MLA and APA Citation Information

Classes have started. You see on the syllabus that you will need to provide MLA or APA citations for an assignment or for a paper. Maybe that is new to you—or maybe you don’t remember the details from your high school classes. The library can help! You can stop by the library and talk to a librarian about citation. Or, go to the “Research Tools” page on the library website. Click “Citing Sources” in the middle of the Research Tools page (under Featured Services). The Citing Sources Guide has a variety of links and instructional videos that show citation examples for journal articles, web pages, books, and many other sources. As always, help is available from the librarians or from the Speaking and Writing Center.


If you have been following my blogs, you know that when I tout a magazine, I am most often writing about a magazine in paper format! Today, we will look at the September, 2018, issue of Wired.

Found in the magazine racks in the coffee bar, Wired is an entire kaleidoscope of news with a look at some of the technological issues at risk, development, fiendishly or cleverly utilized.

  • Remember the worm, NotPetya, just about a year ago? It was the costliest bit of malware we have seen. Writer Andy Greenberg gives us a perspective from one company that suffered greatly, Maersk.
  • How about the situation in Puerto Rico after the hurricane? Who has been there all this time to help?
  • Technology is also helping to save lives in Syria. The civil war seems to be continuing and innocent lives are being lost.

While Wired is not found in any of our electronic databases, it is online. There may be some fees attached to getting all of the articles online, but lucky for us, we have the PAPER format.


The Whole World was Watching Chicago 50 Years Ago

This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the riots in the streets of Chicago between protesters and Chicago police. This was a turning point of the 1960s, and many of us who live in Chicagoland now may know people on both sides of this highly charged event. Here are some sources that may help us better understand this historic event.

Retrospective from the New York Times (2018): ‘The Whole World Is Watching’: The 1968 Democratic Convention, 50 Years Later
On Aug. 28, 1968, violent clashes in Chicago between demonstrators and the police produced one of the most polarizing showdowns of the 1960s. People are still debating what it all meant.

Tribune Articles from August 29, 1968: Cops, Hippies War in Street: Scores Hurt in Battle on Michigan av. Police, Hippies Wage Pitched Battle in Michigan
Michigan avenue was turned into a bloody battleground last night as police swung their sticks on anti-war demonstrators and anti-Democratic convention pickets in streets outside the Conrad Hilton hotel, the convention headquarters.

Summary Video from the Newseum (2015): Reporting Vietnam: 1968 DNC Police Riot
Outside the DNC in Chicago on the evening of August 28, 1968, tensions between protesters and police reached a violent climax, as police attacked with tear gas, mace, and billy clubs. Journalists and protesters alike were arrested in the chaos that ensued.

Sunday, 8/26, 7am: Library System Maintenance COMPLETED


Update: 8:25 am:

System updates are complete.  Access to the library catalog has been restored.



Access to the library catalog, will be down Sunday,  8/26, beginning at 7am and lasting throughout the early morning before the library opens so we can perform library system updates.

We will update you when the process has been completed.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Proquest Databases Down for Maintenance — Aug 18th-Aug 19th

Proquest databases will be unavailable for use for maintenance. This will occur from  Saturday, August 18th from 9 PM to Sunday, August 19th concluding at 6 AM.

This will affect the following databases:

  • SIRS
  • History Study Center
  • US Major Dailies –  New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal
  • Historical New York Times, Historical Chicago Tribune
  • Criminal Justice Database

128 Editorial Boards Fighting the War on the Press

128 editorial boards are taking a stand on Thursday (August 16) against the “war on the press.” This is a fascinating struggle for credibility for these papers. Here’s some coverage:

Globe rallies newspapers to protect free press from Trump attacks

‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term ‘‘fake news’’ often when describing the media.

The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’

You can read more here: “More than 100 newspapers will publish editorials decrying Trump’s anti-press rhetoric