Contact

Alumnae Library
Michael Smith
Interim Reference Librarian

413-265-2297
smithm@elms.edu

Research

Locate subject research guides and forms for requesting help, making research appointments, evaluating web resources, and citing sources.

Course Guides

Course Guides provide information, tutorials, and links to resources for specific courses.

Common Read

The Common Read program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience around a theme of Catholic Social Teaching to encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. This year’s theme is Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. Check out these resources.

Electronic Databases: Find Articles

The Electronic Databases that the library subscribes to are listed alphabetically below. Off-campus access to the databases is limited to students, faculty, staff, and administration who have a library card. In addition, there are categories that list databases specific to different subjects.

Electronic Databases: by Subject

Click on one of the following links to find resources specific to your subject.  Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Current Events, Education, English Literature, Federal Documents, General, History, Library Science, Music, Nursing, ParalegalPsychology, Religious Studies, and Social Work/Sociology.

Evaluate Websites

To help users evaluate Internet Resources, the library has provided some useful information on the following pages, including why users need to evaluate websites as well as a form, which allows users to score a website.

Find Government Information

The Alumnae Library's Federal Depository (#0261) Collection includes both print and online resources.  These resources are available for academic and public use.

Institutional Review Board

These pages are designed to help anyone who is planning on doing research with Human Subjects. 

Learn about Plagiarism

Here you will find the definition of plagiarism, practice tests to help you recognize and avoid plagiarism designed by Indiana University, PDF and PowerPoint explanations of plagiarism, and a humorous video created by Rutgers University on this subject.

Online Catalog: Find Materials at the Elms

Start here to locate materials that are available at the Elms.  This includes books, CD's, DVDs, and Periodicals/Journals.

Search other catalogs for books

Check here to locate materials that are available at other libraries.

Mass eBook Project

This is a six-month pilot project designed to explore eBooks and other materials.

Use Citation Tools to create a Bibliography

Here you will find several examples of both APA and MLA citations from Purdue University, and two citation generators:  NoodleBib and KnightCite (from Calvin College).