Logging in from off campus? Use the 14 digit barcode on your student ID to log in and access our databases, ebooks, ejournals, and place requests through TOPCAT from off campus. Click here for help.
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TOPCAT (our library catalog) is best for finding books, reference books, CDs, DVDs, journals, and some of our ebooks and ejournals. You'll also find items held by other SWITCH libraries, which you can request online.
Ebook Central is our main ebook provider. Everything you find here is immediately accessible for your as an Alverno patron. You can access Ebook Central from off campus by logging into your TOPCAT account.
Not an Alverno student? If you have an MPL card you can access EBSCO's eBook collection.
AMERICAN INDIAN EXPERIENCE has a lot of fantastic information, including articles, biographies, timelines, images, videos, maps, speeches, political documents, newspapers, and more. This is a great place to start for primary source documents as well as background essays.
JSTOR contains a wide-range of information related to the humanities. It is a go-to database for many students.
Not an Alverno student? MPL subscribes to many of the same EBSCO databases. If you have an MPL card, check your access through them.
TEACHING BOOKS is an excellent database for finding materials to bring into the classroom. You can search by genre, age group, keyword, and more. Many books are also accompanied by lesson plans, author interviews, reading guides, and other downloadable material. It has an excellent module on diverse books as well.
Not an Alverno student? If you have an MPL card you can access Teaching Books through them.
We know we can't stop you from using Google, but we can help you use it in a better way. Use the link to GOOGLE SCHOLAR that's on the library homepage. This is synced to our databases, so if we have full text, it should give you a link. What you find in Google Scholar is, by default, of a higher caliper than what you find in regular Google.
This is also a great way to check for full text if you find a citation elsewhere. If Google Scholar doesn't lead you to the full text, contact the library for help getting a free copy of the resource you want.
ARTSTOR is an incredible database for finding free, high quality images. You can include these images in projects that serve an educational purpose without worrying about copyright, but you still have to cite them! All you need to do is create a free login to download the images you want to use.
For help citing images, check the Citing Sources LibGuide.
SMITHSONIAN GLOBAL SOUND is another fantastic resource for finding primary sources and other audio material.
Created from the Newberry Library's collections, this site features an easy to use interface for researching the Indian tribes of Wisconsin and the surrounding states.
We have a reference collection in the library, but you’ll also find many reference books in our general collection.
Here’s a basic list of things that qualify as reference materials:
"Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later."
When discussing and researching cultural groups, terminology needs to be taken into careful consideration. In many of the materials you find, you will see the terms American Indian, First Nations Peoples, Native American, Native Peoples, and Indigenous Peoples. These tend to be among the preferred terms by today's standards, though there is still an impassioned debate within the community. In some materials, especially older items, you will also see terminology that is no longer used or is now considered inappropriate or offensive. Please be aware of this and take this into consideration when you start your own writing. If you are unsure of what terminology to use, ask your instructor for guidance.