Thanks for restocking the gratitude box!

Abundant gratitude to all who contributed cards to help restock the library’s gratitude box! It is now full of blank, thank you, friendship, birthday, get well, sympathy, and thinking of you cards!

There are more cards in the gratitude drawer near the creativity and calm cabinet, as well as paper, stickers, and fancy scissors to design your own cards.

assorted cards contributed to fill the library's gratitude box


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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in news


Evidence & voice in the mentorship paper

As you find, evaluate, and analyze evidence for your mentorship paper, practice articulating how your understanding of the topic is evolving, integrating your voice throughout your notes – questioning, interpreting, summarizing, paraphrasing, comparing and contrasting, critiquing, etc.

In addition, consider writing reflections about this evolving understanding at whatever intervals make sense to you (e.g., weekly, biweekly, monthly).

By developing these habits, you will likely find it easier for your voice to emerge clearly in the final paper without being drowned out by your sources. This requires both skillful source integration, such as effective paraphrases/summaries and judicious use of direct quotes, and a writing style fitting for the paper.

To support your appropriate use of evidence while maintaining your academic voice, here are two resources from the University of Melbourne (the second one is valuable but lengthy, so skim section headings to find portions useful to you):

Once you draft the body paragraphs, consider coding the supporting evidence for each main point in a different color. This provides a visual sense of how well you’ve supported each point and how much text is left in your voice. You can then study the text in your voice for consistency, tone, diction, and other traits.

When you read the paper aloud (perhaps recording it and playing it back), do some details sound out of place? Many writing teachers suggest creating a reverse outline to evaluate your paper’s structure.

Set aside time for steps like these designed to help you strengthen and polish your paper. Academic writing takes study, time, and practice, but you CAN do it. Good luck!

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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in news


Mental Health Awareness & Inktober

Check out the library’s hallway display designed by Jessie Steadman and Gayatri Tyagi to promote mental health awareness and submissions to Inktober. The display will be changing soon, so to encourage students to investigate, there is candy scattered on the table now as well.

Hallway display about mental health and Inktober

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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in news


Students like the library’s new look

Students working in library during lunch.

The library’s fresh look has now passed the real test: students!

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to the library’s rearrangement and new features. Watch for a couple more enhancements by Back to School night!

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Posted by on September 7, 2018 in news