Use the library catalog to search for items at all three Reynolds campus libraries including:
Specific search tips for using the library catalog:
Try a basic keyword search when:
you have a narrow or complex topic. In many cases this means entering two or more search terms to describe your topic.
you have only partial information about the author or title.
If you retrieve too many results for your topic, try a subject search.
For additional information or assistance on searching the library catalog, ask a Reynolds librarian.
General search strategy tips:
For additional information on general search strategies, review the Online Search Strategies page.
**You can also access the library catalog from most of our research guides located at http://libguides.reynolds.edu.
When the search results screen appears, you have the option to limit your results to type of resource including online articles, online and print books, and multimedia (e.g., online videos and DVDs) as well as various other options.
To limit results to books and videos available (not checked out), click on the Books & Media from the Availability menu on the right.
To limit results to books only, click on Books from the Resource Type menu on the right.
To limit results to print books from a particular campus, Parham, Downtown or Goochland, click on the specific campus link from the Library menu on the right.
You can search for words in the Author/creator, Title, or Subject fields by using the menu from the Advanced search screen.
Advanced Search Screen:
When viewing the results list or detailed record for an item, online articles, eBooks and streaming videos will be indicated by an Online access or Full Text Available link. Click on these links to view the online resource.
If you are accessing eBooks and other online material from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My Reynolds username and password. If you are accessing an eBook from ProQuest Ebook Central from both on and off campus, you will be prompted to select your institution first (J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College), then login with your My Reynolds username and password from on and off-campus.
When viewing the result list, physical items (e.g., print books, DVDs) will include the following information: the specific campus that holds the item, the specific collection where the item is located, and the Library of Congress (LC) call number which indicates where the item is located on the shelf. If items are available (not checked out), they will be indicated by Available at.
Items checked out will be indicated by Checked out from.
If an item is already checked out (indicated by Checked out from), you can request that the item be held for you when it is returned to the library by using the Request this item option. You can also use the Request this item option to have an already available item transferred to another campus library for pickup.
1. To request the item, click on the item title from the results list to view the detailed record.
2. When the detailed record appears, click on Sign in under the Request Item section.
3. When the Virginia's Community Colleges login screen appears, sign in with your My Reynolds username and password.
4. After you sign in and are brought back to the detailed records screen, click on Request.
5. When the Request Item window appears, make sure to select the Pickup Location, then click on the Request button.
Reynolds Libraries' 160+ licensed databases include:
Academic journals, scholarly articles, and peer-reviewed articles all mean the same thing! All are names for the same type of article, and they can all be found in the databases.
Reynolds Libraries Catalog searches for articles in some (not all) the Reynolds Libraries databases. Reynolds Libraries Catalog also finds books and videos.
Unsure about which databases to use? Contact a Reference Librarian for help!
Once you refine your topic, search the individual article databases such as Academic Search Complete and MasterFILE Premier. The video below covers how to: