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A-LIST Students Now Available to Help You Research!

IMGP0180The struggle is real. Let us help!

Students in the A-LIST (Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students) program will be available to help you with your research needs around Cook Library and across campus! Look for their gold shirts in the Library, the Writing Center, and at events around campus.

Spring 2015 Hours:

Mondays 11-1pm and 11:30-1:30pm in the Writing Center
Tuesdays 11-1pm and 1-3pm in the Writing Center
Wednesdays 10-12
Thursdays 1-3pm

They can help you:

  • With an introduction to the library
  • Find articles and books
  • Navigate the Library’s resources
  • Cite resources
  • Print and use library technology

No question is a bad question!

They know the struggle is real, and they are ready to help!

Questions about the program?

Contact: First Year Experience Librarian Carissa Tomlinson (

March 24, 2015 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Design a Cook Library Button and You Could Win a Prize!

Button Design Contest

Cook Library wants you to design a 1’’ button that represents our library and what makes it special. Get creative! The top five designs will be turned into buttons and distributed during the Cook Library Love Letter event (see below). The most popular design will be used for Cook Library marketing and events and its designer will receive a Towson giftpack!

Need some inspiration? Check out these winners from the University of Waterloo for their similar contest.

How to Enter:

Create one or more 1″ button designs using one of the following software templates:

Word | PowerPoint | Photoshop | Illustrator

Technical Hints: 

  • Zoom in on the shape (View–>Zoom in Word and PPT)
  • Make sure your message fits fully inside the inside circle (the outside circle will wrap around the button) in the templates
  • Powerpoint and Word are available on all library computers, Photoshop and Illustrator are available in the 2nd floor lab and in the SCS lab in room 35.
  • Additional tutorials are online here:

Or go low-tech and hand draw or paint a 1″ round design. We will scan your design on to a button template.

Contest Rules:

  • This contest is open to Towson University students, staff and faculty.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but there will be only one winner.
  • Designs must be original.
  • Entries must be emailed to (or submitted in person at the Research Help desk) before Friday, April 10th at 8pm.
  • In submitting an entry, you are agreeing that Cook Library may use your design for library related marketing and events.


The top 5 designs (as judged by a team of library staff and students) will be printed and given away during the Cook Library Love Letter Events (see below). These designers will also receive 10 copies of their own buttons. We will notify all entrants of the top 5 designs before April 13th.

The favorite (as judged by Cook Library Love Letter Event attendees) will be available throughout the semester and may be used in library marketing and events. The designer will also receive a Towson themed gift pack.

Cook Library Love Letter Event

Love Letter to Cook LibraryStop by the library’s main floor to create your love letter to Cook Library!

Wednesday, April 15th 11am-1pm
Thursday, April 16th 11am-1pm

March 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

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

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