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Out of the Box: Prince William County Historic Newspapers

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:20

If you love researching local history or old newspapers, you’ll want to check out the Prince William County Historic Newspapers. Our Special Collections Research Center recently finished processing this new collection given to the University Libraries by the Prince William County Library. The papers in the collection span the years 1851 through 1992 and contain many interesting articles (such as the one pictured on the left) and fun advertisements. Read SCRC’s story and visit the newly created finding aid to learn more.

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Artists’ Book Open House: Nature & Discovery

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:17

Learn more about Mason Libraries’ Artists’ Book Collection! Students, faculty and staff are invited to an Artists’ Book Open House on March 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. This month’s Open House features a selection of artists’ books related to the themes of nature and discovery. A guided conversation between two current Mason graduate students on the selected books, and their own artistic practices, will start at 6 p.m. Join us!

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SCRC Open House February 22

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:33

You are cordially invited to the upcoming Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Open House on Wednesday, February 22, 3 to 7 p.m. Located in 2400 Fenwick Library, SCRC supports academic research, teaching and learning at Mason by collecting preserving and providing access to primary research collections and documents, archival and rare book collections, and digitizing priority collections.

During the Open House, you can explore selected materials related to George Mason University, Northern Virginia, performing arts, transportation and planning, and photography. SCRC also collects oral histories pertaining to Northern Virginia, the Federal Theatre Project, Reston, Virginia, and George Mason University’s history. Learn about the George Mason University Archives and the University Records Management program, too.

For more information about the SCRC Open House, please contact Rebecca Bramlett, rbramlet@gmu.edu, 703-993-2058.

 

 

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Focus on: Black/African Heritage Month

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:50

Black/African Heritage Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password. Some selected collections include:

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
    Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage.  Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.  Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

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Libraries Sponsor Summer Undergrad Research Project

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 13:45

In conjunction with OSCAR, Mason Libraries are sponsoring and funding an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) intensive research project during Summer 2017. Potential project ideas:

  • Research on individual book artists; copyright and Artist Books; working with metadata; researching planning and mounting an exhibit, or researching and creating your own Artist Book.
  • Researching how Congressional hearings have been managed historically, and whether majority bias results in legislative action.
  • Text mining and examining the use of particular words in public domain texts.

Basic details:

  • You must be a Mason undergraduate student
  • You must attend one of two proposal workshops (mandatory)
    • February 1, 2017 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., Fenwick Library Room 1014A
    • February 16, 2017 from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Fenwick Library Room 1014A
  • You must apply to OSCAR by February 22, 2017
  • You must be able to work 360 hours on the project during Summer 2017
  • Successful applicant receives $4,000 stipend during Summer 2017

Undergraduate students who have a research idea or are interested in working on a research project using library resources are encouraged to Diane Smith, Associate University Librarian, dsmth36@gmu.edu for more information.

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Zotero Spring Workshops

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:25

Mason Libraries are offering Zotero workshops on various days and at various times during the Spring Semester. Learn how to use this tool to collect, organize, cite and share research resources. Workshop registration is preferred. See the Mason Libraries Workshops calendar for days, dates, times and locations. 

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Libraries Provide NY Times Online

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:40

Mason Libraries now provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full and free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps. Access includes the International, Spanish, and Chinese editions; breaking news articles; blogs; videos, and interactive features. Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Get started!  Create your NYTimes account with your Mason username and password. Once registered, you can access NYTimes.com directly from any location, around campus, the Commonwealth, the country or the world.

Note: Mason Libraries provide access to other current newspaper holdings, which include the Financial Times’ FT.com (first-time users register here), Dow Jones’ Factiva News Page, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Economist Online.

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Focus on: Music Online

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:45

During the Winter Break, all music collections (including books, scores, LPs and CDs) left their long-time home in Gateway Library and were moved to 2600 Fenwick Library (second floor). In addition to the physical collections, a host of music-related resources are available online 24/7, free to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music—or for your own relaxation and enjoyment. The choice is yours!

Met Opera on Demand
Offers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings, for high-quality viewing and listening.

Naxos Music Library Jazz
Offers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists, from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others.

Music & Performing Arts Video Collection
Presents an extensive array of content in video, audio and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theatre.

For more information or to find other music resources, try browsing our Music & Performing Arts database list or contact Steve Gerber, Music Librarian.

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Black/African Heritage Month Resources

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 14:39

Black/African Heritage Month is a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password. Some selected collections include:

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
    Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage.  Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.  Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

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Winter Break Hours

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 15:28

Mason Libraries Winter Break Hours, January 2017

Please note the Libraries are closed January 16 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Libraries are open on January 20, Inauguration Day.

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Fenwick Reserved Carrel Drawing

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:12

Mason graduate students seeking a reserved research/writing carrel in Fenwick Library’s Graduate Study Zone can enter the Graduate Student Reserved Carrel Drawing. Entries are due by 5 p.m., January 18. Spaces are allocated for one academic term.

Eligible doctoral students can apply for Fenwick Dissertation Writers Room and Arlington Campus Library Dissertation Writers Room spaces. Carrels are allocated for one academic term on a first-come, first-served basis.

Details about the Fenwick and Arlington spaces, as well as the entry/application forms, are online.

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Spring 2017 Course Reserves

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:07

Mason faculty may place books, media and readings on reserve for student use in their courses. Physical course reserve items are located at Gateway Library (Johnson Center). Arlington Campus and Mercer Libraries also offer reserve services. Typically, print reserves do not circulate outside of the library. e-Reserves are accessible to students via their course pages in Blackboard.

Questions? Need more information about reserves? Please contact the Mason Libraries Reserves Team at ereserve@gmu.edu.

 

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Register Now! UNIV 370

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 14:17

Are you a Mason undergraduate student working on an original research, independent study, senior design or capstone project? Are you thinking about submitting your research for publication? Would you like to learn more about the publication process?  UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process is the class for you!

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • identify and select appropriate publication/presentation venues
  • prepare a publication proposal
  • prepare a paper for publication/presentation
  • survive the peer review process
  • identify and avoid ethical issues related to publication and copyright

UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process details:

  • When: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Where: Fenwick Library, Rm 1014A
  • Credits: 0 to 1 credits
  • Instructors:
    • Theresa Calcagno, Research Librarian
    • Claudia Holland, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Need more information? Contact Theresa Calcagno, tcalcagn at gmu.edu

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Apply Now: Open Access Publishing Fund

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 15:40

George Mason University, through the University Libraries, provides financial support to Mason scholars and researchers who wish to publish their work in open access (OA) journals. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and registered graduate students are eligible to apply to Mason’s Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) for assistance with article processing fees required by some OA journals.

Questions? Please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 @gmu.edu for more information.

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Technology Sandbox@Fenwick

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:47

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Mason Libraries Finals Hours

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:31

Mason Libraries Finals Hours. Please note that Fenwick Lobby will be open 24/7 from 9 a.m. December 10 to 6 p.m. December 20. Good luck with Finals!

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Relax with Online Resources!

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:38

Shake off the stress of finals with a good book, a classic movie, or some relaxing music. Watch The Blob, Seven Samurai, or The League of Gentlemen. Kick back with Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s annotated Hamilton libretto. Listen to the folk music of Woody Guthrie, a classic Mozart symphony, or holiday music from more than a dozen countries around the world. Mason Libraries acquires these resources – and more (all free to use!) for research and enjoyment by current Mason faculty, students, and staff. Just login with your Mason NetID and password.

Recommended Reads is a collection of 800 recent fiction and non-fiction books. Housed in Gateway Library (Johnson Center), these titles received favorable reviews by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other reputable sources. Recommended Reads have a three-week borrowing period; books may be renewed once. Browse the collection, check some out, and relax between the covers!

Criterion Collection is a database of 300 of the most influential films of the 20th century, covering the history of cinema from early silent films to the end of the century. It features works from directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Albert Maysles, Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles.

Music Online:                                   Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Over 44,000 tracks of music, spoken word, and other sound from the Smithsonian archives and audio archives in Asia and Africa. Browse by musical instrument, geographical area, or cultural group. Includes folk, instrumental, protest, blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, and more. Free access for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

For more information or to find other library resources to relax with, browse our Film & Media resources, Music & Performing Arts resources, search our catalog, or contact one of your subject specialists. Good luck with finals!

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Plan Ahead – Submit ILL Requests Now

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:22
Many libraries across the country curtail their Interlibrary Loan services now through the winter holidays. Because this can limit your access to resources and may affect your research, we recommend submitting all of your ILLiad requests as soon as possible. Interlibrary Loan requests submitted to our office after December 9, 2016 may experience shipping delays through early January 2017. Document Delivery books requested from any George Mason University library may also experience delays. Expect Document Delivery items to take 2 or more business days for delivery. George Mason Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Office will be closed December 22, 2016 through January 4, 2017. Processing ILLiad requests will begin when the office opens on January 5, 2017. If you have any questions, you may contact the Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Office at illloan@gmu.edu or 703-993-2228, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mason Law School students, faculty and staff should use the Law Library services.

 

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De-stress at Gateway Library 12/8

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 15:51

Need to relax and refresh as you prepare for Finals? De-stress at Gateway Library on Thursday, December 8! Between 3 and 7 p.m., you can color, build Legos, and enjoy some refreshments. Join us!

For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, Gateway Library, aoconnor@gmu.edu.

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Research Rescue!

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:12

On Monday, December 5, Off-campus Student Programs and Services is sponsoring Research Rescue. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fenwick Library Lobby, you can meet with Writing Center staff as well as Mason Libraries’ Research Services staff to get answers to last minute questions about final papers, research and prepping for Finals. Hot drinks and food will be offered, too!

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