Monthly Archives: December 2013

Library Staff Recommend Love Actually

Love Actually

Love Actually

When polled the library staff overwhelmingly choose Love Actually as their favorite holiday movie. Runners up where March of the Wooden Soldiers and It’s a Wonderful Life. All three movies are available for check out at the library.

Looking for your own favorite holiday videos in our collections? Here’s a quick way to search for them:

  • On the main library webpage, use the “Library Search” box to conduct your search using HillSearch.
  • Type in the title of the film you wish to view. You can also use the director, or the subject “Christmas Films.”
  • If you obtain multiple results, use the links, or facets, at the left to limit the “Format” to “DVDs & Videos.”
  • If we don’t have a DVD you think should be part of our collection, you can contact us to request that we purchase a title. Remember that our primary collecting focus is to support student research, but we have many great DVDs you can watch for entertainment, too!

Feeling Festive This Holiday Season?

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s that time of year again when the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” runs on tv around the clock. Perhaps you would like to watch some alternative Christmastime DVDs. The Library collection contains many titles for you to take out over the holiday break. Think outside of the box and watch: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Le Château de Ma Mère,” “The Day of the Beast,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “The Miracle Maker: the Story of Jesus,” “Tuesday, after Christmas,” or “Un conte de noël.” Check out these titles (and more!) by browsing our DVD collection or ask at the Circulation Desk.

And if Christmas music is more your style, then listen to CDs which range from Christmas Mass music to German Christmas songs to Theatre Organ Christmas:

Well, we all know that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Now It is Better With Candy

Candy courtesy of Flickr

Candy courtesy of Flickr

Have a sweet tooth like this student? Then stop by Ace’s Place before you start studying! We have something to satisfy any craving, including chocolate bars, gummy bears, candy-coated raisins, and malted milk balls! If you’re health-conscious but still want something sweet, try a yogurt parfait. Each container comes with granola and fruit. Stir it all together to create a tasty, protein-packed snack!  Or, stop by the reference desk for your candy fix. We’ll have some sweet treats to help you with that much-needed burst of studying energy. Then you can continue on your way to Ace’s for caffeine and other treats.

In addition to movable tables, Ace’s Place also has booths with outlets, making it an awesome spot to work on a paper. You won’t have to worry about plugging in your laptop during a spark of inspiration!

Eating something sweet while studying makes it more fun, come to the Library the next time a sugar craving strikes!

Hours for Ace’s Place Cafe During Finals

Ace's Place Cafe

Ace’s Place Cafe


Thurs., Dec. 12                 10AM – 11PM

Fri. – Sun., Dec. 13 – 15       NOON – 11PM

Mon. – Wed., Dec. 16 – 18   10AM – 11PM

Thurs., Dec. 19                        CLOSED

Stress Relief

stress-free-zoneCome to the library on Sunday, December 15th and Monday, December 16th from 7pm to 9pm for the annual stress relief event.  There will be chair massages, free healthy snacks, and stress relief information available.

We want to know what you think!

iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Stonehill Students:

Do you want a new iPad Mini or a Kindle Fire HD for the Holidays?Why wait until Christmas when you can win one from the Library?

Your librarians would like to learn more about how students currently use the MacPhaidin Library, as well as what you wish we were doing. Please share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas! We’ve sent out an online survey, and as a way to say ‘thank you’, completed surveys will be entered into a random drawing for either an Apple iPad Mini, 16GB, Wi-Fi or a Kindle HD, 8GB, Wi-Fi. All you need to do to enter is provide your Stonehill ID and complete our survey. To access the survey, check your email or request the link from To enter the survey use your Stonehill ID.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Chase, at 508-565-1329 or Thank you for taking time to complete this survey, and good luck in our prize drawing!

Social, Comfortable, Stress-Free, Green, Helpful, Bright

Social, Comfortable, Stress-Free, Green, Helpful, Bright

sleeping_cat_pet_kitty_animal_1920x1200With finals coming up it can be hard to keep down stress levels, but as this student knows, the library has many ways to make this semester stress free! In addition to helpful librarians and lots of useful resources, we also have many books about decreasing your anxiety. Try The Little Book of Relaxation and Stress Reduction by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning! It provides quick, easy tips to keep you calm while studying. Want something more specific to college-related worries? We have a book about that, too! You can also use Hillsearch to see what articles are available in our digital databases. Take a break from textbooks and read up on some stress management advice – it’s just one of the many ways we can help you out!

The title for each article in this series comes from the Library’s “Six Word Story Campaign,” which asked students to submit cards with their six word library story.  Gavin Damore ‘16, uses these 6 word stories as inspiration for articles highlighting library collections and resources.


Managing Your Research

cmoscoverimage-small3It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to the question of citations. You may be in three different classes in three different disciplines, all requiring three different citations styles for your final projects. Why do we care so much about citations? Because citations are the way you inform your readers that certain materials in your work came from another source. They also gives your readers the information necessary to find your sources.


You should provide a citation:

  • Whenever you use direct quotes.

  • Whenever you paraphrase.

  • Whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed.

  • Whenever you make specific reference to the work of another.

  • Whenever someone else’s work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

This can all quickly become a lot to manage. But we can help! Once you know which citation style your professor requires for your class, visit our Citation Management LibGuide. Here, the Librarians have brought together information on all of the major citation styles you may encounter. In addition, consider visiting the Purdue Owl Research and Citation page, which includes links to guides on APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.


Ultimately, it is important to cite your resources to avoid plagiarism. If you need assistance determining what to cite or how to cite it, visit the Reference Desk! You can also email us at, call 508.565.1203, or chat with us via LibAnswers. Any time you are on a Stonehill College LibGuide, there is also a green “Ask Us” button on the left-hand side of the page, where you can chat with us or search for answers to your citation questions when we are offline.

One-On-One Consultations Available

janeNeed help with a final project or paper for one of your courses? We can help! Librarians are available for one-on-one consultations as the end of the semester approaches. We can assist you at any stage in your process:

·      Brainstorming a research topic

·      Refining your research topic

·      Finding books, articles, statistics, and other sources

·      Evaluating your sources

·      Incorporating your sources in your work

·      Citing your work

Give us a call at 508.565.1203, email us at, or come in to the Reference Desk to set up a time for your individual research session.