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1. Can I Renew an Interlibrary Loan Book?

Some ILL books can be renewed if you ask at least three days before the due date. Most libraries will allow one renewal, but if it is denied you must return the book and we will request it again from another library if you still need it.

2. Can I use Library Databases from Off-Campus?

You can use library databases from anywhere in the world.

If you are off-campus, begin on the library web page and conduct your research just as you would at the library. When you access a database or journal that is restricted to Millsaps users only, you will be asked for your username and password.

Students, staff and faculty login using their Millsaps username and password. This is the same one that is used for e-mail and to logon to the computers on campus.

Alumni and other Millsaps Library cardholders will use their library card number and leave the password blank.

The Millsaps Library login page is the only one you should see. If you are asked to enter another username and password, please report the problem immediately.

View or print detailed instructions for students, faculty, and staff
View or print detailed instructions for alumni and other cardholders

Please call 601-974-1073 if you have any problems or questions.

4. Can students pick up AV equipment for faculty?

Each faculty member may designate a student to pick up equipment for him/her. Faculty will need to contact the and

  • The student's name
  • How long the student will be picking up equipment (if no cut-off date is provided, the Library staff will assume that the arrangement will be until the end of the semester)

The designated student will be added to the faculty member's account as privileged for equipment pickup. The equipment will be checked out in the faculty member's name.

5. CAS registry numbers. Where can I find them?


  • ChemFinder
    You can search this free database by database by chemical name, formula, molecular weight or CAS registry number.
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    Reference room--  QD65 .C43X
    This handbook covers structure and physical data of organic & inorganic compounds and CAS registry numbers.


6. Classrooms/Meeting Rooms

Call 601-974-1070 to reserve a room or E-mail

Check the list of rooms for descriptions of the available rooms.

7. Computer Labs in the Library

Computer Instruction Room

28 Computers, 1 instructor computer with LCD Projector and VCR attached, 1 Laser Printer, 1 Scanner. Computers have access to campus resources, e-mail, and library resources. The Computer instruction Room is open all the hours the library is open, except when reserved for classes. To reserve the Computer Instruction Room call 974-1070.

Information Commons Computers

The Library has 16 computers in the IC area by the front desk.  They are set up for Internet, access to your M: drive, word processing and printing. Software available is the same as the computer lab.

Group Study Room Computers

The Library has 4 Group Study Rooms with computers. They are set up for Internet, access to your M: drive, word processing and printing. They print to the Alcove printer. Software is the same as the computer lab.

Digital Media Lab Computers

The Digital Media Lab is a multimedia workspace reserved for projects involving video, photo, and music editing; image capturing; and analog-to-digital conversion.

The DML contains the following computer hardware:

2 iMac workstations
1 Mac Pro workstation
1 VHS-to-DVD conversion terminal
1 high resolution Epson multimedia scanner to scan images or slides

8. Copiers/Phones/Fax


The Library has two copiers, one located in the periodicals room on the main floor and one in Archives. Copies are $.10 each. The copy machines use change or 1 or 5 dollar bills.


Students may use the phone booth on the basement level for local calls. See the Library Map to help find the phone booth or ask directions at the library circulation desk.

Cell Phones

You may use your cell phone quietly.

* Please turn cell phone ringers off or set to vibrate as you enter the library.
* If you have an emergency cell phones may be used, with discretion, in the main staircase landing in the east side of the building.
* Do not make or take calls in the library lobby, the common study areas, or in the reference areas.
* Do not make or take calls in the computer lab areas.


Students may use the Library fax machine to send and receive faxes. There is no charge to receive faxes or to send faxes to local numbers. For long distance faxes, we charge $2.00 for the first five pages and $.50 for each additional page. For international faxes we charge $10.00 for the first five pages and $.50 for each additional page. The fax machine is located in the library office. Ask a staff member to help you.

9. Copyright

The Millsaps-Wilson Library observes the General Revision of the Copyright Law (Title 17 of the United States Code) and subsequent amendments to that law. Only materials that can be used under the “Fair Use” clause can be placed on reserve.

The library will enforce the following rules when instructors request that an item be placed on reserve:

Photocopied materials must meet the tests of brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect. Instructors may place a maximum of one photocopy for every 10 students enrolled in a course (the total limit is five photocopies). The library will not photocopy the materials to be placed on reserve. Likewise, the library assumes that all photocopied materials placed on reserve were obtained legally. All photocopied materials will have a copyright notice stamped on them. Unless the instructor receives written permission from the author, all materials will be taken off reserve at the end of the semester and returned to the instructor. Likewise, materials that were placed on reserve one semester may not be put on reserve again unless the instructor has that author’s permission. The library will not accept photocopies of entire books. Groups of materials that are in “anthology” form will not be put on reserve. Instructors should restrict photocopied materials to one course during a semester. While the reserves are checked out, the user (and not the library) is responsible for ensuring that the materials are used according to the Copyright Law. Also, notices are placed next to each photocopier in the building.

10. Do you have the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Available Online?


Through library subscription databases we now have access to the NYT and WSJ online:

New York Times Online (1980 - today)

The complete text of articles back to 1984 is provided online. No images or graphics.

New York Times on Microfilm (1857 - 2007)

Our New York Times archive on microfilm goes back to the very first issue. Ask for it at the library front desk.

Wall Street Journal Online (1984 - present)

The complete text of articles back to 1980 is provided online.

Wall Street Journal on Microfilm (1970 - 2007)

We have the Wall Street Journal in microfilm from 1970-2007. Ask for it at the library front desk.

Wall Street Journal on Paper (current three months)

We get the Wall Street Journal delivered each morning and keep the current three months.

11. Faculty/Staff Equipment Checkout Policy

  • We take reservations for faculty and staff for academic use.  Other uses are by special permission only.
  • Loan periods depend on the type of equipment.  Normally digital video cameras and accessories are checked out for 3 days.  TV/DVD/VHS, carts, laptops, projectors, screens, slide projectors, overhead projectors are checked out for 24 hours. 
  • There are no overdue fines, but overdue notices are sent as a courtesy.  Please keep in mind that someone may have a reservation immediately following yours, so please return equipment on time.
  • While equipment is in your possession, you are responsible for it at all times. You may not loan it to anyone else. DO NOT LEAVE EQUIPMENT UNATTENDED. If an item is not returned for any reason, you will be charged for the replacement.
  • If you are a faculty advisor allowing students to check out equipment in your name and the item is lost, stolen or damaged you will be responsible for the cost of equipment.
  • Replacement costs vary according to type and model of hardware, and we reserve the right to purchase an equal or similar model in case of discontinuation.
  • Equipment cannot be used in violation of the law or of Millsaps College policies.

12. For how long can I check a book out?

Students have a loan period of 21 days for books with a 1-week grace period for overdue books.

Faculty have a loan period of 90 days for books. Faculty are not charged fines for overdue materials.

Staff have a loan period of 21 days for books. Staff are not charged fines for overdue materials.

Loan periods for other materials varies by material.

13. For how long can I check out AV materials?

A user's status (ex. Millsaps faculty, staff, student, etc.) dictates how long they can check out audiovisuals. Included below is a list of media formats and how long certain groups may check out those materials. However, this list provides only the most commonly-used audiovisuals and the groups that use them. Please contact if you have any questions.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all materials can be used outside the library building.


  • Faculty: 7 Days
  • Staff: 3 Days
  • Students: 3 Days
  • Some expensive or rare items are designated for 3 hour in-library use only


  • Faculty: 7 Days
  • Staff: 3 Days
  • Students: 3 Days


  • Faculty: 7 Days
  • Staff: 1 Day
  • Students: 3 Days

LPs ("Records")

  • Faculty: 7 Days
  • Staff: 3 Days
  • Students: 3 Days


14. Group Projects/Music & Media Rooms


There are eleven Group Projects/Music & Media rooms are available on the west side of the main floor of the library. In addition, there are four group study rooms (without equipment) on the third floor on the west side of the building.

  • Reservations are not required. Rooms may be used on a first come, first served basis.
  • Priority is given to groups and to students using music and media equipment for school work.
  • Students studying alone may be asked to vacate the room.
  • Belongings left unattended for any period of time will be taken to the lost and found.

A description of the group study rooms can be found here.

15. How can I find Chemical substances--profiles & safety.



16. How can I find Historical Stock Quotes?

Some free financial websites allow you to enter a US ticker symbol and a specific date and get the stock's closing value on that date, but not a series of values.  Big Charts will do this:  click on the Historical Quotes tab

Yahoo! Finance: Historical Quotes is a notable exception: here you can specify a date (back to the 1960's), US stock symbol, and specify daily, weekly, monthly or just dividend information, and Yahoo will produce a table of the numerical values as well as providing a link to a downloadable Spreadsheet format.  Go to

, search for a company by ticker symbol, then click Historical Prices.

The historical stock price websites only work for companies that are still in business, trading under the same symbol.

Where can I get stock price information for a defunct company?

Historical stock quotes for a company no longer in business can be found in the Daily Stock Price Record volumes. Millsaps Library does not own the Daily Stock Price Record, but the main branch of the Jackson Hinds Library has these volumes in their reference area.  They can be found beginning at  R 332.6322 S785DA.


General newspapers publish daily stock price listings  from the national and regional exchanges. Coverage varies, but the Millsaps Library does have the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal online and on microform.  Ask at the desk if you need help.

17. How can I get on-line help with library databases?

Contact one of the librarians.

18. How can I locate AV materials in the library?

Audio/Visual materials include such formats as CD's, VHS tapes, and DVD's, etc.

Step 1: To search for Audio/Visual materials specifically, you need the Advanced Keyword Search of the Library Catalog.

Step 2: Type in what you are looking for into the search boxes (either by title or by keyword)

Step 3: Select the appropriate limit from the material type drop down menu

  • Material Type: DVD or VHS, DVD, Videocassette, Music CD Audiobook, 33 RPM/Vinyl Record
Step 4: Write down the call number of the item you want, ask for it at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor.

Most audiovisuals are designated by these prefixes in their call numbers:

  • DVD: DVD recording
  • VR: Video recording
  • CD: Compact Disc
  • C: Audiocassette
  • RB: Recorded Book (Book on Tape)
  • R, MD, or ER:  33RPM Records are on the online catalog and can be found shelved along the back wall of the main floor near the group study rooms and in the SE corner of the periodicals room.

19. How can I renew books online? Or check my library account?

The library is now able to offer its borrowers the ability to check their library accounts to see what books they have checked out, when they are due, whether they owe any fees, and RENEW what they have out - up to two times. The feature requires that the borrower know his/her User ID and PIN numbers.

Here’s how it works: send an e-mail message to Circulation Desk, requesting your PIN and ID numbers.  Allow ample time for a  reply.  This is a manual procedure.


To Check Your Borrower Account

20. How Can I Request an Interlibrary Loan?

You may submit ILL requests in three ways:

  • Fill out a paper request form at the Library's Main Desk. There are separate forms for books and for articles.
  • Use the ILL request feature in online databases such as WorldCat.

Please check the Library's catalog and journals list before submitting requests. Fill out each form completely.

We will process your requests as soon as possible, but, in order to serve everyone fairly, we may have to delay some of your requests if you submit a large number at one time. You may want to prioritize them before submitting.

21. How can reserves be checked out?

Users must present a valid Millsaps ID card when they request reserve materials.

22. How do I conduct a legislative history?

Start by answering three questions

Use any source you like to find this information: Google and Wikipedia are great for this!

  1. What is your bill’s Public Law number?

A bill becomes a Public Law when it is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President (or the President’s veto is overridden). Public Law numbers look like this: PL103-3.  The first number is the session of Congress in which is was passed (103rd session) and the second number means it was the 3rd bill passed in that session. 

  1. What was the original number for the bill?

If it started in the house, it will look like this: H.R. 8358; if it started in the Senate it will look like this: S. 743.  This number, and the Public Law number, will help you trace the legislation

  1. What year was your bill passed?

Often this will be part of the title of the bill, for example the Food Stamp Act of 1964.



Four Key Sources



Your first place to go for any kind of information on Congress.  THOMAS is maintained by the Library of Congress and has a very powerful search engine. You can use THOMAS to find almost any part of the documentation you need for this project.  THOMAS also links to documents in GPO Access.


GPO Access


The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is the largest publisher in the world.  This portal site links you to documents about all three branches of government.  You’ll want to focus on Legislative Resources at the top of the center column. There are links here to find Conference Reports and the Congressional Record.  Probably the most useful item here is the link for Public and Private Laws. This is where you can find the text and/or image of the “slip law” for your bill.


Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Almanac

            (1-west) JK1 .C15

This is a secondary source: it has background information and analysis about many major issues and bills for each year.  Use this as a starting point to get an overview of your bill and get a sense of what kinds of information you’ll be looking for: which committee(s) did the bill go through? Who sponsored it? Who opposed it?


Congressional Quarterly's desk reference on American government

             Reference Room - JK274 .W449 2000

This is similar to the CQ Almanac: it’s a secondary source, and contains information about major issues affecting Congress.  If your bill is mentioned here, it will give you important background information.



Things You Will Need To Find, And Where To Find Them

Original text of the bill, its sponsor and co-sponsors

Search in THOMAS, the link to “Public Laws” on the front page: select the correct congressional session and then select the Public Law number.  Follow links to “Text of Legislation” and you will find all the different versions of the bill as it traveled through Congress.


Committee and Subcommittee Hearings

Use GPO Access: under “Legislative Resources” click “View All,” then scroll down to “Congressional Materials” and use the link for Congressional Hearings.  Scroll down to “Previous Congresses” and click on “Browse,” the select the House or Senate link from the congressional session that you need.  Search within the web page for keywords from the title of your bill.


Committee Reports

Use the Legislative History at the end of the Slip Law, if you can, to find out which committee(s) reviewed your bill.  This will give you a sense of what to look for. 

Use GPO Access: under “Legislative Resources” click “View All,” then scroll down to “Congressional Materials.” Way down near the bottom of this list is a link to Congressional Reports.  Use the “Search” link under Previous Congresses to find reports related to your bill.


Search in THOMAS to find the committee reports: search by Public Law number and follow the links to “Major Congressional Actions” or “All Congressional Actions.”


Floor Debate: The Congressional Record

Search in THOMAS, using the link to “Congressional Record” on the front page. Select the congressional session and then search for your bill by its original bill number (not the Slip Law number).


Enrolled Law (final version) & U.S. Code

For the enrolled law, use the Slip Law, if you can – you probably found this in an earlier step.  The Slip Law shows you which section(s) of the U.S. Code are relevant to your bill.  You can find the U.S. Code on GPO Access: there’s a link on the main page under “Legislative Resources.”

23. How do I convert files online without downloading software?

Have you ever wanted to convert files from one format to another without the need to download software? Zamzar is a free tool that allows you to convert documents, images, videos and music files.

A lot of formats are supported. Main formats are :

Raw text, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, PS, Open Office, Star Writer, Pocket Word, Word Perfect

CSV, dBase, Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office spreadsheet

MathML, Star Math, Open Office math

Microsoft Powerpoint, Star Impress, Open Office presentation

24. How do I find an online general dictionary, encyclopedia, or thesaurus?

Search our Online Reference Tools - All of the basic research tools such as dictionaries and encyclopedias that you expect to find in a library.

25. How do I find analyst reports for a company or industry?

Mergent Online has extensive information on companies, including financials, stock, properties, joint ventures, subsidiaries, S.E.C. filings, debt, etc., for over 11,000 U.S. companies as well as over 17,000 foreign companies.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information, SWOT analysis and market research. DataMonitor Company Profiles, available within the EBSCO Business Source Premier database, provide information on thousands of companies throughout the world. Each 20 to 30 page profile includes a company overview, key facts about the company, a business description, a company history, and a list of key employees. Many of the reports also feature a SWOT analysis, revenue analysis, top competitors, locations, and company subsidiaries. To find a company, click Business Source Premier, click Company Profiles, and search for the company.

26. How do I find books and locate them in the library?

Obtain a Call Number

To determine the call number for books, journals, audio-visual and other library materials, use the library online catalog which can be accessed from the library Web page. Four types of basic searches are available: keyword, author, title, and subject heading. Other search options are also available, but these four basic searches will meet most of your needs. Select a search type and enter the word(s) you want to find in the search box.

If the catalog has records containing your search words, the records will be displayed in a Brief Record Hit List in the case of multiple records or a Full Record in the case of a single hit. Both the list and the full record will contain the Location of the material, the Call Number, the Volume number in the case of multi-volume works, the type of Material (book, microfilm, etc.), and the Status if the item (whether it on the shelf, checked out, lost, etc.)


  • Determine the Location

    Common library locations include:

    Book Stacks

    These are the regular shelves located in the 3 level tiers, 3-East, and 3-West.


    Materials found in the Periodicals Room, main floor west wing.


    Materials found in the Reference Room, main floor east wing.


    Materials on the low shelves in the 3-East Reading Room.


    Special Collections are designated by name (Welty, Smith, Johnson,etc.)

    Location signs are posted throughout the building. If you have a question about the location of materials, ask at the front desk.


  • Find the Materials

    Materials are arranged in Call Number order on the shelves in their respective areas. Refer to the help sheet titled Library of Congress Classification to learn how to read call numbers.

    As stated above, call number location charts are posted throughout the library and handouts are available at the front desk.

    If the Materials are not on the shelf, check:

    Reshelving Shelves: Shelves labeled "Do not reshelve books. Leave them here." Are located throughout the library. If you use a book within the library but do not check it out, please return it to one of the reshelving shelves.


    Ask at the front desk: Library staff will assist you in finding the materials or will fill out a search form. You will be notified by e-mail when the materials are located.


    If the Materials are checked out:

    Go to the front desk and request a Hold. As soon as the materials are returned to the library, you will be notified by e-mail. The materials will be held at the front desk for 3 days.


    For more information and assistance ask at the front desk or any staff member.


  • Check out the materials

    Take the materials you wish to check out to the front desk. You must have your Millsaps ID card with you to check out materials. Books may be checked out by students for 21 days. Check-out periods vary with other materials. Overdue fines on books are $.10 per day.


  • Return materials

    Return checked-out materials to the front desk or leave them in the book drop after hours. Do not leave them in other parts of the library.

27. How do I renew a book?

Books may normally be renewed twice, and there are several ways to do this:

  • In person at the Main Desk
  • By sending an e-mail message to
  • By using the REPLY command when an overdue message is received
  • By phone, by calling 601-974-1073 Monday-Friday between 8 and
  • Online, by logging in to My Account.

Overdue notices are generated one day after the book is due. Students have a one week grace-period during which the book may returned with no fines. For people with campus e-mail accounts, notices are sent-out via e-mail each night. To renew a book electronically, simply reply to the library e-mail notice. Explain that you wish to renew the book. It is very helpful if the message is signed with a real name and phone number in case the library needs to get in touch with you. Or, if you prefer, use one of the other methods shown above.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

28. How long can reserves items be checked out?

Course instructors decide how long each user may check out materials that they have placed on reserve, often depending on the number of students in the class, how soon the material must be read, etc. Usually, the time periods for reserves checkout are:
1 Hour-closed (may not leave the library)
2 Hours-closed (may not leave the library)
3 Hours-closed (may not leave the library)
Overnight (due the first hour on the next day)
1 Day-open (due the last hour on the next day)
3 Day-open (due the last hour on the 3rd day)
If instructors need to place materials on reserve for a different time period, they should contact the Circulation Supervisor.

29. How Long Does Interlibrary Loan Take?

Most ILL requests are filled in about two weeks. Articles frequently arrive in about 5 to 7 days, but books take longer to travel through the mail. The ILL staff can't guarantee an arrival date, but can keep you updated on your request. The best advice is to request an item as soon as possible. Consider starting your research early if you feel that you will need something via interlibrary loan. If you're in a hurry, ask about rush delivery and we will work with you to expedite requests.

30. How many books may I check-out at one time?

Students are able to check-out 25 books at one time with a loan period of 21 days. Two renewals are permitted for each title.

Faculty are able to check-out 50 books at one time with a loan period of 90 days.
Two renewals are permitted for each title.

Staff are able to check-out 25 books at one time with a loan period of 21 days. Two renewals are permitted for each title.

31. How Much Does Interlibrary Loan Cost?

Most requests are filled without charge because we have lending agreements with many other libraries. However, we will notify you in advance if there is a charge.

32. How to cite sources? Online citation builders?

If you need help creating citations in MLA, APA and CBE formats, you may want to try one of the following online citation and bibliography tools. Remember to always use the style of documentation recommended by your instructor and double check your work using the recommended style guide.  The Writing Center is a great resource for help with papers.


  1. Go to
  2. Search for an article or book that need to create a citation for
  3. Click on the title of the book or article and then click the Cite this item link.
  4. You will see citations for your item in APA, Chicago, (Author-Date), Harvard, MLA, and Turabian.  You can also export to Ref works or EndNote

NCSU Citation Builder

An online tool for creating citations in MLA, APA and CBE formats


Make free MLA bibliographies


Purdue's Online Writing Center and the University of Washington have created guides to the following styles.


33. How to Find Articles in Scholarly Journals?

1. What are Scholarly Journals?


  • Scholarly journals, also called peer-reviewed, academic, refereed or professional journals, are a major source of information for research papers and projects.
  • Because articles in these journals represent the most recent research performed by scholars and scientists, it is important to consult them in addition to books.
  • At some point a professor may require you to use articles from scholarly journals rather than from general magazines or newspapers.

Characteristics that distinguish scholarly journals from popular or news magazines

2. Don’t use the Internet — Use Library Research Databases to find Articles in Scholarly Journals:


  • Give you access to a wider selection of quality articles published on your topic than you could find on the Internet
  • Enable you to limit your search to scholarly articles (which is often required for assignments)
  • Provide a sophisticated search system (to help you formulate your search more precisely than you would be able to do using an Internet search tool such as Google)

3. How To find Articles in Scholarly Journals in Library Research Databases:

  • Access one of the Research Databases in your subject area from the Research Databases by Subject list.
  • Enter your search terms in the search box:Think about how you will combine your search terms in a way the computer will understand. For example, to find articles about violence on television, in most databases, you need to combine your keywords using AND or OR
    violence AND televisionWhen you use AND between two keywords, the articles retrieved must contain both words
    violence AND (television OR media)When you use OR between two keywords, the articles retrieved must contain at least one of the words. When using AND and OR in one search statement, always use parentheses to group synonyms.


  • Limit to “scholarly/peer-reviewed” resources.  
  • Optionally, limit to full-text (though you may miss many articles that might be useful.)
  • Identify articles of interest and print or email them to yourself.
  • If full-text isn’t available for a particular article, go to the Journal Titles - A to Z list to see if we own the journal in print or in another database. Search by the Journal title, not the Article title.

Example: Finding Scholarly Articles in EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier

Some databases offer two main options for limiting your search to scholarly journals:

* You can limit your search on the basic search screen
* You can select a link or tab to scholarly articles after you conduct your basic search (not all the databases allow this option)

This example of a search in Academic Search Premier is typical of searches in databases that offer both options.

Example: A basic search, using the search statement: stem cell and research and ethics, limited to scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals:
In databases that allow the second option, you may want to wait to limit your search to scholarly journals until you retrieve the result list, which will be divided into the different types of resources. The same search as above yields the following results when you do not limit your search in the beginning:

Using Ulrich’s Periodical Directory to Identify Scholarly Journals

What if you have evaluated an article as scholarly, but you want to be absolutely certain before you use it? In that case you can check Ulrich’s Periodical Directory to find out whether the journal is scholarly. Ulrich’s is located in print in the reference area of the library at Z6941 .U5 2001. Ask a librarian to help you use it.

If you have any questions about finding journal articles, please don’t hesitate to ask us!

34. How to find Company Information in Westlaw Campus Research / Hoover's Company Profiles?

Although we know Westlaw Campus primarily as a law research database, it also provides access to Hoovers, which is a business research company known for its company profiles and reports.

Screenshot of Westlaw news & business search

  1. Click the News & Business tab.
  2. Click Hoovers Basic Company Reports

Screenshot of Westlaw News & Business Hoover's Company Records Basic Search

Enter the company name or ticker symbol. 

Screenshot of Westlaw Hoover's Company Information search results list

In the search results list, click the number to the left of the company name to open up the company report.

Screenshot of Westlaw Hoovers Company Record

You can use the Print, Email and Download icons in the top right corner of the page. 

The Hoover's Company Record includes:

  • Company information like address, ticker symbol, etc.
  • Company rankings in the Fortune 500, Fortune 100, S&P 500, etc. 
  • Key sales, income, and growth information
  • Number of employees and growth in the number of employees
  • Company description (what it does, what important subsidiaries are there)
  • Competitors
  • Industry
  • Company officers



35. How to Find Primary Sources in the Library and Online?

Comparison of Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary sources are contemporary accounts of an event, written by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question. These original documents (i.e., they are not about another document or account) are often diaries, letters, memoirs, journals, speeches, manuscripts, interviews and other such unpublished works. They may also include published pieces such as newspaper or magazine articles (as long as they are written soon after the fact and not as historical accounts), photographs, audio or video recordings, research reports in the natural or social sciences, or original literary or theatrical works.

Primary:  First-hand account of an event, an original work

  • Autobiographies, letters, e-mails, diaries, speeches, interviews
  • Documents, laws, treaties
  • Raw data that has been collected
  • Works of literature, art, music
  • Newspaper accounts of events, by someone on the scene

Secondary: A summary, interpretation, or analysis of something else

  • Articles, books, biographies which summarize, interpret the original statements, documents
  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks
  • Analyses of statistics
  • Criticism — of literature, art, music
  • Secondary accounts of events by those who compile and synthesize the original accounts


Primary Sources in the Millsaps Library

Library Databases

Britannica’s Original Sources
The site includes original source documents, critical selections and acclaimed works across U.S. and World History, Literature, Social Science, Political Science, Law, Science, Mathematics, Religion, Philosophy, and Language.

Millsaps Library Catalog
AUTHOR search: to find materials someone has written
KEYWORD search: combine a topic, keyword, or person’s name with any of the following — autobiography, personal narratives, letters, correspondence, diaries, or memoirs.

Tip: “sources” is the official subject sub-heading used in the Library Catalog to describe primary sources. e.g. The subject heading “Crusades–Sources” indicates the work contains primary sources on the crusades. You can do a keyword search for crusades and sources to find books that are printed transcriptions of original documents.


J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi Methodism and Millsaps College Archives

The Millsaps Archives contain official documents from the university’s past. Other special collections include primary source materials on Methodist history.


The Library has issues of local and national newspapers in microfilm dating back to the 18th century. See the Newspapers at Millsaps Library for more information about how to search the Library catalog for newspapers.

Government Documents

Government documents are also considered primary sources. A Library Catalog search will show which government documents the library owns. There are also many government documents located online at the following Web sites.

FirstGov(A government resources search engine)
GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (1994 - )
Library of Congress Catalog for Science)

University of Mississippi Library - Guide to State of Mississippi Documents

Primary Sources in Other Libraries

Many primary sources have been republished in books and other formats and may be found in other libraries. In addition, research libraries and institutions have special, rare collections of books, photographs, sound recordings, diaries, letters, advertisements, and many other materials. These are often found in archives and/or special collections sections of academic libraries.

Primary Materials Reprinted in Published Works

AUTHOR: search the author’s name to find materials someone has written
SUBJECT: the term “sources” is used as a subject sub-heading for primary sources
KEYWORD search: the following terms often lead to primary sources — autobiography, personal narratives, letters, correspondence, diaries, or memoirs. Archival materials generally will not be available outside of the owning library. However, most books and other publications identified in WorldCat (and not available in the Millsaps Library) may be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.

Primary Materials in Archival Collections

Limit type to Archival Materials
AUTHOR: search the author’s name to find materials someone has written
KEYWORD search: the following terms often lead to primary sources — autobiography, personal narratives, letters, correspondence, diaries, or memoirs. Most books identified in WorldCat (and not available in the Millsaps Library) may be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.

Primary Sources on the World Wide Web

Research libraries and institutions have special, rare collections of books, photographs, sound recordings, diaries, letters, advertisements, and many other materials. Recently some of these collections have been digitized and are available to the general public. The sites below include some notable examples of primary source materials avaialable online.

Provides over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.

American Civil War Collections (University of Virginia)

American Memory Project
Digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, and other collections, that document American history and culture.

American Memory Project; Performing Arts, Music
Sheet music, recordings, images, correspondence and other items in a number of collections

Bancroft Library
UC Berkeley’s rare books and special collections library. Includes documents from the Free Speech Movement and the Disability Movement.

Cornell Library Digital Collections
Includes the Making of America, math, agriculture.

Digital Scriptorium Projects
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Duke University. Includes advertising, music, women, Renaissance, elections.

Electronic Text Center.
University of Virginia. Literature, economics, history, archeology, bibliography, religion, history of medicine, teaching, classics.

Library of Congress American Memory Collection
Includes more than 7 million items from the Library of Congress.

Making of America Project (University of Michigan)
A project developed by Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Provides digitized access to primary information sources describing American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Currently includes 8500 books and 50,000 journal articles. Also available via Cornell University.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The official depository for U.S. government materials. Select “Online Exhibit Hall” for interesting collections.

New York Public Library Digital Collection
Collections include performing arts, the Hudson River, the American West, African Americans

Profiles in Science. National Library of Medicine
Archival collections of prominent twentieth-century biomedical scientists.

Sunsite Digital Text Collections¼br /> A lengthy list compiled by the UC Berkeley Digital Library.

Tobacco Control Archives A collection housed at the University of California, San Francisco. Provides access to papers, unpublished documents, and electronic resources related to the tobacco industry and tobacco litigation.

Google To locate subject or topical databases: Combine any subject or topic with the word “database”

To locate a specific category of digital collections: Combine any subject or topic with the phrase “digital collections”

This guide prepared using:

CSU Stanislaus Library

Yale University Library

Duke University Libraries

36. How Will I Know When My Item Arrives?

You will be notified by e-mail when your request arrives. All books and articles will be held for you at the Library's Main Desk where you may pick them up. Any charges must be paid before you receive the material.

37. Is eating, drinking or use of tobacco allowed in the library?

You may drink non-alcoholic beverages from approved containers in the library. Approved containers must have a secure lid. Eating and tobacco in any form are forbidden in the library.

This is not to intended to inconvenience our users; it is to protect the materials and equipment in the library. Eating encourages insects (most notably roaches and silverfish) to infest the collection. Smoke is also very harmful to books and computers. If you bring food into the library, it will be confiscated. If you smoke in the library, or are using chewing tobacco, you will be asked to leave.

38. Is there a phone in the library that I can use?

There is a public phone available for use on the lower level of the library in a phone booth. Go down the stairs as if to leave the library, turn left past the front doors, go down another flight of stairs and turn left through the doorway. There will be a phone booth directly in front of you. There is no charge to use this phone which can be used only for on-campus and local calls. Please keep your calls brief.

39. Scanners

The library has three scanners available.

There is a flatbed scanner in the Library Computer Instruction room in the basement of the library that is available anytime the library is open.

There is a document scanner that can feed up to 50 sheets of paper available upon request. Ask at the library circulation desk.

There is a high quality photo scanner in the Digital Media Lab

40. Student Equipment Checkout Policy for Digital Cameras, Tripods, Microphones, Audio

Students may check out video cameras and camera accessories for class assignments, but may not check out TVs, DVDs, VCRs, CD Players, Laptops or projectors unless their faculty advisor or instructor makes the reservation and takes responsibility for the equipment.

Student Equipment Checkout Policy
  • Must have current ID card present to check out equipment.
  • Library record must be in good standing to check out equipment. (No blocks on record, fines etc.)
  • Borrowing is on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • A student may not check out two or more cameras at one time
  • All digital equipment may be borrowed for 3 days.
  • No renewals allowed. When an item is returned, please wait 24 hours before checking equipment out again.
  • Overdue fines are $1 an hour, with a maximum fine of $25. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy only.
  • While equipment is in your possession, you are responsible for it at all times. You may not loan it to anyone else. DO NOT LEAVE EQUIPMENT UNATTENDED. If an item is not returned, you will be charged for the replacement.
  • All equipment must be present to check in item. If any equipment is missing, the item will stay on your record until every piece is returned. PLEASE NOTE: Fines are not waived for overdue equipment caused by missing items.
  • If items fall into MISSING STATUS:
    • You will be charged the replacement cost of the equipment and will not be able to register for classes
    • You will be banned from future equipment checkouts
  • If any equipment is damaged while in your possession, you will be responsible for the cost of the repairs, not to exceed the replacement cost of that item.
  • Replacement costs vary according to type and model of hardware, and we reserve the right to purchase an equal or similar model in case of discontinuation.
  • Equipment cannot be used in violation of the law or of Millsaps College policies.

41. SWOT Analysis. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. Where can I find these for a company?

Business Source Premier (Special Business Interface)
Click Business Searching Interface, Choose SWOT, then Browse for your company in the list or search box. Not every company is covered and they are only updated 1 time yearly.

The SWOT Analysis is created by Datamonitor, a company that is a trusted name in business information.

42. What about copyright?

Books and articles obtained through interlibrary loan are for your research use only and are subject to the same copyright restrictions as materials owned by Millsaps College Library. If you have questions about copyright contact the Library.

43. What if I Return Interlibrary Loan Books Late?

Books have a due date set by the lending library and must be returned to the Main Desk by that date. Overdue fines are $1.00 per day, per book, and, if unpaid, can result in suspension of ILL and other library borrowing privileges as well as Business Office charges. Lost or damaged ILL books will be assessed by the lending library and appropriate amounts charged.

It is important that items borrowed through interlibrary loan be returned on time. These items were lent to us as a favor by the lending library, and if we do not respect their due dates they may refuse to lend to us in the future. This results in a loss to the entire Millsaps community.

44. What is Interlibrary Loan? Document Delivery?

When you need material that is not in the Millsaps-Wilson Library we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan from another library. The Library has agreements with many other libraries which will lend books and provide copies of articles.

Books and copies of articles can usually be obtained quickly. Newspapers, entire issues or volumes of journals, rare books, videos and microforms are sometimes difficult to obtain. Dissertations and theses are frequently owned only by the institution at which they were written and can also be difficult to obtain. We will make every attempt to get the material you need.

Interlibrary loan service is available only to Millsaps Collage faculty, students, staff, and other registered borrowers. If you are not a registered Millsaps College borrower you may use ILL services at a library where you have privileges.

Questions or comments about ILL? email or call 974-1090.

45. What is the best way to search for articles?

Start at  Scroll down and look for the Subject Guides.  Choose your subject area.  In each subject guide is a list of the best databases for the subject.  Choose a research database from the list of databases and start searching.  

Searching library databases requires some special skills.  Try these tips for the best results. 







Write a research statement or question that describes your topic.



Women should have to register for the selective service in the United States.

Do violent video games have a negative psychological effect on children?



Circle the key concepts in your research statement



Women should have to register for the selective service in the United States.



Write your key concepts and combine them with AND



Women AND selective service AND United States



Write down synonyms for your key concepts.  Use a thesaurus if needed.



Women=  female

Selective service= draft

United States= America



Take each set of synonyms from strategy 3, combine them with OR and put parenthesis around them.



(Women or woman or female)

(Selective service or draft)

(United States or America)



Truncate words as appropriate, being careful not to over or under truncate.



 (draft* will retrieve draft, drafted, drafting)



Put it all together and decide what you will type in the computer. 



(Women or woman or female) and (Selective service or draft*) and (United States or America)



Play with your search, change it, and try different things.  There is no perfect search.  Ask a librarian if you need help.

46. What is the cost if my book is overdue or lost?

A book begins to accumulate fines of ten cents per day on the eighth day that it is overdue. A book is automatically declared lost by the library system when it has been overdue for 3 weeks. Once the system decides that a book is lost, the cost of the book and the total amount of fines is charged to your account. When the book is returned, the cost of the book is automatically deducted from your account. The fines that accumulated will remain on your account. If you are sure that you have indeed lost a book, it is best to let the library know as soon as possible. Then the book can be declared lost manually so that fines will not accumulate. The cost of the book will be charged to your account once this is done.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

47. What should I do if the book that I am looking for is not on the shelf?

If you are unable to locate a book that you are looking for, please bring the title and the call number to the circulation desk. From that information we will do our best to try to locate the book. If it is checked out, you will have the option of placing a request-hold on that title. If we are unable to locate it quickly for you we may ask that you leave your name, e-mail address and phone number so that we can contact you when we do locate it.

48. When is the Library open?

See, the hours calendar for a list of our hours.

49. Where are the restrooms?

The restrooms in the library are located in the East side of the building on the lower level and the upper level.

To reach the restrooms on the lower level: go the the very bottom of the main staircase. The women's room will be straight ahead. The men's room will be to the left and down the corridor past the phone booth.

To reach the restrooms on the upper level: go to the top of the main stairs, the men's room is on the left and the women's room is on the right.

50. Where can I get help with a paper?

Writing Center 


If you need help, The Writing Center is a place to talk over your paper or project with an interested, experienced peer writing tutor.

51. Where can reserves be checked out?

Reserve materials are checked out at the Circulation Desk.

52. Where do I Return Interlibrary Loan books?

Return books to the Library's Main Desk. Make sure the book cover band is on the book so we will know it is for ILL. Please do not leave ILL books in the book drop.

Copies of articles are yours to keep and do not have to be returned.

53. Where in the library can I find ethnographies?

There is no one place in the library to find ethnographies. There are many books in the library that are ethnographies, and other ethnographic studies will be found in journal articles.

To find books that are or include ethnographies, search the online catalog. One term to search is "Ethnology" as the subject heading. Most of the subheadings are divided by a particular region or country. Another subject heading to try is "Indigenous peoples." For this subject heading, as well, the most useful books would likely be those found under a particular geographic sub-heading.

Unfortunately, the catalog record for many ethnographies do not use either of those terms, so if you know that name of the individual ethnic group and people, search by that name instead. Keep in mind, however, that the name you think of may not be the name used in the Subject Heading. For example, for Ibo the Subject Heading is Igbo (African people). Fortunately, there are many see references, if you guess the wrong term.

In the stacks, many ethnographies are found in the GNs, where much of the anthropology collection is found, but others will be found in D (world history) or E and F (History of the Americas).

A periodical database to try is JStor.  You are better off typing in the name of the ethnic group or people in most of the databases, since ethnology and ethnography are most often used in articles that discuss the terms theoretically.

If you need help identifying ethnic groups and peoples or getting some background information about them, you can explore the reference collection Encyclopedia of cultural anthropology - Located in the GN300's. There are other reference sources near these that may also be useful.

54. Where is the Library located?

The Millsaps-Wilson Library is located on the east end of the campus, between the Academic Complex building and the sorority houses. It is directly across from the Olin Science building. See the Campus Map for more information.

Driving Directions to Millsaps College

From I-55:
Take Woodrow Wilson Exit #98A to second light. Turn left on North State Street. Go up the hill and past the first light to circular drive; turn right to enter campus. Park in the circular driveway. The Library is on the left side of the circular driveway when facing the clock tower.

55. Where is the photocopier?

The Library has one copier located in the periodicals room on the main floor.  Copies are $.10 each.

The copier takes dollar bills, quarters, dimes and nickels.  It will make enlargements or reductions. Regular copies cost .10. The copier will not make transparencies, nor does it copy front and back. The machines accept change and $1, $5 and $10 bills.

There are also microfilm and microfiche copiers with the microform collection. Copies are .10 and the machines accept dimes only.

56. Who may use Interlibrary Loan?

Current faculty, students, faculty emeriti, administrators and staff of Millsaps College are eligible to use this service for free. Other Millsaps Library card holders may be charged.

57. Who may use the Millsaps library?

The Millsaps-Wilson Library is maintained by and for constituents of the College. In order to use the resources of the library, one must carry a valid Millsaps I.D. card or a special Library Borrowing Card. Current students, faculty and staff are the primary users, and special provisions are made for Alumni, Methodist ministers of the Mississippi Conference, and emeriti faculty. Courtesy Cards are available to individuals over 18 years of age at a cost of $100 per year. The library also honors InfoPass referrals from other local libraries, and scholars from distant institutions may use the library for limited periods if they bring a letter of referral from their academic librarian on letterhead stationary.

Users of the Methodist and College Archives need only register upon entering: Appointments are recommended due to the mornings-only schedule of the Archives.

The library serves the general public through Interlibrary Lending arrangements with public and academic libraries.

58. Who places materials on reserve?

Millsaps College faculty and staff, primarily course instructors, place materials on reserve each semester. To put an item on reserve, please fill out a placement form at the Circulation Desk.

59. Wireless


The Millsaps- Wilson Library, along with many other buildings and outdoor areas on campus have Wireless access to the Internet.

Wireless Documentation is available for download at the following URL or hard copies may be obtained from the Helpdesk located in the Academic Complex Room 105.

Please contact the or 601-974.1144, 1155, if you need assistance.

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