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A research guide for the MPA program at Sacred Heart University

Research Tools at SHU

Journal Finder

If you need to find a certain Journal Title, you can use Journal Finder to locate it.

Journal Finder is available from the QuickSearch menu in the middle of the library's home page. Click on the Journal Finder tab to get to the search bar. 

Let's say you're looking for the journal Social Work Research. When you click over to the Journal Finder tab, type in the title you want to find. If SHU library provides access to the title, it will be listed in the results under the search bar. Some journals are accessible through various databases. In the case of Social Work Research, there are many databases that provide access depending on the years you're looking for. The slideshow below shows the process of accessing and using Journal Finder.

Citation Linker

Sometimes, when using Google or Google Scholar, you come across an interesting or relevant article that is worth your time to read. If you're on-campus, you might have no trouble accessing the full-text of certain articles because, even though you found it using Google, you are using the library's resources to actually get to it. If you're an online or distance student, you might face pay walls where the journal or publisher demands money (a lot of money) to be able to read those articles. SHU Library has two tools that can help if you ever find yourself in this situation: Citation Linker and Inter Library Loan.  

The video below explains how to use Citation Linker to find an article within the library's databases. 

Interlibrary Loan

Although we try to provide access to as many materials as possible, sometimes SHU Library will not have the full-text of a particular article, or a copy of a physical book. In those cases, you can turn to InterLibrary Loan, or ILL to get the materials you need. The video below describes the process of initiating a request. Electronic articles take about 2-3 business days to be delivered to your account, while physical books will take longer. Plan accordingly to give yourself enough time to request and receive your items.