What is UNISTAR and What Does it Provide?
UNISTAR (UNI System to Access Resources) is:
- Rod Library's online catalog and identifies material that is OWNED by the Rod Library such as books, videos, government publications, recordings, maps, and titles of periodicals (magazines and journals).
- Identifies titles to which Rod Library has purchased access, such as electronic indexes, databases, books, and periodicals, and a select number of titles to which the library has free access.
- Provides location and call number information so that you can locate library material once you identify it in UNISTAR.
- Provides information on periodical titles owned by the Rod Library and state what years of that periodical we own and will provide information on what years are available for journals to which we have electronic access.
- You may also use UNISTAR to idenitfy databases that index a specific journal. Just use the UNISTAR Journal Title search to bring up the record for that journal, click on the button in the UNISTAR record, and then look to see if a database is listed that indexes that journal and click on that. If no databases are listed, ask a librarian for assistance in identifying indexes that index the journal in which you are interested.
Rod Library is a member of the Cedar Valley Library Consortium which includes libraries from the Cedar Valley area and collections located elsewhere on campus. When you choose UNISTAR on the Rod Library home page, you will be searching only the Rod Library collection. UNISTAR Library Catalog should be displayed at the top of the main UNISTAR menu page. To search other libraries in this consortium, click on the Search Local Libraries tab on UNISTAR's main menu page.
What Information Does UNSTAR NOT Provide?
UNISTAR does NOT include archives and manuscripts, some maps, and does NOT identify individual articles within periodicals. For information on how to find periodical articles, see Note below.
Note: To search for articles within periodicals owned by Rod Library, go to the Rod Library home page and select a database from the Databases A-Z list. If you do not know which database to use, click on Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler) and select a subject area in which your topic falls. You will be provided with a short list of databases appropriate for that subject area. You may then click on an individual database to search or search all of those check-marked by entering a search in the search box provided (Panther Prowler search).
Related Library Guides
A subject guide is a guide developed by librarians that cover a specific topic or class. At Rod Library, we have a variety of guides covering most subjects. Here are a few helpful ones covering how to do basic research: