At the earliest stages, you may want to consult encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, or other reference sources which offer brief introductions to or summaries of a topic. Wikipedia is often a good place to start, but you can also use Credo Reference, a large collection of published academic sources, or select from a list of subject specific online reference sources.
If you want to go straight to finding books, articles, video and sound recordings, images, etc., you can use Library OneSearch, a Google-like search engine that searches most (but not quite all) of Wesleyan's library resources (both online and offline materials). Or select a subject specific index or database which can offer deeper and more specific coverage of a particular topic. The Wesleyan Library Catalog is another good option, especially (but not only) for physical books, videos, etc., in our collection. Whatever search tool you use, make sure you use effective searching techniques to get the best results for your efforts.
LibraryOneSearch is a Google-like search engine that searches the majority of Wesleyan's library resources (both online and offline materials).
The most effective way to use it is to start by searching a few keywords, then narrow down your search results by using the refinements on the left-hand side of the screen. For a video guide demonstrating OneSearch, see Getting the most out of Library OneSearch.
What does it search?
Library OneSearch searches a large portion (but not all) of the Wesleyan libraries' materials and subscriptions. It searches:
How much is included in OneSearch?
Wesleyan's library catalog
books, recordings, videos, etc. held in the Wesleyan libraries
CTW's library catalog
books, recordings, videos, etc. held in the Connecticut College and Trinity College libraries
theses and other scholarly output created by Wesleyan authors
Library Subject and Research Guides
librarian-picked resources for doing research in specific subject areas
Journals, newspaper articles, conference papers and much more from 140,000+ journals and other periodicals
The library offers BrowZine, a mobile application that allows you to browse, read and follow key journals in your field, all in a format optimized for your iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smartphone, or Kindle Fire HD.
With BrowZine you can:
create a personal bookshelf of your favorite scholarly journals
browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles
create your own bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published
save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more
browse and read scholarly journals anywhere in a format optimized for your mobile device
To get started:
From your device, find BrowZine in your app store and download it for free
Open BrowZine and select Wesleyan University Library from the drop-down list
You will be prompted to enter your Wesleyan login. Enter your username and password. Do not add the @wesleyan.edu at the end of your username.
Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!
Plugging in Network jacks are located throughout Olin Library and the on the upper
level of the Science Library. Library users with network ready laptops
can plug them into these data jacks for access to both the Wesleyan
network and the Internet. You'll need:
a network (ethernet) card
an ethernet cable
a Wesleyan login or Wesleyan Guest account
Because of technical constraints, not all the data jacks in the
libraries have been activated. Those that are active are indicated by a
sign either on the wall next to the jack or on the study table or desk
nearest to it.
step-by-step instructions on performing specific tasks in EndNote, such as adding references, importing references, using EndNote with Microsoft Word, outputting your EndNote references in various citations styles, and much more
The Interlibrary Loan Department supports your research by
borrowing materials which are not available in the CTW consortium libraries.
Generally this service is limited to books, theses and dissertations,
photocopies of articles, and microfilms. Most items can be obtained in less than two
weeks. For information on how to place an ILL request, see Search and borrow from other libraries.
There is often confusion between CTW borrowing and ILL borrowing. For a brief description of the difference, see CTW vs. ILL.
We charge overdue fines only on items on reserve and items that have been recalled by another patron.
For everything else we do not charge overdue fines. However, after an item has been overdue for 45 days we consider it "Lost" and will bill the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee to your student account.
You can always check the status of your interlibrary loan request through your ILL account. If you need to cancel your request before it arrives, contact the ILL office, email@example.com.
Physical items will be delivered to the Olin Library, Room 112
for you to pick up. Electronic items will be delivered to your ILL account, as a PDF, where you can download them. In either case,
you will be notified by email when your ILL item is available.
You can pick up your items in the ILL office 9-5 Monday through
Friday. During other times, see a Reference Librarian for assistance.
You should return your ILL materials directly to the ILL office.
Please DO NOT return them via campus mail, the library book drop, or to the Circulation Desk.
Our librarians are happy to discuss library services with you, give you a tour
of our facilities, or help you with your research.
See the sidebar on the right-hand side of this page for how to contact us through online chat, phone, text message, email, or to make an appointment.
Reference services are available at the Olin, Art and Science Library
as well as Scores and Recordings and Special Collections &
Archives. If you'd like to visit the Olin Reference desk in person, check our Reference Desk hours.
Library OneSearch covers most, but not quite all, of Wesleyan library’s online and physical resources, including the library catalog (and also books etc at Trinity and Conn College) and most of the indexes and databases the library subscribes to. It does not search WorldCat. (see also: What is OneSearch?)
The Library Catalog lists the physical and online books, audio and video recordings, journal/magazine/newspaper titles, which the library owns in its collections or subscribes to in print or online. The CTW Catalog is a combined catalog of materials at Trinity and Conn College as well as at Wesleyan.
WorldCat is a list of most books in most libraries in the United States and many libraries elsewhere, so if a book has been published and cataloged by libraries it is most likely listed in WorldCat. This includes many titles not in Wesleyan’s collection and thus not included in Library OneSearch. WorldCat does indicate whether a particular title is held by Wesleyan, Trinity, or Conn College.
So, if you are looking for a specific book (or audio/video recording or other specific known item), WorldCat is a good place to start, since it will indicate whether the book is available at Wesleyan (if so, then look in the Library Catalog to find the book’s call number location in the library and to see whether it is available or checked out), or at Trinity or Conn College (if so, then look in the CTW Catalog and place a request for Trinity or Conn’s copy). If the item is not available in CTW, WorldCat allows you to place an interlibrary loan request for it.
If you are looking for a specific article, use the Journal Locator to see whether Wesleyan has online access or a physical copy of the journal, then find the article in the journal. If the library does not subscribe to the journal, you can place an interlibrary loan request for the article.
If you are looking for information on a topic, Library OneSearch is a good place to start. Enter a few keywords to describe your topic, then you can narrow and specify the results using the facets on the left of the screen (limiting to peer reviewed sources, sources in a particular discipline, etc). Or, you can look through the Indexes & Databases to find an appropriate subject specific index of publications.
Our librarians can assist you at all stages of the research process.
We will work with you to find useful reference works, online
indexes, and other sources, and show you how to use these tools to find
lots of relevant information quickly. By signing up for an appointment, we can concentrate on your particular needs.
To sign up for a personal research session, please complete this form to request an appointment time.