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Using the Library: Getting Started

Finding Books

1. Search our library catalog

You can also expand your search to other libraries by searching the Western North Carolina Library Network Catalog or Worldcat. Request these books via Interlibrary Borrowing.

2. Note the location (General Collection, Reference, DVDs, Periodicals, etc) and call number. Use our building map to locate the materials you need.

  • History, arts, social sciences & literature can be found upstairs, while STEM subjects are generally found on the main floor. You'll also find reference books, popular magazines, newspapers & DVDs/CDs on the main floor. The lower level houses scholarly journals, government documents, education & juvenile literature.

Finding Articles

The library provides access to 200+ searchable research databases containing millions of articlesThese articles are not available through open web search engines like Google. Some are multidisciplinary databases that cover a range of subjects, while others cover specific academic disciplines and subjects.

Which database is right for you?

Off-Campus Access

UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff can log into library online resources using their university email username and password.

More information about online resource access >

Reading a Call Number

Finding Full Text

You may come across an article entry that only shows citation and abstract information. This is a good first step because now you know that the article exists and now all you need to do is locate the full text.

  1. Click the Find Full Text button or choose the Journal Finder Search on our homepage.
    You may find that the article is available in another database or in a print journal in the library. 
  2. If the article doesn't seem to be available, submit an Interlibrary Loan request.
  3. If you aren't sure, email your question to