Digital Collections

For a complete list of the library’s digital research collections, click here. To search the majority of collections simultaneously, use the Ebsco Discovery Service. Browse the library’s digital research collections by subject and type by clicking here.

The library’s digital collections include collections of art, academic journals, news and magazine archives, documentaries, statistics, ebooks, and digital reference content. Collections range from larger multidisciplinary collections to smaller, subject-focused collections.

Additional digital resources include:

eBook Collections
The library provides access over 200,000 academic eBooks to support student research across all disciplines. Collections range in size from smaller, focused collections such at the Loeb Classical Library, to the Ebsco Academic eBooks collection, which is large and multidisciplinary.

For pleasure reading and listening of popular fiction and non-fiction, the library purchases titles from OverDrive. Click here for a complete list of eBook collections.

eReference Collections
The Gale Reference eBooks is the digital sibling to the large print reference collection in Ohrstrom Library. This collection is large, multidisciplinary, and intended to provide background information on a wide array of subjects.

The library also purchases smaller digital reference collections. These stand-alone products focus on and often contain key reference works in a given field. Examples include Oxford Art Online, Britannica Academic, and the Oxford English Dictionary. Click here for a complete list of eReference collections.

Our print and digital newspaper collections include archival, daily, local and global newspapers, as well as an archive of NBC Learn newsreels and site licenses to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. More information can be found in this guide to the library’s news collections.

Research Services

Ohrstrom Library offers the following services to support all members of our community in their research:

  • Instruction on information literacy in support of classroom curriculum. Skills focus on the ability to retrieve, evaluate and effectively utilize a variety of sources. Library instruction sessions are most effective when taught as students are just beginning their research. Please contact us at least one week in advance to allow tailoring of the library session to the particular needs of your class. We are happy to:
    • Develop library instruction sessions that teach students to identify and narrow a topic, locate material on specific subjects, evaluate quality and effectiveness of material, develop search strategies across a variety of resources, recognize differences between primary and secondary sources, and/or distinguish scholarly from popular articles.
    • Offer such sessions to classes or to individuals in the library or in the classroom.
    • Develop research guides relevant to your curriculum/assignment(s).
  • Custom research guides for courses and assignments. Each LibGuide gathers library research collections in alignment with the research goals of a course or project. Faculty can contact us to request a LibGuide for a particular course or project.
  • One-on-one assistance to support academic research. Visit the Information Desk or email research at sps dot edu to make an appointment.
  • Embedded librarians in the classroom, whether for the length of a project, a term, or a year. Contact us to learn more about how to collaborate with a member of the library staff.
  • Bibliography assistance, including access to Noodletools, citation instruction, and a citation guide, which offers resources and examples of items most cited at St. Paul’s School.
  • Books on copyright and education and this Copyright LibGuide.
  • Interlibrary Loan for hard-to-find books, articles, or other materials that support your research.
  • Course Reserves that include all Humanities titles for the current term. Items may be used in the library for a two-hour period.