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Library Services Available to Linfield Faculty at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Access to Linfield Libraries Resources on the Linfield Libraries Homepage:

Access to subscription databases and resources on the Linfield Libraries Homepage requires your CatNet ID and password.

How to set up a Linfield computer account and password to access our licensed electronic research databases and other resources.

You will also need a current Linfield photo ID card to use at other libraries. The barcode on your Linfield ID must be in our library circulation system (call 1-800-452-4176 ext 2261 to have the number entered) in order for you to borrow books or other library materials from us and to borrow items through Summit borrowing. If you need an ID card or an updated sticker contact the DCE office at 1-800-452-4176.  Questions?  Contact Beth West at 1-800-452-4176 ext 2595.

Linfield Libraries Research Tips:

Check the Adult Degree Program/DCE Library Resources, our Library Class Pages, Research Tips  and Bite Size Tutorials (short videos) linked from our library homepage to help with searching for, evaluating, and obtaining research materials.  You will find information here about using Summit borrowing and Interlibrary Loan to obtain items not owned by Linfield.

Reference Questions:

If you have reference questions related to your teaching or course content, please contact Beth West.

Library Instruction Sessions for Course Assignments Requiring Library Use:

Information literacy is an important part of a liberal arts education. Students need to learn, not only how to use catalogs, databases, and the Internet to find information, they need to learn how to frame the question, work through the research process, and determine the authority and relevance of the information they find before they write the paper. If you wish to bring your class to The Jereld R. Nicholson Library for library instruction or have instruction integrated into your Blacboard class, contact Beth West

Local Community College, College, and University Librraries.

You and your students can search local community college's libraries and other libraries online.  Links to local site libraries are available from the Library Resources Local Libraries tab. Many local college and universities are part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and their library holdings are searched when you search Linfield Search.  Check the map to see which Alliance schools are available in your area.

Reserve Materials and Copyright:

Nicholson Library offers e-reserves. Please check our reserves link for information about setting up your e-reserves.  Contact Bahram Refaei ( or 800-452-4176 ext. 2520) for questions.

Please check our copyright information page for Linfield's policy. 

Audio-Visual Support:

The Jereld R. Nicholson Library's audio-visual support service is the Educational Media Services (EMS). Our collection of audio-visual material is cataloged in Linfield Search. Check the EMS page or Contact Andy Lockhart, the EMS Director at 1-800-452-4176 ext. 2264 to sif you need help finding material for your classes.

Scholarly vs. Popular Journals:

Check the Articles and Evaluating Sources tabs of Library Class Pages for how to distinguish between scholarly and popular articles and why it is important.   The Evaluating Sources tab also has information about evaluating books.

Ulrich's International Periodical Directory
is a good place to check whether or not a journal is scholarly. Do a quick title search and look for the document type. This database is in our alphabetical list on our library homepage. An excellent guide to evaluating sources is Critically Analyzing Information Sources from Cornell.


Plagiarism has become more of a problem with the advent of the Internet.  A great page for students is Avoiding Plagiarism from Purdue University.  Also check, a plagiarism prevention tool - for information on how to access the Linfield College Turnitin account, please contact Brett Hardee ( x2451 in the DCE office.

Other questions or concerns?

Please don't hesitate to Contact Beth West, Teaching and Online Learning Librarian