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Library Overview: Welcome!

Search for academic articles in our research databases

Library resources make your work as a student a lot easier 

Order books and journal articles from CSM libraries or another library 

Knowledge from Library resources is a first step in any research assignment


CSM Library gratefully acknowledges Anthony Tardiff of Foley Center Library for permission to adapt content and use of materials appearing in this library guide.

Welcome to CSM Libraries at the College of Southern Maryland.

This guide is your introduction to the many resources we offer.



How to Use This Guide

This guide is broken down into bite-sized chunks (okay, maybe a little bigger than a bite), which you can access by using these tabs at the top of the page:

In each tab, you will find a variety of information about that part of our library service. Don't hesitate! Dive right in!

If you see this icon . . .

. . . it means that we have provided a downloadable PDF document that makes it easy to print that tutorial.

Near the bottom of each tab, you will find a section like this . . .

. . . which lists a few challenges to give you some hands-on time with our resources.

When you have had your hands-on time, go on to the section called . . .

. . . and see how well you do! (Don't worry: these quizzes aren't graded!)

When you finish each tab, just hit the button at the bottom of the page to go on to the next tab, which looks something like this . .

. . . or click on another tab at the top of the page.

When you have completed all the tabs, take the final self-assessment and reflection.

Have fun!

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Library Competencies

These are the library competencies we hope to give you through this guide:

  1. Familiarity with what resources CSM Libraries offers and how to access them
  2. How to find and access journal articles in online databases
  3. How to access books, both ebooks and physical books from CSM Libraries or other libraries
  4. How to use NoodleTools  
  5. How to set up a ProQuest My Research account and search alerts in ProQuest databases
  6. How to get one-on-one help

At the end of this guide you will be asked to rate your confidence in each competency, and to reflect on how your understanding of these competencies might affect your work as a student.