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Doing Research Remotely: A Guide for Students

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

This guide provides you with information on how to access library services and resources remotely. It provides answers to frequently asked questions, such as: How do I make an appointment with a librarian? How do I check out books? How do I access items on reserve? How do I access research databases? 

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1. HOW DO I MEET WITH A LIBRARIAN?

Librarians will continue to support your research during the time you are required to remain off campus.

Make an appointment with us, just as you always have.

Instead of meeting in-person, we will meet remotely. Don’t worry, the experience pretty much will be the same.  Most likely, you're already using it to connect with your professors.  If you want your own Zoom account, you can sign up for one here: https://trincoll.zoom.usZoom works best with a web camera and a microphone (most recent laptops and Chromebooks have these, as well as smartphones and tablets). While the full Zoom experience requires an internet connection, you can also dial into a Zoom meeting via a regular phone call 

After you schedule your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for connecting with a librarian during your scheduled time.

2. HOW DO I ACCESS LIBRARY DATABASES?

Research databases for journal articles, etc. are accessible off campus. 

These are arranged in an A-Z list by database title. You may also search databases by name and subject within the A-Z list. You will be prompted to sign in with your Trinity network username and password to access the full content of the databases.

Click on the link here for instructions on accessing library databases off campus.

The Raether LITC also maintains a list of online subject and course guides to assist you in your research. Included within these are tools for citing sources.

Librarians will assist you with services, research and resources. Please feel free to contact us via email with any questions.

3. CAN I USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR FOR MY RESEARCH?

If you choose to use Google Scholar for research, then follow the instructions linked here to ensure that Google Scholar pulls resources from some of our library databases.  

 

4. CAN I CHECK OUT A BOOK THAT'S AT TRINITY?

The Library's book stacks are currently closed, and physical books are not available to be checked out. We are encouraging students to use e-book copies of our books, as many print books in our collection are also in a digital format as well. If an e-book is not currently available, we can look into purchasing a copy for you to use. Purchase requests may be sent to Katie Bauer at kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu.

E-books are easy to access, and you can read entire books, or sections of them, on most mobile devices. Click on the link here for instructions on accessing e-books from off campus.

5. CAN I STILL BORROW BOOKS FROM WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY AND CONNECTICUT COLLEGE?

Borrowing of material from Connecticut College and Wesleyan University has been suspended. If you do find a book at either of those schools, check to see if we might own a copy in e-book format. If not let us know and we will see if it is possible to purchase an e-book version. For e-book purchase requests, please send a message to Katie Bauer at kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu

E-books are easy to access, and you can read entire books, or sections of them, on most mobile devices. Click on the link here for instructions on accessing e-books from off campus.

6. CAN MY LOCAL LIBRARY HELP ME?

Your local library may be able to help you obtain material if they are still open and filling requests. For most local libraries you just need a library card from that library. In some cases college and university libraries nearby may also help with resources like books and databases. However, many of these are also severely restricted and/or closed due to COVID-19. 

Check with each library to see what services may still be available. 

7. HOW DO I ACCESS BOOKS THAT MY PROFESSOR PUT ON RESERVE?

There is no access to physical materials on reserve (e.g. books, videos, sound recordings). We encourage you to begin by talking with your professor. Many professors are modifying assignments based on the limited resources available to students. It's likely that you're not the only one in the course who cannot access items on reserve.

The library is actively trying to replace physical reserve materials with electronic formats. Use OneSearch to see if an electronic version is available. 

Click on the link here for instructions on accessing e-books from off campus.

8. I DON'T HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION. HOW DO I ATTEND CLASS AND DO RESEARCH?

If you do not have a home internet connection, know that most library resources can be accessed from a mobile device with a cellular data connection (e.g. 4G). The same is true for Moodle and Zoom, both of which have mobile apps that can be found in the Google or Apple App stores.

Depending on geography or mobile data plan, you may not have access a cellular data network. If this is the case, you have a few options.

  • Some towns and cities are offering free WiFi access outside of municipal buildings (e.g. town halls, libraries). Check your town or city's government website for more information.
  • Xfinity is providing free access to WiFi Public Hotspots. Locations and access information for hotspots can be found here: https://wifi.xfinity.com/ 
9. I'M OVERWHELMED BY ALL THE THINGS I AM HEARING ABOUT COVID-19. WHERE CAN I GO TO FIND INFORMATION?