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Spanish 621: "Our Americas": Crossing Borders: Electronic Resources

OWHL e-Resources vs. Websites

OWHL e-Resources

  • Paid for by the library.  Often very expensive!
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.


  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.

Accessing E-Resources from Off-Campus

How do I access e-Resources off campus?

In order to do this, you must have the following:

  • Your BlueCard or student ID number
  • A Library PIN. You can obtain a 4-digit PIN number by connecting with us in person, or through the Ask Us chat service on our homepage.

What if I don't have a PIN?

Please contact the Welcome Desk for support. 

Recommended Electronic Databases

Research & Instructional Librarian

Research Tip - Bibliography Mining

When you find a book or an article that is relevant to your topic, always check the bibliography or the reference list of that source cited by an author for other sources and then ask a librarian for help with finding them. This process is called "Bibliography Mining" or "Cited Reference Searching".  

Please take advantage of it, as the author of the book or article has already done much of your topic research for you, and they spent many weeks/months/years of his/her life doing research.