Mercer Library Spring Workshops

When you think of a library, what comes to mind? Surely, seemingly endless rows of books make the top of the list, perhaps followed by computers overflowing with databases. But our librarians and staff will tell you that Mason Libraries offer even more.

The libraries hold a number of workshops that help students hone research skills, polish theses and dissertations, and flex their writing muscles. And these workshops are taught by instructors who really know their stuff – and the workshops are free. Check out a few of our current opportunities!

University Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS)

UDTS offers workshops to help students reach their graduation goals.

“At our Process workshop, we’ll talk about deadlines, procedures, and steps you’ll need to undertake to make sure you graduate on time,” said Sally Evans, University Dissertation & Thesis Coordinator.

“We offer a workshop on our Interactive Template, which is a Word document designed to make formatting your document simpler. At the workshop, we’ll walk you through it and show you how to use it.”

To sum it all up, Sally offers this slogan to those who are still on the fence about scheduling their UDTS appointment: “UDTS Workshops: Making You 100% More Likely to Graduate on Time!”

Zotero

From class papers to theses, creating citations is part of college life. Software programs like Zotero make the process go more smoothly.

“I wish I’d known about Zotero when I was in grad school,” said Zotero instructor Sarah Cocks. “When you’re juggling multiple research papers for different classes, it’s so important to keep up with all your research and resources, and Zotero is really effective for managing all these sources.”

But Zotero can do more for students than citation legwork. “Though the citation-generation aspect is useful, I value Zotero as an organizational tool even more,” said Sarah.

Rosetta Stone

What better time to discover Rosetta Stone, the preferred program for learning 30 languages, than International Week (March 31-April 9)? That’s when Mercer Library will hold a Rosetta Stone workshop, where our instructor will have you up and running in no time. Please check back with our calendar for upcoming Rosetta Stone events.

Request a Workshop

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our workshop calendar, our instructors will customize an instruction session for any group of three or more. And, professors can request a workshop to be held during any regularly scheduled class. Think of this service as an on-demand way to bring quality workshops into your classroom or study group. Follow this link to get started.

As you can see, our instructors are excited about the workshops we offer because we know they can have a huge impact on students’ academic goals. Check our workshop calendar often to see where our offerings match your needs.

~ Meg Rayford, Resource and Research Support Specialist

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.

Focus on: Black/African Heritage Month

BlackHeritageMonth2017.400Black/African Heritage Month is a time to recall the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password.

Some selected online collections include:

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
    Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage.  Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.  Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

Image: Crossings. Norman Lewis, 1948.

Libraries Provide NY Times Online

Mason Libraries now provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full and free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps. Access includes the International, Spanish, and Chinese editions; breaking news articles; blogs; videos, and interactive features. Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Get started!  Create your NYTimes account with your Mason username and password. Once registered, you can access NYTimes.com directly from any location, around campus, the Commonwealth, the country or the world.

Note: Mason Libraries provide access to other current newspaper holdings, which include the Financial Times’ FT.com (first-time users register here), Dow Jones’ Factiva News Page, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Economist Online.