Research Tools

Whether you're writing a paper or just want to satisfy your curiosity, you’ve come to the right place. The library’s research tools will help you learn about any topic.

The MightyFind
The MightyFind is a discovery service that searches the library’s databases, repositories, catalog and other online resources in one fell swoop. It’s a good place to begin your journey.

But although the MightyFind is a powerful gizmo, it does not find everything. For deeper research, be sure to utilize the other tools available on this page.
Library Catalog

HopeCAT is a great way to find specific books, films, music scores, etc. (but not articles). Search by title or author, then note the call number so you can locate the item in our stacks.

Other library catalogs:

  • MeLCat – request print books, DVDs and CDs from libraries throughout the state of Michigan
  • WorldCat – search the collections of thousands of libraries around the world
  • Center for Research Libraries – an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries
  • Herrick District Library – Holland, Michigan’s public library. All Hope students are eligible for Herrick library cards
Article Databases

Our databases are a gold mine of journal articles, ebooks, scientific papers, maps, images, films, streaming music, data sets, book reviews, historical artifacts and many other sources. If you’re serious about learning more about your topic, this is where to do it.

Browse by subject

Browse by title

Search for databases

Trial Database

Birds of North America Online

BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 760+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada.

This trial runs until November 30, 2016.

Journal Finder

Use our Journal Finder to locate journals, magazines and newspapers. To browse current issues of scholarly publications, try BrowZine for an easy-to-navigate interface.

Search by Journal Title or ISSN

Browse by journal title

Browse by subject

If you already have a citation or DOI and want full text, try Citation Linker

Library Guides

In partnership with your professors, we’ve developed guides to assist with courses that demand in-depth research. You’ll find curated lists of resources related to your course topic, as well as tips to help you investigate more effectively.

Browse guides by subject.

Online Reference Shelf

Wikipedia isn't as reliable as you think. To find authoritative answers, try these reference sources.

Digital Repositories

Digital Commons collects scholarly work by members of the Hope College community, as well as digitized versions of college publications like the Milestone and the Anchor.

Digital Commons

ContentDM presents photographs and artwork documenting the history of Hope College and Holland. The collection covers a range of topics, including historic buildings, landmarks and postcards.


Local History

The Joint Archives of Holland collects the institutional records and personal papers of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, as well as local history materials related to the greater Holland area.

Visit the Joint Archives

The Van Raalte Institute is a research center focused on Dutch American history, the history of Holland and the history of Hope College.

Explore the Van Raalte Institute