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Customized Research Help

by Alexis Burson 4/21/2014 3:47:00 PM

Struggling on a research assignment?  Help is here!  The library offers research assistance free of charge. Whether you're having trouble finding books, articles and statistics or need help navigating the library's databases, we can guide you. Stop by our Loop Reference Desk or Research Help Desk at the John T. Richardson Library or contact us through our Ask-A-Librarian email and IM reference services.  We're happy to answer your questions.      

For lengthy or complex questions, schedule a research consultation to work one-on-one with a librarian.  We can provide individual help with your research when you need it and we'll spend the time it takes to help you find what you need in a friendly and efficient manner. 

Here's what some former students have said about our research consultation service:

"The great thing about the DePaul Library staff is that they really seem to take an active interest in the student's topic and are willing to pick up the instruction from where the student is and go forward."

"…I have the highest regard for the library staff. In my experience it is singularly the best service available to students. MY HONEST OPINION."

Don't spend hours at home struggling!  Schedule a research consultation this quarter. Call, IM or email, or come in to make an appointment. 

This Week in Reference: Fracking and Graffiti

by Jennifer Schwartz 4/18/2014 1:40:00 PM
We are well into the Spring Quarter now, and the questions have gotten past the standard “do you have my textbook?” and have become more interesting and complex!  

German Cinema
Topics coming to the reference librarians include:
  • Trade data for Chile
  • German cinema
  • Active learning in middle school
  • Software Industry market research 
  • Fracking
  • Atlantic Slave Trade
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

Credo Reference
A student was starting research for a paper on “a person of significance” and was having trouble picking a subject.  The librarian referred her to our Biographical Information Guide, and suggested using the Credo Reference: Biographical Sources database.  It includes a number of useful online encyclopedias that can be browsed for an appropriate topic for this type of research.
 
A student was looking for a recent article on teachers as public intellectuals.  The librarian suggested she start with our Education Research Guide, specifically searching through ERIC or Education Research Complete with keywords, and limiting to articles published within the past 12 months.  When the student found a great source, the librarian explained how to find the full text of the article through the Full Text Link, and they were able to locate a pdf version.

World Atlas of Street Art A researcher was looking for articles about graffiti art and its benefits for society.  He knew about JSTOR, but needed additional resources.  The librarian suggested searching several databases on the EBSCO platform, including Academic Search Complete, Art Full Text, and even PsycINFO.  They used terms like graffiti, street art, benefits, purpose, society, and more.  She also described how to limit to scholarly articles through the facets.  

This Week in Reference: Apr 6-11, 2014

   

Library Closed Good Friday & Easter Weekend

by Alexis Burson 4/16/2014 6:42:00 PM

The DePaul University Library will be closed Friday April 18 to Sunday April 20 for Good Friday and Easter Weekend.  We'll reopen on Monday April 21 and resume regular hours.  For a full list of hours for all library locations visit http://libguides.depaul.edu/libhour

Vatican; Vatican City; St. Peter's Square. April 1972. DePaul University/Geographic Image Collection. DePaul University, Chicago. http://tinyurl.com/k7v7ggr Photograph. 4/16/2014

Pick up anything you might need prior to Friday and make use of our online resources while we're closed.  Here are a few online collections that may be of help:

Ebook Collections: http://libguides.depaul.edu/ebooks

Online Encyclopedias: http://libguides.depaul.edu/ereference (grouped by subject)

Online Articles: Our databases for finding articles are grouped by subject at http://tinyurl.com/3nk9kmq

Course Reserves: http://tinyurl.com/6loke32

We're sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and hope to see you on Monday!



Learning Commons Tutoring Spring Quarter

by Krystal Lewis 4/15/2014 3:29:00 PM

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, is a collaborative learning studio, which provides a variety of peer tutoring services and career consulting. Participating programs include the University Center for Writing-Based Learning, the Science and Math Learning Center, the Career Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, and the College of Computing and Digital Media. Tutoring and consulting services are offered daily and no appointment is necessary. Learning Commons partners' hours for spring quarter 2014 are:

CDM Python Tutoring
Tuesday 3:00-4:00
Wednesday 1:00-5:00
 
Resume Drive Thru - Career Center
Tuesday 11:00-1:00
Wednesday 1:00-2:30
Friday 1:00-3:00
 
Writing Center Outpost
Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00
Sunday 3:00 – 6:00
 
Study Jam – Office of Multicultural Student Success
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 5:00-7:00

Science and Math Learning Center
Chemistry: Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-7:00
Math: No math tutor scheduled
Psychology (Stats): Monday & Wednesday 4:20 – 5:50

*Academic Success Center Tutoring - College of Education
No longer offering services at the Learning Commons

National Poetry Month Undergraduate Reading! April 17

by Brent Nunn 4/14/2014 9:50:00 AM

National Poetry Month Poster 2014In celebration of National Poetry Month, DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library and the Department of English present a showcase of DePaul undergraduate poets Isabelle Johnson, Alison Ogunmokun, M. Quinn Stifler, and China Thomas. The DePaul University Library is proud to host our sixth student poetry reading so please come join us. Light refreshments will be served. 

When: Thursday, April 17th, 6:00-7:30pm

Where: DePaul University, John T. Richardson Library, Program Room 115, Lincoln Park Campus 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL.

Get 'Em While They're Fresh: New Books for April

by Geoff Pettys 4/9/2014 2:37:00 PM

While I have not read Lodro Rinzler’s books, several of my friends have and absolutely love them. Reading the description of his first book from the author’s website, it’s easy to see the appeal. “The Buddha Walks into a Bar is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook.” I think a lot of college students can relate to this description, which is precisely what the 30-ish Rinzler was going for. A Buddhist practitioner since childhood, Rinzler tries to make meditation more accessible to today’s youth. Based on the reviews I’ve heard and read, it sounds like he has been successful. The Buddha Walks into a Bar is available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number: 294.3444 R584b2012.

As a life-long Cubs fan, I understand how difficult it can be to defend this ball club. The Cubs have had losing seasons four years in a row and with their current record of 2 wins and 5 losses, well, it looks like it might be another long and painful season. Inevitably Cub-haters will lay their ridicule on thick and Cubs fans the world over will grasp at straws to defend the “lovable losers.” But at least we have Wrigley! Even the most ardent Cub-haters have to concede that Wrigley Field is one of the most beautiful fields in all of Major League Baseball. 2014 is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ira Berkow recently released a new book to mark the occasion. If you’re a fan of the Cubs or baseball in general, check out Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs, available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number: 796.35706877 B5134w2014.

 

I love maps. I’m not entirely sure why, as I rarely use maps, but I just find them fascinating. Maps can be powerful and politically charged, they can be completely utilitarian, and they can often be beautiful. The new book Maps of Paradise examines a curious question: how do you map the unmappable? For centuries humans have tried to pinpoint the location of the Garden of Eden, a difficult task since the Bible left this information rather ambiguous. With over 100 images and excellent narrative, Alessandro Scafi’s new book is definitely worth checking out! Maps of Paradise is available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number:202.3 S278M. 

Money Smart Week at DePaul, April 7-10

by Brent Nunn 4/4/2014 12:47:00 PM
Money Smart Week

Interested in learning how to become more financially fit?

DePaul University Librarians are committed to help students access reliable sources of information that will help them make informed decisions about money matters. To that end, during Money Smart Week at DePaul, April 7-10, DPU Librarians encourage you to meet with representatives from the Financial Fitness Program who will be available at drop-in tables at both campuses to consult with students about smart money decisions and discuss good financial behaviors.

Open advising will be available on the Lincoln Park Campus on Wednesday, April 9 between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Students who engage with the Financial Fitness Program on Twitter will be eligible for entry into a raffle, but of course, students can also enter the raffle by stopping by one of the promotional tables for a drop-in consultation:
 
Monday               11:30-12:20 LPC Student Center
Tuesday              12:00-1:00 Loop DePaul Center 11th floor
Wednesday         11:30-12:30 LPC Student Center
Thursday             1:00-2:00 LPC Student Center, Center for Intercultural Programming
Thursday             1:40-2:40 Loop DePaul Center 11th floor
 
We hope to see you at the promotional tables, advising, and online. And in your journey toward greater financial fitness, don't forget to seek out resources available through the library, including the following books (click on the images below).

           

World Catholicism Week at DePaul, April 7-11

by Alexis Burson 4/3/2014 11:48:00 AM

The sixth annual World Catholicism Week will be held April 7-11, 2014 at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus.  The themes include "Scattered & Gathered:" Catholics in Diaspora, Spiritual Tools for a Secular World, and Sweatshops & Sacraments: Catholic Approaches to the Apparel Industry.

If you're interested in any of the issues raised in the conference and want to do additional research, we recommend starting on our Catholic Studies Research Guide.  The guide leads to major Catholic encyclopedias, Catholic studies journals, religious studies databases and a list of Catholic collections in the DePaul University Special Collection and Archives, which includes the papers of Sr. Helen Prejean.

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St. Vincent's Handwritten Letters

by Andrew Rea 4/2/2014 9:45:00 AM

In 1969, DePaul University acquired its first original, handwritten letter by St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), presented by the well-known book collector and DePaul alumnus Abel Berland. Since that time, through other generous gifts and judicious purchases, it has added to that first letter seven-fold. DePaul’s eight Vincent letters represents the largest such collection outside of Europe. The letters are the collective cornerstone of DePaul’s Vincentian Studies Collection, a multidisciplinary corpus of resources pertaining to the study of St. Vincent and the Vincentian Family. They, along with bulk of the Vincentian Studies Collection, are currently housed in DePaul’s Special Collections and Archives department at the John T. Richardson Library.

In 2013, the decision was made to digitize these eight letters and make them more accessible to the public. The result of this effort is a new DePaul Library digital collection, St. Vincent’s Handwritten Letters. It can be a powerful experience to view 400-year-old letters written by the hand of DePaul University’s namesake, but the collection will also give scholars and researchers a chance to pore over the way the letters have been written—underlining, scratch-outs, and bolder passages—which cannot be replicated in the print volumes of Vincent’s correspondence.

Letter to Jean Dehorgny in Rome September 10, 1648

Each letter includes a transcription and translation of the respective text, which allows users easy access to Vincent’s words. The 17th century penmanship of these letters can be difficult for most of us to read, even with a knowledge of French.

The letters themselves range in topic, from the mundane (in which Vincent simply writes that he has nothing much to say) to the essential (in which Vincent explains his opposition to the then-popular heresy of Jansenism). They span the years of 1641-1660, a fertile period during which Vincent’s influence was at its height. By 1640, he was one of the leading figures in the French Counter-Reformation, and had founded the Ladies of Charity (1617), the Congregation of the Mission (1625), and the Daughters of Charity (1633). In his final two decades, Vincent would be appointed to the royal Council of Conscience, he would grapple with Jansenist controversy, and he would spread his religious message of charity through Europe, into North Africa, to as far away as Madagascar. By his death on September 27, 1660, he was the administrator of a vast network of religious and charitable endeavors, and one of the most well-known and revered figures in France.

We hope this collection further illuminates the figure of St. Vincent, whose four-century legacy of charity and respect for humanity informs the fundamental mission of DePaul even today.

For more information about DePaul's collections on the life and times of St. Vincent de Paul, visit us in Room 314 of the Richardson Library or contact us at: archives@depaul.edu.

Scheduled Downtime for Ares Course Reserves

by Jim LeFager 3/28/2014 4:04:00 PM
Ares Course Reserves has scheduled a system update which will require downtime this Friday, March 28th, from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM. During this time the Ares Reserve system will be unavailable and course reserves will be unaccessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Access will be restored immediately following the system update and users should be able to access course reserves starting at 1:00AM on Saturday, March 29th.  .

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