This guide is meant to aid Philosophy students with their primary research needs for their Senior Theses. If a student is considering a topic but does not know where to begin, or how to develop that topic, this guide is designed to help. Once a student has chosen a topic, and is confident that there are enough materials for a thesis, they may continue to use this guide for further guidance.
1) Accessing the Libraries' Digital Resources when Off Campus
If you start at this course research guide or the Tripod library catalog, 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 .
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
Use your email user name (no @haverford.edu) 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 Haverford subscribes.
B) Download VPN software from Campus IT Services
When you log into VPN with your email user name (do not add @ brynmawr or haverford.edu) 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 that are not Available Online in Tripod
Haverford Libraries fulfill student, faculty, and staff requests for materials. There are no charges for requests nor are there limits on the number of items you can submit. You can use these forms below to enter your requests. Articles and other digital material will be sent to your email address. You will be notified when print copies and other material is ready for you to come and check out.
You will also find these request links on:
Borrow beyond Tripod page Use the interlibrary Loan link for requesting Books or DVDs
Database links through the button
3. Accessing Reserves
To see what is on electronic reserves for a particular course, login to Moodle and go to the specific course page.
Let's say you find a book on Tripod and you really think it is relevant to your interests or research project. One way to physically browse books on Haverford's campus is to head to Level 0 and find the book on the shelves. Academic libraries place all books with the same subject matter in the same area, so chances are high that you will find something relevant near the book you are looking for.
But if you want to digitally browse, you can do that too. The Tripod record of the book in question includes a "Virtual Browse" section. This will provide you with a massive list of the books at all three schools and you can browse the shelves digitally.