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!
The GW University Archives is proud to announce, GW Past, a new online resource featuring essays, lists and timelines designed to share highlights and summaries from GW's nearly 200-year history. This includes information about GW's founding and location, as well as brief histories of some of the past and present schools and divisions that make up GW.
GW Past joins our digital collections pages as part of our committment to making GW history as accessible as possible through ongoing programs to digitize and publish historical GW photographs, GW publications and GW student publications.
GW Past is a service of the GW University Archives, which is a rich resource for information on GW's history. If you don't see an answer to your question online, if you are looking for more in-depth information, or if you have additional historical material to contribute, please contact University Archivist Christie Peterson or email email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 30
Global Resources Center (Gelman 708)
Check out some of our favorite acquisitions found only in the Global Resources Center (Gelman 708). From Iranian schoolbooks to Russian resistance zines; from Japanese literature to Chinese military newspapers; from North Korean textbooks to classic works of Islamic law, the GRC's librarian-experts have chosen some of their most unique and interesting pieces to give you a break from studying! A diverse selection of international candy will be available to try and GRC experts will be on hand to answer any and all questions about the material.
On display, will be rare and special holdings in the areas of:
Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Underground Rock
Resistance and Dissent
Islamic Law – Highlights from the Damghani Collection
Government Documents and Statistics
Language, Education, and Literature
Security and Terrorism
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!
On November 29, Fenwick Gallery is hosting an Artist’s Talk by Professor Christopher Kardambikis on his current exhibition End Cycle. The Artist’s Talk will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 1014B, Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus. Join us.
Mason Libraries’ hours will vary during the Thanksgiving break, November 23 – 27. Happy Thanksgiving, Mason Nation!