Need help crafting that paper or presentation? You can now meet with a writing assistant from the Writing Center at Cook Library! Sign up for an appointment at the Research Help Desk or call the Writing Center at 410-704-3426.
Appointments: Monday – Thursday 6-9; Sunday 2-9
Walk-ins: Monday – Thursday 7-8; Sunday 6-7pm
An Evening of Islamic Art and Culture at the Walters Art Museum
Thursday, November 14th, 5pm-8:30pm
The evening begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Walters Islamic art collection at 5pm. This will be followed at 6:30pm by a showing of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a documentary that explores the stories behind great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture, and concludes with a panel discussion including Towson faculty members Dr. Kimberly Katz, Dr. Robert Tappan, and Dr. Sanaullah Kirmani.
Space for the behind-the-scenes tour is limited to 25 people and preference will be given to students. Transportation for students will be provided with details being provided after the sign-ups for this event are complete. Please register for this event no later than October 31st at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G99RNHH.
This event is part of Towson University Albert S. Cook Library’s Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys programming. Muslim Journeys is presented by National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with American Library Association Public Programs Office and Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University. The program was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
In October, librarians at Cook will be offering free workshops. So whether you want to know how to find images for a project, get a refresher on how to cite your sources, or learn how to keep tabs on your credit, there is a workshop for you.
Register for these workshops at http://tinyurl.com/CookFallWorkshops.
Library Research in the Health Professions with Carissa Tomlinson
Tuesday, October 1, 4 – 5 p.m.
Cook Library 317
Writing a research paper and don’t know where to get started? Need help navigating tools and resources specific to your field in the health professions? Want tips and tricks on the research process and staying organized? Spend an hour with a librarian for the health professions and leave feeling confident that you’re on the right path towards success!
Using Image Databases for Humanities and Arts Research with Lisa Woznicki
Wednesday, October 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Cook Library 317
Are you looking for a way to spice up your presentation on Ancient Mesopotamia? Would you like to give the readers of your paper some visuals which convey the effects of the Great Depression on American society? Performing Arts Librarian Lisa Woznicki will provide hands on experience in searching for and saving image files from some of our most popular image databases.
Library Resources and Research in Education with Claire Holmes
Wednesday, October 2, 3 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9, 7 – 8 p.m.
Research paper? Literature review? Annotated bibliography? Children’s literature text set or author study? Lesson plans? Whether you are new to Towson or just need a brush up, this is the workshop for you. Meet the education librarians and learn to navigate the specific library resources that are key to your success as a student and as an educator.
Getting Psyched: Library Research for Psychology Students with Kim Miller
Thursday, October 3, 5 – 6 p.m.
Join Cook Library’s psychology librarian for an hour dedicated to helping students navigate tools and resources for research in psychology. Whether you’re stumped by a research paper for your psychology class, working on your thesis, independent study, or honors project, or need tips and tools for staying organized, this session is for you! This workshop will be an open session driven entirely by student interest, so come prepared to share your burning questions or most pressing problems.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Thursday, October 10, 4 – 5 p.m.
If you can’t tell the difference between a footnote and a football, this CMS Citation workshop will give you valuable guidance in using this citation style. The session focuses on the ins and outs of creating footnote/endnote and works cited entries as well as the specifics of CMS paper formatting.
Modern Language Association Style (MLA) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Thursday, October 17, 4 – 5 p.m.
Citation work is an art that everyone can master, but not everyone is born an MLA “DaVinci.” The MLA Citation workshop will guide attendees through MLA style paper formatting and the creation of basic in-text and bibliography entries.
Advanced Google Searching with Carissa Tomlinson & Sara Arnold Garza
Tuesday, October 22, 3 – 4 p.m.
Do you like the ease of using Google, but need high quality information for your papers or presentations? This Cook Library workshop will help you learn how to use various Google products to access credible and appropriate resources. There will be time for lots of questions and practice.
Swift Science Searching: Discuss and Engage your Research Skills using Science Databases with Laksamee Putnam
Wednesday, October 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Not sure if you are finding all the articles out there for your chemistry/biology/molecular science class? Maximize your research time by dropping into this session to learn how to effectively use science databases such as Scopus, Science Direct, ACS and PubMed. Stay current with your research topic, learn about citation management and get started finding the articles you need for class.
APA Citation Style with Carissa Tomlinson
Thursday, October 24, 2 – 3 p.m.
Trying hard not to plagiarize, but not sure what you’re doing? Not sure where do put that pesky comma? Volumes and issue numbers got you down? This Cook Library workshop will cover both reference list and in-text APA citations for a variety of different materials. There will be plenty of time for questions and practice.
RefWorks Basics with Sara Nixon
Monday, October 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Do you have a difficult time keeping track of the articles that you’ve found for a research paper? Maybe you want to keep and organize some articles in a folder by topic for future reference. Perhaps, you need some assistance inserting references in the correct style in your research paper. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of RefWorks, a bibliographic management tool that you can use to complete any of the tasks above and more. Prerequisite: Sign up for a free RefWorks account using the Help Guide found on the Cook Library website at: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/helpguides/guides/refworks_outline.pdf
Questions: Sara Nixon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research in the Real World: How to Find People, Places, and Things using Government Websites with Carl Olson & Joyce Garczynski
Wednesday, October 30, 4 – 5 p.m.
Description: Ever wonder how to do a background check on someone or find out who owns the house next to you? Are you interested in loans, grants or benefits, or worried about your credit, identity theft, or scams? Come to this workshop offered by Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Carl Olson to learn all about the free government websites that you can use to help get you the information you need in your everyday life.
Al, Cook Library’s biggest fan, is back with a new video!
Watch him learn how to get research help using Cook Library’s Text a Librarian Service
Also, join us for a video launch party on Thursday, September 12th from 11:30am-12:30pm on the Susquehanna Patio in the University Union.
In 2011, the Arab Spring protests sweeping the Middle East came to Syria. The Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, has responded with violence and the United States and others are now arguing that there is strong evidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons to attack civilians. This infoPlaylist created by Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Sara Nixon provides background information on Syria, the latest news, the history of chemical weapons, as well as researched perspectives on the conflict.
History and Culture of Syria
Information about Syria’s history, culture, economy, and military are available from the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook entry for Syria.
An overview, fact sheet, and timeline for Syria’s history are on the BBC’s Syria profile.
Statistics related to the population of Syria can be found on NationMaster’s Syria page.
A history of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Syria is available on the State Department’s country profile for Syria.
Background on the Current Syrian Conflict
An overview of the Arab Spring conflicts and their impact is available in this CQ Researcher report (Towson University Affiliation required for access).
The Washington Post’s timeline contains a chronology of the Syrian conflict.
A history of the United Nations’ role in the conflict as well as information about the humanitarian efforts in the country can be found on the UN’s News Focus on Syria.
Overview of Chemical Weapons
A review of chemical weapons from ancient Rome to the present is available on National Geographic’s timeline.
A timeline and review of the use of chemical weapons in modern warfare is available from the Economist’s website.
Syria’s chemical weapons chronology is available in the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s profile of Syria.
Latest News from Syria
Storify’s Top 10 Tweeters to Follow contains a list of list of activists, bloggers and all around active tweeters to follow to keep up with the happenings in Syria.
The perspective of President Bashar al-Assad’s government is available on the Syrian Arab News Agency’s website.
Analysis and Research Reports on Syria
Associate Professor of History Kimberly Katz and others discuss what the United States’ role in Syria should be in this June 2013 radio broadcast, followed by a September 2013 program with a discussion of the moral and political aspects of U.S. intervention in Syria.
An analysis of the possible impacts of armed intervention in Syria is examined in the Congressional Research Service’s Report: “Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response”
Research reports and other resources are available on the Brookings Institution’s Syria page.
The Washington Institute’s policy analysis contains news and reviews of the United States’ and other nations’ policies toward Syria.
Reports, briefings and analysis focusing on how to resolve the Syrian Conflict can be found on the Crisis Watch from Crisis Group.
Al, Cook Library’s biggest fan, and Doc, the Towson mascot, team up in a new commercial about the new WEPA printing system!
You can view this commercial on Cook Library’s YouTube channel.
Are you busy planning for the fall semester? Cook Library is too!
We have a number of fantastic programs coming up including a discussion of Khaled Hosseini’s new novel “And the Mountains Echoed” in September; The Road to Publication with “Genie Wishes” Author Elisabeth Dahl in October; and Towson Night at the Walters Art Museum in November.
In addition, we are hosting a series of workshops in October on topics range from using image databases to Google searching to APA citation.
A list of our fall events is linked here and is below.
From online databases accessible 24/7, to study spaces, to academic events, Cook Library has lots of resources that will be helpful to you during your time as a graduate student at Towson University.
- For information on how to access library resources, including Interlibrary Loan, visit our Graduate Student Subject Gateway.
- If you have questions about resources in your particular subject area, don’t hesitate to contact the library liaison for your department. These librarians are experts in their particular subject areas and are more than happy to help you find what you need.
- You can find out when we’re open by visiting our hours page.
- Need Quiet? Cook Library has a quiet study room at the back of the 2nd floor, in room 200c. Also if you need to store some of your belongings, we have day lockers at the front of the 2nd floor.
- The library also offers a number academic events and programs throughout the year and we would love to have graduate students attend.
- Don’t forget: You can always keep up with new resources and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
Ms. Ima Dead-Body has been murdered in the library lobby and we need your help to find her killer!
Participating in the Library’s Mobile Murder Mystery is simple!
All you need to solve the murder are super-sleuth skills and a camera phone with a QR code reader. The first clue in this murder mystery scavenger hunt can be found on a poster in the Cook Library lobby. Snap a picture of the QR code on the poster to read the clue and get started. The case closes October 1st. Messaging and data rates may apply.
Of course there are rewards for being a good detective. Each person who completes the scavenger hunt will win a prize and be entered into a drawing for a fantastic Towson gift pack.
How do I get a QR code reader?
You will need to download a QR code reader to your phone. On your phone, simply go to http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/ in order to participate in the murder mystery. Most QR code readers are free.
What’s a QR code?
QR codes are similar to barcodes and are starting to show up around the world on advertisements and packaging. If you have a camera phone with a QR code reader, you can scan the code and the information embedded in the code will be loaded onto your phone. To learn more about QR codes, watch this video: http://cnettv.cnet.com/2001-1_53-50085349.html.
Scan the first code now and get started!
We invite all new students and their families to stop by Cook Library and get to know the fantastic services we have to offer.
Games, Giveaways, and Getting to Know the Library
Saturday, August 24thfrom 11-4p at Cook Library
Tuesday, August 27th from 10-4p at Cook Library
New students and their families are invited to stop by Cook Library to test their skills for prizes and refreshments or simply to enjoy the cool air conditioning.
In the library, students can participate in a QR code based “Mobile Mystery” game with a grand prize gift from the University Store. Other games and giveaways will be held outside the library. Librarians will be on hand to answer student and parent questions as well as give library tours as requested.
Even if you can’t stop by on these days, the library has lots of tools to help you get the fall semester off to a good start:
- Visit us in person – our building is open until 2am on 5 nights of the week
- Visit us Virtually 24/7 from off-campus using your Towson NetID
- Learn about our website by watching this tutorial and get assistance with other library resources via our Help Guides
- Uncover resources in your subject area with our Subject Gateways
- See how you can edit multimedia files at Media Resource Services
- Learn what the campus was like way back when by looking at Special Collection’s Digital Repository
- Find out about all the ways you can get help from a librarian through the Ask a Librarian link on the website
- You can always keep up with new resources and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.