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Article Requests

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Should you have any questions, please contact a librarian for assistance.

Interlibrary Loan Request

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E-ZBorrow Tips

Can’t find a book in Tripod? Try using the new E-ZBorrow!


  1. Click the E-ZBorrow/ILL link at the top of any Tripod page, or access E-ZBorrow directly here:
  2. Enter your 14 digit barcode and click Login.
  3. Enter the title of the book, and be sure to select the “this phrase” radio button to help limit your search.
  4. E-ZBorrow will start to bring back results – you can wait for the page to completely populate to pick the title you want, or if you see it right away you can click on it immediately.
  5. Scroll down to select a pickup location and click request.
  6. You’ll receive an email when the book arrives!


  • If you do not enter a barcode or mistype it here, an error message will appear at the point of requesting a title
  • Make sure the item you’re requesting is a book! E-ZBorrow shows other types of materials besides books; you will see DVDs, ebooks, and other materials that are not requestable through E-ZBorrow. If you look at the list of holding libraries and see one of the TriColleges listed, please check Tripod for the item’s availability. Otherwise, you can fill out an interlibrary loan form and we will find a copy of the item for you.

Questions? Please contact a librarian for assistance.

Locations of Items in Tripod at Swarthmore

Map of McCabe Library

For Locations S McCabe and S McCabe +

Call No. Begins Subject Area McCabe Location
A General Works Lower Level
B Religion & Philosophy Lower Level
C-D History, Area Studies Lower Level
E-F History, Americas Lower Level
G Geography & Anthropology Lower Level
H Social Sciences Level 2
J Political Science Level 2
K Law Level 2
L Education Level 3
N Art & Art History Level 3
P Literature & Languages Level 3
Q-T Science & Technology Level 3
Z Bibliography & Library Science Level 3

For Other Locations

Location in Tripod Physical Location
S Beit Midrash Beit Midrash Collection, Bond Lodge 5
S Black CC Black Cultural Center, Robinson House
S Cornell Cornell Science Library, Stacks, Upper Level
S Cornell + Cornell Science Library, Oversize Section, Upper Level
S Cornell Ref Cornell Science Library, Reference Section, Main Level
S Cornell Res Cornell Science Library, Reserves, Main Level, Circulation Desk
S Cornell Hnrs Cornell Science Library, Honors Reserves, Main Level near Reference Section
S Cornell CrPer Cornell Science Library, Current Periodicals, Main Level
S Cornell Per Cornell Science Library, Periodicals, Lower Level
S Cornell Video Cornell Science Library, Video Collection, Main Level
S CSPS Trotter 105 Center for Social Policy Studies, Trotter Hall, Room 105
S FHL Friends Historical Library, McCabe Library, Level 1
S Language Lab Language Resource Center, Kohlberg Hall
S McCabeDigtlOff, S McCabe LibDir,
S Tech Services
McCabe Library, Staff Offices
S McCabe Compact Shelves,
S McCabe Locked Compact Shelves,
S McCabe Locked Compact Reference
McCabe Library, Lower Level, Compact Shelving
S McCabe GenRes McCabe Library, General Reserves, Circulation Desk, Level 1
S McCabe GovDoc McCabe Library, U.S. Government Document Stacks, Lower Level
S McCabe Map Case McCabe Library, Map Cases, Lower Level
S McCabeHnrs McCabe Library, Honors Reserves Stacks, Level 1
S McCabe Microfilm McCabe Library, Microfilm Cabinets, Level 3
S McCabe Popular, S McCabe Audio Bk,
S McCabe Popular Periodicals, S McCabe Newspapers
McCabe Library, Popular Reading Room, Level 1
S McCabe Per McCabe Library, Bound Periodicals Stacks, Level 2
S McCabePerCur McCabe Library, unbound issues of scholarly periodicals, Level 2
S McCabe Ref McCabe Library, Reference Collection, Level 1
S McCabe Rare Bk Rm McCabe Library, Rare Book Room, Level 3
S McCabe Feature Film, S McCabe Television Program, S McCabe Documentaries McCabe Library, Video & DVD Collection, Level 3
S McCabe Video Reserve McCabe Library, VHS & DVD Reserves, Circuation Desk, Level 1
S Offsite Storage Go back, click “Request” & complete form. Items should arrive in 5 business days.
S Peace Peace Collection, McCabe Library, Lower Level
S Underhill Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Lang Music Building
S Underhill Indexes Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Indexes, Lower Level
S Underhill Periodicals Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Periodicals
Back Issues, Lower Level
Current Issues, Upper Level
S Underhill Recordings Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Sound Recordings, Circulation Desk, Main Level
S Underhill Reference Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Reference Collection, Main Level
S Underhill Reserve Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Reserves, Circulation Desk, Main Level
S Underhill Swarthmoreana Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Swarthmoreana, Lower Level
S Underhill Video Underhill Library for Music & Dance, shelved with books & scores in call number order
S Underhill Video Reserve Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Video Reserve, Circulation Desk, Main Level
S Women’s Resource Center Women’s Resource Center

Access Your Tripod Account with Your Campus Email Username and Password

What’s New?

  • Easier access: Use your college email username (the part before the @ symbol) and password instead of your bar code to request, renew, hold, or book items held by the TriCollege Libraries.
  • Favorites: Once you’ve logged into Tripod you can ‘favorite’ items in Books & More, save them to lists, and email, export, or print them.

What’s Staying the Same?

  • Tripod Classic: you will still need to use your library barcode.
  • E-ZBorrow: for the time being, requesting items in E-ZBorrow will still require your barcode.
  • Guest/Visitor Accounts: also for the time being, library patrons that do not have a campus email account will need to continue to use Tripod Classic.
  • Off-campus access: you will still need to log into your campus’ EZProxy server to access article content, databases, and journals. Logging in to EZProxy or VPN will not get you access to your library account.

How Does It Work?

  • You will be prompted to log in with your campus email username and password if you:
    • click the ‘Login’ link in the upper right corner of any page (formerly the ‘My Tripod’ link)
    • are in Books & More and try to request an item or click an ‘Add to Favorites’ link
  • The first time you use the new system, you’ll need to enter your library barcode to request items, view fines, etc. After that, you’ll only need to use your email username and password.
  • For a fuller explanation see the Step-By-Step Guide to Tripod’s New Account Features


  • The first time you log in to the new account system you’ll be asked for your barcode.
  • If your campus password is longer than 16 characters, you’ll need to use Tripod Classic or change your password. We’re working on this and hope to be able to accommodate longer passwords soon.
  • If you have multiple library accounts, only one can be associated with your campus email account in Tripod. For the others, you will need to use Tripod Classic.
  • If the current email in the library system is not your campus email (you would’ve had to change this yourself) then you can either change that or use Tripod Classic.

Notes About Security and Your Library-Related Data

  • To fully ensure that your account can not be accessed by anyone else, please fully close your browser when you are done.
  • If you log out of your library account but leave your browser up, it is possible to get back into your account without providing credentials again.

Questions? Problems?

Step-By-Step Guide to Tripod Accounts


Table of Contents

    1. Get Started
    2. Log in to Your Account
    3. Successful Log In
    4. Your First Log In & Entering Your Barcode
    5. If Your Log In Was Unsuccessful
    6. Logging Out & Security
    7. Using Favorites

Get Started

There are three ways to access your account in Tripod:

  • Click the ‘Login’ link in the upper right corner corner of any page.
  • Click ‘Add to Favorites’ in Books & More search result or record pages.
  • Click the ‘Request’ link on a Books & More record page.

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Log In to Your Account

  • After you’re clicked one of the above links, you will be directed to a login selection page.
    • If you are a current student, faculty or staff member, select the “institutional credentials” link on the left side.
    • If you are a guest or non-campus affiliated patron, or wish to access your account via Tripod Classic, select the link on the right.
  • After clicking “institutional credentials”, you will be directed to Tripod’s login page.
    • Enter your email username (the part before the and the associated password.
    • In the drop down menu select the college that your email is associated with, not the campus you’re on.

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Successful Log In

  • After a successful log in, you will see the following page and will be returned to Tripod.
  • How you started the log in process determines where you will be redirected.
    • If you were requesting an item, you will be returned to that item’s record page where you can continue the request process.
    • If you clicked ‘Login’, you will be redirected to your Tripod account page.
    • If you clicked ‘Add to Favorites’, you will be given the option to assign the item to a list. After assigning the item to a list, you will be redirected to the record page for the item.

Your First Log In & Entering Your Barcode

  • After your first log in to Tripod you will be prompted to enter your barcode if:
    • You attempt to request an item.
    • You attempt to access your library account data; fines, renewals, checked out items, etc.
  • After entering your barcode you won’t be asked for it again.

If Your Log In Was Unsuccessful

  • If you receive the error message, “Incorrect barcode entered or incorrect email address in your library account.  Try again or check with the Circulation desk.”:
    • first go to Tripod Classic and attempt to log in. If that fails then the issue is with your bar code and you should talk to your campus’ circulation department.
    • If you can successfully log in to Tripod Classic, then there may be an issue with the email in the library system and you should contact your circulation department or write to
  • If you receive a “Web Auth Error” that says “unrecoverable error occurred. Try again later” that means you tried to log in with your full email instead of just your email username. Return to Tripod and log in again with the part of your email preceding the @ symbol.
  • If the above suggestion do not resolve your issue contact your circulation department or write to

Logging Out & Security

  • Completely logging out of your Tripod account is a two-step process:
    • Click the “Log Out” link in the upper right corner of any Tripod page.
    • Close your browser fully when your session is complete.
  • If you log out of your library account but leave your browser up, it is possible to get back into your account without providing credentials again.

Using Favorites

  • In Books & More select ‘Add to Favorites’ in the search results or on a record page.
  • When adding to favorites, you can create multiple lists, and choose to make lists public or private.
    • To share a public list, simply go to that list and copy the URL.
  • If you are logged in, items you have added to a list will be highlighted in search results and on record pages.
  • Favorites can be emailed, exported to Endnote, and printed.
  • If you use Zotero, selecting the Print option will display your favorites in a way that is compatible with Zotero.

Other Types of Searches in Books & More

Fuzzy Searches

Use a tilde at the end of a single word term to search for terms similar in spelling.

  • roam~ will find terms like road, room, and foam.
  • To specify the required similarity, add a value between 0 (less similar) and 1 (more similar). The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5. For example, roam~0.8 will only find terms like roams and roaming.

Proximity Searches

Use a tilde at the end of a multiple word term to search for terms which are certain distance apart.

  • “economics Keynes”~10 will return results for economics and Keynes that are within 10 words apart
  • Double quotes do not trigger a phrased search in proximity searches.

Range Searches

Use special characters to perform a range search.

  • {A TO C} will return results that have terms that begin with A, B, or C. These terms could come from the title, author, or other fields.
  • [2011 TO 2012] will return results which include 2011 and 2012. These terms could cme from the publication date, title, or other fields.

Boosting a Term

To apply more weight to a term, you can use the ^ character.

Too much? Try our guide to Searching in Books & More!

Advanced Searching in Books & More

Tripod’s Advanced Search for Books & More lets you easily search multiple fields simultaneously and combine terms in complex ways.

Search Fields

  • Instead of a single search box, Tripod’s Advanced Search provides several fields to enter your search terms.
  • Each field lets you specify the type of data (title, author, etc.) you are searching for, and you can mix and match search types.
  • If you need them, the “Add Another Row” button will add additional search fields.
  • The “Match” setting lets you specify how multiple search fields should be handled.
    • ALL Terms: Return only records that match every search field.
    • ANY Terms: Return any records that match at least one search field.
    • NO Terms: Return all records except those that match the search fields.

Search Groups

  • For certain searches, a single set of search fields may not be enough. For example, suppose you want to find materials about the history of China or India.
    • If you did an ALL Terms search for China, India, and history, you would only get materials about China and India.
    • If you did an ANY Terms search, you would get a lot of materials about history that had nothing to do with China or India.
  • Search Groups provide a way to build searches from multiple groups of search fields. Every time you click the “Add Search Group” button, a new group of fields is added.
  • Once you have multiple search groups, you can specify whether you want to match on ANY or ALL search groups.
  • In the history of China or India example above, you could solve the problem by using search groups like this:
    • In the first search group, enter India and China and make sure that the “Match” setting is “ANY Terms.”
    • Add a second search group and enter history.
    • Make sure the match setting next to the Search Groups header is set to “ALL Groups.”

Multiple Search Terms in a Field

  • Boolean operators can be used in each search field.
  • For multiple word search terms using the keyword drop down, you must perform a phrased search or use AND. Within each advanced search field, the default is OR. For example:
    • Citizen Kane, in one search field, as a keyword, returns 13,344 results.
    • Citizen AND Kane, in one search field, as a keyword, returns 95 results.
    • “Citizen Kane”, in one search field, as a keyword, returns 77 results.

Searching in Books & More

Basic Boolean searching

  • Use AND, OR, NOT, and – to combine terms with Boolean logic.
  • These Boolean operators must be in uppercase.


  • The AND operator finds materials where both terms appear.
  • The default search is AND.
  • Beatles AND biography finds materials with both terms, Beatles and biography.


  • The OR operator finds materials where either term appears.
  • Beatles OR biography finds materials that include the term Beatles and materials that include the term biography.


  • The NOT operator excludes materials that contain the term after NOT.
  • Beatles NOT biography finds materials that include the term Beatles, but do not have the term biography.
  • To exclude multiple terms, use the – (minus) operator. For example, Beatles -biography -media finds materials that include the term Beatles but not the terms biography or media.
  • The NOT operator cannot be used with just one term.

Phrased searching

“search terms are surrounded by special markers (generally, quotation marks) to show that they form a phrase. The software returns only those items in which these words appear next to each other, and in exactly the same order as the supplied phrase” (Webster’s New World Computer Dictionary, 2003)


The stemming algorithm automatically reduces words to their base or root form.

Query expansion

The opposite of stemming, this process automatically expands words to their common forms.

  • Quaker to Quakers and Quakerism.
  • conserve to conservation, conservative, etc.

Searches can be simultaneously stemmed and expanded.

  • robotic returns results for robot, robots, and robotics
  • cooking returns results for cooking as well as cook, cooked, cooks, and Cooke.

Phrased searches are still stemmed and expanded.


“a character (such as an asterisk or question mark) that stands for any other character, or series of any other characters, that may appear in the same place” (Webster’s New World Computer Dictionary, 2003)

If you want to search for multiple variations of a word, you can substitute a special symbol for one or more letters.

  • To perform a single character wildcard search use the ? symbol.
    • organi?e returns results for organise or organize
    • h??ophilia returns results for hemophilia and homophilia
  • To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the * symbol.
    • econom* returns results for economy, economies, or economics
    • h*ophilia returns results for hemophilia, Hispanophilia, haemophilia, hypereosinophilia, heterophilia, hibernophilia, and homophilia
  • Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.

Stop words

“a word which is ignored in querying a database because it is so common and would produce so many results that it would obscure the search or take too much time” (The Macquarie Dictionary, 2005)

Tripod’s default stop words
an and are as at be but
by for if in into is it
no not of on or s such
t that the their then there these
they this to was will with


  • If you’re combining words with Boolean logic, remember to capitalize your operators; “and”, “or” and “not” are stop words when lowercase.
  • Stop words are ommitted in phrased searches right now too, but we plan to fix that.

Want more? Try our guide to Advanced Searching or our guide to Other Types of Searches in Books & More!

Special Collections

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College has one of the largest and richest collections of art, cultural artifacts, rare books and manuscripts to be found among liberal arts colleges in the country. The collections were built through donations from the extraordinary graduates of this all-women’s college that opened in 1885. Rather than focusing on one time period or topic, the collections reflect the range of interests of the donors, and thus support teaching, advanced research, and exhibitions across numerous fields.

The collections comprise rare books, manuscripts, ephemera, graphics, photographs and the College’s archives. They also include the art and artifact collections which number more than 50,000 objects and encompass five areas: fine art, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs; archaeology; anthropology; decorative arts; and geology.

An expanded list of Bryn Mawr Special Collections finding aids and additional archival collections, is available at

Friends Historical Library

Established in 1871, Friends Historical Library collects materials pertaining to Quaker history, from the mid-17th century beginnings of the Religious Society of Friends in England to the present. FHL is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker history and houses the archives of Swarthmore College.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections

Special Collections maintains the college’s unique and rare materials. The principle collections include the world-renowned Quaker Collection, college archives, rare books and manuscripts, and fine art. The Quaker Collection centers on the history of Quakerism from 17th-century Britain to the present day in many parts of the world. The college archives documents the history and operations of Haverford College from its founding in 1833 to present. Rare books and manuscripts cover all fields of knowledge with particular strengths in literature, natural history, science, and American and British history. The collection of art includes photography ranging the history of the genre, prints by European, American and Asian artists, oil paintings, sculpture, and Ancient Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian and African artifacts.

Peace Collection

The Peace Collection holds the papers of many individuals and the records of numerous organizations, reflecting the spread of non-governmental peace movements in the United States and around the world. The Peace Collection also holds material in a wide variety of formats on subjects such as nonviolence, disarmament, women and peace, conscientious objection, and other reform movements.