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Wireless Access for Guests

Question:

How can I find information about getting wireless access at Stanford for guests?

Answer: 

This is available through the ITSS site for Guest Access. Guest accounts for wireless access must be sponsored by a Stanford community member with a SUNet ID. Library staff are not authorized to sponsor guest accounts for library visitors.


Q&A: Stanford's Mission Statement

Question:

Where can I find the mission statement of Stanford University?

Answer: 

Stanford's original mission statement is found in the opening material of the Founding Grant of Stanford University. In the Founding Grant, it's called the "Nature, Object, and Purposes of the Institution" and is located on page 4.


Q&A: Browsing Fiction Collections

Question:

Where can I browse for good fiction books at Stanford?

Answer: 

In addition to searching for fiction books by author or title in Socrates, you can also browse one of several specially designated collections of fiction titles:

  • For recent fiction, see the collection of New Fiction titles in the Lane Reading Room. These are selected by our American and British Literature Curator, and are available on 28-day loan. (They are listed in Socrates under HAS-Fiction.)
  • The Physics Library has a Science Fiction collection available for browsing and for 28-day loan. Many titles are uncatalogued and located in the Science Fiction bookcase near the current journals display. These are not all listed in Socrates.
  • The Robert Crown Law Library is home to the Vrooman Collection, an eclectic collection of popular fiction and nonfiction on subjects outside of the law. Vrooman Collection titles are listed in Socrates and available on two-week loan. Law Library staff can point readers in the right direction to find these books in the law library.
  • The Bender Room contains current and classic fiction and non-fiction. Though these books cannot be checked out, if you search Searchworks, you can probably find another copy somewhere on campus.

Stanford's collections are large and unlike a public library, it is difficult to browse the literature sections. However, if you want to browse these, check out the section with call numbers beginning in PS for American literature and PR for English literature. For literature in other languages, see Library of Congress Classification Outline.


Q&A: Athletics and Human Performance Research at Stanford

Question:

I would like to look into the history of Stanford's involvement in human performance or athletics. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: 

On the general topic of the history of Stanford athletics, a Searchworks search for "Stanford University Athletics" returns over 100 items in your results, including Champions: a century of Stanford sports : videorecording, 1991.

Another good source is the Human Performance Lab at the Stanford School of Medicine. You might even want to contact the lab to talk to someone about their history.

Finally, you can visit the University Archivist in Special Collections to discuss options for searching university archives and newspapers.


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