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GS10 research overview

Slideshow for review by GS10 students on required source types, suggested resources (open access and in the library’s databases), how to distinguish scholarly studies from other sources that appear in scholarly publications, and other helpful tips.



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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in evaluating, planning, presentation, research process, searching, tip


JSTOR’s My Lists feature

Avoid the headache of losing your open article tabs when your Internet browser crashes. When you’re logged in to JSTOR with your personal login, save and organize articles using the My Lists feature.  Here’s a 90-second introduction:

Organizing your research using My Lists from JSTOR on Vimeo.

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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in database, news, note-taking, searching


Reserve shelf for Mrs. Burr’s Richmond history project

With MLWGS’s legacy of offering courses like Richmond History and Richmond architecture, the MW Library maintains a small but unique collection of books related to local and Virginia history. You’ll find some of these books on the reserve shelf near the library’s clock (pictured below). The rest are in the rare book cabinet. Search the online catalog for books. If they’re in the rare book cabinet, see Ms. DeGroat.

Explore many paths to potential sites. Like Coach Hall’s recent decodeRVA exhibit, the goal is to deepen your understanding of Richmond’s complex history and identity. Remember, the sites can be buildings, but they might also be streets, street corners, intersections, etc. Instead of well-known landmarks, you could select…

  • A site connected with a group of people’s history, such as one in Jackson Ward or the Jewish neighborhood that former MLWGS teacher Mr. Slipek wrote about for Style Weekly last year
  • A site related to a historic event, like a particular location impacted by a natural disaster, protest, celebration, or even the 1918 influenza epidemic
  • A site associated with an industry, business, or technology that intrigues you (e.g. coal, railroads, canal locks, factories, or a retro sign on a building that makes you wonder about what businesses were once housed there). What about one related to food? music?
  • A site that illustrates demographic shifts – or change created by road-building or new development – or maybe a formerly abandoned or rundown site that’s been creatively repurposed recently
  • A site connected with a particular story, like the MCV location and related story that inspired a documentary film that Mr. Raviotta edited

For relevant historical newspapers and digital archives, see the Historic Newspapers and Richmond History sections of the MW Library’s American History guide (scroll down to middle-right of page).  Also, JSTOR includes backfiles of The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography from 1893-2010 (login required).

Finally, here’s a challenge. Solve it and you get a free book.  What is the last name of the architect who designed a building less than four miles from MLWGS that has been hailed as a Modernist wonder AND criticized as one of the ten ugliest buildings in the world?



Posted by on February 20, 2014 in book, news, searching, web site


Make more time for PLAY by customizing your dashboard

Instead of visiting six web sites over and over again to see what updates have been posted on them, you can organize live streams of those updates on your own personal dashboard. This gives you lightning-quick access to such things as Middle East news and news in Spanish, as well as journal alerts, search alerts, and updates from think tanks, research centers, and your favorite blogs.

All you need is a place to organize these streams of information.

One option is already at your fingertips: your itslearning My dashboard, but other options include:

For more info about how to do this, download this Organizing RSS Feeds handout.

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in note-taking, searching, techtool, tip