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Providence College Digital Commons

Imagine one million downloads of scholarly publications.  Well it is now a reality at PC.  But what is the “Digital Commons”?

Watch this great video to find out more 




can't find that book

It’s not in the HELIN catalog.  It’s not at Brown.  But I really really really need that book.  OR that article.

Did you know that you can get books and articles from all over the



Go to the library homepage and under “Get it” click on “Interlibrary Loan books” or “Interlibrary Loan articles” and VOILA!

These are the forms for requesting a book or an article that is not in the HELIN or BROWN catalog.





How long does it take?

Articles usually come in within a couple of days.  Books take at least a week or more.

How long can I keep it?

Books usually for a month and then another month renewal.  Articles are yours to keep.

How will I know when it comes in?

You will get an email if it’s a book.  Articles will be sent directly to you as a pdf.


Well, how cool is that?

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Help Us Test and Trial New Databases!

Looking for a way to forget the piles of snow and encroaching ice? Why not shovel your worries away by helping us test and trial new and intriguing databases?

From now until almost daffodil weather (March 31st), you can experiment with databases the HELIN consortium of libraries is considering. Just follow this link to find a list of trials:



Please note that, in some cases, you might have to enter a username and password in order to access a database. Those usernames and passwords appear in the manner below:

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Enjoy! And if there’s a particular database you’d like us to subscribe to, please contact us at referenceservices@lists.providence.edu

Bored? Watch this!

All the Christmas presents have long been packed up, and New Year’s Eve is a distant memory.
It’s not quite time to head back to PC, and you’re stuck at home with outside temperatures heading into the single digits.
What to do?




Watch this: Literally! As a PC student, you have access to tons of cool films and videos via our new Kanopy platform. There are art films, documentaries, first-run films, and stuff you can’t see on Netflix. Click on over and start watching! Break will be over before you know it.

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A Christmas Celebration

John V.. Brennan '59 Collection of White House Ornaments

John V.. Brennan ’59 Collection of White House Ornaments

The Library Display Committee is at it again!!  It’s all about displays, ’bout displays, no treble!!  Tis the season to exhibit the items found in Special and Archival Collections. Located in the library foyer on the left side as you walk in,  photographs from past Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols provide the backdrop for A Christmas Celebration!

Please take a moment to enjoy the White House ornaments from the John V. Brennan ’59 Collection artfully arranged as a Christmas tree along with various Christmas cards from past Providence College presidents.

Read about Warren Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-1923) and the 2014 ornament…interesting facts!

Be safe in your travels and enjoy this holiday season!


Foot notes

footYou can export citations from an article directly into RefWORKS to create your bibliography.   Its easy, quick and saves time.  So stay on your feet and remember to export your citations to RefWORKS.

If you need help setting up an account in RefWORKS, stop by the Research HUB on the main floor of the library.


The Vivid, Versatile (and Slightly Vexing) Database Science Direct

The database Science Direct  is staggeringly good. It’s a marvel. If you’re looking for the most current scientific research available, then look no further than this database. It never disappoints.

But one thing to be aware of when using Science Direct  is that it can be a little tricky to use the first time you access it. This is because on your initial visit to the database, you have to set up an account with a username and password.

To get started, first you click the “Sign In” button that’s on the green band at the top of the webpage. It looks like this:

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Next, you’ll see a gray box pop up, on which you’ll click the link that says “Not Registered?” This is what it looks like:

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After that, you’ll create a username and a password, which will then grant you access to the site.

The last thing you need to know about Science Direct  is that, before being able to read an article, sometimes you’ll be asked to provide a “Cost Code.” Don’t worry! You don’t have to pull out your credit card. These articles can be expensive! Instead, simply enter your library barcode, which is a number on your PC ID card that starts with 25125…. Here is an example of that “Cost Code” issue:

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And now you’re ready to enjoy Science Direct‘s bounty!


Here is a video to learn more about accessing Science Direct at PC:


Happy Turkey Day!

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 26-Friday, November 28.

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!

Got Films?

 Kanopy     Did you know there is a free online film festival taking place  until November 22nd?  You can view these films on any device, anywhere at any time, both on and off campus!  This festival is sponsored by Kanopy, it showcases over 120 new and award-winning films selected from 16 leading producers.   You  will find films from the Criterion Collection, PBS, Green Planet, Media Education Foundation and many more!  Want to know more about the Beatles’s? Search for the film A Hard Day’s Night!



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But wait there’s more….

The library offers a variety of multimedia options for you. You have access to Meet the Press, Silent Film, Theatre in Video, oh my!  Do you like TED Talks, National Geographic, and BBC productions (to name a few) then browse Films on Demand!

The Multimedia Guide will give you a full list of library and web resources available to you!

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Come check out the library foyer exhibits!

The library presently has two exhibits in our foyer.  The first exhibit celebrates 40 years of the publication INTI.  Inti: Revista de literatura hispánica was founded by Roger B. Carmosino (Foreign Language Studies Department, Providence College) in November 1974 at the University of Connecticut. It has been continually published since then on all areas of academic research, as well as a vehicle for creative writing, in Latin America and the Spanish Peninsula.  The online edition of Inti (Inti Archive) through Digital Commons, Providence College, provides back issues of the journal in a freely available edition.  Images of the INTI exhibit can be seen here.IMG_0934

The second exhibit focuses on the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA).  NEPCA is a regional affiliate of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. The purpose of NEPCA is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States.  Providence College and Dr. Robert Hackey (2014 Program Chair and 2015 NEPCA President) hosted the NEPCA 2014 annual conference. Julie A. DeCesare (Assistant Professor and Commons Librarian, Head of Education & Research) coordinated the exhibit (Oct. 2014 – Jan. 2015) in Phillips Memorial Library+Commons.  Images of the NEPCA exhibit can be seen here.IMG_0894


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