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Thanksgiving Break!

Whether you eat turkey, tofurky or just stick with pie; it’s important to remember that over the Thanksgiving break the librarians will be off feasting as well.  That means we will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27.

vintage-closed-signWe re-open Saturday from 12-5pm.

Need to do research while we’re closed?  Never fear!  You have access to all of PC’s databases and eBooks from the comfort of your parent’s couch.  When you try to access library databases from off-campus, you’ll be prompted with a box that looks like this:

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.44.56 AMLogin with your name, and you library barcode, which is a long number on your PC ID that starts with 25125… Type that in, and you should be good to go!

Have a safe and happy holiday.  We in the library are thankful for diligent and smart PC students who are a joy to help!

ScanPro 3000? What is that for?

Did your quest for that perfect article ever lead you to microfilm?


NY Times from 1852? Got it!  Newsweek 1942?     We can show you were to find that too!


PML has an extensive collection of microfilm!        But once you’ve found the microfilm, how do you view it?

 Use ClubPhil’s ScanPro 3000!!



This microfilm reader scans as well as prints!  You can email or save to a USB device primary source material to view later.  Need to highlight an area to see that text a little better?  This machine is for you!  With advanced editing features, previously obscured text becomes visible.  The ScanPro 3000 brings the latest technologies to microfilm research.

 Stop by ClubPhil we will show you how to use the ScanPro 3000!


FREE book loans and articles from all over the U.S.!

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You need a book.  ONE SPECIFIC BOOK for your paper.  It’s not at PC or in HELIN and you have a couple of weeks before the paper’s due.  You don’t want to buy it on Amazon, so WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Try in INTERLIBRARY LOAN.  Articles come within a couple of days and books usually with a week.  Here’s how:

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Go to the library homepage

Scroll down to GET IT

Click on “Interlibrary Loan Books” or “Interlibrary Loan Articles”

This takes you to the ILL form to fill out

Put in as much info as you can

Put in your name and barcode # from your PC ID

Click on “Submit”

THAT’S IT, CONGRATULATIONS!!!  You will receive an email when your book arrives or you will get the article as a pdf in your email.

Wow, that was easy.  If you have a question or problem, call me:

Carol,  ill@providence.edu or 865-1994

Paper due?

spyguyfallblog2015Need help locating resources?

Why waste time endlessly searching through hundreds of online journals. Stop by our Research Hub on the main floor of the library where we can assist you in locating articles and research material for your use.

A good research paper is only as good as your resources.

But just what is EBL?

In all the time that you’ve spent at the library, have you ever heard of “EBL”? Do you know what it is? Do you know what “EBL” stands for?

I’m not entirely sure what “EBL” stands for, but I do know it’s a way you can access over 500,000 E-Books. (To put that in perspective, in the entire Club Phil Library, there are only around 400,000 physical books!)

It’s a little bit tricky to start using EBL, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that it’s one of the best—and easiest—ways to find and read material for your research.

To access EBL, you first click its link below the “Get It!” column on the library homepage.

Get It

Next, you enter the username and password that you use for Sakai.



Finally, you can search EBL for titles or topics that you’re interested in. 



But what, really, does “EBL” mean? Electronic Book Library? Excellent Bibliotheque Luau? Exclusively Bookish Lunatics?

New stuff! Very Short Introductions and new Adam Matthew Digital collections

We’re excited about a couple of new resources we acquired over the summer.  (OK, yeah, we’re geeks. But, if you’re reading this blog, you’re a geek too.)

First up is the Oxford Very Short Introductions site. “What are Very Short Introductions”, you ask? ” Well they’re just what they sound like!”, we answer.

The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly …Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.






We also have 2 new history resources from Adam Matthew Digital. We did mention the geek thing already, right? Of course we think it’s fun just to browse  these collections for images, original documents, maps, photos – tons of  stuff. Even if we’re not working on a paper!

The AMD American History Collection consists documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-19th century. (we don’t yet have access up to 1945). It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History.





AMD Mass Observation offers access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. Explore original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features.



Check Out Ihelp

So you have gotten this far in the semester and you still haven’t set up printing on your laptop or wireless on your phone?

No reason to be embarrassed. . check out PC’s IHELP page and many of your questions may be answered.


Banned Books Week 2015

110924_censorship_banned-books“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight”
— Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of being a Wallflower.

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Book Week this week, September 27th – October 3rd! This week strives to promote the freedom to access information, even if the information or idea is considered unorthodox or unpopular.

Individuals and organizations are still making formal requests to ban books from libraries and schools today. According to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom, there were 311 challenged books reported in the U.S. The association estimates that 70-80% books banned or challenged are unreported.

Censorship does affect you, even if it isn’t direct! Intellectual freedom, the freedom to explore ideas and seek knowledge, is vital for a healthy, functioning democracy. Without this freedom, our society is unable to make informed decisions. Stand-up for intellectual freedom and the freedom to read what you choose by picking-up a banned book this week!

Click HERE for a list of the Top Ten most challenged or banned books in 2014.

Want to test your banned book knowledge, click HERE to take New York Public Library’s Banned Book Week Quiz!banned-books


Phillips Memorial Library along with the Center for Engaged Learning are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Undergraduate Craft of Research Prize!  It was a competitive pool, but five students emerged victorious:

1st Place—John Hindley, Neocolonialism, Liberation Theology and the Nicaraguan Revolution
2nd Place– Jacquelyn Kelley, The Little Magazine That Did Big Things
3rd Place—Daniel Gagnon, France and the Community of Six: The Schuman Declaration to the Treaties of Rome

Honorable Mention: Meaghan Dodson, Radical Rejections and Sloppy Seconds
Honorable Mention: Hao You, Men, Women and War: An Examination of Gender Conflicts within Othello


The winners receive prizes, certificates and the chance to have their work published in PC’s Digital Commons.  Congratulations to all who won and who participated!

Constitution Day, September 17, 2015

Plan a visit to the Phillips Memorial Library.  The Men’s 2015 Hockey Championship display has been dismantled and replaced with an awesome exhibit highlighting the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the supreme law of the land in the United States.     Constitution_DD_2_

Discover some fascinating facts about The Virginia Plan, The New Jersey Plan and the Great Compromise. Imagine yourself as William Paterson or James Madison drafting proposals to revise the Articles of Confederation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about these historic documents because the exhibit closes September 30, 2015.


Don’t leave just yet!!  Welcome class of 2019!!  Let your feet guide you to the display cases around the “pit” and view photographs of previous freshmen classes, programs, flyers and an original beanie from 1967.   The memorabilia was provided by the Providence College Special and Archival Collections.   Freshmen_Then_and_Now_BBB

Last but not least, please take a moment to learn of the munificence of  Mr. Arthur Ryan ’63 and his wife, Patricia Ryan. We honor Mr. Ryan, a member of the Board of Trustees (1995-2011), businessman and philanthropist, with the creation of this display, which speaks volumes of his generosity and love for Providence College. For example, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan established the Arthur F. Ryan Family Scholarship Fund, pledged $1 million dollars to the construction of the Ryan Concert and Lecture Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts and a $5 million dollar donation towards the renovation of Dore Hall for the new School of Business.

Arthur_Patricia_Ryan “If you’re a student going to the Ryan Center every day, you’re going to know who Mr. Ryan is,” said Father Shanley.  “We’re saying, in a subtle way, aspire high.  You can become one of the top business people in the country.”

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