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MPH@Simmons: Getting Started

Introduction to the library for MPH@Simmons students

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Contact the Library

There are many ways to contact the library!


You can chat with a librarian any time the Library is open (see our hours page for more information).


You can email us any time.  We'll get back to you as soon as possible.



You can call us any time.  If you don't get an answer right away, leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

  Make an Appointment

You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help.  Click the calendar icon above or the book now icon on the right side of the screen.

How to Use This Guide

On each page of this guide, you'll find information about library resources and services, plus tips on how to get the most out of them.  Many resources and topics overlap, and when you see a resource on multiple pages that means it's a versatile title.

This Getting Started page introduces important services that will help you get what you need from the library.

Need help?  Ask a Librarian. We're here to support your academic work, wherever you are physically based.  

Important Services


Search the library catalog to see if we have any e-books on your topic.  Type the topic or title you're looking for into the search bar.  Under Format, select "E-books."

For more information on e-books, check out our Simmons E-books guide

Article Databases

The library provides access to many different databases, or collections of articles.  These are the best places to search the literature for your research projects.  See the Articles on Your Topic page of this guide for more information.

Interlibrary Loan

Looking for a book or article that Simmons doesn't have?  Log into your Interlibrary Loan account and request it!  Books will be mailed to you, and articles & book chapters will be shared electronically.

Help with Research

Need help?  There are lots of ways to get help from a Simmons librarian.  

If you have a quick question or need help right away, chat, email, or call us.

We're also happy to schedule virtual research appointments with you via phone, chat, skype, or whatever method of communication works best for you. 

Make a Research Appointment and work with a librarian to:

  • discuss and narrow your topic
  • refine your searching techniques, and
  • choose the highest-quality information to use.

Librarians are here to support your learning and research, and to make finding information a straightforward and friendly process. Feel free to make an appointment with your subject specialist, or choose "No preference" to see all librarians' availability.

Help with Citations

Within the Master of Public Health Program, students are required to follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) Author-Date for referencing.  Unless otherwise noted, please carefully cite all references according to this style and include a complete bibliography of sources for assignments.

See the Writing & Citing page of this guide for help with the Author-Date style.

Subject Guide

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