Word of the Week – Perfunctory

March 29, 2010

As in: “Although he and Beaumont visited [Andrew] Jackson in the White House – the president, preparing for what would prove to be a grueling and eventful re-election year, granted them a perfunctory half-hour interview – Tocqueville failed utterly to comprehend Jackson’s political charisma and recycled standard anti-Jacksonian propaganda as fact.”

Wilentz, Sean. “Discovering Tocqueville.” The American Prospect 21.3 (2010): 51. Academic OneFile. Web. 17 March 2010. [Review of Tocqueville’s Discovery of America by Leo Damrosch.]

Explore definitions at the library’s E-Ready Reference Resources site using the Dictionaries listed:
http://www1.emmanuel.edu/library/subsplus/subjects/display_eref.php?subject=ER_ereference#58

Locate basic biographical information about Alexis De Tocqueville, Andrew Jackson and others from the Biography Resource Center accessible from the Library’s home page; follow the ‘E-Ready Reference Resources’ link, then the ‘Biographies’ link.

Context and full text of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America on the University of Virginia’s American Studies website: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/

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Library – Holy Week Hours

March 24, 2010

 

In observance of Holy Week, the Library will be operating on a modified schedule Monday, March 29th – Sunday, April 4th.

Monday, March 29th – Wednesday, March 31st  7:30am-1am (regular hours)

Thursday, April 1st (Holy Thursday)  7:30am-6pm

                           Friday, April 2nd (Good Friday)  CLOSED

                           Saturday, April 3rd (Holy Saturday)  CLOSED

                           Sunday, April 4th (Easter)  6pm-1am


Word of the Week – caducity

March 22, 2010

As in: “The first of these paragraphs is a long digression on the caducity of earthly goods and presents Peter Damian’s decision to retire to solitude as the realization of a vocation announced since childhood.”

Barsella, Susanna. “Boccaccio, Petrarch, and Peter Damian: Two Models of the Humanist Intellectual.” MLN 121.1 (2006): 22-23. Project Muse. Web. 17 March 2010.

Explore definitions at the library’s E-Ready Reference Resources site using the Dictionaries listed:
http://www1.emmanuel.edu/library/subsplus/subjects/display_eref.php?subject=ER_ereference#58

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Thinking Outside of the Box

March 18, 2010

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, is a consortium of natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions.  It provides searchable content that consists primarily of books and periodicals in the public domain.


Follow-up to Paul Levy’s lecture

March 17, 2010


On Tuesday, March 16, Paul Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, shared his enthusiasm for writing with the Emmanuel College community.

Mr. Levy stressed that writing is a reflection of the author and so it is imperative to cultivate good writing skills. He targeted the ability to write persuasively and concisely as essential to a good writer. This takes practice! Mr. Levy recommended the The Declaration of Independence and President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address as excellent examples of well-written documents that are both persuasive and concise.

Mr. Levy also touched on the importance of excellent written and oral communication skills in the workplace. When questioned about why good grammar and spelling matter, he pointed out that a résumé that lacked those two qualities would not be taken seriously.

Finally, Mr. Levy spoke about how he uses his blog, entitled “Running a Hospital”, as a management tool to effect change within his organization and beyond. He showed statistics proving that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, health insurance corporations, and other hospitals, who are BIDMC’s competitors, are regularly reading his blog. Please visit Mr. Levy’s blog at http://runningahospital.blogspot.com.

Please join us

for our next event in the Library writing series: a panel of English faculty discussing approaches to writing in the Humanities

Thursday, April 8 at 4:30 PM
in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall (LLH).

This series is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


International Directory of Company Histories

March 17, 2010

The International Directory of Company Histories is now available online through the Gale Virtual Reference Library!

What volumes are available online?
Currently, volumes 1-109 are available online. As new volumes are released, those will also be available online.

Can I search the full text of the entries?
Absolutely! This is one of the many benefits of using the online version.

Can I access this title if I am off-campus?
Yes! For all databases, click on the database title to access the login screen and enter your Emmanuel Online Academic Resources (OAR) account information. This is probably the same as your Emmanuel email username and password.

How do I access this title?

Do a title search for “International Directory of Company Histories” in the online catalog. Use the link provided to you, which will take you to a search screen for this title.

Or, you may click here.

Please find a librarian if you have any questions or need help!


Word of the Week: Write

March 15, 2010

As in: “There are various permutations, but basically it goes like this: ‘Why do you write?’”
Grünbein, Durs. “Why live without writing.” Poetry 195.5 (2010): 391. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 March 2010.

Paul Levy, President and CEO of BIDMC, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 16 at 4:30 PM. Please join us! (Blog Entry)

Explore definitions at the library’s E-Ready Reference Resources site using the Dictionaries listed:
http://www1.emmanuel.edu/library/subsplus/subjects/display_eref.php?subject=ER_ereference#58

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Please Join Us on Tuesday, March 16 at 4:30 PM

March 12, 2010


Why are you writing?

March 12, 2010

Why are you writing?

. . . because I have a paper due . . .
. . . because my grade depends on it . . .
. . . because I’m exploring new ideas . . .
. . . because I have something to say . . .
. . . because my writing matters to others . . .

. . . because my writing can transform the world. . .

Paul Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and former Executive Director of the MWRA, responsible for the Boston Harbor Cleanup, uses writing as a tool to transform and manage and teach.

JOIN us to hear Mr. Levy speak about how he writes
to effect change and how you can write to make a difference.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
4:30-5:30 PM
Janet M. Daley Lecture Hall (LLH)

This event is the first in a series on writing made possible by a grant to Cardinal Cushing Library from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Spring Break Hours

March 4, 2010


The Library will be open during spring break but will be operating on a modified schedule.

Friday, March 5th   7:30am-8pm
Saturday, March 6th 9am-5pm
Sunday, March 7th CLOSED
Monday, March 8th – Thursday, March 11th   7:30am-6pm
Friday, March 12th  7:30am-5pm
Saturday, March 13th  CLOSED
Sunday, March 14th Resume Regular Hours

Please refer to the Library’s website for the most current information: http://www1.emmanuel.edu/library/

Have a great break!


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