Services for Honors Students


Borrowing privileges

Lafayette honors students may borrow books over the summer and have academic year-long borrowing privileges throughout their honors year. (Regular loan periods still apply for videos, browsing collection books, etc.) If you are not automatically granted these extended borrowing privileges when checking out a book at the circulation desk, please alert the circulation staff that you are an honors student so that the library can update its system for the duration of your honors status.

Materials purchasing

In most cases, the library is able to purchase materials that you will need ongoing access to for your research (in fact, the library often prefers purchasing a book than filling multiple Interlibrary Loan requests for the same book). You can suggest books for purchase by filling out our online form. If you need ongoing access to expensive or rare materials, please consult a reference librarian.

Research assistance

Lafayette students registered for honors can use this research assistance form to request a consultation session with a librarian. The more information you provide, the better we can prepare for our meeting with you. You can expect us to contact you within a few days of submitting the form. Librarians are happy to meet with you the semester before your thesis year and multiple times throughout the year.


RefWorks is a web-based application that enables you to create a personalized database of bibliographic references and automatically format those references into a bibliography in your preferred citation style that you can access here. References can be imported from many online databases. Many honors students have found RefWorks invaluable for keeping track of and managing their citations throughout the year. Watch out for postings of occasional RefWorks workshops or contact a reference librarian at for an individual RefWorks tutorial.

Collection of past honors theses

Theses written by Lafayette students in years past are kept in Special Collections and College Archives on the second floor of Skillman Library and are available for use whenever Special Collections is open. (During the academic year, hours are 10:00-noon and 1:00-5:00, Monday through Friday.) Information about the honors theses in Special Collections is available in the Library Catalog. Search by author, title, or, for a list of theses written in a certain department, perform a keyword search for Lafayette and thesis and [department name], e.g. Lafayette and thesis and chemistry.

Interviews with past honors students

Read tips from previous honors students about managing a yearlong research project:
Matthew Plishka, History, 2015
Leikune Aragaw, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015
Nicholas Limburg, Asian Studies, 2015
Madeline Gambino, History and Religious Studies, 2014
Sarah Hardy, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2014
Joshua Hitchings, Biology, 2014
Tom Brinkerhoff, History, 2013
Rachel Davidson, International Affairs, 2013
Chris Kelly, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, 2013
Matt Mezger, History, 2013
Kelley Senters, Government & Law and International Affairs, 2013
Tyler Bamford, History, 2012
Daniel Ricken, Theater, 2012
Chris Murphy, English, 2012
Julie Pollack, Anthropology and Sociology, 2011
Hannah Klein, Economics, 2011
Brittany Maugeri, History, 2010
Jennifer Isherwood, Psychology, 2010
Sarah Kolba, Art, 2010
Christy Fic, Anthropology and Sociology, 2010
Clara Fisher, International Affairs, 2010