Monday, April 29, 2019

Check your library account

Tips for checking your library account before the end of the term:

1. Return library materials 24/7 with the exterior bookdrop on the west-side exit of Hewes Library. You'll see the little metal bookdrop door in the brick wall just outside the door.

2. Check your library account to make sure everything has been returned. To do so, login to your library account, and click "Checked Out Items" for a list.

Contact the Circulation Desk (309-457-2190) with questions about your account.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Extended Weekend Hours

Hewes Library is open extended hours this weekend to facilitate end of semester studying.

Friday, April 26th 7:30am-9pm
Saturday, April 27th 9am-9pm
Sunday, April 28th 9am-12midnight

The rest of the term hours are:
Monday, April 29th 7:30am-12midnight

Tuesday, April 30th 7:30am-12midnight
Wednesday, May 1st 7:30am-12midnight

Thursday, May 2nd &  Friday, May 3rd  7:30am-2am
Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th  9am-2am
Monday, May 6th & Tuesday, May 7th  7:30am-2am
Wednesday, May 8th  7:30am-4:30pm   *last final ends 11am
Thursday, May 9th & Friday, May 10th  8am-4:30pm

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Senior Student Art Exhibit

#HewesLibrary shout-out to our two senior art majors, Emily and Nia, who work behind the circulation desk and are currently showing their work in the Everett Gallery on the upper level of the library.

Read more about the exhibit and hear more about their work on the Monmouth College 1853 Podcast.

Senior Art Students April 2019 (photo credit: Monmouth College)

New: Interactive Anatomy Tool

Hewes Library is now providing access to the Gale Interactive Human Anatomy tool.

Interactive Human Anatomy allows students to examine virtual 3D dissections and immerse themselves in interactive research. This tools can be used for in-classroom demonstrations or help with homework and research assignments.

Interactive Human Anatomy allows users to:

  • delve deep into concepts with tools to zoom, rotate, and explore models
  • experience guided interactive lessons aligned with course curriculum
  • view relevant reference content from Gale for further study and research
  • use self-assessments to ensure concept comprehension
  • access resources on their computer at any time through multiple web browsers

Monmouth College users can access this tool from the Hewes Library website Databases A-Z tab and find the resource under "Interactive Human Anatomy".

Highlights of the resource in a short video from Gale (2:15 min):

For more information on using this tool in the curriculum, see this video from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (26:57 min).

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Cite Right!

Students, as you write papers and format bibliographies, a few reminders on how to "cite right":

1. Utilize the print citation style guides available at the Reference Desk in Hewes Library. Style guides contain examples of in-text citations, bibliographies, and how to format your final paper. (more information)

2. Library closed? Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an accessible alternative to a the MLA, APA and Chicago Manual of Style print citation guides.

3. Consult with the Monmouth College Writing Center on the third floor of Mellinger, open 3-5pm on Monday-Thursday and 7-10pm Sunday-Thursday.

4. Consult with a Hewes Librarian available Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm, 6-9pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm, Sunday 12-4:30pm, 6-9pm.

Brock University Library. (2014, September 2). What is plagiarism and how to avoid it. Retrieved from

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New Recreational Reading

Check out the newest and freshest recreational reading in our ScotsRead collection, a rotating collection of current fiction (mysteries, romance, suspense, sci-fi) and non-fiction (biography, politics, humor, science history).  It is a browsing collection that you can't miss: on the main floor of Hewes Library as you walk towards Einstein's!

The lastest titles to hit the shelves:

Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner
In the Shadow of  Statues, by Mitch Landrieu
A Ladder to the Sky, by John Boyne
How it Happened, by Michael Koryta
Down the River Unto the Sea, by Walter Mosley
Winter of the Witch, by Katherine Arden
The Unquiet Grave, by Sharyn McCrumb


Sunday, April 7, 2019

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week at YOUR favorite library!

April 7th - 13th is National Library Week, celebrating "Libraries = Strong Communities." A few highlights:

  • Hewes Library belongs to a consortium of 90 other libraries in the state dedicated to sharing resources.  The consortium catalog, I-Share, contains over 14.7 million unique records, a collection that ranks among the world's most extensive research catalogs.  Monmouth College patrons can request I-Share materials be sent to Monmouth for free (see directions here) and can visit any I-Share library in person to borrow materials on-site.

  • Monmouth College patrons can also apply for a Warren County Public Library card. Just blocks away, the Public Library serve adults and children in our community, and has a wealth of children's literature, popular fiction, and an array of non-fiction materials to supplement Hewes Library's collection. To obtain a card, bring the following items to WCPL: MC ID, piece of mail with your MC address, State ID (e.g. driver's license). 

  • See below for additional National Library Week highlights. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Statista: Visual Statistical Source

Statista is a statistics portal containing diverse data and facts from over 18,000 sources, including market research, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases. 

In addition to being one of the largest statistic portals, Statista contains marvelous color info-graphic capabilities allowing the researcher to pull dynamic statistics straight into a paper or presentation. See sample below.

Each statistic in the database provides source information so researchers can reference the original data and learn more.  Find Statista on the library homepage, Databases A-Z tab.

MMWR, & CDC. (n.d.). Percentage of U.S. students in grades 9-12 that suffered a select number of concussions from playing sports as of 2017, by gender. In Statista - The Statistics Portal. Retrieved April 2, 2019, from
Access to library databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection

Hewes Library provides access to two digital archives of U.S. Hispanic history: Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection. 

This collection "draws its content from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, the largest national project ever to locate, preserve, and disseminate Latino-Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form, from colonial times to 1960."

Accessible on the EbscoHost interface, the databases are located on the Hewes Library homepage "Databases A-Z".

Series 1 "presents a digital collection of historical content - 17th century to 1960 - pertaining to Hispanic history, literature, political commentary, and culture in the United States. This collection conveys the creative life of U.S. Latinos and Hispanics – shedding new light on the intellectual vigor and traditional values that have characterized them from the earliest moments of this country’s history through contemporary times. The Latino-Hispanic American Experience offers a unique approach, focusing exclusively on the Latino-Hispanic history in the U.S." 

Series 2 "presents thematic content - 18th century through 20th century - focusing on the evolution of Hispanic civil rights, religious thought, and the growing presence of women writers from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Rare and relevant books and newspapers – including rare anarchist newspapers – are presented in their original form."

Content includes:

  • Approximately 60,000 historical articles
  • Hundreds of rare books by Latino-Hispanic Americans
  • Hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides
  • Content written in Spanish (80%) and English (20%)
  • Content indexed and searchable in Spanish and English
  • Over 3,000 issues of rare historical newspapers and periodicals, including over 75,000 pages of content
  • Over 250,000 pages of personal and organizational manuscript content

Sample item from Arte Público:

Monday, April 1, 2019

Mindfulness in the Gallery

In recognition of National Library Week’s 2019 theme, Building Strong Communities, Hewes Library is pleased to host “Mindfulness in the Gallery.”

Join us in the Hewes Library Everett Gallery for a mindfulness and meditation session on Tuesday, April 2nd beginning at 12noon. Rev. Dr. Teri Ott will lead this 20 minute session in the gallery, surrounded by the art of Sandra Williams. Bring a yoga mat or towel to sit on the floor; additional mats and chairs will be provided.

Thank you to Scots Wellness, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, and the Monmouth College Art Department for their assistance with this event.