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Alumni Services @ KSL


Learning is a lifelong pursuit. Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) wants to support your personal growth after graduation. All alumni are welcome to visit KSL, have a cup of coffee or snack in Cramelot cafe, browse the collections, or attend a lecture or exhibit.  While at KSL you may use one of our Guest computers to access our collection of research databases, e-books, digital journals, statistical and scientific datasets, and much more.

We have also developed a suite of resources and services that will allow you to continue to enjoy some of the advantages you had as a student such as borrowing books and films, taking classes to keep up with the latest multimedia technology, using research database from your home or anywhere you have an internet connection.

Kelvin Smith Library and the Case Alumni Association currently collaborate to fund this offering of online resources for your personal lifelong learning. All CWRU alumni are eligible for the following Kelvin Smith Library alumni benefits, at no charge. To register, you will need your CWRU ID and password. If you need this information, please contact Information Technology Services at 216-368-4357. Get started today by clicking "Sign Up."

After registration information is shared with publishers, KSL mails you a unique alumni portal url, a new library username & password, and a borrower's card. You should expect the information in about one business week. Use the online resources from the convenience of your home or from wherever you have an Internet connection. A physical card and welcome letter will follow in the postal mail.


Licensing restrictions do not allow alumni access to all of the Case online resources that are available to current students, the KSL Alumni Online library provides access to selected research databases covering a wide variety of subjects. Alumni
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition: Multidisciplinary with full text from 3,000+ journals and article abstracts from 8,000+.
  • Business Expert Press EBooks: Written by scholars and practitioners for concise, practical knowledge in broad business categories & focused tracks. Several Case faculty are editors for BEP.
  • Business Source Alumni Edition: 1,530 full text business magazines & journals, including 770 a peer-reviewed titles.
  • CINAHL: Authoritative resource for nursing & allied health. Covers abstracts of 3,000+ journals.
  • Environment Index: Abstracts of articles from 1,700+ journals from 1940s forward.
  • Humanities Int’l. Index: Abstracts of 2,000+ journals in all areas of humanities.
  • SocINDEX: Comprehensive sociology database with 2+M records, text, & abstracts for early 1900s core journals.  
  • Anthropology Plus: International physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural ethnology & related fields, journals from 19th century to today. Harvard University publishes the Anthropological Literature database.
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): Varied disciplines. Easy to read when selecting from item's table of contents link. ('Download' requires user to have created a personal folder workspace from the top of the screen.)  
  • FRANCIS: indexes 2.5 million records 1972 to present, in multidisciplinary/multilingual humanities & social sciences. 
  • Times (London) Digital Archives 1785-1985: 200 years of the newspaper's graphics, articles, and advertisements.
  • JSTOR: Full text of 1,300+ journals from first issue to the early 2000s. Titles are from humanities, arts, social sciences, business & management, and the sciences. (Licensed available content is color-coded.)
  • Liebert Online: Full text journals & books in biomedical/biotechnology/life sciences, medicine, nursing, surgery, and sustainability.
  • MIT CogNet: Full text journals & books related to the brain and cognitive science.
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health: Full text of 470 journals in nursing & allied health. Designed for researchers in healthcare as well as in nursing and allied health academic programs.
  • Project MUSE: Digital humanities scholarly texts from leading societies & university presses. (Licensed content is color-coded.)

  • Kelvin Smith research librarians have compiled a list of useful, freely available web resources from both public and private organizations.
  • Resources are arranged by broad subject categories and are updated frequently. Bookmark your favorites! 
  • If you know of a great resource make a suggestion for an addition to this collection.

  • Borrow materials from circulating collections at the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) and the Harris Library at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS).
  • Use your online library account to keep track of your materials & renew online. Loan privileges and policies are the same for alumni as they are for currently enrolled & employed university individuals.
  • Order directly from the the 89 OhioLINK libraries & SearchOhio public libraries. Alumni cards give you up to 5 concurrent OhioLINK transactions.
  • Interlibrary loan - Request articles from the Kelvin Smith Library collections.  Logon to the ILLiad system & set up a First Time User alumni profile. E-mail alerts notify you when the article is available. 
  • Freedman Center is a full-service multimedia center. It offers an array of services to alumni, including access to hardware and software tools, including video and audio capture and conversion, video and audio editing and authoring, and a full suite of tools for creating web pages and websites, animation, recording podcasts or voice, as well as tools for self-directed language learning. 
  • Don’t want to do it yourself? The Freedman Center also offers an array of Premium Services for a minimal fee. These include 8mm and 16mm film conversion, slide scanning, photo printing, and large item scanning (including paintings, maps, and blueprints). See their website for more information at: http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/
  • Take CaseLearns Classes.  Alumni card holders can also take CaseLearns classes on topics like the principles of digital imaging, digital video and audio, web design, using geospatial data and statistics and more. You may view each semester’s schedule and register online at: http://library.case.edu/caselearns/

Help When You Need It!

You are not on your own when it comes to using these resources. You also can draw on expert reference assistance to help you navigate the selected databases. Research Services Librarians can talk to you via email, text messaging, phone, visits, or live chat service to get you started using the alumni databases. Ask A Librarian now for help.

We welcome your comments & suggestions at kslalumni@case.edu!

Speaker Graphic Testimonials

Valuable tools to do research on business information, history, leisure topics, science and technology advancements. It is convenient and available any time, anywhere - Wong ('85)

This service has allowed me to remain up to date on the latest thinking in business and has kept me linked to the University in a fashion that no other alumni service has - Franklin ('01)

Primary draw for me of the KSL Alum membership is access to full-text journals (as many as possible!). Without a university affiliation, it's exorbitantly expensive to keep up with the journals in my field - Frost ('08)

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