#GivingTuesday for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund

This #GivingTuesday, help support student learning and information literacy for up and coming University of Scranton Royals by giving to the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund.

Named in honor of the late Bonnie Oldham, Associate Professor Emerita at The University of Scranton and Library Research Prize founder in the Weinberg Memorial Library, the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in student research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services.

It is the program in the Weinberg Memorial Library that most exemplifies the Jesuit ideal of magis–striving for excellence–as it relates to information literacy and students’ development of research skills and dispositions that will enable them to become leaders in their fields and professions.

Help us fully endow the Prize in perpetuity by making a donation today on #GivingTuesday!

To support student learning with your gift:

  1. Visit Support Scranton.
  2. Select “Weinberg Memorial Library” as the area you wish to support.
  3. Mention the “Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund” in the Additional Comments box at the bottom of the page.

Apply Now for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize!

Are you working on a research project this semester? Did you use the library’s resources, services, collections, or spaces in order to complete your research? Then the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is for you!

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

New this year:  Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student and/or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

The application deadline for projects completed in Summer or Fall 2017 is Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm. There will be another deadline for Spring 2018 research projects. Winners will be announced at the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:  www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize

Featured Research Databases at the Weinberg Memorial Library – CQ Researcher Plus Archive, ProQuest Central, and Academic Search Elite (EBSCO)

After meeting with several undergraduate students at the University of Scranton over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to explain some best practices for research when using the following three databases: CQ Researcher Plus Archive, ProQuest Central, and Academic Search Elite (EBSCO).


Before diving into the research process, the first step in the research process is identifying one’s research topic and coming up with appropriate search terms. The next step to conducting research is identifying databases in which to search for articles which are appropriate to the research being conducted. If one is looking for original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news then the CQ Researcher plus Archive database is an excellent place to start. When using this database, one should use key words to look for a well-researched report on their topic. Upon finding a report, it is recommended that one obtain the citation for the report and that they e-mail the citation and the report to themselves. At the end of the report is a comprehensive bibliography of resources used in compiling the report. These resources could provide further insights into one’s topic.


The next recommended database for research on current issues is ProQuest Central. This database provides access to more than 11,000 publications. More than 8,000 of the publications are available in full text. ProQuest Central covers current and international content in over 160 subject areas such as: business and economics; medical and health; news and world affairs; science; education; technology; humanities; social sciences; psychology; literature; law; and, women’s studies. This database can provide thousands of results. The best way to limit your results when using this database and any database is to conduct an advanced search while setting certain limits such as full-text, peer-reviewed, setting the years of publication of articles for your search, and selecting the specific type of resource you are looking for – newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, etc. When you find an article that interests you, it is recommended to read the abstract to determine if the article pertains to your topic. If it does, e-mail the article to yourself with the appropriate citation, and then go back to your results and keep searching.


The final recommended database for research on current issues is Academic Search Elite (EBSCO). This database contains Indexing and abstracts for 3,484 journals with full-text for over 2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. For this database, it is best to set limits when conducting your search, read the abstracts of articles that relate to your topic, and e-mail the articles with the appropriate citations that work for your current issue topics.

The final advice I gave to students that I met with was to feel free to come back to the Library Research Services desk and ask the Library Research Services librarians for assistance with any future research topics and projects that they may have. We are here to help and provide assistance on any research topic or project.

Leaves of Class XIX – October!

Congratulations to Gloria Jablonski of Dickson City who won a 1 ct. t.w. diamond bracelet courtesy of Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D., a Pet Basket of Gifts (gift certificates from local pet stores and more — $100 value), an adult coloring book basket from the Library Express, a cozy handmade fleece blanket by Annette Kalwaytis, and a Java City gift basket. Gloria also won four reserved tickets to the Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s performance of The Nutcracker at Marywood University (Dec. 26-28) and the following gift card/certificates: The University of Scranton Bookstore ($150), Alexander’s Family Restaurant ($50), and Barnes & Noble Booksellers ($25).

There are still TWO chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is November 30, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!