Tripod is a catalog and discovery tool for the Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore College libraries.
Tripod Books and More catalogs the books, book chapters, journals (but not the articles in them), videos, reports, and online resources that the three schools own or can access.
Tripod Articles indexes millions of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Many of them are available in full-text. It also includes articles not available at Haverford but these can be requested for delivery to your email address.
You can search both parts of Tripod with a single search, or use them independently.
1. Tips for the basic search
Put titles in quotation marks for more precise results
Use wild cards to search variations in spelling
For a single character use the ? symbol: m?n searches man and men
For multiple characters use the * symbol: immigra* searches immigrant/s, immigration
Use the Journal Title option when looking for a magazine, newspaper, or journal
2. Tips for the advanced search
Combine different search types, like Keyword and Author/Creator, for more focused results
Subject searching: Find a relevant title in a keyword search. Go to the list of subjects and choose one to search. Each part of the subject phrase is independently linked. Click on the last word to get the full subject.
3. Working with results
Filters on the right side focus results into smaller groups by college, collection, format, and other categories
Results are sorted by relevance, but there are other options. Date Descending is a handy way to see the newest titles.
1) Where can I get some help?
You can contact subject librarians by email or phone at Magill, the music library, and the science library: details
You can also find librarians in their offices.
2) I came across a journal article on the Web, but it costs money. What should I do?
First check the Tripod catalog for the name of the journal. You may be able to access the full text of the article there through a subscription that Haverford College maintains.
3) What kinds of resources does the library have for cultural enrichment?
DVDs and CDs that you can check out are listed in the Tripod catalog. See also the list of digitized music resources.
The comic book and graphic novel collection is in Magill Library on the basement level. There are more graphic novels on the fourth tier: PN 6720- PN 6790. The browsing book collection and popular magazines are on Magill's main floor.