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I am only supposed to use print or non-Internet sources

You may have an assignment where the professor asks you not to use "online" or "Internet" sources. If print books are required, these can be found using OneSearch then using the "Available in SJSU Library" filter to the left of your search results. For tips on how to find your book on the shelf, see the call number guide or watch the "Finding Your Book on the Shelf" video

If you need articles, however, the library generally has more access to online journal and magazine articles than it does to print versions. Here is a strategy for handling this:

  • First: Check the requirements of the assignment. Does the professor mean that you are not allowed to use sources from the open web, but you ARE allowed to use online articles from scholarly journals available through the library's online databases?

  • Next: If you've confirmed that you cannot use online library databases to obtain your resources, use OneSearch to search on your topic. To the left of your results, select "Available in SJSU Library" under the Availability filter. Then scroll down and choose "Journals" under the Resource Type filter. Click the green "Apply Filters" button.

Option to limit search results to just physical items available in the library. To do so click the "Available in SJSU Library" option from under "Availability" in the left hand menu on the OneSearch search results page
  • If we have print access to the title, you'll see a record for it in your search results:

OneSearch print vs. online
  • Click on the print version and note the location and call number of the journal in the record and go to the shelves on that floor to find the journal. Print journals are often bound together and look like books. If you're having trouble locating the print journal you're looking for on the shelves, Ask a Librarian or watch the short video below.


  • Scan or copy the article. Check the library's Print, Copy, Scan page for locations. If scanning, you can save the file to a thumb drive or email the file to yourself. 


If SJSU library doesn't have what you're looking for, you can borrow books and articles from other libraries. SJSU has two free borrowing services available: InterLibrary Loan and CSU+. CSU+ is fastest because it borrows from other California State University libraries. InterLibrary Loan borrows from libraries across the country and even internationally. 

Check out this video for more information on how to use CSU+ and InterLibrary Loan: