Scholarly reference works are useful for finding background information on a topic. Finding background information can help you locate keywords for searching databases and identify more specific areas of your topic that you may want to research further.
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
Online access to several different reference titles within the following Salem Press collections: Salem Literature, Salem History, Salem Science, Salem Health and Salem Careers.
Off Campus Access
Off campus access to the library's electronic resources is provided multiple ways:
1. For any electronic resources listed within the Library's Catalog, you'll be prompted to enter your username (last name) and library card number/barcode (# found on the back of student ID).
2. To access individual Online Research Databases or e-Book Collections, you'll be prompted to enter your SMCusername and password. This is the same username and password you use to access SMC email or to login to computers at SMC. For the username you only need to enter the first part of the email address (example: smithjd15).
3. Online (distance education) students may request Print books they find in the SMC Library Catalog. These books will be mailed to the student's address free of charge (return postage will be included). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, address, phone number, title of the book, call number.
4. Online (distance education) students may also use PASCAL Delivers (learn more by selecting the Finding & Requesting Books tab on the left side menu).
If you need help with off campus access, please contact us: