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Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

Alumni Information and Services

A guide for Carleton alumni (and soon-to-be alumni) about library services.

Doing Research at the Library

Though you will not have access to our electronic resources once you've graduated, there are many options available to you when you need to do library research. You can still search Catalyst, even though you no longer have access to the online content.

If you are affiliated with a college or university (as faculty, staff, or as a student), you will have access to their library subscriptions like databases, ebooks, etc. If you aren't a member of an academic institution but live near one, you may still be able to use many of their collections if you visit their library.

You should also check with your local public library. Many public libraries offer access to a large number of electronic collections, though they are sometimes less scholarly than what an academic library usually offers. For example, if you are a Minnesota resident, you have access to ELM (eLibrary Minnesota) databases, which is a collection of 15 databases including Academic Search Premier, ProQuest Newsstand Complete, and WorldCat. All you need to access the databases is a library card from a Minnesota public library.

Open Access Journals, Images and More

Open access journals are journals that are available for free to anyone with an internet connection. You can see a list of open access journals and search for articles at the Directory of Open Access Journals. You may also try searching Google Scholar to find the full text of articles that are sometimes posted on authors' websites or institutional repositories. Note, however, that you will most often find the article available for a fee from the publisher's website. Check with a local library about getting access to the article before you order one from a publisher.  Below is a list of free online databases and directories