Welcome, college students
We know that academic life in a rural place has its challenges, especially when it comes to library research. We are happy to help you discover your options for research and interlibrary loan at Brooks Memorial and at your own institution.
Brooks Memorial and Your Academic Library: Working Together
Often, your college will have online resources that are better tailored to your academic research needs, and many Vermont and distance-learning institutions offer interlibrary loan service directly to the students' homes. Your college may also have more direct access to materials from other academic institutions and from out-of-state libraries. Here are links to pages that will help you get acquainted with your academic library in the Brattleboro area:
However, Brooks Memorial can be a useful adjunct to your academic library. Some things we can offer:
- Materials on our shelves or in our online databases (see below for database links)
- Help developing search strategies as you begin a paper or other project
- Help discovering what is available to you through your academic institution, online and through connections with distance-learning librarians
- An additional source for interlibrary loan materials
Please call (802) 254-5290 x109, email, or stop by the Reference Desk; we would love to chat with you.
Some Useful Databases
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Ofen a good place to start for an overview of your topic.
- Encyclopedia Britannica
Since 1768! Like the Gale Virtual Reference Library, the Britannica can be a great starting place for research.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
An online collection of full-text reference books in many subject areas. Search all the books at once, or focus on a specific title. Often an excellent starting place for research questions.
- Oxford Reference
The Library's collection of reference books from the Oxford University Press. Emphasizes the arts and humanities, including painting, sculpture, theatre, music, dance, language, and history. Search many books at once, or search them individually. NOTE: look for cover images in your search results. Those are our reference books. The "Overview Pages" sometimes link back to sources beyond our collection. If you see a dollar sign or a lock symbol on an Overview Page, it means the source is NOT accessible.
Journals and Magazines
Academic Onefile is a useful general-purpose academic database. The majority of articles are in full-text, i.e., you can read them, print them, or download them directly. Academic Onefile also lets you limit your search to peer-reviewed materials. But remember: your academic library might have databases that are more specific to your topic.
- Academic OneFile
Thousands of journal articles from scholarly and popular sources. Includes options to limit your search to peer-reviewed publications. Many articles are available in full text, but if there is no full-text link for an article you need, we may be able to obtain it on interlibrary loan.
- General OneFile
As the name suggests, similar to Academic Onefile but slightly less scholary, with more popular magazines. Many articles are available in full text, but if there is no full-text link for an article you need, we may be able to obtain it on interlibrary loan.
Newspapers and Current Events
- Brattleboro Reformer
Brattleboro's daily newspaper, 2003-current. We apologize for occasional gaps in coverage because of problems with the online feed; if you don't find the article you need, please inquire at reference; we'll be happy to help you obtain a copy.
- New York Times
All the newspaper content from New York Times staff, 1980-current, and the Book Review and Magazine, 1997-current. "This is considered the official U.S. newspaper because it publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches and presidential press conferences." Does not include newswire articles, some syndicated material, and some website-specific material, such as blog posts. Earlier New York Times articles (1851-1979) are indexed at the New York Times website. Please inquire at the Reference Desk for help using that index and for obtaining the full text of older articles.
Full-text newspapers from the U.S. and around the world
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Overviews of hot topics, including opinion pieces, factual articles, statistics, and primary sources. Great for school research and for background on the day's news.
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