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Read Across America flyer. List of events happening.

Celebrate Reading on Tuesday, Feb. 27

It’s time for the Wheelock College Library’s 9th annual Read Across America celebration, recognizing the importance of reading in the lives of young children. With help from Dining Services and the Office of Spiritual Life, we’ve put together a series of fun events at the Campus Center on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.   Stop by and join in the fun!

11:30am-2:30pm: Seuss Themed Menu in the Dining Hall

-Dining Services will be serving up lunch items inspired by Dr. Seuss stories.

10:30am-11:30am: Story Hour in the Wolf Room

-Volunteer to read a book to kids from a local preschool. We will have both Seuss and non-Seuss book selections. To volunteer, email Dot:

10am-11:30am: Photo Booth outside of the Wolf Room

-Take some wacky seusstastical photos to share with friends. #WheeRead #ReadAcrossAmerica

Read Across America flyer. List of events happening.

If you’re in the mood for reading, but not in the mood to read 200 page tome about the principles of cognitive psychology , check out our popular reading shelf.  

popular reading shelf

If you’re feeling a little nostalgic for old childhood classics, check out Floor 3– new home of our children’s book collection!

exterior image of wheelock college library building

Your Hub for Academic Support

The Wheelock College Youtube channel recently released a video about one of the most popular places at Wheelock – the library! It is a one-stop shop for a variety of academic support services  –  Library resources, Peer Tutoring, the Writing Center, and the Office of Access and Disability Resources.  There have been a few changes since the footage was originally filmed (can you spot the changes?), but the resources and services offered remain the same.   The library has space, books, articles, technology (especially printing!), and people who provide valuable services that support students’ academic success.

This is the Wheelock College Library blog, so of course, I’ve got to make a plug for our library.  The library is often considered a well-known entity.   There is an immediate and familiar association with books and librarians  – both of which are awesome.  But did you know that in addition to books, the Library provides access to online articles, videos, ebooks, phone chargers, laptops, cameras, museum passes, lawn chairs, and more?   Library staff not only connect you with all these resources, but our librarians also provide research help.  This includes approaches to developing a topic, search strategies to use on our databases, tips on identifying scholarly vs. non-scholarly sources, citation guidance, and serving as a sounding board when you just need to talk through an assignment with someone. Visit our website to get in touch with us.

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!

covers of the 12 social work books listed below

Social Work Month

There aren’t many schools in which social work is such a core part of its identity.  At Wheelock, the college’s mission and motto – ” to improve the lives of children and families”- is a very familiar mission for social workers.  Unsurprisingly, social work is one of our most popular majors.  Besides our MSW in Social Work, we also have several social work graduate certificate programs.

March is Social Work Month.  The month is set aside to celebrate the invaluable and compassionate work that social workers do to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.  In recognition, I’ve compiled a list of some of our Library’s recent books related to social work:

covers of the 12 social work books listed below


covers of next 4 books on list

History Diet for Growing Kids

Carter G. Woodson who started what later evolved to be Black History Month once said “if a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated”.

It seems fairly straightforward to record that history, spotlight it, and teach it so that it becomes a part of our consciousness.    Unfortunately, history is pretty complicated.   History doesn’t have an immutable existence and there can be multiple perspectives, developing in light of new information (both true and false) and cultural shifts.  History can be vulnerable to bias, rewriting, and to being lost altogether.

It is often the case that students learn a “set narrative” (see Michael Conway’s article, “The Problem with History Classes”) and students often come away with what they end up believing to be the only narrative and a list of bullet points to slog through and memorize.  In the US, struggles, accomplishments, and the role minority populations play in the building of the US are condensed into a handful of bullet points.  And things that aren’t on the list are relegated to insignificance and obscurity.

Of course, it is impossible to teach the entire story of humankind and all historical perspectives, but learning more about the people who lived in times and places –some incredibly different from what we know- and who acted, reacted, and felt in completely human ways can lead to more understanding and empathy.  And there is no better time to develop them than when you’re young.

Below are just a few children’s and YA books featuring stories about those who once lived and who probably won’t make it into the usual history diet.  Included also are a few historical fiction stories based on true people, situations, and events.  This list has an emphasis on black historical figures as it is currently Black History Month.

covers of the first 4 books on the list

Come all you brave soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War by Clinton Cox.  About the soldiers who fought for independence from England.

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson.  In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, an ethnic Albanian girl and her family flee for their lives and make their way to the US, where they encounter new challenges.

Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World by Bryn Barnard.  How Islam and Muslims played an essential role in the development of the modern world.

Inside out & Back Again by Thanhha LaiA young girl and her family leave Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and resettle in Alabama.

covers of the next 4 books on the list

Landed by Milly Lee ; pictures by Yangsook Choi.  A fictional story based on the true experiences of the immigration process for young Chinese boys who come to the United States via San Francisco’s Angel Island in the early 20th century. 

Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided with the British During the American Revolution  by Margaret Whitman Blair.  About the black men who sided with the British who had promised freedom in exchange.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.  Based on the life of Salva Dut, a Sudanese refugee who led hundreds of boys to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya during the second Sudanese civil war.

My Brother’s Keeper by Israel Bernbaum.  Bernbaum, a Holocaust survivor, describes the horrors of the Holocaust through art.

covers of next 4 books on list

Run, Boy, Run : A Novel by Uri Orlev.  A nine-year-old Jewish orphan boy’s struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland, based on a true story. 

She Loved Baseball : the Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Don Tate. She owned a baseball team and was the first and only woman to be inducted to the baseball hall of fame.

Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling.  Set at the beginning of WWII, the story of two girls – a Japanese-American girl sent to a Japanese internment camp and a Mexican-American girl at the center of a real life landmark desegregation case.

Voice of Freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement  by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes.  A voting rights activist who fought for and protected the voting rights of African Americans and helped many register to vote.

book cover images of next 5 books in list.

Welcome to Josefina’s World, 1824 : Growing up on America’s Southwest Frontier by Yvette LaPierre.  Part of the American Girl series of books and one of several books featuring the heroine, Josefina Montoya.  It provides an overview of how Mexican Americans lived in the 1820s – their daily lives, activities, and culture.  We hold

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.  About the 4000 black children who marched for civil rights and demonstrated in non-violent protest.  The violent reactions of the police officers spurred the government to take action in desegregate Birmingham and to outlaw discrimination on the basis of race.

The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac.  Set during the French and Indian War, an Abenaki boy’a journey to rescue his mother and sisters, who were kidnapped by the English during a raid.

X : A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.  Follows human rights activist, Malcolm X, from his childhood to age 20.

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi.  A young Korean girl and her family’s experiences during the Japanese and Russian occupations of North Korea in the 1940s and their escape to South Korea.

And a special shoutout to Frederick Douglass (inexplicably, some people seemed to be unsure about who Frederick Douglass was):

Frederick Douglass for Kids : his Life and Times with 21 Activities by Nancy Sanders.  An interactive biography of Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist, and human rights activist.

cover of Frederick Douglass for Kids book