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Alumni: Q & A

Q & A

When will I officially lose access? Will my Davidson username and password just stop working?

You'll lose access to the library databases once your Cat Card and Davidson Login expires. The time that this process can take varies but you'll probably lose access by the end of the summer after you graduate. For example if you graduate in May 2020, you'll probably lose access between May and August 2020.

Will I lose access to Zotero?

No. Zotero is free, open source software. You'll be able to continue to use your Zotero account as long as you'd like to. However, if you used your e-mail to set up your account, you should update your account so you can continue to see updates in your inbox. 

I want to continue my thesis research but I'm going to lose access. What are my options? 

Your best option is to look for open access scholarship. You can find a lot of open access material by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals. You can also search for articles using an open search tool like Google Scholar and then either pay for each article or see if your local public library can Interlibrary Loan the article. Each public library interlibrary loan service is different and it may cost a fee to use the service. 

If you're looking for primary sources, freely available sites include the Library of Congress Digital Collections, the Digital Public Library of America, and Independent Voices.

Can I access any other college libraries' collections? 

It depends. Many public universities will allow guests and community members to use their public computers to access databases that they own because they're publicly funded. Look at your local university's website or call them before arriving to confirm that their policy allows guests to access their information. 

How can I get a public library card?

Find your closest public library system. Look at their website to learn more about getting a library card. For example, if you use the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Library system, you'll need an ID and proof of address. Many libraries allow you to sign up for a card online and then activate your card in person. 

Can I still contact the Davidson librarians after I graduate? 

Yes! Davidson librarians are committed to helping recent graduates and all alumni find information. Again, because of our subscription agreements, we are not allowed to send alumni subscription information from our databases. But we're still happy to help you locate and use other resources when we're able to. 

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