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Library Guide for International Students

Plan Your Search

Define your research question, e.g.  
What laws or policies can protect the human rights of undocumented immigrants?

Divide the topic into concepts (key ideas), e.g.

human rights
undocumented immigrants
laws OR policies


Book Catalog

To locate books, go to the Library's homepage and select the Books tab. Next, type in the keywords (e.g. your topic) that you are researching and select the Go button. Once you've found a good book, click on "where is it?" and then write down the call number. Call number is group of letters and/or numbers that identifies a specific item in a library. You need the call number to locate an item. 


OneSearch (To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)

Search most of Skyline Library's article databases and book catalog to find a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library.

To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search below the Search box. In each search box, type the search words for a separate concept.

- Type an OR between synonymous or related words for the same concept. 
- Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g. “human rights”
Use an * to search for multiple words from the same root, e.g. immigra* will find articles with the words: immigration, immigrant, and immigrants.

For example:

"human rights" 

"undocumented immigrants" OR "illegal immigra*" OR "illegal aliens"

laws OR policies OR legislat* 

  • Click the “Search” button to begin a search
  • When the results page is displayed, click on an article title to see detailed information and a summary of the article.
  • To see the full-text of an article, click on PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text at the left of the detailed information page
  • To print or e-mail an article, click on the print or e-mail buttons at the right of the article. A source citation will also be sent when you email a document. You can select the citation format (MLA, APA, Chicago) from the menu in the email box. 

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