Conant Library: For Students

Doing Research

Article Databases | Find By Name and by Subject

The databases below provide fulltext articles, citations and/or abstracts and in some cases extensive company and industry information. (Note: If you find only a citation or abstract for an article check to see if the Library owns a hard copy by searching our online catalog by journal title--be sure we also have the issue/date your want. If we don't own a copy, please make an Interlibrary Loan request and we will get it for you.)

Off-campus Users: Databases are accessible from off-campus with your Nichols network username/password.

Databases By Title (A-Z)


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

WMS A to Z Index

Databases By Subject
Multidisciplinary

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]

FindArticles
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 https://www.bpl.org/ecard/). 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.

Accounting/Tax

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

Biography

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

Business

Business Source Elite
Full-text coverage of scholarly business, management and economics journals. Also includes Company Profiles with SWOT analysis. [Video Tutorial]

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. [Video Tutorial]

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

Mergent Intellect (from the Boston Public Library)
[Available for free with a Boston Public Library (BPL) ecard (available online at https://www.bpl.org/ecard/). Once you have your card (just takes a minute or two!) go to the BPL, then click on 'Books & More' and then 'Online Resources'.] Industry profiles and more. (Tip: For industry profile search by a company name in an industry; on results page click on 'Industry Details, then (if available for your industry, open the 'First Research Industry Report'.)

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.

Statista
Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries. [Video Tutorial]

Career

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]

Communication

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. [Video Tutorial]

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.

Education

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.

ERIC
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.

Finance

The following databases are available for free with a Boston Public Library (BPL) ecard (available online at https://www.bpl.org/ecard/). 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.

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

Health

Health Reference Center
Includes medical reference books, full-text for over 500 pamphlets and 165 medical magazines.

Healthfinder.gov
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.

PubMed
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.

History

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. [Video Tutorial]

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. [Video Tutorial]

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. [Video Tutorial]

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

Hospitality

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

Literature

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] [Video Tutorial]

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: http://congressionaldigest.com/index-of-recent-topics/ 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) [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.

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. [Video Tutorial]

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

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

Psychology

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

PsycNet
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

Reference

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. [Video Tutorial]

Science

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. [Video Tutorial]

Sport Management

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. [Video Tutorial]

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

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

Best Bets for Research - Resource and Research Guides

Resource Guides provide a categorized list of information resources in a specific subject. They do not list everything that is out there and are just intended as a starting point in the search for information.

Research Guides go further than Resource Guides and are intended to help direct you in doing research on a particular subject/topic.

The contact information to the right will connect you with a librarian who can help with any research questions you may have. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help.

Citing Sources

Avoid plagiarism and give credit where credit is due. Use the APA or MLA Citation guides to cite your sources and build your bibliographies or works cited pages.

Conant Library APA Style Citation Guide

Conant Library MLA Citation Guide


ONLINE CITATION GENERATORS
There are many Online Citation Generators, including those available within the library's own databases. These are great time-savers but can often include errors. Conant Library recommends KnightCite, administered by Hekman Library at Calvin College, as one of the best citation generators available.

Knight Cite

Research Help from a Librarian

Sign up for 1-on-1 research help with a Librarian.

Struggling with a challenging research assignment or need some help citing your sources or integrating your research into your paper? The Library can help! Sign up a for a personal appointment with a librarian.
Fill out the linked form and get started:
Research Appointment Request Form.

NOTE: Librarians are only available Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Cannot wait for an appointment and need more help NOW?
Click the chat icon on the library homepage to begin speaking with a librarian.

Remember, librarians are only available from 7:30am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri.

How do I…? (FAQs)

If you do not see an answer to your question or need more help, please contact the STAR Desk, 508.213.2222 or stardesk@nichols.edu.

Do company research?

Cite sources?

Click on the Cite Sources section under Doing Research above to see our APA and MLA quick guides. If you need to cite a source that is not mentioned in one of these guides, the complete style guide for each (and Turabian/Chicago) is available on the Reference shelves or Front Desk.

Reserve a group study room?

Group study rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You can reserve a group study room online using 25Live (an app on your Nichols OneLogin page or the Library's homepage) or by seeing staff at the Circulation Desk. How to reserve a library group study room in 25Live.

Renew borrowed items online?

Please renew item(s) before the due date. You can check and renew online in WorldCat Discovery by clicking on the "My library account" link on the library's homepage. If your item is overdue and you wish to renew it, please see or contact: Rosalba Onofrio, Patron Services Librarian.

Borrow items from other libraries?

If you find a book or an article using WorldCat Discovery that we do not own or have access to, we can get it for you. Simply click on the title, then the 'Request Item from Other Libraries' button and add your name and contact information.

If you want an item that was not found through WorldCat Discovery, please complete our Interlibrary Loan Request Form once you have the following citation information:

  • For books: Author(s), Title, Date of Publication, (edition if known).

    For articles: Author(s), article title, journal title, volume, publication date, issue (if known), pages.

    You will be notified by e-mail when the item is ready for pick-up, or, in the case of articles, it may be sent to you as an attachment to your Nichols e-mail.

See if the Library has my course textbook?

The Library has all textbooks for undergraduate day courses that cost over $80.00. To see if a particular textbook is on reserve you can click on the Reserves tab above the search box on the Library homepage. [Click on this link for an instructional guide to searching the reserves collection via our catalog: WMS Discovery Course Reserves.pdf]

From my laptop or other wireless/mobile device send print jobs 24/7 to a library printer?

Using your laptop or other wireless/mobile device (or your residence hall PC as well), you can now print Microsoft Office documents and pdf files to any Library printer 24/7 using your PaperCut account. (Note: We are currently unable to print color using PaperCut.) From the Library's homepage click on the PaperCut button and then click on Web Print link. For detailed instructions please see the guide Web Printing with PAPERCUT.pdf.

Check my printing account?

Log into your Nichols Onelogin page and click on PaperCut link, or, from the Library's homepage click on the blue PaperCut button (bottom left). Then click on "Summary."

Transfer credits for more paper in PaperCut from my account to a friend’s and vice versa?

Log into your Nichols Onelogin page and click on the PaperCut link, or, from the Library's homepage click on the blue PaperCut button (bottom left). Click on the ‘Transfers’ link on the left, fill in amount you wish to transfer and enter the user name (first initial middle initial last name) for the account to which you want to transfer the credit.

Find a list of videos (DVD) owned by the Library?

A list (PDF), alphabetical by title, is available videolist1.pdf (If you know a specific video's title you can also search the Library's online catalog.)

Search/find ebooks in our collection?

You can search our ebook collection two ways: Type in your keyword search using the online catalog (in the case of our ebooks, our online catalog only searches the surface of each ebook, usually matching keywords in titles and/or Authors only) OR, for a much more thorough search, click on the 'Ebook' tab above the search box on the Library’s homepage. Using this ebook search link will enable you to sort/limit your results by subject to speed up your browsing! For more info., pick up an ebook brochure at the circ desk or view here: Ebook publication

Download pages, chapters, or entire ebrary ebooks from our online catalog?

Click on the title of the ebook to view the 'book details' page. Look for the "Available for Download" link. You will be prompted to log-in or create a free ebrary account. Once you're account is set up, follow the prompts to download the ebook in three steps.
For more information, pick up an ebook brochure at the circ desk.

Save documents for later use and/or sharing?

The computers in the Library are set to delete any changes or items saved to the computer upon logging off. To save a document for retrieval later, it must be saved/uploaded to your OneDrive account or to a flash drive.

Find out if a computer is free for use in the Library?

To see how many computers are available on each floor of the Library at any given time click: computer-availability.nichols.edu Bookmark this for future use! This information is also shown on a screen at the Circulation Desk, and a link is provided on the Library's homepage.

Get research and/or technology-related assistance?

For help, come by the STAR Desk located on the Main Floor of the Library. You can also call, email, or tweet the Desk (contact information is listed above right). Librarians are available for consultation, too. Current hours of operation are: Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30am - 9:30pm; Friday: 7:30am - 3:30pm.

Link from Google Scholar to Conant Library database articles?

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

1. Go to scholar.google.com

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.

Is the Library open on snow days?

The library director will notify the campus by email regarding any changes to the library schedule due to inclement weather.

Access Boston Public Library databases?

If you study, work, or live in Massachusetts you can obtain a free Boston Public Library ecard at https://bpl.org/ecard

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.

What is....? (A short guide to 'library lingo')

Call Number

Call Number = a way to identify the location of a book in the shelves. Our Call Numbers begin with one or more letters followed by numbers. An example would be GV 761 .M34 2010. Books that begin with letters A - L can be found on the top floor; REF on the Main floor; M-Z on the lower floor. (DVDs and VIDs are in the Director's office, and popular fiction will be in the Lobby area.) To find a book with the call # GV 761 .M34 2010 you would first find where the GV section is (top floor) and then look for the 761s and if there are more than one 761 look for those that begin with .M (Note: the third part, .M34 are treated as decimals, so .M234 would be before .M38 on a shelf.)

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan = The means by which the Library staff obtains material that you want but we don't have; we identify and then make requests to libraries that own the article/book/video etc. For more info see 'How do I...Borrow items from other libraries?' above.

Reference

Reference = Research assistance. There are also books and other resources known as 'Reference' materials. These are generally in the Reference stacks opposite the group study rooms on the Main floor and their Call # starts with REF.

Refereed/Peer Reviewed/Scholarly Article

Refereed/Peer Reviewed/Scholarly Article = Refereed (also known as peer-reviewed) materials are publications reviewed by "expert readers" or referees prior to the publication of the material. After reading and evaluating the material, the referee informs the publisher if the document should be published or if any changes should be made prior to publication. Refereed materials are significant to the research and the literature of most academic fields because they assure readers that the information conveyed is reliable and timely. Non-refereed materials such as trade journals or magazines use less rigorous standards of screening prior to publication. In some publications, each article may be only screened by the publication's editor.

Scholarly articles report on research or analytical studies undertaken in a scholarly environment. Some characteristics of scholarly articles are:

- Often peer-reviewed/refereed
- Often start with an abstract
- Rigorously cite sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies
- The author of the article is normally a researcher or scholar whose credentials or affiliated institution are listed at the beginning or end of the article
- Language used is specialized and often assumes some scholarly background on the part of the reader
- Scholarly articles about research will describe the research methodology (i.e. how the research was conducted)


If you are not sure whether a specific article is scholarly, peer-reviewed or refereed check with your instructor or a librarian.

Reserves

Reserves = material instructors make available for their specific class(es) in the Library. Accessible either online (and available via the Library's online catalog; see the 'Reserve' link on the Library's homepage) or in hard copy at the front Circulation Desk.

Services

Borrowing Textbooks/Course Items on Reserve

Conant Library maintains course and textbook reserve collections accessible to students enrolled in specific courses.

The textbook reserves collection includes textbooks purchased by the library that list for over $50 as well as textbooks placed on reserve by Nichols College faculty members for use by students in their courses.

Items placed on course reserve by faculty members include books, articles, audiovisual materials, study guides and other supporting material.

Both the course and textbook reserve collections are located at the Circulation Desk. Items may be borrowed for 2 hour in-library use only. Students needing to borrow reserve items for more than 2 hours may inquire at the circulation desk about renewing for another 2 hours. A Nichols ID card is required at the time of borrowing, which will be held until the reserve item is returned.

To determine whether we have a particular item on reserve please stop by the circulation desk or check online by clicking on the "Reserves" tab over the WorldCat Discovery search box on the Library's homepage and search by either course or instructor.

Library Technology: Borrowing & Support
Device Borrowing (tablets, laptops, etc.)

Conant Library is able to lend the following technology resources to Nichols College students, faculty, and staff:

Lenovo Laptops & Microsoft Surfaces - 1 week loan
Apple iPads - 1 week loan
Webcams – 4 hour in-library use
Headphones – 4 hour in-library use
LCD projector – 24 hour loan
Apple and other misc. Adapters – 2 hour loan

Please stop by the circulation desk to confirm availability and/or to check out one of these devices. Borrowers must have a Nichols ID and are asked to read and sign the user agreement form which outlines the guidelines for borrowing, use, and return of the device.

Items not available at the time of the request may be placed on hold for patrons to borrow once the device is returned. Students will be contacted via email when the device is ready for pickup. Devices on hold must be picked up within 24 hours.

Borrowers are responsible for safeguarding all equipment checked out to their library account and for reporting damage or loss as soon as possible. Questions or concerns regarding equipment loans can be directed to Rosalba Onofrio, Patron Services Librarian [x2234].

Technology Support (STAR Desk)

Located just beyond the lobby area on the Main Floor of the Library, the Support for Technology and Academic Research (STAR) Desk is the first point of contact for research and/or technology questions.

STAR Desk Assistants are available to assist students with personal or Library-based technology & basic research questions.

STAR Desk Hours
Sun.: 6:00pm - 12:30am
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30am - 12:30am
Fri.:
7:30am - 4:30pm

Research Appointments with a Librarian

Personalized 1-on-1 research help with a Librarian.

Struggling with a challenging research assignment or need some help citing your sources or integrating your research into your paper? The Library can help! Sign up a for a personal appointment with a librarian.

Fill out the linked form and get started:
Research Appointment Request Form.

NOTE: Librarians are only available Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Group Study Room Reservation

Group study rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You can reserve a group study room online using 25Live (for future reference see the app button on the Library Homepage or your Nichols OneLogin page) or by seeing staff at the Circulation Desk. How to reserve a library group study room in 25Live (pdf).

Requesting Items From Other Libraries (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 the “Request from Other Libraries" button 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 circulation@nichols.edu or complete and submit an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Please provide as much information as possible:

  • For books include the title, author, and publication date;
  • 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.

In-Person Borrowing From Worcester-Area Institutions

Conant Library is a member of a number of library organizations, one of which is the Academic & Research Collaborative (ARC), a coalition of Worcester-area academic, public, and special research libraries.

Many of ARC's college and university libraries in the Worcester area have agreed to share certain resources. Each of the libraries listed below, for example, will grant direct borrowing privileges to Nichols students, staff, and faculty.

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Clark University (faculty only)
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University

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. A variety of factors determine whether suggested items are purchased. Priority is given to materials that support the curriculum or current research activities, but all suggestions are welcome.
Please complete our 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 and is now available.

Contact Us

Contact Information

STARdesk@nichols.edu
Circulation@nichols.edu
508-213-2222 [STAR Desk]
508-213-2334 [Front Desk]

Office Hours

Mon.-Fri.:
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Summer Office Hours

Mon.-Thurs.:
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location

127 Center Road
Dudley, MA 01571