Welcome to the HON 101 library research guide, which is designed to help students writing Honors Theses in the College of Arts & Sciences conduct successful library research for a literature review as well as the honors thesis. It is meant to support you as you take your research to the next level.
While your thesis advisor will likely recommend specific books and articles, your own research is critical. This research guide is not a source of discipline-based content, but does provide guidance on how to find discipline-specific resources.
From the Honors College website: UVM Libraries and Honors College Students
For general reference questions, librarians are available at Howe Library at the Reference Desk, and remotely as well through our Ask a Librarian services, which include chat, e-mail, text and phone options.
Librarians are here to support and facilitate your research process, and are available for individual consultations by appointment.
You may wish to consult with a Subject Librarian in your discipline for help with in-depth thesis research at any stage of the research process, including help with defining and refining your thesis topic. Contact any of us by e-mail, and we will schedule a time that is mutually convenient to meet.
As the Honors College Librarian, please also feel free to contact me regarding all stages of your thesis process. You can contact me directly at: email@example.com
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Found a citation to a book or journal article that you need, but isn't owned by the library? Obtain the item through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan's (ILL) service for UVM affiliates will obtain materials (books, articles, book chapters) not owned by the UVM Libraries, from other libraries and document delivery sources. This service is free for UVM students, faculty, and staff. An article is delivered electronically and usually arrives within a few days. Book requests are generally filled within a week.
If you are making a request for the first time, you will need to register for the service before making a request. If you are making a request for the first time, you will need to register for the service before making a request. View this brief video for instructions on how to register.
Document Delivery (materials owned by UVM Libraries)
UVM students may request scans of articles and book chapters from materials available in Howe Library regular print and microform collections. ILL staff will scan articles or book chapters and deliver them as a PDF to a user's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) portal. There is no fee. Copyright law applies. View this brief video on how to make a request.
Requests for ILL and Document Delivery may be placed online. Log in to your ILL portal using your UVM netid and e-mail password.
If you are making a request for the first time, you will need to register for the service before making a request. View this brief video for instructions on how to register.
Find more details and a link to the ILL and document delivery request forms. There is also a link ("ILL/DD" green button) on the Library homepage.
Working Off Campus?
Use your UVM NetID and password to log in to the UVM network through EZproxy before you begin your research, to access the UVM Libraries' licensed electronic resources, such as article databases, electronic journals, e-books, and more.
Once you're logged in look for "ezproxy.uvm.edu" in the URL of the web page (e.g., http://library.uvm.edu.ezproxy.uvm.edu/) to ensure that you are connected to the UVM network.
NOTE: after a database name indicates a licensed library database, restricted to UVM affiliates.