Visiting the Libraries
Alumni are welcome to use library facilities and collections.
- Alumni may browse or use the collections on site without a current UA ID card.
- Guest computer access is available in Mullins Library for alumni who wish to check email or consult library databases.
- Special guest Razorbuck$ cards for making photocopies may be purchased in the Periodicals Reading Room.
- Reference librarians are available to assist you with your research questions. You can contact the librarians by email, online chat, phone, or at the reference desk.
- Those alumni who wish to consult historical or archival materials in Special Collections should contact the archivists before traveling to Fayetteville. Making advance arrangements will allow you to make the best use of your time in the library.
Borrowing Privileges and Interlibrary Loan
Alumni who are current members of the Arkansas Alumni Association may borrow books from the collection and use the Interlibrary Loan service. To apply for borrowing privileges, complete our application form or contact the Circulation Department at (479) 575-4104 (local), (866) 818-8115 (toll free), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Libraries are unable to ship library materials to distant alumni, who are encouraged to contact their local library to obtain interlibrary loan services. Use LibWeb to find a library near you.
Databases and Electronic Journals
Alumni may use most subscription databases and e-journals while in the library building. However, due to licensing restrictions, these resources are generally not available to alumni from off-campus.
Alumni Access to ProQuest
Through a new service, alumni who are current members of the Arkansas Alumni Association have access to special alumni versions of the ABI/Inform and the Research Library databases from ProQuest.
Together, these two databases offer you access to articles published in almost 6,000 popular magazines and scholarly journals, helping you find authoritative and up-to-date information on almost any topic.
- The Research Library provides general coverage of all subject areas and includes periodicals such as American Artist, the Architectural Record, Civil War History, Consumer Reports, the Education Digest, Harper's, Jet, Real Simple, the Southern Review, and the Transportation Journal.
- ABI Inform concentrates on business, marketing, management, finance and economics and offers full text coverage of titles such as Accountancy, AdWeek, Arkansas Business, the Banker, Brandweek, Chain Store Age, the Cotton Grower, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Management Journal.
Alumni may access these databases by contacting the Alumni
There are a number of freely available research databases that you may wish to consult. We've listed a selection, below.
The database, produced by the University Libraries, indexes periodical articles and book chapters on Arkansas topics.The articles and other entries indexed were published in county history journals, selected statewide magazines, and selected book titles.
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
Presents signed articles, photos, video, audio, and documents on the people, places, events, and environment of Arkansas. This initial release offers more than 700 articles. Includes essays reworked from Arkansas Biography (2000) as well as links to lesson plans.
AGRICOLA (agriculture and horticulture)
Indexes materials acquired by the National Agricultural Library and cooperating institutions in the agricultural and related sciences. Ninety percent of the records describe journal articles and book chapters, and the remaining ten percent describe monographs, series, microforms, audiovisuals, maps, and other types of materials. Together they provide worldwide coverage of the agricultural literature.
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a digital library of education-related resources, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. Indexes journal and non-journal literature selected by ERIC from 1966 - present, with full-text links to ERIC documents and some journal articles.
Google Scholar indexes hundreds of open access and subscription journals, books from the WorldCat database, conference papers and proceedings, white papers, and other academic materials posted on the Web. Google Scholar is not as comprehensive as many subject databases, but it is useful in that it provides one handy place to search across many different disciplines and subject areas.
PubMed / MEDLINE (medicine)
PubMed is a service of the National Library of Medicine that includes over 15 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources. Indexes articles from more than 3,500 international journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. Offers comprehensive coverage of all areas of human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, nutrition, toxicology, pathology, public health, and health services administration. The MedlinePlus area is particularly suited to consumer health topics.
WorldCat is a union catalog of almost 150 million items in libraries worldwide. WorldCat describes items on thousands of subjects and published in any year since about 1000.
Partnering with large research libraries, Google is digitizing books and periodicals form all periods. Many resources published before 1923 are now in the public domain and can be viewed on Google Books free of charge.
Some of the materials indexed in these databases have links to full text articles and books, while others will only provide a citation. If you find a citation to an article or book you would like to see, check with your local library to see if they own the item or if it can be borrowed from another library on Interlibrary Loan.