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We Can Help
The library has many resources and services to help you conduct personal research and integrate research skills into your classes. See the boxes below for information about library services, policies, and materials.
How Do I?
Enter the title of a journal in the search box. You will find links to databases that contain digital copies of the journal along with the years available. You can also get information about any print copies of the journal available in the library. Scroll down to the Browse E-Resources by Subject menu to browse journals in your discipline.
If you want to use library resources from off campus, you will need to log in. Use your Alverno network (email) username and password.
You can search our databases to find journal articles and other information. Use the menu on this webpage to see a list of specialized databases by subject.
Use the Library Catalog
Get tips on searching the catalog by title, author, or subject.
Library Catalog (TOPCAT)
You can search the library catalog to find books, (some) print journals, and DVDS that are available at Alverno and at the seven other libraries that comprise the SWITCH Consortium
Library Research Guides
The library has online disciplinary guides that contain useful links and search tips. We can make guides tailored to specific classes or research assignments as well.
Citation Manager: NoodleBib
The library subscribes to a program that helps students save and cite sources for research projects. It is also helpful for group projects and annotated bibliographies.
Guide to Citing Sources
This guide gives links and citation tips to help students make citations.
You can search the library's collection of electronic books. You can find books on many topics such as biology, medicine, literature, current events, business, and more.
Library Faculty Resources Page
Find additional library policies and links.
Library Policies and Services
Ask a Question
We welcome any and all of your questions. You can use this link to submit a question via e-mail. Or call the Research Desk to talk directly to a librarian.
Purchase Recommendation Form
You can log in and use this form to request books you would like the library to get.
In-class Library Instruction
Library staff place a high priority on collaborating with faculty to build student confidence and success using library resources. Librarians are available to visit your class and provide hands on instruction that is tailored to student needs and specific research assignments.
Get Copyright Information
Use this guide to get information on fair use and other copyright issues.
Request Books and Articles
If you need a book or article, and it is not available at Alverno or another SWITCH member library
(via TOPCAT), you can request it for free using interlibrary loan.
The Alverno College library strives to offer students and faculty current high quality information. We also work with students in the classroom and one-on-one in the library to develop their skills to become discerning information searchers who can independently use information to problem solve and advance life-long learning. See the links below for information and tips on how to add research skills (information literacy) to your courses.
Project Information Literacy
Project Information Literacy is a series of research studies that examines student research skills, attitudes, and technology use.
Information Literacy Value Rubric
This rubric, created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, can be adapted for use in classes.
The Citation Project
The Citation Project examines the writing process and use of sources by college students.