Library Quiet Hours during Reading Day and Final Exams

April 29, 2016

For Reading Day and Final Exams,
the Library is reserved for silent study only.
May 4th through May 9th

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!

Word of the Week: Sonorous

April 25, 2016

As in:BookCover_Aloud
“Cathedral steeples,
amplified brooding, sonorous bells,
through narrow cobbled streets, bricked patios,
rose-trellis’d windows,
red-tiled Spanish rooftops, bells
beat my name, ‘Santiago! Santiago!’”
(Baca, 1994, p.177).

Baca, J. S. (1994). Bells. In Algarín, M. & Holman, B. (Eds.), Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (p. 177). New York, NY: Henry Holt & company.


Word of the Week: Metonymy

April 19, 2016

BookCoverAdsFadsandConsumerCultureAs in: “Metaphor, it turns out, is one of the basic ways human beings make sense of things, so metaphor and metonymy-which are often mixed together-turn out to be very powerful tools that advertisers use to provide information to us and to generate desired emotional responses in us ” (Berger, 2015, p.66).

Berger, A. A. (2015). Ads, fads, and consumer culture: Advertising’s impact on American character and society  (5th ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman &  Littlefield.


Word of the Week: Tergiversation

April 11, 2016

As in:

“Now I do
relive an evening of retreat
a bridge I left behind
where all the solid heat
of lust and tender trembling
lay as cruel and as kind
as passion spins its infinite
tergiversations in between the bitter
and the sweet”
(Jordan, 1994, pp. 4-5)Cover_Jordan_Haruko

Jordan, June. (1994). Haruko/love poems.  New York: High Risk Books.

Word of the Week: Doggerel

April 4, 2016

BookCoverPoeticsofAmericanSongLyricsAs in: “Yet hip-hop suggests that doggerel achieves a surprising flexibility, ranging from comic to serious, delicate to vulgar” (Caplan, 2012, p.22).

Caplan, D. (2012). Reduced to rhyme: On contemporary doggerel. In C. Pence (Ed.), The poetics of American song lyrics (pp.6-25). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

  • For definitions of doggerel, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.


Word of the Week: Alliterative

March 29, 2016

As in: “In the recent US elections, we kept hearing of the Lilly Ledbetter law, and if we go beyond that nicely alliterative name, it was really about this: in the US, a man and a woman are doing the same job, with the same qualifications, and the man is paid more because he is a man” (Adiche, 2015, p.17).Adichie_We_Should_All be_Feminists_Cover

Adichie, C. N. (2015). We should all be feminists. New York, NY: Anchor Books.


Word of the Week: Rapt

March 21, 2016

As in: “I look out and observe a rapt stillness in the room. I’ve got them” (Sotomayor 2013, p. 112).

Sotomayor, S. (2013). My Beloved World.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.


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