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Electronic Access

As a University Library, our goal is to provide electronic resources to meet adult research needs in accordance with the University’s computer use policy. The James White Library Information Gateway is openly accessible to the public regardless of location. Anyone can search the Library Catalog from anywhere around the world. Andrews University faculty, staff, and currently registered students may access the library’s subscription databases off-campus by logging on with their Andrews username and password.  Students who have completed their course work and are currently working on theses/dissertations/projects should enroll for continuing credits in order to use the subscription databases off campus.  Access to these databases terminates when students graduate or when the semester for which they are enrolled comes to an end; however, alumni may request access to certain databases according to instructions on the Library’s alumni page. 

The James White Library catalog shows electronic and print holdings; it also provides links to appropriate web sites. The subscription databases may be selected from the relevant subject guide or by the database title, if known.  It is also possible to search a combination of several databases through ResearchPro or from groups of databases, such as ProQuest, OCLC FirstSearch, etc.  Periodical holdings may be searched from one search entry box or linked from the citation in the databases. 

The Information Commons on the main floor provides forty public access computers, centralized printing, a photocopier, and a variety of tools for the researcher’s needs.  The computers stations are conveniently located by the Information/Reference Desk to provide a one-stop approach to research from the time the patron needs assistance in preparing assignments/research papers to the submission of papers electronically or in print. Adult researchers who walk into the library may use any of these public access computers to search the Library Catalog; access over a hundred databases and many more full text journal articles, electronic journals/electronic books; read and send email; and use Moodle. The computers have various applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, power point presentations, statistics, citation management, etc. 

Patrons should purchase a copy card (CopyMate) from the Information/Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk to use the centralized printer or the photocopier.  Print jobs have to be named when sent to the printer where they usually stay for two hours or until printed, whichever comes first. The printer prints in black/white as well as in color. The photocopier also takes U.S. $1 and $5 bills, U.S. quarters, nickels, and dimes—no foreign currency, please.

There are other public access computers throughout the library with slightly different capabilities as compared with those on the main floor. Since the electronic resources in this library are for the research needs of patrons who are college level and above, children up to the 8th grade who are closely supervised by an adult may use the stand-up stations only if they need assistance with their class-related assignments; otherwise, the children are encouraged to use the Children’s Collection on the top floor.

Updated November 8, 2012