How can I find resources that all relate to a specific subject area?
Please select from this list of subject resources.
How do I get to library resources from off campus?
Many resources, such as the library catalog, library guides, and other web pages are accessible to anyone, anywhere without having to log in. However, most information databases require people to log in using their UW-L credentials. Find specifics at the Connecting to Library Resources from Off Campus page.
How should I format my list of citations or references or bibliography at the end of my paper?
Look at our Citation Guides webpage for links to online citation guides. We also have manuals in the library that go into detail about MLA, APA, and other systems for formatting written materials.
How do I get materials that are not available in Murphy Library?
We offer a number of ways to get books, articles, videos, and more from other libraries. Almost all of these services are free. Universal Borrowing gets books, videos, and more from UW-System libraries in 2-4 days. Interlibrary Loan gets articles, books, videos, and more from libraries worldwide.
What is the difference between scholarly and popular magazines, journals, periodicals, etc.?
In general, scholarly periodicals are called "journals" and include articles written by researchers rather than journalists. They are often referred to as being "peer reviewed" because articles are only published after other researchers familiar with the subject have reviewed the articles for accuracy. Scholarly journals usually have little or no advertising. Look at our Recognizing Scholarly Journals page for more information on this topic.
How do I make sure that I am following copyright laws as I use information resources from the library and the web?
Please look at some of the valuable links on our Copyright Information page for current information.