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New Tech Available for Checkout


To meet demand, we are constantly getting new technology equipment here at Phillips Memorial Library.   In the past month, we have added 2 Macbook Air laptops available for checkout in addition to our normal stock of Macbooks and PC Laptops.  We also have 4 new Macbook Pros.

Also in are iPad Minis for 1 week loan:

Ipad mini And coming soon will be the new Ipad Air(5th Generation)!  Also,  if you own one of the new Mac laptops that use the “T” shaped charger, we now have those available for 4 hour loan.


 Remember you need to have your PC ID with you to check out all technology items!



EBSCO Discovery Service – LAND HO!

“Why can’t I search everything in the Library like I search Google?” We often hear this complaint.


Problem is, the Library has SO many different items – books, ebooks, databases, online journals, videos, streaming media, local collections, etc etc. Access to all of these items has traditionally required you to go to each of their web interfaces to do searching. There wasn’t a way to search EVERYTHING at once.

Well, times and technology are changing, and libraries now have a way to present a Google-like single search box to patrons. There’s something called a “discovery service” that finally brings it all together.


How does a discovery service work? A GINORMOUS index of the “metadata” from every entry of every resource gets built. (Metadata is all of the information about the entry, such as the title, author, subject, abstract, publication place and date, and even the text within the entry itself. ). Then, whenever you type in a search term, the discovery service looks through the index, relevancy-ranks all of the items that match your search terms, and displays them for you. This is true one-stop searching!

But even better – we are trialing a discovery service right now! It’s called EDS, which stands for EBSCO Discovery Service. But  don’t let the name fool you, EDS has  way more than just EBSCO resources.

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Try it! Click on the image above to get to the EDS page.  If you’re off campus, you will be asked to log in – just use your name and PC barcode.

Keep in mind that this product is still undergoing a test drive! So it might act funky at times. But it’s definitely worth a try -  and please send us questions and feedback!





Phillips Memorial Library Research Prize

Here at the library, we love research.


It’s kind of our thing

But it’s also a thing that is not only important for us, but also the students of PC


So we want to know more about the research undergrads are doing


We at the library, and the good folks at the Center for Engaged Learning want to reward you for your hard work!


2014 is the first year of the Phillips Memorial Library Undergraduate Craft of Research Prize, and we want to hear from you!

All we need from you is:

  1. 1. A research paper (you were probably going to write one anyway–right?)
  2. 2. An annotated bibliography (again, you were probably already doing one–now just add annotations)
  3. 3. A 5-7 page essay describing your research process (everybody loves to talk about how smart they are, here’s your chance!)

That’s it!

Send that all to Andria Tieman: atieman@providence.edu by May 12th to enter, and you could be well on your way to being one of the first recipients of the Phillips Memorial Library Undergraduate Craft of Research Prize!  In addition to a cash prize, winning papers will be publisher in PC’s Digital Commons right along with the works of PC’s scholars.

Everything you need to know–including research tips, citation help, how to write an annotated bibliography, etc., is located here: http://providence.libguides.com/research_prize

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You work hard. Let us recognize that with fortune and glory.

Money Smart Week Comes To PC!


via Julie DeCesare 

The Phillips Memorial Library wants students to be smart about money!

April is financial literacy month and to celebrate, we are participating in Money Smart Week – Rhode Island, April 5-12, 2014.  Money Smart Week is a national initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  This year, the Rhode Island Library Association and our partners are holding over 30 programs and events across the state.  Three will be hosted and sponsored by Providence College Phillips Memorial Library.  Light refreshments will be provided.  All sessions will be held in Library LL25.

The RI Student Loan Association will be here twice (Tuesday 4/8 & Wednesday 4/9 @ 6 PM) for workshops on money management:

So, what about after graduation?  Find out Wednesday 4/9 @ 5 PM.  The Career Education Center has stepped in as a co-sponsor of:

For all Money Smart Week – Rhode Island events, including our kick off on Saturday, April 5, 2014, click here.

Apps and Appetizers – TODAY!

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Looking for apps to help you stay organized on the go? Join us at 4:30 TODAY for Apps and Appetizers in the OAS Seminar Room in Library 223.  Bring your own device or borrow one of ours during the hour long session.  Librarians and OAS staff will be on hand with lots of tips as they give you the scoop on the best apps to help you get organized. And there will be some tasty food on offer.

The Social Art of John J. Fawcett and Frank B. Lanning

As you scurry through the library to get to your next class or to find a quiet corner to study, slow down and take note of the newest display in the library foyer; John J. Fawcett, editorial cartoonist for the Providence Evening Bulletin and Frank B. Lanning, illustrator for the Providence Journal-Bulletin.

In 1970, John J. Fawcett, (on your left as you enter the Library) known for his satire of national and local issues relevant during his years as a newspaper illustrator, donated his drawings to Providence College.  The collection includes over 500 originals.  His editorial drawings consist of hot button items either on the political scene or social issues that are all too common today!  Rhode Islanders then and now are at the mercy of street potholes, a bane to our existence! Fawcett took up the banner of safety ratings of vehicles and the deadly combination of drinking and driving, a social issue that sadly continues today.


“They’ve Got to Be All Filled By Wednesday-  Company’s Coming”- July 14, 1969



             ”Bottle Neck”                 January 7, 1967

Fawcett joined the Providence Bulletin in 1938 and won many awards during his career including four National Brotherhood Awards from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which were given for his “outstanding treatment of human relations themes.”   A finding aid for the Fawcett collection listing the inventory of illustrations is available online: http://library.providence.edu/spcol/fa/xml/rppc_fawcett.xml



Rev. Aloysius Begley, O.P.

To view the Lanning illustrations, turn around and take four steps to the other side of the foyer, and voilà, the Frank B. Lanning Collection!!  Lanning’s illustrations covered all Rhode Island collegiate sports through easy recognition of team mascots or his focus on Providence College Basketball and Hockey coaches as in his tribute to Rev. Aloysius Begley, O.P., Athletic Director (1940-1971) and various Providence College Presidents.   The Lanning Collection consists of approximately 80 prints. Additional illustrations can be viewed at:  http://library.providence.edu/spcol/fra_lan/lanning.html.



For those of us unskilled in basketball, look at Friar Boy as he demonstrates the proper technique taking a shot at the net.

Thanks, Friar Boy!

Enjoy these illustrations for their awesomeness!!


e-faire on April 1st 3-5pm (no fooling!)



NEW DATE: We’re having an e-faire on Tuesday, April 1st, 3-5pm, on the main level of the library. There will be food and prizes! Stop by and see what’s new and exciting in online resources and be entered to win an iPod shuffle or iTunes gift card!  Here are the online resources on offer at the e-faire:

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Victorian Pop Culture, oh boy!

One of the most amazing databases PC owns is Adam Matthew’s “Victorian Popular Culture”.vpc1

If you enjoy any kind of Victoriana, this is a great tool.  It incluces:

Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment

Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks


Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainment (remember the stereopticon?) and the Advent of the Cinema

Spiritualism, Sensation (Dr. Mesmer!) and Magic


And, well, all kinds of cool stuff.


Check it out!

Flowers, shrubs and trees – Oh my!


Spring is almost here.  Many of you could be traveling this week to warmer climates, good decision after this stormy cold winter!  Whether you are traveling someplace warm or just home to relax when you return to campus we will be one week closer to spring.  The clocks have been set forward and the temperatures is beginning to rise!

While you are waiting for the trees, shrubs and flowers to bloom you can take a look at the e-book Flowers.  You will find paintings of flowers by Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh and many more.  Enjoy!  


Spring forward into daylight savings time, the sun will set later and the days will seem longer.  Get out and enjoy Rhode Island. Check out The State of Rhode Island Division of Parks and Recreation to explore this great state!

Do you like daffodils?  During the month of April Blithewold Mansion Gardens, & Arboretum in Bristol RI has Daffodil Days, if you haven’t been there it is a sight to see!


Enjoy your break, be sure to stop by Club Phil when you return!


Online access to resources

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Remember to login to the Library website with your PC ID card–use barcode number on back — to gain online access to thousands of articles, abstracts and citations.

In addition, many of our databases also contain images of graphs, charts, photos, paintings, sculptures and architectural designs.

While we continue to provide a number of titles in print format for our users, we suggest that you utilize all aspects of your library’s resources. If you need further assistance in meeting your research needs, send us a text a 401-484-7004, an email at

askalibrarian@lists.providence.edu or give us a call at 865-2581.picphillbuzz6

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