Alumni Resources

Archives & Special Collections has copies of all alumni theses. Search the Five Colleges library catalog by selecting "theses" as the format in an advanced search and putting in a keyword (author or title word).

Alumni may use their Amherst alumni username/password to access the following from anywhere, in addition to the freely available resources at the bottom of this page.

  • JSTOR — Includes the digitized archives of hundreds of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences from the earliest issues up to a “moving wall” of a few years ago. PDFs are full-text searchable, or you can browse by journal title or discipline.
  • Project MUSE — Provides full-text access to current content from over 400 journal titles representing nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers in the humanities and social sciences. Most articles are available in both HTML and PDF formats, and there are no embargoes on journal content
  • Ebook Central — A collection of more than 80,000 e-books from leading scholarly publishers across all academic subject areas
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
  • Springer Collection (Alumni) — Multidisciplinary collection providing access to Springer e-books (2005-) and e-journals (2006-) owned by the library.
  • Mango Languages — Online learning tool for 70+ world languages, with self-paced tutorials to practice reading, listening & speaking.

Alumni may borrow library materials if they live in Western Massachusetts and register at Frost Library as area residents. Many public libraries provide access to electronic resources within their library and remotely. Contact your local public library or university for more information or check their website. Most Massachusetts residents can access a number of subscription online databases through the Boston Public Library, using a BPL e-card.

Freely Available Resources

Books & Articles

  • Freely available version of the nationwide catalog
  • PubMed for medical and health topics
  • AGRICOLA for agricultural topics
  • ERIC for education topics
  • LISTA for librarianship & information management topics
  • GreenFILE for topics on the relationship between humans and the environment
  • Google Scholar to find scholarly literature from all areas of research
  • Google Books, the Internet Archive, and the Hathi Trust Digital Library to find full text of books and other publications
  • The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) links to over 3500 full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journal


Government Documents / Primary Sources

Other Resources