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The APUS Library: How to Access and Use It during Your Academic Journey

The APUS Library: How to Access and Use It during Your Academic Journey

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By Susan Hoffman
Contributor, Online Learning Tips

The APUS Library offers many useful resources to aid you throughout your academic program. It is easy to access once you log in to the ecampus (look for the “Library” link near the top of your screen).

What Can You Do in the Library?

The APUS Library provides you with access to the electronic textbooks you’ll need for the courses in your program (check your Academic Plan and syllabus to determine which books are needed for your course). You can also view or download ebooks on other topics that interest you or look up information in encyclopedias or dictionaries.

In addition, there are multiple research databases, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest, which are ideal for finding relevant articles for any projects you’re assigned. You can find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles from newspapers, magazines, books or journals. The Library’s advanced search feature also permits you to refine your searches, so you can easily find the material you need.

The Library’s databases can generate citations after you finish reading an article. These citations make it much easier to compile a citations/reference list for classroom projects such as research papers or PowerPoint presentations.

If you’re new to the Library, short video tutorials are available. These videos will help you to become familiar with the Library and how to do research in it.

What Other Resources Are Available in the APUS Library?

The APUS Library has a Writing@APUS section to help you with your written communication skills. You can also find guides to citation styles such as Turabian, American Psychological Association (APA) and Chicago. The citation style you’ll use in your academic program depends upon your academic discipline.

In addition, you have access to the content from multiple museums, libraries and archives. That content includes organizations such as National Museums Scotland, the New York Public Library, the U.S. National Archives, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and U.S. state archives.

How Do You Reach a Librarian?

The APUS Library is staffed by expert librarians who are research professionals. They serve one or more of the academic schools at APUS and are easily available by email. You can also text them at 304-400-6470 or set up a chat.

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