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Services for Alumni

  • Alumni Resources
  • Freely Available Resources

Archives & Special Collections has copies of all alumni theses. Search the 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
  • ebrary Academic Complete — A collection of more than 80,000 e-books from leading scholarly publishers across all academic subject areas
  • HeinOnline -- Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more.
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)

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 Massachusetts Library Information Network, using the barcode on their public-library card.

    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 Free Resources

    • ipl2 Covers a wide array of topical areas, merging the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index
    • Most Massachusetts residents can access a number of subscription online databases through the Massachusetts Library Information Network using the barcode on their public library card.  Consult your local public library for details.