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Lee and Jim Vann Library

Fort Wayne / Crown Point

FAQ: Home


The following list of frequently asked questions has been provided to help answer some of the questions you may have about the library and library services. If you would like personal assistance or have a question that is not answered here please contact our Ask A Librarian service via phone at 260.399.8060. Click on the headings to reveal a list of questions related to each area.

  • How do I log in to a database from off-campus?

    When accessing resource from off campus, you will be prompted for your USF username and password (the same username and password you use with Cougar Connection and your University email account). If you have trouble with your username and password, contact the university Help Desk.

  • How do I access my library account?

    Click the “My Account” link from the main navigation menu (the dark gray ribbon near the top of the page) on the Vann Library website. Log in using your standard USF username and password (the same username and password you use with Cougar Connection and your University email account).

  • Where do I find the databases available from the library?

    The best place to start is from the library homepage. Click the blue Databases A-Z link in the right-hand column and then select the database you want from the alphabetical list.

  • Where do I find EBSCO?

    EBSCO is a database vendor which supplies many of our databases. You can find ALL of our databases listed in Databases A-Z 

  • How do I find articles for my research?

    The best place to start is with the OneSearch box located at top of the library’s homepage. Enter your search terms in the OneSearch box and hit Enter to perform your search. To filter the results to view only articles, choose Article from Format menu in the left-hand column. This will then display only articles on the results page. If you need more in-depth help, contact a librarian using our Ask A Librarian service.

  • What is the nursing database called?

    The primary nursing database used by nursing students is CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature). We also offer ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health. You will find both of them listed in the Databases A-Z list..

  • How do I find peer-reviewed articles in OneSearch?

    Enter your search terms in the OneSearch box and hit Enter to perform your search. On the results screen, you can filter items using the limiters in the left-hand column. You should see a filter to limit to books, articles, and even ebooks. Under the Article filter is an option to limit specifically to peer-reviewed articles.

  • How do I search for scholarly or peer-reviewed articles in a specific database?

    The EBSCO databases will allow you to limit your search to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) articles on the Search results page using the filters on the left side of the screen. A short video is available to demonstrate a basic search in an EBSCO database. Other databases also offer filters to limit to peer-reviewed articles, but the filters may be located elsewhere on the page. If you have trouble locating the peer-reviewed limiter in a particular database, contact our Ask A Librarian service.

  • How can I determine if an article is scholarly or peer-reviewed?

    Peer-reviewed articles have gone through a rigorous review process by experts in their field of study. These articles are generally text-only, with tables and/or graphical representations of data from the study conducted by the authors. Colorful images and decorative fonts are not usually included in peer-reviewed articles. This 6-minute video discusses Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals and is helpful in determining articles type. You can always contact our Ask A Librarian service if you need more assistance.

  • Where do I find out if a journal is peer-reviewed or scholarly?

    This short video shows how to find this information in EBSCO and ProQuest databases: Publications Tutorial

  • How do I find an e-book?

    Over 200,000 eBooks are integrated into the library’s collection and can be easily located by searching OneSearch. Enter your search terms in the OneSearch box located at the top of the library's homepage and hit Enter to perform your search. On the results screen, facets are located in the left-hand column which allow you to filter or limit what you see in the list. You should see a facet to limit your results to ebooks. Click the “View Now” link listed below the ebook title to access the full text of the e-book. For additional assistance with your search, contact a librarian using our Ask A Librarian service.

  • What is Interlibrary Loan?

    Interlibrary Loan Services allow USF students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not owned by USF from other libraries and institutions throughout the country.

  • How much does it cost to use Interlibrary Loan?

    Generally, Vann Library users do not get charged for materials requested through interlibrary loan. The interlibrary loan service is provided to the extent that library resources allow. USF Library Services reserves the right to limit the number of interlibrary loan requests per user, depending upon the availability and cost of items and current budget constraints.

  • Can Virtual Campus and Crown Point Students, Faculty, and Staff use Interlibrary Loan?

    Yes, with some limitations. Crown Point and online students, faculty, and staff may request articles, book chapters (one chapter per book), theses, and dissertations. Because of national Interlibrary Loan Policy restrictions and copyright laws, we are not able to order books for Crown Point and online users. Crown Point and online users are encouraged to visit their local libraries for Interlibrary Loan Services, some charges may apply. Contact your local library for details.

  • How do I request an interlibrary loan?

    Titles and articles located using OneSearch and the library databases that are not readily available in the library will feature a button stating Request via Interlibrary Loan. Clicking this link will prompt you for your USF username and password. New interlibrary loan users will need to register for an ILL Express Request account. Registration requires you to provide some basic information and should only take a few minutes to complete.

    When searching for books students, faculty, and staff need to remember they are limited to one chapter per book; this is due to copyright laws. Once your requests are made, you can log in and track your requests.

  • How long will it take to get my requests?

    You should always plan ahead. For requests of materials which are in electronic format, please allow three to five business days to receive your ILL Express Request. Although materials can come more quickly, you should not plan on having it sooner. Print book requests can take 10-12 business days on average. Please note the due date and return book requests in a timely manner. More information about the ILL process can be found by visiting the Interlibrary Loan page on our website.

    Also, please note that renewals of interlibrary loan items must be made in advance of the due date.

  • Will I be notified when my interlibrary loan materials arrive?

    You will be notified by e-mail when the material is ready. For items in electronic format, you will need to first login to your ILL Express Account and then select Electronically Received Articles from the left side of the screen. Book requests can be picked up at the User Services Desk on the second floor of the library. You will need to bring your USF ID to check-out the book.

  • Are there any materials not available via Interlibrary Loan?

    The following is a list of items not generally distributed via interlibrary loan:

    • Items considered rare or valuable
    • Full issues of journals
    • Audiovisual materials
    • Computer software and equipment
    • Entire Books (For users unable to come to the Vann Library in-person, only one chapter of a book can be ordered through interlibrary loan)
  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions about Interlibrary Loan?

    If you have additional questions, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department by phone at 260-399-7700 x 6061 or by email at

  • What kinds of instructional services do you offer for online students?

    Many of our databases provide their own tutorials and can be accessed using the help features within the database interface. Our Reference & Instruction Librarians can custom design a resource guide or virtual instruction session specifically for your class by request. Additionally, we provide reference consultations via phone, email, and text via our Ask A Librarian service.

  • Where can students get for help with APA citations?

    Help with APA citations is available from the following sources:


    Many databases, such as EBSCO or ProQuest provide automatic formatting for citations. The office of Student Academic Support Services here at USF can also assist with citations and paper writing.

  • Where can I find copyright guidelines for using third-party materials in my course?

    The library provides self-evaluation tools to help faculty determine whether the materials you would like to use fall within legal “fair use” guidelines. 

  • How do I find videos online?

    Go to Films on Demand (FOD) from this link. A link is also provided on the Databases A-Z page, accessible from the library’s homepage. From here you can search by segments (shorter clips of full videos) or by title.

  • How do I link to a Films On Demand video in my online course?

    Films On Demand has provided a quick start guide for educators. The guide contains information on locating the appropriate URL for sharing videos, creating and sharing a playlist, basic and advanced search tips, using video segments, and more.

  • How can I contact a librarian for assistance?

    The easiest way to get in touch with a librarian is to use our Ask A Librarian service.


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