Monthly Archives: October 2013

Project MUSE for All Your Musings

Project Muse

Project Muse

Stonehill College’s MacPháidín Library provides a variety of resources to assist students and faculty with various projects, papers, and general interests. As the month of October is well under way, the pressure of student lead presentation, papers, and theses begins. Thankfully, MacPháidín Library subscribes to many electronic resources which can be found here: http://libguides.stonehill.edu/content.php?pid=239671). But there is one database that you should use for all of your projects and papers this year. This electronic resource is Project MUSE.

Project MUSE was founded as a non-profit collaboration between libraries and publishers. MUSE provides a wide range of journals, articles, and chapters in the humanities and social sciences. Since the launch of Project MUSE in 1995, it has proved to be a leading provider for electronic journal collections to the academic needs of scholars worldwide. As stated on its website, MUSE’s mission is to “excel in the broad dissemination of high-quality scholarly content. Through innovation and collaborative development, Project MUSE anticipates the needs of and delivers essential resources to all members of the scholarly community.” MacPháidín Library has subscribed to Project MUSE because it does just that. This electronic resource holds an infinite amount of reputable material with a user-friendly platform for research and discovery.

MUSE currently includes 290,786 articles and 574,866 chapters by 205 publishers. The database includes complete, full-text scholarly journals from leading publishers. Furthermore, as of January 2012, MUSE launched UPCC Book Collections which offer book-length scholarship to all of its users. Project MUSE explores topics from Ethnic Studies and Creative Writing to Science, Technology, and Mathematics. The content you find on MUSE is peer-reviewed and written by prestigious authors and scholars. Also, once articles are uploaded in MUSE, it stays online permanently. Students or faculty from any major can benefit from this electronic database.

Project MUSE is also extremely user friendly for your research needs. You can search books and journals in one place at the same time. It also provides social networking options for sharing your findings with other students and colleagues. Project MUSE is a great resource to access no matter what your field of interest. Check it out right here http://0-muse.jhu.edu.library.stonehill.edu/

If you’d like more information and a hands-on demonstration of this resource, don’t forget the Info Café! You can view the full Info Café schedule here. Sessions on Project Muse are being offered at 6pm every-other Thursday. If this time and day does not work for you, email the Reference Librarians at reference@stonehill.edu or call 508.565.1203 and they’ll be happy to arrange another time for you.

By Kasey Berardi

Perspectives: disAbility Awareness Month

My Left Foot

My Left Foot

In Perspectives, a new series of featured stories, the Library will be sharing individual Stonehill Community members’ stories. Often, these stories will be related to events and topics of discussion on campus. Alongside individual accounts from students, faculty, and staff, Perspectives will give readers the broader context of an event or topic and ideas for obtaining additional knowledge. We’re kicking the series off this October with disAbility Awareness Month.

A Student Perspective, by Stevi Briggs

Did you know that October is Disability Awareness month? I did! A person’s disability does not always have to be visible. A disability can be intellectual, psychological, or emotional. Having a disability does not mean that someone is any less of a person than someone without disabilities either. There have been many laws passed to protect those with disabilities in our country, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Often times those with disabilities take the time to find their abilities in order to make their mark on the world. Take Christy Brown for example, a man born with Cerebral Palsy who learned to paint with only his left foot! Check out the movie “My Left Foot” based on his story, available in the library today! Need to find out what Cerebral Palsy is first? Go to the library’s home page and type in “cerebral palsy” into the search bar and you will find a number of books, eBooks, journals and videos on this common brain disorder. If you want something more general, Brain Disorders Sourcebook is a great resource on disabilities involving brain abnormalities. More interested in behavioral and emotional disabilities such as ADHD and bipolar disorder? We have tons of sources on those too! For those psychology majors out there, these will be found in your general, developmental, and abnormal psychology textbooks! Coming from someone who grew up with a sibling with a disorder, Cerebral Palsy to be exact, take my word that it is very important to be educated about the numerous disabilities in the world today.

Finding Out More

Stevi points to a number of excellent ways to find library resources related to disAbility. The field of disability studies is also a growing area of research and thought across a wide range of disciplines, from the Humanities to the Sciences. If you would like to read more about the field, you can visit the “What is Disability Studies?” page of Syracuse University’s Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies for one definition, or visit the University of Michigan’s Initiative on Disability Studies for another perspective.

Scholars engaged in this field formed the Society for Disability Studies in 1982. The mission of the Society is to promote “the study of disability in social, cultural, and political contexts,” by recognizing that “disability is a key aspect of human experience, and that the study of disability has important political, social, and economic implications for society as a whole, including both disabled and nondisabled people. Through research, artistic production, teaching and activism, the Society for Disability Studies seeks to augment understanding of disability in all cultures and historical periods, to promote greater awareness of the experiences of disabled people, and to advocate for social change.”

Part of their academic work includes founding the academic journal Disability Studies Quarterly, an open-access journal available to researchers, students, and the public online. Through our databases, the MacPhaidin Library also provides access to a wide range of additional scholarly journals focused on disability, from fields including Sociology, Economics, Law, Public Policy, Education, and more. To find journals that specifically address disability studies, visit our Ejournals page and search for “disability.”

If you would like additional information or help beginning your research, please contact the Reference Librarians: reference@stonehill.edu, 508-565-1203.

 

The Info Café is Open!

Info Cafe

Info Cafe

During the 2012 academic year, the Reference Librarians piloted a new program of short sessions designed to provide quick, specific assistance navigating the Library’s Resources, called the Info Café. Sessions at the Info Café are for up to 5 students or faculty, so they are small, focused workshops that can quickly provide you with the information you need to get going on your research, document your sources, or learn new skills for using a range of resources, from those we access every day (yes, we include Google!), to those students may need when they begin research for their Capstone projects.

Visit our Calendar to see our offerings and sign up for sessions.  Info Café sessions are short (20-30 minute), targeted sessions designed to help you use library resources more efficiently. Through these sessions, students and faculty can learn about:

  • Advanced techniques for using HillSearch
  • Refworks and Refworks Advanced
  • Specific Databases to which the Library subscribes
  • Citation styles, including APA, MLA, and Chicago
  • Better Google searches
  • Image resources
  • Streaming media offerings
  • Government Documents
  • And other topics

When you visit the Calendar, if you don’t see the specific database in which you are interested, or if there’s a topic you’d like to see us offer, please let us know! Librarians are happy to offer one-on-one or small group sessions designed with your particular needs in mind. You can contact us at reference@stonehill.edu, or at 508.565.1203.

Because we want to make sure the Info Café offers the menu you need, we will be adding new sessions often. We are currently working with the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement to offer sessions on the research process and the Career Services Office to design a program on managing your online identity for the job market. These sessions will be added to the calendar as they become available. Because we’re constantly updating our offerings, be on the lookout for new tutorials and workshops!

Info Café Sessions take place at the former Periodicals Desk, located between the Reference Desk and Ace’s Place. Over time, Librarians also plan to renovate the area that houses the Info Café in order to make the space more conducive to the types of one-on-one tutorials and small group meetings we offer.

If you are a faculty member interested in having an Info Café session tailored to a particular assignment in one of your courses, or would like a standard session offered at a particular time for your students, please contact us at reference@stonehill.edu or 508.565.1203.

We look forward to seeing you at the Info Café soon!

Six Word Story: I Love Doing Finance Homework Here

Finace Work at the Library.

Finace Work at the Library.

If you’re taking a finance course like this student, the library has many useful resources available for your next research project. Start out by taking a look through the HG and HJ book sections on the far left side of the third floor. Whether you need information about contemporary American finance or finance in another country (maybe China?), there’s a book waiting for you.  We also provide access to online journals, such as Government Finance Review and Public Finance Review, through JSTOR, Academic OneFile, and other databases. There are even ebooks that you can digitally annotate right on your laptop thanks to our ebrary subscription!

Take a moment to browse through our Business Libguide to see a complete overview of the resources available. You can also stop by the library and talk to Joe Middleton, our Business liaison librarian. He knows all about the materials available for business majors, and is even trained on the Bloomburg terminals in Stanger. He’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

Featured Video: Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain

In 1937, science fiction writer H.G. Wells laid out his vision of the World Brain. He envisioned a moment in which “any student, in any part of the world, [would] be able to sit with his projector in his own study at his or her convenience to examine any book, any document, in an exact replica.” Now Google is helping to make Wells’s vision a reality.

The Media Education Foundation’s new film Google and the World Brain explores Google’s digitation project. Produced by the BBC and exhibited at Sundance, this film looks at Google’s intentions and the potential social ramifications of the project. Google wants to scan every book in the world and, according to the company, they are building a library for all mankind.

As many of you probably have experienced first-hand, Google books has tremendous utility and gives people access to materials they would never have been able to access before; however, this film urges us to ask: Are there other motives? Does the project have a more sinister side? There are some who think so, including the authors from around the world who brought Google to court in 2011for scanning copyrighted material. This film seeks describes itself as “The story of Google’s most ambitious project ever and the people who are trying to stop it.”  Watch this compelling film, and decide for yourself.

You can visit our Streaming Media LibGuide to learn how to access the various collections of online videos and music the Library has available. If you are a faculty member interested in using online videos or music in your classes, you can read more here.

Electronic Reserves and Harvard Business Review Articles

The MacPhaidin Library provides access to recent Harvard Business Review articles via EbscoHost Business Source Premier. Through Business Source Premier, users can access articles from 1922-present. (We also have access to articles from 1997-2000 through a number of other databases to which the library subscribes. For a full listing of resources containing the HBR, please visit our Ejournals page.)

Because Business Source Premier is a relatively new upgrade to our database offerings, we want to notify faculty of the following clause in our license agreement. Please note that the restrictions stated below are the policy of Harvard Business Publishing, not Stonehill College or EBSCO Publishing:

Harvard Business Review Notice of Use Restrictions, May 2009

Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter

“Content on EBSCOhost is licensed for the private individual use of authorized EBSCOhost users. It is not intended for use as assigned course material in academic institutions nor as corporate learning or training materials in businesses. Academic licensees may not use this content in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. Business licensees may not host this content on learning management systems or use persistent linking or other means to incorporate the content into learning management systems. Harvard Business Publishing will be pleased to grant permission to make this content available through such means. For rates and permission, contact permissions@harvardbusiness.org.”

Students and faculty are welcome and encouraged to use the HBR for their research, and librarians will be happy to assist the community in finding appropriate materials that relate to course content. If you have any questions about what this license agreement means for your course, please contact us at reference@stonehill.edu or 508.565.1203.

John Rodrigue Faculty Book Launch: Lincoln and Reconstruction

Lincoln and Reconstruction

Lincoln and Reconstruction

On Wednesday, October 2nd, the Library hosted the third in its series of Book Launches.  For these events, the library works with the Office of Academic Affairs to host a faculty member who has recently published new work. These informal gatherings give members of the Stonehill community an opportunity to hear more about the significant scholarly contributions made by our faculty.

This week, we heard from Professor John C. Rodrigue, who spoke about his new book Lincoln and Reconstruction; the book is part of the Concise Lincoln Library series, published by the Southern Illinois University Press. To read more about the Series, click here.

Professor Rodrigue spoke about the process of writing the book, including researching the rich secondary resources available on Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln’s own writings. Professor Rodrigue emphasized that his research led him to the conclusion that Lincoln’s idea of what post-war reconstruction meant changed over the course of the war and its aftermath, shifting from an idea of reconstruction as “restoration” to a belief that reconstruction required “a more fundamental social, economic, and political reordering of southern society and of the Union itself.” In fact, Professor Rodrigue shared with the audience that, in would become Lincoln’s last speech before his assassination, Lincoln advanced a view of reconstruction that called for granting voting rights to certain African-american men, including “the very intelligent, and those who served our cause as soldiers” (read the entirety of Lincon’s last speech here). While this may seem a very restricted viewpoint to a contemporary audience, for 1865, Lincoln’s speech was a radical call for black enfranchisement that enraged his opponents, including John Wilkes Booth.

To read more about Professor Rodrigue’s book, visit the Southern Illinois University Press online. The MacPhaidin Library has copies of all titles in the Concise Lincoln Library series, including Lincoln and Reconstruction. To locate titles in the series, you can search HillSearch directly from the Library’s homepage, or access HillSearch here and search for “Concise Lincoln Library.” Use the links, or facets, on the left-hand side of the page to limit your search to the format “Print.” This will give you a listing of the physical books in the series held by the Library.

 

An Evening with Frederick Douglass Featuring: Charles Everett Pace

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

The Cornerstone Program of General Education Presents:
An Evening with Frederick Douglass
Featuring: Charles Everett Pace

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
MacPháidín Library, First Floor
Stonehill College | 320 Washington St., Easton, MA

Charles Everett Pace illuminates the life and times of Frederick Douglass in a vivid, scholarly performance, explores African American history and culture, and embraces the concept of a usable past.

Synopsis: Frederick Douglass escapes Southern slavery, forges an alliance with Northern abolitionists, writes a narrative of his life & times, and after a two-year anti-slavery tour of the British Isles returns to the United States. But when his abolitionist colleagues attempt to curtail his growing political independence, Douglass is forced to confront racial prejudice in an entirely unexpected locale – among his abolitionist friends themselves. Through force of conviction, eloquence of language and the liberating power of thought, this anti-slavery leader and growing “woman’s rights man,” emerges triumphant, not only in his quest for personal and professional dignity, but in his general assault against the slavery system itself. Nowhere was his anti-slavery assault more successful than in his personal and political relationship with President Abraham Lincoln, including his recruitment efforts with the Massachusetts 54th and 55th Regiments.

This Performance is FREE and Open to the Public
Space is Limited!!! Please RSVP to:
Patty Mead
Email: pmead@stonehill.edu | Phone: 508-565-1799

Students, Questions, Printing Last-Minute, Technology, Service

Media Group Study Room

Media Group Study Room

This person’s story points out all the amazing technological tools the library provides. There are computer labs, scanners, printers, and a student favorite, media rooms! Located on the first floor, they’re just like our other study rooms, but with the addition of flat-screen TVs and multi-region DVD players. Rent one out for a three hour block by visiting the Circ Desk. Want to reserve a specific time? Call at least an hour in advance to book a slot! They’re also available during overnight hours! Use one the next time you need to watch a DVD – or hook up your laptop to the tv to watch a streaming video for class. Maybe there is a show on tv that you want to watch. You can either book a room by yourself or with a group of people – you’ll see why our technology is something to rave about.

Information about the Government Shutdown

US Government Shutdown is Big News - in Japan!
If you use social media, watch the news, use public transit, or otherwise come into contact with the world outside campus today, you have probably heard about the government shutdown that begins today. But what does this actually mean? The last time the government closed its doors for a few weeks was in 1995-1996, when most Stonehill College students were too young to remember it, so we’ve collected some helpful articles that detail what exactly a government shutdown entails.

News outlets, twitter, and Facebook will be inundated today with people expressing their opinions about the shutdown, the reasons for it, its potential effects, and what it means for the men and women who work for the government. This includes the military, employees of government agencies such as the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and a host of others. This is a heated topic, and almost everyone has an opinion about what and who is to blame.

If you’d like more information, the Washington Post published a detailed article that explains how key agencies will be affected. For instance, last night the House and Senate passed and President Obama signed a bill to ensure that military servicemen and women will continue to be paid. Social Security workers, flight controllers, national security employees and those who work in offices that provide other “essential services” will continue to go to work. Thankfully, while most NASA employees will be furloughed, according to the Post, “Scientists working on the International Space Station will stay” where they are.

The New York Times has also published an article this morning that details the cause of the shutdown. They note that “Those looking for financial data to assess the impact of a shutdown will have to do it without help from the Congressional Budget Office and the Census, both of which are closing.”

For those who are reading the news internationally, who are not from the US, or who are not familiar with our government’s processes and procedures, The Guardian has a number of articles to help explain what exactly is happening here. In addition to the broad article, they have provided information on the history of shutdowns, what it means for the global economy, and an explanation of the services affected.

In the midst of this the Affordable Care Act, which is at the root of the debates that caused the shutdown, has also taken effect today and the new health.gov site has gone live. If you are interested in reading more about the reasons for the shutdown, including the debate over “Obamacare,” you can learn more from the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, or The New York Times.

The Stonehill College MacPhaidin Library is a government documents repository, which means that some of our government-provided services may be affected by the shutdown. The Library of Congress, for instance, has posted to social media that “All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.”  If you have any questions about access to government resources during the shutdown, please contact the Reference Librarians in-person, by phone at 508-565-1203, or by email at reference@stonehill.edu for assistance.