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New Document Scanner on the 3rd Floor

newscannerThanks to the generous support of our donors, Cook Library has a new scanner on the 3rd floor!

Now you can scan a book chapter or an article from a journal and save it as a pdf file.

There is an operating manual beside the scanner and feel free to ask at the Research Help Desk if you have any questions about how to use it.

March 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

Midterm Extended Hours Sun. 3/8 to Fri. 3/13

Cook Library will be open 24/7 during the mid-term period.

The Library will be open from 12pm on Sunday, March 8th until 8pm on Friday, March 13th.

During extended hours, the 2nd & 3rd floors will be open; other floors will be closed at the end of the library’s regular hours. Course Reserves services will still be available, but all other library services will be closed. A Photo ID will be required to enter the Library during extended hours.

February 26, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

From APA to Zotero: Get the Research Skills You Need at a Spring Workshop!

This Spring, librarians will be teaching free research workshops. So whether you want to know how to find that perfect image or get a refresher on how to cite your sources correctly, there is a workshop for you.

Register now at

Modern Language Association Style (MLA) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Friday, Feb. 27th
10:00-11:00 am– Cook Library 317
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.

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Wednesday, March 4th
3:30-4:30 pm– Cook Library Room 317
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.

Getting Started with Zotero with Kim Miller and Megan Browndorf
Tuesday, March 10th
3:30-4:30 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Tired of creating all your bibliographies from scratch? Need help saving and organizing research sources? Then come learn about Zotero – a free citation management software that allows you to collect, organize, and cite your research sources. In this workshop, learn how to use Zotero to save citations and PDFs, organize research using folders and tags, and automatically generate bibliographies. Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops and install the Zotero plug-in for Firefox at

Due Diligence: Company & Industry Research with Shana Gass
Tuesday, March 31st
1:00-2:00 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Save time and effort with these key sources for company and industry research.

Like a Boss: Business Article Research with Shana Gass
Wednesday, April 1st
6:30-7:30 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Optimize your article searching to find news, scholarly articles, and other information using the Cook Library business databases.

Advanced Google Searching with Sara Arnold-Garza
Wednesday, April 8th
3:30-4:30 pm – Cook Library Room 317
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.

American Psychological Association (APA) Citations with Carissa Tomlinson
Monday, April 6th
2:00-3:00 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Trying hard not to plagiarize, but not sure what you’re doing?  Not sure where to 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.

Getting Your Research Started: Finding Context for Your Topic with Lisa Sweeney
Thursday, April 9th
3:30-4:30 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Practice searching online and print resources to discover critical background information on your research topic, then get help using those resources to find more specifically relevant resources for your academic paper.

Researching Countries and Cultures with Joyce Garczynski
Monday, April 13th
3:30-4:30 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Are you thinking about studying or traveling abroad? Come to this workshop where you can try out global news and information resources and learn what you need to know before you go.

Top 10 Things You Can (and Can’t) Do Online with Government Information Workshop with Joyce Garczynski and Carl Olson
Wednesday, April 15th
4:00pm to 5:00pm – Cook Library Room 317
We live in the digital age so everything is available online, right? If only it was that simple. Learn from two librarians the ins and outs of what you can and cannot do online with U.S. government information.

Finding and Using Public Domain and Creative Commons Content with Rick Davis
Wednesday, Apr. 22nd
4:00-5:00 pm – Cook Library Room 317
Thanks to the ever-increasing presence of public domain and Creative Commons materials on the Web, you can say goodbye to clip art and canned audio files forever. In this workshop you will learn how to find text, images, music, even film that you can incorporate into your own presentations, papers, and projects, without having to worry about copyright infringement complaints or DMCA takedown notices. You will also learn best practices to follow when using this type of content.

February 19, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Magic Comes to Baltimore with “The Big Read”

81U4QZY8qrLDuring spring 2015, A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin will be featured in a variety of programming throughout Baltimore City and County. This reading program is made possible by The Big Read grant, received by Towson University and various community partners. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Along with monetary support, The Big Read also provides a Reader’s Guide, Teacher’s Guide and Audio Guide all available on their website.

Published in 1968, A Wizard of Earthsea has become a classic that inspires many of the science fiction and fantasy writers of today. Popular with all ages, the book is the first in the Earthsea Cycle series and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. The story follows a young wizard in a world where words hold magical powers, and understanding the true name of an object, or person, gives a select few magical ability. However, using these powers holds the risk of sending the world out of balance, and the young protagonist, Ged, does just that. The story follows his journey to return equilibrium to the world.

Recently, Ursula K. Le Guin was recognized during the National Book Awards and received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She provided a moving speech about the need for fantasy writers. We hope her book and the events planned this spring will also inspire readers of all ages to understand the power of words.

Please check our list of Big Read Events, which includes – book discussions at Baltimore area libraries, schools and Senior Centers, a kick-off event featuring a local author, lectures from a variety of local academics, science fiction exhibits and more! Free copies of the book will be made available at these various events and copies have been distributed to our public library partners in order to allow as many people as possible to enjoy A Wizard of Earthsea.

To learn more about all the Big Read Events, visit:

February 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

*Library Closing at 6pm on Monday 2/16*

Due to weather conditions, Cook Library will close at 6pm on Monday, February 16th.

Also, the opening reception and creator talk for the Collateral Damage photo exhibition has been moved to Monday, February 23rd (the reception is from 5-6pm on the 3rd floor of the library and the creator’s talk is from 6-7:30pm in Cook Library Room 507).

February 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

What Do Prisons, Wizards, and World War I All Have in Common?

They are all the subjects of Spring 2015 events and workshops sponsored by Cook Library!

You can download a pdf of the calendar here or below.

Please contact librarian Joyce Garczynski at  or 410-704-5168 if you have any questions.


January 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

NFL & Criminal Charges infoPlaylist 2014 the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell came under intense scrutiny from fans, the media, and the general public for their allegedly poor handling of numerous criminal offenses by players. However, deviant behavior of NFL players and their subsequent punishments has been an issue for much longer than the recent wave of incidents. From drug offenses to cases of violence and even murder, the NFL has long had a history of weak or unclear policy when dealing with crimes committed by players. We have compiled a playlist of articles spanning multiple issues on this topic, including history, policy, and different types of offenses. This playlist is meant to provide information on many different aspects of the ongoing public image crisis of the highest attended and most profitable professional sports league in the world. The sources include some of the nation’s largest news and sports networks as well as professional research and official NFL releases. This playlist was compiled by Towson University students Alexander Laue, Paul Malinauskas, Mario Romeo, Amanda Tobias, Brittany Conner, and Athena Mears in Deborah Shaller’s English 190 class. In addition, the infoPlaylist was edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.



  • A list compiled by USA Today of arrests, charges and citations of NFL players for crimes more serious than common traffic violations since January of 2000 (Brent Schrotenboer)
  • A statistical background presented by the New York Times, concerning criminal charges and NFL players dating back to the year 2000 (David Leonhardt)
  • A recent Sports Illustrated article that looks at the past fifteen years of criminal charges and the NFL, emphasizing a lack of punishment (Tasha Meares)
  • A CNN news report that focuses on a continued lack of consistency and lenience regarding criminal charges in the NFL (Michael Martinez)



  • An NBC Sports article detailing the new domestic violence policy the NFL installed following the exposure of the Ray Rice case (Josh Alper)
  • A CBS Sports article in which Adam “Pacman” Jones criticizes commissioner Goodell’s decision-making on punishing deviant individuals (John Breech)
  • The NFL’s official Personal Conduct Policy, as of December 2014 (NFL Press Release)
  • An infographic laying out the new policy in a more-easily understandable way. (NFL Press Release)
  • A CNN article detailing the reasons behind the reversal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension for assaulting his wife. (Jill Martin and Steve Almasy)



  • The Chicago Tribune has an article on NFL players who were transporting drugs and trafficking them as well as some other charges  (Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune reporter)
  • Cleveland Browns Receiver Josh Gordon has recently returned to playing for the team, but was arrested for DWI after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in July as reported by ESPN  (ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Browns reporter Pat McManamon and The Associated Press)
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote an article about an all-star running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, who couldn’t get over his cocaine addiction and is now banned for life from the NFL  (Paul Daugherty, The Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • A New York Times article about how the NFL Player’s Association agreed to new drug policies in 2014 (Ken Belson)


Domestic Violence:

  • A compilation of NFL arrest statistics that shows domestic violence is the most common reason for arrest (Benjamin Morris)
  • An article from Forbes explaining the Adrian Peterson case of domestic violence against his son (Gregory S. McNeal)
  • A CNN report concerning the details of the Ray Rice domestic violence case (Ed Payne and Steve Almasy)
  • A CBS sports article that contains President Obama’s reaction to the Ray Rice case (Ryan Wilson)
  • A New York Times article that shows the perspective of women who have experienced domestic violence from their husbands in the NFL (Steve Eder)



  • A New York Times article describing cases and consequences of violence in the NFL in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Bill Pennington)
  • A CNN report of  compilation of cases of off- field cases of violence in the NFL (Steve Almasy, Elliot C. McLaughlin)
  • An in depth study by Duke University professors comparing criminal violence in the NFL to violence in society (Alfred Blumstein and Jeff Benedict)
  • An opinion piece from Time Magazine that links violence on the field to violent assaults (Jeffrey Kluger)


Sexual Assault:

  • A report about how the 49ers released Ray McDonald amid sexual assault allegations (ESPN)
  • A CNN report on rape and drugging charges against Darren Sharper, a former NFL player and analyst for the NFL Network (Michael Martinez)
  • A USA Today article on the first rape charges in Lake Tahoe against Ben Roethlisberger and the settlement results (Martha Bellisle)
  • Ben Roethlisberger’s apology speech and the full story of the first rape incident in Lake Tahoe (CNN wire staff)

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