Library Research Tools

About this session

Students learn more about their topics and about library research methods when they have an assignment that focuses their work. Librarians will collaborate with program faculty to plan one or a series of sessions that teach students critical research skills, including how to use specialized indexes and collections.  In some cases, it’s possible to link bibliographic research with writing, although this kind of work requires more time and a deeper level of collaboration with program faculty. Many librarians integrate Zotero into their teaching. To discuss and/or schedule workshops and research support, consult “Contact a Librarian” to identify your library liaison or contact Sara Huntington:


Below you’ll find an extract of Library Catalog resources:


  • Evergreen Library Catalog
  • SUMMIT: provides access to holdings from participating libraries. Patrons are notified by e-mail when their books have arrived.


  • Integrated with catalog holdings and searchable by subject and title words
  • Can also be searched full text as databases via “E-Books via Databases” where it’s possible to checkout, download, take notes, and print. Each platform (Ebrary, EBL) presents its own problems.
  • Freely accessible:  Google Books, Project Gutenberg.

Journal Articles

  • Start by signing up for an ILLIAD (interlibrary loan) account—in the right-hand column of the library page; this provides easy access to journals that are not subscribed to by Evergreen.
  • The “Articles via Databases” link provides an overview of databases and indexes, with subject guides and places to start.
  • Specialized subject indexes help students learn disciplinary conventions—how psychologists, biologists, sociologist, artists, historians, literary theorists, & etc. organize their respective literatures—and are linked to full-text, where available.
  • The databases have been classified by subject.  There’s also a category, “Places to Start” which links users to Jstor, EbscoHost, and ScienceDirect—three big piles of full text.

Video and visual resources

  • Artstor:  a collection of fine art images, and beyond; allows easy production of PowerPoint presentations; the OIV (offline image viewer) offers fancier side-by-side viewing and also can be supplemented with your own images.
  • Consult “Images via Databases” for visual collections representing many disciplines
  • You can limit your catalog searches to DVD/Video holdings by selecting Video tab in the blue box in the top left-hand side of the Catalog.  Remember to reserve these titles in advance.
  • Look for more streaming options, especially in Psychology, Education, History, Independent film.

Research Assistance:  Librarians are at the Research Desk from 9-7 pm Mon-Thursday; 9-5 Friday; and Sunday afternoons.  You can also work online with a librarian using the Research Assistance Form

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