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MSM JSTOR collection grows

A big enhancement to the library’s digital pile is now ready to use.  We recently purchased more back-file periodicals from JSTOR in the following collections:

Arts & Sciences VIII  includes core humanities disciplines including history, Language & Literature, Art & Art History, and Education. This collection also includes a group of rare 19th and early 20th century American Art periodicals digitized as part of a special project undertaken with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This collection also includes journals in Philosophy, Classical Studies, and Music.

Arts & Sciences IX  includes Business and the Social Sciences.  Journals from more than 25 countries provide outstanding international diversity, and rare materials bring unique depth to the collection, with research covering Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Business, Economics, Population Studies, and Political Science.

Arts & Sciences X has broad coverage in Business and the Social Sciences. Sociology, Education, Public Policy & Administration, and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine are all represented in this collection, and titles that are cross-listed in the Business III Collection contribute scholarship in the fields of Business, Economics, and Finance.

Arts & Sciences XI contains journals in the humanities, with scholarship in core fields of Language & Literature, History, and Art & Art History. Comprising a minimum of 125 titles, the collection includes important journals in Classical Studies, Architecture & Architectural History, and Music.

Arts & Sciences XII expands our coverage of the Social Sciences, and comprises disciplines with high usage and broad appeal. Law, Political Science, and Education content anchors the collection, and other titles in Criminology and Criminal justice, History,  Social Work, Psychology, and Sociology complement JSTOR’s offerings in the Social Sciences. Additional titles span African studies, Asian studies, Language and Literature, and Middle East studies.

Arts & Sciences XIII adds an increasingly international set of journals in disciplines including Language & Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy, and Religion. Represented subdisciplines include European church history and the literature of the American West.The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection also complements JSTOR content in History, Music, and Classical Studies.

To access our JSTOR collection go to our Databases A-Z page.   You may also access MSM JSTOR content through a Google search because Google and JSTOR work together.

A listing of our JSTOR collections may be found here.



Citing sources made “easy”


Nothing about library research and citing sources is really easy, but we can help ease the stress with EasyBib.

EasyBib is a citation creation tool that is fast and accurate. It also provides research help and note-taking services to help you organize tasks throughout the discovery and writing processes.

Although EasyBib has free and subscription versions for individuals, the Phillips Library subscribes to a campus-wide version of EasyBib.  This version has additional options that include full integration with our new library catalog (WorldCat).  To use the library’s EasyBib subscription, go to the Databases list on our website.

There’s a new way to search for library resources.


Phillips Library has joined a very large library consortium (OCLC) that lowers our operating costs and expands access to our print and digital resources.

The WorldCat search box found on our website provides a quick way to begin a search of our library resources and those of the thousands of OCLC member libraries in Maryland and beyond.

With WorldCat you can search the world’s largest library catalog (It’s even bigger than Amazon! )  and then export search results into our interlibrary loan system (ILLiad).  There’s also an option for you to create personalized book lists that can be saved in your WorldCat account.

Check out the search box and WorldCat soon and let us know if you have difficulties.   As in all of the wonderful world of information technology, WorldCat has idiosyncrasies that require some explaining.


MSM Archives are now in the Phillips Library.

rhoadssignThe rebirth of the Mount’s archives operation is almost complete.   During the summer of 2014, these historic and fascinating records were brought out of storage and are now in the Phillips Library’s lower level where they can easily be accessed by students and faculty.

The main collection is located in the new compact shelving area. Access to these mobile shelving units is controlled by a pass code, so you will need to contact a librarian for assistance.  We’ve also created a new Archives Study Room adjacent to the shelving units that provides a secure display area for relics and space for researchers to delve into files.

Since archives collections are unique and valuable to the University, the conditions of their use will be somewhat different from that of the library’s other collections.

Library staff are available to expedite access and use of the Archives.  The Rhoads Archives website may provide background information on the files and inspire you to use them.




Book shelves on steroids


Phillips Library Compact Shelving

If you need books housed on the lower level of the library, you may need to engage the new compact shelves.  These movable shelving units are part of our plan to capture more library floor space for students.

This summer we installed two groups of these shelves; one is for the University Archives and the other for our books in LC classifications N to Z.

These units are easy to operate from controls on each end panel.  Some information is required for use:

  •  You need to be aware of others who may be in the open aisle.
  • Check the open aisle before you push any buttons.
  • If you are in the aisle and it moves, the system can be stopped by interrupting the laser light beam at the bottom of each range of shelves; best way to do this is to place your foot at the front of the moving shelves.  Sounds scary but it works.
  • The archives area of the compact shelves requires a pass code.  See a librarian for access to this area.
  • This video from another library shows the features and the emergency stop system.

Phillips Library is moving to OCLC WorldShare.

In June, Phillips Library will change the way we catalog and maintain inventory records for our books and digital resources.  We recently began a transition that leverages our membership in OCLC by taking advantage of the their new system called WorldShare Management.

WorldshareOCLC is the largest non-profit library organization in the world. Since 1967, they have been committed to economies that come from shared library resources.  The greatest immediate benefit of this move for our students and faculty will be a simplified catalog search that will produce easy to understand results incorporating all of our resources.

OCLC’s WorldShare has many long-term benefits such as:

  • stable pricing not driven by a corporate profit motive,
  • reduced annual costs compared to our current Voyager system, and
  • shared expertise in developing new applications on an entirely new system platform.

Fr. Elias Yelovich has begun the complicated work required to move this project along in a short time-line.  In early June we will test the new system before we unplug the old Voyager catalog.  Although most of you will not notice the effects of this change until next fall, we will keep you posted on the details as they develop.

Six new databases are here.

Mount students now have access to six more very large databases.  Gale Cengage is providing these sources in a package deal for a year; this will give us time to judge the value of their content.

Gale is one of the big three (Gale, ProQuest and EBSCO) suppliers of academic databases with wide ranging content.  Until now, Gale’s digital resources have not been affordable for us.  So, take a look and let us know what you think.

Links to these resources are included in the Phillips Library database lists which are a part of the library’s Discovery page.

Gale_Literature_REsourceGale_World_HistoryGaleScience GaleUS_History GaleWorld_Issues



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