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Research Tools

The Mills College Library provides a wide variety of research tools to assist the Mills community in pursuing their academic and leisure goals. 

The Mills online Catalog, which is called Minerva, is a primary resource. Minerva lists all materials in the Mills Library including books, journal/magazine subscriptions, audio, DVDs and videos, rare books, college archives, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, course reserves, etc. You can search Minerva using keywords, as well as author, title, subject and more. (See Example)

Course Reserves
Many Mills classes have reading assignments which are available electronically through the Catalog in a digitized PDF format. Other assigned readings may include actual books, CDs, videos, etc. which are located at the Library Circulation Desk and available for 2-hour or 24-hour checkout.

Online Journals
The Library subscribes to over 50 general and subject-related databases which are used to locate specific articles. When you’re first starting out, consider using a broad general database such as Academic Search Premier or Proquest Research Library.

Online Reference Books
The Library has several subscriptions to online reference works which include encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, specialized subject encyclopedias, etc. Use the Online Reference Books link for a complete list which includes Gale Virtual Reference Library, xReferplus, and the Grove dictionaries of Art and Music.




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P: 510.430.2385
F: 510.430.2278
E: library@mills.edu

Last Updated: 7/6/16