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How do I get started with my research?

742 views   |   Last updated on Aug 19, 2013    get help research how do I

Assuming you have identified a topic, the next step is to determine what types of sources you need for your research.

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.

Remember to evaluate what you find to make sure the sources are relevant and reliable, and also to properly cite what you use

Also remember you can ask a librarian at any point during your research for more specific and detailed assistance.

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What is Library OneSearch? What does it search?

623 views   |   Last updated on Oct 30, 2013    research online resources

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.

What does it search?
Library OneSearch searches a large portion (but not all) of the Wesleyan libraries' materials and subscriptions.  It searches:

Resource NameDescriptionHow much is included in OneSearch?
Wesleyan's library catalogbooks, recordings, videos, etc. held in the Wesleyan libraries100%
CTW's library catalogbooks, recordings, videos, etc. held in the Connecticut College and Trinity College libraries100%
WesScholartheses and other scholarly output created by Wesleyan authors100%
Library Subject and Research Guideslibrarian-picked resources for doing research in specific subject areas100%
Journals, newspaper articles, conference papers and much more from 140,000+ journals and other periodicalsto find out which are included, check the participating publishers and serials titles lists.92%

See also: What search tool should I use? Library OneSearch? Library Catalog? WorldCat? Other? 
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How can I renew my library materials?

372 views   |   Last updated on Aug 01, 2013    library account how do I

To renew your library books and other materials:
  • Go to the library catalog My Account page.
  • Login with your WesID and last name.
  • Select the items you wish to renew and then click the "Request Renewal" button.
You must renew your books via online catalog before they are overdue.  After they are overdue, they can only be renewed by telephone.

Telephone renewals are accepted at (860) 685-3967 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

There is no limit to the number of times an item may be renewed, provided it is not needed by another library user. 
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How do I use EndNote?

253 views   |   Last updated on Aug 08, 2013    how do I citation

Our guide to creating bibliographies with EndNote (here: describes:
  • why you might want to use EndNote
  • how to download 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

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Read and follow journals on your tablet device - BrowZine for iPad and Android tablets

247 views   |   Last updated on Jan 21, 2014    research online resources

The library offers BrowZine, a tablet application (iOS & Android) that allows you to browse, read and follow key journals in your field, all in a format optimized for your iPad, Android tablet, 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 (iOS only, Android coming)
  • 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 tablet device
To get started:
  1. From your tablet, find BrowZine in your app store and download it for free (NOTE: BrowZine for phones is not yet available.)  
  2. Open BrowZine and select Wesleyan University Library from the drop-down list
  3. You will be prompted to enter your Wesleyan login.  Enter your username and password.  Do not add the at the end of your username.
  4. Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!
Learn more about BrowZine:
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How do I connect my laptop to the Wesleyan network?

208 views   |   Last updated on Aug 05, 2013    how do I

Wireless network access is available throughout the libraries. 

Faculty, Staff, and Students - For details on accessing wireless, see the instructions from Information Technology Services.

Alumni and visitors/guests - You need to obtain a guest login first.  Ask for one at the Reference desk.  Photo ID is required.  Then, connect to the wireless instructions as described in these instructions for Guest Access from Information Technology Services.
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.

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How do I cite my sources?

200 views   |   Last updated on Aug 08, 2013    how do I citation

We have guides for citing your sources in various citations styles here:
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Library fines and fees

198 views   |   Last updated on Aug 22, 2013    library account library policies

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.

For more details about our library fines and fees, read our fine and fee policy.
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How can I get help from a librarian?

197 views   |   Last updated on Aug 30, 2013    get help how do I contact us

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.
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How do I apply for a thesis carrel?

196 views   |   Last updated on Aug 08, 2013    how do I

We offer library carrels for undergraduate honors thesis writers.  Carrels are assigned by lottery each September. How and when to apply for a thesis carrel.
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How to check status of ILL requests, receive ILL items, and return ILL loans

193 views   |   Last updated on Dec 04, 2013    interlibrary loan (ILL)

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,

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.

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What is InterLibrary Loan (ILL)?

182 views   |   Last updated on Dec 04, 2013    requesting interlibrary loan (ILL)

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.

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How can I find an item on the shelf once I know the call number?

179 views   |   Last updated on Aug 22, 2013    how do I

It can be challenging!  We break it down for you here: Finding Materials by Call Number

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How do I write a literature review?

177 views   |   Last updated on Aug 08, 2013    research how do I

This guide ( will assist you in writing a literature review.  The guide:
  • details what a literature review is
  • provides examples of literature reviews
  • describes how to find relevant literature to review
  • provides guidelines for writing a literature review
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How can I access library resources from off-campus?

173 views   |   Last updated on Jul 24, 2013    how do I

When off-campus, be sure to start from THIS page to ensure that you will be recognized as a member of the Wesleyan Community.

Current Wesleyan students, staff, and faculty can access the Library's online materials  from off campus.  You will be prompted for your Wesleyan username and password to gain access.
Alumni and former faculty, students, and staff are not provided access to the Library's online resources from off-campus.

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How do I get a library card?

167 views   |   Last updated on Aug 22, 2013    library policies how do I

 If you are a current Wesleyan student, faculty or staff member, then your Wesleyan ID is your library card.

For everyone else,  see our Get a Library Card page.
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How do I place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request?

154 views   |   Last updated on Dec 04, 2013    requesting interlibrary loan (ILL)

For information on how to find items held by other libraries that you can request through InterLibrary Loan, see Search and Borrow from Other Libraries.

Once you have found a item you wish to borrow, you can usually use the "Request" or Find It button to request it.  Or you can log in to your ILL account and choose "New Request" and fill out the request form.

The more information you provide in your ILL request, the easier it will be for us to locate it. Each request should include:
  • date not needed after (date after which you no longer need the item...we will always get the item as fast as possible regardless of the date!)
  • title of book or journal
  • author of book or article
  • for articles: volume, date and pages
Indicating the source of your citation can also help us speed up the processing of your request, as can theitem’s ISBN/ISSN if you know it.
If you are have difficulty obtaining any of this information, please contact a Reference Librarian.
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What should I do if I discover that an item is missing from the shelf?

151 views   |   Last updated on Jul 24, 2013    how do I

If you have searched the shelf and can't find the item you are looking for, please let us know by using the library catalog to report it missing.  How to report a missing item.
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How do I make an appointment with a librarian?

148 views   |   Last updated on Aug 14, 2013    get help how do I contact us

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.

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How can I get a library item that someone else has checked out (aka "a recall")?

138 views   |   Last updated on Aug 14, 2013    requesting how do I

If someone else has a library item checked out that you wish to use, you can use the library catalog to "recall" the item.  The other patron will have up to 7 days to return the item. 

After it is returned we will hold the item at the library circulation desk for you and you will be notified by email when it is available to pick up.

To place a recall request, follow these steps:
  1. Search for the item in the library catalog
  2. Click on the title of the item to view the record
  3. Click on "Make a Request" in the action bar on the right hand side of the screen
  4. Log in with your WesID.
  5. Choose "Recall an item"
  6. Click the Submit button
You will be notified by email when the item is available to pickup at the library circulation desk.

You can also check the CTW Consortium Catalog to see if the item is available at Trinity or Conn College; if it is, you can make a CTW request for the item (in the record for the item, click the "Place a Request" option and log in with your Wes ID and last name).
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