Technology Workshop for the Humanities

This year’s Technology Workshop, titled “Creative Explorations: Digital Technology and the Humanities” showed both faculty and students how certain websites can provide learners with the tools to become active explorers rather than passive tourists.  Dr. Ann Raia, Dr. Barbara McManus, and Dr. Aimée Knight demonstrated uniquely organized, media-rich websites that will allow the eager learner to gain an in-depth understanding of a desired topic.  These websites can be used as either a basis for a course or as merely a supplement.  The presentations were followed by round table discussions.

Those who attended the workshop thought the workshop was a success as it inspired faculty to enhance the content of their teaching with technology.  Faculty who attended the workshop were also fired up with the ideas discussed at the workshop.

  • The round table discussions can be summarized as follows:
    • The workshop came at a critical time in our planning since we are at the start of planning our new GEP.
    • Dr. Knight’s Aesthetic Literacy Toolbox can be conducive to many disciplines at different levels of study.
    • Merlot- a multimedia resource, which can be used to build a site.  Merlot’s URL is:
    • David Lees and Al Labonis invited attendees to use the support of ITDL.
    • One of the faculty suggested that a grant be set up to allow faculty to develop courses using technology presented at the workshop.

Searching for a Particular Journal? Try These Steps!

Wondering if the Library provides access to a particular journal, but not sure where to look? From the Library’s homepage, go to the e-Journal’s link under the Find Articles heading, and search for a journal name there. If the journal you want to access is listed in the results, click on the Find it! button next to the journal name, and browse the databases that house the journal (note the date coverage, also, under the database name). Click on the Go button to get to a browsable, or searchable, list of volumes and issues within the journal.
Many online journals allow you to set up e-mail alerts that describe and link to newly published issues. If you would be interested in setting up such alerts, let the Library staff know – they would be happy to walk you through the steps.

— Contributed by Sara Franks of Drexel Library

Twentieth-Century China website

Saint Joseph’s University recently began hosting the website for the peer-reviewed bi-annual journal, Twentieth-Century China, edited by Associate Professor of History James Carter. The website had previously been hosted by The Ohio State University. Hosting TCC substantially enhances Saint Joseph’s profile in Asian Studies–particularly China studies–because all submissions, reviews, and editorial decisions will flow through this website, making SJU an important presence in scholarship about modern China. The journal receives 30-50 submissions per year, with a 20-30% acceptance rate. In the past year, we have received submissions from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and Canada.

One Search

The library recently unveiled a new tool that allows you to search across numerous library resources all at once.   One Search connects many of our databases through a single interface and makes several of them searchable from a single interface.   While we can’t make all our resources available through One Search, we have tried to include our most used and most valuable research tools in the One Search system.  We will be publishing search interfaces in One Search for each individual subject area on the Research by Subject pages in the next few months.  For now, try out our Multisubject search, linked from the library’s homepage, or search across a particular subject’s One search interface by going to the One Search homepage.  Check out what databases are included in the system and read up on the One Search FAQ’s for more information.  After you’re familiar with the system, please let us know what you think by contacting your library liaison.


Last fall, the Drexel Library unveiled a new tool that could save you lots of time and energy: Refworks, a new citation management system that allows you to save citations while you research and creates instant bibliographies when you reach the final steps of writing projects. Working within the library databases and catalog, you can import large amounts of citations quickly, and organize, manage and search through them easily. Ultimately, it can offer a fully-searchable database with all the references you use, stretching across projects, papers, and classes. Refworks offers a long list of output styles you can choose from for your bibliography as well, including numerous styles particular to specific journals. Unlike Endnote or Reference Manager, Refworks is entirely web-based, making it easy to access from any location and any computer – no software is required to use your database, all you need is an internet connection. The Library would be happy to offer Refworks workshops tailored to specific departments’ needs. Get in touch with Sara Franks (, x1913) at the Drexel Library to learn more, or to schedule a department workshop.

Library Toolkits

As you browse through the Drexel Library website in the coming weeks, you might notice that some of our Subject pages have a new look. This is due to a new web system called Library Toolkits that we will gradually be developing and filling with content this semester. Within the new system, library liaisons will be able to author their own pages, making it easier than ever to produce and update resource lists and how-to research guides quickly and efficiently. We are also able to embed images and even videos onto websites within this new system, expanding the possibilities for research instruction online and making the pages more dynamic. With these new sites, we will also be promoting and developing new class-specific pages, like our Business Policy page or our Organizational Psychology page. Browse around our new pages, and get in touch with your library liaison if you would like to request a class page or a research guide.