WRLC Libraries

GW Libraries Thanksgiving Hours

The George Washington University - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 08:58
November 9, 2015

The GW Libraries are thankful for our terrific patrons (and a few days off!) Please note the building closures and changed hours for the Thanskgiving holiday.

Gelman Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 25  - Gelman building closes at 6pm*
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27  -  Gelman is CLOSED*
Saturday, Nov, 28  -  Open from noon-6pm* 
Sunday, Nov. 29  -  Open at 9am to resume 24-hour access
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.

Eckles Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 8am-11pm
Wednesday, Nov. 25  -  8am-5pm
Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Nov. 27, & Saturday, Nov, 28  -  Eckles is CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 29  -  3pm-3am

VSTC Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27  -  VSTCL is CLOSED*
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.

Copyright Basics for Graduate Students

The George Washington University - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:09
November 6, 2015

Tuesday, November 17
Gelman Library, Room 702

GW Associate General Counsel Michelle Gluck will cover the basic aspects of copyright law you need to know when writing a thesis or dissertation, including an overview of copyright as a "bundle of rights" and the criteria for determining fair use. 

Michelle Gluck  joined GW's Office of the General Counsel in March 2014 after 8 years as Special Counsel to the University System of New Hampshire. Prior to that, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in tobacco litigation and immigration appellate litigation, and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Government Section of the State of California Department of Justice. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Gluck clerked for U.S. District Judge Lawrence T. Lydick and for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal district and circuit courts. Her areas of concentration are research and compliance, technology transfer, and intellectual property.  Ms. Gluck received her A.B. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988.

Okinawa: The Afterburn Film Showing & Discussion

The George Washington University - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 09:18
November 6, 2015

Wednesday, November 18
Gelman Room 214

Join us for a special screening of the English-language version of this popular documentary, followed by a discussion with director John Junkerman.

A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, Okinawa: The Afterburn  is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. In April 1945, American forces invaded Okinawa, launching a battle that lasted 12 weeks and claimed the lives of 240,000 people. The film recounts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought on the same battlefields, along with Okinawan civilians swept up in the fighting. The film carries the story to the present, depicting the discrimination and oppression forced upon Okinawa by the American and Japanese governments. With Okinawa now embroiled in a struggle over the construction of a new base, this timely film illuminates the roots of a deep-seated resistance.

Co-sponsored by the Global Resources Center and Veterans For Peace, Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Organizing Committee 

International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 19:59
October 29, 2015

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Global Resources Center, 7th floor

Please join us in the Global Resources Center (GRC) for an international student coffee hour co-hosted with the International Services Office (ISO). Take a tour of the GRC, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests, and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends! This event is part of GW's International Education Week.  

Please RSVP: go.gwu.edu/GRCCoffee 

The GRC focuses upon the political, socio-economic, historical, and cultural aspects of countries and regions around the globe from the 20th century onward with the following specialized resource centers: Russia, Eurasia, Central & Eastern Europe, China Documentation Center, Taiwan Resource Center, Japan Resource Center, Korea Resources, Middle East & North Africa.

Social Media Harvesting Techniques

The George Washington University - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 07:38
October 28, 2015Justin Littman

Social Feed Manager (SFM) is a tool developed by the Scholarly Technology Group for harvesting social media to support research and build archives. As part of enhancements to SFM being performed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), we are adding support for writing social media to Web ARChive (WARC) files. This blog entry describes two techniques for retrieving social media records from the application programming interfaces (APIs) of social media platforms and writing to WARCs. These techniques are based on Python, though these or similar approaches are applicable to other programming languages.

Background on social media APIs

Many social media platforms provide APIs to allow retrieval of social media records. Examples of such APIs include the Twitter REST API, the Flickr API, and the Tumblr API. These APIs use HTTP as the communications protocol and provide the records in a machine readable formats such as JSON. Compared to harvesting HTML from the social media platform’s website, harvesting social media from APIs offers some advantages:

  • The APIs are more stable. The creators of the APIs understand that when they change the API, they will be breaking consumers of the API. (Want notification when an API changes? Give API Changlog a try.)
  • The APIs provide social media records in formats that are intended for machine processing.
  • The APIs sometimes provide access to data that is not available from the platform’s website. For example, the following shows the record for a tweet retrieved from Twitter’s REST API:
{ "created_at": "Tue Jun 02 13:22:55 +0000 2015", "id": 605726286741434400, "id_str": "605726286741434368", "text": "At LC for @archemail today: Thinking about overlap between email archiving, web archiving, and social media archiving.", "source": "Twitter Web Client", "truncated": false, "in_reply_to_status_id": null, "in_reply_to_status_id_str": null, "in_reply_to_user_id": null, "in_reply_to_user_id_str": null, "in_reply_to_screen_name": null, "user": { "id": 481186914, "id_str": "481186914", "name": "Justin Littman", "screen_name": "justin_littman", "location": "", "description": "", "url": null, "entities": { "description": { "urls": [] } }, "protected": false, "followers_count": 45, "friends_count": 47, "listed_count": 5, "created_at": "Thu Feb 02 12:19:18 +0000 2012", "favourites_count": 34, "utc_offset": -14400, "time_zone": "Eastern Time (US & Canada)", "geo_enabled": true, "verified": false, "statuses_count": 72, "lang": "en", "contributors_enabled": false, "is_translator": false, "is_translation_enabled": false, "profile_background_color": "C0DEED", "profile_background_image_url": "http://abs.twimg.com/images/themes/theme1/bg.png", "profile_background_image_url_https": "https://abs.twimg.com/images/themes/theme1/bg.png", "profile_background_tile": false, "profile_image_url": "http://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/496478011533713408/GjecBUNj_normal.jpeg", "profile_image_url_https": "https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/496478011533713408/GjecBUNj_normal.jpeg", "profile_link_color": "0084B4", "profile_sidebar_border_color": "C0DEED", "profile_sidebar_fill_color": "DDEEF6", "profile_text_color": "333333", "profile_use_background_image": true, "has_extended_profile": false, "default_profile": true, "default_profile_image": false, "following": false, "follow_request_sent": false, "notifications": false }, "geo": null, "coordinates": null, "place": { "id": "01fbe706f872cb32", "url": "https://api.twitter.com/1.1/geo/id/01fbe706f872cb32.json", "place_type": "city", "name": "Washington", "full_name": "Washington, DC", "country_code": "US", "country": "United States", "contained_within": [], "bounding_box": { "type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [ [ [ -77.119401, 38.801826 ], [ -76.909396, 38.801826 ], [ -76.909396, 38.9953797 ], [ -77.119401, 38.9953797 ] ] ] }, "attributes": {} }, "contributors": null, "is_quote_status": false, "retweet_count": 0, "favorite_count": 0, "entities": { "hashtags": [], "symbols": [], "user_mentions": [], "urls": [] }, "favorited": false, "retweeted": false, "lang": "en" }

and how the same tweet appears on Twitter’s website:


It is worth emphasizing that retrieving social media records from an API are just HTTP transactions, just like the HTTP transactions between a web browser and a website or a web crawler and a website.


(The one exception worth noting is Twitter’s Streaming APIs. While these APIs do use HTTP, the HTTP connection is kept open while additional data is added to the HTTP response over a long period of time. Thus, this API is unique in that the HTTP response may last for minutes, hours, or days rather than the normal milliseconds or seconds and the HTTP response may be significantly larger in size than the typical HTTP response from a social media API. This will require special handling and is outside the scope for this discussion, though ultimately requires consideration.)


To simplify interacting with social media APIs, developers have created API libraries. An API library is for a specific programming language and social media platform and makes it easier to interact with the API by handling authentication, rate limiting, HTTP communication, and other low-level details. In turn, API libraries use other libraries such as an HTTP client for HTTP communication or an OAuth library for authentication. Examples of Python API libraries include Twarc or Tweepy for Twitter, Python Flickr API Kit for Flickr, and PyTumblr for Tumblr. Rather than having to re-implement all of these low-level details, ideally a social media harvester will use existing API libraries.

  Background on WARCs

WARCs allow for recording an entire HTTP transaction between an HTTP client and an HTTP server. A typical transaction consists of the client issuing a request message and the server replying with a response message. These are recorded in the WARC as a request record and response record pair. In a WARC, each record is composed of a record header containing some named metadata fields and a record body containing the HTTP message. In turn, each HTTP message is composed of a message header and a message body. Here is an example request record for GWU’s homepage:

  WARC/1.0 WARC-Type: request Content-Type: application/http;msgtype=request WARC-Date: 2015-10-14T18:01:10Z WARC-Record-ID: WARC-Target-URI: http://www.gwu.edu/ WARC-IP-Address: WARC-Block-Digest: sha1:A7SJCNM5DLPJCLQMGJOXD7XDWWFQRDGH WARC-Payload-Digest: sha1:3I42H3S6NNFQ2MSVX7XZKYAYSCX5QBYJ Content-Length: 69 WARC-Warcinfo-ID: GET / HTTP/1.1 User-Agent: Wpull/1.2.1 (gzip) Host: www.gwu.edu  

and a response record:

  WARC/1.0 WARC-Type: response Content-Type: application/http;msgtype=response WARC-Date: 2015-10-14T18:01:10Z WARC-Record-ID: WARC-Target-URI: http://www.gwu.edu/ WARC-IP-Address: WARC-Concurrent-To: WARC-Block-Digest: sha1:FAGHJPTSB4TIHWBMNPAIXM6IRS7EMOHS WARC-Payload-Digest: sha1:D2OLR4C4UASIRNSGJCNQMK5XBQ6RAWGV Content-Length: 79609 WARC-Warcinfo-ID: HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: Apache/2.2.15 (Oracle) X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.3 Expires: Sun, 19 Nov 1978 05:00:00 GMT Last-Modified: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 03:33:00 GMT Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0 ETag: "1444793580" Content-Language: en X-Generator: Drupal 7 (http://drupal.org) Link: ; rel="image_src",; rel="canonical",; rel="shortlink" Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Transfer-Encoding: chunked Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:01:11 GMT X-Varnish: 982060864 981086065 Age: 52090 Via: 1.1 varnish Connection: keep-alive X-Cache: Hit from web1 Set-Cookie: NSC_dnt_qspe_tey_80=ffffffff83ac15c345525d5f4f58455e445a4a423660;expires=Wed, 14-Oct-2015 18:31:11 GMT;path=/;httponly b3a <!DOCTYPE html> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" version="XHTML+RDFa 1.0" dir="ltr" xmlns:og="http://ogp.me/ns#" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml" xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/terms/" xmlns:foaf="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/" xmlns:rdfs="http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#" xmlns:sioc="http://rdfs.org/sioc/ns#" xmlns:sioct="http://rdfs.org/sioc/types#" xmlns:skos="http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#"> <head profile="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml/vocab"> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1" /> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> [A whole bunch of HTML skipped here] </body> </html>

(This was recorded using Wpull: wpull http://www.gwu.edu --warc-file warc_example --no-warc-compression)

Putting together this discussion of social media APIs and WARCs, we'll describe techniques for harvesting social media records using existing API libraries and record the HTTP transactions in WARCs.

The first technique

The first technique is to attempt to record the HTTP transaction from the HTTP client used by the API library. While there are a number of higher-level clients in Python (e.g., requests), the underlying HTTP protocol client is generally httplib. Unfortunately, httplib does not provide ready access to the entire HTTP message, just the message body. However, when the debug level of httplib is set to 1, httplib writes the message header to standard output (stdout). For example:

>>> import httplib >>> conn = httplib.HTTPConnection("www.gwu.edu") >>> conn.set_debuglevel(1) >>> conn.request("GET", "/") send: 'GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost: www.gwu.edu\r\nAccept-Encoding: identity\r\n\r\n' >>> resp = conn.getresponse() reply: 'HTTP/1.1 200 OK\r\n' header: Server: Apache/2.2.15 (Oracle) header: X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.3 header: Expires: Sun, 19 Nov 1978 05:00:00 GMT header: Last-Modified: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 03:33:00 GMT header: Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0 header: ETag: "1444793580" header: Content-Language: en header: X-Generator: Drupal 7 (http://drupal.org) header: Link: ; rel="image_src",; rel="canonical",; rel="shortlink" header: Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 header: Transfer-Encoding: chunked header: Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:16:54 GMT header: X-Varnish: 982091814 981086065 header: Age: 53034 header: Via: 1.1 varnish header: Connection: keep-alive header: X-Cache: Hit from web1 header: Set-Cookie: NSC_dnt_qspe_tey_80=ffffffff83ac15c345525d5f4f58455e445a4a423660;expires=Wed, 14-Oct-2015 18:46:54 GMT;path=/;httponly

By capturing this debugging output, the HTTP message can be reconstructed and recorded in the appropriate WARC records. We use Internet Archive’s WARC library for writing to WARCs. Here’s a gist showing some code that uses the Python Flickr API Kit to retrieve the record for a photo from Flickr’s API and record in a WARC: https://gist.github.com/justinlittman/a46ab82f456423a71e39. (The resulting WARC is also provided in the gist.)

Advantages of this technique:

  • Complete control over writing the WARC, including WARC record headers and deduplication strategy.

Disadvantages of this technique:

  • Reconstructs the HTTP message instead of recording directly as passed over the network.
  • Fragile, since depends on debugging output of httplib. There is no guarantee that this debugging output will remain unchanged in the future.
  • Often requires hacking the API library to get access to the HTTP client.
The second technique

The second approach was suggested by Ed Summers. In this approach, an HTTP proxy records the HTTP transaction. In a proxying setup, the HTTP client makes its request to the proxy. The proxy in turn relays the request to the HTTP server. It receives the response from the server and relays it back to the client. By acting as a “man in the middle”, the proxy has access to the entire HTTP transaction.

Internet Archive’s warcprox is an HTTP proxy that writes the recorded HTTP transactions to WARCs. Among other applications, warcprox is used in Ilya Kreymer’s webrecorder.io, which records the HTTP transactions from a user browsing the web. In our case, warcprox will record the HTTP transactions between the API library and the social media platform’s server.

This gist demonstrates using the Python Flickr API Kit to retrieve the record for a photo from Flickr’s API and recording it using warcprox: https://gist.github.com/justinlittman/0b3d76ca0465a9d914ed



  • Depends on the API library supports configuring a proxy or hacking the API library to get access to the HTTP client to configure proxying.
  • Does not provide control over the WARC, especially the ability to write WARC record headers.
  • Requires running proxy as a separate process from the harvester.

STG is continuing to experiment with and refine these two approaches. Thoughts on these approaches or suggestions for other techniques would be appreciated and we welcome any discussion of social media harvesting in general.

Hebrew Printing in the Orient Opening Reception

The George Washington University - Tue, 10/27/2015 - 21:17
October 27, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2-4pm 
Gelman Library, Room 702

Enjoy a panel discussion on a broad panorama of typography from far-flung presses, from the Maghreb to China and from Central Asia to India, South Africa and the Antipodes. “Hebrew Printing in the Orient,” an exhibit drawn from the I. Edward Kiev Collection, includes texts in Aramaic and the various languages of Oriental Jewry, including Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and Marathi. Among the rarities is a copy of Hok le-Yisra'el (Cairo, 1740), one of the first books ever printed in Egypt.

The Kiev Collection at The George Washington University was established in 1996 with the donation of the large personal library of I. Edward Kiev, one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century.  Together with books in western languages, German-Jewish graphic art, and extensive bibliographic literature in which Kiev was expert, the collection holds Hebraica printed around the world over the course of five centuries.

Help the Libraries Help You!

The George Washington University - Tue, 10/27/2015 - 21:04
October 27, 2015

Faculty and students can help the libraries improve research assistance by taking our quick, 3-question survey. Help us understand how you prefer to access help with your research so we can offer more of the services you like best. This survey will be open until December 1. 


Jack-o-Lit: Literary Pumpkin Carving with Faculty & Librarians

The George Washington University - Wed, 10/14/2015 - 16:56
October 14, 2015

Monday, October 26
Kogan Plaza

Bring your own pumpkin and sculpt your masterpiece in the company of GW's coolest faculty and librarians.  Carving implements will be provided along with cookies, cider, and nerdy-cool conversation. 

Judging begins at 4pm and prizes will be awarded for the best and most creative carving.

Costumes aren't required, but are definitely encouraged!  Extra cookies and instant respect if you arrive dressed as any literary or classical character. 

Meet Your Student Liaison

The George Washington University - Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:15
October 13, 2015

Yesenia Yepez
GW Libraries 2015-2016 Student Liaison

B.A. International Affairs Candidate, 2017

email: ygyepez@gwu.edu
office: Gelman Library, Room 220 (beside The Writing Center)

The Student Liaison helps to keep the library connected to student library users.  Yesenia is here for you when you have complaints, concerns, or questions.  Email her at ygyepez@gwu.edu or drop by her office.

Developing Your Professional Self Workshop

The George Washington University - Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:38
October 13, 2015

Thursday, November 5
Gelman Library, Room 219

Let GW Libraries and GW Career Services help you in developing a professional online persona. We'll show you all the resources GW Libraries can provide to help with your career or graduate program search, reveal how to optimize a LinkedIn profile, and teach you how to build an online portfolio in WordPress to show off your skills and experiences. Please bring your own laptop to this workshop. Please RSVP here.


Let the Sun Shine: FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests for Journalists and Researchers

The George Washington University - Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:34
October 13, 2015

Wednesday, November 4
Gelman Library, Room 702

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project Nate Jones of the non-government, non-profit National Security Archive will lead a workshop on how journalists, historians, or any person can file successful FOIA requests to the federal government. His two-hour workshop will share the tactics the Archive has learned from the 50,000-plus FOIA requests and appeals that it has submitted. Jones will utilize real examples of FOIA requests, appeals, and releases to demonstrate how to pry government documents into the public domain and allow Americans to know what their government is up to. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Open Access Week at GW

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:22
October 8, 2015

Join the GW Libraries as we celebrate Open Access Week with events dedicated to promoting GW scholarship to the broadest possible audience.

How Open Access Benefits Faculty + Research
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11am
Catholic University, Great Room A, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Learn about the experiences at universities that have adopted an open access policy. Keynote speakers - Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The George Washington University & Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, The George Washington University. 

Open Access Salons
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 pm
Gelman Library Room 219
Drop in for an informal salon designed to discuss strategies to protect, preserve, and increase the impact of your scholarship. We will introduce our new institutional repository, GW ScholarSpace, and answer your questions. Refreshments provided.

RCR Lecture Series Presents "Data Acquisition and Management"
Wednesday, Oct. 21, Noon to 1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 702
OVPR's Office of Research Integrity invites you to attend this Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lecture featuring University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva Henry and a distinguished panel including Dr. Jody Ganiban,Dr. Tara Sinclair, and Dr. Alexander van der Horst. Please RSVP to resinteg@gwu.edu.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Gelman Library Room 219
This workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your ETD document, with a special emphasis on Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing.  Attendees will have the chance to ask questions related to the ETD process, Open Access, embargoes, and copyright.

For more information about how to protect your author rights and make your scholarship more publicly accessible, please visit our website at go.gwu.edu/oaweek.

Colonials Weekend at GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:10
October 5, 2015

Join the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 17 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2015. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit Gelman and Eckles to learn more about our services, including 3-D printing at Gelman! 

Saturday, October 17:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and 3-D Printing Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. We’ll have a 3-D printer demonstration and library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student.

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

11:30am - Noon
3-D Printing and GIS: How Today's Scholars Visualize, Analyze, and Interpret Data
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW students have access to amazing technology not even dreamed of 20 years ago, fundamentally changing the way students visualize and interpret data. Attend this short workshop for an introduction to 3-D printing and geographic information services, just 2 of the services now available in the libraries.

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know 
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

3-D Printing and GIS: How Today's Scholars Visualize, Analyze, and Interpret Data
Gelman Library, Room 219
GW students have access to amazing technology not even dreamed of 20 years ago, fundamentally changing the way students visualize and interpret data. Attend this short workshop for an introduction to 3-D printing and geographic information services, just 2 of the services now available in the libraries.

Noon - 2pm 
Celebrating the Creative Process
Eckles Library Main Reading Room
Join us for a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2015 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show! Meet the student artists and writers, view exhibits, listen to performances, and enjoy refreshments. Parents, students, and faculty are all welcome. For more information, please see https://library.gwu.edu/eckles/the-eckles-prize-for-freshman-research-excellence

Library Life Hacks: Boot Camps for Grad Students

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:38
October 1, 2015

Library Life Hacks workshops explore methods that today's scholars use to manage, visualize, analyze, and interpret data. These "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Lit Review How To sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

What is Data?
In this workshop we will define research data & data-related terms, learn common data formats, understand use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop, learn best practices for data management and discover the tools, people and resources GW Libraries can provide to help you.

GIS Data Basics
Come learn how you can integrate Geographic Information Systems into your research and discover the resources available at Gelman Library and beyond. This workshop will cover the basics of data discovery and display using ArcGIS software. Let it spark your cartographic imagination! Please note: this session takes place in Gelman Library, Room 300.

Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)
The writing is done. The citations have been cross checked. Your adviser has signed off. All that's left is to upload your electronic thesis or dissertation--but what does that really mean? This short workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your document and give you a heads up on what you will be asked during that process.  Please bring your own computer.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219 except GIS Basics, which takes place in Gelman Library, Room 300.  Kids off school for the day? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome to attend.

Lit Review How To: Boot Camps for Grad Students

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:19
October 1, 2015

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Get serious about your scholarship by attending these 30-minute workshops to learn tips that will save you time and sanity.  Our "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Library Life Hacks sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

The Basics: Mapping Your Research
What is a Literature Review, and what information do I need to begin one? Learn tips on how to begin your search, discover keywords, and narrow topics, and how to find the right databases and resources for your topic using GW Libraries’ tools. 

Searching Beyond Gelman
How do you know what research is out there? How can you know what you don't know? Librarians will help you be sure with a comprehensive search of all published book literature using WorldCat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences. 

Citation Management
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it?  Step away from the notecards and learn about online citation tools like Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley. Librarians will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it. 

Citation Chasing
How do you build on someone else's research?  How do you find the research they used?  Chase down those citations like a pro. 

Staying Current in One's Field
Librarian Ann Brown will help you find out how to stay current in your field. You'll learn how to set up a journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field. 

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.  Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Paid Internship Opportunity for Undergraduate with Persian Language Skills

The George Washington University - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 08:38
September 25, 2015

We're searching for a GW undergraduate with strong Persian language skills for a paid internship! Spend the academic year processing the Mahdavi Damghani collection of Persian and Arabic materials to make the collection available for students, faculty and other researchers. 

The Mahdavi Damghani collection consists of approximately 4,000 volumes of original sources on Islamic laws and jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, language, literature and history.  Approximately 70% of the collection is in Persian; the remainder in Arabic. The unprocessed collection will be a rich resource relevant to several academic disciplines including Persian language and literature, Arabic language and literature, law, philosophy, history, and religion.  

Internship details:

Requirements: GW Undergraduate; strong Persian-language skills;
Oversight: The internship would be conducted under the guidance Andrew Buchwach, Middle East and North Africa Research Center Librarian, other Libraries staff, and Pardis Minuchehr, Director of Persian Studies at GW.
Location:  The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center (Suite 708).
The work: Processing the collection includes searching for already existing catalog records for each item, exploring library and other catalogs in Iran and elsewhere to clarify bibliographic information, and importing records and tracking material as it moves through the Library’s content-management workflow.  A research guide will also be developed.
Compensation: $11.00 an hour;
Sponsor: ESIA’s Institute for Middle East Studies & The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center 
Hours per week:  10.

Please submit resume to the contact listed below: 
Cathy Zeljak
Director, Global Resources

Welcome GW Alumni!

The George Washington University - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:06
September 24, 2015

We are excited to greet returning alumni and their families this weekend during GW's 2015 Alumni Weekend!  Whether you're a new graduate or visiting campus after many years, you'll want to include a visit to Gelman Library! 

Join us on Friday, September 25 between 3-5pm on the recently renovated entrance floor of Gelman Library for an Alumni Open House and a demonstration of our brand new 3-D printing technology. Speak with knowledgeable library staff about how 3-D printing works and how it will benefit students and faculty.  Demonstrations will take place near the Ask Us Desk on the entrance floor of Gelman. Alumni Weekend participants can show their name tags to enter the library during the Open House. Alumni should plan to use their Alumni GWorld or sign in at the front desk for entrance at other times throughout the weekend.

Lockers Now Available to Graduate Students

The George Washington University - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:36
September 24, 2015

Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library now offers lockers for graduate students.

The lockers are located in the Graduate Student Reading Room (Gelman 503) and are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis. Lockers rent for $35 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  Locker rentals begin on the first day of classes for the semester and end on the last day of scheduled finals of the same semester. Students may rent lockers per semester or for the academic year (a total of 3 semesters, Fall, Spring and Summer).

To apply for a locker, please select a locker by taking the slip posted on the desired locker in room 503 and complete the online request form (you must have the locker number to complete the form). A library staff member will contact you for an appointment to make the applicable payment and issue you a combination lock for the requested locker. 

Please direct questions to Jennifer Wesson at (202) 994-2937 or jwesson@gwu.edu.

"The Francis Effect": Assessing the Impact of the Pope's Visit to Washington

The George Washington University - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:27
September 23, 2015

Thursday, October 1
11am - 12:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

In just over two years, Pope Francis has become an extraordinarily popular and influential world leader, so much so that scholars have begun to refer to the "Francis Effect." For this event, the GW Libraries and the GW Sustainability Collaborative have brought together three researchers to assess the political impact of the pope's recent visit to Washington, his speech before Congress in particular.

John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, will apply insights gained in writing his book -- The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church.

Director of Research for the Public Religion Research Institute Daniel Cox will extend the results of PRRI's most recent survey-- The "Francis Effect": U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics.

GW Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Cynthia McClintock will bring to bear her expertise on Latin America.

The discussion will be moderated by Michael Svoboda, Director of GW's Sustainability Minor.