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Seven Tips For Putting The Finishing Touches On Your Final Papers

Proofreading its error

You’ve written a paper that you think is good, but there are a few things you may want to do before handing it in to make sure you’re submitting your best work:

  1. Make an appointment with the CWAA. If you haven’t already, get some peer support.
  1. Recheck the assignment. Have you done all the things that were outlined in the assignment? It’s easy to make avoidable mistakes if you’ve read the assignment too quickly. Your professor may have specified citation style, font, length, number of sources, etc.  Make sure you have followed these guidelines.
  1. Try Grammarly. Grammarly is a powerful but easy-to-use writing app that finds and corrects hundreds of complex writing errors, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style. While Grammarly is not going to find all your errors, it can be a nice second set of eyes which may see some of the errors that you do not.
  1. Make sure you have cited the information you used throughout your paper. For more information, choose the citation guide your professor requires from our list ofcitation guides.  Of course, it is best to add your citations while you are writing, but there is no time like the present to check if you have missed anything.  Look for quotations or paraphrases that you have not cited, and make sure you use the style your professor prefers.
  1. Create your bibliography. Again, find the style that your professor requires or suggests.  Look at our style guides to help you properly format your citations. If you have used a citation tool like the tools available from EBSCO, Google Scholar or RefWorks, make sure you are proofreading them all.  We suggest avoiding tools like EasyBib, which often produce less accurate citations than the tools listed above; if you have used EasyBib, again be sure to proofread your work.
  1. Proofread! Make sure that your paper makes sense, and it is properly punctuated.
  1. Final finishing touches: Did you give your paper an appropriate title? Include your name, check your margins, and make sure your paper is in one consistent font. An inconsistent font may make your professor think that you cut and pasted your paper together.

Meet Seamus Farrelly

Seamus Farrelly

Seamus Farrelly is  a familiar face in the MacPhaidin Library!  We sat down with Seamus to learn more about him, what he likes about the library, and the impact he’s had.

How long have you worked here?
14 and a half years

Favorite thing about working in the library?
The people.  It’s a potpourri of everything.  The staff has a good sense of a humor and I like the students because their dreams are the ones we’ve already had.

Which day of the week is the messiest to clean up after?
None are bad, but Monday seems to be the worst.  The kids are great, and I can never complain!

Best advice you’ve given a student?
Going to college is a privilege.  It’s not a given.

Favorite book?
The TV Guide.  I read Trinity but I didn’t understand it.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned from our students?
Now that’s a hundred dollar question.  Well, I’d say it is to accept each person for the value of what they are.  The students keep me young!

Favorite Fr. Bart getup?
It has to be St. Patrick’s Day!

Personal history highlights
In 1974, I met the woman I’d marry the day I landed in this country from Leitrim, Ireland.  How many people can say that?  She was my next door neighbor in Walpole, MA!  I was nervously optimistic!

What’s the best change you’ve seen in the library?
The DisCo!  The DisCo just works!

Have you noticed favorite study spots?
All students are creatures of habit.  They always go back to the same place!

Funniest memory of working in the library?
Ripping out the old desks in room 116  with a crowbar and the systems department to make way for the DisCo construction.


Gift Wrapping in the Library

Finals and the holidays are fast approaching! Finals are stressful enough without all of the tasks that come with the holiday season. Let us help with that! Stop by the library between December 11th and the 20th with any gifts that need wrapping. We’ll have a fully stocked gift wrapping station in the alcove to the right of the print room, and you are welcome to use all of the supplies to wrap your gifts before you head home.


Not sure how to properly wrap a gift?  Check out How to Wrap a Gift Like a Pro for tips and tricks.


We would love it if you post some pictures of your festive packages to our Facebook or Instagram pages!

Displaying Full Text PDFs Within Browser Windows

We are aware that you may experience trouble with databases displaying full text PDFs within browser windows. People are experiencing this issue most frequently with the Historical Boston Globe and the Historical New York Times (both of these are Proquest databases, and you may see this in other Proquest databases as well).


When you access one of these databases, first perform your search:



When you select and view one of the results in your search, you will likely see a page that should include a PDF image of your article, but instead appears to be blank:



To access the PDF on a page that looks like this, right click on the “Download PDF” button and select “Open Link in New Tab”



You may then see a security certificate exception notice. Follow these instructions to click through the notice, if you receive one. It may look like this, but will vary depending on your browser:



Your PDF should then open in a new window:



If you have any questions about this or experience other issues related to our databases, please contact or call 508-565-1329

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.