Library Quiet Hours during Reading Day and Final Exams

April 28, 2015

For Reading Day and Final Exams,
the Library is reserved for silent study only.

Please be considerate of your fellow students and refrain from talking or whispering.  Conversations in the Library lobby carry over into the Reading Room.  Please be mindful and quiet in the Lobby.

Need to study in a group?

  • Two study rooms are available on the Library lower level; they may be booked for two hours at a time. Check at the Reference or Circulation desk for availability.
  • Speak with Security about opening classrooms in other buildings.

Please let a Library staff member know if you are being disturbed by noise.

Thank you for helping us to keep the Library an effective study space.

Good luck with finals!

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April 23, 2015

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Word of the Week: Deliquesce

April 15, 2015

As in:
“Is it cynical to deliquesce,
as Adam did in age,…”Book Cover: Day by Day

Lowell, R. (1977). “Logan Airport, Boston” in Day by Day.  NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, p. 74.

For definitions and more about deliquesce see the Oxford English Dictionary and the Credo Reference e-book collection.

Word of the Week: Hoax

March 31, 2015

As in:  “The other way of saving him [the frog] would be to expose the puzzle as a hoax by proving that there is no possibility of his reaching the safe square in conformity with the rules imposed by the wizard.”

Sarver, V. T.  (2005). The hapless frog and the evil wizard: an introduction to indirect proof.  Teaching Mathematics & its Applications, 24, 179. doi: 10.1093/teamat/hrh024

Though hoaxes are frequently associated with April Fools’ Day, a memorable one was pulled off on Halloween eve in 1938.  Actor Orson Welles and his company performed an adaptation of H. G. Welles War of the Worlds on the radio, terrifying many listeners who thought the Martian invasion was real.   Joseph W. Campbell devotes a chapter of his 2010 book, Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism to the broadcast, its consequences and how these were reported in the media.  (Books referenced by Campbell that are in our collection include Panic Broadcast: Portrait of an Event and The invasion from Mars: a study in the psychology of panic.)

You may also wish to view the PBS America program: War of the Worlds.  And we haven’t even gotten to scholarly articles, of which there are many…..

If you would like more information about this topic or others, please contact the Reference Librarians at 617-735-9927,,  or stop by the Reference Desk in the Library Reading Room.

Word of the Week: Affinity

March 24, 2015

As in: “Knowledge of the sport, its players and teams, and an affinity for sports in general or basketball specifically need not be present for an individual to reap a clear benefit and enjoyment from participating in the men’s bracket competition” (Markovits & Albertson, 2012, pp. 131-132).
Book Cover: Sportista
Markovits, A. S., & Albertson, E. K. (2012). Sportista: Female fandom in the United States. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

For definitions of affinity, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

To learn more about the March Madness, consult the Credo Reference Collection.

Word of the Week: Druid

March 16, 2015

As in: “The stories of Patrick’s battles with the Druids of King Loíguire are fiction, but they raise the serious question of what sort of religious opposition he faced in Ireland.”Book Cover: St. Patrick of Ireland

Freeman, P. (2005). St. Patrick of Ireland: A biography. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 94.

  • Do you want to read some reviews before delving into any of these books??
    Searching either Academic Search Premier or ProQuest Central, both are accessible from the Library home page Quick links drop-down options, is often a quick way to turn up a sampling of reviews.
    Remember, you may need to log on with your portal username and password to access these materials.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


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