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Welcome to the Gustavus Library

This guide will point you to some of the resources available to teachers and students through the Gustavus library. The librarians are happy to help you find what you need.

Everyone is welcome to use our library. To arrange for a class visit, contact Barbara Fister (fister @ gustavus dot edu). Or just drop by whenever we're open. The nearest visitor parking can be found using our campus map. Parking rules are enforced during the school year between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. you can park in any designated parking spot. Books can be checked out for four weeks by anyone with a current public library card. Magazines and videos can also be checked out, but only for one week. Databases our library subscribes to can be used on campus, but are not accessible from off-campus unless you are a Gustavus student, staff, or faculty member. However, quite a few databases are available to all Minnesota citizens through MnKnows.

Feel free to use the reference desk as a resource (in person, by phone, by e-mail or via chat). You may also use the library's computers and printers; some will require a guest login of Gustauvs (user name) and Adolphus (password). Printing costs five cents a page; you can purchase a card with a value of either one or five dollars and use the code on the card to release print jobs by going to We do not have a public photocopier, but we do have a scanner that you can use to create .pdf files and e-mail them to yourself to print either in our library or elsewhere.

Table of Contents:

Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. It can be searched through the front page of our website or you can use this link to see advanced search options such as limiting a search to video format.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests and use your public library barcode and name to place a request. You will need to pick the books up at the public library.
  • Online Book Archives
  • Google Books
    Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.
  • Early English Books Online
    Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of nearly 100,000 books in English printed between 1473 and 1700 - virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America, plus works in English printed elsewhere. Texts range from the first book printed in English by William Caxton through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. Included are works by Malory, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell; novels by Aphra Behn; prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations; almanacs, calendars, and many other primary sources. You would have to be physically in the Gustavus library to search this database.
Finding Current Articles
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. You can also access this database through MnKnows using your public library card ID.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. You can also access this database through MnKnows using your public library card ID.
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
Historical Magazines and Newspapers
  • Magazines from the Past
    There are many popular magazines (shelved on the lower level in alphabetical order) that can provide insights into a particular time period. You can either browse them to see what was happening on a given date or search for a specific topic using the print index, Reader's Guide to Periodicals, found on the main floor. These are some that are available in the Gustavus library.

    American Mercury, 1924 - 1975;
    Atlantic Monthly, 1857 - present;
    Business Week, 1929 - present;
    Christian Century, 1930 - present;
    Cosmopolitan, 1890 - 1899;
    Crisis, 1941 - 1960;
    Current History, 1918 - 1976;
    Design, 1932 - 1976;
    Dial, 1840 - 1844, 1918 - 1976;
    Eclectic, 1845 - 1856;
    Electronics, 1938 - 1995;
    Forum, 1888 - 1940;
    Golden Book, 1925 - 1935;
    Good Housekeeping, 1957 - 1992;
    Harper's, 1850 - present;
    House Beautiful, 1846 - 1992;
    Hygeia, 1923 - 1949;
    Illustrated London News (scattered issues), 1855 - 1968;
    Independent, 1876 - 1928;
    Ladies Home Journal, 1910 - 1941;
    Life, 1936 - 1999;
    Littell's Living Age, 1860 - 1941;
    Nation, 1889 - present;
    National Geographic, 1909 - present;
    New Republic, 1915 - present;
    New Yorker, 1939 - present;
    Newsweek, 1937 - present;
    North American Review, 1879 - 1940;
    Outlook, 1898 - 1932;
    Popular Science, 1899 - 1945;
    Punch, 1919 - 1992;
    Reader's Digest, 1928 - 2003;
    Review of Reviews, 1890 - 1937;
    Saturday Review, 1927 - 1975;
    Scientific American, 1929 - 2009;
    Survey, 1909 - 1952;
    Time, 1935 - present;
    U.S. News and World Report, 1940 - present;
    Vogue, 1968 - 2003;
    World and Work, 1901 - 1932;
    Yellow Book, 1894 - 1897;

  • Newspapers
  • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
    The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2005 - covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. You must be physically in the Gustavus library to use this database.
    1851-4 years ago
  • On Microfilm . . .
    We also have a microfilm version of the St. Peter Herald. There is no index, however, so the only way to find information is by date.
The Archives
The College and Church Archives have many materials that may be of local interest, including documents, photos, and artifacts. The website for the archives offers finding aids and digitized photographs. However, quite a few of our collections are not yet processed. The archivist, Jeff Jenson (jjenson @ gustavus dot edu) would be happy to consult with you about research opportunities for your students.

Web-Based Primary Sources

There are a great many digitized primary sources available on the Internet. These are a sampling of some of what's available. You can find more by location, period, or topic at the WWW Virtual Library World History Index.

  • Aberdeen Bestiary
    A bestiary manuscript created in England around A.D. 1200. It's easy to search by an animal and find high-quality images from this illuminated manuscript.
  • American Memory
    A database containing full text documents, spoken word and sound recordings, still and moving images, maps, and sheet music as a digital record of American history and creativity. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
  • Eurodocs
    Primary sources from Western Europe, organized by geography.
  • Historical Maps
    From the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda library Map Collection, maps organized by region.
  • In the First Person
    Indexes over 3,000 collections of personal narratives from around the world, sometimes linking to free full texts available on the Internet. Search by subject, historical event, locations, or words used in the text.
  • Valley of the Shadow
    An outstanding collection of primary sources from two communities in Virginia and Pennsylvania, from 1859 through the Reconstruction. A fascinating use of the Internet for historical research.
Sources for Copyright-Friendly Images

These sites offer images that can be used without copyright concerns either because they are in the public domain, they are licensed under a Creative Commons license with some but not all rights reserved, or are available for academic use.

  • Art Images for College Teaching
    Images of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture, all photographed on location by the author for non-commercial, educational use. Some post-Renaissance and "non-Western" works are also included, but copyright restrictions prevent the inclusion of most 20th and 21st century works.
  • CDRI: Digital Resources for the Study of Religion
    From the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools, the Cooperative Digital Resource Initiative (CDRI) provides access to a large set of high-quality digital resources for the study of religion. This impressive digital image collection features items as diverse as woodcuts, coins, maps, postcards, sermons, and other ephemera. It's use is not limited to religion topics.
  • Flickr: Creative Commons
    User-uploaded images in Flickr that are available under a Creative Commons license for general use. These are generally recently-taken photos, but can be useful for finding pictures of places and buildings.
  • Flickr: The Commons
    This section of the popular photo-sharing site is populated with images from libraries and museums that have no known copyright restrictions. It's a great resource for historical images.
  • WorldImages
    California State University IMAGE Project
    WorldImages contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. Its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. Use a variety of search techniques, or browse some 500 portfolios organized into subject groupings. (Description from home page.)

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