-How do I log in?
-I forgot my password
-Logging in off campus
-What is SWITCH?
-Interlibrary Loan Requests
-Course reserves
-Finding full text

-How do I cite this in APA?
-Renew a book online
-Reserve a group study room
-Access email from off campus
-Action Research/Practice-Based Inquiry Projects
-Finding Textbooks

How do I log in?

Use your Alverno network login. This is the same username and password you use to check your email. If you can't remember your password, you can reset it through Tech Services.

I forgot my password

You can reset it through Tech Services.

I'm off campus and it's telling me I need to log in. Huh?

Do you see a screen asking you to Log in to your TOPCAT account? If so, enter your TOPCAT log in (see question #1 for help). If not, give us a call at (414)382-6202 so we can look into it.

What is SWITCH?

SWITCH stands for the Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange is a not-for-profit organization of participating private colleges in the Milwaukee area. Its purpose is to facilitate cooperative ventures, such as resource sharing and information technology exchanges, between its member institutions:

  • Alverno College
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Mount Mary University
  • Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • St. Francis de Sales Seminary, and
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

What is InterLibrary Loan (ILL) and how do I submit a request?

InterLibrary Loan allows patrons borrow materials from non-SWITCH libraries. For everything you need to know about ILL (how long it takes, how to pick up/return, etc.) check out our ILL Policy page.

To submit an ILL request for an article, fill out this form

To submit an ILL request for a book, fill out this form.

NOTE: If the material you want is available through one of the SWITCH schools (Alverno, Cardinal Stritch, Concordia, MIAD, Mount Mary, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis Seminary, and Wisconsin Lutheran) you can request it through TOPCAT.

How do I find course reserves?

Getting to course reserves

    • From the Alverno Library homepage click the link under the TOPCAT search box that says “Course Reserves”.
    • From TOPCAT click the “Course Reserves” link under the "Jump To" section

 Finding your course

  • In the search box above the list of course reserves, enter your course abbreviation and number (ex: N450), or your instructor’s last name. Click the link for your course. Click the title for the item you want. 
  • If the item is an e-reserve item, you’ll see a link to the resource. 
  • If it is part of our physical reserve collection, make a note of the title and/or call number and ask for it at the help desk in the library.

How do I find full text?

There are a few different ways to find the full text of an article when you already have the citation.

Google Scholar
  • Click the Google Scholar link on the library homepage (direct link here)
  • This is especially important if you’re off campus. The link on our homepage is synced to our databases, that’s how it knows whether or not to give you full text access
  • Enter the article title in quotation marks
  • If we have full text access, a link should appear on the right hand side that says either “Full Text @ Alverno” or [HTML] from Ebsco or [PDF] from proquest.com
  • Click those links to go to the full text
TOPCAT
  • TOPCAT is our online library catalog.
  • Go to TOPCAT or start from the TOPCAT search box on the library homepage
  • Click "Citation Linker" at the top menu bar, choose the correct type (article, book, etc.) and enter as much information for the citation as you know.

How do I cite this in APA?

The library’s Citing Sources page can help you get started.

You can also get tips from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

How do I renew a book online?

Log into your TOPCAT account and sign in. If you are startin from TOPCAT, click "Sign in" at the top your right corner, and then your name. Click "My Loans," and the blue "Renew" after each item. You may check the boxes next to items and use "Renew All," however, if you include recently checked out item, this will use one of your two renewals. Most items can be renewed twice. For questions about renewals, or grey "Not Renewable" items, please call Circulation at 414.382.6433 or a librarian at 414.382.6062. 

How do I reserve a group study room?

Please see a librarian. Group study rooms are typically first come, first served; have a 3-hour maximum limit; may not be reserved more than twice in one week; and must be reserved for 3 hours advance. For instance, if a student wishes to reserve a room from 5pm to 8pm, they must approach a librarian at 2pm or earlier.

How do I access my email from off campus?

From on campus, you will need your system username and password. From off campus, you will need to enter Alverno\ before the username (ex: Alverno\janedoe). This Alverno\ prefix is what is meant by "organizational account".

For the most up to date links & information on accessing email from off campus, check the Tech Services website.

How do I find Action Research Reports or Practice-based Inquiry Projects (MSN Capstone Projects)?

Education courses' Action Research Reports are still being compiled in our online library catalog. Please check back here soon for a link to them. Nursing courses' Practice-based Inquiry Projects, also known as MSN Capstone Projects, are found in our TOPCAT catalogue here. You can find more information from the MSN Capstone tab of the Nursing LibGuide.

Finding Textbooks

The library has created an open reserve collection for the textbooks that we carry to make them easier for students to find and use. We do not have copies of textbooks for every class. Textbooks will have different checkout periods depending on the nature of the book and how many copies we have. Each book is labeled with the checkout period.

Fines will not be forgiven. If a student returns a book late, they must pay the fine. This is to ensure that books are returned on time so that the highest number of students have access to them. The fines are below:
4 hour book - $1.00/hour
3 day book - $2.00/day
7 day book - $2.00/day

This collection is updated each semester to hold only the books being used in current course offerings. To view a list of the textbooks currently held in this collection, check here in TOPCAT.