Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghosts of Harwell Hall

Something for Halloween week: in 1993 a student, Jennifer Valaitis, conducted an intriguing set of oral history interviews with some staff who worked in Hartwell Hall, concerning their experiences with the ghosts said to haunt the building. The stories about these ghosts have long circulated on campus; one staff person who was a student here in 1970 recalls hearing about them!

A curious aspect of these stories is that although the archivist, with whom Jennifer was working as an intern, was skeptical at first, he found himself surprised by the real life connections with at least some of the stories. For example, one ghost was said to be that of someone who drowned in the building. True enough, there was once a swimming pool in Hartwell, but no one ever drowned there, thus adding to the archivist's skepticism. However, some research revealed that behind the building that stood there before Hartwell Hall, the old Normal school building, there had been a large cistern or water tank, and in the 1890s a workman replacing rotten planks on it fell in, and was drowned...

Read the stories for yourself!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Citation information, it's all right there...

Sometimes when trying to put their paper into proper APA (or MLA etc.) style, people are unsure  about where all the information they need to cite articles is located, the author name, title of the journal and so forth. It should all be there in your printout of the article, or in the online article database. For example in one of the most commonly used, Academic Search Complete, when you click on an article in your list of results, it will give you all the information you need: it will first the authors, then by the heading "source," it will give you the name of the journal etc. Of course, if you aren't sure about any of this, you are welcome to ask one of us for help.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

We have more than one...

More than one article database that is. The basic search on our home page is great as a starter, it searches most everything we have, but sometimes you want to be in a specific database, to enhance your focus, and to be able to take advantage of all the options it has. Our articles and databases page has all of these databases listed for you. Here are some examples of more specific, and specialized databases we have:

Monday, October 06, 2014

Tech tools check out

While the library has several hundred thousand books available in print and online, and even more journal articles, we also have some other things you can check out and use. For example, we have a whole collection of tech tools. Among them are the following, and there are others too:

  • iPad (3rd Generation)
  •  Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
  •  VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner

Monday, September 29, 2014

Research guides: don't start without them!

On our home page are a couple of links to our library research guides. These guides will help you find all the appropriate resources for your research. For example, need company information, want to compare industry averages? See our business guide. Or maybe you are researching some aspect of diversity, and want to get statistics on some different populations; have a look at our diversity guide. Give our guides a chance to lead you to the most effective, appropriate information resources for your work!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Country Information

Sometimes people need to research a particular country, or compare two countries, or look at a region of a country. We have many books and articles available about different parts of the world, you can search them on our web page. Another handy site is our research guide to country information, which suggests not only article and book sites, but a number of helpful reference or background sites, including for example:

  • Background Notes, from the US Department of State. Excellent, informative and up to date entries on different countries, relevant statistics...
  • Countries and Their Cultures, a great online encyclopedia.
  • Europa World Yearbook. This is a print set in the reference collection on the main floor, REF JN1 .E85, 1959-date. It may not be online but it is up to date, and has solid scholarly and informative entries on the history, politics, economy and so forth for each country.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Story of the library banners

Some of you may have wondered what the banners that hang in the entrance to the library are, what the story is behind them. It is quite an interesting tale actually, going back many years. Before Hartwell Hall was built, there was another building that stood in the same location, which housed the Normal school, as we were called then. (A Normal school was a teacher training institution.) In that building, along the main corridor, were a number of stained glass windows that had been given to the school by different graduating classes and student groups, mostly between 1910 and 1930.

In the late 1930s the old building complex was torn down and replaced by Hartwell Hall. The stained glass windows were not used in the new building, but were crated up and stored. Many years later around 1970 a grad student doing research for a history professor ran across the crates, and the history professor, Wayne Dedman, got them moved to the library, where they are on display now in the Kiefer Room. The banners that hang in the main entry way were made from photos of the windows a few years ago.