Research Skills Instruction

The librarians welcome the opportunity to partner with faculty to provide tailored, course-integrated research skills guidance and instruction for individual classes. We’re available to meet with your classes in your classroom or the Library.

Advance notice and a copy of the assignment are much appreciated so librarians can prepare to address course goals.

Please email the librarians if you’re interested in arranging course-integrated research skills instruction for your class or want to discuss options and possibilities.




Research Help Request

Databases by Title

Academic OneFile
Academic Search Complete
Academic World Book
ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB)
American History Online
American National Biography Online
American Periodicals Series (1740-1940)
America’s Historical Newspapers (1690-2000)
Ancient & Medieval History Online
Annals of American History
ARTstor | Terms of Use
Biography in Context
Books and Authors
Books in Print
Boston Globe
Britannica ImageQuest
Business Collection
Business Insights: Essentials
Churchill Archive
Classroom Video on Demand  (streaming videos)
Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry
Commonwealth eBook Collection
CQ Researcher
Digital Theatre Plus
eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)
Educators Reference Complete
Encyclopedia Americana
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Environmental Studies and Policy
Expanded Academic ASAP
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gender Studies Collection
General OneFile
General Reference Center GOLD
Global Issues in Context
Global Reference Center (Britannica encyclopedias in Spanish, French, and Japanese)
[ Moderna (Spanish) | Escolar (Spanish) | Encyclopaedia Universalis (French) | Universalis Junior (French) | Japanese Encyclopedia ]
GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
Historical Newspapers (1764-2013)
Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers (1893-2003)
Historical Newspapers Graphical Version (1850-2002)
Historical Statistics of the United States
History Reference Center
Infotrac Newsstand
Kanopy (streaming videos)
LexisNexis Scholastic
Life Magazine Archive
Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center (graphical version)
Literature Resource Center
Massachusetts History Online
Massachusetts Newspapers (1988-current)
Modern World History Online
Music Online: American Music
Music Online: Classical Music Library
Music Online: Contemporary World Music
Music Online: Popular Music Library
Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Naxos Music Library
The New York Times (Gale database)
The New York Times (digital version) – on campus use only
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
OED Online (Oxford English Dictionary)
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Oxford African American Studies Center
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Oxford Music Online
Oxford Reference
The Recorder (digital version)
Research in Context
Science AAAS
Science Direct
Science in Context
Science Reference Center
SIRS Decades
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
Sources in US History Online: American Revolution
Sources in US History Online: Civil War
Sources in US History Online: Slavery in America
Student Edition
Time Magazine Archive
U.S. History in Context
The Wall Street Journal (digital version)
World History in Context

Please report any database access issues to the librarians.

Citation Help/Noodle Tools

NoodleTools assists in composing accurate citations in a variety of styles (Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago Manual of Style, American Psychological Association (APA), etc.), creating a works cited list, and creating electronic note cards. More information: NoodleTools Citation Style Guide.

Additional information about major citation styles in use at Deerfield Academy:

American Psychological Association (APA) Citation Style
Chicago Manual of Style
Modern Language Association (MLA) Citation Style

Documenting sources: for best practices on documenting sources see Deerfield Academy’s Academic Integrity: Avoid Plagiarism LibGuide.


ACLS Humanities E-Book Project. Full text of high quality books in the humanities, both recent and older titles dating back to 1885.

Commonwealth eBook Collection. A large collection geared to academic research as well as technical guides for the DIY enthusiast. Note: Currently these ebooks are not listed in the Boyden Library Catalog and must be searched using this collection link. Instructions for installing APPs to download titles onto mobile devices.

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection. Another large collection geared to academic research. Instructions for installing APP to download titles onto mobile devices.

Gale Virtual Reference Library. Access to over 50 full-text e-research books in a range of subjects including the arts, business, the environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science.

Salem Press. E-books in history, science, and health.

Streaming Video

Classroom Video On Demand
“A comprehensive streaming video subscription service, featuring unlimited access to more than 5,000 educational programs that can be viewed in class, at the library, or from home. Each full-length video has been segmented into predefined clips, making it easy to find specific pieces of content quickly.”

“On-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films each year.”

Research Skills Curriculum Components

Framework of flexible course activities to further develop student research skills in:

Please direct questions, feedback, and additional activities that have worked for you to the librarians.

Adapted from: Research Skills Resources.

Periodicals and E-Resources by Title

Search for periodicals and e-resources by title here.

Research Help

EmailWe’ll respond during Research Help Desk hours (see below).

Call: 413-774-1510 during Research Help Desk hours (see below).

Visit: Research Help Desk hours:

Mondays-Thursdays: 8:30 am – 9:40 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm to 9:40 pm

Appointments: to set up an appointment to meet with a Librarian for in-depth one-on-one research help, please stop by the Research Help Desk (hours above) or email us for an appointment.