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What do those little pictures next to certain links mean?

Closed Access

Closed Access icon: indicates resources which are not freely available. You will have to log in with your LSCS credentials in order to access this content, or come to a campus to use a computer lab.

Open Access

Open Access icon: indicates scholarly resources which are freely available online. You will not have to log in using LSCS credentials in order to gain access.

What is open access?


Tablet icon: indicates that the resource is an ebook (and therefore readable online) or is a resource that contains ebooks, like the EBSCO Ebook Collection.

Star icon

Star icon: indicates the link goes to another one of our research guides on

Icon: open book with orange cover

Book icon: indicates that this resource is only available at Lone Star in print format. In the library catalog, click the "place hold" button to request a copy to be delivered to campus for you.

There's an app for this! Multi-colored squares

Apps icon: indicates that this resource also has a custom app available for mobile access.
Possible, but not straightforward. EBSCO has instructions online: you will need to install the Bluefire Reader app to your device and Adobe Digital Editions to your computer.


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