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How do I find articles in journals or magazines?
- Need just a few articles? Try OneSearch for results across thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.
- Need a more comprehensive search? The Libraries have hundreds of subject databases that index articles in journals and magazines as well as providing some full text.
- Need "scholarly" or "refereed" or "academic" articles? Many databases have a filter or checkbox to limit your search to articles in scholarly journals, rather than popular magazines.
- Have a citation to a specific article? Try our Article Finder if you have a citation or a DOI in hand.
- Still no luck finding your article? You can request articles from other libraries with our ILLiad Interlibrary Loan service.
Where are the quiet study areas? Where are the spaces I can meet with a group?
Level 3 in Mullins Library is designated for quiet study.
Level 4 in Mullins Library is designated for collaboration and group work.
Study rooms on both levels 3 and 4 are designed for collaboration and group work, though we do ask that groups be considerate of the quiet policy on level 3.
Noise complaint? Text us at 479-385-0803 or call the Mullins Help desk at 479-575-4104.
How do I find theses and dissertations?
U of A Theses and Dissertations
- ScholarWorks is the institutional repository for full text of U of A theses and dissertations, including undergraduate honors theses.
- Search for U of A theses and dissertations in OneSearch by keyword, author, title, and subject. Be sure to limit to Material Type = Dissertations and Theses.
There are special notes added for academic department and faculty advisor.
- add the phrase "advisor [advisor name]" to limit your search to certain thesis advisors.
- example "advisor parry"
- add the phrase "dept [department]" to limit your search to theses in a certain department.
- example: "dept political science"
- add the phrase "advisor [advisor name]" to limit your search to certain thesis advisors.
- Use our special UA Theses and Dissertations Search box
Theses and Dissertations Worldwide
- ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global provides worldwide coverage.
- WorldCat and the Center for Research Libraries can help you locate more obscure international theses.
For More Information
- Visit our research guide on theses and dissertations
How do I connect to library resources when off campus?
Use links from the Libraries
Use our library links to e-journals, e-books, and databases so that you can be authenticated as a current student, faculty, or staff member.
You can recognize our "Athenized" links because they often start with
Where to get links
- Library catalog (see links below)
- Databases A-Z
- E-resources Portal for e-books and e-journals
Use your UARK login
These links will take you first to a prompt to choose your login method. In almost every case, you will log in by choosing "Sign in through UARK."
You will then be redirected to the familiar campus login page:
Authenticating from other links
If you are browsing online and happen to discover an item of interest, look for a login link on most publisher websites. Some terms to look for include:
- “Login through your institution”
- "Federated login"
- or even just "Sign In"
Though the navigation will vary a bit on each individual platform, you will usually be asked to specify “University of Arkansas Libraries” and then login with your UARK email and password.
Please IGNORE the OpenAthens individual account login on the left side of the screen. These individual accounts are only used for temporary logins for those without a UARK username and password.
Having trouble connecting?
Problems with your UARK account?
Get help with UARK accounts and passwords on the campus Information Technology Services website (see link below).
Clear your Browser Cache
Sometimes your browser can cache bad or outdated information, which can cause the login to fail. Try clearing your browser cache (see link below) to solve this issue.
Try the VPN
Try the campus VPN (Virtual Private Network) to log in once and receive an on-campus computer address that will be retained for your entire browser session.
Look up the item on our website
If you find an article or other resource on the Web and can't get in, try returning to the library web site and looking up the journal title, the book title, or using our ArticleFinder tool if you have an exact citation.
Still having trouble?
Check our remote access help pages or contact us for more assistance.
Does the library have my textbook?
Maybe. Here are the places to check:
- Check the OneSearch under the author or title of the book.
- Check the Course Reserves lists by professor or class.
- Still not finding it? Ask Us to be sure.
As a rule, the Libraries do not automatically purchase the textbooks assigned each semester. Books on the current semester textbook list are generally not available through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).
If you would like the Libraries to consider adding a specific textbook, please reach out to your instructor about placing your textbook on reserve for student use. Faculty, please send your request to Course Reserves at firstname.lastname@example.org, and submit your reserves list using the form linked below.
Can you scan journal articles or books for me?
Use our RazorRush document delivery service to request scans of print journal articles or chapters in items held by the Libraries.
In an item record in OneSearch, look for the links "Request a chapter scan" for books or "Request an article scan" for journals. Click the link, log into your Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) account, and specify the pages and date of the item you need.
Check the Course Reserves lists by professor or class (see link below).
RazorRush is a service that can help you manage your study time more effectively. Upon request, library staff will retrieve, scan and electronically deliver articles from print periodicals in the collection of the University of Arkansas Libraries. This service is available to all University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff.
Your ILLiad account allows you to request books and articles from other libraries as well as requesting scans of items owned by the University Libraries. Check out the short video below for instructions on creating your ILLiad account.
Where can I scan or copy something?
KIC™ scanners make copying pages a breeze, with no logins or cost. You can save your scans to a USB drive or send as an email attachment.
There are two KIC™ scanners in the library on Level 4 of Mullins Library. There are additional KIC™ scanners in the Physics Library and the Chemistry & Biochemistry Library.
Microfilm / Microfiche scanners are available in Multimedia Services on Level 4 of Mullins Library.
There are no photocopiers available in Mullins Library or the Chemistry & Biochemistry Library. The Physics Library has a photocopier available for those with Razorbuck$. More info on that copier can be found at the link below.
How do I request that books be pulled and held for me?
You can ask that items from the circulating collections be pulled and held for you at the Mullins Help Desk or at the Fine Arts, Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Physics Libraries.
Use the Request this Item link on item records to have us pull and hold the complete volume for you.
Or, use the Request a Chapter Scan and Request an Article Scan buttons to request that we copy a portion of the item for you.
For additional assistance, ask at any service desk. Contact the Mullins Help Desk at 479-575-4104, email: email@example.com.
What computing resources are available for me in the library?
- Public Computers
- Some computers are available on Level 4 of Mullins Library southeast and northeast. Need computer help? Ask at the Help Desk on level 4 west.
- Use your UARK login and password to use the general lab computers.
- Each faculty, staff and student has a semester quota of free printing from computer lab workstations or from personal devices. Visit the ITS website for more information. Printing is available adjacent to the computers on Level 4 southeast in black and white only.
- Equipment Checkout
- Laptops are available for checkout by students, faculty and staff at the Student Technology Center (STC) in the Arkansas Union. Laptops can be reserved in advance online at reserveit.uark.edu. Patrons may also bring their own laptop and connect to the wireless network.
- The STC also has cameras, tablets, and additional technology available for checkout on the reserveit system.
- Standup KIC™ scanners are available on level 4 of Mullins Library near the spiral staircase on the east side, as well as the Chemistry and Biochemistry Library and the Physics Library.
- Scanners are also attached to some computer stations in the Tech Spot computer labs as well as in the Fine Arts and Chemistry and Biochemistry libraries.
What audio or video materials do the libraries have?
You can find audio and video titles in OneSearch. Click the box for "Audio" or "Video" underneath the OneSearch search box on the Libraries' homepage before you search, or click the limiters Material Type: Audio or Material Type:Video" in the OneSearch search results page after your search.
You can also browse our streaming media databases directly.
I'm new to library research. Where do I start?
- Start by searching keywords in our libraries OneSearch tool for finding books, journal articles, newspapers, and audio/video materials.
- For further guidance: Ask us
- Phone: 479-575-4104
- Text: 479-385-0803
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chat (see Ask Us link below)
- Visit us at the main service desk in Mullins Library or any branch library.
- Check out our Research Guides, class and subject guides, through the link below.
- Find your subject librarian and schedule a research consultation.
How do I find books?
- Use OneSearch to search for books, journals, media, manuscripts, and other materials.
- OneSearch includes holdings from Mullins and all branch libraries: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Fine Arts, Physics, and Law, as well as the Crystal Bridges Museum library and Internet items.
- Both electronic and print holdings are listed in OneSearch.
- Use the Map It! button to view items in Mullins Library on a floor map or consult our call number guide.
- An A-Z list of electronic resources, including ebooks and ejournals, is also available.
- Use the WorldCat Union Catalog to locate books in libraries worldwide. Many of these may be borrowed from owning libraries using the Interlibrary Loan service.
- Aren't finding what you need? Ask us.
How may I request materials from other libraries?
- Use the University Libraries Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request books, articles, or other materials from other libraries.
- Use your UARK email and password to login to ILL. First-time users will need to complete a one-time registration.
- On average, scanned articles and book chapters are delivered electronically within 1-2 working days; books take a little longer.
- You may also request a scan of print articles or chapters held by the Libraries through the RazorRush service.
Are there spaces specifically for Graduate Students to use in the library?
Graduate students have access to Room 333 in Mullins Library. It is kept locked, and graduate students will have swipe their university ID outside of the door for access to the room.
This room is intended for quiet study. Please do not make plans to meet with your students or have study sessions in this room.
For reservable group study rooms, please refer to the link below.
How can I keep track of my research?
- Many library databases offer a quick "cite this" tool to format the citation in APA, MLA, Chicago, or other styles.
- For large or complex projects, such as an article, thesis, or dissertation, we encourage you to try one of the citation manager tools.
How can I learn more about library resources and services?
- Ask us! Stop by, call, email, chat, or text us.
- Contact your subject librarian or schedule a research consultation.
- Review our Research Guides, class and subject guides.
- Drop in to one of our open class sessions
How can I arrange a library instruction class for my students?
Contact your subject librarian to schedule library instruction or for more information.
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