Major Research Tools



Books you thought you'd never find. Searchable database of thousands of rare and hard-to-find booksellers


Tool that allows you to see if the full-text of an article is available in the Lafayette Libraries' print or electronic collections. Use when you already have a reference to an article.


Search for new, out-of-print, used and rare books.

Classification Web

Library of Congress classification and subject headings on the Web.

Directory of Open Access Journals


Index of free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

Electronic Journal List: Lafayette College Libraries

List of electronic journals available via the Lafayette College Libraries. This information is also available in the Library Catalog.

FOB: Firms out of Business


Contact info for copyright holders for out-of-business printing and publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies, etc. Provided by the Harry Ransom Center and University of Reading Library.

Foreign Book Dealers Directory

Searchable lists of vendors regularly used by university libraries in the United States. From ALCTS

Gale Database Title Lists

What's in Gale products.

Latin American Book Store Ltd


Website of distributor of Latin American and Spanish academic publications.

Library catalogs


Links to catalogs of area libraries (e.g. Lehigh, Muhlenberg) and some major research libraries (e.g. Princeton, Library of Congress).

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)


Library and Information Science journals, books, and research reports, freely available from EBSCO.

OCLC System Alerts

Updated alerts for system problems (when they're known).

Predatory open-access publishers

List of publishers who "unprofessionally exploit the gold open-access model for their own profit." An archive of the original list compiled by Jeffrey Beall, a metadata librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, with some recent additions.

ProQuest status page

Real-time info on outages for ProQuest products

Puvill Libros S.A.


Includes a searchable catalog of books from Spain, Mexico, and Cuba.

Ulrich's periodicals directory


Contains information on currently published as well as discontinued periodicals. Includes searchable tables of contents for over 24,000 academic journals, plus reviews of periodicals from Magazines for Libraries and Library Journal.

WATCH File: Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders

A database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields. From the University of Reading.



Catalog of books, videos, manuscripts, and other materials held by libraries across the country. Includes millions of records, so searches for narrow topics work best.

WorldCat Identities


Provides individual pages for 'identities' based on the personal and corporate names found in WorldCat. Typical entries show lists of the most common works written by and about an author, the genres in which they worked, subjects associated with them, and a graphical timeline showing their publication history.