Library Information for International Students
Welcome to George Fox University libraries!
George Fox University has two libraries:
Find books and articles
A library catalog contains information on all of the materials owned or subscribed to by the library. Use the catalog to find books. The name of our catalog is Primo. Start searching Primo by typing in a keyword.
When you find a book that you want, write down the "Call Number" so that you can find it in the book stacks (the aisles where the books are shelved). All call numbers are from the Library of Congress Classification system and start with a letter or letters, for example, D or DA. The stacks are arranged alphabetically so that you can locate the book with the call number. The books are grouped together by subject so that when you find a book for your topic there could be other books on the same topic nearby.
At libraries in the United States, it is customary to go to the library stacks and to get the book for yourself. If you cannot find a book, please ask a librarian to help you.
You will need to find scholarly articles to use to write your papers (please see our information on plagiarism).
Databases contain articles, or information about articles. Begin by going to the Subject Guides webpage. Select your subject and you will find a list of the databases relevant to that subject.
Start searching the databases for articles by entering keywords in the search box. There are many ways to search a database. If you do not find what you are looking for ask a librarian for help.
The library Website contains many other tools and resources. A good place to go for more helpful information is the How do I...? section of the library's Website.
When you write your papers you will use ideas or information from articles or books that have been written by other people. If you show in your paper that the ideas or information belong to someone else then it is acceptable to use their written work. It is wrong if you use someone else's article or book without showing in your paper that the ideas or information belong to them. This is called plagiarism.
Plagiarism is stealing someone else's written work. Students who plagiarize may be penalized or expelled from school. Please read George Fox University's policy on academic honesty. This is very important!
You can avoid plagiarism by putting a citation in your paper. A citation is information about the author and the book or article that they wrote.
Get Help at the library
Librarians are information professionals with graduate degrees who are available to help you. Here are some of the things that librarians can help you with:
- Finding information and resources
- Learning how to use the catalog
- Learning how to use the databases
- Learning how to do academic research
- Learning how to use the library
Many people feel uncomfortable asking a librarian for help. We want you to ask for help when you need it! We enjoy helping our students! We are always available when the library is open and you can contact us at the reference desk, by phone, by email, and also by CHAT. Email, phone, and chat links are available at "Ask us" on the library homepage.
Dictionaries for the English language learner
- NTC's American English learner's dictionary : the essential vocabulary of American language and culture
- Longman handy learner's dictionary of American English
- Prentice Hall encyclopedic dictionary of English usage
Global Reference Center
Britannica's Global Reference Center is the home of comprehensive online content in a variety of global languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Resources include:
- Gran Enciclopedia Planeta
- Enciclopedia Juvenil
- EncyclopÃ¦dia Universalis
- Britannica Online Japan
- Britannica Online Korea
- Britannica Pocket Encyclopedia (Chinese)
Links to helpful English language books and e-books
- Americanisms -- dictionaries
- English language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers
- English language -- Spoken English -- United States
- English language -- United States
- English language -- Conversation and phrase books
- English language – pronunciation
Library materials by language
The library offers materials in languages other than English. You can use the catalog (Primo) to find books, electronic books, and videos in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, French, and German.
Links to library materials by language:
Database language features
Many of the databases offer interfaces (the layout of graphics and controls that allow you to use the database) in languages other than English. The WorldCat catalog also offers an interface in multiple languages. Learn more about the database and catalog language options that are available to you.
Databases with reading level options
- MAS-Ultra School Edition
Hundreds of periodicals, reference books, biographies, and primary source documents. In the “Search options” you can select a “Lexile Reading Level”. The "850-1050" level is the easiest.
- Middle Search Plus
Good place to start researching current events. Contains full-text for nearly 140 titles. In the “Search options” you can select a “Lexile Reading Level”. The level "750-950" is the easiest.
- Student Resource Center Gold
Covers the major subject areas and provides a premium selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts. Under the search box select the content level that you want: basic, intermediate, or advanced.
- Links of interest to students & teachers of English as a Second Language
- Resources for English as a Second Language
- The Tower of English: The ESL Guide to the Internet
- Dave’s ESL Café---for students
- ESL Student Resources from Ohio University’s Department of Linguistics
- Online Picture Dictionary---German, French, Italian, Spanish, English
- About.com: English as a 2nd Language