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Waidner-Spahr Library

Resources for Students Studying Abroad: Available Library Resources

Research Assistance

While you are abroad the Waidner-Spahr Library is able to assist you with: 

  • Mailing students and faculty up to five books from the library collection while they are abroad.
  • Scanning and emailing book chapters or articles.

Simply follow the instructions for requesting material under Finding Books and Finding Articles.

Research Guides

If you are not sure which library resources to consult for a specific subject or discipline, go to our Research Guides , or contact any librarian at Ask a Librarian.

Finding Books

Students Abroad

If you cannot find the book you want at your local library, you are encouraged to contact your Dickinson librarian for different ways of obtaining what you want. Then follow the steps below for finding and obtaining books or a book chapter from the Dickinson College library.

  • Search our online catalog to find what books we have on your topic.
  • Once you find a book or a chapter from a book that the Dickinson College library owns you may request it to be sent to you. Login and complete the request form. If you need only a certain chapter out of a book, you will receive the material via email. Be sure to indicate that you are currently in a global education program in the notes field of the request form.
  • We will loan and mail up to 5 books per semester. Books will be checked out to you for one   semester and sent via air-mail. You will be held responsible for return costs or replacement costs   for books lost ($100.00) or damaged ($25.00) in the mail.
  • We will not deliver E-ZBorrow loans since our agreement with other libraries does not allow us to mail books, audio visuals, and other returnables abroad.

Finding Articles

Using the local library at your site is a valuable part of your global education experience. So please be sure to check out your local library first. If you cannot find the journal article you need there, please follow the steps below to access our journal collection at Dickinson:

Here are some commonly used full-text databases:

  • JSTOR (scholarly articles)
  • Project Muse (scholarly articles)
  • Academic Search Complete (both popular and scholarly sources)
  • To request an article that is not available in full-text, please go to ILLiad . You will receive an email notification on how to access the article electronically through ILLiad. Remember to indicate on your ILLiad request form in the notes field that you are currently in a global education program.

Online Reference Resources

Looking for facts, statistics, or a quick overview of a subject field? Here are some useful online reference resources

For more online reference titles, go to our library databases by format page to choose either the list of dictionaries or list of encyclopedias.