The best place to start familiarizing yourself with the library and our services would be our video tutorials covering a range of topics from how to navigate our site to starting your search, refining your topic, and accessing our vast catalogue of resources.
Be sure to take advantage of our research guides covering a whole range of subjects and disciplines. They curate the most relevant and helpful resources from our databases and across the web, giving you the tools to quickly kickstart your search. Each guide also includes the contact information of the relevant subject liaison librarian, if you have more questions or need more in-depth help.
Not finding what you’re looking for? You can submit a request for a journal article or book not accessible through our catalogue and we’ll be able to borrow it on your behalf from our partner university libraries. An article can be in your inbox within 24 hours or so, physical books will take a longer, so don’t wait till the last minute!
Still have any unanswered questions? Be sure to use the pop-up chat to ask our librarians for help, available Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm and Fridays 10am-12pm. You can also peruse our frequently asked questions or submit your own. For more-depth, be sure to schedule a research appointment with one of our librarians. You can request a specific one or we can help pair you based on your topic.
The library has many resources available that I wish I’d known about as a freshman, especially for Diplomacy students. As someone who has worked at the library for the last four years, I’d recommend that all students familiarize themselves with the library’s website, as most questions regarding the library can be answered there. On the website, you can find comprehensive lists of available books and eBooks, which are separated by subject. Many professors will put their textbooks on permanent reserve at the library. I highly recommend taking advantage of this resource, since I know how expensive some books can be and how they add up. Professors don’t always announce when books are on reserve so it’s important to check the website for yourself, especially because some professors use the same textbooks for different classes.
Another aspect of the library that few students know about is the newspaper subscriptions that are available through the website. I know that many professors encourage students to stay up to date on current events, whether it be through news or journal articles. Many of these are available for free online through the library. So, if you need to access to major newspapers like the New York Times or Wall Street Journal among others, I encourage all students to look at the subscriptions the school already has access to.
All disciplines have research guides, which are a great starting point for finding relevant databases and resources. They’re written by expert liaison librarians for each major, so I highly recommend students find out who their librarian is! I personally met with the Diplomacy subject librarian over the past four years by making a research appointment. I met with her several times to discuss papers I’ve written, including my senior thesis. She was incredibly helpful in providing me with tips to locate the sources I needed.
While the website covers most of the resources you’ll need, our subject librarians and circulation staff are always welcome to help any students navigate the resources the library offers in person or over chat or email.
To celebrate Black History month, Kanopy–our on-demand streaming video service–is highlighting a selection of independent films, featuring the stories of extraordinary African American musicians whose talent has shaped today’s music industry. The list of films can be found here.
Kanopy’s entire Black History Month collection of over 300 films is now available to watch here.
Seton Hall University Libraries is pleased to provide Kanopy exclusively to Seton Hall University students, faculty, and staff.