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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.

Freedom – It’s What We’re Reading

November 2010

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

“There had always been something not quite right about the Berglunds.”
Recently on the cover of Time magazine and selected for Oprah’s Book Club, it is easy to see Franzen more as the celebrity author than celebrated writer. In his fourth novel, Freedom, he once again explores the relationships, actions and consequences of an American family in Saint Paul, Minnesota. What begins as a description of a normal middle class family evolves into a story of their different decisions, conflicts and disappointments. The novel tells the story of the Berglund family from several points of view. The first section of the novel is seen through the eyes of their neighbors, who seem to delight in the family’s ups and downs, impatiently waiting for everything to fall apart. The rest of the novel deals closely with family and friends, with first-hand accounts from wife Patty Berglund, family friend and musician Richard Katz, husband Walter Berglund, and finally to Berglund’s son Joey, as he enters his first year of college. This isn’t just another book about a suburban family. Franzen’s attention to detail and sharp wit make Freedom worthy of the hype.

This book is held in the Library’s Popular Fiction collection.

New ILL Services: ILLiad is here!

Our new ILLiad software, improves the ILL experience by allowing end users to:

  • directly request, track, and electronically retrieve (for articles), their Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • receive timely email notifications (to their SJU email address) that let users know when books are available for pickup, or when they can log on to the ILLiad site and retrieve your article electronically.
  • view a running history of all requests sent.

So log on and take a look:

Log on using your SJU Username/Password (the same one that you use for MySJU.

(First-time users will be required to complete a one-time registration.)

New Student Video!

It’s that time of year when students have finalized their college choices and are getting to know what will soon be their new home. We want to welcome all the students who have made the choice to come to Saint Joseph’s with a new promotional video we recently finished. We interviewed students (and asked other students to interview students) across campus to find out what they liked most about the Library.  Check out their responses in the video below!  You can also learn more about what the Library has to offer you on our New Hawks page.

The students have spoken!

The Drexel Library staff would like to thank all of the students who participated in our survey earlier this semester! Here are some highlights from our findings along with our responses:

Students would like the Library to be open later on weeknights. We are doing something about that! We extended our hours until 2:00 a.m. after spring break, and are going to be open 24/7 for finals week.

The percentage of students feeling safe in the Library is up dramatically from previous surveys. We’re glad you feel safe here!

On the topic of improving our book collection: we were surprised that the most frequently mentioned subject was…. Popular Reading/Fiction. Check out the McNaughton Collection of current popular books at the entrance to the Library Cafe.

We understand that you find the Library’s temperature uncomfortable sometimes. Remember, we work here every day! We are anticipating improvements with the completion of the new Learning Commons.

Extended Services during Finals!

Extended hours and 24/7 hours for finals

Drexel Library will continue to be open until 2 a.m. Sunday – Thursday until the end of classes. On Sunday, May 2 Drexel Library will be open 24 hours through the end of finals (May 8). Please note that there will be no library assistance during the hours of 12 midnight through 8:00am. Settle in and get to work!

Reserve a Study Room At Francis A. Drexel Library
Between April 16 and May 8, SJU students can reserve one of four study rooms on the second floor of Drexel Library.

The study rooms are designed for group work. SJU students can reserve the room during the following hours:
8:30am – 10:00pm Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 9:00pm Friday
10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday
10:00am – 10:00pm Sunday

For more information, please see the Group Study Rooms Reservation page.

Good luck with all your final projects, papers and exams!

Marketing through Social Networks

As people’s information habits change, television commercials and printed advertisements become less effective at marketing products and services, and companies have to stay on their toes to find new ways of reaching their target audience. Researching the newest information trends, and marketing effectively within these circuits becomes vital to a company’s survival., a resource site for Marketing professionals, recently published a cool, concise guide to some of the most important social networking tools available to marketers, including how they’re most effectively used in categories like brand exposure and customer communication.  Read about the Guide here, or go directly to the guide here.

Also check out some great resources for keeping up with the marketing times on our Marketing Toolkit’s new Social Media page, including the latest news in social network marketing, how-to guides and important definitions for marketing gurus.

Thanks to Cynthia Slater, our Business Reference Librarian, for suggesting these resources, and for her hard work on the new Social Media site!