Online Library Tour

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Library Website Introduction
Where to Search

Many of the library resources are found in databases. The CIU library subscribes to over 120 databases. A database is . . .

An organized collection of information that can be easily selected and sorted.

In a library – An electronic collection of magazine articles, journals, and newspaper articles, chapters of books, and more.

Within library databases, you can access articles from newspapers, magazines and academic journals, ebooks and chapters from books as well as reference materials. 

Databases can be organized to contain:

a wide variety of information (a general database)

or information only on a particular subject (a subject specific database).


The library catalog allows you to search for the print books, ebooks, media and other physical items in the library collection.

You can search the catalog using the search bar on the library homepage.

Or you can select the Catalog link. The library catalog can also be found at

If you find a book that is not available in the CIU library, you can make an InterLibrary Loan request for it.

See Library Vs. Google for more on why it is better to use library resources.

See Finding and Using Articles for more information on journal/magazine articles.

See Searching Library Databases for advanced search techniques.

Database List
Signing In
Limiting Search Results
Saving Search Results
Interlibrary Loan
Contact Us

We are here for you. Contact library staff by phone, text, email, submitting a question, or by live chat.

Use the "Reserve a Librarian" link to set up a time with a librarian (in person, by phone, or video chat) for any help you need with research or using library resources.

Also look for live training opportunities.

Contact Kevin Flickner, Information Specialist at the library, for any research-related questions.

Information Specialist