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This Week in Reference: Giovanni's Room and the Smothers Brothers

by Jennifer Schwartz 6/6/2014 12:33:00 PM
Topics coming to the reference librarians this past week include:
Giovanni's Room
  • History of Printers’ Row
  • Giovanni’s Room
  • Nam June Paik
  • Teachers’ professional identity
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student asked for help with research on theologian Carter Heyward.  The librarian immediately suggested starting with the Religious Studies Research Guide, and looking for articles in the ATLA Database, searching for “Heyward, Carter” as a subject heading.  They found 147 citations, including a few books.  Then, since the student thought he needed a bit more, the librarian explained how to search additional databases in the EBSCO platform, and how to find the results in each of the different databases (Women’s Studies International, Humanities Abstracts, etc.) in the facets on the left-hand side, at the bottom.
 
Dangerously Funny
A student came into the library looking for information about the TV Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  She had to find critical information about the show, reviews, as well as when it aired and what other shows were on the major networks at the same time.  Happily, one of our reference books: The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (1946-1980) (R791.45 B873C2) has all of the prime time TV schedules, by network for each year.  In 1967, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was up against the ABC Sunday Night Movie and Bonanza! For reviews written in the 1960s, the librarian showed the student how to search in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times, and they also found critical material in the Film and Television Literature Index.
  
This Week in Reference: May 25-30, 2014  

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