This is a guest post by Reference & Research Services student assistants Jacqueline Cao and Andrew Gonzales. William James vs. Gerald G. Jampolsky “To perceive the world differently we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now and dissolve the fear in our minds.” It … Continue reading Mysterious Misattributions of the Quoting kind
Newspapers can be powerful agents of social change and newspapers can contain powerful primary sources for historical research. The Chicago Defender is powerful in both these ways, and is a great resource to check out when celebrating Black History Month. Under the direction of its founder, Robert S. Abbott, and his successor, John H. Sengstacke, The Defender brought focus to … Continue reading A Primary Source for Black History
This is a guest post by Reference and Research Services student assistant Ariana Varela. The definition of public history is fluid and debated between the various types of public historians. One form of public history is archival work where documents and other types of media are collected, preserved, and cataloged in order to facilitate research. … Continue reading Public Historian by way of Archives and Reference
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and the same applies to the paper used for lining a book’s binding. Hand bookbinders are a frugal lot, and are notorious for recycling pages from old books in the binding of new books, or else using printed waste paper in the bindings. This practice has yielded many … Continue reading Treasure Trash in the Bindings
As we get ready for the holidays here in Gleeson Library, I found myself wondering how we got our modern tradition of Christmas. What’s up with bringing a cut pine tree inside your home to decorate? What’s up with all the poinsettias? Why do Brits give gifts on Boxing Day, December 26, while here in … Continue reading What’s up with Christmas?
We’re hiring student assistants for Spring 2014! Both the Access Services Department and the Reference and Research Services Department are planning to hire a handful of student workers. Click here for the Access Services job posting. Click here for the Reference and Research Services job posting. (Update 1/9/2014: Reference and Research Services is no longer … Continue reading Want to work for Gleeson Library?
Have you ever found the perfect article in one of the library databases, only to discover there’s no PDF attached? Or maybe you were looking over a reference list or bibliography and want to know how to find an article that’s cited there. In either case, we’ve got you covered! Check out this tutorial by … Continue reading Finding Full Text Articles
While I was waiting for the bus to come to work at the USF Library this morning, I noticed the front page of today’s Examiner proclaimed, “Sky-high rents: SF tops the nation for median prices.” Naturally I plucked a copy from the newsstand and perused the article; anecdotally we all know it is nearly impossible … Continue reading Stats to back that up
Several Gale databases (including Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints and Literature Resource Center) are temporarily unavailable because of a global service outage. Gale is working on resolving the issue, but has not provided an estimate of when service will be restored. Here are some suggestions of other online resources to use during this outage: … Continue reading Gale Databases – Global Outage
Quick, save this number in your phone or scan this QR code! Start your text with the word: gleeson Example: gleeson What are the library hours on saturday? (after your first message to us, you don’t have to use the word gleeson any more). Give it a shot and send us a text—we would love … Continue reading New! Text A Librarian