Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 31

Some assignments call for a variety of types of academic resources, and some professors ask for their students to use only print materials. Before you get started, it's a good idea to find out if your instructor is asking for a copy of the article in print, or as it appeared in print. Can you use an electronic copy of the article from the Emory databases if the article is a photographic copy of the article?

In fact, some professors ask their students to avoid Internet resources in favor of scholarly materials for research. You may want to check with your professor to see if you can use articles from the Emory library databases, as long as they are from peer-reviewed sources.

Using discoverE, you can quickly limit your search to printed sources. From discoverE, you can choose what format you want to search:


Once you've identified possible sources on the results page, discoverE will let you know if there are print versions of a title before you go further, even when there are both print and electronic versions:



For journals, sometimes the Emory Libraries will have both print and electronic copies of some issues. In other cases, however, print copies may have stopped once electronic versions became available, to avoid duplication. Clicking through to the next screen will help you find out what the library has on hand.

To find the call number and location information for print copies of a title, click the Locations/Call Number tab:

If you need additional help finding print resources, you can always Ask a Librarian.

Thanks go to the Portland State University Library for sharing their Library DIY idea with us!

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Call the Library Service Desk at (404) 727-6873.

Text us a question to (404) 994-3366.