G. Karen Merguerian

I'm the web manager at the NU Libraries, wife and mom, sometime violin player, knitter and avid reader.

Why You Should Start Using Citation Management Software

Would you like to learn how to create a bibliography or "works cited" page in a matter of seconds? Are you wondering how best to keep track of all the citations you copy and paste for all the articles and books you use? Do you wish you could just plug in a footnote while you're writing in Word or Google Docs, and have it automatically format correctly? Are you interested in finding ways to store (and maybe even share) the citations and documents you're accumulating in your research? Citation management software allows you accomplish all these things!
  • download citations (and attach PDFs) from various websites and databases,
  • store the citations in folders, and optionally share them,
  • create properly formatted footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies using APA, ASCE, Chicago, MLA, and dozens of other styles painlessly in your word processor.
There are many commercial products out there for you to choose from, but at Northeastern we support Endnote, Refworks, and Zotero. Next week, the library offers several workshops and a drop in session to help you get started and answer questions.  Choose the right software for your needs, install or register your account, learn how to upload citations, and "cite while you write" in Word and Google Docs.           Workshop dates and times Getting Started with Endnote Monday, October 30 10:30-11:15 422 Snell Library Register Getting Started with Zotero Tuesday, October 31 9:15-10:00 422 Snell Library Register Getting Started with Refworks Wednesday, November 1 9:15-10:00 422 Snell Library Register Getting Started with Refworks (ONLINE) Thursday, November 2 noon-12:45 Register DROP IN Citation Help Friday, November 3 9:30-11:30 CoLab D, Level 1 Snell Library (near Argo Tea) (no registration necessary) Please join us!

Get your eclipse glasses at Snell Library!

Eclipse glassesOn August 21, the earth's moon passes in front of the sun and parts of the United States will experience a total eclipse for the first time since 1979. Here in Boston, we're not in the "path of totality"--we'll see just a partial eclipse. The sun will only be 63% covered by the moon and we won't experience the midday darkness. More importantly, we won't be able to look directly at the eclipse because so much of the sun will be exposed--it will be dangerous to look directly at sun's rays behind the moon. How can you view the eclipse safely? If you have a pinhole camera, which you can make with a cardboard box, a digital SLR camera with a pinhole cap,  or even two sheets of paper,  you'll be able to see the partially eclipsed sun as a crescent-shaped gleam projected onto a surface opposite the pinhole. You can also take pictures with a cell phone or digital camera (use a solar filter to avoid heat damage to the camera) as long as you don't look directly at the sun while you're doing it. And if you do want to look at the eclipse with your eyes, eclipse glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Snell Library on Monday beginning at noon or you can attend the events hosted by the NU Physics Department or Boston Public Library

Scholar OneSearch Has a New Look!

On July 10th, Scholar OneSearch, the library’s discovery system, will have a refreshed look and some great new features to make it easier for you to find and use the research information you need. The most obvious change is the design. Besides the overall sleek, modern appearance, you’ll find that instead of hunting for actions hidden in dropdown menus, buttons and frames, most action items are now clearly laid out with links and icons.  This includes the filtering options on the left, which are sticky so they remain visible as you scroll down your page of results. We’ve done usability testing with students, and they found these design changes make the new version much easier to use. In addition to the design, these new features will make your library research easier:
  • Better, easier-to-use citation information.  You’ll be able to cut and paste citations directly into email or other documents such as bibliographies, as well as download to your favorite citation manager as before.
  • Fewer clicks to get full online access to e-books, e-journals, articles, and other media.
  • The ability to add lines to the advanced search for better control and targeting of your query.
  • A more appealing and easier-to-read presentation of related articles and the “virtual browse” of books, e-books and streaming media from our collections.
  • Clearer labels, for example, the old E-shelf is now called “My Favorites”.
  • The ability to add more than one tag to a saved item.
And don’t worry:  all the functionality you’re used to is still there. Search for books, e-books, DVD’s and other physical items, and include journal articles, conference proceedings, primary source materials, dissertations, and much more in your search results. Filter your results by date, availability, format, author, source, language, peer review, etc.   In your “my account” area, your saved favorites and checked-out books and videos will still be there. We think both the design and the new features of Scholar OneSearch will make using it a more pleasant experience, as well as fixing some earlier annoyances and restrictions. The new look and feel has been available as a beta version on our home page for several weeks, as we’ve tested and refined it with your suggestions and feedback. We hope you’ll love the new Scholar OneSearch as much as we do!

Finding the Fourth of July

When a group of upstart colonists declared their territories independent of the British Crown on July 4, 1776, they did it in a petition addressed to King George III. In the weeks following, this Declaration of Independence was reprinted, discussed and debated both in the colonies and in Britain, in newspapers, letters, pamphlets, and broadsides. You can now read those debates and discussions, and see them scanned online, whether celebratory, like a news item from New York:
We hear from Ticonderoga that on the 28th of July, immediately after divine Worship, the Declaration of independence was read by Colonel St. Clair, and having said, "God save the Free Independent States of America!" the army manifested their Joy with three Cheers. It was remarkably pleasing to see the Spirit of the Soldiers so raised after all their Calamities, the Language of every Man's Countenance was, now we are a People! We have a Name among the States of this World. New York, August 19, 1776. New York Gazette and Weekly Mercury.
or dismissive, as in an essay written by Tory Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson:
They begin with a false hypothesis, That the Colonies are one distinct people and the kingdom another, connected by political bands. The colonies, politically considered never were a distinct people from the kingdom. There never has been but one political band, and that was just the same before the first Colonists emigrated as it has been ever since. Hutchinson, Thomas, Strictures up the declaration of the Congress at Philadelphia, 1776.
These essays and much more are available in two of our newest licensed online collections: America's Historical Newspapers, and Eighteenth Century Collections Online. America's Historical Newspapers (Series I, 1690-1876) spans an extraordinary period in our history, from the Salem Witch trials to post-Civil War reconstruction. With newspapers from every part of the United States, scanned from more than 90 repositories including the Library of Congress and the American Antiquarian Society, from Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette to Alexander Hamilton's New York Evening Post, this collection offers Northeastern researchers the first draft of American history. Eighteenth Century Collections Online is the place to look for British perspectives.  Based on the English Short Title catalog, it offers scans of works published in Britain 18th century, plus English language publications from other parts of the world. The period encompasses Boswell's Life of Johnson, Hume's History of England, and an early how-to: Best's Concise Treatise on the Art of Angling. With printed books, pamphlets, essays, and broadsides, this collection complements another important collection, Early English Books Online, to offer Northeastern researchers an online library encompassing almost the entire printed record of the English Renaissance as well as the English Enlightenment. Exploring these two newly licensed collections allows us to understand, from the point of view of the people living at the time, the bonds that united Britain and America, as well as the forces that pulled us asunder.

Time for a new Husky Card!

Are you a new student, and you'd like to explore the library, maybe read some magazines or check out the study spaces, before classes begin? Are you a returning student or staff member, but you're still swiping instead of tapping? Do you wish you could just lay your wallet on the gate sensors instead of digging around inside it and pulling out your card every single time? If so, now is the time for a new Husky Card!  Usually you have to walk over to Speare Hall to get a card, but from now until the first day of classes, Husky Card Services has set up shop and is issuing cards from the convenience of the Curry Student Center.  They will be there every day, including Saturday and Sunday, from now until Monday, September 5. So go to Curry 242 (Dance Studios) and get your new card today! husky cards