Dear Hum. 3,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian November 10th, 2015

Great to see you throughout this week and last!

Here’s the direct link to your 1950’s Social History research guide.


Thanks for asking such great questions!

  • Do we have to cite images?  – Yes, & the library purchases Noodletools to help with that if you like.
  • Are items from the 1950’s primary sources? – Yes again!
  • Can we access library collections from off-campus? – And, yes!  Simply visit to log in when off campus.





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?


News as Historical Record

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 14th, 2015

Need news coverage of your historical topic, from the time it occurred?

Consider using any of the library’s news collections, including: NBC LearnNewspapers 1851 -2004Newspapers 1690 -2000.

A quick overview:


Primary Source Infographic

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 7th, 2015

What is a Primary Source?


Image Citations

Images above taken with an iPhone 5, text added with Skitch app, inside of Ohrstrom Library by Lura Sanborn, except for those cited below.


Amazon Prime Music Logo. Amazon. Web. 27 Mar. 2015.

Facebook page banner. The Pelican Facebook Page. The Pelican. Web. 27 Mar.
2015. <>.

Glove. St. Paul’s School Bookstore. Follet. Web. 27 Mar. 2015.

WSPS Logo. WSPS Homepage. SPS. Web. 27 Mar. 2015.

New eCollection: U.S. History in Context

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 2nd, 2015

Last week, the library purchased a new eCollection: U.S. History in Context.


Consider using this source to locate sources by and from U.S. History, including: background articles from reference books; magazine, newspaper and academic journal articles; primary sources, images and radio broadcasts.


Home page. U.S. History in Context. Gale Cengage Learning. Web. 23 March 2015.



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