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Faculty Information: Your Research

Doing Your Own Research

Borrowing materials

Remote access to library resources

Accessing Library Resources

Need to access the online library from off campus? Connecting is easy!  [Video Tutorial]

  • You do not need VPN to access library resources 
  • From the library catalog: Click on the Sign-In link in the View It section. Sign in with your Williams username (no @williams) and password. Once you are signed-in, you'll have seamless access to the library resources during that search session 
  • For subscribed content on the A-Z database list or the research guides you will be prompted for your Williams login (Williams username (no @williams) and password) 
  • If you run into a paywall, the resource may require a different authentication method (Shibboleth or the proxy server)  , or we may not have a subscription to the content you need 

Research Assistance and Support from off-campus

At any point, whether on or off-campus, use our Ask A Librarian service to request assistance.  You may either reach us via chat or via email. 

For more information on services that support Remote Learning, see Studying Away


Designating a Student Library Research Assistant

Faculty members may appoint students and others who assist them to be their proxy borrowers. Proxies can check out materials and request interlibrary loans on behalf of faculty.  Faculty are responsible for all materials checked out on their behalf by proxies.

To assign a proxy, fill out the Designate a proxy online form.  

If you have any questions about this service, contact that Circulation Desk at Sawyer Library: 413-597-2501. 


Library Memberships in Support of Research

In support of faculty research, the library is a member of regional, national and international consortia that enable us to provide access to materials and negotiate subscriptions to databases.

In addition to the resources available through these membership based services, Williams librarians support the use of freely available collections such as the Digital Public Library of America, the Internet Archive, the Library of Congress Digital Collections, and Europeana. These platforms of digitized materials cover the widest range of disciplines. To learn more about discipline-specific portals of digitized materials, faculty may reach out to their departmental librarian liaison, or to the Special Collections librarians

If there are other memberships or digitized collections that you would like the library to consider to support faculty research, please reach out to Research Services.