International Open Access Week – Oct. 22-26


Visit the first floor of the library to view our informational display on Open Access and what it means for researchers, students, professors/teachers, scientists, the general public — in short, all of us who want access to scholarly research. While you’re here, take a handout, start a discussion by leaving a PostIt! comment on the display and grab a button and bookmark to show your support!


Open Access Week, a global event, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access (OA) to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, libraries, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.

Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

The McKillop Library supports Open Access via the Digital Commons institutional repository through which both faculty and students can make their research freely available. If you are interested in contributing your research to Digital Commons you can do so at .

For more information on Digital Commons and the impact of Open Access you can view the webinar Open Access – 100 Stories of Impact: one year later.

Open Access (OA) Resources
Educational materials about OA
Open Access Directory

Open Educational Resources (OERs)
OER Commons
OpenStax –
MIT Open Courseware
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Project Gutenburg
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Webmed Central
World Digital Library

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Be Heard – Vote Nov 6, 2018


The 2018 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump’s first term. All 470 seats (35 Senate seats and 435 House of Representatives seats) in the U.S. Congress are up for election.

Need an absentee ballot? There’s still time to get yours in! The library has absentee ballot applications for NY, RI, MA, and CT. We’ll even provide the envelope and stamp! For other states, see a librarian for assistance and/or find more info at

See our Guide to Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections which contains links to voting information from various state government sites and Ballotpedia.

Use your voice and make your choice– Vote!

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Salve Receives Grant to Digitize 18th Century Slavery Documents


The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded Salve Regina University a $750 grant from the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund to support the creation of a digital collection of eighteenth-century documents related to slavery. The project, Documenting Slavery in South Kingstown’s Colonial Records, will describe each page of several years of probate records digitized from the South Kingstown Town Records office. Each image and its description will be available through Salve Regina’s digital collections in JStor Forum.

The records include probate and town council records dated 1704-1742, a rich corpus of wills, probate inventories, and town council decrees, all of which provide evidence addressing how slavery was conceived of, recorded, and carried out in colonial Rhode Island.

The presence and practice of slavery in New England in the 1700s is often left undiscussed in history classes and in museums. Rhode Island in particular was the central hub of finance for the slave trade. Enslaved people lived, worked, and died in the region, working in large-scale farms, known as the Narragansett Plantations, as well as the homes of traders and artisans in the urban centers of Newport and Providence. This project affords the opportunity to preserve vital information addressing slavery in Rhode Island.

This project emerged from collaborations between faculty members Dr. Jon Marcoux in Cultural and Historic Preservation and Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns in Modern and Classical Languages, who have taught a University Seminar using these primary sources. University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea will provide the technical guidance for the project.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit

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Library Lessons – Research Workshops


Library Lessons
No specific date/time. All workshops are available by appointment for individuals or groups. Please email to schedule.

All Library Lessons are available by appointment and last approximately 45 minutes. View our a la carte menu of lessons, below.

Overview of your assigned Citation Style: APA, MLA, Turabian

An Introduction to Today’s Library Services: An overview of McKillop Library Services. Learn about access from home, finding books and articles, and requesting material from other libraries.

How to Do Research: How do I decide on a topic? What are the steps in the research process? How do I decide which research tools to use?

Using Bibliographic Citation Managers (Refworks): What’s a bibliographic citation manager? How can it help me organize books and articles? How can I use it to create a works cited bibliography?

Conducting a Literature Review: What is a literature review? How do I make sure I don’t miss anything? How do I optimize library tools to keep up with new research as I’m writing?

Finding Books and Beyond: Learn strategies to quickly and efficiently find books and eBooks on your topic. Learn how to find books at McKillop Library or request them from other libraries.

Finding Scholarly Articles using Research Databases: Identify the best databases for scholarly articles your topic. Use subject terminology, Boolean logic and database thesauri to effectively drill your search down to high-quality articles.

Subject-Specific Research: Learn the research tools, resources, and search strategies that are appropriate to your field.

Google Like a Ninja: Use advanced search tools to create effective Google searches. A librarian can show you how to optimize your searches in Google Search, Google Scholar, Google Books, or Google News.

For more information or to schedule a workshop or consultation:
401-341-2289 or

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