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Library Orientation: Library Resources

General overview to acquaint students with the library.


Select the Format Tab in the Resources box to learn about that type of resource.  Use the direct links on the left hand side of the web page in the box Locate Information Resources for quick access. 


What does “print books” mean?
Books that are physically on the library shelves in Texarkana.  The John F. Moss Library owns approximately 150,000 print volumes

How do I find out what the library owns?
Check the library's online catalog EAGLIT.

When searching, you may choose from the following search functions:

  • KEYWORD-a simple keyword search allowing you to view all titles containing a single keyword in any part of that search term.
  • ADVANCED KEYWORD-this search allows you to search for multiple keywords by title, author, and subject.  You can refine your results by limiting the search to available items, physical location of title and publication information.
  • TITLE-title searches may use partial or full title.  Many materials may share the same or similar titles, you may reduce your search to more meaningful results by using the Advanced Keyword search to search both title and author.
  • AUTHOR-type the last name first and the first name last when searching for an author.  You may also search by last name only.
  • SUBJECT-subject search allows you to browse titles pertaining to a subject or related subject and can be most helpful when interested in a particular subject and do not need to search for specific works or authors.
  • CALL NUMBER-each item in the catalog has a unique call number.  If you know the call number, you may search to find more information about that one item, such as availability or location.
  • ISBN/ISSN-numbers are unique to each title, with this number you may search for that one particular item.
  • GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT# -Government documents are listed in the catalog by a numbering system specific to government publications.
  • AUTHOR/TITLE-use this search if you know both the title and author of the item you need.
  • INSTRUCTOR-for items on Course Reserves, you may search by your instructor's name.
  • COURSE-for items on Course Reserves, you may search by course number or title.

For more information on "how to" search the library catalog see the EAGLIT guide.

What are eBooks?
eBooks are print books in an electronic format.  The library owns 50,000+ eBooks.Open book with an red e

How do I find out what the library owns or subscribes? 

1. Students have access to several eBook collections.  All eBooks purchased by the library are cataloged and accessible through the online catalog, EAGLIT.  (see below for an example of how titles appear in the catalog).  

2. Students can also access to eBooks (owned or subscriptions) by individual vendor interfaces by selecting eBooks format on the A-Z database list.  

What are print journals and magazines?
We currently subscribe to 234 journals, magazines, and newspapers titles in the paper format.  Older issues are sometimes in the microfilm or microfiche format.   

How do I find out what the library owns?
Check the library’s Online catalog, EAGLIT.  
Each title’s record will indicate the format of the desired resource—paper, microfiche, microfilm, eJournal or bound.

What are e-journals and magazines? 

These are journals and magazines in an electronic format.   

How do I find out what the library owns or has a subscription to for access?

The easiest way is to use the eJournal portal link on the library’s Web page.  

What are eVideos and film clips? 

These are are productions in the digital format.   

Students and faculty also have access to VAST: Academic Video Online, a large, multidisciplinary video product with nearly 22,500 videos, Films on Demand Outstanding content from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and NBC Learn HigherED which has over 10,000 short 2 to 5 minute videos to help connect real world applications to course materials.  





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