Author Archives: Katie Brenner

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.

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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Working together, United States cultural organizations including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Park Service, and the National Endowment for Humanities, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15 to October 15.


During this month, organizations celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.”

On the US Government’s website for National Hispanic Heritage Month, you will find a number of online exhibits, resources, and information about events taking place over the course of the month. In particular, the website is hosting “Telling All Americans’ Stories: American Latino Heritage.” This series of stories aims to highlight “the breadth of Latino/a experience [as] as vital aspect of America’s rich and diverse past.”

If you are interested in on-campus events taking place this month, Mundos Apartes, Tierras Unidades (M.A.T.U.) is hosting its third annual Latinx Hispanic Heritage Festival in Pettit Atrium on Thursday, October 5th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.


To learn more, here are a few library resources:


If you are interested in learning more about the differences between terms you may hear this month, such as Hispanic and Latinx, watch this video from the Huffington Post.

FYE Week in the Library!

During the week of September 18 – 22, all 40 sections of First Year Experience (FYE) will meet in the library.  665 students will participate in the Digital Literacy Week program with reference librarians and IT staff.  The first floor will be very busy as first-year students, instructors, and student facilitators move between stations.  If you are looking for a quiet place to study, consider going to the second or third floors.

Understanding the DACA Announcement

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Fr. Denning released a statement to the Stonehill College community regarding the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

We have compiled a list of links below to provide more information on President Trump’s announcement.

– For a quick summary of the impact of this announcement, United We Dream has posted a list of Five Things You Need to Know.

– Read the full transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s statement on September 5th.

– Read the remarks made by President Obama when he initially announced the DACA program on June 15, 2012.

– Read President Trump’s September 5, 2017, press release on his decision.

– View the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website on the DACA program.

– The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is offering a webinar on September 7, 2017, to discuss what this means for current and pending DACA applicants, what clients can and should do now, and how to get support advocacy moving forward.

-The National Education Association has created a webpage of tools and resources for those who may be impacted by this announcement.

– Scholarly organizations such as the APA and scholarly publications such as the Journal of Public Economics have also published studies on the impact of DACA; if you are interested in learning more, our Reference Librarians would be happy to assist.

Updates from Summer 2017

What’s new in the Library? 


Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the start of the fall semester. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to this summer in the Library in preparation for the 2017-2018 Academic Year: 



Print room move 

In preparation for upcoming library renovations to house the Collaboratory for Innovative Design (CID), the print room has been moved from its former location in Room 110 to its new location next to Circulation. 


Introducing the Huddle Space 

Room 110 (the former print room) is now a Huddle Space. It will be used by librarians for consultations with students and faculty, and when not in use by librarians it will be available on a first-come-first-served basis to faculty and students as a work and collaboration space. 



FYE digital literacy week 

On September 19th-22nd, the Library, IT, and CWAA will be hosting all First Year Experience sections for a digital literacy session introducing them to our services. The DisCo and Library staff are fully-booked from 9am-5:30pm during this week.  



Welcome Allison Keaney!  

The Library has hired Allison Keaney as Head of Open Access Systems and Services; Allison oversees the Circulation & Access Services staff and is in charge of Copyright and Open Access programs. Allison and Liz Chase are working together on copyright for fall reserves as Allison settles into her new role. She joined the MacPhaidin Library Staff on August 7th.



Ebrary is now Ebook Central 

Proquest has replaced ebrary with Ebook Central. You will see that the ebook reader functionality is the same. Currently, users may receive a security notification when accessing the site; it is okay to proceed. The Library is working to remove this and will notify you of any changes. 



On the Library home page, you will see that we’ve changed our “Electronic Resources” link to read “Databases,” based on student user feedback. 


Articles tab 

We have removed the Article search from HillSearch, based on low usage and the quality of search results. A search in HillSearch now yields physical and electronic resources held by the library. Article PDFs are accessed through our databases. 


Changes to Yewno 

Yewno has updated their user interface, if you have any questions about its functionality, contact 




The deadline for fall reserves was August 1st. If you have not submitted your fall reserves requests yet, please do so ASAP. We will process materials for the first two weeks of your course first so that they will be available to students, then continue to add items in the order they were received. 


Book and streaming media requests  

If you would like the Library to purchase books, DVDs, or access to streaming media for your courses, please contact Liz Chase ( for Book and DVD requests, or Heather Perry ( for streaming media requests. 


Book your fall instruction! 

Space in the DisCo for the fall is already filling up; please contact your Subject Liaison or ASAP to discuss your plans for research instruction this fall. 


If you would like more information about any of these updates to our systems and services, please email or call 508-565-1203.