New SelfCheck machine in the library



The Trinity Library has just launched a new 3M™ SelfCheck™ System. Located near the library’s entrance, the SelfCheck machine allows you to check out books quickly and easily.

To use the machine, slide your Trinity ID under the barcode scanner, then slide each book under the barcode scanner. The machine will check the books out to your account and de-sensitize the book’s security strip. Step-by-step instructions are displayed on the screen. Check it out today!

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Tip: Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar

Many of us like to use Google Scholar. It is a good supplement to other library research databases and has convenient links to digital copies of articles. When material is freely available GS will show it automatically, but to see articles that Trinity purchases you need to set up GS correctly.  It’s only a few steps and it pays off in convenience and saved time later.

Configure Google Scholar Settings

Find the Settings link at the top of the page in Google Scholar and select Library Links. Here do a search for Trinity College.




This search will return two matching items to select: Trinity College Library – Online-Trinity College and TRINITY COLLEGE -Proquest Fulltext.



I also like to search and select Worldcat. With this option you’ll see if Trinity has a print copy of books found in GS. With these two or three options checked save your selections, and then when you search in GS you’ll see a slightly different display.

Display Changes in Google Scholar

Once you’ve configured GS and do a new search you’ll see additional links displayed for Trinity College licensed digital copies on the right side of the display. The example below shows three citations: in the second PDF is shown for licensed digital content available to the Trinity community. This link is only shown when you’ve configured settings for Trinity content.


three cites


Other Options

The first citation above has a small More option displayed in the line for citations and related articles. Under More you’ll find another useful function for In print-Trinity College.

more feature


Use In print-Trinity College to request that Trinity Library get a copy for you when you cannot find digital content. This request may take a few days for a print copy to be located and scanned for you.

The configuration changes you’ve made will still be there the next time you use the same browser, provide you have cookies turned on. You don’t need to be on the Trinity network, but you will be routed through the proxy server for the Trinity links to full text. These settings should help make Google Scholar even more useful.












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Student Life 1875, from Trinity College Archives

Trinity College dorm room ca. 1875:  William Mather (right, 1877) & Joseph Buffington (left, 1875).  Mather was donor of Trinity College Chapel and his bequest funded Mather Hall!  Buffington created Trinity’s Bantam mascot!  For more like this, visit our Digital Collections page for “Trinity College Archival Photos” and other “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons”



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New Resource Trial – Flipster

Flipster branding graphic

During October, the Library is offering trial access to Flipster, an app for reading popular magazines via mobile devices.  For example, you can read  The New Yorker or Rolling Stone cover-to-cover.  There are even printable coloring books!  The app is available via iTunes or Google Play.

Check out further information about Flipster, or try it out now!

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First-Year Seminar Library Sessions

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Trinity College Research Librarian Jennifer van Sickle leading a First-Year class discussion.

Each fall, Trinity’s research librarians teach instruction sessions which introduce First-Year students to the research process. Librarians will conduct about forty such sessions this fall. Through these sessions, librarians collaborate with students and their First-Year faculty to engage in lively discussions about the nature of undergraduate research. Students also have an opportunity in the sessions to search for information sources for their seminars’ research-based projects.

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New Books for the Political Season

These books about politics in the U.S. are new to the Trinity library collection:

+-+719046964_70People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

HC106.84 .M3973 2016

The authors argue that disruptive effects of technology on employment along with the rise of political power of a small number of wealthy individual and corporations have created a “citizenless democracy” where few people feel their vote matters, and that “the essential economic issues of the time are not the essential political issues of the times.”. They call for new thinking to address the problems, such things as revitalized public education, worker cooperatives and shorter work weeks.

Contents: Introduction: welcome to the future — Into the maelstrom — A jobless economy? — Citizenless democracy — Democratic infrastructure — Overcoming the democratic disconnect — A democratic agenda for a digital age — Statistical appendix / R. Jamil Jonna.


content Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law by David Cole

KF384 .C65 2016

Contents: The vision — A marathon, not a sprint : Vermont — One step forward, how many back? Massachusetts — A victory lost and regained : California — Losing forward : Maine — The end game : Windsor and Obergefell — One state at a time — Revisionist history — Federal forums — Supreme recognition — People power — “Completely hopeless” — Korematsu’s legacy — At home abroad — Messages and messengers — Transformative transparency — The Obama difference.


+-+782944364_70Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP by Jeff Nesbit

JK2391.T43 N47 2016

Contents: An Unholy Alliance — The Playbook — A Critical Bridge: Ron Paul and the “Patriot” Movement — Smedley Butler, a Fascist Coup, and the American Liberty League — What Drives Charles Koch? — The Man Behind the Curtain — Why David Koch Never Loses — Tobacco Documents Trail — COFIRE — Enough Is Enough — Allied Forces — CART — Get Government off Our Back — The Tobacco Strategy — A Road Map for Antigovernment Anger — Mobilization Universe — The Quarterback — Seamless Transition — Sleight of Hand — Five Pillars — The Sam Adams Alliance — Propaganda “Dressed Up as Journalism” — Capturing the States — Structure of Social Change — A Blueprint Years in the Making — Winning.


Or try one of these novels:

+-+905961374_70 Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Tells the story of a bounty hunter in an alternative present where the U.S. Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the “hard four” states.

+-+527264474_70 The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear by Stuart Stevens

PS3569.T4532 I56 2016

A satire about a campaign manager for a sitting vice president at a Republican convention with a right-wing, populist candidate.


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Banned Books Week

Banned books wrapped in brown paper

September 25-October 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read as well as an opportunity to raise awareness about censorship. This year, we’re marking the occasion by selecting a number of frequently challenged and banned books in our collection, wrapping them in brown paper, labeling them with the reasons they have been challenged, and hiding them around the library.

If you see one of these paper-wrapped books, bring it to the circulation desk for a candy reward! We’ll also keep track of how many books you return over the course of the week. Top scorers will receive a paperback book of their choice from any list of challenged/banned books. Happy hunting!

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Trinity scholarship in the Digital Repository



Trinity College faculty and students are rich producers of academic and creative publications, and much of this work is openly available online from our Digital Repository.  The goal of the Repository is to capture, preserve, and provide access to “all things Trinity.”

The Faculty Scholarship section includes articles published in journals and magazines. Since publisher policies vary, some of the articles are provided in their manuscript version, rather than the final published edition. A resource called Sherpa/Romeo tracks nearly every major publisher policy so that libraries and authors can obtain guidance on the legal use of previously-published articles. Trinity faculty who deposit their work in the Repository receive readership statistics and increased visibility of their work.

The Repository also collects senior theses. Graduating seniors may opt to archive their thesis or final project in the Repository and choose whether to allow unrestricted or campus-only access. The Repository also provides a permanent URL to use on resumes or job applications.

To submit material to the Repository, please get in touch with Amy Harrell, Digital Projects Librarian.

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Books from Today’s New York Times

Today’s NYTimes contains a book review for Trainwreck: the Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear. This book is not yet available, but is on order at our CTW partner Wesleyan University, and once in you may have it sent to you here at Trinity.

Other books mentioned in the article are available at Trinity now:




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New Staff


Joelle Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

This summer we were thrilled to welcome Joelle Thomas to our staff as Information Services’ new User Engagement Librarian.  Joelle most recently was the User Experience & Media Technologies Librarian at the University of Connecticut Storrs. In that role Joelle was a leader in using evidence-based practice to improve user services, including an ethnographic study of undergraduate research practices and an observational study of how people used spaces in the main library. At Trinity, Joelle will provide research consultations and instruction in several First Year Seminars, serve as liaison to Language and Culture Studies, and as a selector for materials in Women, Gender and Sexuality.

User Engagement is a new position for us, and we created it very purposely to ensure that we are listening to the Trinity community and designing services aimed at improving their experiences with the library and technology at Trinity. We’ll intend to call on her expertise with user studies and online interfaces to help us improve our library digital and physical services. That is already starting to happen. Joelle has been reaching out to the undergraduates, asking them for their ideas on how to improve our small leisure reading collection. She is also working with other staff to create a series of focus groups around the undergraduate experience doing research.

Joelle’s office is on the A level of the library, in Room A36 near the other Research Services librarians. Stop by and say hi!

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