Welcome to Mason Libraries!

Welcome to Mason, and welcome back to those who are returning!

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

Check out this step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore the 775+ databases we subscribe to, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance). Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you along your academic and professional careers.

Artists’ Books in Conversation with Zines

George Mason University’s Print Department’s Zine and Book community will host a zine-focused fair and market on Wednesday, April 26, in The Hub. In conjunction with this Zine Plus Festival (hosted by the GMU Ten09 Collective), the Mason community is invited to visit the Special Collections Research Center (2400 Fenwick) between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 to learn more about our artists’ book collection and to view artists’ books in conversation with the various themes and formats of zines.

For more information, contact Rebecca Bramlett, Research Services Coordinator, at rbramlet@gmu.edu or 3-2058.

Fenwick Fellow Lecture: Skirting the Issue

Join the University Libraries on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, for Dr. Kristina Olson‘s lecture, “Skirting the Issue: Clothing and Politics in 14th Century Italy,” where she will discuss her research findings from her 2015-2016 Fenwick fellowship.

Lecture Abstract: From the mid-13th to the end of the 14th century, an increase in mercantile activity in Florence and other cities in Italy witnessed the proliferation of new wealth among families that did not belong to the aristocracy. This economic development, together with other demographic shifts (such as those caused by the Black Death, ca.1350), caused many non-aristocratic families to climb in social and political power. One way in which they displayed their change in status was by means of their clothing and jewelry, thereby wearing their newfound gains on their persons. This drastic shift in social markers of status bred envy and confusion: families with long-standing claims to nobility appeared impoverished in comparison with these rising upstarts. Bitter feuding and acts of vengeance between the leading aristocratic and mercantile families ensued. In order to maintain social order, civic sumptuary legislation targeted various displays of luxury: excessive spending on clothing, jewelry, and rituals, such as funereal practices and exorbitant wedding dowries.

As clothing comprises a visual language signifying status, then, for many authors of the Italian Middle Ages clothing and luxury became an essential part of their poetic language, bound up with politics and civic identity. Dr. Olson’s book project, Sumptuous Literature: Clothing and Governance in Fourteenth-Century Italy, explores how authors interpret the relationship of wealth, politics and the body in terms that alternately target women (misogyny) or men (misandry) during this exceptional moment in economic and social history.

About the Fenwick Fellows: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty member’s field. Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is May 5, 2017.

Focus on: Career Resources

Start your job search at the University Libraries!

The Libraries provide full, complimentary access for all Mason students to a variety of career-related resources:

Research the companies you’re interested in using Mergent Online, a collection of financial information covering over 400,000 companies. Read in-depth reports, follow current company news, and investigate your prospective employer’s competitors in the public and private sectors.

Gear up for your new career with the Vault Online Career Library. Get industry-specific information and career advice; browse guides on resume-writing and cover letters; or search Vault’s job board for postings.

Organize your job search with CareerShift, a search tool that returns results from dozens of career sites and job boards. Search by job title, company name, keyword, and location—then save your results and manage your application documents in one place.

For more information on career resources available to you during your search, consult the University Libraries Career Resources guide or reach out to University Career Services.