For Online Learners

Research Help

Librarians are available to support you through the research process. If you have questions about finding or using library materials, use the Ask Us service to connect with someone who can help.

For more help with specific resources, take a look at one of our LibGuides.


Articles and eBooks

Researching a Topic

To research a topic, use the search box on the library home page. The Everything tab allows you to search the majority of the library's collection. Results can be limited to online articles and ebooks.

To find a specific library database or see a list of databases arranged by subject, use the Databases tab.

To access the full text of electronic resources from off-campus, you will need to be authenticated as a currently enrolled Biola student or currently employed faculty or staff member. When you click on a link to an electronic source, you will be asked to enter your Biola NetID and password.

Specific eBooks

To determine whether the library has a specific ebook, search the Library Catalog using the title of the book.

Specific Articles

To find out if the library has the full text of a specific article, first determine the title of the periodical (magazine, journal, or newspaper) in which the article can be found. This is sometimes called the source of the article. Then use Journals A to Z to see if we have the periodical you need.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Using Biola's ILL Service

Articles and book chapters not available in electronic form can be requested through our Interlibrary Loan service. A digital copy of the book chapter or article will be made available through your ILLiad account.

Full length printed books not available in the Biola Library can be requested through our ILL service, but they must be picked up at the Biola Library.

Using Another ILL Service

If you do not live near the Biola Library, you can request printed books through a local U.S. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service and pick up the book at a library near you. See libraries.org for a directory of libraries in your area, and then inquire as to whether they have an ILL service.

Using LINK+

LINK+ is a book request service that allows students, staff and faculty of Biola to borrow printed books from participating libraries in California and Nevada. The Visiting Patron program allows you to use your Biola ID in person at another LINK+ library. The Pick-Up Elsewhere program allows you to request books from the LINK+ Catalog and pick them up at another LINK+ library. Please note that LINK+ policy prevents Biola members from ordering books available at their home institution. Therefore, you will only be able to use the Pick-Up Elsewhere service for books that are not listed as "available" at the Biola Library.


Reciprocal Libraries

The Biola Library has a number of reciprocal agreements with other libraries in the United States and Canada. These agreements allow Biola students, staff, and faculty to physically use the collections and facilities of other libraries. Contact the Reference Desk at 562-903-4838 to check your eligibility or find a reciprocal library in your area.

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