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Advanced Research Strategies (HC)

Fall 2022

Library FAQ

1) I came across a journal article on the Web, but it costs money.  Should I get it?

No.  The library can supply the materials you need.  First, check to see if the item is in our catalog.  If not, Google the title to see if it is available on the Web.  If not, request it through Article Delivery.  The Interlibrary Loan Department, led by Rob Haley, is able to get digital copies of many articles without charges for students, faculty, and staff at Haverford.

2) How can I renew books?

You can renew many of the titles you have checked out through your Tripod account.  Use the Sign In link (upper right-hand corner) to log in.  Go to the Loans page to renew individual titles. If there is a problem renewing one, please send a message to  You will always receive an email message reminding you that a title is due soon.  You can reply to that reminder to ask for a renewal. 

3) I am an alum.  What can I access through Haverford?

Alumni have access to thousands of premier academic journals through JSTOR and Project MUSE.   See these links for details about acquiring logins for JSTOR and Project Muse.

4) As an alum, how can I find additional scholarly resources on the web?

Look for curated lists of open access resources in your area of research. 

Example: Google search for resources in the social sciences:  "social science"|"social sciences" "open access"

scholarly|academic resources|tools        Results include: 

Freely Available Resources for Research: Social Sciences  A Selective Guide to Free Online Library Resources,

for Alumni and Members of the Public (UC Berkeley) - See linked pages for the Humanities and the Natural Sciences  

Education: Open Access (Penn)   

Commemorating LGBTQ Protest

Ann Northrup, Close up of a scene from the Pride and Progress mural (Source: flickr)

Finding Scholarly Studies in Books

Use the Tripod catalogs Connect from Bryn Mawr College  This link opens in a new windowConnect from Haverford College  This link opens in a new windowConnect from Swarthmore College  to look for relevant books owned by Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore.

Limit your results to ONLINE in the availability filter in the upper left corner of the screen.

The following subject searches are a sampling of possibilities. To find materials on a topic, try doing a title search in the Tripod Catalog to find some relevant material and then use the subject headings assigned to those titles to find more books.

               "natural history" AND "united states" [Subject]  AND  (women* OR gender*) [Keyword]  Connect from Bryn Mawr College   Icon  Icon

"women in science" [Subject] AND (18th OR 19th)  [Keyword]  Connect from Bryn Mawr College  Icon  Icon  Online only, newest titles first

(education OR seminary OR school*) AND (women* OR girl* OR gender*) AND "united states" AND 19th  [Subject]   Connect from Bryn Mawr College  Icon  Icon