The search for knowledge begins here.
The library building is closed until further notice, but we can provide resources and services remotely. Check here for updates, because services will change as circumstances dictate. Details are below.
Librarians are available to help with your research questions by email or Google Chat.
All electronic resources are always available from any location. These resources include more than 200,000 ebooks, 50,000 full text electronic journals and magazines, streaming music and video, and more. Use the links to these resources from the library's webpage, because the necessary authentication procedure is initiated by clicking those links. You'll be asked to log in using your Simon's Rock username and password.
If you're on campus and need books from the collection for coursework, look them up in the library’s catalog and then submit a request. We’ll retrieve them and let you know when they’re ready for you to pick up on the bench outside Classroom 1 (near the bell tower). You can return items to the drop box located outside the library in the bell tower courtyard.
Handling physical items: when retrieving items from the stacks for you, we will use nitrile gloves or other protective measures in order to minimize contact. When items are returned, we will quarantine them for a minimum of 5 days before handling them or circulating them again.
Search by periodical title or browse by discipline to find a specific magazine, newspaper, or journal.
Even in the age of easy to use search engines and convenient access to online information, it pays to know how to conduct research in a methodical way. Here's some help getting started:
By citing your sources, you're showing your reader where you got your information. It is important to distinguish the sources of information that you use from your own ideas, interpretations, and conclusions. Failure to cite your sources is plagiarism.
Writing well is a skill that you develop over time. Here are some resources to help:
Turn your browser into a research tool:
For a quick and reliable tool that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software, try ZoteroBib.
For a more robust solution perfect for extensive research (such as a thesis), you want Zotero, which will help you collect citations directly from your browser as you search, organize your research, cite sources using an extension for MS Word, and generate a bibliography with one click.
Install this free plugin for Chrome and search library resources directly from a button in your browser’s navigation bar.
Install this free extension for Chrome (Firefox coming soon) that automatically shows you whether the library has a book when you search sites like Amazon - that way you never buy a book the library owns!