve the full-text article. Another window will open to MNCAT Discovery.

After clicking the UMD Find It icon, if the article is not available online or in the library, MNCAT Discovery will say "Check availability":

  • If you are not already logged into your library account, click Sign in to request
  • Click Interlibrary Loan and log in using your UMD credentials.
  • Choose "date needed by" and your department.
  • Submit your request.

If you need assistance contact a librarian.

Do you have more questions about FindIt? Check out this video from UMN Libraries on the subject


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