How do I access Purdue Libraries resources online?
To access Purdue Libraries online resources from off-campus, you will be prompted to log-in to our proxy server. Use the same login you do for other Purdue services. For additional and more specific information, including for off-campus database, journal, and Google Scholar access, refer to this website. Having difficulties? View a demonstration of how to log in here.
Will Purdue Libraries send books to my home address?
No, this is unfortunately not a service we provide. You can limit search results in the Libraries catalog to e-Books, to search exclusively for online books. For physical books, we recommend you check academic and public libraries in your area.
I found an article I need, but full-text is not available. How do I obtain the article?
Place a request online via InterLibrary Loan. Often, ILL staff are able to email a pdf version of an article within a couple business days.
I've done a few searches, but if seems like I should be finding more sources. What am I missing?
First, consider where you're searching. Google Scholar can be a good place to start, regardless of your topic. In addition to Google Scholar, try a search in at least one library research database. Each of these has a different focus and and different content, so check out the list of recommendations here, and select at least one (based on the description) that you think would be a good fit for your project. Finally, consider your search terms: Are you including a keyword or phrase for each component of your topic? Have you considered synonyms or related words? Varied combinations? Check out this short video for some tips on search strategy. Still no luck? Email the Parrish Library!
I need help! Who can I talk to about:
Finding resources (e.g. articles, books) for my assignments?
You can contact the library for assistance by any method shown on the Ask a Librarian page, including chat, phone, text, and email. Especially for in-depth research questions, email or call one of your subject liaisons, via the contact info provided on the homepage of this guide.
Getting help writing my paper, figuring out citation style, and compiling my bibliography/references?
Libraries tech support (e.g. broken links to pdfs, library page errors)?
Please submit a ticket to the Libraries IT team here.