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Searching for book resources and the online catalog
  • Books can be located from the library Web site 
  • The online catalog allows you to search by author, title, subject, and keyword.   
  • Business circulating books are shelved in the "H" or "K" section, second floor of the library.  
  • ATHENA (accessed from the library web site) allows you to search several other middle Tennessee libraries’ holdings with one search question.  A courier service allows a patron to retrieve a book from ATHENA within 5-7 working days. Requests can be made online from the TNU library web site. 
  • WorldCat allows you to search over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
  • eBooks integrate over 85,000 full text ebooks into the library holdings. These can be viewed 24/7. Many can be download to an eReader format and there is a small collection of audio books available.

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Search On the library homepage enter the topic you want searched in the catalog search box. After typing in your word or phrase you need to select the tag for your topic; subject, author, title, keyword or journal title.  Simply click on the tag you want to search and then the ‘Search’ button.

Keyword VS Subject Keywords are searched by the database simply by matching the spelling of the word/phrase-NO meaning is attached.  Searching by subject (or author and title) will attach a meaning to the spelling, creating a better result list.  If you cannot find any titles after searching by subject, enter your terms in as a keyword search.  This will broaden the search.

Advanced Search provides options to search the Reserve Room and provides many limit options as well as the Basic Search options of Author, Title, Keyword and  Subject.

Result List The search result list appears in the order a record was entered into the catalog.  The holdings line provides call number as well as indicates whether a book has been checked out by using the phrase “No copies available.”  Also included in the library holdings are e-books from netLibrary which are indicated by the phrase [electronic resource] in the title line.

Printing Before printing on campus you need to verify the location of the printer.  Clicking on “File” then opening “Print” does this. The printer location selected is on the top of the print page.  To change location simply click on the gray arrow and select from the choices provided. Copies are charged to your campus account.

Books are checked out at the Main Desk with a maximum of fifteen books for at least four weeks. Your TNU I.D. card serves as your library card. Books cannot be checked out from the Web site but can be RENEWED online. From the library home page click on My Account Follow instructions to view your account. The renew link will appear on the screen.  Books cannot be renewed if they are overdue.

Search area libraries If you need book materials to supplement the TNU collection, click on the Search Area Libraries link on the Library web page.  This virtual online catalog provides access to several local area libraries including Trevecca, MTSU, Vanderbilt, Nashville Public Library, and TSU. Retrieved titles can be borrowed online for no costBooks will be couried to Trevecca for student pickup. 

Searching eBooks Over 85,000 eBooks are integrated into the library holdings and can be searched through the online catalog 

Obtaining materials using Waggoner’s Interlibrary Loan Services
         All transactions for ILL are handled through the Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian and can be done by email or online. Complete an online form on the library Web site following the ILL link on the menu.  Allow 7-10 days for the requested book to arrive and 7 days for article reprints.  Books are sent to the Library for pickup while articles in most cases are emailed as PDF attachments.  If you are residing in the Nashville area or taking classes on campus, you will be asked to come to campus for pickup.  There is no cost for this service.

Books:  Books generally have a three to four week checkout period.  Turnaround time for book requests is about 7 working days. There are generally no fees for this service; however, late fine charges for ILL books are $.50 per day.

Journal Article Reprints: If a journal is unavailable at TNU a reprint of it can be ordered using the online form.  There is no cost and usually articles will be emailed to you as a PDF.

Searching for professional journal articles   

If you know the journal title:  From the library homepage enter the journal title in the search box near the top.  Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.  If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text or indicates bound, back issues or microfilm availability. 
If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint.

If you are searching by subject: 

Electronic Resources Link: Click on the ‘Electronic Resources’ link, then choose either

* Looking for databases by subject displays a subject list of databases

                        * Looking for databases by title browses an A-Z title list of databases

                        * Looking for an e-journal by title limits you to browsing e-journals accessible online

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EBSCO's Business Source Complete

is designed specifically for business schools and libraries, provides full text for more than 10,000 scholarly business journals and other sources including full text for nearly 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more.

Business Source Complete contains full text from the world's top management and marketing journals including Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Research (JMR), Journal of Marketing, Journal of International Marketing, etc. Also includes HBR Faculty Seminars on video.

The database also includes other sources of full text information such as country economic reports from the EIU, Global Insight, ICON Group and CountryWatch and detailed company profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies.

There are several ways to search for information in Business Source Complete.  'Basic Search' is the default and allows you to search by keyword.  The 'Advanced Search' allows you to build a Boolean search combining words and phrases in three search boxes and assigning field tags to the terms.   

You can also search by 'Publications', allowing you to peruse the contents of a journal online.                                      

Additional search options:

Publications - browse the content of the database by publication title.

Company Profiles - an alphabetized list of international companies providing a PDF version of their annual report and Datamonitor® reports accessible full text.

Thesaurus - controlled vocabulary of business terms that assists in more effectively searching the database.
Indexes - allows the user to view all values that occur in specified fields in a database, along with corresponding hit counts.

Cited References - allows you to search the cited works within a journal article.


Your result list will give you possibly two format viewing options: html and PDF.  The html version is text only with key sections internally linked.  The PDF version will open Adobe Reader to the original version scanned into the database.  


Output options include printing, email and downloading the article.



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Gale Cengage Databases - (Tennessee Electronic Library)              

         The Tennessee Electronic Library is a collection of Gale databases that provide a significant number of full text articles.  Access is by the library Web site Electronic Resources page.

Choose which subject collection would be best suited to your research topic 

  • Academic Onefile (includes New York Times full text)
  • Computer Database
  • General Business File ASAP
  • General Business File International
  • National Newspaper Index

The Result List indicates the article viewing option and is below the citation in the result list. Print and email options follow the text of the article.  Results can be limited to articles with text; by date or by refereed publications.

Output options include printing, email and downloading the article.

LexisNexis Academic ®   provides full-text  access to over 6,000 news, business, legal sources and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options.

The outstanding news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources.

Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.

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WebBridge to find full text

WebBridge links are provided within databases and will link you to other full text locations in the library holdings for those articles that only have citation or abstracts. This will show on your result list as an output option.  When you click on the WebBridge link a new window opens with links to other databases, links to the library catalog for print or microfilm information as well as a link for interlibrary loan if needed. 

To obtain full text of those articles search the journal title from the library Web site.  Be sure to change the tag at the end of the search box to ‘Journal Title’ to see holdings information. 

If it is in the online catalog, links are provided to databases where
you can retrieve the full text.   

If it is not in the online catalog, a reprint of the article can be ordered for you using the
Interlibrary Loan  link for no cost.

Internet Resources include

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Group Study RoomsAll group study rooms in the library are available on a first come, first served basis. Five group study rooms seat up to eight and the rest seat up to four.  Each room has a white board and network connections for laptop use.

 Laptop Checkout Laptop computers can be checked out at the Main Circulation Desk. These are for use in the library only.  Laptops can be used anyplace in the library that including seating in the rotunda, individual study carrels, round tables, as well as group study rooms. TNU is a wireless campus.

 Copy Rooms Copy rooms housing digital copiers and photocopiers are located on ground and main floors of the library.  Copies are charged to student account when logged into the network. Network prints are .08 per page and photocopies are .10 per page.

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