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Research

How do I find out if the library has a certain book/DVD/journal/eBook?

How do I get help with my research from the library?

What should I use to start my paper/project?

How do I use the databases from home?

Where can I get an article the library doesn’t have in full-text?

I found an article using Google/Google Scholar, but I don’t want to pay for it! Can the library help?

What is a database and how is it different from Google?

My instructor said I have to use scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. How do I find these?


How do I find out if the library has a certain book or DVD?

To find a certain book or DVD, search our library catalog. You can search by title, author, keyword and more. If you can’t find the item you need, there are still ways to find it! Try Interlibrary Loan or contact a librarian for more help. Use Library Databases A-Z to find journal articles, videos and eBooks.

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How do I get help with my research from the library?

Research Guides are available to get you started on research in your area.

Contact a librarian either by email, phone or in person at either location. You can also find your subject librarian librarian for help.

View hours and location to see when the library is open for assistance.

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What should I use to start my paper/project?

Research Guides are a great place to start your research. They are available for all subjects taught at Trocaire College.

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How do I use the databases from home?

When you are off-campus use your Trocaire network username and password, even if you are using Moodle.

  • This is the same username and password you use to log into the computers on campus and Trocaire email.
  • If you cannot access the databases, test your username and password combination by trying to log into your Trocaire email account with that combination.
  • If you cannot log into your email account, you will not be able to use the databases from off-site because the library and Trocaire email use the same system. This is a Help Desk issue and you should contact Office of Information Technology for assistance.

If you are working during normal library hours, a librarian may be able to assist you.

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Where can I get an article the library doesn’t have in full-text?

The Libraries@Trocaire can work to get you a full-text copy of an article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Make sure you have the necessary citation information, such as article title, author, journal title, etc.

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I found an article using Google/Google Scholar, but I don’t want to pay for it! Can the libraries help?

Yes! The article may be available through the databases at the Libraries@Trocaire. You can access these databases on campus or at home.

If the article is not available through our databases, a librarian will work to find it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If you’re having trouble finding an article, contact a librarian.

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What is a database and how is it different from Google?

Using databases from the Libraries@Trocaire does much of that work for you. Most databases have an option to filter for scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, so that the authority and trustworthiness of resources are largely guaranteed. Through the Libraries@Trocaire, there’s no payment necessary for our resources.

This question has many answers. In short, Google can offer you thousands and thousands of possible answers to your research questions, but you must evaluate each of them to make sure you are using accurate information. To access a scholarly article through Google, you often have to pay for access.

For more information, check out our Research Assistance page on this topic!

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My instructor said I have to use scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. How do I find these?

Find scholarly or peer-reviewed articles through the databases available from the Libraries@Trocaire.

Most databases, such as EBSCO, ProQuest and Gale, have search features that can limit your search results to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles only. Look for a check box in the advanced search areas or on the right or left side of the screen after doing an initial search.

Find more tips in our Research Assistance area.

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