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Copiers | Books | Computers | Databases | Periodicals | Government Sites | Debate Pages

Welcome to the Stanford University Libraries. This page is designed to help you find some of the most important library resources for your research. If you have questions, check first with your counselor or teacher.

Making copies

You will find photocopy machines throughout the building. On the first floor of Green East, there is one near the Current Periodicals and 3 across from the Loan Desk.

  • No copiers take change or bills. You must buy a copy card. There are no change machines in the library, nor can you get change at a desk.
  • You can buy a copy card at the machine across from the Loan Desk for $1, but that only gives you a card (no copies). To put value on it for copying, you need to put in more money. The copy card machine takes bills up to $20.
  • To copy from microfilm you must have a copy card.
  • Copy cards can also be used to print from the public kiosks

Finding and checking out books

Stanford has a new prototype catalog interface called SearchWorks. Try it out. You will probably find it easier to use than the older Socrates catalog. For books listed as being in Green Library, check Green Library Shelving Locations online or posted near the stairs/elevator in Green (East). There are also wallet-sized shelving location guides you can get at the IC desk.

Sometimes the item location will be SAL. These items may be paged to Green Library by clicking on the link at the bottom of the catalog record that says : View/Request in Socrates. There will be a link to Request without SuNet ID.

Computers

Library kiosks or workstations have been set aside for your use on the First Floor of Green East. Please do not use any other library computers. The kiosks give you access to the catalog (Socrates), the Internet, and many important resources; however, they do not include word processing packages. There is a $.10/page charge for printing. To print from a library kiosk you must have a copy card.

Databases

See also the more comprehensive subject list of databases on the Web. You can change the image to a Title list by clicking on the Titles Only radio button.

  • Academic Search Premier a good general index with many full-text articles. Stanford only
  • CAB Direct (1973+) agriculture and applied life sciences. Includes "Global Health". Stanford only
  • Econlit (1969+) Stanford only
  • Education Fulltext Stanford only (1983+)
  • ERIC various ways to search for works in education.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP indexes scholarly and popular articles; includes some abstracts and many full-text articles. Stanford only
  • Facts.com Facts on File World News Digest dating back to 1940 (complete text). Look particularly at Special Features, Research Topics and Indepth Coverage Links Stanford only
  • Hoover Institution Publications fulltext articles by Hoover Scholars on international and national policy issues.
  • Medline is available through PubMed. It is also available through EBSCO, OCLC, Ovid, and NLM Gateway. Stanford only
  • National Journal (1977+ on Web) full text coverage of U.S. politics. Stanford only
  • PAIS International, (1972+ on Web Stanford only; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy.
  • Policy File: Public Policy Research and Analysis Stanford only
  • Sociological Abstracts (1963+ on Web) Stanford only (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) indexes periodicals articles, some books and unpublished papers on social issues; also includes some full text.
  • Lexis Nexis Academic Stanford only with links to Congressional, Legal, Statistical and news sources Stanford only
  • Hein Online Stanford only has fulltext to law journals, Supreme Court Library, US Presidential Library, World Trials Library, and much more.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975+) Stanford only

Newspapers

  • Alt-PressWatch Stanford only provides a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press
  • Access World News Full-text news. You can limit to contintent, region, country, or, in United States you can limit to state, and access fulltext of newspapers and radio and TV transcripts. Very User-friendly Stanford only
  • See also links to Web-based News Sources

Finding Periodicals

Stanford owns many periodicals in various formats. The best way to find these is to use Searchworks, Stanford's online catalog, First, in the search box, enter the journal or magazine title. Then on the left-hand column, limit to Format: Journal/Periodical.. Searchworks will tell you the library and call number, if any. It may also give you a link to an electronic copy when that is available.

Current (unbound) periodicals are shelved in the Information Center (1st floor Green East) and are arranged alphabetically by title. These may not be checked out. Please leave the boxes on the shelves.

Government Internet Sites

There are many government resources on the Internet. Some of the most important are listed below. For others see the Stanford Guides.

Stanford Guides:

Congressional Information
Congressional Information Internet Sites
Presidential Documents and Publications
Government Information Internet Resources
International Documents

Great Starting Points:

CQ.com Stanford only
Thomas (Library of Congress)
GPO Access (US Government Printing Office)
Congress: Congressional Record and Index
General Accounting Office Reports
Legal Information Institute from Cornell Law School
United States Statutes at Large (select Legislative Bills, Histories and Laws) also available from: HeinOnline Stanford only, 108th Congress + are available from GPO Access
Avalon Project at Yale Law School
President: Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Supreme Court Decisions 1937-75
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports Also Available from OpenCRS

Government Agency URLs

Office of AIDS Research (Health & Human Services)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Council of Economic Advisers (President's Office) Including Economic Report of the President
Defense Department
Drug Enforcement Administration (Justice Dept.)
Education Department
Food and Drug Administration (Health & Human Services)
Health & Human Services
Justice Department
Management and Budget Office
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Health & Human Services)
National Security Council (President's Office)
Science and Technology Policy Office (President's Office)
State Department
The White House

Other Debate Pages

There are wonderful Web pages designed specifically for the national debate topic. They include all sorts of links and fulltext resources.

Other Websites and Resource Suggestions for Debate Topics

Poverty

Note: look at Subjects for these books, and other recommendations from Searchworks

Public Health/Pharmaceuticals Regulation

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