Which digital reference books did you choose?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 21st, 2015

The library recently concluded it’s pilot in User-Driven Acquisition.


This past year the entire 2,000+ collection of digital reference books was available to the SPS community.


Now, at the end of the academic year, the library has purchased those 20 titles most consulted by SPS researchers (you!).  🙂



What were they?


Ancient Rome

Cold War Reference Library

Early Civilizations in the Americas Reference Library

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health 3

Garbage and Recycling (Greenhaven Press)

Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History

Global Viewpoints: The War in Iraq

Greek and Roman Mythology

Greenhaven Encyclopedias of: Ancient Greece

Greenhaven Encyclopedias of: Terrorism

Human Trafficking (Greenhaven)

Learning Disabilities

Literature and Its Times, vol. 1-7

Nutrition and Health: Genetically Modified Foods

Oceans (Greenhaven Press)

Online Social Networks

Sleep Disorders

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed.

Teen Rights and Freedoms: Discipline and Punishment

World War II Reference Library


I was happy to  see science, hum., history, health and languages all represented.  What do you think?


Salem Press: One Platform!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 27th, 2015

All of the library’s eReference content from Salem (most notably Magill’s literature analysis and biography collection and the U.S. ‘decades’ series) are now housed on one platform!


Search the titles individually, or collectively, whatever is best for your research process & product.


St Paul’s School’s Collection of Salem Press Titles. Ebsco. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. .


Poetry Break

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 10th, 2014

robert frost photo

Taking a break from Humanities research?  As part of National Poetry Month want to then use that break to read biographical content about a favorite poet, or to enjoy an analysis of a favorite poem?

Consider the Literature eReference Collection from Salem Press, purchased by the Library.

Perhaps a little:

Of the grounds?  Do log in first, to http://vpn.sps.edu  in order to access this content.

Photo by Mr. Littlehand

Credo Reference: Updated Interface

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 24th, 2013

Credo Reference, one of the library’s eReference collections containing 550+ digitized reference books, has an updated interface.  While the look is new, the quality reference content remains the same.



The tools page provides several quick eReference sources, such as: a dictionary, biography searcher, image database, crossword puzzle solver, quote dictionary and a dictionary of holidays & festivals. Handy!

New Literature eReference

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 4th, 2013

Over the break, the Library purchased two major Literature eReference sets.

Dictionary of Literary Biography – This 410 volume set includes 14,600+ biographies of a wide variety of writers. Library Journal referred to this set as the “best overall literary reference work ever published.”

Contemporary Literature Criticism – This 324 volume set includes literary criticism and biographical entries for 3,000+ contemporary authors.





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