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screenshot of search box with Course Reserves highlighted

Is This Book on Reserve for My Class?

Welcome back!  Over the summer, we’ve implemented a new, more user-friendly interface for searching items your professors have requested that we put on reserve.   You can access it by going to the Library homepage and clicking on the Course Reserves link in the search box.

screenshot of search box with Course Reserves highlighted

On the next screen, search by any of the following keywords:  professor’s first name, professor’s last name, item title, item author, course code, and course name.  In the below example, I searched for Claire.

screenshot of reserves search field

The results page will show a list of course reserves lists in which the keyword, Claire, appears.

Once you select the course you’re taking, you will see a list of items on reserve for that course.

list of items on reserve for CLF210

Click on the item you’re interested in and you will find the call number and availability.  You can bring that call number to the Library Service Desk and we will retrieve the item for you from our Course Reserves shelves.

screenshot of reserves holdings info

This allows a level of DIY-ness in finding out what we have on reserve and we hope this will make the process of tracking down and accessing course readings easier and more efficient.  Please do reach out to us if you have questions!

A screencapture of the Wheelock at Worcester Research Guide from the Wheelock College Library.

Welcome, Wheelock@Worcester MSW students!

I want to extend a warm welcome to our newest cohort of Advanced Standing MSW students in the Wheelock@Worcester program!  The Wheelock College Library is here for you as you begin your studies with intensive summer classes.

To learn about what we can offer you, take a look at the library guide we created.

A screencapture of the Wheelock at Worcester Research Guide from the Wheelock College Library.

Throughout your program, you will need to conduct research for your papers and projects.  Whether you are writing a policy analysis, a literature review, or a treatment plan, you will need to find outside sources of information.  The library is here to help you access the information you need!

Get in touch with us early to find out how we can help you with a specific assignment.  You can call us (617-879-2222), email us (, or chat with us by using the yellow box on the library home page.  This kind of on-demand help is available every day that the library is open, from noon until closing!

You can also set up an appointment to meet with me, Maric Kramer, over phone or Skype.  In these one-on-one appointments, we’ll first talk about your assignment and your goals, and then we will work together to find the information you’ll need to:

  • inform yourself and others,
  • advocate for clients and communities, and
  • support evidence-based practice.

The Wheelock College Library has the people and resources you need to succeed in your MSW program.  So get in touch with us!  We look forward to hearing from you.

Get research help over spring break!

Spring break is upon us!  Are you visiting a beautiful location? Are you working hard on a research paper?  Are you working hard on your research in a beautiful location?

In any case, the library has got you covered.  Librarians are standing by to help you to focus your topic, investigate excellent sources, and use citation styles like APA, MLA, and Chicago.  Get research help in person or remotely over spring break!  Check out our spring break hours here.


Healthcare is a Human Right

By Maric Kramer, eLearning and Reference Librarian

This spring, I was approached by graduate students doing a year-long participatory action research project about human rights as they relate to disparities in healthcare.  And let me tell you, this is the kind of thing a librarian dreams about!


This is the icon chosen by the Integrative Project Group

These social work students had done extensive work with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester to find out where gaps in healthcare coverage existed, to collect and analyze data, and to create an action plan to create education and awareness about healthcare disparities. They had delved deeply into the scholarly research on their topic, important policy papers, and weeded through a multiplicity of government forms. They had planned to present their findings to both student and professional audiences at Wheelock College, but were looking for another way for their hard work to live on and be useful to social workers and social work students.

They approached the Library because they thought we could help. Together, we created a resource guide that would live on the Wheelock College Library website, and provide links to scholarly research, current events, and government and advocacy information, in addition to the professional development materials they had created. Our hope is that this will be a useful resource for Wheelock students studying medical social work and related fields, and for the broader Massachusetts community. Check out these Wheelock students’ excellent work here:

Many thanks to Elizabeth Blumin, Jonna Green, Andrea Mellonakos, Caitlyn Neithercut, Bethany Spheekas, and Heather Strauch for sharing their wonderful work with the Library.  And many congratulations to them on their attainment of the Master’s of Social Work degree on May 17, 2013!  Their work on this project clearly shows that healthcare is a human right, and we at the Library wish them all the best in their future careers.

Can we help you to build something to for your Wheelock course or project? If so, please get in touch with a librarian! We would be happy to help.

New and Improved Library Site!

Welcome to the new Wheelock Library website! Last semester we asked for your feedback to help us put the final touches on our website. You’ll notice better organization and new features.

In particular, we placed the most used tools front and center so you don’t have to dig. The search box uses a tab system so you can conveniently navigate between resources available at the Library, Databases A-Z or Books & More, for example. For more details go to the Using the Search Box page.

Other changes include better organized section per your feedback. For instance, the Technology contains information on all the technology and related services in the Library, including information on printing.

We also conveniently placed the contact information for both the Library and the Resource Center on the front page, along with weekly updated Library hours for your convenience.

Enjoy our new website. If at any point while using the site you have any suggestions or comments see the Suggestions and Comments? link located below Library Hours or at the bottom of the page. Or you can contact us at or 617-879-2220 for any questions.