Research

  • Subject Guides: Identify the best research tools and practices for your field of study.
  • Course Guides: Receive assignment specific help for your courses.
  • Skill Builder Guides: Learn how to use research databases, cite sources, use images ethically, and build other skills that lead to academic success.
  • Available in McCain Guides: Discover collections of books, films, and more on topics of interest, such as fictional works by Black American authors, guides to decolonizing the curriculum, or simply exploring the library music collection.
  • Instructional Videos: Visit McCain Library’s YouTube channel for video tutorials on how to use the library and conduct research.
  • Research Appointments: Meet one-on-one with a librarian to discuss strategies for discovering a research topic, tackling a research project, or accessing the resources you need. Appointments may be scheduled in-person or virtually through Zoom, Google Hangouts, or telephone 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday during the regular fall or spring semester
  • Online Help (Chat): Can’t remember the name of a research tool recommended in class? Having trouble accessing a source? Receive quick help from anywhere on your library and research related questions.
  • Walk-in Hours: Meet face-to-face with a librarian at the Scottie Research and Rescue Desk for a quick, unscheduled 15-minute session to receive help getting started with a research project or utilizing McCain Library research tools. Librarians are available at the Scottie Research and Rescue Desk from 1pm - 8pm, Monday - Thursday and 1pm - 5pm on Fridays during the regular fall or spring semester.

Use the tools below to discover books, articles, and other research materials available through McCain Library.

  • GALILEO Discover Search: For a Google-like experience use GALILEO Discover to search for journal articles on particular topics.
  • WorldCat Library Catalog: Use WorldCat to search for books, journals, or audiovisual materials in the McCain Library collection.
  • Databases A-Z: Alphabetical list of all databases to which McCain Library has access. You can also filter the list by subject or type of material.
  • Find a Journal, Magazine or Newspaper by Title: Search or browse for electronic (full-text online) journals, magazines, and newspapers. Also identifies print periodicals and microfilm holdings in McCain Library.
  • Archives and Special Collections: Learn about archival resources related to the history of Agnes Scott College.
  • Interlibrary Loan - If you cannot find it in McCain, order books, articles and more from other libraries! The service is free. Delivery time varies.
  • Suggest a Purchase - Think McCain Library should own a particular resource? Let us know!
  • Visit Atlanta Libraries - Need an item quickly that is not available in McCain Library? Learn how to find what you need at local libraries so you can check out the book you want today using privileges from 23 ARCHE libraries!
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