MSJ Writing Center expands hours in Library

Now our students can get writing help and research consultations all in one building!  We’re excited to partner with the MSJ Writing Center, which will expand its hours beginning Fall 2015. What this means for students is in addition to the Writing Center’s daytime hours, students can take advantage of evening hours held in the new Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, which is located in the MSJ Library.

Evening Writing Center Hours @ the Library’s CTLE:
Tuesday 5pm-10pm
Thursday 5pm-10pm
Sunday 1pm-8pm

For an evening appointment with a writing tutor, call the Circulation Desk at 244-4216.

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New Databases from EBSCO

For our currently enrolled students, teaching faculty, and staff, we are pleased to offer two new research databases:

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text:
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text™ is the full-text counterpart of Criminal Justice Abstracts™, formerly a SAGE database. This resource includes bibliographic records and full text covering essential areas related to criminal justice and criminology. The increasing globalization of criminology is reflected in Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text’s coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text contains more than 400,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. This resource includes full text for more than 270 magazines and journals.”


Sociological Collection:
“Sociological Collection is a comprehensive database covering information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure. This database provides complete full text for more than 500 important journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.”

Both of these resources can be found through our Library’s site:

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New Student Guide for Enrique’s Journey

We’re happy to provide a reader’s guide for the 2015 Common Reader selection, Enrique’s Journey. Use it to connect with book reviews, information about the author, and many other relevant teacher and student resources.

Student Guide for Enrique’s Journey

For copies of the book, check the FOCUS Library Catalog.

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique's Journey. New York: Random House, 2006. Print.

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey. New York: Random House, 2006. Print.

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“Finding Health Statistics”

Looking for health statistics?  The NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine offers a useful introduction via its “Finding Health Statistics” guide available freely at

"Finding Health Statistics Guides" from the NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine

“Finding Health Statistics Guides” from the NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine

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From our Archive: Nikki Giovanni

From our archive: Did you know that poet Nikki Giovanni once taught at Cincinnati’s  Mount St. Joseph University? #1985 #ThrowbackThursday

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New Items in the Collections

Browse through our list of new print & digital items:

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Now on View: Artist as Naturalist

Now on view at the MSJ Alter Library:

The Naturalist as Artist/The Artist as Naturalist

We welcome the MSJ community and members of the public to stop by the MSJ Alter Library to view this exhibit that features the creative research and visual investigations of students and professors from The Naturalist as Artist/The Artist as Naturalist (IDS 305), a 4 credit interdisciplinary science and fine art class taught during the fall semester of 2014 at Mount St. Joseph University.  Items on display include sketchbooks, event maps, paper sculptures, drawings, and more.

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Mary M. (Meg) Riestenberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology and Geology
Loyola Walter, M.F.A. Associate Professor of Art

Jerry Bellas, Cara Chrisman, Peter Gillaspy, Bridget Rowe, Joe Thurman, William Patrick Zopff

Librarian Exhibit Coordinators:
Cynthia Gregory, MLS, MFA, and Paul Jenkins, MLS

About the class:
In IDS 305, we investigate the question, “Can we as students of science take what is objectively studied and observed, and integrate it into our personal understanding of ourselves and the world via the transforming artistic process?” For the Science major, the course provides a tool to be used in truly seeing the natural world by means of detailed and accurate observations in field and laboratory studies. For the Art major the course provides an intensive engagement with the natural world through drawing – this year in three different sketchbooks. For everyone the course provides an expanded visual exploration, beyond what most drawing or science courses offer. The interaction of science majors with art majors enhances students’ depth of understanding of natural structures and organisms, ways of seeing and appreciating the complexity and beauty of the natural world, and a new awareness of its preciousness. In fact, the two themes the class is built upon and revolve around are wonder and the interconnectedness of all things. As David George Haskell writes in his book, The Forest Unseen: a Year’s Watch in Nature, (2012):

 “When wonder matures, it peels back experience to seek deeper layers of marvel below. This is science’s highest purpose.”

2014 Course process and elements:
Inspired by the opening of this wonderful book, students committed to a semester-long observation of a natural mandala, a chosen place outdoors in nature in which they closely observed and drew changes over the shift from summer to winter. Class field trips were taken to Miami Whitewater, Spring Grove Cemetery, the Oxbow, and the ultimate Adams County Edge of Appalachia Preserve for drawing on location. Labs with microscope studies prefaced, paralleled, and brought all into intense magnification! Visits to the Hauck Collection at the Cincinnati Museum Center /Cincinnati History Library and Archives, and the Lloyd Library, allowed for observation of original historic naturalist sketchbooks. And in splendid synchronicity, the creation of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Sand Mandala by the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Arts Tour Eastern Group in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery was a gift from the course to the entire MSJ community.

 Course texts/reading included:

Annie Dillard,  “Total Eclipse” and “Living Like Weasels” From The Annie Dillard Reader. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1994.






David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: a Year’s Watch in Nature. New York: Viking, 2012.







Hannah Hinchman, A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place, W.W. Norton and Company, 1999.






Clare W. Leslie and Charles E. Roth, Keeping a Nature Journal, 2nd edition. Storey Publishing, 2000.






(Ask an MSJ Librarian how to check out free copies of these readings by using OhioLINK.)

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