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Advanced Research Strategies Workshop (HC): Introduction

Summer 2020

Library Stacks

           History majors in the Lutnick book stacks (Source: Anhara Disko)

Accessing Resources

1) Accessing the Libraries' Digital Resources when Off Campus
If you start at this course research guide or the Tripod library catalog for Haverford or for Bryn Mawr, you will be prompted to sign in and authenticate through the Off-campus Access page (Option A below) when you click on an online resource link .
Haverford users, If you plan to work in-depth on a research paper when you are off campus, use VPN software (Option B).  Once you authenticate, you can then connect to resources (with Haverford subscriptions) on the open Web as well as use URLS you have already saved or those sent by faculty and librarians.  

   A) Off-campus Access through Tripod
                               Bryn Mawr
Use your email user name (no or and password to log on.  You will need to navigate through Tripod, rather than typing URLs in the search box for your entire session.  The proxy prefix has to remain in your URL in order to access digital materials to which BMC or Haverford subscribe.

   B) Download VPN software from Campus IT Services
When you log into VPN with your email user name (do not add @ and password, all the subscriptions in Tripod will work even when you go through the Web rather than Tripod.  It is simpler to do in-depth research with VPN rather than the library proxy. 
2.  Requesting Resources from Tricollege Libraries

For BMC and HC people studying on campus, log into Tripod (upper right corner) to use the "Request"  button to have titles delivered within the Trico.  They will usually usually arrive in one or two days. 

For Bryn Mawr people studying remotely, request scans of book chapters, journal articles, or books through Iliad

For Haverford people studying remotely, use these request links: Articles or Book Chapters  and   Books or DVDsThese links can also be found on the Support during Covid-19 page.

3.  Requesting Resources that are not Available in Tripod

Bryn Mawr on-campus users can request scans of book chapters, journal articles, or books through Iliad.  They can get books through EZ Borrow using the Borrowing beyond TriCo page   

Bryn Mawr remote users can request scans of book chapters, journal articles, or books through Iliad. They can request other online materials using the links on this page

Haverford users can request needed materials.  There are no charges for requests nor are there limits on the number of items you can submit.  You can use the forms below to enter your requests.  Articles and other digital material will be sent to your email address.  If you are on campus, you will be notified when print copies and other material are ready for you to come and check out.  If you are studying remotely, the libraries will supply digital copies and print material by mail.

Haverford on-campus users can request materials using the Borrow beyond Trico page  Note that EZ Borrow is now available on that page for requesting books from regional libraries including Penn and NYU.  They will often arrive in 3 to 4 days.      

HC remote users can request materials using these links below:

          Articles or Book Chapters

          Books or DVDs

You will also find these request links on the Support during COVID-19 page

All BMC and HC users can request articles and books using the  button in database records


Subject Guide

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Margaret Schaus

Research Support


Subject specialist librarians work with students, faculty, staff and alumni in every area of interest.  They provide intensive, one-on-one support of students throughout their college careers, culminating in their senior thesis projects.    

See this listing for librarians by subject area. Please email the librarian who best matches your topic area.  In the message please include a sentence or two about your research question and problems you may have encountered.

In meeting with a librarian, you can get help developing a research question and beginning a search.  Folks who are further along in the process can get advice on research tools, answers to specific questions, and new sources. The librarian drafts research notes ahead of time, adds to them during the meeting, and sends the results afterward.  The notes cover search strategies, research tools, and references to important individual scholarly titles.