Library Tutorials

Off Campus Access Your Library Account Searching for Items InterLibrary Loan Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project

CMU Libraries has created video tutorials to help you learn more about our services and resources.  More tutorials are in the works, and we would love to hear your suggestions.  If you have a tutorial suggestion, please send us feedback.

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Off Campus Access

We use EZproxy for off-campus access to most resources. A few resources still require a VPN connection.  Get more information from this tutorial.

Learn how to set up a VPN connection so you can access library resources from home or over wifi.


Your Library Account

Use your library account to get more from your library.  Find out how with these videos.

How do I access my library account? How do I renew a book online?
Are you new to CMU? Do you need help getting started with your library account? This tutorial will help get you started. Did you know you can renew items online?  Find out how in this tutorial.


Searching for Items

Do you need to find a book, a call number, or something on reserve?  These tutorials show you how.


How do I find a book? How do I read a call number?
Learn how to get the information you need to find a book on the shelf. Learn how to read call numbers to correctly identify your book.


How do I find course reserves? How do I find a book in Qatar?
Do you need to find something your instructor put on reserve? This tutorial demonstrates how to search for the materials you need. Learn how to limit searches to find only items with a copy in Qatar.


InterLibrary Loan

Do you need something CMU doesn’t have?  These tutorials explain the various ways of getting non-CMU materials.  If you’re new to ILLiad, don’t forget to register.

A tutorial explaining registration is coming soon. If you’re searching in a database or using Articles & More, you can also request items using the Get It button, which has a link to ILLiad that will fill in the ILLiad form for you. 

How do I use ILLiad? How do I use E-ZBorrow?
Learn how to request items using the ILLiad form. Learn how to request items using the E-Z Borrow form.

Users can request BOOKS ONLY from participating libraries


Using the Get It button to request items Registering for ILLiad
Learn how to use the Get It button to request items CMU doesn’t have. Register for ILLiad and let us help you get the materials you need.


Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project

The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project is a project of the University Archives & Digital Initiatives department.  Browse and search over a hundred years of Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh.  Use the tutorials below to get started.

PJNP Introduction PJNP Browse
Get started with an overview of the collection and its web page. Learn more about browsing the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspapers Project.


PJNP Basic Search
Learn how to build a basic search to find the information you want in the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.