How to Find Books

  1. Look for a book in the library's main search:
    Go to the libary's home page ( and type in the name of the book, or the author, or the topics you'd like to find a book on:
  2. If you see a book you'd like to check out, click on the title to find out more about it. Be sure to check under "Status" to see if the book is currently on the shelf or checked out, and write down location (under "LOCATION") and the number under "CALL #." This is how you'll know where in the library to find the book.
  3. Go find the location in the library, then find the book by call number.
    The book above, like most of our books, is in the General Collection, which is upstairs. You'll then need to find where the books with call numbers starting in Q are.
    This guide about the Library of Congress Classification system (what we use to give our books call numbers) can help you figure out how to find your book on the shelf.
    If you're having trouble, though, you can always ask for help at either of the two desks on the first floor of the library!

How to Find Articles

Using the library's main search, the same as you did for books in the box above, is also a great way to find articles. Once you've hit the "Search" button, you can find journal articles in the "Scholarly Articles" section by clicking on "See all results" beneath it, where as popular articles will be under "News & Magazine Articles."

Sometimes, it can also be helpful to use subject-specific databases. The subject librarians at Randall have created subject guides that list the best and most relevant databases for each subject. To find them, click on the "Databases" dropdown beneath the main search, then on "Choose a subject" under "By Subject:"

Essential Library Information

This guide is designed to help orient international students to Randall Library. Contents include instructions on how to find and access resources like books and articles, how to find things in the library in general, our policies and principles, and of course how to get help.

Finding things in the library: 

  • Floor Maps and Virtual Tour
    You can watch the tour video to get an introduction to the entire library and its spaces, view the maps for the first and second floors, or find a specific area in the library on the floor maps using the drop down menu on the right.
  • Library Spaces
    This is where you can learn more about specific spaces in the library, and what you can do in each one.

Library terminology:

  • Multilingual Glossary Language Table
    Abstract? Citation? Subject heading? You can look up unfamiliar library terms and words here and find them translated into several different languages.
  • Multilingual Glossary Definitions
    A companion resource to the Language Table. This is where you'll find the definitions for all the terms translated in the Language Table.

Library policies and frequently asked questions:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Want to know how many books you can check out? How long you can keep them? How to renew a book? What software is available on the library computers? It's all in this guide of frequently asked questions.

Language Resources

  • Mango Languages
    Mango is an online language learning resource which includes a variety of resources to help students learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations. Follow the link to create an account with Mango to get started. [More details]
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
    An essential database for foreign languages and literatures, the innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online site offers fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages. [More details]
  • Database language limiters
    Did you know you can filter your search results in most article databases and library search tools to only get results in your preferred languages? These filters--or limiters--can look different from search tool to search tool, but try looking for a section that says "LANGUAGES." Select only the languages you want results in and then hit enter, and the database will limit results to those available in your chosen languages.


Understanding of plagiarism and academic dishonesty can be different from culture to culture. We've created a basic guide to avoiding plagiarism, including examples of what is and is not plagiarism, as well as a link to an interactive tutorial on the topic:

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