St. Ambrose University Library
guide is intended to help our students use the Library's on-line
resources to conduct research from their home or office.
All of the items discussed below can be found at the Library web
site at http://library.sau.edu.
Access to and information
about online databases can be found by clicking on “Databases”
at the Library web site.
Additional information of interest to students can be found by clicking
on “For Students”. You may wish to
print out this page for reference while doing your research.
Questions, Problems, Concerns or Suggestions??? Contact a reference librarian at (563) 333-6245 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of the reference librarians can be found on the "Staff Directory" at the Library web site.
Online Journal/Magazine Databases
There are several online databases
available at the Library web site that will provide access to
magazine/journal articles, newspapers, and books from your home or
Here are some helpful hints to use some of them:
How to Access to FirstSearch & EbscoHost
These databases require using your SAU computer username & password for access when off-campus. If you do not already have a username and password, call the Information Technology Dept. at (563) 333-6368 and be prepared to prove your current status as a student by giving your student identification number.
FirstSearch is a collection
of journals, dissertations, books, newspapers, etc. in over 80 different
databases with more than 3.3 million full-text articles in a variety of
subject areas. Copies of articles that are not available
full-text can ordered through interlibrary loan (see instructions
EbscoHost is a collection of full-text databases focusing on business, health, nursing, religion, psychology, and other academic subjects. The materials found in this service include journals/magazines, books, pamphlets, reference resources, and newspapers. This resource is available from both on and off campus. In order to access this service from off campus you will need your SAU computer username and password.
There are other databases you may wish to try depending on your subject. Some will have full-text articles; others only have abstracts and citations. Any of the articles can be borrowed through interlibrary loan if they are not available full-text. See below for interlibrary loan instructions.
Interlibrary Loan Services
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services attempts to borrow materials that we do not have within our own collection. Since every library caters to its own clientele, there will be instances when another library collection may be better suited to a particular need. In some instances, the loaning library may place restrictions on the use of the material. For example, fragile materials may be designated as "in-library use" only.
would like a copy of a magazine/journal article that is not available
full-text, complete the interlibrary loan form available online at
This service is limited to St. Ambrose University students, faculty, and
staff. To obtain the password for this service, call the Library
at (563) 333-6245 and be prepared to verify your status within the
University. In completing the online form,
be sure to specify how you want to receive the item (e.g. mailed to
you, faxed to you, etc.).
If you are experiencing problems
accessing online databases or electronic reserves, ask yourself these
What Internet browser are you
What is your ISP (Internet
Do you have Adobe Acrobat Reader
loaded on your computer hard drive?
Are you trying to gain access at
How old (and fast) is your
Do you have the correct password?
If your SAU ID password is not working, contact the Information
Technology Department at (563) 333-6368.
If your SAU ID password is not working, contact the Information Technology Department at (563) 333-6368.
If all else fails....
Virtual Reference Desk
Don't know where to begin your
The Virtual Reference Desk
service will provide:
Virtual Reference Desk is geared more towards academic or research
questions. In most cases, the response that you get will be geared
toward helping you research the question yourself. We will
give you starting points based on your expressed preferences.
and complete the online form.
Click on “submit” and your question goes directly to the Reference Desk.