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Locations of Items in Tripod at Swarthmore

For Items in McCabe Library

Call No. Begins Subject Area McCabe Location
A General Works Lower Level
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion Lower Level
C Auxiliary Sciences Of History Lower Level
D World History Lower Level
E History Of The Americas Lower Level
F History Of The Americas Level 2
G Geography, Anthropology Level 2
H Social Sciences Level 2
J Political Science Level 2
K Law Level 2
L Education Level 2
N Fine Arts Level 3
P Language And Literature Level 3
Q-T Science, Technology Level 3
Z Bibliography, Library Science Level 3

For Other Locations

Location in Tripod Physical Location
Cornell Cornell Science Library, Stacks, Upper Level
Cornell + Cornell Science Library, Oversize Section, Upper Level
FHL Friends Historical Library in McCabe Library, Level 1
McCabe Compact Shelving McCabe Library, Lower Level
McCabe GovDoc McCabe Library, Compact Shelving, Lower Level
McCabePerCur McCabe Library, unbound issues of scholarly periodicals, Level 2
McCabe Rare Book Room McCabe Library, Level 3
Offsite Storage Go back, click “Request” & complete form. Items should arrive in 5 business days.
Peace Peace Collection in McCabe Library, Lower Level
Underhill Underhill Library for Music & Dance, Lang Music Building

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?

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 Special Collections

The Bryn Mawr Special Collections Department manages the college’s extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, art, cultural artifacts, and the college’s historical records, supporting teaching, advanced research, and exhibitions across numerous fields. Included in the collections are Classical and Near Eastern archaeological objects; African, Asian and Native American art works; European art prints; Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; early printed books; European travel accounts to Asia, Africa and the Americas; books on the history of women and by women writers; and papers of writers, artists, and social activists.

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

Quaker and Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available the College’s rare books, manuscripts, art, and the college archives to serve the teaching and research needs of the Haverford and scholarly communities. In addition to the world-renowned Quaker collections, which illuminate Quaker life, faith, and practice from the earliest days of the Society of Friends to the present, the collections include Haverford College history; literature; United States history, particularly the Philadelphia area, abolition, and Native Americans; history of printing; relief work and aid; and Asian history and culture.

Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library

Established in 1871, Friends Historical Library collects archival, manuscript, printed, and visual records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins in the mid-seventeenth century to the present. The holdings are a significant research collection for the regional and local history of the middle-Atlantic region of the United States, the history of American social reform, the involvement of Quakers in a variety of movements and organizations, and also include the College Archives.

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

The Peace Collection is a research library and archives documenting non-governmental efforts for and peace, non-violent social change, and conflict resolution around the world. It holds a wide variety of materials and formats on secular and religious pacifism, disarmament, women and peace, conscientious objection, nonviolence, civil disobedience, progressivism, the Vietnam War era, African-American protest and civil rights, feminism, civil liberties, the history of social work, and other reform movements.

Swarthmore College Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room houses rare books, journals, and an extensive collection of fine press and artists’ books. Notable collections include the Bathe Collection in the History of Technology, the David Keller Collection of Pulp Fiction, and materials by and about William Wordsworth, James Thomson, W.H. Auden, James Michener ’29, and Seamus Heaney.

Images and Manuscripts Database

This database contains digitized versions of materials held in the special collections of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges. While it represents only a small percentage of the materials available onsite, it includes materials of interest such as historical college images and publications and Quaker-related materials. These are grouped around themes or collections and may be browsed or searched.

Institutional Scholarship Database

This database contains college archive materials from Haverford and Swarthmore colleges, including oral histories, digitized versions of publications, and video files.

Archived Web Pages

Archived web pages contains snapshots of the websites of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges, as well as Quaker and Peace organizations. The archived web pages show what these websites looked like at specific times.

EZproxy FAQs

I forgot my password.

Please use the appropriate password reset utility:

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Please verify your username and password and try to login again. If you’ve forgotten your college password, please use the appropriate password reset utility (above).

I logged-in to EZProxy successfully, but I still don’t have off-campus access to the database, electronic journal, e-book, etc. that I’m trying to use.

Please try these troubleshooting techniques in the order presented:

  • Confirm that you are using a supported browser (see below) and that cookies are enabled in your browser.

    EZProxy supported browsers:

    • Netscape, 4.x or 7.x
    • Internet Explorer, 5.x and higher
    • Firefox or Mozilla, 1.x or higher
    • Safari, 1.x or higher
    • (AOL is not supported)
  • Confirm that you are not logged in to VPN. The VPN session can disrupt the EZProxy service.
  • End your current EZProxy session by closing your browser. Open your browser and begin a new session by navigating to the appropriate EZProxy Login page from:
  • Log-in to the EZProxy service. From the “Login Successful” screen, navigate directly to the library catalog or database lists in our Research Guides by selecting the appropriate links.
  • Avoid opening multiple browser windows or tabs, and excessive use of the browser’s forward and backward navigation buttons, as this can disrupt your EZProxy session.

If these troubleshooting steps do not resolve your EZProxy access problem, end your current EZProxy session by closing your browser. Open your browser and clear the cache. Begin a new session by navigating to the appropriate EZProxy Login page from: and follow steps 4-5 above.
For further assistance, please email the appropriate contact:

  • Bryn Mawr patrons:
  • Haverford patrons:
  • Swarthmore patrons:

In your email, please include the following information:

  • The title of the electronic resource that you are trying to access from off-campus through EZProxy
  • The name and version of your web browser
  • The troubleshooting steps you attempted and their results
  • Screenshots or copied text of any error messages that you encountered

Alternately, you can also submit the “Report problems” form linked from the FindIt menu and banner.

I’m on-campus and trying to connect to an e-book from Ebook Library (EBL). Why am I being asked to login to EZProxy?

Ebook Library (a.k.a. EBL) requires an additional level of login authentication to access e-books. The EZProxy system is currently being used to provide this additional level of authentication. Both on- and off-campus users will be prompted to login to EZProxy before gaining access to EBL e-book content.

E-ZBorrow Requests

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