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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Research Help

Issue 1: April 2022

You Have a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post Account through the Library!

Have you ever been trying to look at a New York Times article and been told "You've reached your article limit for this month"?

Good news!

You can actually sign into the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post with your Sewanee account and access as many articles as you want. These subscriptions, unlike many of our newspaper subscriptions, are basically the same as a personal subscription for the newspaper.

  • Access the newspaper through the website instead of a library database
  • Read daily news
  • Sign up for daily news emails
  • Stay up-to-date on topics that matter to you Be part of the conversation

For more information:

or search the library website for "newspapers online"

Library Research Guides Help You Start Your Research Projects!

You know about the library website and have probably used TigerSearch (the main search box that searches all library collections) and the Research Databases (especially JSTOR!), but did you know that the Research Help librarians have set up a whole guide for each of your classes to help you start research for your projects?

  • We create these Research Guides for every class that might require library research.
  • The "Getting Started" (or sometimes "Find Background") section of each guide has links to helpful reference sources, which are a great place to start because they give you an overview of a topic, connect you with helpful sources in their bibliographies, and help you figure out what questions people are asking on this topic. (Just remember, it's generally not okay to cite reference sources as a source in a paper.)
  • The "Find Books" section gives you information about the specific sections of the library bookshelves that fit the subject of the class.
  • The "Find Articles" section has links to the library research databases that are most relevant to the class.

Meet Your LibrariansA woman with short pink hair and an orange t-shirt shirt

Linnea Minich has been at Sewanee since 2019. She loves candy, especially Sour Patch Kids. Her favorite part of helping people with research is hearing about where ideas came from and helping people research stuff they care about.

Favorite Shows: Gilmore Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Favorite Movies: Brazil (1985) and A Room with a View (1985) Favorite Songs: All Too Well by Taylor Swift and anything by The Mountain Goats

Favorite Books: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A woman with long strawberry blonde hair and glasses leans on the windowsill of a castle.Heidi Syler has worked at Sewanee for 21 years. Her favorite part of helping people with research is when they find a really helpful source for their topic that they didn't know about.

Favorite Shows: Dickinson and The Good Place
Favorite Movies: Amelie and Dumplin'
Favorite Songs: Dancing on my Own, Robyn and Unsteady, X Ambassadors
Favorite Books: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan and Inspiration Sandwich by SARK

Just asking: what's going on with the Ask Us box?

Screenshot of Ask Us box that says Would you like some help? A librarian is online ready to help, with buttons that say Chat Now and No Thanks.If you've been on the library homepage, you've probably seen the little "Ask Us" box pop out from the side to ask if you need help. The two of us, Heidi, and Linnea, are the people behind this faceless box!

Great questions to ask in the Ask Us box:

  • Where should I start my research on my topic?
  • Where can I find primary sources on my topic?
  • Is this a good source for my project?
  • How can I find out whether the library has a book or article? I can't find anything on my topic--what should I do?
  • And anything else you can think of!