Library Study Breaks

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The Library invites you to take a study break during exam period.

We know you are studying hard! Come take a relaxing, tasty study break.

Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 2014
9:00 p.m. – closing

Two Locations: Chandler Room, first floor of H-L Library AND Circulation area, Hatch Science Library

Coffee and tea will be available along with cookies, brownies, muffins and a healthier choice (choices will rotate throughout the week).


Writing a Research Paper? Need Help? Ask Us!

Why ask Google when you can Ask Us?  Use our chat, email, or appointment service.  Or contact a librarian who specializes in your area. You can also stop by the reference desks at all of the libraries.  We want to help you get that A!

Wanna do it yourself?  Here’s some help:

Research help page:

Citing sources:

Research Guides by Subject:

We look forward to working with you in whatever way works best for you!

Ramp Gallery: Senior Centric

Senior Centric

A collection of work by members of the class of 2014

This show displays a variety of media and creative processes each artist has developed throughout their time at Bowdoin.

Kailey Bennett – Casey Correa – Mike English – Haley Gewandter – Rebecca Hong – Dana Hopkins – Fabi Navarrete – Lester Pearson – Chelsea Shaffer – Lucy Walker – Christiana Whitcomb

The Ramp Gallery is located on the lower level of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. For more information, please contact Bridget Spaeth, 725-3398;

American National Biography Online

American National Biography
The Library has added another fabulous resource for your research pleasure: American National Biography Online. Search for your favorite (no longer living) Americans. Search Bowdoin College to find our noteworthy alums, professors and friends. Search the Advanced Search by “Realms of Renown” (love it) to find notable Americans in art, government, sciences, religion, society and much more.



Women’s History Month Resources

The Library has access to many electronic primary and secondary women clip artresources for research on women’s history. Here are some noteworthy sources:

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Join us for another Food For Thought,
the Bowdoin Student Government/Library student lecture series

Monday, February 24th at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor of H-L Library.

Abigail Geringer ’14 and Andi Noble ’15: “The 307 (Wyoming): More than Just Jackson Hole”

Emma Patterson ’16: “On Aphrodisiacs”

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

Food For Thought

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Join us for another Food For Thought,
the Bowdoin Student Government/Library student lecture series

Monday, February 10th at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor of H-L Library.

Sebastian Bamba ’14: “BEYONCÉ: ’nuff said”

William Tucker ’14: “For the Love of the Game: love, baseball, and loving baseball”

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

Library’s Search Box Changing

Library Search BoxIn response to faculty and student feedback, we plan to make changes to the search box on the Library’s web site simultaneous with the launch of new CBBcat.  The Catalogs search tab will become the first tab listed with options to search CBBCat (default), NExpress or MaineCat.  OneSearch will move to the second tab position.

Please direct questions or comments to Judy Montgomery,, x3749.

On This Day in Civil War History


As part of the campus sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives presented a blog as a daily reminder of what occurred 150 years ago.  The posts derive from among the historical resources in Special Collections:  a passage from a letter to a soldier; a soldier’s diary entry; a note of condolence; a daily surgeon’s morning report; an account of activities on the home front.

The year-long project has concluded but you can still view all of the posts.

For more information, please visit the Special Collections & Archives site.

New Interdisciplinary Citation Database: Scopus

scopusThe Library now provides access to Scopus — an enormous, interdisciplinary citation database in the sciences, social sciences and some humanities.  What makes Scopus especially powerful is that the articles resulting from a search include links to other works that have cited those articles.   Faculty can search their own publications and quickly see who has cited their work within the Scopus database.  And there are many more features to enhance your research!

The Library is offering two training sessions to introduce you to Scopus: Tuesday, January 7, 10-10:45 OR Wednesday, January 15, 1:30-2:15 in the Electronic Classroom, H-L Library.
Click here for more information and to register.