About This Page
This Page is intended to help the students who are off campus or online students to access library resouces. the search box is used to search the catalog. THe Chat Box will let you contact someone at the reference desk of the Paul Meek Library if you need any assistance.
PML doesn't have a copy? Article isn't available in full text? UTM students and faculty can ask the Interlibrary Loan department to find it for you. Remember to leave enough lead time!
Search @ the Library
Search the catalog for items on the library shelves
Access from Off Campus
The Paul Meek Library subscribes to a variety of licensed information databases and electronic journals for educational use. These resources are available on all campus computers but due to our licensing agreements, cannot be accessed publicly on the Internet. Our "proxy server" provides access to these proprietary databases by verifying that the user is a current UTM student, staff, or faculty member.
To use the proxy server, you must be a current University of Tennessee student, staff, or faculty member, including concurrent enrollment students and emeritus faculty. Access is based on the University's Personnel and Registration records.
Follow the proxy server link (below) to learn how to connect to our licensed information databases from any location (home, work, public library) if you have a web browser and an Internet connection. Restricted sources/services requiring proxy server access include: Indexes & Abstracts, Online Newspapers, Electronic Journals.
The Selmer/McNairy County Center can access all licensed databases and services through an 'ip' method that does not require use of the proxy server or individual logins.
Browser configuration is no longer required! If you are off campus, you will be prompted automatically for your UTM lab login and password.
The login could be the first 3 letters of your first name; your middle initial and the first four letters of your last name.
Your password could be the last four digits of your SSN, plus the first 3 letters of your birth month with the first letter capitalized, and 2 digit year of birth.
Example: Joan Q. Public ss#123-45-6789
Born - June 10, 1981
Login - joaqpubl
Password - 6789Jun81
If you have problems contact the UTM help desk at (731) 881-7900. Check out the Troubleshooting Guide.
What are they talking about?
Libraries pay for and provide resources that are not "on the Internet." Sometimes terms are used interchangably, but there are important differences
Article An article is a single piece of writing, shorter than a monograph (book), published in a periodical
Database An electronic collection of publications that allowers users to browse individual titles or to search many all at once. Subject databases are often very expensive and not avialable beyond campus, but they are the best way to see what has been done in a field. A database may be an index or full-text, and might have some of both
Index An index lists publications, and may provide an abstract of an article but does not provide full text. Use an index to identify material you later request through ILLiad
Journal Publication for specialists in a particular field, often produced by a scholarly society or academic school; almost always peer reviewed
Magazine Commercial publication for interested non-specialists; rarely peer reviewed, but often a good measure of what matters concern a discipline
Newsletter Special interest publication of notices and brief summaries of current information, often directed at members of an organization
Peer review A process by which writing is judged to be good enough for publication by other people who know the field; it typically represents a higher standard of ability, accuracy, and professionalism (and therefore reliability and quality) than non-peer-reviewed work
Periodical The catch-all term for publications issued on a regular basis, including journals, magazines, newspapers, and newsletters, whether in print or in electronic form