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Get Connected! with Hekman Library

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

Welcome to Get Connected!

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

Remember, always go through the library website to get electronic resources - 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 this intro to the Hekman Library website:

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 this new playlist of short Hekman TechTips videos, which covers these topics (so far!)

This video will introduce you to Search Start, the Hekman discovery tool for items in the library collection and some of its select databases, as well as some tips for how to be flexible in your search with keywords and search limiters.

This video will build on the Search Start video by giving more tips for how to search efficiently using Advanced Search options (the demonstration is shown in Search Start's view of the library catalog, but many of these techniques can also be used in databases).

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.

This video will discuss where to look for full-text articles, including how to get them from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

Update: At this time, MeL/ILL book requests are unavailable and article requests are being reviewed on an individual basis - feel free to message the library for more information or help finding alternative articles.

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

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.

Summer Update: Library help hours will be limited over the summer - look for the colors on in the Live Chat when quick help is available, or feel free to email or call the library for longer questions or to schedule a research appointment with a librarian.