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Library Resources for Writing Center Tutors: Finding Sources

Finding Articles & Books and Avoiding Paywalls

Commonly used resources for getting started with research. Please don't hesitate to refer students to the library for help.

Finding Articles

If you are not finding the information you need in these general databases, try looking in a subject specific database.


Database Search Strategies

Getting the Full-Text or PDFs

Avoiding Paywalls

Students should never pay for information needed to complete their assignments. These tips can help you get around paywalls. And librarians are happy to help!

  • Link Google Scholar with your A# to get access to articles that USU subscribes to.
  • Lean Library browser extension alerts you when articles you've found are available through USU. 
  • URL prepend can be pasted before any link to "push" the link through a USU subscription, if applicable.
  • Interlibrary loan lets you borrow a book or get an article that is not owned by USU, at no cost to you.

Finding Books & Background Info