Posts from Samantha Harvey

Take-a-(Study) Break at the Library

Posted by: on December 5, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

Final exams can be stressful – we know.  That’s why the library staff at Club Phil are working hard to help you out!

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What’s going on:
  • 24/7 Hours
    • We’ll be open 24/7 starting Friday Dec. 6th through Monday Dec. 16th (library hours)
  • Research help open late
    • Help is available at the researcHub desk until MIDNIGHT (instead of 10:00pm) from now until the end of finals
  • Take-A-(Study) Break area – Give your brain a rest with some of the study break activities we have planned, located in “The Pit” on the 1st floor of the library:
    • Puzzle Station – jigsaw puzzles will be out for you to work on for as long as you want (available 24/7)
    • Game Station – games & cards available for you to play (available 24/7)
    • Knitting Station – knit a lot, or a little – all scarves produced will be donated to the homeless at Crossroads RI (available from 9-5 during the day)
    • Make-A-Card Stationget crafty and create your own Christmas cards for your friends & family or for VA Hospital patients (available from 9-5 during the day)
  • Snack Cart
    • We’re bringing the treats to you this year with a mobile Snack Cart loaded with FREE goodies donated by library staff members.  The Snack Cart will be making the rounds on Monday Dec. 9th & Wednesday Dec. 11th.  Keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates as to what times
  • Tea Station
    • Relax with a hot cup of tea – available on Tuesday Dec. 10th & Thursday Dec. 12th
Schedule of Events:
  • 12/6 (Friday) – Library starts 24/7 hours
  • 12/6-12/16 – Take a Break Station is open
  • 12/9 (Monday) – Snack Cart
  • 12/10 (Tuesday) – Tea Station open
  • 12/11 (Wednesday) – Snack Cart
  • 12/12 (Thursday) – Tea Station open



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Research Guides: The Best Place to Start Your Research

Posted by: on November 21, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools


Have a big paper or project to get done before the end of the semester?  Not sure where to start?  Our Research Guides cover over 60 subjects and are the perfect place to begin your search for library materials.  Consider them to be one-stop-shopping places to start your research.

Our guides:

  • Give you tips for finding books & e-books in the catalog;
  • Suggest the right databases for your topic that will help you find articles, primary sources, multimedia & more;
  • Highlight the best web sites to use for research.

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Of course, you can always text, email, call or visit us in the library with any questions you may have!  Happy searching!!!


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Learn to use RefWorks in 15 minutes!

Posted by: on October 31, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

If  writing bibliographies make you feel like this:


Then use RefWorks to create bibliographies in ONE CLICK and start feeling like this:


 Learn how in a quick 15 minute session next week:

When: Tuesday 11/5 & Wednesday 11/6
@ 5:00 & 5:30
Where: Library E-Classroom (Rm. 233)
RSVP: http://bit.ly/clubphil_rw15
(Walk-ins also welcome)


Learn more about RefWorks here.

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What is Information Literacy Anyways?

Posted by: on October 10, 2013   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

informationtechnologyWhat is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy (IL) can be a tricky concept to understand for those of us working in a library environment, never mind for those outside of “library-land”!  The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has an excellent definition of IL, but here I will attempt to give you the SparkNotes version.

IL is the ability to combine the following skills in order to meet academic, professional or personal goals:

  • The ability to recognize when you need informationWhat sources do I need to complete my research paper? Articles? Books? Primary sources? etc.

  • Understanding the ethical use of information – Respecting copyright & citing your sources

  • Evaluating information – Is this article scholarly or not? Is this relevant to my topic? Is this a reputable source? Is this research valid? Is it reliable?

  • & synthesizing the needed information – Being able to pull multiple sources together to form an argument or support your thesis

Why should I care?


IL is an essential survival skill in a world that is overloaded with information.  As the amount of information that is readily available at our fingertips continues to grow, how can we tell what can be relied upon and what can’t?

Who and what can we trust?  Despite arguments to the contrary, Google won’t always be able to meet our information needs.  Our library alone subscribes to over 250 databases – how can you figure out how to navigate them?  As technology advances, how much will the way we access information now change?

Whether you realize it or not, you will hone your IL skills as you progress through your time at PC and be able to apply them to your future careers and academic ventures.

Additional Resources:


American Library Association. (1989). Presidential committee on information literacy. final report. Chicago: American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/whitepapers/presidential

Information Literacy. (2004). In Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning. Retrieved from http://0-literati.credoreference.com.helin.uri.edu/content/entry/sagedl/information_literacy/0

The Association of College and Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago: American Library Assocation. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/standards/standards.pdf

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Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Club Phil!

Posted by: on September 23, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22-28!

banned books 2013It may be hard to believe that censorship is still an issue in the U.S., but every year books are challenged and banned from schools and libraries across the country.  Since the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) began tracking challenges to books in 1990, titles that include classics like Winnie the Pooh and The Great Gatsby, to childhood favorites such as Goosebumps and Harry Potter, have made the most frequently challenged books list.  Last year alone, 464 challenges were reported to the OIF.

9-23-13 BBW imageIn support of the freedom to read, libraries, book stores, schools, and book lovers across the country have been celebrating Banned Books Week since 1982, and the Phillips Memorial Library+Commons is no exception!  This year check out our display showcasing classic Banned Book titles – borrow one of the books and get a free temporary tattoo to show your support!  In addition to the display, we will be hosting two movie nights featuring films that bring attention to the issue of censorship.  On Tuesday 9/24 at 7:00pm we’ll be showing Storm Center (1956) starring Bette Davis, a film about a small town librarian who is branded as a communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves.  Our feature film for Thursday 9/26 at 7:00pm is Fahrenheit 451 (1966), directed by François Truffaut, about a fireman in an oppressive future who begins to question his duty to destroy all books.  We hope you can join us in Room LL25 for some free popcorn and to enjoy some great classic movies!

Can’t make it to one of our movie nights?  Check out these other Banned Books Week Events happening nationwide:

  • Banned Books Week Twitter Party, Mon. Sept. 23 from 10:00am – Noon & Wed. Sept. 25 from Noon – 2:00pm (follow @OIF, @KidsRight2Read, @freadom & @FTRF or use hashtags #bannedbooksweek and #bannedbookparty)
  • Virtual Read Out on YouTube – check out videos from authors, celebrities, and people across the country discussing censorship issues and reading excerpts from their favorite Banned Books
  • Live Hangouts on Air – events happening all week

To learn more about Banned Books Weeks visit:


American Library Association (2013). Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read [web page]. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

Banned Books Week. (n.d.). About. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about

Banned Books Week, Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 22 – 28, 2013 (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

Young, C.L. (2013, September 22). Freedom to read under fire as attempts of ban books continue [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-l-young/freedom-to-read-under-fir_b_3971779.html

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