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Library Quick Start Guide for Students   Tags: faq, help, how_to  

This guide will introduce you to the Claremont Colleges Library and librarians and will help you find research sources on the library web site.
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2014 URL: http://libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/quickstart Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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♦ Contact the librarian with expertise in your research area.

♦ Talk with a librarian during scheduled reference hours.

♦ Discover resources and tools to aid your research in subject research guides.

     

    Did You Know?

    ♦ You can use most library resources (databases, ebooks, online journals, etc.) to do research off campus--in fact, from anywhere in the world that you have internet access. Find out more.

    ♦ The Library has group study rooms, quiet study areas, and individual study carrels you can reserve.

    ♦ There is wireless connectivity for your laptop throughout the Library.

    ♦ The Library has movies and music. DVDs and CDs can be checked out. Headphones can be checked out, and there is a video viewing room in Honnold/Mudd.

    ♦ Honnold/Mudd has mobile white boards. And you can check out markers and erasers.

    ♦ Honnold/Mudd has lockers where you can store your stuff. Keys can be checked out for up to 24 hours.

    ♦ The Library has fun reading. The Braxton Collection offers contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Not available in the Library's collections? Through LINK+ you have access to fun reading from libraries across California.

    ♦ Honnold/Mudd has a presentation practice space you can reserve to practice for your class, meeting, or conference presentation.

     

    Welcome to the Claremont Colleges Library!

    Welcome!
    We hope that your experiences using library resources and services, whether in the library buildings or from the library web site, will be both successful and rewarding.

    Quick Guide to Searching for Information:
    To find most library materials EXCEPT articles, use a library catalog. Blais is the catalog for the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges. Many other catalogs are also available for you to search. Catalogs include books, government documents, maps, videotapes, sound recordings, music scores and many other types of materials. Catalogs also list collections of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and records of organizations, but they do not list individual items in those collections

    To find magazine, journal or newspaper articles, use an article database or index. Many of these databases cover books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference proceedings as well as articles; they can often help you find all the relevant materials for your research in one place.

     

    Your Library Card

    As a current student at one of The Colleges, you already have your library card--it's your college ID. Use it in the library to check out books and other materials.

    When you access some of our online services (Interlibrary Loan, LINK+, etc.), and when you connect to resources from off campus, you'll be asked to enter your name and your 10-digit ID number. The number on your college ID card looks like this:

    123456789 - 3

    When you enter that number to authenticate for library services and resources, be sure to include all 10 digits, with no spaces and no dash -- like this:

    1234567893

     

    Sign Up for a Research Workshop

    The Library offers drop-in workshops on many research-related topics, from Refworks to Library Bootcamp. View the schedule and workshop descriptions or sign up online.

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