Got a Research Idea? Get Paid to Do It!

For most researchers, grant writing is part of their job. As one of the best research institutions in the nation, Johns Hopkins offers a wide range of resources and services to its faculty and researchers and helps them compete for top dollars from both government and private funding sources. However, for many undergraduate students, writing […]


Comparing Different Cultures? Try eHRAF World Cultures!

Good news, anthropologists! Now there is an easier way to do a comparative study of different cultures from around the world.  Just try our recent addition to our growing database collection, eHRAF. eHRAF stands for the electronic edition of Human Relations Area Files, a non-profit institution founded in 1949 by Yale University. HRAF is a consortium […]


Red Sorghum: a Novel of China by Mo Yan

Finally, school is over. As you prepare for your dream vacation, why not pick up a book or a film from the library? Our McNaughton Collection, located at the entrance of M Level of MSE Library, features the latest popular readings (fiction and non-fiction) and DVD films, available for check out. Besides the McNaughton Collection, […]


Annual Reviews Comes to the Rescue!

Ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of information you get when researching for that big term paper? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could summarize the existing scholarship for you so that you could get a quick grasp on what has already been said and done? Well, if you are working in a field of […]


Announcing a New Chinese Studies Workshop

The past year has seen dramatic growth in Chinese Studies Collections, with the additions of major digital resources such as People’s Daily (1946-), Duxiu, and more recently, ChinaMaxx Digital Library. ChinaMaxx Digital Library alone contains over 700,000 titles of Chinese books, all full text, with powerful search capability. It is the world’s largest digital collection […]


You seek, but do you find? Join us for a tour of…

Google, Google Books, and Google Scholar. Our workshop will focus on Google’s specialized search functions that have proven most useful for scholarly research. Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb 26, 4-5pmLocation: Electronic Resources Center, M-Level, MSE Library But you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to benefit. Do you want to learn how to find rare research materials such as A Narrative […]


The Strange Life of the Snake According to People’s Daily

The digital edition of People’s Daily is one of the recent additions to our growing collection of Chinese language resources. What is People’s Daily? People’s Daily (Renmin ribao) is the most important daily newspaper in the People’s Republic of China. Founded in 1946, the paper has been the official organ of the Chinese Communist Party […]


Did you miss us at this year’s Intersession?

If you did not get the chance to sign up for our intersession course, “Introduction to Library Research,” co-taught by Chella Vaidyanathan and Yunshan Ye, hear what the students who did have to say about the course upon finishing the two-week session: “I would definitely recommend this course to my friends! I enjoyed the lectures […]


Was the 2012 Presidential Election a Historical Rarity?

The answer is yes, according to the CQ Press. Among all US presidents who sought re-election, President Obama joined a very small club of those winning re-election by less than 5%. Throughout US history, presidents seeking re-election either suffered defeats or won by landslides. There were only three other presidents winning re-election by “close calls” […]


The Other Election

For better or worse, the most expensive presidential election in US history is finally over. With high emotions subsiding and bruises healing, people pick up where they left and go about their normal business. TV channels fill the void left by the big election with  strong doses of natural disasters and human follies. Few people […]