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Water Awareness

World Water Day was March 22 and the “Peeps” at Philbuzz would like remind everyone that we have convenient and environmentally friendly water bottle filling stations in the library


The Peeps. They’re in the Library.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Week! For this installment of PhilBuzz, we’re going to discuss those green (and yellow and pink) fictional characters that are so beloved this time of year. No, not leprechauns – we’re talking about Peeps!

If you’ve followed us on Facebook or Twitter, you may know that for the past few years a gaggle of marshmallow Peeps invade the Library in the weeks before Easter. We’re not sure what they’re doing here, and neither do they. But hijinks ensue for the few weeks that they are here.

We thought we might take this opportunity to highlight some little known facts about Peeps:


Peeps are made at Just Born, a company in Bethlehem PA. They go through a thorough quality control process: They must be uniformly shaped and colored, and their eyes must be properly placed. The ones who don’t adhere to this high standard are added to the reject pile! Not to creep you out, but…..


For more Peep factory pictures, check out this online gallery  from the New York Times – you’ll never think the same about a little pile of marshmallow.



Lending Changes!

URI library lending changes beginning March 2015

Starting in March, the University of Rhode Island (URI) library is changing its lending policies within the HELIN consortium. Their holdings will no longer be available in the HELIN Encore catalog.

URI is asking for the return of all URI semester loan checked-out items by the latest May 12, 2015.*

The last URI item request date:                                   March 9, 2015
The last URI item checkout date:                                March 23, 2015
The last URI item due date:                                           April 20, 2015

*Don’t forget you can request these items from other lending libraries in the consortium or through an Interlibrary Loan request (from libraries outside the consortium). Library staff can help you with other options.

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?

flying books


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 fill out this online form.

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.

Kanopy Posters Providence Jules and JimKanopy Posters Providence Miss RepKanopy Posters Providence 5 Broken Cameras


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:


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