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Mellon Mays Guide to Research


This is a guide for students in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. The purpose of this guide is to present information about key library resources and services. Please keep in mind that you may want to consult the main Library website, or other Library research guides, to find additional information about using the Library and conducting research. Please contact Niamh McGuigan, Director of Library Exploration and Research, with any questions. 

Get Help from the Library

Search BruKnow, the Library Catalog

Get resources from other libraries

If Brown doesn't have what you need, Interlibrary Loan is always an option.

Books: WorldCat Discovery / Borrow Direct
If the book you need is checked out or not in our catalog, try looking for it in Worldcat Discovery, a catalog of libraries worldwide. You can also use WorldCat  to conduct additional subject searches just to see what’s out there. Be sure you're on the Brown network, then click on the Request This Item in the green box. If it’s available, the book will be sent to you. This service for books is called Borrow Direct.

Journal articles: ILLiad
If you found the article in a database, click on the Find It button-- if we don't have it, you'll be directed to an Interlibrary Loan link. If you're not in a database, or don't see the Find It button, open your own ILLiad account and request the article there. Generally, you'll be emailed a PDF of the article, and it can be found in your ILLiad account.

Gather background and contextual information