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Alumni and Guest Users: UMW Libraries

A guide to UMW Libraries' resources for Alumni and Guest Users

UMW Databases FAQ

Can I access UMW Libraries' databases from off-campus?

Due to licensing and security restrictions, Guest and Alumni patrons are not able to access password protected databases from off-campus.
There is one exception: Guest users can search UMW Libraries' Quest search from off campus, but they must be use UMW Libraries' computers to access full text.

How do I access UMW Libraries' databases?

Guest and Alumni patrons are able to access all of UMW Libraries' databases and other electronic resources on library computers at both Simpson Library and the Stafford Campus Library. 

What if I need to do research from home or work?

In order to conduct research from home or work, students and faculty of VIVA institutions (including Germanna) should contact library staff at their home institution. Unaffiliated Guest and Alumni Patrons should contact their local public library.

Who should I ask for help when searching in databases?

While in the UMW Libraries, reference librarians can assist you with the online databases. From off-campus, non-UMW patrons should rely on the support of the library staff at their home institution or local public library.

Do you have a full list of your databases and other electronic resources?

Check out UMW Libraries' A-Z Databases page for a complete list of UMW Libraries' electronic resources.

Find Databases through Your Local Public Library

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a source of scholarly sources on the open web.

While the full article is not always available, Google Scholar is an excellent way to find out what scholarly articles are available on your topic, especially if you do not have access to library article databases.

It also provides free online access to some of those articles. It's worth checking out!

Contact UMW Libraries

Simpson Library

Library Information:

(540) 654-1125

Research Help:

(540) 654-1148

Stafford Campus Library

(540) 286-8025

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Visit our Staff Directory.

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