Friday, July 20, 2018

Purdue OWL Updates Website

Purdue University's helpful OWL (Online Writing Lab) website has become the defacto free citation guidance source online in the past few years, providing helpful citation examples in the major styles:  APA, MLA (2016) and Chicago.

Purdue OWL has recently updated their URL from to the new (and more specifically the citation help page:

The website indicates that a redirect is in place, so never fear if you don't update your bookmarks!

Their press release:

It's Here: A new look for the Purdue OWL!
The new version of the Purdue OWL is available at Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. In 10 days, we will be discontinuing and you will be automatically redirected to the new site.

A peek at the new website:

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
  • Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel by Bob Batchelor
  • Transgender Phenomenon by Richard Ekins and Dave King
  • Death Makes the News by Jessica M. Fishman
  • Diagnosis and Stigma of Schizophrenia by Charles E. Harman
  • Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  • Jasper Johns edited by Roberta Bernstein
  • End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
  • Seaweed: A Global History by Kaori O'Connor
  • Heart of Wilderness by Adrian Onyando

Friday, July 6, 2018

New! Web of Science Database

New Database Subscription: Web of Science

Don’t be fooled by the name! Web of Science is an indexed collection of over 20,000 scholarly journals in science, social sciences, AND humanities disciplines.

The database provides cited reference searching  within those 20,000 journals. This means a growing collection of over 1.3 billion cited reference connections going back to 1900 are discoverable.

Cited reference searching lets you track how any idea, innovation, or creative work has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected, and discover anyone who is citing particular research worldwide.

Value of Citation Indexing (video 6:17 min):

Contents of the Web of Science Core Collection:
                    Science Citation Index Expanded: 1900-present
                    Social Sciences Citation Index: 1900-present
                    Arts & Humanities Citation Index: 1900-present
                    Conference Proceedings Citation Index™
                    Science: 1990-present
                    Social Science & Humanities: 1990-present
                    Emerging Sources Citation Index: 2015-present
                    Index Chemicus: 1986-present
                    Current Chemical Reactions:1993-present

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Library Director

Welcome to Sarah Henderson, joining the staff of Hewes Library as Director! 

This is a “welcome back” for Sarah who is returning to Monmouth after 12 years, most recently serving as the Chair of the Gordon B. Olson Library at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.
In this photo, Sarah (right) views a scrapbook donated by the family of Josephine (Kilpatrick) Marshall ('47) with Technical Services Librarian, Lynn Daw. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Rick Sayre Retirement

Hewes library director, Rick Sayre, retired at the end of June 2018. For the past 20 years, Rick led the library through many changes, including a complete building renovation, the addition of hundreds of digital resources, and membership in the CARLI consortium (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois).

Happy retirement, Rick!

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