Services for Undergraduate Students

The Libraries subscribe to numerous electronic journals and databases. You have access to these resources for the purposes of research and private study.

Most undergraduate library research consists of finding books, finding journal articles, and finding course reserve materials. To find books, use Find It! and limit the search to “Library Catalog.” To find articles, use Find It! and limit the search to “Articles and More.” To find Course Reserves material, use  Find It! and limit the search to Course Reserves.

Subject Guides contain information and links to relevant databases and web resources that have been selected by a specialist in the subject area.

How to Get Help with Your Research 

Librarians provide assistance in locating materials on a topic or using the many online library resources. Due to COVID-19, research help will only be available virtually via email, text, and chat through our Ask a Librarian service. You can also make an appointment with a Subject Librarian for a one-on-one research consultation.

The online research guide How To Do Library Research offers research advice and will help you successfully navigate the Libraries' print and electronic collections.

How to Find a Study Area in the Libraries 

A range of individual tables, carrels, and group study spaces available in the Bartle, Science, and UDC libraries. The UDC and Bartle Information Commons have rooms available for practicing multimedia presentations. See Study Spaces for more information.

How to Borrow and Renew Library Material 

Learn more about borrowing privileges and the loan periods of other items, including journals.

How to Find Course Reserves and Textbooks

Your instructors may choose to add current course materials to the Reserves Collection on a semester-to-semester basis. The Reserves Collection consists of both physical and electronic items. Log in to the Library Course Reserves tool or via myCourses.   

How to Get Material not Available from Binghamton (Interlibrary Loan)

Materials not owned by the Libraries and not available in full-text from our electronic databases may be obtained from other libraries using our Interlibrary Loan service via ILLiad.  

How to Print in the Libraries 

See Printing and Scanning in the Libraries

How to Cite Sources

See Citation Help and Citation Managers

How to Access Library Resources from Off-campus

To get full access to electronic research materials, you need to authenticate when off campus or using wireless with your PODs username and password.  

How to Find Computers, Laptop Ports, and Wireless in the Libraries 

You will need to authenticate as a BU student by signing in with a PODS username and password to use any library computer or wireless. Laptop ports and wireless are available in each library, and your laptop can be configured to take advantage of your ITS printing quota.

How to Archive your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

The Libraries offer a service to make Binghamton University students' ETD public, open, and discoverable through The Open Repository @Binghamton.