The Libraries offer many different ways to search for information – the best search tool to use depends on the type of information you need.  What do you want to find?

Articles & More via Summon

A broad, multidisciplinary tool that searches in-depth across the Libraries' print and electronic collections. Use this to find journal articles, newspaper articles, books, and dissertations. Filter search results by type of source (including peer-review), subject area, year, etc. Start searching Summon

Books & More via the Catalog

Traditional author/title/subject and keyword search of print and electronic books, journal titles, videos, etc. in the Libraries' collections. Start searching the Catalog

Article Lookup

Find fulltext access options for a known journal article by filling in citation information, DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or PMID (PubMed ID number). If the article is not available through the Libraries' eJournal collections, search further for the print journal in the catalog, or request the article through Interlibrary Loan. Start finding articles

Borrow from Other Libraries

If you don't find what you need in the Drexel Libraries collections, our interlibrary loan services can provide it through cooperative agreements with other libraries.

  • E-Z Borrow -- search to borrow books from academic libraries in Pennsylvania
  • ILLiad -- request books not available via E-Z Borrow, book chapters, journal articles, etc.


A-to-Z listing of more than 500 databases, including multidisciplinary search tools as well as more specialized discipline-specific tools. Many primarily index journals, newspapers and other periodicals, but others may include books and book chapters, images, chemical structures, business and industry profiles, material properties, clinical guidelines, etc. Start browsing databases


Search for electronic journals by title, or browse alphabetically or by subject area. Start searching and browsing for journals

iDEA E-Repository and Archives

Searchable and browse-able digital archives of Drexel-produced scholarship including theses, dissertations, faculty and student research publications and design projects. Start searching the Drexel Archives

Still not sure where to start?

Consult your Library Liaison or look for a Library Guide related to your project!

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