Online Catalog  |  Using the Internet for Academic Research

The library's all-in-one Catalog enables you to search everything in the library at one time, including books, music, films, journal articles, eBooks, and selected external, online material. If you are searching only for journal articles, using individual, subject-appropriate periodical databases is highly recommended. For information on the best database(s) to use for your topic, see the Online Periodical Databases page.

To access the Catalog, go to the main search box on the library home page.

  • To search everything at once, enter your search term in the All Resources Search Box; Keyword is the default, but you may select Author or Title, instead. Click the Search button.
  • Go to the left-hand sidebar to limit or target your search:
    • For full-text or peer-reviewed journal articles, select the Full-text or Peer Reviewed boxes under the Refine Your Search section. Move the date scroll bar to the right to limit your search by publication date. You may also select Academic Journals and/or other choices at the Show More link under the Limit by Source Type section. Additionally, you may select a Subject, Publisher, Publication, or Database(s), if applicable.
    • To see only books, video or audio items, make your selections at Limit by Source Type and use the Show More link, if needed. You may also select a subject and publisher, if desired.
    • You may limit your search to items in Golden Library only by checking the Catalog Only box on the main search screen or under the Refine Your Search section.

Once your search results are displayed, you need to access or locate the material.

  • For journal articles, click any PDF, HTML, LinkSource, Linked Full Text, View this record from... , Online Access link to view full-text articles. If no full-text link is available, click the "Place an ILL Request" link, when visible, if you wish to request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Be advised that Linked Full Text and LinkSource links provide full text only about 50% of the time.
  • For eBooks, if an "eBook Full Text" link is visible, click the link and read it online. The eBook Full Text links constitute only a small portion of eBooks that we have available. To access additional eBooks, see the Online Periodical Databases section for instructions.
  • For electronic resources, click the Online Access link which takes you to an external full-text source.
  • For print books, video, audio, maps, documents, etc., a location code, call number or other link will be displayed.
    • If the item is only available at Golden Library, you will see the call number, the status (Check Shelves means it is on the shelf) and the location within the library.
    • If the item is also available through other NM academic libraries, click the Multiple Locations link and scroll down until you see the call number, status and location for ENMPO (ENMPO = ENMU). If the item does not display ENMPO information, you must request it via ILL.

Using the Internet for Academic Research

An Internet resource is one obtained by using an Internet search engine like Google. It does not refer to a journal article obtained from an online periodical database such as those to which the library subscribes. In some classes, you will be allowed to use Internet resources for your research--choose wisely! For academic purposes, much material found on the Internet is useless. Many sites are designed to entertain (blogs, social network sites) or to persuade/promote/sell you a product or a point of view (.com and some .org and .net sites).

There are Internet sites suitable for academic research:

  • statistics and documents published by the government, e.g., www.nih.gov (.gov is always OK)
  • corporation or organization web site, e.g., www.gm.com, www.apa.org (can be OK depending on your purpose and the nature of the organization)
  • image or illustration, e.g., www.moma.org (OK if a legitimate museum or other site)
  • open source scholarly directories, e.g., www.doaj.org/ or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed (OK if .org/.gov/.edu and clearly legitimate)
  • Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/) can be helpful, but has limited full text
  • Google Books (http://books.google.com) will allow you to view selected pages, but not entire books. This can be helpful if you need only a small bit of information from the work. There are many other sources of full-text books online in their entirety, e.g., Free eBooks.