Finding credible, relevant sources is a critical step in completing any research assignment.
Using Library Resources
If you are having trouble logging in to library resources, contact Digital Access Librarian Bethany Kenyon for help.
UNE Libraries offers you access to millions of resources in our book collections, databases, archives and more. Searching the right source will return relevant results fast, ensure that you have access to UNE’s subscriptions, and that you are using quality resources suitable for academic work.
Learn how to create an effective search strategy to find the resources you need.
Where to Search
- Search Almost Anything
- Searches almost everything that UNE Libraries owns or subscribes to. Why the almost? Some databases require individual accounts or use special filters that this search cannot access. This is the place to start a search if you want the broadest possible results.
- Books & Videos
- Searches the UNE library catalog, where you will find items like books and DVDs that you can borrow in the libraries, as well as access e-books and streaming video. Use this search if you know the title of the book of film you are looking for or want to check if the library holds a physical copy.
- Searches only articles from academic journals, magazines and newspapers. If you know your article’s title or have the full citation, this is the quickest way to find it.
- Textbooks & Course Reserves
- Required textbooks and other readings for your classes. For undergraduate courses search by your course number or professor’s name. For graduate programs, search by program name.
- Research Databases
- Research database may give you more advanced search options, specific filters, and more control over your search results. A specialized database in your subject area or discipline will contain only results relevant to your topic.
- Research by Subject
- Choose your program, major or field of study for the best databases and other resources relevant to your subject, program or discipline.
- UNE Publications
- Find research, artwork, theses and dissertations, and other publications created by UNE students, faculty, and staff in DUNE:Digital UNE.
- Archival Materials
- Find primary sources archival materials, and other unique resource in UNE’s archives and special collections. Primary Sources are original documents, photographs, recordings, and other objects that provide a first-hand view of the topic under study. Learn more about using primary sources in your research.
- What about Google Scholar?
- Google offers a search engine for academic research: Google Scholar. Google Scholar isn’t our first recommendation because it does not vet journals for quality and because it lacks some of the features that make research databases powerful tools. Learn more about using Google Scholar in our FAQs.
Free Interlibrary Loan
If you are not able to find something you are looking for, you can request it for free through Interlibrary Loan.
MaineCat is a shared statewide library catalog where you can request books and videos to be delivered to campus.
UNE Interlibary Loan can be used to request almost anything; electronic items like articles and book chapters will be sent as PDFs, physical items like books will arrive by mail for you to pick up in the library.
Evaluating your resources carefully is an important step in every research project. Make sure that you are following your instructor’s directions on the types of resources that are acceptable for your assignment.
Websites and Other Non-Scholarly Sources
Websites, blog posts, videos, and other content can all be good sources, but it is extremely important to carefully evaluate sources you find online using this criteria.
Questions & Help
If you have questions on this, or another, topic, contact a librarian for help! We are available by chat, phone, appointment and walk-in during business hours at both libraries.
UNE’s Student Academic Success Center can help you with grammar, writing style, drafting, revision, polishing your work.