Research and Instruction

Quick Search

Use the Libraries' discovery tool Quick Search to search multiple places at once, including:

  • The Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog
  • The Libraries' Databases, which contain a vast collection of articles and other materials, including many available in full text.
  • Rensselaer Digital Collections

Catalog Search

Use the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog to search for materials we own, subscribe to, or have on order, including:

  • Books (print books and e-books)
  • Journal titles
  • Rensselaer technical reports
  • Musical scores
  • DVDs, videos, CDs, vinyl records, and software
  • Rensselaer theses and dissertations from 1855 to the present
  • Links to electronic journals, e-books, government documents, and reference materials


A-Z Database List

Rensselaer faculty, staff, and students have access to many online databases where they can find both discipline-specific and multi-discipline research materials.

Reference Services

To speak with a Librarian, use Ask Us 24/7 chat, schedule a virtual consultation, or complete the contact us form.

Instruction Services

Rensselaer offers live and recorded workshops, an online self-guided tutorial about information literacy and the research process, and assists individual students and researchers via email or in-person at the Library. 

Library Guides

For tips in getting started with discipline-specific research, view Rensselaer's Library Guides.


Make an online appointment with the Center for Communications+Design for assistance:

  • Working on a data visualization or other visual design project
  • Starting your essay assignment
  • Redesigning your resume before the Career Fair
  • Designing slides for your class presentation
  • Making sure the paper you wrote makes sense
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