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Topic Guide - Lee Online Research

An overview of best practices for making the most out of your research project.

Getting Started

Welcome to William G. Squires Library!  When you are new to a library, it can be difficult to figure out where all the resources you need are located.  This brief guide will help you know where to look for particular types of resources.  Please feel free to contact the library with any research questions you may have; we are here to help!

1. The library homepage can be accessed at

2. Students can search through almost all of the library’s resources by searching through the EBSCO Discovery Service box.  This is a great place to start if you are new to the library and its resources.

3. If you know the Title of the work or the Author’s name, choose Title or Author from the drop down menu and enter in your info.

4. If you want to perform a search for a specific topic or subject, we suggest you perform an advanced search.  Click on the “Advanced Search” link.

5. Students will be prompted to enter in a username and password to access the databases.  This information is the same username and password you use to login to Portico, Moodle and your Lee email.  Please contact the library should you have any trouble accessing the databases (

6. Enter in multiple search terms to narrow down your result list.  Remember, research is an investigation; it might take a few different searches and the use of different word combinations to finally find the resources you are looking for.  Don’t get discouraged!  And ask the library for help should you get stuck. 

7. Your results will tell you certain things about the resources:

  • Type of Resource 
  • Title of Resource
  • Author and Citation Information
  • Subject of Resource (note this will help you determine if the resource actually deals with your topic.
  • If the resource is available through the library collection. Look for resources that have “PDF Full Text” access, “Linked Full Text” access, or a “Full Text Finder” option. 
  • Lee Online students can request journal articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) but not books.  Please contact your local library to see if they participate in an ILL program. 

8. Click on the title to view move info about the resource.

9. Or click on the full text link to access the resource directly.

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