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Welcome to TU

Welcome to McFarlin Library

McFarlin Library Tower

McFarlin Library is located in the heart of the University of Tulsa campus, a premier private university. McFarlin provides access to more than 500 databases, 54,000 electronic periodicals, and over 990,000 book titles.


The Department of Instruction and Research at McFarlin Library is comprised of Lisa Grimes, Kathryn Thomas, Charles Brooks, and Tiffany Benson. We are here to help you with the research process and how to navigate academic databases and other resources. If you need to contact the library, please use this email for prompt service.


Citing Sources

  • ZoteroBib
    • ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.

Visiting McFarlin

Research Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm


Procedures for Doing Research at McFarlin

  1. Email Kathryn Thomas at least 24 hours before your visit letting her know what day and time you plan to come.
  2. Sign in and sign out at the front desk when you arrive and leave McFarlin.

Using Summon

You can use Summon to search for books, databases, entertainment, and more.

Just enter words into the search box that best describe what you are looking for.

Click the picture below to watch a video on how to use Summon - our new online catalog. *Summon will be retired in June. Be on the lookout for our brand new search engine -- Coming Soon!

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a version of the Google search engine that searches the web for scholarly publications (primarily articles and books). 

Important note: Articles found through Google Scholar are not guaranteed to be peer-reviewed. Additionally, Google Scholar cannot access proprietary databases such as those in EBSCOhost.

Google provides links to the articles it finds, usually on the publisher's website.  You will be able to access the full text of the article if:

  1. the article is freely available (i.e. in the public domain or open access)
  2. McFarlin Library subscribes to the journal online and you are on the TU campus while using Google Scholar

You may not be able to access the full text through Scholar if:

  1. McFarlin Library does not subscribe to the journal online and it is not freely available
  2. McFarlin subscribes to the journal online and you are off-campus
  3. McFarlin has access to the journal online through a proprietary database (such as EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Gale, etc.)



When you find a source in Google Scholar, you must check to see if the journal article is scholarly, or peer reviewed. To do this you will find the name of the journal in the citation. It is generally found after the names of the authors of the article, as seen below.


Once you have the name of the journal, you can search for that journal in Summon to confirm the journal is scholarly, as seen below.


NOTE: Summon will be replaced with WMS this summer. Please refer back to this page for new instructions on how to use WMS with Google Scholar.