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Before You Start

Finding Information

There are two basic approaches for discovering information: Exploring and Searching.

Exploring allows you to browse the contents of the UNT Digital Library by choosing from pre-set categories of information (locations, dates, resource types, contributing partners, and collections). Exploring is a great way to get an overview of the Digital Library's extensive range of resources.

Searching allows you to find specific items by entering your own keywords, phrases, dates, and limits. You can conduct a Basic Search or an Advanced Search depending on how you want to enter your search terms. To learn more, see the Search Overview guide.


The Digital Library's main navigation is located at the top of the screen:

  • The title, UNT Digital Library, always links to the home page.
  • The global navigation in the upper right corner of the screen (Home, Search, Explore, About, Help) remains constant as you move through the Digital Library.
  • The secondary navigation in the green bar changes according to your location in the Digital Library and the tasks you are undertaking. Menu items in the green bar are highlighted in black to show your current location/task.

Additional menus and commands are provided throughout the Digital Library to help you accomplish your tasks.

Getting Help

Click "Help" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to find in-depth help guides, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), and explanations of words and symbols used in the Digital Library. If you need more assistance, click the "Feedback" link found on the bottom of each page to submit your questions to our staff.