Start with a research guide on the library’s homepage. Each guide lists databases for articles, books, eBooks, etc. that are relevant to that subject. If your topic doesn’t seem to fit with any of the subjects, try the general topics guide.
- Books – You may use the book search option on the library’s homepage or the Library Catalog. Since we share our catalog with Wayne State College and Chadron State College, you can also search their collections.
- More Books – WorldCat.org is a national and international library catalog of thousands of library collections. It has over 1 billion items. It is listed on Articles (Databases) and all research guides.
- Articles – Use the article search option on the library’s homepage to search all databases provided by EBSCO. More databases are listed under Articles (Databases). General databases such as Academic Search Premier are great places to start for all topics. Use a subject specific database if your topic relates to that subject.
- eBooks – Use the book option on the library’s homepage or the Library Catalog. You may search a specific eBook provider by using the search boxes on the eBooks page.
To find scholarly journal articles, check the limit results box for “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”, “Peer reviewed”, or “Scholarly journals” when you search. You will retrieve only journal articles.
Click on Article with Citation under the Search/Find navigation list on the left side. Enter the information from the citation (e.g. title of source, title of article, author).
If the library has the source in one of our databases, the title will be listed linking it to the full text article.
If the library doesn’t have the source or the issue needed, you will need to request the article through interlibrary loan.
There are three ways to access the library’s online resources. You may click on Off-Campus Login from the navigation list, use a search box, or select the hyperlinked title of any resource. You will be prompted for your library login before the resource opens. Your library login is the same as your MyPSC login. See Tech Support for more information.
Enter your name and your NUID. You will need to register your PSC ID with the library before your library account will work. See Tech Support for more information.
If you are searching the Library Catalog and want to use a physical item owned by Wayne State College or Chadron State College, click on the link to “Request” the item. You will enter your full name and your NUID to login; you will need to register for a library card before you have a login for the Library Catalog. You will be notified when the item arrives at the library and is ready for pick up.
Because of contract agreements, eBooks cannot be shared between libraries.
For other items, you will request the item through interlibrary loan. See Request Items (Interlibrary Loan) for more information.
To check out, bring the materials to the front desk with your library card/PSC ID. Books check out for 2 weeks; DVDs and CDs for 1 week. Overdue items accrue a fine of $.10 per day per item. DVDs and reserved items accrue a higher rate per day depending on its checkout length.
To renew, contact the library or log into your library account through the Library Catalog. To access your library account, you will need to enter your full name and your NUID.
All library materials may be checked out except journals, magazines, and newspapers (bound or unbound) and reference books.
Materials may be returned inside at the front desk or outside at the dropbox in front of the library.
Reserve materials are behind the front desk. Provide the professor’s name and the title of the reserve material you wish to use. The material will be checked out to you. The check out time is determined by your professor.
Bring your PSC ID to the front desk. You will be asked to filled out an agreement. The laptop or equipment will be checked out to you for a determined check out period.
All the library computers print to either the printer in the computer lab or the one in the print area beside the front desk. A copier is also available in the print area; copies are $.05 per page.
Use the first part of your campus.peru.edu email before the @ sign (e.g. John.Doe12345@campus.peru.edu would use John.Doe12345 for username). The password is your NUID.
Go to the Computer Services information page about student email for your login.
Go to the webpage for common logging in issues for step-by-step help.
The four library study rooms (2 on the main floor and 2 on the curriculum level) are available on a first come, first served basis. The study rooms have viewing and listening equipment if you need to watch a DVD or VHS or listen to a CD.
Library lockers are available for PSC student only for daily use in the DVD/Video collection area on the main floor. Students must provide their own locks and must be removed at the end of the day.
If you have federal work study, contact the Financial Aid office. If you don’t have Federal Work Study, stop at the front desk for an application. Applications will be considered as an opening needs to be filled.