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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.

The MightyFind
The MightyFind 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 although the MightyFind is a powerful gizmo, it does not find everything. For deeper research, be sure to utilize the other tools available on this page.
Library Catalog

HopeCAT is a great way to find specific books, films, music scores, etc. (but not articles). Search by title or author, then note the call number so you can locate the item in our stacks.

Other library catalogs:

  • 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
Article Databases

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

Subject 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.

Search by Journal Title

Browse by Journal Title

Browse by subject

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

Online Reference Shelf

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

See also: Reference Sources and other research starting points

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

ContentDM presents photographs and artwork documenting the history of Hope College and Holland. The collection covers a range of topics, including historic buildings, student life and postcards.


Shared Shelf is a digital asset management service used to build and provide access to collections of documents, images, videos and audio. These collections, some of which are publicly available, include materials from the Kruizenga Art Museum and Joint Archives of Holland, as well as faculty and student works.

Shared Shelf Commons

Local History

The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint 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