Library Resources for New Students

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This page is designed to help you begin your research journey with Smith College Libraries. The resources found here will help lay the foundation for your academic success and ensure that you feel confident utilizing all of the library's collections, tools, and databases. From identifying your first primary source to formatting an A+ bibliography, we’re here to support you in all of your research endeavors here at Smith. 


  • Research effectively
  • Librarian Support
  • Tools and Collections

This video will help you get started in your research journey with Smith College Libraries by covering the foundations of effective research, database navigation, and citation tools. Smith students have access to a wide variety of resources and understanding how to find materials efficiently can lead to more fulfilling research experiences and improved academic work. Let’s get started!


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Research Resources

Here are some tools that we recommend for you to use to help make your research, studying and citation work easier.

  • Please visit Accessibility to see what types of resources are available for students of all abilities.
  • Please visit Special Collections to learn about what types of collections, archival materials and rare books are available. 
  • Please visit Course Reserves to learn about physical and digital materials that are reserved for specific courses. 


Library Locations

Neilson Library

Neilson Library is the main library and the center for services, materials and librarian support.

Student studying in red chair in Hillyer Art Library

Hillyer Art Library provides collections with broad-based coverage of the history, theory, criticism, and practice of the visual arts.

Students studying in Josten Performing Arts Library

Josten Performing Arts Library curates collections and services in music, theatre, dance and allied interdisciplinary areas.

Alumnae Gymnasium

Alumnae Gymnasium houses additional library staff, technology, spaces and services.