For any science, social science or humanities research project, your first destination should be William & Mary’s unparalleled library system. W&M libraries are impressive by their numbers alone: millions of bound volumes, rare books and original manuscripts, and hundreds of thousands of periodicals, journals and electronic databases. But what really makes our libraries such outstanding research tools are the brilliant, dedicated people who work there.
Take the Earl Gregg Swem Library, W&M’s biggest library and a model of information accessibility. Swem reference librarians are available for basic research questions by IM, email, phone and in person. Even better, the Swem website does half of your preliminary research for you. Here the librarians have assembled detailed online subject guides (everything from film studies to physics) with links to key electronic databases and e-journals, and the best print and Web resources.
The Special Collections Research Center is a world-class repository of primary source materials (original manuscripts, letters, photographs, hand-drawn maps) on early American history. The Center is also home to the Warren Burger Collection.
But Swem is just the beginning. More subject-specific research materials are available at the three campus branch libraries (Physics, Chemistry and Music) as well as the full libraries of W&M’s professional schools: