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Guides and How To’s

The following is a list of resources to help you find the information you need at Briggs Library. A great place to start is the Library Introduction where you will be invited to explore our Pounce catalog, learn how to find materials in the library, access Your Account, and even use other library catalogs to locate just what you need.

Library Introduction-Pounce
An overview of the Pounce library catalog, how to find library materials, call numbers, Your Account, and other library catalogs such as UofM Campuses and WorldCat.
Building a Search Strategy
Find out how to generate search terms, use limiters as well as Boolean and other advanced searching techniques in library databases.
Database Searching Examples (Academic Search Premier, Expanded Academic, and JSTOR)
Briggs Library subscribes to more than 140 licensed databases. Learn how to search in a few of the most comprehensive ones.
EndNote Import and Export Instructions (Windows based)
Learn how to import and export citations in the EndNote software.
EndNote User’s Guide
Briggs Library subscribes to a campuswide license for the bibliographic software EndNote. Use it to organize your research sources, create bibliographies and footnotes using thousands of citation styles. Download EndNote »
Evaluating Sources
Learn how to tell if sources are valid and reliable.
Evaluating A Website
Websites aren’t all the same. Learn how to tell the good ones from the bad, so you can make the right choice on research papers.
Interlibrary Loan
If there’s a book, article, or some other item that you need and Briggs Library doesn't have it, don't worry. All you have to do is request the material through interlibrary loan. We can obtain items from all over the world. Learn how you can get what you need fast.
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources
Discover the differences between these types of sources and what it means for your research
Scholarly vs. Popular Materials
How do you tell the difference between a popular magazine and a scholarly journal? It's easier than you think.
Academic Search Premier
Offers scholarly and popular articles from thousands of journals and magazines in a wide array of subjects.
ACS Web Editions
Provides access to the 34 peer-reviewed publications of the American Chemical Society. Includes more than 750,000 articles spanning 130-plus years. Learn how to search this database.
America: History and Life
United States and Canadian history. Includes more than 1,700 indexed journals.
Anthropology Plus
Provides indexes and abstracts for anthropology and archaeology. Includes Harvard University's Anthropological Literature database as well as the United Kingdom's Anthropological Index. Limit of one simultaneous user.
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
AHSearch indexes more than 5,500 sources for articles and reviews from leading arts and humanities journals.
Art Full Text
Provides access to more than 500 journals with nearly 200 available in full text. Find out how to search this database.
BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art
Provides indexes and abstracts for art books as well as proceedings, exhibitions, dealer's catalogs, and articles from more than 4,300 periodicals.
BioOne is a nonprofit organization offering peer-reviewed full-text journal articles in STM fields.
BioOne via CSA
Full-text articles and books in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.
BIOSIS Previews
Learn how to search this comprehensive source for life sciences and biomedical research content from nearly 6000 journals.
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Provides more than 460 journals (350 of them fill text) in the area of mass media and communication.
A not-for-profit research project offering resources of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Provides access to hundreds of scholarly journals all in full text from the late 18th century to the last few years. Learn how to search this archival database.
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Produced by the Modern Language Association, MLA International Bibliography includes 1.8 million citations from more than 4,000 journals and book publishers, as well as full-text articles.
Includes all of the University of Minnesota library catalogs. Learn how to use this resource.
New York Times Historical
Search Current New York Times (1980-Current) and Historical New York Times (Sept. 18, 1851-Dec. 31, 2004).
Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)
Contains more than 625,000 records from 1972–present on social science topics such as finance, culture, the environment, government, human rights, and international relations.
Philosopher’s Index
Contains more than 436,000 records in the philosophy field from 550 publications.
Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS)
Provides citations to literature on post-traumatic stress disorder.
Make these two premier psychology databases work for you.
Provides access to biomedical journal citations and abstracts, including MEDLINE. Learn how to search this free governmental resource.
Science Direct
Offers more than 25 percent of the world's science, technology, and medicine full-text and bibliographic information. Find out how you can search it.
SciFinder Scholar
SciFinder Scholar provides access to the CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) databases covering the chemical literature, chemical substances and reactions, chemical catalogs and regulatory information, as well as the Medline database.
Social Services Abstracts/Sociological Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts provides current research in social work and the human services. It includes nearly 150,000 records from 1979–present. Sociological Abstracts surveys the sociology literature with more than one million citations going back to 1952.
Web of Science
Includes Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index as well as the Cited Reference Search tool. Learn how to search this database.
Wiley Interscience
Provides access to more than three million articles from more than 1,400 science-related journal titles.
A global catalog comprised of thousands of libraries. Learn how to search this powerful resource.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Offers abstracts, indexes, and citations from political science serials.