Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Online Resources for Summer School Students

The library has specific resources just for your course.  Check out the following:

For Business Classes
Databases for Business
Research Guide for Business
Research Guide for Accounting
Research Guide for Business Law

For Communication Classes
Databases for Communications

For Math and Computer Classes
Databases for Math, Statistics, and Computer Science

For Psychology Classes
Databases for Psychology 
Research Guide for Psychology 

For Science Classes
Databases for Science

For Theology Classes
Databases for Theology
Research Guide for Theology 

Librarians are available all summer to help with your research.  Just use the "Ask a Question" tab to chat , text or email your questions

Monday, May 8, 2017


You made it through another year at St. Mary's!  The library staff wishes you a relaxing and refreshing summer.  All the best to new graduates and, for the rest of you, we look forward to seeing you back in library next the Fall. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Therapy Dog Returns

Rocky, the Golden Retriever therapy dog, will be in residence on the main floor of the library Saturday May 6th from 1-5 pm.  Stop by to visit and enjoy some down time with this gentle and friendly creature. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Writing your thesis? Get Citation Help

 If you are finishing a paper or your senior thesis don't get bogged down by the bibliography or reference list.  Use these links for help:

The Owl--features guides to MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago styles

Chicago Manual of Style Online 16th edition

KnightCite--just fill in the information about your book or article and KnightCite creates a citation for it.  MLA, APA, & Chicago

No Need to Re-create the Wheel:
The library's book catalog and most of the library's databases include a citation for each book or article you access.  Just look for the "Cite" option.  Caveat: these citation may not be 100% accurate, so check them against the examples given in the Owl before you use them in your bibliography or reference list.  They will, however, give you a good head start on creating the citation.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Fake News" vs Real News

Confused about how to identify misleading or false news sources?  Wondering what all the buzz about "alternative facts" is?  Check out our new "Fake News" vs Real News Research Guide and get some depth on the issues.  Find out why "fake news" has become a real problem, how it is being created, and what you can do to make sure your news sources are credible. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Book Madness 2017

The library is hosting March Book Madness,  a tournament of books in which great titles compete for literary supremacy. The tournament goes from March 6th -31st.  You can pick up your bracket starting Monday March 6th. Brackets are due back by Monday March 20th.  Just drop them off at the Circulation Desk.

Voting will take place on the library's Facebook page.  The first round of voting begins on Tuesday March 21st and continues daily throughout the work week until the final vote on Tuesday 3/28.

The winner will receive a $25.00 Barnes & Noble gift card plus a literary coffee mug.

 Here are the brackets.  Categories include buzzworthy, award winners, book to movie, book to Broadway, required reading, thrillers & mysteries, series, and graphic novels

The 13th to Screen in the Library March 10th

Don't miss the screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, 13th, on Friday March 10th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  From director Ava DuVernay (Selma), the 13th explores the history of the relationship between race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Watch the trailer

The film's title  refers to the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery, but left open the possibility of slavery as a punishment for a crime.  DuVernay's film takes us from the convict leasing of poor freedmen after the Civil War, to the era of Jim Crow and lynchings, to the war on drugs that disproportionately punished blacks, to the present day of the prison industrial complex with prisons again disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Admission is free and hot beverages and discussion opportunities are included.

Released on October 7th by NetFlix it has been awarded the Critics' Choice Documentary Award Best Political Documentary, More

Here's what the reviewers have had to say about this film:

Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13TH will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. Full review

Manohla Dargis
The NYTimes
In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America. Full review

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
Nothing less than an abbreviated history of racial inequality in America, with the prison system as the vortex at its center. Full review
A.A. Dowd
A.V. Club
When you watch "13TH," you feel that you're seeing an essential dimension of America with new vision. That's what a cathartically clear-eyed work of documentary art can do. Full review

Owen Gleiberman