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MURAP Scholars' Guide to Remote Resources: Broad Search Techniques & E-Books

Search and Find

A good place to start your search is the UNC-CH Library System's main page.  When you get to the main page, you will type your search term(s) into the main search bar, like seen below:


This search will give you results from that will fall under 2 categories: UNC's Catalog and Articles+. It may also recommend a database or databases that may be useful in your research. Below you can see what a typical search will look like. 



If you are interested in one of the suggested databases, all you have to do is click on the name. If you click on "Books & More" or "View all Results" under that heading, you will be shown all results within our catalog as well of the catalogs of our partner libraries. These results will include books, videos, CDs, printed music, and other local resources. If you click on "Articles+" or "View all Results" under that heading, you will be asked to log in. The login screen is shown below:


Each one of you has been given an ONYEN so you will be able to log in using this identifier and access all of the resources available at our library. After logging in, you will be taken to a page with scholarly articles, e-books, newspapers, and other electronic resources. 


Scholarly Articles, Newspapers & E-Books

Articles+ is a good way to start searching for any of the following items:

  • Scholarly journal articles
  • News articles
  • E-book content
  • Dissertations

You can access this resource by either conducting a search from the Library's main page or by using the link to the Articles+ page above.Regardless of how you start your search, you will land on a page that looks like this: 




If you look at the toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen, you will see a number of ways to narrow or manipulate your search so help you find exactly what you are looking for. Some of these parameters include content type, publication date, and discipline. 


However, these are not the only options when you are refining you search. You can also click on the "Advanced" button on the top of the page. This page gives you more options to further narrow your search. 




When you are conducting your search, make sure to change the "Fields" option to whatever field your search term falls under to get better search results.

Drop-down menu of fields options


E-Books can also be accessed using the Articles+  tool on the UNC University Libraries website. The Advanced Search option, which was shown above, allows users to specifically search for E-books using the settings below. If you want to see what E-books are available, select "Book/eBook" under the "Content Type" heading and "Items with full text online" under the "Limit to" heading. 

Circled settings to retrieve E-books

Articles+ is not the only way to access E-books. You can also locate them under the "Books & More" heading when you conduct a search on the Library's home page. 


Once you are taken to the "Books & More" results page, you will see a box on the left that allows you to limit your search to resources available online. 


Filmfinder is the best place to check if you are curious if UNC has access to any movie, documentary, etc. The home page looks like this:


All you need to do is fill in the information on the film you are searching for. Make sure to choose the "Online" option under format if will not be able to access any physical resources.


Google Scholar @ UNC

You can also access articles through Google Scholar by using the "Google Scholar" option under the "Search and Find" tab on the Library's home page.


The page has instructions on how to access the articles through UNC and how to setup Google Scholar so you won't have to go through this page to retrieve articles through UNC subscriptions.

Google scholar page on UNC library website

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