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Finding Full Text: SPU and Beyond: Seattle Public Library

Use this guide to find out how to get the full text of desired books and articles.

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Your library card is one of the most powerful tools you have for research!

Seattle Public Library and King County Public Library have dozens of curated research databases with digitized historical newspapers, articles on art, history, science, technology, and more.

Take Note!

Be sure to notice the icons next to the databases name to determine if you can access the resource from outside the library.

Searching Seattle Public Library Databases

What you will need: A Seattle Public Library Card. All SPU students are eligible for SPL cards. Click here for directions on getting a library card.

1) Visit the the Seattle Public Library's website @ http://www.spl.org/.


2) Select Articles & Research on the Library's home page, under Browse


3) Select the category that most pertains to your topic.


4) Select the database that best suits your needs. You can learn what content each database covers by reading the description beneath the databases name.


5) When you get to the SPL authentification page, enter your library barcode (the number on the back of your library card) or username AND your Personal Identification Number. 


6) After entering your SPL barcode/username and PIN, you will have full access to the database you have selected.

Did you forget your PIN? Use this link to retrieve it.

Find a specific journal

If you are looking for a specific journal title through the Seattle Public Library, follow these steps:

1) Visit the the Seattle Public Library's website @ http://www.spl.org/.


2) Select Articles & Research on the Library's home page, under Browse


3) Select Online Journals A-Z under Articles and Research.


4) Enter the Journal/Magazine title in the search bar. Click 'search.'


5) Choose the publisher's link that includes the date you need. Then enter your library username/barcode and PIN.