Friday, August 26, 2016

Database Updates!

With the new school year here, we wanted to give all Kohawks a brief introduction to some changes in our database list. Find these on our home page under "All Databases"

Check out Birds of North America whether you're an aspiring ornithologist or just simply interested in topics about birds. BNA has some great resources like videos, charts, audio clips, and images to help you get familiar with the friendly fowl around us. 
Check out this male Gunnison sage grouse try to attract females with an interesting dance!

Find Birds of North America here or on our website.

We've got a handy resource from ProQuest that can assist you with starting assignments. It's called Research Companion, and it's compiled into a friendly interface that provides videos, tables, and blurbs about different topics, how to evaluate sources, citation, and more. 

Few videos are longer than a couple of minutes, so you'll be on your way to a great assignment in no time!

Landing page for Research Companion

Find Research Companion here or on our website

Monday, February 15, 2016

Washington's Birthday & the Colonial Ball

Happy Presidents Day! In her early days, Coe would celebrate George Washington's birthday with an assembly that included a debate and a reception hosted by the women students.

1893 Program

1892 Program

From a March 1, 1906  article in the Cosmos, it was mentioned that the women faculty and students of Williston Hall (the original women's dormitory) held a reception and provided refreshments and even little axes as souvenirs.

1924 Colonial Ball

Colonial Ball dance performance 1950s

Starting in 1911, the day's festivities concluded with the Colonial Ball. This was an even where the women students could show off their dance and athletic skills. They would dress in colonial costumes and perform for their fellow Kohawks and members of the public. Two senior women are honored by being named as George and Martha Washington. This tradition continued for many years, the final ball was held in February of 1961.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Marquis Court

Did you know in 1947, Coe arranged for 15 housing units for married veterans and their families? This allowed the vet to still easily attend classes at Coe. The units were built by the Federal Public Housing Authority and ownership was initially retained by the government until two years after the war, and then they belonged fully to Coe College.

A photo of the huts from the 1948 yearbook

Each unit (known as a Quonset hut) had two bedrooms, a living room with a kitchenette, two closets and a bathroom. The units also came furnished with a gas space heater, a stove, and a water heater. Bed linens, however, could be rented from the government if the couple wished!

It was named Marquis Court after a former president of Coe. The huts happily housed up to 26 couples and 7 children (Coe Cosmos October 18, 1950) as well as a canary, three dogs, and a skunk! Over time, the buildings became run down and housed fewer students, so they were finally abandoned and demolished in 1960.

A group of students and pets share dinner
Text from the 1949 Courier about the huts

Monday, December 14, 2015

Deck the halls!

Paintings are hung on the walls with care, in hopes that student viewers soon will be there. The library's art collection has finally come back! Come on in during this busy finals season to relax while looking at beautiful Marvin Cone paintings, bright Andy Warhol prints, and more!

Reference and learning commons desk

Inside the Pochobradsky Reading Room

Outside the speaking center and library classroom

Lower level presentation wall

Monday, December 7, 2015

What do you do with withdrawn books during the holidays?

Make a tree! Circulation students built the tree out of withdrawn reference books and decorated it with photos and lights. The tree adds a merry decoration to the circulation area and is the perfect tree for a library. 

The construction process

Final product! Lookin' good.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Few Research Tips for your Final Papers

Learn how to identify good websites:  If you are relying on and citing articles from,, , Wikipedia, or similar websites, hit the brakes.  If the author or sponsoring organization isn't an unbiased, credentialed or recognized authority on the subject, then you probably shouldn't waste your time.

There are thousands of great websites which provide access to resources for college-level research.  Here are just a few:

Don't stop with websites: You can save yourself a lot of time by using library databases to complete your.research, so take advantage of them!  The databases provide access to published resources including scholarly articles and books, as well as advanced search features which make sorting and filtering your results a breeze.  One bonus feature of databases is that they often provide pre-formatted citations which you can use in your reference list (always double-check it for accuracy).

Know when and how to cite: Don't forget that in addition to the list of references at the end of your paper, you also need to include citations in the text of your paper whenever you use someone else's words or ideas (even if you are paraphrasing or summarizing in your own words); these citations may be in the form of footnotes, in-text citations, or parenthetical references, depending on the publication style you are using.

If you need help evaluating or citing sources, selecting a database, or using any library tools or resources, stop by the reference desk or talk to a librarian.

*This information also appeared in today's Learning Commons Newsletter, LC News which was emailed to all students, faculty, and staff.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quick Reads

It's a busy time for college students: presentations, registration for next semester, essays, final exams, and so many other things. 

But one great way to relax is to lose yourself in a novel, and before you think you don't have any time to read, check out some of our recommendations for short novels that you can most likely read in just one sitting!

214 pages

This short young adult novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a story about an isolated, odd, and possibly murderous family and the weirdness that ensues when a cousin arrives for a visit. Find it on the third floor of the library with the call number PS3519.A392 W4. 

197 pages

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy is a little creepy, but in a good way. Lester Ballard, a man fasley accused of rape, is released from jail and attempts to return to life in East Tennessee. Find it on the third floor of the library with the call number PS3563.C337 C4 1993

219 pages
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up first with their competent grandmother, then two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. A great book about family, find it on the third floor of the library with the call number PS3568.O3125 H6 1980.

175 pages
In The Lime Twig, a group of crooks plan to steal and race a horse under a false name. Reviewers say it's strange and experimental, but well worth the read. And at only 175 pages, it wouldn't take long! Find it on the third floor of the library with the call number PS3558.A82 L5x

120 pages
Coming in at only 120 pages, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has written a great story about a man who returns to his hometown to solve a murder and is determined to get to the bottom of the story. Find Chronicle of a Death Foretold on the third floor of the library with the call number PQ8180.17.A73 C5 1983

Sit down with some turkey and pumpkin pie, and enjoy these great quick reads. Have a great Thanksgiving break, Kohawks!