Friday, September 19, 2014

Stand up against censorship … Read a Banned Book!

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read, and is celebrated during the last full week of September. It began in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

This year's display (right inside the main entrance to Mudd) features banned books that are wrapped and labeled with the reasons why they have been banned or challenged in the past. Violence, offensive language, and sexual explicitness are among the top reasons, but there are others, too!  Pick a book, unwrap it, and check it out at the Circulation Desk.

Follow #bannedbooksweek on Twitter to see how other people are celebrating their right to read!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Japanese extensive reading exhibit at Mudd (日本語多読 ~読書の秋~)

This four-week Japanese Extensive Reading Exhibit is jointly organized by OC's East Asian Studies Program and East Asian Collections at Mudd Library. This exhibit is currently featured on the official blog of NPO Japanese Extensive Reading Study Group.

Feel free to grab some books to read while you are at Mudd. If you have any questions, please contact Sachiko Condo at or Xi Chen at

What is 多読(ta-do-ku)?

‘Ta’ in tadoku means ‘a lot’, and ‘doku’ means ‘to read’.

But no.

You don’t read a lot of difficult books. Start reading EASY books that you can enjoy.

Easy books are good for understanding. -> You understand well so you read more.-> Reading becomes a fun thing to do. ->So you read even more. ->Your Japanese gets better and better.

That’s tadoku!

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Database trial: American Consumer Culture, 1935-1965

We have trial access to a new database though October 1!

American Consumer Culture: Market Research & American Business 1935-1965 contains thousands of market research reports by analyst Ernest Dichter and his Institute for Motivational Research. These reports were commissioned by advertising agencies and businesses such as Philip Morris, Chrysler, and CBS on products ranging from tobacco and broadcasting to cars and hotels. These primary source documents are accompanied by hundreds of advertisements from the time period.

Use this link to begin exploring, and please leave your feedback!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Printing problems?

If you're printing in the library, do NOT print from Google Docs or inside Blackboard!  (All kinds of terrible things happen in the printer's brain and lots of paper gets wasted as a result)

Save the document (Word, PDF, Excel, etc.) to the desktop and then start your print job. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Passport to Mudd : Libraries and more

WHEN: August 29, 2014 from 10am - 3pm
WHERE: Mudd Center

Get a running start on your first semester by exploring all that Mudd has to offer. Pick up your passport at the Mudd Center ramp to begin your journey. Follow the footsteps to earn stamps for your passport. Along the way, scope out the best study spaces, explore the media center, discover how to get tech help, and learn about the variety of resources available to you. Afterwards, enjoy snacks in Azariah’s and pick up some awesome finishing prizes. It all takes about 20 minutes. Drop in any time after 10:00 a.m. Last departure is at 2:30 p.m. Highly recommended for all students in the Arts and Sciences.

You can visit other campus libraries, too! Tours will be held in Art from 1-3pm, Conservatory from 11am-2pm and Science from 1-3pm.

Monday, August 11, 2014

R5 plays Oberlin

For a few days in June, the campus provided the setting for an Office Max/Office Depot video shoot featuring the band R5.  Can you find your favorite places in Mudd in this collection of videos?

Monday, July 28, 2014

3 database trials from EBSCO

We have trials for 3 EBSCOhost databases until Sept. 25, 2014:
  • Race Relations Abstracts -- includes citations and summaries of journal articles covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
  • Urban Studies Abstracts -- covers essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, urban history and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
  • Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies -- covers research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, including political affairs & law, international relations, economic affairs, business & industry, cultural heritage, arts & humanities, society & social welfare, ethnic diversity & anthropology, significant religious events & movements and recent history & archaeology.
Use this link to access each of the databases.  

We really appreciate your feedback!