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Welcome to the library!
As a distance learning student at Fairfield University, you have access to many library services and resources. This guide will give you an overview of the services and resources available to you. Finding good information can be a bit overwhelming, so please don't hesitate to contact a librarian if you have any questions.

You're not alone
Our  service is available to on-site and distance learners alike. You may contact us via phone, e-mail, IM, text message. If you are planning a visit to campus, you can visit the reference desk or set up an individual appointment with a librarian. We are happy to answer questions about selecting databases, finding articles, getting facts or statistics, citing sources, evaluating websites or articles to determine if they are valid or scholarly - any research-related question! Our  page explains the various ways to contact us.

Using electronic resources off campus
All our electronic resources, including databases, library catalog, ebooks, and journals are available to you. Simply enter your NetID and password when prompted to access these materials. For questions about your NetID, contact ITS at itshelpdesk@fairfield.edu or ext. 4069.

Finding articles
Finding and using articles will be an important component of your academic career The library provides access to many databases that can help you find full-text articles, free of charge. These databases contain articles from academic journals, newspapers, or magazines on all topics. Some databases are general and offer overviews of all subjects, such as Academic OneFile. Other databases are subject specific, like PsycINFO for Psychology. Some databases include the full text for articles, some only provide citations, and others have a mix of full-text and citations.

To find articles:

  • Select a database. To find databases related the subject you are studying, select your subject from the list of our Best Bets for Starting Your Research guides. Each guide contains selected databases as a starting point for your research.
  • Search the database. If you have trouble searching in a database, see Database Searching Tips or ask a librarian.
  • Locate full-text articles. If the full-text article is not available in the database you are using, it may be available in other databases or in print. See "How do I Find Full-Text Articles?" for more information.

Finding books
The library has access to over 115,000 ebooks that you can access from anywhere with your NetID and password.

To find an ebook:

  • Search from the library's homepage in the "Books/Movies/Music" tab. If you're looking for books on a particular topic, just type one or more keywords related to your topic. Or, if you're looking for a specific book, type the title or author. Click "Go" when you're ready to see results.
  • The next page will show you a list of results. To find only ebooks that you can access anywhere, click on "EBOOK" under "Format" on the left.
  • To open the ebook, click on the link that says "Click here to view" or "An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web."
  • If you have trouble accessing an ebook, contact a librarian.

If are able to visit the library, you can check out any one of our 255,000 books, 3,500 DVDs or 2,500 CDs. If you would like to find books in a library closer to you, search ReQuest. ReQuest searches libraries in Connecticut. With a public library card from a Connecticut town you can check books out at any public library in Connecticut.

More Information
This is a list of resources created to help Fairfield University students navigate the library and the research process.

  • How do I is a series of short videos and instructions to help you find books, articles, movies, select databases and more.
  • Citation & Style Guides provide you with guides and sample citations in APA, Chicago, MLA, and IEEE styles.
  • RefWorks is an online bibliographic management software that helps you organize your citations and easily create bibliographies.
  • Critically Evaluation Information is a tutorial that walks you through the steps necessary to critically evaluate information in many formats, including websites.
  • Best Bets for your Research are a series of guides that direct you to the best databases, reference sources, books, and websites related to your discipline.

Don't hesitate to ask a librarian!