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Get Connected! with Hekman Library

Follow our quick series of orientation modules to get connected to library resources and services

Welcome to Get Connected!

This guide is an orientation to Hekman Library's services and resources for Calvin University students, both online and on-campus. Keep reading to get answers to all your questions about accessing materials and getting more help from your online librarians!

Remember, always go through the library website to get electronic resources like ebooks or ejournal articles - just Googling any of our databases won't provide free access, like we do! To view the full text for our library resources, you may be prompted by the library system to log with your Calvin ID and passphrase if you are a Calvin University student (Calvin Seminary students should follow the alternative instructions). If you ever have any issues or questions about getting access to online resources, always ask a librarian for help.

Let's get started with a quick intro to the Hekman Library:

(Click on the thumbnails below to view either the on-campus or online videos)

Video Intro to the Library

Important Library Resources - Quick Links

Use Search Start to search the library catalog and major databases at the same time
Library Catalog - find books at Hekman, including online
Find Research Databases - search for a specific database or browse by subject
Electronic journal locator - quick access to Hekman's online journals

Library How-To Videos

Let's walk through some of the basic research skills and resources you'll use through Hekman Library online with these video tutorials (see tabs above).

You can find all these and new ones added frequently to the Hekman Library Youtube channel, including our playlist of short Hekman TechTips videos, which covers how to link Google Scholar to Hekman Library, how to find and access ebooks, how to choose databases and get to full text, how to fact-check online sources, and more!

This video has some important information about what's happening at Hekman as we reopen, including how you can place holds on print books and pick them up.

Looking for online books for your classes? This video will cover how to look up ebooks in our collection by searching in the Hekman Library catalog. See also the Part 2 video for more on how to access these ebooks once you've found them.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources can be a great place to start your research and get basic info about a topic - this video looks specifically at online encyclopedias like Gale EbooksSage Knowledge, and Oxford Reference Online.

This video will show you how to select from the many research databases accessible through Hekman online. Remember that off-campus, you will need to be logged in through the library website to ensure your free access.

Help at Hekman

The library offers personal research help in several different ways (online, in person, etc.), answering all kinds of questions. Both on and off-campus, there are librarians available and eager to help you! Check out the links below to find multiple ways of contacting the library for help:

Returning this fall: Our in-person Research Desk on the main floor is staffed by librarians and student Library Research Consultants from 9am - 4pm Monday-Friday. Feel free to walk up with your questions, no appointment needed!

Photo at right, taken by Dan Wells: Hekman Library's Research Librarian team!