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Library Summer Hours

Summer Hours started at the Library this week:

 

  • Monday through Thursday 8am-10pm
  • Friday 8am to 5pm

After August 17th, the library will be open 8-5 Monday through Friday, no weekends, until fall classes start on September 6.

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Summer Library Jobs

Interested in working at the Whittemore Library this summer? Coverage is needed from May 22 through September, both days and evenings.  Contact Lori Wolfe  as soon as possible for an application.

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Providing Context for the Challenger Collection

The Framingham State University Digital Commons Repository recently made available a collection of images, ephemera, and documents related to the Challenger STS-51L mission and January 28, 1986 disaster available.
 
A research guide has been created to highlight and provide context to the collection. In addition to items from the collection the research guide includes additional primary and secondary sources. The guide was created for students, educators, or anyone interested in learning more about the Challenger STS-51L mission and disaster, the Teacher in Space Program, or Christa McAuliffe.
 
The Challenger STS-51L research guide can be found at: http://libguides.framingham.edu/challenger
 
The Challenger STS-51L Collection in the Framingham State University Digital Commons Repository can be found at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/challenger/
 
A three part series of blog posts details the creation of the Challenger STS-51L collection:

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Money $mart Week (April 22 thru 29)

Money $mart Week (Saturday April 22nd – Saturday April 29th, 2017) is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers to better manage their personal finances.
For more information, check out the library’s online Personal Finance Library Guide:
Subjects covered include:  getting the most for your money, budgeting, banking, college loans, cell phone contracts, credit cards, job hunting, and more!
 

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FSU Latinos and Baseball Community Collecting Event

If you love baseball, you are going to love this event!
 
Framingham State University is hosting a community collecting event to scan/photograph personal, baseball-related artifacts. In addition, attendees will shake hands with Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant, view wonderful Boston Red Sox artifacts and learn their history from the Red Sox curator, and meet with representatives from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
 
For more information, please view our guide:http://libguides.framingham.edu/latinosandbaseball. If you have any questions, contact Millie Gonzalez at vgonzalez@framingham.edu.
 

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On The Research Trail

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When working on a research project, save yourself a lot of time and aggravation with one simple step.  Keep track of your research trail.  What is a research trail?  Think back to the story of Hansel and Gretel, and those pebbles they dropped on the ground to find the way back home.

Instead of pebbles, make notes, either on your computer or in a notebook, of the sources you have searched.  And also keep track of the search terms you have used.  This trail or log will make sure you do not repeat the same searches, and also, if you meet with a librarian or your professor for a research consultation, you can show exactly what you have completed, and the sources you have already located.  The trail notes can also help build your bibliography and footnotes later, when you are drafting your paper.

So, save yourself time, and be sure to make a trail of your research!

 

 

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Footnotes are your friends

So you have located (with the help of a reference librarian) a few scholarly articles or books related to your research topic.  Want a quick way to multiply the sources without hitting the databases or online catalog?  Take a look at the footnotes!

Footnotes provide a wealth of citations to sources on your topic, primarily from other reliable academic sources.  You can now take these citations, and locate them using the online catalog (for books and ebooks) or subscriptions databases and Google Scholar (for articles).

The footnotes can also lead you to authors or experts in your field of inquiry.  Search the online catalog, subscription databases and Google Scholar to find additional materials these scholars have written on your topic.

So, don’t just file those research materials away.  Mine the footnotes for a short cut to more sources!

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