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And the winner is…

1st Place: CatDog

by the “Dynamic Trio”, Meaghan Famularo, Natalie Mortenson, and Lauren Walton

Runner-up Prize: President Brown & President Chard

by Renee and John Ruggiero and the Office of the Dean of Education, Child Life and Family Studies.

Raffle Winner: Jade Tang

Thank you to everyone who participated for making this the most successful Pumpkin Decorating Contest in history! Now that the voting period is over, we’re happy to share with you who created each awesome entry. Keep scrolling to see all the runners-up!

Jack Sparrow & a bottle of Rum – Ally Mendes and Iva Briggs

Mike & Sully – Maricruz Ayala

Bert & Ernie – The Library Staff

PSL & Donut – Student Life

Wheelock & BU Picnic – Student Success

Jack and Rose – IT & Campus Services

Jack and Sally – Shelby Monas & Brianna Worden

Mike & Sully – Maddie and Michaela

Morty & Pumpkin Rick – Meghan Rubadou & Katie Jablonski

Ernie & Bert – Michelle Omerod, Ann Nguyen & The Registrar’s Office

Mario & Luigi – Sarah Rich

Mike and Sully – Amanda Melillo

Wildcats & Terriers – Emelyn, Darius, Danielle and the Office of Admissions

Bonnie & Clyde – Sharon Labao, Barbara Pierre, Office of Field Education

VOTE! 2017 Pumpkin Decorating Contest


There’s still time to VOTE for your favorite entry in this year’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. This year, we received the most entries in the history of this contest, making it the most competitive year yet! Stop by the library to see all the entries, and then go to the service desk to vote for your favorite!

Here’s a look at this year’s contest entries. This year’s theme was “Dynamic Duos”.


The last day to vote is Monday, October 30th. When you vote, you’ll have a chance to enter a raffle to win a Halloween goody bag. The winners of both the Pumpkin Decorating Contest and the raffle will be announced the next day on Halloween!



Introducing the OneSearch

What is the OneSearch?

You may have noticed that the Library homepage has changed and that in place of the tabbed search is this OneSearch.

screenshot of new "search box" . This includes the Onesearch search field and 3 links under More Research Tools

The OneSearch is, simply put, a megasearch that searches almost everything in the Library collection in a single search.   It is the Books & More, Article Multi-Search, and eJournal Finder –  all rolled into one.  With the OneSearch, you can search for:

  • Books.  Both physical books and e-books.
  • Videos.  Both physical DVDs and streaming videos
  • Journals.  Just as if you were using the eJournal Finder.  Try it out by typing Health and Social Work.  The journal should appear at the top of the results.
  • Databases. You can search for the database name.  Try it out by typing SocIndex.  You can also browse the databases in our Database List.  The link is located under More Research Tools.
  • Articles. Just as if you were using the Article Multi-Search.  The OneSearch searches every database except for our Proquest ones and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Once you run the search on the website, you’ll be taken to a familiar EBSCO interface.    Use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.

screenshot of OneSearch search results

OneSearch vs. Individual Databases

While OneSearch is very helpful, it is just one (powerful) tool among many.    When looking for research articles, there are times when OneSearch will be more appropriate and other times when you should opt for searching individual databases.

The OneSearch is great for:

  • When you’re just starting your research and need a broad search to see what’s out there.
  • When you’re looking for a specific article title.

However, searching an individual database can be more appropriate for those times when:

  • you’re ready to narrow your search.  For example, let’s say you know you want articles that approach your topic from a sociological perspective.  Searching a database like SocIndex will help filter out books and those article results that come from education, medical, humanities, and psychology databases that you may not be interested in.
  • you want to take advantage of the features specific databases offer.  For example, PsycInfo allows you to narrow your article results by methodology and age group.   If you’re looking for empirical studies on how CBT can help elementary-aged victims of bullying, searching PsycInfo will be more fruitful and efficient.
  • you want to search databases not offered in OneSearch, such as the Proquest databases and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Tips for Searching Children’s Books

One of our popular book searches is searching for children’s books.  In the OneSearch, the children’s book results may be a little buried, especially if you’re looking for a topic rather than a specific title.   You can search for our children’s books by searching for the children’s book title or topic.  When you’re brought to the search results, add the terms “juvenile literature or fiction” to your search and limit the results (using the limiters on the left) to “Books in Print”


If you need help using OneSearch or individual databases – or knowing where to search – don’t hesitate to Ask Us!

Fare thee well, VHSs!

VHSs and VCRs first hit the US market in the 1970’s, but already by the late 1990’s, DVDs took hold as consumers’ preferred format for playing video content at home. Sales of videocassettes have dropped dramatically ever since.

Though not quite yet considered an obsolete format, VHSs are prone to deterioration and there are fewer and fewer VCRs for sale in the marketplace, especially since the last maker of VCRs, Funai Electronic, announced it would stop producing them in August 2016, leaving many libraries to question what to do with their aging tapes. Today, even DVD sales are on the decline, with subscription streaming video services, like Netflix and Amazon, outpacing discs for the first time in 2016.

Here at Wheelock, we recognized these trends and removed VCRs from classrooms spring 2015. In the two intervening years, the Library worked with faculty to replace or convert unique content previously only available on VHS. With a growing preference for online access to videos, the Library also worked to develop a robust collection of streaming videos. As a result, we now have over 400 DVDs and access to almost 90,000 film titles through our streaming subscriptions, Kanopy and Alexander Street, and we’re finally ready to say goodbye for good to our VHSs!

The Library is removing VHSs from our collection, but you’ll have a chance this week only to grab them for your own collection! Swing by the Library basement this week to take home as many VHSs as you’d like. Make art, repurpose them, or if you’re lucky enough to still have a VCR, embrace the grainy quality and play on!

image of Tracy Joyce

Introducing: Tracy Joyce

image of Tracy JoyceA long overdue introduction to Tracy Joyce, who started at the Wheelock College Library in early February.  Many of you have probably already met her in your research workshops, at the Library Service Desk, and at various Wheelock College functions. 

Name: Tracy Joyce

Job title: Learning & Research Services Librarian, and Liaison to the School of Graduate and Professional Programs

Location in Library: Floor 2, Office 201

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

My job is to help make research less daunting. I can help with formulating your topic to finding and evaluating sources to understanding when and how to cite. I also create research guides, select library materials, and work with faculty to integrate information literacy and research instruction into courses.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

Research appointments! Students can schedule a research appointment with myself or Karen to get one-on-one help. Students typically schedule appointments when they need help finding sources. However, we can also work with students when they are at different stages of their research, which might include narrowing down a topic, creating a research question, developing keywords/search terms, or using tools and sources to create citations.

What is a typical work day like for you?

My job covers a wide range of areas but a typical day probably includes some combination of the following: providing drop-in research help at the front desk, meeting with students for individual research appointments, selecting materials to add to the library collection, planning and teaching research workshops, and collaborating with faculty to provide research and resource support.

What is your favorite website?

Every morning when I check my email I also am on the lookout for my newsletter from This site compiles the latest headlines so that I can stay current when it comes to the news and events.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

Matilda by Roald Dahl. He was one of my favorite author’s to read when I was younger, and I still remember the book report I wrote in elementary school.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Walking by Horn Pond in Woburn or Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, painting either at home or at a Paint Nite, reading, or spending way too much time binge watching shows.