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Research Librarian on-call 1-9pm on Sunday

Once again, research librarians have been available the three Sundays before finals.  The librarian on-call for Sunday, May 5th is Erin Valentino. Students are welcome to contact her from 1-9 pm with their assignment/research questions.

Selected Textbooks available on Library Reserve

For this spring 2013 semester, the Library has once again placed some of the most expensive required textbooks on reserve at the Circulation Desk.  They are available for 2 hour loans.  To see a list of the textbooks, go to the course reserves on the Library’s homepage ( In the “Course” drop-down menu, select LIBR108: Textbook Reserves.

Research Librarians Available on Selected Sundays!

Research Librarians will be available from 1-9 pm on the three Sundays preceding finals:  December 2 (Rob Walsh); December 9 (Erin Valentino); and December 16 (Katy Hart).

Research 2.0 Workshop

On Thursday, November 15, from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Library Phelan Room, Librarian Rob Walsh will be presenting “Research 2.0,” a drop-in workshop on the latest new apps that can make your research easier. Come by to learn about these new tools and get your work in order before Thanksgiving Break!

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The library has a trial to the Chicago Manual of Style Online through the end of January 2013. You can access it under Reference Tools in the Digital Collections tab of our homepage.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online includes the content of the 16th and 15th editions of the print work, as well as extras such as the Chicago Style Q&A, Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, and a Tools section featuring guidelines for manuscript preparation, a list of proofreaders’ marks, and more.

We welcome your feedback and invite you to try out this convenient online resource for yourself!

Research Associates Office Hours!

Our Research Associates are ready and eager to help guide students at all stages of their research process, and they are holding Office Hours in the Library Consultation Room, on Level A. Drop in to meet with them, or make an appointment online using the Library Scheduler!

Office Hours:

Monday, 7-9 pm                         Beck Prigot

Wednesday, 10 am – Noon       Eddy Oketch

Wednesday, 8-10 pm                Erica Bertoli

Thursday, 6-8 pm                      Patrick Kane

Sunday, 8-10 pm                        Beck Prigot


**You can also find Research Associates at the Service Desk (the desk at the library’s entrance with the giant question mark!)

Service Desk Hours:

Monday, 6-8 pm                          Beck Prigot

Wednesday, 6-8 pm                    Sarah Watson

Sunday, 2-4 pm                           Mariah Wachtman

Sunday, 6-8 pm                           Niru Pokharel


Database Specialties:

Erica Bertoli – EconLit

Patrick Kane – America: History & Life; Historical Abstracts

Eddy Oketch – PAIS

Niru Pokharel – PubMed

Beck Prigot – JSTOR

Mariah Wachtman – CINAHL

Sarah Watson – Omnifile, Oxford Journals

Research Associate Office Hours

Research Associate Erica Bertoli will be holding office hours in the library for students’ research questions every Tuesday from 12:30-2:30 pm and Wednesday from 8-10 pm.

Students can find her in the Consultation Room on Level A, and she will also be available on chat during those hours. If you would like to make an appointment with her, you can use the Library Scheduler online: (choose “Meet-With-A-Research-Associate”)

Erica is a Political Science major with broad interests, and we’re thrilled to have her join the team as a peer mentor!

How Do I…


Reserve a Study Room?

You can book study rooms online with our Library Scheduler at From the main library page, you can quickly get here by looking under the “Meet the Research Librarians” block on the right and clicking on “Make an appointment.”

Follow the steps on the webpage to select your room, the duration of the reservation (study rooms can be reserved for up to 3 hours), and the date/time you wish to use it (only available times will be shown). Provide your name and email, and you will receive a confirmation email for your room reservation shortly. Group study rooms are for use by groups of 2 or more students. Each contains a whiteboard, network and power jacks, and a table with 4 chairs.

Further questions? You can email us at, or chat with us online through the library website.

Textbooks on Reserve


The Library has once again placed on reserve some of the most expensive textbooks that are required for fall 2012 courses.  They are available for 2 hour loans.  To see a list of the 60 textbooks, go to the course reserves on the Library’s homepage ( The course number is LIBR108: Textbook Reserves.

Meet Your First Year Librarian!

Class of 2016 – you have your own librarian to teach you research skills, help with assignments and answer questions. You’ll meet us in your First Year Seminar, Cities, Guided Studies, Interarts, or Interdisciplinary Science course…click on our pictures to learn more!

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