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.
Screenshot of a "Library Catalog" keyword search. In the drop-down menu which refines results by location, "UNR Knowledge Center - Onsite Only" is selected and enclosed in a red rectangle. To the right of the location filter is a white button with the word "Search" in blue letters. There is an additional drop-down menu with the word "Keyword" selected. The word "cat" is in the keyword search box.
Screenshot of a "Library Catalog" keyword search. In the drop-down menu which refines results by location, "UNR Knowledge Center - Onsite Only" is selected and enclosed in a red rectangle. To the right of the location filter is a white button with the word "Search" in blue letters. There is an additional drop-down menu with the word "Keyword" selected. The word "cat" is in the keyword search box.
  • 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.
Screenshot of a catalog record. The screenshot shows headings for "Location," "Call #," "Note," and "Status." Under the "Call #" heading is the book's call number, which is enclosed in a red rectangle to show its location on the page. There is also a book cover image.
Screenshot of a catalog record. The screenshot shows headings for "Location," "Call #," "Note," and "Status." Under the "Call #" heading is the book's call number, which is enclosed in a red rectangle to show its location on the page. There is also a book cover image.

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.