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Hist 301: Historian's Craft (Benes, Spring 2024)

General information about the W&M Libraries

Of Particular Note:

  • Hours
  • Chat
  • Book an appointment with a librarian
  • Events
  • Workshops
  • Study Rooms
  • Equipment

Most important aspect of the library: this is your library and the librarians genuinely want you to be comfortable, happy, and well-supported here. 

Finding a book at Swem if you know the title

Example. If a citation leads you to a book of interest, copy the title into the library catalog search box (link below). 

Finding an article if you know the title

If you see a citation for an interesting article, or you find the article online but it's behind a paywall, search the title in the library catalog (link below). 

If it doesn't come up, try America: History and Life (also below). Each database is owned by a different company, and sometimes an article we do own will only show up in some of our databases. It is frustrating.  If you can't find an article anywhere, no worries: use ILL (see below).


Requesting a book or article we don't own

If you cannot find a book or article in our catalog or databases, request it via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).

ILL is free and gives you access to important resources we don't own.  As an example, we don't have Profiles of revolutionaries on both sides of the atlantic,1700-1850 so I would order it through ILL.