Welcome to the Library

September 2, 2015

Come see all the resource “paws”abilities. (Library Hours)

Moose visits the Library and Librarians

Moose visits the Library and Librarians

Read The Quad post: Emmanuel’s Newest Official … Leonberger?

Tip of the Week: Questions about Citations

December 3, 2014

With the end of the semester approaching fast, you must be hard at work on final papers and projects. Do you need help with citations? How do you cite a book chapter in APA? A website in MLA? A work with multiple authors in Chicago?

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The library is here to answer your Citation questions.

  • Visit the reference desk in the library if you have questions related to citing sources or to use the print versions of all major style guides.
    Contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, by email, or phone at: (617) 735-9927.
  • The Library offers guides on all the relevant citation formats. Visit the Writing Resources page.

– Posted by the Reference Department

Helpful Hint: How To Find A Book On The Shelf

September 18, 2014

Helpful Hint

Reading a Call Number

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. Call numbers appear on the spine of books, bound periodicals, etc.  Emmanuel College uses the Library of Congress Classification for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.


Read a call number by sections, line-by-line: 

The first line may begin with one, two, or three letters, read alphabetically:


The second line is made of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically, as a whole number:

ND 987
ND 1001

The third line is the trickiest part of the call number!  The letter is shelved alphabetically, and the number following the letter is treated as if it were preceded by a decimal:

N 3526 .B69 1999
N 3526 .C22 1999

Since the numbers of the third line are read as decimal numbers, these examples are in correct call number order:

NB413 .P441 1997
NB413 .P68 1997
NB413 .P7 1997
NB413 .P754 1997

This makes sense if you read the numbers as decimals!


The final lines of the call numbers may include dates, volume indicators, issue numbers, copy numbers, and other annotations. These annotations are read after the call number.

Check out the FAQ page on the Library’s website for more information on reading call numbers.


Library Quiet Hours during Reading Day and Final Exams

December 10, 2013

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!

Tip of the Week: How to Cite Sources

September 23, 2013

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When conducting research and writing a research paper it is always important to make it clear to your reader exactly where you got your information. There are many citation styles available to do this quickly and easily, including APA Style, MLA Style, Chicago/Turabian Style, ACS Style, and more. In most cases your professor will require the use of a specific style of citation.

For more information on citation styles and how to use them, consult the library’s Writing Resources Research Guide: http://library.emmanuel.edu/sp2/subjects/guide.php?subject=writing_resources

Also, now available to Emmanuel College library patrons is RefWorks, an electronic citation management tool.

To Set up a RefWorks Account:

  1. Register  from a computer on campus by going to http://www.refworks.com/refworks and following the directions.
  2. Once you are registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration and providing instructions for accessing your RefWorks account off campus.

Instructions for Using RefWorks:

See http://refworks.libguides.com/home

Word of the Week: Fictive

September 23, 2013

As in: “You used them as fictive embodiments of your own desires, ignoring their problems and personal histories, failing to grasp who they were outside of your own imagination, and yet the more they eluded you, the more passionately you longed for them.” (Auster, 2012, p. 196)

Auster, P. (2012). Winter Journal. New York: Holt.

For definitions of fictive, consult the Oxford English Dictionary and the dictionaries in the Credo Reference Collection .

For more about prolific author, Paul Auster, search in Gale Biography in Context (emphasis on biographical information) and LION: Literature Online .


Featured Database: Academic Search Premier

September 20, 2013

Academic Search Premier is a Multidisciplinary database that provides access to summaries and citations for articles in 8,450 publications, with full-text access for more than 4,600 of those titles, and searchable cited references for more than 1,000 publications. Since this database covers all subjects, it often makes sense to start off here when beginning a research assignment regardless of your field of study.

– Explore this database for extensive full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, theology and other disciplines in the humanities.

– This database offers the option to limit to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.” Of the full- text articles available in Academic Search Premier, more than 3,900 are peer reviewed articles.

– Access Academic Search Premier by using the Quick Links to Library Resources drop-down menu or the A-Z List of Databases link on the Library Homepage under the Library Resources heading.

Use the Research/Course Guides link on the Library Homepage to explore article databases by specific subjects.

– Posted by the Reference Department


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