Logging in from off campus? All Alverno electronic resources are available from off campus. Use the 14 digit barcode on your student ID to access our resources from off campus. Click here for more information.
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:
Remember: We also have a print reference materials. Search TOPCAT or stop into the library to browse the print collection.
"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."
Use these tabs to find new books and ebooks in the library, or start your own search using the search boxes to the right.
Questions? Ask a librarian!
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.
Questions? Ask a librarian.
JSTOR contains a wide-range of information related to the humanities. It is a go-to database for many students.
Google is great for casual research, but Google Scholar is a better resource to find information for your assignments. 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.
Looking for credible information about the history of African Americans, American Indians or Latino Americans? Try these databases:
All of these resources can be accessed from the A to Z list on the the library web page.
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. You can browse by place, performer, cultural group, instrument, genre, and more. You can also create a free personal account to save your favorite tracks!