Searching for Print or Non-Internet Resources

Most current journal and magazine articles available through the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries are in online versions only. However, you may have an assignment where the professor asks you not to use "online" or "internet" sources. Here are some strategies for handling this assignment: 

Check the Assignment

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 so, see Finding Peer Reviewed Articles.

Search the University Libraries Catalog

You can use the catalog to search for books on your topic by doing a keyword search.

  • Select the tab for Library Catalog on the library homepage. Enter a few keywords into the search box and hit “Search.”
  • Refine your results to UNR Knowledge Center – Onsite Only. Now the catalog will show print sources available at the Knowledge Center.
  • Click on the title of a book and check the Status. This will tell you if the book is checked out or online.
  • Note the call number. The call number is like the address of the item. Click on Floor Plan next to the red push pin for a detailed map of where the item is located in the library.

Borrow from Other Libraries

If the items you are looking for are not in the catalog or are checked out, you can request them from other libraries via Link + or Interlibrary Loan (at no cost to students, staff, and faculty of the University). For more information, see Getting Books and Articles from Other Libraries.