The catalog is your main access point to locate physical materials found within the library, as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks. Print books, eBooks, print journals, DVDs, audiobooks, and government publications can all be found by conducting a keyword, author, title, or subject search in the catalog. You may also find Internet resources in the catalog. Click here to access IRSC's online library catalog.
The catalog search will look for words in the title, abstract, major subject headings, and (sometimes) tables of content. When searching the catalog, it is important to remember that you are not searching the full text of these items. For this reason, you will get a much smaller, but more precise, return on a search than you would in a database or Internet search. If you have a very narrow search term, you will need to use broader terms to find materials on the subject.
To get to the databases, start at www.irsc.edu
Click Libraries on the bottom left
Click Find eResources (Articles)
Click Databases by Subject
Login to the databases.
The database login screen looks like this.
Your Borrower ID is your student ID (for employees it is your PID).
Your PIN is your 4-digit birthdate (MMDD).
When searching for biographies, you want to find books about a person, not by a person. This can be confusing if you are looking for biographies on a prolific writer. Many books you will return in a catalog search will be books written by that author. To get better results, search by Subject for your author's name rather than keyword.
IRSC can borrow many different titles from other libraries. If you have a specific title you want, you can search for it using the IRSC full catalog by changing the At search to All 28 Colleges. If you find the title there, click on the college name at the bottom of the record and then click 'Request' to request the book from that college. If you are looking for a specific article or book not found in the catalog, use the ILL links below to place your request.