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I Am Only Supposed To Use Print Or Non-Internet Sources

The Libraries have more access to online journal or magazine articles than to print versions. However, some assignments may ask that you NOT use "online" or "Internet" sources. Here are suggestions for handling this:

  • First: Check the assignment requirements. Does the professor mean that you are not allowed to use any sources from the open web, but you ARE allowed to use online articles from scholarly journals available through the library's online databases? If you're unsure, talk with your instructor.
  • Next: If you've confirmed that you cannot use online library resources, search for print versions of relevant journals through the Libraries catalog IUCAT
  • Finally: When you locate a journal in IUCAT, look in the full catalog record at the location and call number. If the journal is located at one of the Bloomington campus libraries, go to that library and then locate the book shelf area for the call number. 

    If you're having trouble locating your item, see this guide to finding items in the library, or Ask a Librarian at the Reference Desk (in Wells Library, 1st floor of the East and West Towers). If the journal is only available on another campus, use the Request This button on the upper right.


  • Scan articles or make photocopies on the East Tower 1st floor (behind the Reference Desk) or on the East Tower 2nd floor (ET2). If you scan the item, you can save the file electronically.