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Research Tools

Whether you're writing a paper or just want to satisfy your curiosity, you’ve come to the right place. The library’s research tools will help you learn about any topic.

Hope Primo
Hope Primo is a discovery service that searches the library’s databases, repositories, catalog and other online resources in one fell swoop. It’s a good place to begin your journey.

But even though Hope Primo is a powerful gizmo, it does not find everything. For deeper research, be sure to utilize the other tools available on this page.
Library Catalogs

The Books + Media search scope in Hope Primo is a great way to find specific books, films, music scores, etc. Search by title or author, then note the call number so you can locate the item in our stacks.

Other library catalogs:

  • MeLCat – request physical books, DVDs and CDs from libraries throughout the state of Michigan (please allow up to two weeks for delivery)
  • WorldCat – search the collections of thousands of libraries around the world and place requests (please allow up to two weeks for delivery)
  • Center for Research Libraries – an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries
  • Herrick District Library – Holland, Michigan’s public library. All Hope students are eligible for Herrick library cards
  • Western Theological Seminary – find books and media in Cook Library
Article DatabasesA-Z List of Databases Arranged by Title

Our databases are a gold mine of journal articles, ebooks, scientific papers, maps, images, films, streaming music, data sets, book reviews, historical artifacts and many other sources. If you’re serious about learning more about your topic, this is where to do it.

Search for Databases

Browse by Title

If you already have a citation or DOI and want full text, try Citation Linker 

Research Guides

In partnership with your professors, we've developed guides to assist with courses that demand in-depth research. You'll find curated lists of resources related to your course topic, as well as tips to help you investigate more effectively.

Browse by Subject

Search Guides
Journal Finder

Use our Journal Finder to locate journals, magazines and newspapers. To browse current issues of scholarly publications, try BrowZine for an easy-to-navigate interface.

If you already have a citation or DOI and want full text, try Citation Linker 


Use our newspapers research guide to learn more about campus access to digital editions of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, search our newspaper database, or learn more about our current print newspaper collection.

Newspapers Research Guide 

Online Reference Shelf

Google isn't as reliable as you think. To find authoritative answers, try these tools.

See also: Reference Sources and other research starting points

Citation & Plagiarism Resources

Need help with citations? The library has you covered!

Citations and Style Formatting

Organizing and Keeping Track of Your Sources

Zotero LogoWe recommend Zotero. Zotero is a free citation management tool that can help with creating citations and storing sources as well as organizing your research through a tagging system, relationship building and note taking.

  • EndNote Web: A cloud-based bibliographic management and source documentation system to help you collect, organize, and use citations (account required using 1Hope email address)

Plagiarism Information

Digital Repositories

Hope College Digital Commons collects, preserves and shares the scholarly and creative work of the Hope community. It serves as the college's institutional repository and promotes discovery and research by providing open access to a wide range of digital resources created by Hope faculty, students and staff.

Digital Commons 

Artstor Public Collections provide access to documents, images, videos and audio. These collections, some of which are publicly available, include materials from Hope College Archives and Special Collections, as well as faculty and student works. Many of these collections are also browsable in JSTOR Open Community Collections.

Artstor Public Collections 

Local History

Archives and Special Collections collects the institutional records and personal papers of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, as well as local history materials related to the greater Holland area.

Visit the Archives 

The Van Raalte Institute is a research center focused on Dutch American history, the history of Holland and the history of Hope College.

Explore the Van Raalte Institute