While the Walden University Library aims to provide as much content as possible, we can't provide access to everything. Some items are not available in online formats. It's also difficult for us to develop a collection based on local issues, because our students are all over the world.
Depending on where you live, you may have a number of local libraries—both public and academic—with readily available research materials. Get to know your local libraries. The more access points you have for research, the better your scholarship will be.
If you have a library card to your local public library, you should be able to borrow and/or view the available books and journals. In addition, your local library may:
Many college and university libraries allow outside community members to view their collections (especially if they're publicly funded). Though you probably won't be able to borrow books without arranging special privileges, often you can:
Borrowing privileges vary widely. Check out the websites for the libraries in your area to find their borrowing policies, or contact the libraries directly.
WorldCat is a combined catalog of libraries all over the world. You can search for a variety of items then enter your location to see if local libraries have what you want.
Let's say we are interested in locating the book, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, by John Dewey.
Finding a journal article follows the same basic steps
Before you visit the library, it's best to contact them to confirm that they have what you want and that you would have access to it. Click on the Library's name from the display, and it will show a phone number and/or other contact information.