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Dean’s Update: The Graduate Transition to Alumni Learning

Submitted on June 4, 2019 - 2:10PM

This month, we share tips and information for our 2019 graduates and alumni to help them find reputable information resources even after they've left Drexel.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Library Resources for Drexel Grads & Alumni

Submitted on June 4, 2019 - 1:49PM

As we say congrats and farewell to the Class of 2019, we revisit some Frequently Asked Questions about utilizing the Libraries’ resources after becoming an alumnus.

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Continuing Your Education After Graduation at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Submitted on June 4, 2019 - 1:27PM

Public libraries have far more to offer than just leisure reading books, including many of the databases and resources students use during their studies at Drexel. Learn more about the resources and services you can find at a public library to help you throughout life after Drexel.

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The National Establishment Time Series (NETS) Data Now Available to Drexel University

Submitted on April 3, 2019 - 5:03PM

They Libraries and the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative have partnered to provide licensed access to the National Establishment Time Series (NETS) data to Drexel University.

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Computable Knowledge Base and Symbolic Coding Platform Comes to Drexel

Submitted on May 4, 2016 - 3:29PM

Drexel now enjoys a site license to the Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica products as a result of a new collaboration between Engineering, LeBow, the Math Department in COAS, and Drexel University Online (DUO).

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Privacy and Justice in the Digital Age

Submitted on May 2, 2016 - 10:55AM

Why do stories of Secretary Clinton's emails keep popping up in the news or the government's request of Apple to create a backdoor for their encryption? Why should we care? Email and texting have changed the ways we communicate and the ways our government can surveil its citizens in the name of national security, causing ripple effects throughout our justice system. This issue and others related to e-discovery, will be the topic of a documentary film and panel discussion at a May event hosted at Drexel University.

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Announcing Drexel's Participation in DLF E-Research Network

Submitted on April 13, 2016 - 9:33AM

Drexel University Libraries has been selected as a member of the 2016 Digital Library Federation (DLF) eResearch Network, a research data management community in practice. The cohort of institutions included in this program are focused on implementing research data management services, and engaging in shared skill development, networking, and collaboration. Among the members of this year's cohort are the Universities of Pennsylvania and California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Rice University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National Institute of Health.

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Free Textbooks and other benefits of Open Educational Resources

Submitted on April 8, 2016 - 9:43AM

Open Educational Resources, OER, are a popular topic in the educational press right now. But what is OER? Who is producing OER and where can they be found? What institutions are using OER and what kind of impact are they measuring? Explore these and other questions with our new Library Guide, Open Educational Resources. UNESCO, an early proponent of Open Educational Resources, defines OERs as: 'any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.'

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New Popular Books

Submitted on March 29, 2016 - 2:30PM

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Membership in BioMed Central Provides Discounts for Drexel Authors

Submitted on March 2, 2016 - 3:29PM

Since 2012, Drexel University Libraries has maintained a membership in BioMed Central (BMC). BMC is a publisher of open-access journals heavily focused in life sciences, clinical medicine, science, and technology. Over 180 of BMC's journals are peer-reviewed and ranked by Thomson Reuters in the Journal Citation Report.

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ICPSR Membership: Summer Program Opportunities

Submitted on February 9, 2016 - 2:13PM

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Have a Smart Phone, iPad, Kindle or Nook? 32,000 scholarly books are available to you.

Submitted on December 2, 2011 - 3:00PM

You'll be happy to learn that eBrary e-books are now downloadable! Current Drexel students, faculty and staff have access to over 32,000 scholarly books from the vendor eBrary, including titles from a wide variety of disciplines. Reading these books previously required an active internet connection, but all that has changed. Now, e-books can be downloaded and used offline by creating a PDF of a single chapter, or installing the free Adobe Digital Editions to download an entire book. That means you can take them on the plane, overseas, anywhere! EBrary books can be found in the Libraries' catalog using a keyword search (click here to view an example), or browse the full-text of the entire collection by logging onto the eBrary platform itself. Those curious about technical details can see the FAQ. Questions or comments? Contact Tim Siftar, Liaison Librarian for Education and Information Science and Technology Article By: Tim Siftar

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Medical Students Test Advanced Literature Search Skills in Small Group Assignments

Submitted on November 30, 2011 - 5:34PM

Drexel librarians are ready to collaborate with faculty to integrate literature search skills into the curriculum. One example at Drexel University College of Medicine is the Program for Integrated Learning (PIL), which offers first- and second-year medical students an alternative to a lecture-based curriculum. Guided by faculty, PIL students meet in small groups, where clinical cases act as a framework for learning the scientific basis of medical practice. Students identify information they need in order to explain the facts of the case. After searching for relevant information between group meetings, they present it at the next session. This interactive learning format has extra benefits of building skills in teamwork and lifelong, independent learning. Students' need to find case-related information makes PIL a good opportunity to introduce advanced literature search training into the curriculum. Students already know how to do simple, Google-type searches, but in the career of a physician, the cost of missing information can be high -- a patient or research subject could die. That's why it's important to learn advanced features of MEDLINE (PubMed), physicians' key source for primary literature. Teaching begins with a presentation by a Health Sciences librarian and continues as students complete hands-on-the-keyboard learning with a tutorial. Next, students work in pairs to find research articles (primary literature) on a case-related topic. They meet with a librarian to review the search and clear up any confusion about advanced techniques, and finally, they present the information they found to the group. Students express gratitude when they recognize the new search power at their command, for example: 'These skills were imperative to have during the Primary Care Practicum and I utilized my new search knowledge every week'. Faculty are encouraged to contact a reference or liaison librarian to discuss collaborative teaching opportunities. Article by: Martha Kirby

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Joining the Research Conversation: Web of Knowledge/Web of Science

Submitted on November 4, 2011 - 10:34AM

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 - 4-5pm - Hagerty Library room L33 Whether just starting your research or looking to push the boundaries of your existing projects you need to know what's happening in your field and who the movers & shakers are. This workshop will demonstrate how the Web of Knowledge databases can help you dig deeper in your research topic and quickly uncover the most critical journals, researchers and research centers that you'll need to follow. Using the Web of Knowledge's linking features, you can identify the threads of the research conversation that are most important to your own work, and then learn to follow them quickly and easily. Sign up in advance with an email to

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Research Skills & Database Searching Workshop

Submitted on November 1, 2011 - 8:27AM

Working on a research project? Thinking about a project? This workshop will help you get started and thinking effectively about your information searching and organization.
Thursday, November 3
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W. W. Hagerty Library - Room L33
Advance sign up is requested - just email & tell us your name, major and email. See you there -

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The Libraries Welcome: Shawn Woodson

Submitted on October 16, 2011 - 8:39PM

On Monday, October 3rd the Libraries welcomed Shawn Woodson as the Information Assistant for Library Academic Partnerships. For nearly four years, Shawn worked as a Library Associate at the Roanoke (VA) Public Libraries, where he worked primarily provided circulation and information services at the main library. Prior to that, he was a videographer/video editor at WDBJ TV in Roanoke. Shawn has a BS in Media Studies from Radford University and is a graduate student in Drexel's MSLIS program. The Libraries is excited to welcome Shawn! He can be reached at W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Issue 3, Vol 1 - Drexel University Libraries: In Circulation

Submitted on October 5, 2011 - 6:44PM

View the October Issue online. Articles include:
  • Welcome Article from the Dean
  • Upcoming Events
    • Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - present, exhibit.
    • Coffee, Conversation...and Computing? on Tuesday, October 18th
    • Going National: A Special Screening Event on Thursday, November 10th
  • The Personal Librarian Program
  • Libraries staff earn Employee Olympics 'Gold'
  • Libraries Launch New Search Interface: Summon
  • Libraries Welcome New Staff
  • Staff News
  • Service Spotlight
  • Wish List

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The Libraries Welcome: Holly Tomren

Submitted on October 5, 2011 - 4:36PM

[caption id='attachment_476' align='alignright' width='150' caption='Holly Tomren'][/caption] On September 26th, the Libraries welcomed Holly Tomren, Head, Metadata Services. Holly previously worked at the University of California, Irvine, where she was the Head of Monograph, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloging. Holly is starting a term as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor and was selected by ALA in 2009 as an Emerging Leader. She has a number of research interests including metadata literacy, mobile content and services in libraries, and emerging trends and technologies in technical services. Holly will work to develop a program at Drexel University Libraries that expands library services from an internal focus on cataloging, to a broader focus including cataloging and metadata. She will also work with researchers on campus on their metadata and data organization needs. We are excited to welcome Holly to the Libraries!

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The Libraries Welcome: Kate Masterton

Submitted on September 26, 2011 - 5:39PM

[caption id='attachment_453' align='alignright' width='150' caption='Kate Masterton '][/caption] Kate Masterton joined Drexel University Libraries, in September 2011, from Richmond,Virginia where she volunteered at Richmond Public Library and the Library of Virginia. Kate moved to Philadelphia to pursue a Masters of Library Science at the iSchool at Drexel. Kate is a Circulation Clerk at Hahnemann Library.    

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The Libraries Welcome: Bill Paterson

Submitted on September 23, 2011 - 5:22PM

[caption id='attachment_444' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Bill Paterson'][/caption] Bill Paterson joined the Libraries in September 2011 as the Electronic Resources Assistant at W. W. Hagerty Library. Bill has done volunteer work with the University Archives and has an interest in digital preservation. He is currently a student in the iSchool at Drexel.  

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Libraries Launch Search Interface to Streamline Discovery Process

Submitted on September 18, 2011 - 5:05PM

Searching the Drexel University Libraries' collection just became easier with the Summon search feature, located on the library website's homepage. Summon, a web based service provides a 'Google-like' experience, which streamlines the discovery process and allows researchers to search across many different subscription resources, books and journals. Detailed results are ranked by relevancy, with the most relevant results appearing at the top of the list. Summon is widely used in major academic libraries around the world and its agreements with scholarly content publishers allows for article-level indexing of the full-text of articles, pulling together the content from individual interfaces such as those provided EBSCO and JSTOR. The Libraries acquired Summon last summer with a larger release occurring in fall 2011. For more information about the Summon service, its coverage and its relevancy to Drexel University Libraries, please visit:

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New Scanners in W. W. Hagerty Library

Submitted on September 1, 2011 - 2:37PM

** Update - 4/26/12 - The trial for these scanners has expired and they are no longer available at W. W. Hagerty. Have you noticed our new scanners in W. W. Hagerty Library? There are two new scanners and we're trying them out to see what type we might purchase in the future. Before we make that choice, we'd like to hear your thoughts about these two scanners. 1. If you used the scanner, which did you use, and how simple was it to use? 2. Do you prefer to scan (and have PDF) or copy (and have a printed version)? Now's your chance to influence what the Libraries might purchase. [gallery link='file' order='DESC' columns='4' orderby='title']

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The 9/11 Attacks in Pictures: Building a Graphic Novel Collection

Submitted on September 1, 2011 - 1:44PM

'The events of September 11 galvanized many disparate groups. Who would have thought that comic books would be one of them?' wrote Time magazine's Andrew Arnold1. Arnold should not have been surprised. Stars-and-stripes-clad Captain America was punching out Adolf Hitler on the 1941 cover of the very first issue of his comic book. Cartoons have a long tradition of responding to real-world crises that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Popular for their 'eyeball traction,' cartoons, comics and graphic novels pull the reader into the content faster than their all-text equivalents and increasingly, educators have grown to appreciate the value of graphic narratives not just as entertainment but for literacy and teaching. The publishing of graphic novels has exploded over the last ten years and librarians have also embraced the format in all types of libraries. Recent books, listservs, conference panels and professional special interest groups testify to the passion librarians have come to have for all types--comic, scary, romantic, serious, and educational at all levels. At W. W. Hagerty a growing graphic novel collecting includes noteworthy titles in the area of African American studies, Japanese manga, health and medicine, and literacy education. Annotated lists are posted under Research Guides: Information Science and Technology/Graphic Novels. With the tenth anniversary of September 11th approaching, the Libraries took the opportunity to add graphic novels about that incident as part of the 'historical' theme currently being developed. The September 11th graphic novels, currently displayed on the first floor of W. W. Hagerty Library, make a particularly good example of how issue-based graphic narratives can bring viewpoints out in the open for reaction and discussion. In comics, the medium is as much of the message as are the words and content. In The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, all characters on all sides are portrayed quite realistically. This is also the case with Code Word: Geronimo, a recent title about the SEAL raid to find bin Laden. But in After 9-11: America's War on Terror, President Bush and some of his staff come off more as caricatures, perhaps to convey doubt that the extensive Iraq war was justified at the time. These titles will be useful in classrooms for drawing out viewpoints and raising questions that themselves can be investigated through graphic novels, as well as traditional texts. Browse the graphic novels research guide by topic, or see all our holdings in the catalog. For more information, email Article by: Martha Cornog & Tim Siftar 1 Arnold, Andrew D. 'The Most Serious Comix Ever.', January 29, 2002. Accessed September 7, 2011,,9565,197890,00.html.

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The Libraries Welcome: Tom Ipri

Submitted on August 29, 2011 - 3:13PM

[caption id='attachment_367' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Tom Ipri'][/caption] On Monday, August 22, 2011 the Libraries welcomed Liason Librarian for Media Arts and Design, Tom Ipri. Tom was most recently the Head of Media and Computer Services at UNLV's Lied Library and before that, the Media Services Librarian at LaSalle University. Tom received his MLIS from Drexel and has published and presented on the topics of technology, media collections and transliteracy in libraries. The Libraries are excited to welcome Tom's subject expertise in film, film studies and media arts. Tom works in room 135 in W. W. Hagerty Library.

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The Library Learning Terrace is back in business!

Submitted on August 9, 2011 - 5:32PM

The Library Learning Terrace is back open this week! Check out the hours, listed below: Monday, August 8th - 10 AM - 10 PM Tuesday, August 9th - 10 Am - 10 PM Wednesday, August 10th - 10 AM - 10 PM Thursday, August 11th - 10 AM - 10 PM Friday, August 12th - 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday, August 13th - Closed Sunday, August 14th - 10 AM - 10 PM There are a lot of great things in the Terrace: comfortable chairs, group spaces, individual spaces, whiteboards, and lots of windows. Everything is on wheels, so shift things around to accommodate your group, or create your own personal study nook. ...just remember, the same Libraries policies apply to the Terrace, so that means that you've got to leave your pizza, hoagie, Chinese food, burrito, etc. in the dining terrace. Snacks and bottled drinks are still OK!

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Libraries Welcome New Staff Member: Megan Hoke

Submitted on August 9, 2011 - 3:29PM

[caption id='attachment_361' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Megan Hoke'][/caption] On Monday, August 1st the Libraries welcomed Administrative Coordinator, Megan Hoke. Megan joins the Libraries having worked at an internet startup company for several years. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's in Theater and managed a professional theater company. She works in W. W. Hagerty's Administrative suite.

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Libraries Welcome New Staff Member: Brendan Johnson

Submitted on July 22, 2011 - 3:22PM

[caption id='attachment_358' align='alignright' width='100' caption='Brendan Johnson'][/caption] The Libraries welcomed Brendan Johnson, Information Assistant for Careers in July 2011. Brendan is currently working towards his MSLIS degree from the iSchool. For the past year he worked as the library assistant at Bucks County Community College while serving as a substitute social studies teacher and librarian at Council Rock High Schools. He was a history and secondary education double-major at Villanova University. Brendan works in W. W. Hagerty Library in room 136.

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Pick the Library's New DVDs

Submitted on July 21, 2011 - 9:25PM

It's time to order new DVDs for Hagerty's leisure collection. We want to be sure that what we order is what you want to see, so we're asking for your help deciding what to get. Here's a list of some of the latest DVD releases. For each title, you can vote on whether we should get it or skip it. Titles with the most votes will be ordered for Hagerty's Leisure DVD collection. Vote now--the last day to vote is Monday, July 27th. Need a movie today? Check out our catalog for DVDs already on Hagerty's shelves.

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Off campus ProQuest problems? Here's a solution

Submitted on July 15, 2011 - 3:39PM

ProQuest is experiencing some technical difficulties that can make finding full text from off campus problematic. When conducting off-campus research in a Palgrave or Sage database, then linking to a full-text article in ProQuest through GetIt, you may be denied access to the article in ProQuest. This is a glitch that ProQuest is working to repair, but meanwhile there is one known workaround. If this happens to you, please note the citation to the article you're looking for, close your browser, and start a new ProQuest session. Confused? Please contact the reference desk for help.

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Need a Weekend Movie?

Submitted on July 1, 2011 - 6:41PM

It's a long weekend. Hallelujah! Want to choose your DVD before coming to the library to pick it up? Try this:
  • From the library homepage, click the link that says 'Advanced Keyword Search.'
  • In the top search bar, enter a search term, like 'action,' 'animation,' or 'Hindi.'
  • To get a list of all Hagerty's DVDs, enter an asterisk (*) into the search bar.
  • Choose 'Hagerty Leisure DVD' as the location.
  • Hit search.
You'll get a list of all the DVDs in our collection. When you find a title you like, click on it to make sure that the location says 'Hagerty Leisure DVDs' and the status says 'Available.' That way, when you get to the library, you'll know just what to grab. You can swing by and pick it up anytime. We're here all day Saturday and Sunday--but we're closed on Monday to celebrate our independence! Have a great long weekend!

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