| by Carrie Macfarlane
Welcome, Class of 2026! We’re so excited to introduce you to the libraries at Middlebury.
When you first enter the Davis Family Library or the Armstrong Science Library in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, questions about our resources, services, and spaces may start to bubble up in your mind. Librarians are here to help. We’ll start now by answering a few questions you’ll probably have this semester:
Where can I find electronic journals?
You can find nearly all of our journal articles, newspaper articles and books in an online tool called LibrarySearch. LibrarySearch is on the Middlebury Libraries home page under Search > All.
- Our LibrarySearch Quick Reference describes LibrarySearch’s most useful tools for searching and saving results. Take a look when you start working on your first research paper!
Where can I find data and statistics?
You can find data and statistics in a number of different places. To figure out where to look, you’ll need to consider what’s likely to be available, and what exactly that you need.
- Our Data & Statistics guide directs you to the best databases, search tools, and resources for statistics and other datasets. Use the Schedule Appointment button to talk with a librarian who can help you find exactly what you need.
How do I cite a source?
Usually, you’ll need to cite sources both within your paper and at the end of your paper. You should always cite according to the style (e.g., MLA, Chicago, APA) that’s either recommended by your instructor or common to your field.
- Our Citation & Style guide directs you to tools and resources on citation and style.
Talk with a librarian!
Librarians can help you find electronic journals, identify what kinds of data and statistics you need and where to look for them, cite sources, and more.
- Find us at the Research Desk, or contact us online at go.middlebury.edu/askus!
Carrie Macfarlane is the Director of Research & Instruction at the Davis Family Library