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A brief overview of library resources for science students

Welcome to Belk Library

Welcome to the Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University! This guide provides a brief overview of some of the library resources and services that are available to STEM students and faculty. Some of the highlighted resources include:

  • Search strategies for using AppSearch
  • Spiffy searching in Google Scholar
  • Web of Science
  • Other neat resources, like a MakerSpace!
  • General info for navigating the library as a space

App Search and Other Great Science Resources

One way to quickly do any research at Belk Library is to do an App Search. Found on the library's main webpage, App Search is a federated, comprehensive way of quickly browsing resources available through Belk Library databases. This can be a firehose of information though, so getting your search strategy in place can save you a lot of time.

Sometimes, it is good to be aware of other resources in the Sciences. If you already have narrowed your topic, you might decide you want to go directly to a monograph or database. Luckily, Belk library has plenty of that!

And, speaking of having a strategy: here are some handy tips for staying organized.

Spiffy searching in Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another reliable federated search tool.

Search Google Scholar

Web of Science

Web of Science is a powerful resource for researchers in STEM.


WoS is an excellent tool for doing citation mining.


Belk Library has an amazing MakerSpace! Check it out!

General info for navigating the library as a space

Looking for a book that is shelved in the library? You will want to know Library of Congress. LC order can look super complicated, but you will find it's pretty straight forward once you get the hang of it!

Science Librarian

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Stephanie Bennett
University Libraries
Appalachian State University
218 College Street
Boone, NC 28608