Research guides are a great place to start exploring what the library has to offer.
- Learn all about navigating the library with the General Library Research Tutorial.
- Discover how to evaluate the information you find at Evaluating Resources.
- Find research guides by major, discipline, or school at Research Guides by Subject.
- Read about the Archives and Special Collections at Goddard Library.
The Goddard Library supports the research and learning goals of the undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff at Clark University.
Our physical and digital collections maintain a record of scholarly inquiry, with journals dating back to the 19th century, items from Jonas Clark’s personal library, and the most cutting-edge research being published today. Our digital collections allow for ease of access and breadth that is curated for the disciplines at Clark and are available 24/7 for all members of the Clark community — whether you are in Worcester or live anywhere around the globe.
The Reserves Collection provides access to materials that are required or recommended for courses offered at Clark University. We offer assistance obtaining access to materials in all formats, including print books, e-books, electronic articles, excerpts scanned from larger works, videos, and more.
Only as a rare exception will the library purchase a textbook that does not contribute to our collection beyond its use in a course. A textbook is defined as “a trade book issued in a separate edition specifically for the use of students enrolled in a course of study. The format may be altered to make it more useful, for example, by the addition of study questions and bibliographies at the end of each section or chapter.”
The library must operate within United States copyright law. All materials must be obtained and used in compliance with Title 17 of the United States Code. Note: The library makes no guarantee that a given request can be fulfilled.
Course Reserves order requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Because they are handled in high volumes on a semesterly basis, please allow for up to four weeks’ processing time on the materials requested. We encourage order requests for materials be placed as early as possible to help ensure they can processed in time for the start of the semester.
Citation Tools and Help
Citing your sources is a great way to share accurate information, avoid plagiarism, and build on the scholarship of others with similar interests and expertise. While citing your work can seem daunting, the library is here to support you by providing a variety of digital tools to help you correctly format your work, organize your research, and cite sources accurately.
Our research librarians are here to help you every step of the way — in person, by phone, or online through a chat or web consultation.
In addition to citations, style guides offer rules and guidelines for the entire written work. Familiarizing yourself with a required style can make the research process much easier. Our Citation Resources include guides for the most frequently used styles at Clark (APA, MLA, Chicago).
Ask a Librarian
Librarians are here to help you with all aspects of the research process, from forming research questions to adding final footnotes. We will work with you to focus your searches, locate appropriate materials both online and in print, and build your scholarly voice.
We can help you find what you need to make your research richer and guide you through all of the resources available.
Call, email, text, chat, or schedule an appointment with us through Goddard Library Help Online.