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Finding Resources: For Graduating Students

Not sure how to search for a particular item? Want to learn how to use a database? Use this Guide to get all the best tips and tricks.

Research After SLC

Alumni Borrowing Privileges at SLC

Alumni can get a library card by registering at the Info Desk. As Special Library Patrons, alumni can borrow 5 items at a time (with a 4-week loan for books and 7 days for videos / DVDs). At this time alumni do not have ILL privileges nor access to paid databases remotely. However, alumni using wifi on campus are able to search all of our electronic resources.

Get to Know Your Local Library

In addition to the borrowing privileges for print books that come along with a library card at local libraries, many libraries also provide access to research databases, e-resources such as e- and audiobooks, music and film resources, and even community resources such as library passes and workshops. Check your local library to see which privileges you have access to. ‚Äč

Use WorldCat to Locate Items at Libraries Near You:

Databases with Limited Free Content

Open Access




What is Open Access?

Simply put open access offers access to content for free. Open access can be useful for your research but it is also something for you to think about as you create your own work.

There are two types of Open Access that you can use to make your work freely available

  1. Green OA refers to access provided through self-archiving, often with an institutional repository, such as Digital Commons @ Sarah Lawrence (see the box to the right on this page for more information).
  2. Gold OA refers to access provided through publication in an open access forum, whether a journal or a monograph.

See some of the resources below for more information.

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Open Access

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What is Fair Use?

In order to balance the interests of the creators of copyrighted works with the public's ability to benefit from those works, copyright law includes the exemption of Fair Use

Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission for purposes such as criticism, parody, news reporting, research and scholarship, and teaching.

However, just because a use is educational does not mean that it automatically qualifies as fair use. When using content for certain purposes it is important to consider copyright and if you might be infringing on it.

Columbia Fair Use Checklist

Fair Use Evaluator - American Library Association

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center Stanford University Libraries

Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians - U.S. Copyright Office