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Film Screening on October 25: Paywall

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:50

The Mason Publishing Group, within the Mason Libraries, is hosting a film screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The screening will take place at 12pm on Thursday, October 25 in Fenwick Library Room 4008.

Paywall is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research, questions the rationale behind the multi-billion per year industry that is for-profit academic publishing, and examines the profit margin associated with the top academic publishers.

Interested in learning more about open access publishing? Visit Mason Publishing Group’s open access resource page.

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Mason Author Series on November 1: Exoplanets

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:50

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, November 1 at 3pm in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Michael Summers, Professor, Astronomy and James Trefil, University Professor, Physics for a discussion of their book, Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond our Solar System.

About the book: “The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.

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New Exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:33

“Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America” is now open in the Special Collections Research Center’s Exhibition Gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

This exhibition, through sometimes plain (and often painful) documents, attempts to illuminate aspects of three civil rights movements: African American, Women, and LGBTQ+. The items in the cases are from the holdings of the George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The displayed pieces were created between the 19th through 21st century, and originate primarily in the United States.

Every movement has multiples arguments and ways to inform about a shared code of beliefs or values. Photographs educate and, sometimes, inspire one to action. Reports present researched facts. Letters reveal personal opinions. Plays and books interpret past and present realities, or anticipate future ones. The actions of people – of our fellow citizens – reflects the times in which they lived, their individual challenges, the choices made, their perspectives and vision for the future. Although incomplete, this exhibit is an invitation to more deeply examine the long, slow march of civil rights history in the United States.

“Before and Beyond 1968” is curated by Lynn Eaton (Director, Special Collections Research Center) and Bob Vay (Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, Special Collections Research Center). Consultation provided by Spencer Crew (Robinson Professor of African American and Public History). The exhibition will be on display through January 2019.

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Music Poster Contest!

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 14:07

Mason Undergraduate Students! Do you love music? Are you interested in music? Are you studying music? Enter the Music Poster Contest!

How to Enter

  • Create a display poster for Mason Libraries’ Music Library.
  • Do some biographical or historical research on a music topic of personal interest – choose a subject from any era or genre of music. Use the Music InfoGuide – infoguides.gmu.edu/music – as a starting point.
  • Then TELL a very short music-related story or EXPLAIN a music-related event on your poster.
  • Any Mason undergrad can submit an entry – no need to be a music major.
  • Stop by the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick, and look at the current exhibit for ideas of how the posters can be designed and are displayed.
  • Contest deadline: November 19, 2018. Winning posters will be displayed in the Music Library, 2600 Fenwick Library from December 3, 2018 to February 15, 2019.

Great Prizes!

  • Grand Prize = $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
  • 3 Runners-up = $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Cards

Details + More Information

  • Visit infoguides.gmu.edu/musicposter for complete details about your poster entry: font, layout, graphics, how to submit poster, etc.
  • Questions? Stop by and visit your friendly, approachable Music Librarian, Steve Gerber, 2604 Fenwick.

 

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Welcome back, Mason Alumni

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:05

It’s that time of year! Alumni Weekend, the annual reunion weekend held each fall, will take place this week: October 11-14, 2018. #MasonAW is a great opportunity to visit campus, reconnect with fellow alumni, show your alma mater off to your family, and enjoy lots of fun activities hosted by a variety of academic and cultural alumni chapters, as well as the GMUAA. We hope you will join us!

Swing by Fenwick Library during your time on campus to view two unique exhibits featuring items from our Special Collections Research Center:

  • First Class: George Mason’s Class of 1968 (Atrium, 1st Floor)
  • Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America (Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor)

Fenwick Library will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, October 13.

For the full Alumni Weekend schedule and more information, visit http://alumniweekend.gmu.edu.

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Mason Libraries partners with Fall for the Book festival

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 11:49

The 20th annual Fall for the Book begins this Wednesday, October 11 and runs through Saturday, October 13. What does that mean? 4 Days of readings, discussions, performances, and more by 150 authors!

The Libraries is pleased to once again provide sponsorship for the capstone event for this year’s Mason Reads program (March by Congressman John Lewis) as well as provide space in Fenwick Library for additional Fall for the Book events.

Congressman Lewis will speak at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 11, in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, to discuss his memoir, March: Book One, along with his co-writer Andrew Aydin. March is a #1 New York Times Bestselling series of graphic novels, which have won honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, among many others.

Two of Mason Libraries’ faculty will also be featured at Fall for the Book events. Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center will join a panel discussion on “The Secret History of a Modern Suburb” on Thursday, October 11 at 4:30pm in Fenwick Library Room 2001. Aaron McCollough, Interim Head of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press will join three other poets for a reading at “Poetry Night Out” on Friday, October 12 at 6pm at Epicure Cafe.

The following Fall for the book events will be held in Fenwick Library Room 2001:

Call & Response: “Borders”
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-2:45pm

Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Carrie A. Meyer
Wednesday, October 10, 3-4:15pm

The Secret History of a Modern Suburb
Patricia Farrell Donahue, Lynn Eaton, and Laura Wickstead
Thursday, October 11, 4:30-5:45pm

Writing about the Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
Tim Denevi, Margaret A. Harrell, William McKeen, and Juan F. Thompson
Thursday, October 11, 6-7:15pm

Alumni Reading (Poetry & Prose)
Lucy Biederman, John Copenhaver, Joe Hall, Alyse Knorr, and Kate Partridge
Friday, October 12, 4-5:15pm

Writing Through Identity
Sandy Allen, Rachel Z. Arndt, Dave Madden, and Sarah Viren
Friday, October 12, 6-7:15pm

For more information, visit fallforthebook.org.

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Call & Response 2018: Borders

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:37

 Call & Response, an annual exhibition of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which ones calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the twelfth annual Call & Response is Borders.

Call & Response: Borders is on display from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Fenwick Gallery, housed in Fenwick Library on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception and panel discussion with the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Reception refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.

For more information, visit at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/borders.

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Arlington Grad Research Day 10/8

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:33

Mark your calendars and join us at Arlington Campus Grad Research Day, Monday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A variety of workshops will be offered on Data, Zotero, Graduate Research, Graduate Writing, Publication Opportunities, University Dissertation & Thesis Services, Career Services – and more! The workshops are open to Mason grad students in all disciplines. Come to one, come to some, come to all – bring your laptop and bring your friends!

Brought to you by S-CAR Grad Office and Arlington Campus Library. For more information, contact Chris Magee, cmagee@gmu.edu, 703-993-8267.

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#archivesmonth Archives Fair on 10/5

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:07

To celebrate Virginia Archives Month, Mason Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center hosts its first Archives Fair on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, 2001 Fenwick Library, October 5 from 1 – 3:30 pm. This is your opportunity to see what local Virginia archival repositories have to offer, speak to archivists, learn more about archives and archival services, and to see what interesting records they hold! The following institutions will be at the Archives Fair:

For more information about the Archives Fair, contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.edu, 703-993-2058.

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RFP for Course Redesign Using Open Ed Resources

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:26

How can you, as an educator, have increased control over your teaching materials, be more creative in the classroom, AND lower student costs? Use existing open educational resources (OER) or create your own materials!

Mason 4-VA, a state-funded initiative to support innovative and forward-thinking education, invites Mason faculty to submit a proposal for course redesign that integrates digital and freely accessible materials. The effort encourages the reduction or elimination of expensive textbooks either with individual or team produced digital works, or with existing digital content that is in the public domain, licensed Creative Commons, or available in databases to which the University Libraries subscribes.

Courses of particular interest are those that:

  • have high enrollment,
  • are required for majors,
  • count in the Mason Core, or
  • carry high textbook costs.

Applicants must be Mason full-time faculty that teach high-demand, highly-populated courses. Adjunct faculty may apply as part of a team. For example, a group proposal may contain an adjunct instructor and full-time faculty from a department. Teams representing multiple sections of a course are encouraged to apply.

Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1000-$5000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Greater amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials and have larger teams.

Deadlines:

Proposal deadline: October 15, 2018
Award notification: December 15, 2018
Funds distribution: January 15, 2019
Project completion:  June 30, 2019

The library is ready to support your use of OER content or answer your questions related to copyright and the Creative Commons licensing of your own materials. Contact your subject librarian or Aaron S. McCollough, Interim Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing.

For more information and the link to the RFP visit: https://4va.gmu.edu/course_redesign/

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Mason Author Series: Policing Black Bodies

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:08

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, October 4 at 3:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room. We will be joined by Angela J. Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies, and Earl Smith, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology for a discussion of their book, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change.

In Policing Black Bodies the authors make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories and isolated incidents of brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including the public education system and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the myriad ways Black bodies are policed.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Authors: Angela J. Hattery (BA Carleton College, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a sociologist and serves as the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including her latest book Policing Black Bodies (January 2018), African American Families: Myths and Realities (2012/2016), The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2012/2016), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2010), Interracial Intimacies (2009); Interracial Relationships (2009); Intimate Partner Violence (2008); African American Families (2007) and Women, Work, and Family (2001). She teaches classes in gender and sexuality, intersections of race, class and gender, gender based violence and feminist methods.

Earl Smith is Emeritus Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology at Wake Forest University. He currently teaches classes in Sociology, African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research focuses on urban sociology, sociology of sport, criminal justice, and race. He is the author of 11 books, including his most recent book, published in 2018, Policing the Black Body, as well as dozens of book chapters and peer reviewed articles. He has written several books on the impact of social inequality on Black families. His book Race, Sport and the American Dream, which has been published in 3 editions, remains the only book on the market that examines structural racism in SportsWorld. On a regular basis he is consulted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, and a variety of other news outlets. He teaches courses on race and ethnicity, social problems, and race, gender, sexuality and sport.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.

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Libraries Book Club: Meeting this Thursday

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:32

Interested in joining the Mason Libraries Book Club? Join the first meeting of the year this Thursday, September 20 at 6pm in the Gateway Library, Room 134 G (Literacy Lab). We’ll talk about what everyone read over the summer and suggestions for what to read this year. Please bring your ideas – genre, theme, or book recommendations welcome! Check out the Book Club website for more details at https://masonlibrariesbookclub.wordpress.com/.

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Research Reflections: Seth Hudson

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 16:10

Seth Hudson is an assistant professor of game writing in the Computer Game Design program in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. On September 25, 3-4 p.m., in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, Professor Hudson will present “Theoretical Approaches to Developing Industry-Relevant Pedagogy
in Computer Game Design”. He will discuss his research on pedagogy in computer game design programs, presenting a framework for course and curriculum development for computer game design in higher education and methodologies that leverage the actual experiences of practitioners in the games industry.

Professor Hudson teaches story design for computer games, critical studies, and the history of computer games. His continuing interests lie in narrative, critical theory, the teaching of writing, and research to improve teacher practice in higher education — all in relation to the emerging field of game studies and game design.

Research Reflections in the Reading Room highlights Mason faculty research interests and foci.

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Welcome to Mason Libraries!

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:51

Did you miss the Fenwick Library open house last week? Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Mason Libraries and our resources! Check out our workshops and events calendar for more opportunities. In addition, we have a number of online resource guides to help you start that important research project you have coming up.

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore our 775+ database subscriptions, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance).

Need to know where everything is in Fenwick Library? Check out our online tour guide. Not sure where a certain book might be located? Enter the call number and find it on this map of the Fenwick stacks. Looking for an item at one of our other campus locations? Click here for more information. Looking for open educational resources? Check out our OER Metafinder. Need help with a digital research project? Visit our Digital Scholarship Center. Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to working with you and helping you succeed in your academic and professional careers!

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#archivesmonth Information Session

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:52

“Archivists bring the past to the present. They’re records collectors and protectors,
keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available
for current and future research.” – Lisa Lewis

Get ready for Archives Month! On Thursday, September 27, from 1-4 p.m., Special Collections Research Center archivists will be in the Fenwick Atrium to highlight 2018 Archives Month events, Mason Libraries’ archival resources, and what archivists do. Archival Oddities is the theme for this year’s celebration, October 1-31. For more information, contact Brittney Falter, bfalter@gmu.adu #archivesmonth #archivaloddities #scrc

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2018-19 Fenwick Fellows Announced

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:17

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis is pleased to announce the annual Fenwick Fellow awards for 2018-19, based on the recommendations of the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee. For the third year in a row, two fellowships are being awarded, with one award for a project proposal that aligns with the libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship.

The Fenwick Fellows for academic year 2018-19 are Jacqueline M. Burek, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Mills Kelly, Professor of History, Department of History and Art History – both from Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Burek’s research proposal, Mending a Broken Chain: Continuous History and Literary Form in England and Wales, 1125-1450, focuses on the relationship between historiographical narrative and literary form in late medieval Britain. Working with Middle English, Anglo-Norman French, Medieval Latin, and Middle Welsh historiography, she examines how authors conceptualize and write about the past. In her current work, she argues that medieval British historians develop the genre of ‘continuous history’ as a way of coming to terms with the conquest of England in 1066.

For his project, Mapping the Built Environment of the Appalachian Trail, Professor Kelly will utilize the resources of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center to complete a digital humanities research project on the built environment of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The project’s goal is to create a digital map of all the versions of the AT (which has changed significantly over time) and offer a complete inventory of the built environment along AT routes (ranging from simple lean-to structures to elaborate hostels). In collaboration with his undergraduate students, Professor Kelly also plans to develop an analog exhibition of this work to be staged in Fall 2019.

Zenelis commented, “It is exciting each year to see the variety of proposals from Mason faculty members and how they plan to make use of the Libraries’ many resources, from more traditional types of research to new explorations in digital humanities. We look forward to the final products created by our two newest fellows.”

Professors Burek and Kelly will present the results of their work in spring 2020 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries. 

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to up to two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 27, 2018 and will end on August 9, 2019.

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New Exhibition Opens: Rethinking Lines

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 09:14

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host Mel Parada’s Rethinking Lines, an exhibition of typographic prints and drawings on paper. The exhibition opens Monday, August 27 and will close Saturday, October 6, 2018. An artist’s talk will be scheduled in mid-September.

About the Exhibition: Today’s communication landscape is saturated with narrative driven design. What we see and experience through our everyday communication channels are often assigned specific meaning, purpose, and intent, leaving very little room for interpretation by the viewer. Rethinking Lines examines the possibilities of meaning making and attempts to remove narrative from communication design through visual treatments that involve the deconstruction of typography, reconfigured grid systems, scale, and color theory. The work embodies theoretical approaches found in the Minimalist movement as well as abstraction movements like De Stijl and Constructivism. The printed works in Rethinking Lines provide a visual representation that shifts the inception of meaning and its making from the design phase to the experience phase while introducing a means of disrupting the reliance of narrative in all forms of visual communication to include fine art.

About the Artist: Mel Parada holds an MFA from George Mason University’s School of Art. He is a Resident Artist (2018-2019) with Discover Graphics Atelier located in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and he also serves as a graphic design adjunct professor with Mason’s School of Art. Parada is an active member of the Chesapeake Chapter, American Printing History Association (APHA), and he was a Denker Fellow (2016). His current work involves traditional printmaking methods, specifically stone lithography and screen printing.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. A partnership with Mason’s School of Art, the space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives. For more information about the Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, sgrimm@gmu.edu

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SmartStart + Fenwick Open House

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:37

Get ready to research! Stop by SmartStart + Fenwick Open House on September 4 from 1-5 p.m. and discover how Mason Libraries can help you succeed. Learn about subject librarians, course reserves, checking out books, searching for articles, and more. Visit departments, too: Special Collections Research Center, Digital Scholarship Center, Music Library, and SP@RC Lab.

There will be a drawing for a prize, so be sure to come and see what’s in Mason Libraries for you!

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Mason Author Series: Robin Hanson

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:16

Join us in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room on Thursday, September 6 at 3:30pm for our first Mason Author Series event of the new academic year!

Robin Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics, will discuss his work on The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, which he co-authored with Kevin Simler. In their book, the authors aim to confront our hidden motives directly in an effort to better understand human nature – both in our personal lives and in large-scale social institutions.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He received his PhD in 1997 in social sciences from Caltech, and he joined Mason’s economics faculty in 1999 after completing a two-year post-doc at UC Berkeley. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore.

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New library services platform now live!

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:04

The new Mason Libraries Search is now live! Mason Libraries Search allows you to search hundreds of millions of items simultaneously from the following:

MasonCatalog

  • The books, e-books and media we’ve always had in our catalog
  • Mason’s digital collections in MARS and LUNA
  • Mason’s Electronic Dissertations and Theses

MasonCatalog + Articles and More (includes all the above and adds…)

  • Research databases and E-Journal collections like ERIC, MEDLINE, JSTOR and many others.
  • Legal, governmental and archival materials

WRLC Members (includes Mason and adds)

  • Library catalogs of all members of the Washington Research Library Consortium

Using Mason Libraries Search

Mason Libraries Search retrieves items that satisfy your search terms from the collections of Mason’s libraries, from individual publishers and from open-access scholarly repositories. You may also expand your search results to include items where immediate access is not possible by using the “Expand My Results” option on the search results page. For more in-depth research, you’ll also want to consult our Database Portal to search content that isn’t necessarily included within Libraries Search.

You can access items held by other institutions via our Interlibrary Loan Service, or in-person visits to Washington Research Library Consortium member libraries.

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