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Icon Key: Getting Started

What do those little pictures next to certain links mean?

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

Open Access

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

What is open access?

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

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Lion icon: indicates the link goes to another one of our research guides on
Book Book icon: indicates that this resource is only available at Lone Star in print format.

Truck icon

Truck icon: indicates that a resource is only available in a physical format and would need to be delivered to campus for you. In the library catalog, click the "place hold" button to request a copy.

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Apps icon: indicates that this resource also has a custom app available for mobile access.


Selected databases are funded, in part, through TexShare, a division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, utilizing grant funds provided by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.
HCPL letters arranged 2 by 2 This is an item from the Harris County Public Library. Thanks to an agreement between HCPL and LSC, your LSC library barcode will allow you access to HCPL digital collections in addition to the college collections!
Simple black film camera icon Camera icon: indicates streaming video rather than another text-based resource.
PDF Acrobat logo on a red page PDF icon: Lets you know the link will open a pdf file.
DVD/disc DVD icon: indicates the item is a movie but not available streaming (through library resources, anyway).