Tips for Avoiding Spring Fever

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It’s finally spring! The warm weather may make us want to push aside homework and go hang out outside, but it’s important to finish the semester off strong. Here are some tips for dealing with spring fever:

  • Make a timeline of when your big tests, papers, and projects are due and plan when to start working on or studying for each. This will help you stay focused on the work you have coming up, keep you from getting overwhelmed, and make sure your work is done on time.
  • Talk to a librarian or make an appointment at ACE to get help starting your final projects early.
  • If it’s nice out and you’re craving some sun, bring your work outside!
  • Team up with a friend and keep each other accountable. Work together, or send each other texts to make sure you’re both on task.
  • Schedule time to work when you’re most productive (after a shower, first thing in the morning, or right after class) and where you’re most productive (alone in your room, in the Silent Zone, with your group members in a study room, etc).

As always, feel free to ask the library if you have any questions about resources or research!

Please request your ILL items early over the next few weeks!

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The close of the Spring Semester 2017 is fast upon us, with only a few weeks left before finals. At this time, we ask if you anticipate any need of resources via ILL Requests for final papers, presentations or exams  (books, articles, DVDs, etc),  please submit your requests ASAP. Keep in mind, it’s a busy time at all college libraries for ILL Requests, and some requests may take longer than usual to fill – but we always do our best to get you the items quickly.  Should you have any questions regarding research materials you may need, contact the R & I desk at 232-6299. If you have any questions regarding ILL Requests, contact the ILL desk at 232-6125. We’re here to help!

On Display: LCS 220 Mail Art

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Professor Martha Kuhlman’s LSC 220 class uses a creative approach to answer the question, “What kind of art inspires you?” For one recent assignment, students produced collaborative Mail Art.

“This project really combines the three skills that the students learn in this class,” said Professor Kuhlman. “This class teaches them to create, collaborate and explore.”

The project involved two sections of the LCS 220 class. One section started the assignment, creating letters showing the types of visual art that inspired them. These letters were “mailed” to the other LCS section, which responded creatively by adding to the original letters or composing written responses.

“We don’t get personal mail anymore,” said Kuhlman. “In class, we talked about the different ways that we communicate now, by texting or using social media. This discussion and project allowed (the students) to think about how we communicate and challenged them to use a medium that was different than what they use daily.”

You can see the students’ Mail Art on display in the cases by the Library entrance. Come take a look today!

 

Study Room & Bloomberg Reservations

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Hi everyone! With the end of the semester getting closer, the library just wanted to quickly remind you that you can reserve study rooms* AND Bloomberg Terminals ahead of time! There are links on our homepage that will show you the availability for both types of space, and let you reserve a room/terminal:

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*Study room reminders: Study rooms can only be booked for groups of 3 or more people. Each person can only book a study room for up to three hours at a time, and for no more than 6 hours per week.

Obtaining Consumer Information from Krupp Library

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We’re finding that students have been looking for consumer information to help them with projects. Luckily, you can find these resources using the library’s databases at Bryant. Let’s look at some databases!

Mintel gives you analytical information and consumer reports created by professional analysts to give you an understanding of consumers and markets.

Mediamark is an even clearer tool that allows you to look at consumers and categorize them by age, race, and income, and the magazines, television and websites that they will consume.

Another great resource that the library offers is Statista. This data aggregator is a great tool that can help you find statistics by subject dossier or by surveys that give you people’s opinions.

We also have some books and eBooks that are useful as well. Click on the book cover to read the eBook!

Quesenberry_SocialMediaStrategy                    Consumer behavior 2015-2016_ RK_Miller             Cross_Packaged pleasures : how technology & marketing revolutionized desire

African American History Month – Documentaries

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February is African American History Month! We have displays on the first and second floors of the library highlighting some of our resources, so definitely check those out. There are also some events going on at Bryant this month, like a Black History Exhibit and Lecture, and a screening of Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis (more information here).

Kanopy-K.jpgAnother way to learn more about African American history is to watch documentaries on Kanopy, which has streaming videos you can watch if you’re snowed in. Here are a few suggestions, or you can look through some of the other films they have:

Bloomberg Terminals

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Welcome back from break! This semester we have an exciting announcement — we have 10 new Bryant community Bloomberg terminals for faculty, students, and staff to use! These terminals have Bloomberg installed on them, which provides finance data, analytics, communication tools, and more. These terminals have two monitors and a specialized keyboard, so you’ll be able to spot them on the first floor of the library near the windows, and the second floor in the lounge near the study rooms.

To use these terminals, you’ll need to log in to the computer with your Bryant username and password, then make a Bloomberg account. Let us know if you need any help — we have written directions as well.

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