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Find Materials

Note: You may also navigate to the following resources in the menu above entitled "Find Materials"


Our discovery layer searches across most of the library's resources in all formats, including video and audio material. You may apply filters such as content type and date.

A-Z Database List

The library has over 150 databases that contain everything from encyclopedia entries and journal articles to streaming audio and newspapers. You may filter the list by database type and subject area.  

Journals by Title

Journals by Title searches across our print and electronic journal holdings and will tell you what years of coverage we have for a particular journal and in what databases. Start typing in a keyword to see what journal results pop up (for example: music). You may sort by peer-reviewed journals.

Journals by Subject

Our Journals by Subject are brought to you by Browzine, which is a platform that allows you to create bookshelves of items you are interested in and see the look and feel of the journal content (for those of you who like to judge a *book* by it's cover!).

Course Reserves

If your professor has placed materials on reserve for your course, you may browse the lists here and register for your courses in your own account.  If you are a professor, you may manage your course reserve lists here. 

InterLibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a process by which we request materials (books, articles, book chapters) from other libraries on your behalf. There is no fee for this service but you will want to plan on requesting materials in advance of their use.  


WorldCat is exactly what it sounds like - the world's largest library catalog! The default search in WorldCat will place items that HWS owns at the top. You may place InterLibrary Loan requests directly from inside WorldCat.

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