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EBSCO Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a fun way to learn something new, but they do require a number of steps before you can sit back and lesson. The good news is that you only need to set up once. Try finding this audiobook through the databases “We Got This.” If you see a headphone icon and the word borrow in the database record you’re on the way to enjoying your first audiobook.

Jonathan Silin
Library Salons

Library Salon #26 A Tribute to the Life Work of Jonathan Silin

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Occasional Paper Series #45: “Welcoming Narratives in Education: A Tribute to the Life Work of Jonathan Silin.” The new issue is available from  our website. Library Salons are a series of informal lectures and group discussions held after hours on Friday evenings.

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Is This Website Legit?

Often in our wanderings through cyberspace we find articles and websites that look promising for an assignment, but there’s a nagging little voice inside our heads saying, “Hmm… is this website legit?”

Library Workshops

Library Workshops: January 2021

The Library will be conducting three workshops in January 2021. You do not need to register or sign-up. You’re welcome to come to one or all sessions. Workshops will be recorded for later viewing. We hope to see you there.

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Library Workshops

Library Workshops: December 2020

The Library will be conducting three workshops in December. You do not need to register or sign-up. You’re welcome to come to one or all sessions. Sessions will be recorded for later viewing. We hope to see you there.

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Reference Desk Questions

Placing a Hold on Books

To place a hold on a book look for the Place hold link in the bottom left-hand corner of the Library catalog record. When a hold becomes available, the Library will send you an email. Items on hold will be placed in a fresh brown paper bag, and you can pick them up from the old scooter parking area in the lobby vestibule. You have five business days to pick up your holds.

Reference Desk Questions

Returning Books

Since the end of the spring semester, and all summer long, patrons have been asking us “When can I return my books?” and “Will I have to pay a fine as my books are really overdue!” Well, the good news is that the Library is now accepting returns, the due date for all items is October 15, and existing fines did not accrue while the Library was closed.


Begin Again eBook

You might have to wait in line for this new Eddie Glaude eBook on James Baldwin, but by all accounts “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” is well worth the wait. It’s a single user eBook in EPUB format, and is best read through a browser.

Reference Desk Questions

Literature Reviews: Snowballing

Start with scholarly articles that really speak to your topic. Look at their reference lists and find other articles. Use our databases to find full-text copies. Save them to one dedicated folder in the cloud. Make a plan to save articles you find online or in print. Over time your core “great articles” will snowball.


Four New eBooks

The best way to find these eBooks is to use the Search Everything function on the Library’s home page. The new borrowing options are for: “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; “We Want to Do More Than Survive,” by Bettina Love; “White Fragility,” by Robin DiAngelo; “My Grandmother’s Hands,” by Resmaa Menakem; and “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander.

Google Scholar
Reference Desk Questions

Literature Reviews: Google Scholar

If you are starting to collect items for a literature review, something you might want to look at is Google Scholar. Recently, Google updated its search engine so that it will look though our databases and identify what we have in full-text. You can help by logging into your Google Scholar account with your Bank Street email address, and setting up your laptop with Library Links.

Reference Desk Questions

Literature Reviews: PlumX Metrics

If you are starting to collect items for a literature review, something you might want to consider is looking at popular articles in a database. Looking through a list of results you may have noticed a PlumX icon (it looks a little bit like a stylized flower). If you click the icon, a pop-up window will appear with some data. Although not all items have metrics, when they are available let then help you decide what to read and what to skip.


Free Access to 7 Free eBooks

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bank Street has temporarily moved to online instruction and distance learning. As a way to support libraries and their patrons, a number of publishers are providing, for a limited time, free access to their eBook collections through VitalSource and RedShelf. Select items will be available for free to instructors and students until May 25, 2020.


EBSCOhost & ProQuest eBooks

If you would like to read eBooks through the Library’s website, we suggest you use the Find Books function on the Library’s homepage. Once you have a list of results, check Electronic Books (left-hand side box). The Library’s sole eBook provided is EBSCOhost. In the past we also subscribed to ProQuest’s EBook Central and ebrary.

Reference Desk Questions


The printers in the Library can staple your assignment and journal article that you need to read in print. Wake up the machine and make sure the stapler icon is green. Place your assignment like this into the slot, and wait. The copier will automatically staple your work. That’s it – very simple and it looks professional.