Category Archives: Learn the Library

Includes tips on how to use the library most effectively as well as announcements of formal instructional activities we offer

Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the … 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 Thursday, 10am-5pm on Friday, … Continue reading

On the Subject of Cities

What is a city? The common characteristic of all cities is being “a reasonably large and permanent concentration of people within a limited territory,” according to the Social Science Encyclopedia. The U. S. Census Bureau can even give you a … Continue reading

Open Access Happens More Than One Week Per Year

We’ve wished you a Happy Open Access Week several times in this space. Problem is, Open Access (or OA) is available all the time. And the JHU Libraries provide services and resources to help you with your OA-related needs. So … Continue reading

Museums Studies Research: Near & Far

If you’re studying for an MA in Museum Studies or enrolled in the undergraduate Museums & Society program – or, if you’re just plain interested in museums – you may want to know about resources you can use here and … Continue reading

Catalog This!

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes to make library materials accessible to the public (that’s you!)? After books are selected and ordered, Cataloging staff work their magic to let you know what we’ve got. The word cataloging itself conjures … Continue reading

Google Scholar: Where Does it Fit?

If you’ve ever looked for articles on a topic, or for a specific article, you’ve probably tried Google Scholar. If you’ve attended a library instruction session, you’ve probably been dazzled by the number of article databases available: everything from ABI/Inform … Continue reading

What the {em#&quo}?

Ever since the dawn of the Internet, computers have had a hard time dealing with words with diacritics, or accents. Even today, you may see text online with odd characters like # or {} or &em or ?@ in the space … Continue reading

JH Libraries Open Access Promotion Fund – Our Third Year

Back in October, 2012, during Open Access Week, the Scholarly Communications Group announced an initiative to help JHU authors publish their articles in Open Access journals. This is the third year of the fund. We’ve been so successful that we’ve … Continue reading

The Collections of the Ivies+ Now at Your Fingertips

How would you like to be able to search and request books from the eight libraries of the Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale) as well as the libraries of the University of Chicago and … Continue reading