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Write Here. Write Now!

The Drexel Library is happy to welcome the Writing Center’s new Satellite Location on the first floor of the Library. Students can stop by and make an appointment with a Writing Fellow, Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information about the Writing Center, please visit their home page, or call their main location in 162 Merion Hall, (610) 660-1341.

Check out a Laptop!

Check Out a Laptop!

Want to write your paper at the Drexel Library, but there aren’t any computers available?

Beginning October 19, SJU students can check out one of 12 laptops for use in the Library. The Lenovo x120e ThinkPads are available on a first come-first served basis and can be checked out for three hours at a time. Students can also check out an Ethernet cable or connect the laptop to the campus wireless network.

Each laptop contains the following software:

  • Microsoft Office 2010, including Word, Power Point, Excel
  • Maple 14
  • ASII Scoring Assistant
  • Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader X
  • SPSS 18
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Mozilla Firefox 5

Laptops can be checked out at the Front Service Desk at Drexel Library. A current SJU ID is required for check out.

For more information, please visit the Laptop Policy on our Policies page.

Access to Computers in Drexel Library

August 1 -22, 2011

Due to carpet and furniture installation on the first floor of the Library, the number of computers available has been reduced. Students are asked to use the computers in the Library Instruction Lab, located near the Information Desk on the 1st floor. The lab has 24 computers and users can continue to print to both black and white and color printers.

In addition to the Instruction Lab, the Student Technology Center (Science Center 129) will have extended hours during the last week of summer session August 1-4 and will be open from 9am – 10pm.

The second and third floors will continue to be inaccessible through August. Study spaces are available in the South Wing, but students can also use the Campbell Library in Mandeville Hall during this time.

ProQuest Databases: Interface Updated

ProQuest, which searches a wide array of popular and scholarly sources in a variety of subject areas, has a new look.  The formerly red and white screen has switched to a softer blue and orange and it’s not only the color scheme that has changed.

Some of the existing and newer features include:

  • Select specific databases or cross-search databases across subject areas
  • Access to full text articles with links to similarly themed materials
  • Search primary sources, peer reviewed journals, dissertations, graphs, images and tables
  • Set up RSS feeds and alerts to receive updates on current literature in a particular field
  • Export citations to RefWorks and other citation managers, including sharing results via email and social networking links

The ProQuest platform will continue to provide the following eight databases, which can be searched individually or together:

  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • New York Times (1980-current)
  • PAIS (including PAIS archive)
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • Wall Street Journal (1984 -current)

For more information on the new platform, please see ProQuest’s site for library users:

RefWorks: New Version

Beginning the week of July 11, 2011, RefWorks, the citation management software, will switch over to its new version. The new RefWorks will still allow the user to import and organize references, but the new interface allows for greater efficiency and navigation.

Note: If you access RefWorks from bookmarks that you have set, please update your bookmark to:

If you wish to continue using the previous version, RefWorks will offer access to the “Classic” version until the end of 2011.  Just click on Login using RefWorks Classic.

For more information on the new RefWorks, please visit our Library page or review RefWorks’ introductory tutorials.

You can also contact Anne Krakow (, 610-660-1906) for more information.

Reserve a Group Study Room

Beginning Sunday April 17 and through the end of finals (Saturday May 7th), students may reserve one of four study rooms located on the 2nd floor of the Drexel Library: Rooms 216, 217, 219, and 220.

These rooms are reserved for group study (two or more people) and can be reserved for two hours at a time, during the following hours:

8:30am – Midnight Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 9:00pm Friday
10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday
10:00am – Midnight Sunday

To reserve, fill out our online form on the library home page, call x1904, or E-mail

In addition to Group Study Rooms, Drexel Library also has two other options for collaborative workspace available:

  • the Presentation Practice Room is available for students working on group projects and presentations and may be reserved year round for two-hour blocks. The room has a white board and 42″ LCD screen.
  • three additional group work stations are located in the first floor Reference area. Each station has a computer set on a large table where students can work together on assignments. The stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Please note: Valid SJU ID is required to enter the library.

The Hawk Digital Archive is now available

Francis A. Drexel Library is thrilled to announce that The Hawk Digital Archive is now available to you!

The Archive covers the student newspaper  from June 10, 1930 (volume 1, number 1) through Sunday, May 19, 2002 (volume 75, number 2),  is fully searchable and replicates the content and layout of the original newspaper page.  The Archive can be accessed from the Library’s homepage – just click on icon in the lower right-hand corner.  The link has also been included in several of the Library’s Research Toolkits, including the one designed especially for alumni.

We hope you enjoy reliving the history of SJU through the pages of The Hawk Digital Archive.  FYI, The Hawk Digital Archive is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1280×1024.