Conant Library: For Faculty and Staff

For Faculty & Staff

Course/Textbook Reserve

Faculty are welcome to put books, articles and/or other materials on 'course reserve' for use by a particular class. To place an item on Reserve please see Rosalba Onofrio or a student worker at the Circulation Desk.

Conant Library also maintains a 'textbook reserve' collection, consisting of at least one copy of any textbook that sells for $50 or more in the College Bookstore. Textbook titles listed by the Bookstore are used as our guide and are rented or purchased each semester. We also welcome the donation/loan of current copies by instructors.

Research Databases | Find By Name (A to Z) & By Subject
Databases By Title (A to Z Index)

Browse or Search for specific databases or journals by Title using the A to Z Index from WorldCat Discovery.

Databases by Title (AtoZ)

Databases By Subject

Academic Search Premier

A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present. [Video Tutorial]

Acadmic OneFile
Articles, most in full-text (html and PDF format) from scholarly journals. Also contains podcasts an?d transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985 to the present. [Video Tutorial]

American Doctoral Dissertations
More than 153,000 theses and dissertations in total, some with links to the full text. For those that do not provide full text we can always try to get you a copy. Aside from the dissertation itself, their bibliographies are often very useful.

CQ Researcher
Information on current topics of widespread interest. Each issue contains analysis, charts, a chronology, statistics, pro-con discussions, and an annotated bibliography. (1991-Current) [5 simultaneous users allowed] [Video Tutorial]

Free article website with full-text articles from scholarly and trade publications in various disciplines, 1998 - present. Search by keyword or browse by category and/or publication titles.

Global Issues in Context
International viewpoints on wide range of issues, topics and current events. Each report includes overview, 'perspective' articles, reference, primary source and statistical information. Also includes podcasts, video and interactive graphs. [Video Tutorial]

Issues and Controversies
Covers more than 250 controversial topics. Includes basic facts, historical and statistical information, pro/con discussions, selected historical source documents, maps and graphics, and sources for additional research.

JSTOR (from the Boston Public Library)
[Available for free with a Boston Public Library (BPL) ecard (available online at]. Once you have your card (just takes a minute or two!) go to the BPL, then click on 'Books & More' and then 'Online Resources'.] Full-text articles from hundreds of scholarly journals covering a wide range of subjects. [Note: full-text for most recent 3 - 5 years are not provided.]

Nexis Uni
Articles (and more) from a wide variety of sources -- newspaper and magazine articles, business data, medical and health information, legal materials, and reference sources. [Video Tutorial]

Opposing Viewpoints
Covers timely issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana.


Nexis Uni
Under 'Legal Research', see 'Tax Law' for federal and state tax cases, Internal Revenue Code and more. [Video Tutorial]


Biography in Context
Excellent reference source with full-text narrative biographies, magazine and newspaper articles, and citations for additional sources.


The Wall Street Journal- New

Bizminer- New

Business Source Elite

Full-text coverage of scholarly business, management and economics journals. Also includes Company Profiles with SWOT analysis.

Business Collection
Articles and reports on the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications (including Predicasts Overview of Markets and Technology (PROMT), complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Cabells Directory: Business Set
Provides information on verified, reputable journals in a variety of business disciplines(Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing) including: journal editor contact information, submission guidelines, call for submission deadlines, acceptance rates, and metrics for easy reference when preparing to publish a manuscript.

Consumer Brand Analytics
Access market size, demographics, social media and sports fan involvement for 200+ consumer brands in 19 product categories.

Nexis Uni
Full-text articles (and more) from a wide variety of sources -- newspaper and magazine articles, business data (more SWOTs), medical and health information, legal materials, and reference sources. [Video Tutorial]

Small Business Resource Center
Covers all major areas of starting, operating and maintaining a business from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes and more. Includes business plans, plus articles, topic overviews, statistical tables and directory records.

Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries.


Career Transitions
Provides guidance and essential activities for job seekers and those investigating new career options, including students, soon to be graduates, and adults new to navigating the modern job market. [Video Tutorial]


Communications and Mass Media
Academic journals and magazines focusing on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered in the database include advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and more.

Criminal Justice

Homeland Security Digital Library
The HSDC is a collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. It contains documents from federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, professional organizations, think tanks, academic institutions, and international governing bodies.

Infotrac Criminal Justice eCollection

Information from more than 700 journals from the field of criminal justice and security.

Nexis Uni
Search for case information and articles. Under 'Legal Research' find federal and state case law, law review articles, and legal news.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
An internal clearinghouse for information on law enforcement and criminal justice. Includes publications, reports, articles, congressional hearings transcripts, statistics and more.

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America
Articles, legislative histories, Congressional Service Reports, U.S. Supreme Court briefs, monographs, and more.


Educator's Reference Complete
Selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database.

Compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC represents the most complete bibliography of educational material.

Research Companion
Helps students do more effective scholarly research and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

Teacher Reference Center
Covers assessment, best practices, continuing education, curriculum development, elementary and higher education, language arts, teacher education, and a great many more related subjects.


The following databases are available for free with a Boston Public Library (BPL) ecard (available online at Once you have your card (just takes a minute or two!) go to the BPL, then click on 'Books & More' and then 'Online Resources'.

Morningstar Investment Center
Comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds.

Vast array of financial measures for over 6,000 stocks, 18,000 mutual funds, 200,000 options, and other securities.


Health Reference Center
Includes medical reference books, full-text for over 500 pamphlets and 165 medical magazines.
Health information from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities.

Health and Wellness Center
Information on diseases, conditions and drugs from trusted reference and periodical sources.

Free World Wide Web access point to MEDLINE, the citation database of the National Library of Medicine. Article citations date from the mid-1960's to the present. Links to many full text articles are provided.


Biography in Context
Biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Includes full-text brief biographies, articles, and website suggestions.

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America
Articles, legislative histories, Congressional Service Reports, U.S. Supreme Court briefs, monographs, and more.

HeritageQuest Online
Collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

U.S. History in Context
Information on people, events and topics in U.S. history. Includes articles from reference works, academic journals and magazines, primary source documents, images, video and audio.

World History in Context

Information on people, events, and topics in world history. Includes articles from reference works, academic journals and magazines, primary source documents, images, video and audio.


Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism eCollection
Coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.


Artemis Literary Source
Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

Literature Resource Center
Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

News/Hot Topics

CQ Researcher
Background information on current topics of widespread interest. Designed as a starting place for research,each issue contains analysis, charts, a chronology, statistics, pro-con discussions, and an annotated bibliography. (1991-Current) [5 simultaneous users allowed]

Congressional Digest Pro & Con
Balanced presentation of important debates before Congress, the Supreme Court, and international bodies. Index of recent topics with links to full text at: Also available through Academic Search Premier

Boston Globe
Complete electronic edition, including full-text content of local, regional, national and international developments. (Paid advertisements are excluded.) (1980-Current)

Issues and Controversies
Covers more than 250 controversial topics. Includes basic facts, historical and statistical information, pro/con discussions, selected historical source documents, maps and graphics, and sources for additional research.

Nexis Uni
Full-text from a wide variety of sources -- newspaper and magazine articles, business data, medical and health information, legal materials, and reference sources. Includes New York Times full-text.

New York Times
Full-text coverage of the New York Times from 1995-present (also included in Academic OneFile).


Infotrac Psychology eCollection
Over 400 journals (about half are full text); subset of Academic OneFile.

Citations to a large amount of content from APA publications and more. To get to search screen, under "New Users" click on "Search" link. To narrow content to specific types of articles choose "Journal Articles" from Document Type menu and choose type of Methodology (such as Empirical Study). You can also check box for Peer Reviewed articles only


Biography in Context
Biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Includes full-text brief biographies, articles, and website suggestions.

Britannica Library
Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals.

Cabells Directory: Business Set
Provides information on verified, reputable journals in a variety of business disciplines(Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing) including: journal editor contact information, submission guidelines, call for submission deadlines, acceptance rates, and metrics for easy reference when preparing to publish a manuscript.


Infotrac Environmental Issues & Policy eCollection
Over 200 journals (many full text) that cover environmental issues and policy.

Science Database
7.3 million full text articles from over 1,600 sources, including charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and engineering literature.

Science in Context
Articles from reference works, academic journals and magazines, images, audio and video files.

Sport Management

Sports Business Journal- New

Sports Market Analytics
Online service providing full text articles and statistics covering the sporting goods and sports marketing industries.

Consumer Brand Analytics

Access market size, demographics, social media and sports fan involvement for 200+ consumer brands in 19 product categories.

SportDiscus Fulltext
Comprehensive database of references to sports and health related articles, book chapters, dissertations, and conference proceedings. Up to 4 simultaneous users allowed.

2019 Sports Market Place Directory
Ten chapters track 103 sports, from soccer and football to judo and yachting. Chapters include "Single Sports," "Multi Sports," "Media," "Sports Sponsors," "Agencies," "Events, Meetings, and Trade Shows," "Professional Services," "College Sports," "Manufacturers and Retailers," and "Facilities." Chapters, arranged by topic, begin with an alphabetical index of organizations, teams, or businesses. Entries include address, phone, fax, Web site, e-mail, key personnel, and detailed corporate data on more than 13,000 organizations and businesses. The "Single Sports" and "Multi Sports" chapters provide an overview of sports teams and organizations from professional and Olympic organizations to youth clubs and Halls of Fame. "Professional Services" lists sports medicine specialists, agents, attorneys, recruiting services, and more. In "College Sports," 1,584 college associations, athletic conferences, NAIA, and NCAA organizations are described, along with colleges and universities that offer degrees in sports management. The "Facilities" chapter contains the seating capacity and tenants (sports teams) of hundreds of stadiums, arenas, and tracks. Companies that support sports facilities, ranging from security, vending and concession, sound and video, ticket services, and architecture and design, are included. [A hard copy of this resource is also available in the Library's Reference stacks on the Main Floor.]

E-Journals in Sport Below is a list of sport-related online journals that can be useful if you have a citation for one of them (journal title, article title, date of publication, issue/volume, etc.) or just want to browse:

Athletic Business

Athletic Management

Cyber-Journal of Sport Marketing

Journal of Applied Sport Management

Journal of Sport Analytics

Journal of Sports Economics

Marquette Sports Law Review

Sports Illustrated Vault

The Sport Journal

Instruction Support

The goals of the Library in supporting the academic achievement of both students and faculty are:

  • to prepare students to make effective life-long use of information resources;
  • to support faculty in providing students with the skills needed to succeed in completing their coursework and research;
  • to facilitate the campus community's productivity through continuous awareness of information resources and their use.
  • to support faculty in their own academic pursuits, including providing access to research materials via library-owned databases and external sources via interlibrary loan.

In support of these goals, and recognizing the diverse nature of the Nichols learning community and the range of learning styles, attitudes, and educational levels, the Library offers a range of instructional services to individuals and groups.

For more information on the topics below or any instruction or research-related subject, please reach out to Matthew, 508-213-2437 [].

Course-Specific Instruction

Working in conjunction with class instructors, librarians design demonstrations, discussion sessions, or workshops to acquaint students with uses of information resources needed for specific course work and research. These sessions may focus on:

  • the use of WorldCat Discovery;
  • selected bibliographic, statistical, and other information sources in print or electronic format;
  • research methodologies appropriate for various fields of inquiry;
  • best practices for using the World Wide Web for research, and critical evaluation of sources.

Handouts and/or bibliographies are normally prepared for each class. Classes may be held in the library or in a classroom. If possible, arrangements should be made for a classroom swap into a computer lab or request students bring laptops to class if the session is to be held in class.

Scheduling is on a first come, first served basis. As these sessions often require intensive preparation, a minimum two weeks advance notice is requested. Guidelines to help ensure successful sessions are available.

To schedule a class session please contact Matthew, 508-213-2437 [].

Assignment Support

We are eager to help students accomplish their assignments as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. The Instruction Librarian would be happy to work in collaboration with faculty in designing assignments that require use of the Library and its resources. For suggestions on designing effective library-related assignments, please see the Library's guide: Designing Effective Library Research Assignments. We would also be happy to offer some suggestions for alternatives to the research paper.

It would be most helpful if library staff receives a week's advance notice in cases of assignments that are likely to result in large number of students working on similar projects. In this way, we will be able to better ensure equal access to the best sources of the required information.

Individualized Instruction & Research Consultation

Librarians are happy to assist students and faculty at any stage of a research project. In addition to basic assistance at the STAR Desk, individual research consultations are available, upon request. Consultations may range from basic orientation and introduction to the research process to the use of advanced research resources and techniques needed for a senior capstone project.

Linking to E-Resources

The library offers a wide array of resources and services, including access to full-text articles and e-books and guides to course-relevant resources. It can be advantageous to provide links to these resources directly from your online syllabus, Canvas, or other Course-related web pages.

Research & Resource Guides

A wide variety of research-oriented guides are available, including:

  • Subject-Specific Resource Guides that list and describe information resources at the Library and on the Web related to major fields.
  • General Research Guides with tips on how to effectively use print and electronic resources (online indexes/databases and the Web) for research.
  • How-To Guides that explain how to use specific electronic resources the most effectively.
  • Citation Guides, both APA and MLA styles, that cover most types of sources used in student work. Full handbooks for each style are also available in the library.

These guides are available from the For Students page of the Library website in the "Best Bets for Research" or "Citation Guides" sections and in our publications racks next to the STAR Desk on the Main Floor of the Library and on the Upper Floor.

New guides, targeted on course-specific content, can also be developed upon request.

Open Educational Resources (OER) : Sources and FAQs

This page has been created with the purpose of making the finding of quality OER resources a bit easier. The number of OER resources is constantly expanding, as are the tools available to locate them. We encourage you to return frequently to see what's new, and to contact, Jim Douglas, with any additional resources you think would be beneficial to others as they explore the possibilities of designing their courses utilizing OER.

Some Recommended Sources for Finding OER Textbooks and More

Meta-Search Engines

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) is a search tool developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 73 different sources and contains 171,366 records.

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) performs a search across 19 (and growing) different OER repositories and sources.

Individual Sites


Barnes and Noble's LoudCloud Courseware
LoudCloud is an initiative from Barnes & Noble that combines OER materials and low-cost courseware--ancilary materials, testing resources, analytics, etc.

The BCcampus Open Textbook Project [] (British Columbia)
The BCcampus library includes textbooks developed by Canadian authors as well as other texts that have been borrowed for use by instructors in British Columbia. Faculty reviews and ancillary resources are available for some textbooks.

Luminos [] (University of California Press)
Publishes a series of open access books that can be used by students at no cost.

Merlot []
Items submitted to MERLOT are vetted by teams of peer reviewers with subject-area expertise. Materials on the site range widely from simulations, class activities, and media to case studies, open journal articles, and open textbooks.

OER Commons []
Open educational resources in a variety of types, educational levels, and subject areas. Try the Advanced Search option to locate textbooks released for college-level courses--or look for other materials to supplement texts.

OpenStax []
Specializes in creating materials for general education courses like Biology 101, Sociology and Calculus I - III. All textbooks have been peer-reviewed and vetted by the higher education community. OpenStax updates their textbooks over time and pairs each book with lists of added resources like slides and exercises that can be used in class. Some of these added resources are free while others are available for a fee.

Open Textbook Library (OTL) [] (Univ. of Minnesota)
Dozens of open textbooks that are currently in use at higher educational institutions or affiliated with a higher education institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. OTL also invites faculty reviews of the textbooks in the library.

Teaching Commons []
OER published at a number of colleges and universities including Portland State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Florida, the City University of New York, and Utah State University. To find open textbooks, select "textbooks" under "types of works."

Some Sources of Open Access Business Case Studies (compiled by Aurora University)

MIT Sloan School of Management - LearningEdge Topics include: entrepreneurship, leadership/ethics, operations management, strategy, sustainability, system dynamics.

Acadia Institute of Case Studies
Topics include: accounting, business plans, e-business, economic development, environmentalism, finance, general management, human resources, marketing, new venture creation, operations management, organizational behavior, quality assurance, strategy, technology, women in business.

Tuck at Dartmouth - Center for Digital Strategies
Topics include: enterprise transformation, technology & innovation, digital business models, information security & risk, and digital society. Special note: subscribe to Ideas Worth Teaching to receive timely case studies via email:

Topics include: sustainability in management, entrepreneurship and finance.

Clute Institute - Journal of Business Case Studies
Topics include: accounting, business law, economics, ethics, finance, management, and marketing.

Academic and Business Research Institute - Journal of Business Cases and Applications
Topics include: accounting, business administration, business law, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, decision sciences, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, real estate, teaching and business and education.

Open Access Journal Sources

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

SPARC - Open Access (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.

Open Images & Media

Free academic resource site with multimedia content for middle-school, high-school and college general education subjects. A project of the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) and the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

Shared Shelf Commons
A free, open-access library of images powered by ARTstor

NYPL Digital Gallery
Free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's collections.

Getty Open Content Images
Images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program.

Flickr - Creative Commons
A collection of images on Flickr offered under a Creative Commons license.

All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.

Beautiful, free photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Open Educational Resources?

Here's the Hewlett Foundation's oft-shared definition: "Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."

Open educational resources can include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, data sets, streaming media, recorded lectures, video tutorials, tests and quizzes, software, and other tools, resources, materials, or techniques used to support access to and sharing of knowledge.

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the "5Rs Framework," meaning that users are free to:


What is the difference between OER and other free resources online?

All Open Educational Resources are free to access, but not all free resources are OER. What makes OER different is their open licenses, customizable copyright licenses that allow users to edit, redistribute, and remix content. Free-but-not-open resources cannot be edited without obtaining permission from the copyright holder.

Are Open Educational Resources Peer Reviewed?
Many OER, especially open textbooks like those created by OpenStax and others (see list below), are developed through rigorous production and peer review processes that mirror traditional methods. After production, OER can be updated, tailored, and improved locally to fit the needs of students.

Why Use OER?
Penn State (among many others) provides some excellent reasons and benefits of using OER here.

And here is a list of some of the potential benefits from Library Instruction Round Table News (Dec. 2018) that address three of the great challenges facing higher education today: affordability, retention and completion, and quality of student learning.

For Faculty
1. Enables more effective reflection about teaching practices;
2. Tailors learning material to the specific course, teaching style, and learner's needs;
3. Allows easy modification and adaptation of materials to reflect currency in the discipline;
4. Enables incorporation of interactive content, such as media or quizzes;
5. Eliminates issues with traditional textbooks such as ordering deadlines or unavailability when class begins.

For Students
1. Contributes to the lessening of higher education costs and student debt;
2. Grants access to all materials for all students on the first day of class;
3. Potentially improves interaction and engagement with the learning materials.

For the Institution
1. Helps address the affordability and accessibility of education;
2. Potentially increases retention and completion rates;
3. Potentially brings prestige and increased enrollment for its effort to make education more affordable.

Some Sources for OER Beginners Heather Richards, Academic Instructional Designer at Nichols, has created an excellent course, 'Introduction to OER', in Canvas at

This self-paced course is designed to provide Nichols College faculty members an overview of the OER's landscape. This will allow you to identify, integrate, and (maybe) produce OER's for your own courses and to find support for your efforts on your Nichols College campus. The course is based on fundamental questions about OER's:

Why OER? What types of resources are available as OER, and how do I find and evaluate them?
How are OER licensed?
How can I integrate OER into my own courses/curriculum?
What if I want to adapt an OER, or produce my own OER?
What kind of support is available at Nichols College?

Other sources include:

Open Education Consortium The Open Education Consortium is a great place to start when learning about or searching for OER. It provides a wealth of information as well as some great OER search tools.

OER Handbook for Educators This handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom. This is OER Leader David Wiley's homepage that includes his blog, updates and other tools for those interested in using and justifying OER.

EDUCAUSE OER Library Articles, presentations, and more on OERs from EDUCAUSE.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library's Interlibrary Loan service allows for the borrowing of books, articles, DVDs, etc. from other academic or public libraries.

Using WorldCat Discovery
If you find a book owned by another library or cannot find the full text for an article, you can make a request to borrow it from another library right from WorldCat Discovery. Click on the Title of the book. You will see a more detailed record of the book on the right side of the screen. Click on “Request from Other Libraries’ then fill out the brief form with your name and Nichols email address and click “Submit”. An email will be sent out when the book or article has arrived.

Other Ways To Make A Request To place a request for an article, book, or media not owned by Conant Library please email your request to or complete and submit our online Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Please provide as much information as possible:

- For books include the title, author, and publication date [and ISBN if known];
- For articles include the article title and author, journal title, volume and issue number, publication date, and page numbers.

Please note that items requested through Interlibrary Loan may take two hours or two weeks to arrive, depending on the location of the lending library. Most book and article requests are granted free of charge. Should the lending library charge a fee for the request, you will be notified before the request is filled. Borrowing time varies and is determined by the lending institution. The timely return of items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan is highly appreciated and ensures the continuation of borrowing privileges.

When items are received, borrowers are notified by email or phone to pick them up at the Circulation Desk.

(Faculty also have the option of borrowing items in-person from Worcester-Area colleges. See In-Person Borrowing From Worcester-Area Colleges.)

Film Streaming for Courses (Swank)

The Library can obtain year-long licenses for streaming access to many feature films for course-related use. If interested, please contact Jim Douglas [ | X2333]. Normal set-up time is usually one week but longer lead times are encouraged to ensure access will be available when needed.

Library Space Reservation (Group Study Rooms, etc.)

Group study rooms and/or spaces (e.g. Library Top Floor) are available for reservation on a first-come-first-served basis. You can reserve a group study room or other space online using 25Live (for future reference see the app button on the Library Homepage or your Nichols OneLogin page) or by contacting staff at the Circulation Desk. How to reserve a library group study room in 25Live.

In-Person Borrowing from Worcester-Area Colleges

Conant Library is a member of ARC, a coalition of Worcester-area academic, public, and special research libraries, that will grant direct borrowing privileges to Nichols students, staff, and faculty.

To take advantage of these borrowing privileges you will need a special ARC card and a valid Nichols ID. To obtain an ARC card, please contact Rosalba Onofrio (508-213-2234), or inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Note: ARC cardholders need to remember that the rules of the lending library apply when they borrow library materials from another college. These rules may be different from Conant Library’s policies. If you are unsure about any of the borrowing guidelines, be sure to ask the lending library about its policies.

Suggest a Purchase

We would like to hear from you if you have any suggestions for the collection. Priority is given to materials that support the curriculum or current research activities, but all suggestions are welcome.

If you require a journal or a journal article please make an Interlibrary Loan request.

Please complete our online Purchase Request Form, including as much information as possible (e.g. Title, Author(s), Publication Date/Edition).

You will be notified upon approval of the request and again when the item has been received, processed, and available.

How Do I...?

Ensure my students are familiar with the Library's resources and services?

For general or class assignment-specific instruction contact Carrie Grimshaw, X2234. More information is also available in the Instruction Support section above.

Put materials on Reserve?

Please contact Carrie Grimshaw, Digital Access Instructional Services Librarian, X2234.

Request a movie to be available online 24/7 for my students?

Contact Carrie Grimshaw, Library Director, X2234.

Embed a link to a database article in Canvas?

Coming soon.

Reserve a Group Study Room or other Library space?

Group Study Rooms and other Library spaces can be reserved online using 25Live (an app on your Nichols OneLogin page and the Library's Homepage). If you experience any difficulties please contact the Library Circulation Desk, X2334.

Find good Open Education Resources (OERs)?

Please see the content above titled "Open Education Resources (OER): Sources and FAQs".

Borrow a laptop or Surface device?

Contact Carrie Grimshaw, Digital Access Instructional Services Librarian, X2234. (Devices are available on a first-come basis and are generally available on a weekly basis.)

Find Case Studies?

Below are some sources for finding business and sport management-related cases for class use. Caution: some case studies simply describe an historical or contemporary event or business; others offer a scenario in which a student is placed in the role of a decision-maker & asked to make recommendations appropriate to the context of the situation:

The Case Journal (CJ)
CJ is the official journal of The CASE Association and the leading, online, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal featuring factual teaching cases and case exercises spanning the full spectrum of business and management disciplines. See Table of Contents, vol. 1 – 12, #2. (2016) at: . The Library is currently exploring subscription options for this journal.

Business Case Journal (2015 – present).
Full text available through the Library database Business Source Elite. To see Table of Contents using Business Source Elite click on Publications tab and search for Business Case Journal.

Journal of Business Case Studies
These articles can be handed out, posted to blackboard, linked to or course packed without copyright fees. Teaching Notes are available for only a few cases and are not password protected. Please do a search here to see teaching notes that are available Available from 2005-Present.

MIT LearningEdge Case Studies
MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) is a collection of teaching materials, including case studies, industry notes, and management simulations, that MIT Sloan provides as a free teaching resource open and available to the world. Similar to the course syllabi and materials found on MIT’s OpenCourseWare site, these materials carry a creative commons license allowing them to be downloaded, copied, and distributed.

Case Studies in Sport Management (2015-present) Full-text available through our Library database SportDiscus w/ Full Text. To find them quickly, click on the 'Publications' link at the top, in the Browsing search box enter case studies. You can then click on each issue by year.

See also:

Lewis, Michael S. and Robin Frkal. “Case exercises in an introduction to management course: a structured approach to increase student engagement.” The Case Journal. 15. 1. August 2019.

Regarding Harvard Business School Case Studies

Conant Library does not have full-text access to the Harvard Business School (HBS) case studies. HBS sells cases directly to individual faculty and students from the Harvard Business Review website, but does not make them available to Libraries. Please note, HBS offers up to 50% education & student discounts. Faculty can activate academic discounts for their students by registering as Premium Educators at


Link from Google Scholar to Conant Library database articles?

To link to Conant Library article access (when available):

1. Go to

2. Click on the three horizontal lines at the top left and click the gear icon for settings

3. Click on the Library Links link

4. Search for Nichols College and click search (You should see Nichols College appear below)

5. Place a check mark in the box and click the SAVE button on bottom right.

Note: If signed into Google, it will remember this setting.


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If you study, work, or live in Massachusetts you can obtain a free Boston Public Library ecard at

Then, from the top menu click on 'Books & More', then under Learning and Research click on Online Resources.

Note: When you first sign up or renew you may experience difficulties if using a computer/device out of state. Once you have your e-card, you should have no difficulty with access from anywhere.


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