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November 2007

Extended Library Hours

Up late studying? Take advantage of extended library hours!

Sunday, December 2:
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Monday, December 3 – Thursday, December 6:
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday, December 7 – Saturday, December 8:
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 9:
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Monday, December 10 – Thursday, December 13:
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday, December 14 – Saturday, December 15:
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16:
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Monday, December 17:
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Winter and extended hours are also posted on the website.

The Library will be providing free snacks and coffee in the evenings. Doors will be locked after 10:45 p.m. nightly. You must use your Wheelock ID or call x2220 to be let in after 10:45 p.m.

Computers on Floor 3 back on

Good news! The computer cluster on Floor 3 is up and running – just in time for the end-of-semester rush. We’ve added three brand-new computers to the three previously available.

We’re still working on getting everything connected properly, so for now if you want to print or use the scanner, you’ll need to plug the cord into the USB port on the front of the computer you’re working at. It won’t work if you use the USB ports on the monitor.

Thank you for your patience as we set up this cluster for the benefit of all Library patrons.

Thanksgiving closing information

The Library will be closed Wednesday, November 21, through Saturday, November 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen Sunday, November 25, at noon.

Don’t forget, the Library has a wide range of materials available from anywhere with Internet access — all you need is your Wheelock email ID and password. Databases, full-text journals and the online reference shelf are just some of the options found on the Library’s home page that you can access at any time.

Have a great holiday!


Are you working on a research project? Do you use the internet to find sources for your papers? Having trouble keeping track of webpages, notes, and citations?

Sometimes using the Internet to do research seems like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you have so much information available to you through library databases, publications from the government and professional organizations, and through search engines like GoogleScholar. But how do you keep track of this information once you’ve found it and ensure that you can find it again?

If you use the Firefox browser, there is a program called Zotero that can help you gather and organize resources online while using Firefox browser. (Sorry, Internet Explorer users!) Zotero is an incredibly powerful tool that you can download for free. Once it’s installed you can access it from the bottom of the browser’s window:

By clicking on “Zotero,” the program opens, revealing its many features:

In the left pane, you can organize your research by topic into folders. The middle pane shows you a list of documents in a given folder. In the right pane, you can collect citation data, create virtual note cards to save any important comments, and create links between a given document and ones that may be similar to it. For example, you could link all the articles you find by the same author. Furthermore, you can write your own tags for the item, and store files for later use. When you’re done with your paper, you can export your citations and automatically create a bibliography. Whoa. That’s a lot!

Zotero has many powerful features, but may work best for someone who does most of their research on one computer. As of November 2007, you cannot access your Zotero files over the web (that’s something they are working on, though). Until then, all your information is stored on your desktop.

If you have any questions about Zotero, please feel free to contact the Library Reference Desk. Also, check out these links for more information about Zotero, Firefox, and open source software: — includes a full description of Zotero and tutorials. — download Firefox and learn more about the Mozilla Foundation. — definition of Open Source Software and lots of links — comprehensive Wikipedia article on the Open Source Software movement.

Holiday hours on Monday, November 12

In observance of Veterans Day, the Library will be open for holiday hours from 1 to 11 p.m. on Monday, November 12.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website has more information about Veterans Day, including the history of the day and resources for teachers.