Category Archives: Ask Your Librarian

Includes intriguing or unusual questions that we’ve answered and where/how we found the answers

Melania Trump’s Inaugural Gown: The Ugandan Perspective

Those of us who have the inclination (and courage) to follow U.S. and global news stories in the many American and European media outlets available to us, may feel that we have a pretty complete picture of the day’s events. … Continue reading

Stories from Turkey

Once there was a white elephant, an Indian boy who was his friend, an architect, several sultans, and a mystery. My introduction to Turkish fiction was the beautifully written The Architect’s Apprentice (2015). The author, Elif Shafak (sometimes spelled “Safak”), … Continue reading

“Very Short Introductions” — Quick Overviews about Lots of Things

POP QUIZ — You need a quick overview about a topic. Where do you look? Your answer is partly right but could be better. You said “Wikipedia,” which never hurts. But you’ll always need a few more sources, whose trustworthiness … Continue reading

Day in library life: searching for clinical (or non-clinical) case studies

At first blush, it seemed like a very simple, clearly written assignment for a student — go and find a case study related to your search topic…to be used in an oral presentation and a written paper. The first thing … Continue reading

Season’s Readings, Guilty Pleasures (and Gift Ideas)

Why do I love these lists so much? Every December, I look forward to the various year-end lists of best books put out by newspapers and other periodicals. True, they are a great place to find something to read, and … Continue reading

Clueless about Chemistry? Me, too…

Doing research in Chemistry and have no idea where to begin? Please, come to the library’s Information Desk and ask to speak with the librarian on duty! But, here’s a secret: you can get a head-start by trying the sources on the Chemistry … Continue reading

To Read, or What to Read

What is it about summer and reading? The 2 words seem to go together everywhere you look. I guess the assumption is that people have scads of free time in the summer, although this is certainly not true of library … Continue reading

Images for Scientists & Engineers: Where to Look?

More and more, engineers and scientists need visual materials for their work. Civil engineers need images of bridges and buildings; astronomers need pictures of galaxies and nebulae; biologists want to see microbes up close and personal. A picture is worth … Continue reading

Got Term Papers?

Just a reminder to all you stressed students out there – the library can help! There is a reference librarian on duty on M Level of MSEL in the Research Consultation Office from 10am-8pm Monday through Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday and Friday, … Continue reading

Top 5 Ways Libraries & Librarians Can Help You

“Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally.” – Washington Post Guilty library confession: I use Google multiple … Continue reading