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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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Welcome to McKillop Library 2018-19


Greetings everyone! Welcome to our new Class of 2022 and Welcome Back to all of you who are returning for another great year at Salve Regina.

Make sure you find time to stop in the library and say hi to friendly librarians and staff. Our Floor Plans and Maps page gives a layout of each floor.

Remember, librarians are here to help! Contact us anytime and ask us anything!

Database changes
We have acquired some new databases and made changes to others:

    • ATLA Religion
      Provides indexing and articles from religion and theology journals.
    • JSTOR e-Books
      We have purchased over 200 ebook titles for JSTOR and 3,000 more open access ebooks have been added, which appear in the catalog under relevant searches or when searching within the JSTOR database– JSTOR search results will now include a mix of both articles and book chapters. These ebooks cover topics of education, film studies, language and literature, political science, and religion. All JSTOR ebooks are DRM free, and each book chapter can be downloaded as a PDF.
    • Providence Journal Online edition
      Daily newspaper from Providence, Rhode Island. 1829-current. Includes page image edition for recent issues (new).
    • Statista
      Includes a range of statistics and reports related to marketing and business. Provides consumer outlook surveys, industry reports, country reports, market studies, and company information.
    • University Reporter (Mediamark)
      Provides statistical information from the Survey of the American Consumer database, compiled from 25,000 consumer interviews each year, capturing extensive data on media use, product purchase, and attitudes and beliefs. Useful for business, marketing, and media research.
      Note: This database requires an individual account and registration code. For new users, please obtain the registration code from your professor or call the Info Desk at 401-341-2289 to obtain the registration code, which is available to Salve students, faculty, and staff only.
    • We now have mediated access to videos in the Kanopy database. Kanopy videos that we have previously purchased will be available directly within Kanopy to view, and they will be available for one year from the date of purchase. Attempts to access other Kanopy videos, which we have not yet purchased, will bring users to a request form. Faculty can complete the request form to ask that we purchase a Kanopy video for use by their class. Purchase requests will go to the liaison librarian for evaluation, and may take a few days to be activated. Each Kanopy video costs $120 for one year of access. Please also consider the many videos available in Films on Demand or in our large DVD collection.

    Find these databases as well as over 140 others covering a variety of topics on our database page; you can also access the full database list by clicking on the “Databases” button from the library home page.

    Study Rooms

    Need group study space? The library has four study rooms (one on the 2nd FL and three on the 3rd FL). Most rooms have large tables with moveable chairs, desktop computer(s), a whiteboard and additional technology such as large screen displays to connect your laptop or mobile devices.
    Reserve any study room online any time with any device! For a full list of what’s in each study room, see our study room page.

    You Asked – We Did It!
    By popular demand via comments on our annual survey, we have made the following improvements/changes this summer:

  • a) installed sound machines on the 3rd Fl to mask noises such as keyboard tapping;
    b) we have purchased sound dampening tiles for the 3rd FL study rooms printed with photos from the Archives (these will be installed soon);
    c) we have added more plants around the library;
    d) added bean bag seating options for the 2nd FL;
  • Enjoy! Feel free to leave write-in comments/feedback on these changes (or suggest others) at the comment boxes located near the printers on each floor.Library Lessons WorkshopsLibraryLessons_Fall2016“Library Lessons” is a series of workshops led by librarians to assist you with various aspects of research such as navigating the online catalog, citing sources, searching databases and more (click for full list of workshop topics). Registration is required. Register by emailing [email protected] and let us know which workshop(s) you are interested in. Hint: grab a group of classmates and friends and register together!

    Visit our Makerspace
    Need to make a poster or collage? Or perhaps a swanky button? Or just need a fun distraction from all that studying (whew!)? Come to the Makerspace (Library 2nd FL)! We offer free supplies like pipe cleaners, colored paper, crayons and more, as well as a button maker, CriCut machine and laminator (bring your own laminating sheets please).

    We also offer free craft workshops in the Makerspace starting in October on the 1st Sunday of every month at 3:30 pm (no registration required and materials are provided). Information on each craft will be posted as the date approaches.

    Computers & Technology
    See the Computers & Technology page for the full list of technology available in the library, including software on public computers (PCs and Macs), technology in the study rooms and items for check-out. The Media Services department in User Support Services also loans equipment such as video cameras, microphone headsets and more. Click for a full list (Ground Level of the library).

    Fun Collections
    Did you know we have a whole browsing area of popular books? It’s a great way to discover books for fun reading. Also check out our vast collection of films on DVD! Both areas are located on the 1st FL, East Wing (to the left side as you enter the front doors).


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