Monthly Archives: October 2017

Bibliography How-to Video Resources

Do you have questions about how to manage your citation and create a bibliography? Have you been getting questions about this from your students? We can help!

The library has created sets of videos, handouts and LibGuides to assist you.

For Students:

Visit our Library Crash Course Libguide’s Bibliographies page. You’ll see resources for MLA8, Chicago, and APA bibliographies.

Each set of resources includes a video introduction, two printable handouts, and a link to our full LibGuide for that citation style.

For Faculty:

If you would like a Librarian to build any of these resources into your eLearn sites, please email Heather Perry; embed code for each of the videos is also available in the LibGuide.

If your students use a citation style not yet included, contact Heather Perry to have additional videos created for your courses.


If you would like to check out these and other resources we have created to assist students in using library tools, visit


Collaboratory for Innovative Design (CID) presents Digital Scholarship and Digital Commons

As the CID explores the next steps in establishing an institutional repository at Stonehill, please join us for an overview and discussion of bepress Digital Commons as a potential hosted solution.  Digital Commons is a digital repository and publishing platform. This is a system for gathering in one place all the valuable digital work being produced on campus, in order to showcase and disseminate it for maximum effect.  Content in Digital Commons is optimized for discovery, access, and scholarly impact on the open web.
This is an opportunity to learn how Digital Commons might support research, teaching, and public engagement on campus. The presentation will explore the variety of content that would benefit from being showcased in a Stonehill repository:
·         Faculty research. This includes the full spectrum of faculty digital scholarship, from already published research articles to reports, working papers, data sets, video, creative works, and more.  The platform showcases individual departments, centers, and programs, as well as individual faculty profile pages.
·         Scholarly publishing. Digital Commons is a professional publishing platform and supports online peer review and publishing, lowering the barriers to publish and manage digital journals, books, and conferences.
·         Student scholarship. Possible examples include publishing theses, honors projects, creative work, student events, and
student-edited journals and publications.
·         University publications and administrative documents, including annual reports, marketing materials, alumni magazine, an archive of press releases, and campus archival collections.
Here are links to some of our peer sites if you would like to explore what is possible:
Providence College–they also have a nice video on youtube talking about their DC site.

Continuing the Conversation on Injustice

Continuing the Conversation on Injustice


Just over two months ago, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked counterprotests around the United States. During the counterprotests in Charlottesville, Heather Heyer was killed by James Alex Fields Jr., when he drove his car into the crowd. These two sentences provide only the barest factual information about the August 2017 events, which sparked fraught political responses and conversations in academia, in our news media, and on social media about free speech, white supremacy, systemic racism, and injustice.


Now, two months later, it is important that we continue those conversations. For instance, maybe you watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. On August 23rd, he interviewed Bryan Stevenson and Andra Day. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and Andra Day is a grammy-nominated musician, currently best known for her song “Rise Up.” (Currently, a rendition of her song by middle school students at Cardinal Shehan School in Baltimore is going viral on social media.)


The interview is available on Comedy Central’s website; however, from here, you might be interested in learning more about Stevenson, his work, and the history of injustice he discusses in the extended interview. The Library has a copy of Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, available for check out, and his Ted Talk, “We need to talk about injustice,” is also available through the Library. If you are a secondary education major, you might also be interested in the Discussion Guide on Just Mercy, available on the Equal Justice Initiative’s website.


Or maybe you browed the Equal Justice Initiative’s website, after watching Trevor Noah’s interview with Stevenson and Day. Currently, the website features a project on Lynching in America, and discusses the need for a national memorial. The Library also has a number of resources on the ethics of memory and why and how we choose what we commemorate, including Sue Campbell’s book, Our Faithfulness to the Past: The Ethics and Politics of Memory and Avishai Margalit’s book,The Ethics of Memory.


In addition, the Library has resources that discuss the history of American memorials and their role in shaping our culture and how we respond to the past. For instance, you might be interested in or the edited volume Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory or the film Where Do We Go From Here: A Dialogue on Race.


If you are interested in the legacy of slavery and ongoing issues of injustice in America, consider looking into resources such as the documentary Banished, which examines three towns who were part of a movement between 1860 and 1920 to expel African American residents, and the legacy of those actions. Dr James Loewen, author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, writes that Banished “provides a remarkable exploration of four sundown towns — places where historically, and even today, African Americans could not live or even spend the night. It is the perfect antidote for those who think we live in a post-racial society.


Or, if you’re interested in Andra Day, and want to know more about the history of music within the African American community or the legacy of female artists in particular, check out William C. Banfield’s book Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy or the documentary The Songs Are Free: Bernice Johnson Reagon and African-American Music.


And finally, if you’re looking for ways to take action, we have resources to help with that too! The Office of Intercultural Affairs has a collection of resources available in their office, including the book Everyday White People Confront Racial & Social Injustice: 15 Stories and the film Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.


These are just a few selected examples of the types of resources available through the Library; librarians are also availableto help you research any of these topics. Also, watch for events on campus, such as the 9th Annual Conference on Diversity and Inclusion, happening Wednesday, October 25th from 4pm-8pm!

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power


On October 26th, join former Vice President Al Gore for a nationwide screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, sponsored by the Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill initiative and the MacPhaidin Library. Emily Van Auken ’18, a recent participant in Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp, will introduce the film.


Where: Martin Auditorium

When: Thursday, October 26th, 4:45pm-7pm

What: A screening of An Inconvenient Sequel begins at 4:55pm, followed by a live Q&A webcase with Al Gore at 6:45pm.


From the filmmakers: “A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.”


“Eleven years after An Inconvenient Truth Mr. Gore remains a prodigy of hope, with energy that seems endlessly renewable.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal


If you are interested in learning more about the film, visit:

Educational site:

Introducing the New RefWorks!

Introducing a new version of Refworks

The library recently made an updated version of RefWorks available to students, faculty, and staff. There are significant improvements and changes to the product. You can learn more about the new Refworks on the Proquest New Refworks Libguide.

If you’ve never had a Refworks account and if you have an existing account, you will need to create an account in the new Refworks; users of the legacy version will then need to import their citations and notes from the legacy version into the new version.

To create a new account, go to Click on the Create account link (circle below in red). You must use your Stonehill email address.

Once your new account has been created and you have logged in, you may be asked if you want to important legacy data. If you are a new user, you do not need to do this; if you previously used Refworks (now called Legacy Refworks), click yes.

If you had an existing account and are not prompted to import legacy data, click on the + sign in the task bar area at the top (pictured below).

Choose the option to Import references: Import from RefWorks, Mendeley or RIS file (pictured below).

Choose RefWorks to import references from (pictured below).

At the next screen, click on Authorize in order to authenticate with the legacy version of RefWorks (pictured below).

You now need to log in to the legacy version of RefWorks to authenticate your request. You can reset your password here as well.

Once you have logged into the legacy version, your citations will be imported.

You Asked. We Answered: Introducing the Library’s New Workshop Series

Each year, we survey students to find out what services you’d like to see the Library offer. In last year’s comments, we noticed a theme:

  • “Hold library information sessions early on in each semester [that] are accessible at a variety of times.”
  • “Have more workshops.”
  • “Advertising the resources available at the library more, and holding events once a month on how to use the library resources.”
  • “I think holding more workshops in the library that students are required to attend would encourage more people to spend time there.”

We’re not requiring you to attend, but we are offering a new series of library skills workshops.  We asked students to vote on the workshops that sounded most interesting to them, and selected workshop topics to address common concerns that students may have.  Workshops are hands on and encourage students to bring their laptops and upcoming assignments.

Video versions of the workshops are available at additional workshop videos are added as they occur. Faculty are also welcome to add the workshop videos to their eLearn pages.  New workshops will be designed and held to respond to requests, so if you don’t see what you want, email and we will be delighted to accommodate your needs. Additional videos addressing library skills like searching the databases, finding full text and creating annotated bibliographies are available at

Workshops on Time Management and Refining your Research Question have already been held.  Workshops are held on Mondays at 8PM in the DisCo. Additional days and times will be added.

Upcoming workshops in the DisCo:

  • Monday October 9 at 8PM
    Refining your Research Question
    Have an upcoming paper? Not quite sure how to formulate a good research question? We can walk you through the process of refining your research question to make your research easier and more efficient.
  • Monday October 16 at 8PM
    Get your stuff together
    Have you saved so many things to the desktop that you can’t find your most recent download? Are you starting a research project that requires a lot of steps? Are you taking more than one class at once? Do you want to learn how to organize your inbox so you can find what you’re looking for? This is the workshop for you! Please bring your computers, questions, and enthusiasm as we get your emails, PDFs, word documents and more organized.
  • Monday October 23 at 8PM
    Google like a Pro
    Looking to take your google search to the next level?  We’ll go over advanced search techniques that you can use in google to find the credible sources and information that you’re looking for. Please bring your computers, questions, and remember: Don’t “just google it”, google it like a professional.
  • Monday October 30 at 8PM
    Manage your Citations
    APA, MLA, Chicago and more! Interested in learning about a program that can organize your citations and help you with in-text formatting? This workshop will go over how to utilize the citation manager Refworks to organize your research, create bibliographies and in-text citation. Please bring your laptops and some sources you would like to organize (if you have them).

Additional topics coming soon include:

  • What’s a Scholarly Source
  • Keep Up with the Times
  • Research at the Beach
  • HTML + CSS Basics
  • Primary Sources
  • Record Your Genius

What Can I Book?

You can check out a book, but you can’t book a book…

So what can you book in the Library? You can book group study room and book appointments with a librarian, all online.

Library study rooms are bookable online through the College’s R25 Live Calendar:

    • Study rooms may be booked up to one week in advance
    • Study room bookings may not be renewed
    • Study rooms may be booked for no longer than two hours
    • No bookings will be taken over the phone
    • Walk-ins will be booked as space permits

Study rooms are in high-demand as the semester progresses, so advance booking is preferred. Visit the page “Book a Study Room” for more information about each of the group study rooms, equipment available, and instructions.

For more information or assistance booking study rooms, please contact the Circulation Desk at 508-565-1313.

One-on-One Consultations with a librarian are bookable through LibCal:

  • You can select the calendar for a specific librarian, or view the availability of the entire Reference team.
  • When booking, please include brief information about your assignment and research questions.
  • We can assist with finding sources, evaluating sources, and citation information.
  • Consultations generally take place at either the InfoCafe or in the new Huddle Space, both on the first floor of the Library.

For more information or assistance booking a one-on-one consultation, please contact the Reference Desk at 508-565-1203.

4 Days, 40 sessions: FYE’s new Digital and Information Skills week

This year, for the first time, first-year students at Stonehill have participated in a Digital and Information Skills orientation in the MacPhaidin Library as part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

Senior and FYE co-faciltator Cassidy Ballard ’18, writes “I think that the most beneficial part of the program was the wide variety of information presented to the students. It often takes Stonehill students a year or more to figure out all of the information that was presented at the FYE program on their own. This way, the students know what resources are available to them at the beginning of their Stonehill careers.”

From September 19th to September 22nd, the 40 sections of FYE visited the Library for an introduction from Information Technology, the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, and the Library. Moving through the first floor in groups of nine, students spent half of their 75-minute class session in the DisCo learning about IT systems, then spent the other half at five CWAA and Library stations to introduce them to the array of people and resources available to support their writing and research.

83% of FYE Instructors and Co-facilitators surveyed “strongly agreed” that the information included in the program was valuable, and 92% of students either “strongly agreed” or “somewhat agreed” with this statement. We plan to include a question in our annual student survey at the start of spring semester that will ask first-year students whether they used any of program’s information or skills during their first semester.

“Our overarching goal for the program,” says Liz Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment, and User Engagement, “is that if they remember nothing else, students remember that there are friendly, welcoming people in the Library, CWAA, and IT who can help them find the answers to their questions and be successful in their classes.”

Students who participated in the session were introduced to:

IT Learning Stations

  • Searching email: how to find lost emails from your Professors and Staff
  • How to save to OneDrive: how to never lose your work the night before a paper is due
  • Creating folders within OneDrive: save time for the next four years by organizing your assignments by semester and class
  • Editing the my courses module in eLearn: save time by making sure your current classes are front and center
  • Where do you find the answers to your questions? Learn how to access the Knowledgebase & training resources for answers to all your IT questions

Library Learning Stations

  • Learn where in the Library to get research and IT help.
  • Have a paper or project coming up? Need a quiet place to work? Need help getting started? Learn how to book study rooms AND librarians for consultations.
  • It’s not the Dewey Decimal System: Learn how Library of Congress classifications works so you can find the books you need for class and get them checked out.
  • Don’t pay for that article! You already paid your tuition bill, don’t let a paywall in Google Scholar stop you. Find out how to access peer-reviewed and empirical articles for FREE.

CWAA Learning Station

  • Learn about the services offered by the CWAA, where and when to get subject-specific tutoring, and how to book tutoring appointments.

Residence Director Bridget O’Brien noted that “I think this was truly important for our students, and precisely the kind of work that FYE should be doing. I especially commend how active the presentations are, and how they involved students in finding their own information, not passively banking knowledge.”

From the FYE instructors:

“I loved that it was interactive.”

“As an FYE Instructor, I learned a lot!”

“I think that this was a really great, informative program. I wish it was available my freshman year because I know I would have found the information helpful and relevant.”

From the students:

“I thought it was extremely helpful”

“Thought it was very interactive and informative!”

“I liked it.”

We liked it too! Though we were exhausted after delivering our presentations 80 times in 4 days, we hope that first year students will benefit from having Library, CWAA, and IT information at their fingertips as we head into midterms!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Liz Chase, If you’re a student and you’d like to set up a one-on-one consultation or learn more, please visit the following: