Emmanuel d'Alzon Library

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How can I install MobilePrint (HoundPrint) on my personal laptop, tablet, or smartphone?

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020    technology

The Library has a handout with detailed instructions and helpful screen shots.  Stop by the Research Help Desk for a copy.  The librarians are happy to help you with the process!

Works with: personal computers, laptops, iPads, smartphones, Chromebooks

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My professor put an item on reserve.  Where can I find it?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    textbooks borrowing

All electronic reserves, such as articles and book chapters, are posted to the Brightspace course page.  To access the readings, click on e-Reserves under Content when logged in to your course page in Brightspace.

Print books, textbooks, and movies on reserve are kept at the Front Desk of the Library.  They can be used for 3 hours within the Library building.  To view a list of reserves for your course, please see our Course Reserves search page.

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Can I donate used books to the Library?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    donations

The Library does not accept book donations. 

If you wish to donate books, the following libraries and organizations accept used books:

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Do group study rooms need to be reserved?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    library spaces

Anyone may use a group study room without a reservation, but group study reservations are encouraged and will be considered to be a priority for use of the room. 

Rooms may be reserved for groups of two or more, for up to 3 hours per day, and may be made up to 2 weeks in advance.  To reserve a group study room, please view our Group Study Rooms page.

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How can I use InterLibrary Loan to request an article from another library?

Last updated on Dec 12, 2019    find sources borrowing InterLibrary Loan

Use your AC email address and password to log in. The first time you log in, you will need to complete a User Registration form.

If you have found the article through a database and used the "Article Linker" button to determine that you will need to request it from another library, click on the "Request Item through InterLibrary Loan" link on the "Article Linker" results page.

When prompted, log into your ILL account. The request form should have been filled out automatically by the system. If some spaces have been left empty - that's okay! Scroll down and click on "Submit Request."

You will receive an email when your article arrives, usually within 1-3 business days. You will be able to download and save the file from your ILLiad account page.

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Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about InterLibrary Loan?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    InterLibrary Loan help

Email the d'Alzon Library InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Department at ill@assumption.edu or call 508-767-7135.
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Can I watch a DVD or Blu-ray in the library?

Last updated on Feb 25, 2020    library spaces technology


There is a television with a region-free Blu-ray player in Group Study Room #125 on the first floor of the library.  We recommend that you reserve the appropriate study room in advance if you need to watch a DVD or Blu-ray.  Our loaner laptops also come with a DVD drive.  Students can check out a laptop from our front desk to use in the building, and we even have headphones if you need them!

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Where can I find the Library's print journals?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    library spaces find sources

As you search in our databases, you may find that an "Article Linker" button brings you to a page that states your article is "Available from Assumption College Print Journals."  If you click this link, you will see a description of how many issues (and what publication dates) we own underneath a grey colored box titled "Holding Summary."  For example, "v.22-v.43; 1996-2017" indicates that the library has volume 22 through volume 43 (dates 1996 through 2017) on the shelf.

Most of these print issues will be shelved on "d'Alzon Library Journals - 2nd floor".  The collections of journal issues will be arranged alphabetically by title, so that journals beginning with the letter A appear on the shelves closest to the stairs on the second floor of the library building.  Multiple issues of the same journal publication are bound together and resemble a large hardcover book.  They will be organized by volume number and issue number, which you will have from the citation found in the database.


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How do I use a call number to locate a book in the library?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    find sources

If you are searching for a book through the main search bar on the Library's homepage, you will see a call number included for each print book in your search results.

Here is an example of a call number: PR6062 .I89 H69 2012

On the spine of the book, it will look like this:


All of the books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically.  So this book is shelved after the A's, B's, etc. and after the PA's, PB's, etc, until you get to PR.

Then start the PR 1's, 2's, etc. until you get to number 6062.  If there are a lot of PR 6062's, then we look at the third line down (.N89) and start again.  It's easy to get confused, so please visit the Front Desk for help.




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How do I know if Assumption College Library has a specific book, movie, or article?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    find sources

Enter the title within quotation marks in the main search box from the Library's homepage after you have selected the appropriate tab (Articles, Books, Videos, etc.)  If we have it, follow the "View eBook," "View full text," or "View Now" button to access any available electronic sources. 

If the item you have found is a print book, record the Call Number and location information to find it on our shelves.

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How do I find out if the Library has a specific magazine, newspaper, or journal title?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    find sources

Select the "Journal Titles" tab above the main search bar on the Library homepage. Enter the title of the specific magazine, newspaper, or journal that you need. 

After you click "Search", locate the correct journal title from your list of results.  Click on the journal title to find out which issues (or which publication dates) we own in our collections.  Follow the "Access Journal"  link next to the database that includes the journal issue you need.

Additionally, "d'Alzon Library Journals - 1st floor" or "d'Alzon Library Journals - 2nd floor" may be listed beneath the databases, which informs you that the Library has copies of your title available in print on our shelves.  If you have any difficulty locating the journal that you need, ask a librarian for help!

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Do you have head phones that I can borrow?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    technology borrowing


Head phones can be borrowed for up to 3 hours and must be used within the Library.  They can be borrowed at the Front Desk with a current Assumption College ID card.

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How do I know which database I should use to search for my topic?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    databases find sources

You can view a complete list of our available databases by clicking the grey Article Databases button on the Library homepage. Use the drop-down menu option to filter the list according to a specific subject.

Another method would be to use a Research Guide. Select a Research Guide that applies to your course or your subject area. Within the Guide, you should find a brief list of recommended databases.

If you are still unsure, try searching a generalized database like Academic Search Premier, or ask a librarian for help!

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I'm supposed to watch a video in Brightspace but it won't play.  Help!

Last updated on Apr 03, 2020    technology help

If you are off campus and having difficulty playing a video in Brightspace, open a new tab in your browser and follow this link.  You should be prompted to login with your Assumption email address and password.  After you have successfully logged in, you may close that tab and refresh your Brightspace page.  Your video should play correctly now.

If this does not solve the problem, or you are having difficulty on campus, please contact the library for help.

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Does the library have textbooks?

Last updated on May 26, 2020    textbooks borrowing

The library does have a small, limited collection of textbooks available on reserve, which means that each textbook can be borrowed for short periods of time for use within the library building.  We may also have access to a textbook or other required course reading through one of our e-book collections.  We are happy to check all of our collections for you, just send us an email at library@assumption.edu.

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How do I make copies?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    technology

Use our free scanner to send files directly to HoundPrint.

We have an easy to use, touch-screen scanner located on the first floor of the Library.  You can send files directly to HoundPrint, or email them to any email address.  You can also save your scans as audio files or PDFs to your USB device.

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Do I need to return my Interlibrary Loan item?

Last updated on May 26, 2020    find sources borrowing InterLibrary Loan

It depends.

If you have received an electronic item, such as a .PDF copy of an article, there is no need to return the item. 

If you have requested and received a print book, which was checked out to you from our Library Front Desk, you will need to return the book to our Front Desk or to any other library in the state of Massachusetts.  If you live outside of the state, you must use your local post office or FED-EX service to return the item to our address:

Assumption College
Emmanuel d'Alzon Library
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

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How can I schedule a research appointment with a librarian?

Last updated on May 26, 2020    find sources help

To schedule an in-person or virtual research appointment, follow the Meet with a Librarian link found on the left side of the Library's homepage.

Appointments are typically 30 minutes long and can be tailored to address any specific questions or problems you are facing in your research.  

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Can I use my Assumption ID card to visit other local libraries?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    borrowing

Assumption students and faculty may borrow directly from libraries in the Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC).  Please obtain an ARC direct borrowing card at the d'Alzon Library Front Desk in order to borrow directly from an ARC member library.
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How can I find peer reviewed articles in a library database?

Last updated on Aug 09, 2019    find sources

There are a couple different ways to find peer reviewed articles. You can use the main search bar on the Library's homepage. Use the filters on the left side of the search result screen to limit your results to Peer Reviewed under Content, and Article/Chapter under Format.

Additionally, you could use the Article Databases button on the Library's homepage and start your search in one of our specific databases. Most of the databases include filters to limit your results. Look carefully for a check box option for Peer Reviewed. Can't seem to find it? Ask a librarian for help!

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