Speedy Delivery from Mr. McFeely on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
As you get ready for the fall semester the library would like to make the print collection available to you. Library student staff can pull books for you and send them to your Trinity office via campus mail. Staff can also make arrangements if you need different accommodations. Just remember that the library still is not physically open and staff time is limited. We’ll be as speedy as we can but please be patient as we work through a back log of work.
The old logon screen for library resources. If you see this when you log in to a library resource, try clearing your browser history.
The library has changed how we provide remote access to electronic resources. When logging in to a library resource from off campus, you will now see a Microsoft logon screen, as shown here. This is the same credential you use when you log in to your Office 365 account. You will log in using your email firstname.lastname@example.org and your Trinity password. If you still see the old logon screen, you may need to clear your browser history. If you still have trouble, please contact the Information Services Desk for assistance, either by creating a help request online or calling 860-297-2100.
The Trinity Library has a robust collection of over a million ebooks, ejournals and databases for use anywhere in the world. To help support remote teaching and learning we’ve also set up new trials and a few free offers (generally through May, but please check with library staff for end dates ) that will supplement what we already have. What you will find here are highlights–remember more is available to you. To see everything use
Looking for a resource not covered here? Just ask through email@example.com . We can tell you what we have or try to arrange access to new resources. To get in-depth advice about the resources that will work best for your specific need, please make an appointment for a Zoom meeting with a librarian.
One important note about physical resources: Due dates are being extended and fines and fees will not accrue while Trinity is teaching remotely.
Major Resources for Online Books
We have supplemented the Trinity ebook collection with more resources from Project Muse. We have licenses to more than a million ebooks which can be found:
- Onesearch: A good place to start. search by title. Any ebooks we have purchased will be available here, including some recently purchased to replace print reserves. Just search by book title and limit to ebooks.
- JSTOR; Multidisciplinary resource for ebooks and articles. Journals are generally not available for the last three years.
- Project Muse: Journals and ebooks, plus some publishers are adding new resources during Covid19.
- Proquest Theses and Dissertations.
- Oxford Reference Online. Trial.
- SpringerLink: Journals and ebooks. Faculty and students may purchase a print copy of any Springer ebook in the collection for $25.
Free and Trials, Online Books
Major Resources for Journals
These eresources will link you to millions of journal articles and books. Use these links! They will route you through EZProxy so you are given access to licensed resources.
- Journal Finder : The best place to find access to journals licensed by Trinity. Search by title or browse by first letter of title .
- Academic Search Premier: Fulltext journal search.
- Google Scholar: Multipdisciplinary, ejournals source. Look for Trinity College designation to see all available fulltext. This is a good place to find Trinity licensed articles, free articles, and document delivery services provided by Trinity (see Ordering Articles below).
- HeinOnline: Trial. Government, politics and law.
- JSTOR; multidisciplinary ebooks and articles. Journal articles from the last three years are generally not available.
Many major publishers are making all Covid19 related articles available free.
If you are looking for a specific article and have trouble finding access, we recommend you try Google Scholar. There are often free versions of articles, sometimes preprints. In addition, the library has turned on a Document Delivery service which will deliver a copy of an article to you (the library will be charged a fee). To see these options you must use the Trinity link for Google Scholar. You will see a form asking you to request access.
Get It Now order form
A digital copy will be sent to your email address.
The library is still processing interlibrary loan requests. Fulfillment times may be slower than normal due to restrictions at other institutions. If you have trouble finding what you need please contact us and we will try to help find it or request from a partner library.
Many courses have made films available through Moodle, so check there for links. If you are faculty looking to add additional resources send a request to Information Services Help Desk . We’ll search for content and make it available if we can. Note that individual films are sometimes purchased on one-year licenses. Ask staff to check date that access will end.
You can also search these video resources:
Historical Content, Newspapers and Archives
- AM Explorer
- Trinity Digital Repository Digitized versions of Trinity publications such as the Tripod, and material from the archives.
- African Historical Newspapers and African Newspapers from the British Library
- America’s Historical Newspapers
- Chinese Newspapers; 1852 to 1953
- Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project
- Ebsco Magazine Archive Atlantic, Fortune, Life, New Republic, National Review, Nation, People, Sports Illustrated, Time
- Life Magazine Archive
- Middle Eastern and Northern Africa Newspapers
- Newsweek ArchiveTrial
- Times Digital Archive
- Trismegistos Trial through April 2020, ancient texts.
- Search here for more by individual newspaper and magazine title. E.g., The Economist, Chicago Defender, Boston Globe, etc. or
- Browse this list of primary resources.
Due to the need for staff to do the majority of their work remotely, digitization services can no longer be offered. Library staff will continue to look for any available digital content to fill course support needs, for both books and videos. In some cases new ebook and film streaming content is being made available free of charge due to the COVID-19 situation. We encourage you to reach out to staff to discuss what options are available to you. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a blind date with a book.
Winter blues got you down? Why not try a one night stand with a book? Staff and students working in Information Services have recommended some of their favorite reads for you! The catch is you have to take a bit of a leap of faith and try something new–our books are wrapped up so you won’t know the title and this will be a blind date. But as always at the library, the book is free to you, so you have literally nothing to lose. And unlike a person blind date, you won’t need to plan an exit strategy.
The books are available now in the library atrium. Join us Friday February 7, 2020, 1 to 3pm in the atrium of LITC for cupcakes and candy to celebrate having a Blind Date with a Book!
College students today face high costs in more than just tuition–increases in textbook prices have far exceeded the rate of inflation. This puts an unnecessary burden on students, and Trinity is looking for ways to ease that burden. You can learn more about the issue in this Tripod article, contributed by Matthew Boyle ’19. The Dean of Faculty and Information Services are sponsoring a pilot project for faculty to investigate available open resource textbooks which would be free or very low cost for students to use. With funding from the Dean’s Office, seven faculty have applied for and been given OER grants:
Harry Blaise, Engineering
Clayton Byers, Engineering
Stefanie Chambers, Political Science
Carol Clark, Economics
Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies
Troy Helming, Economics
Todd Ryan, Philosophy
We thank the Dean and these faculty for their support of this program, and we hope it will only be the start of more programs like it at Trinity in the future.
The CTW Library Consortium (Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University) recently joined RapidILL, an interlibrary loan network of libraries committed to sharing resources and fulfilling requests more quickly.
RapidILL was founded in the late 1990s by Colorado State University Libraries and now includes libraries from around the world. The majority of members are in the United States and Canada, but others are in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
At Trinity, Library interlibrary loan specialist Marcelino Velez has worked on learning the new system and getting us started in the program. The integration process began in late Fall 2018 and was completed in January 2019. The first requests trickled in before spring semester began but the libraries are now at full speed, handling both lending and borrowing requests for articles and book chapters on a daily basis. The libraries plan to add full book requests to the Rapid setup this coming summer.
The primary benefits of RapidILL are being part of a very large and diverse sharing network whose members are committed to fulfilling lending requests within 24 hours. This quicker turnaround is possible because requests are sent to libraries that own the item electronically first. This means many requests are fulfilled automatically without staff intervention. So despite a higher volume of requests coming into the CTW libraries, the staff time needed to handle these requests should stay the same.
Best of all, it’s a win-win situation for faculty and students. Most of your requests for articles and book chapters should arrive faster and there’s nothing new to learn in terms of placing requests from non-CTW libraries. Rapid is completely integrated with our existing interlibrary loan software (ILLiad), and everything is handled completely behind the scenes. There is nothing new you need to do, but you should see an improvement in time to delivery of the requested material.
Thanks to support from the Trinity Student Government Association, the library has added these textbooks to the reserve collection:
- Calculus by Laura Taalman, 17th edition
- Starting Out with Java: Early Objects by Tony Gaddis, 6th edition
- Starting Out with Python by Tony Gaddis, 4th edition
- Economics- Principles, Problems, & Policies by Campbell McConnell, 20th edition
- Physical Chemistry by Thomas Engel, 3rd edition (coming soon)
These books, and others, are available for 3 hour check out from the Information Services Desk. The SGA, faculty, Dean’s Office and the Library all recognize that the cost of textbooks are a challenge for students, and are increasing support to make more texts available at reasonable prices. Several classes should happen in the fall with open education resources used as texts as well, further helping to mitigate costs. If you have ideas about other ways the library can help we’d like to hear from you!
Cristina Bleyer at the Watkinson. Photograph by Julie Bidwell.
Information Services is very excited to welcome Christina Bleyer, the new Director of Special Collections and Archives at the Watkinson Library. Christina brings to Trinity a wealth of knowledge and experience managing special collections. Most recently she was the Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist for the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. Her notable achievements include securing grants to make collections discoverable through digitization, and the creation of a “virtual museum” to showcase archival material. She is the principal investigator on a Latin American Materials grant “Digitizing the Los del Valle Oral History Collection,” and a Latin Americanist Research Resources Project “Illuminating the Genaro Garcia Collection through Digital Preservation Metadata Collection.”
In 2011 Christina was awarded a PhD in Philosophy by the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, where she then worked until 2016 managing their special collection. She received undergraduate degrees in Philosophy from Loyola and Russian Language and Literature from Tulane. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and German, along with reading knowledge of Latin and French.
In a field that included several outstanding candidates, Christina impressed the search committee with both her passion for her work and her warm personality. We are thrilled to have her here and know that she will help write the next great chapter in the development of the Watkinson.
National Library Week April 8 – 14.
National Library Week is celebrated April 8 to 14 this year, and its theme is Libraries Lead. Libraries have been leaders in many areas: freedom of speech, privacy, and digital literacy, to name a few. Help us to celebrate libraries on April 12: Stop by and have a cupcake, and while you visit us take a moment to write down where libraries have led you. All entries will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.
We’ll be in LITC at the library’s entrance, 3pm on Thursday April 12. See you there!