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How Do I?: Find Sources

How do I Find Sources?

I need to find sources for my research. How do I...

Find a book

Learn about how to search for books using Scout

Physically locate a book in the library

Locate the call number and learn where to find it in Jefferson Hall

Find and use an ebook

Learn how to limit the search to find ebooks, and how to use them on your computer, tablet, or phone


Find books placed on Reserve by your instructor. Search by course number (ex. "HI 108") or your instructor's name.

Find a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal

Learn how to search Scout (searches almost all resources together so you don’t have to search individual databases)

Find a database

Scout includes most, but not all, of the databases and materials we subscribe to. Find all databases that the USMA Library subscribes to with links to access the content.

Newspaper Subscriptions

Learn how to activate your subscription to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and how to access a digital version of the Army Times.

Learn how to find a source West Point doesn’t have

Try ConnectNY first, if it's not available then use ILL – InterLibrary Loan. To see everything that is available in all libraries, visit WorldCat and also use ILL to request the items. 

Archives & Special Collections

Learn about original resources (such as letters, photos, rare books, and the official records of USMA) that are available in person or online

Digital Collections

Digitized collections including books, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the history of West Point and its alumni. Learn how to use the digital collections.

USMA Digital Commons

Find scholarship from USMA faculty and staff; including articles, books, presentations, and posters

Streaming Video

Access streaming video sources and learn how the various sources of content can be used

Get Help


Chat with a librarian by clicking on the chat box on the upper right of the screen on most browsers


Submit a question to be answered through email. 



Visit us at the Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the library


Plebes: Contact your Personal Librarian  


Contact your Department’s Liaison ​


Call the USMA Library Help Desk at x8325


Computer Help: USMA IT Service Desk

Goldcoat support for Cadets: Goldcoats Contact Information

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