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How To Search: Basics: Home

Not sure where to begin finding information? This guide gives helpful Library Terms, explanations on Finding Books and Articles Online, Search Tips, how to Look It Up In in the library catalog and more.


Welcome to the Christopher Center's Guide to Searching!

Can't find what you need? Getting lost in the stacks or letting the library catalog get away from you? Take a look around this Guide for some help!

Off-Campus Access

You can gain off-campus access to the electronic resources (also called databases or journal collections) by clicking on the name of the database you’d like to access, and then logging in using your Valpo e-mail username and password.

If you have problems with this service, contact IT at 464-5678.

Library Support

Face-to-face help is always available at the Circulation Desk. 

Call us on the phone at 219.464.5366

E-mail us via this link.

Search the Library Catalog

 Search for books using the Valparaiso University library catalog.

 Advanced Search

Still did not locate a specific resource?  Try WorldCat, a cooperative catalog of most U.S. and many international libraries.

Looking for ebooks? Try our ebook databases.

Find Books

Search for books using the Valpo Libraries' Catalog.

For a video tutorial on how to find a book from a known citation, click here.