By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate
I started watching Doctor Who in 2006 when it was recommended to me by a friend. The show was fun, epic, silly, and heartbreaking. A Time Lord traveling through space and time with a human companion on life threatening adventures makes for great television. I could not believe I had never seen the series in its previous incarnations. I grew up in a household with a parent who devoured science fiction books, television, and movies. We watched Star Trek (Next Generation, Deep Space 9, andVoyager), X-Files, Red Dwarf, and almost anything else with a hint of science fiction. Being a sci-fi fan, I wondered how I could have missed such an amazing show.
Thankfully, the library has some wonderful books about the series to help explaining the fandom from critical essays to works about its relevance in popular culture. Even if you have no clue what TARDIS1 means, or why a plunger wielding robot can be scary, these books are wonderful assets to help understand the great love people have for Doctor Who as it nears its 50th anniversary in 2013.
If Doctor Who is not your thing, but science fiction is, the library has many other titles to whet your appetite:
Who is your favorite Doctor or science fiction series?
1. Time and Relative Dimension in Space
By Marcia Lee
Some tips on preparing & studying for exams:
- Be an ACTIVE learner, not a passive one! This means the more you manipulate, write down & re-write down key ideas while you are studying, the more likely you will be to remember them.
- Begin by reading through your notes a couple of times, while highlighting vocabulary, topics & subtopics.
- Remember to work from concept to detail, not the other way around. This may mean you will need to outline your notes initially & break things down a bit.
- Make charts, diagrams and graphs.
- Make lists.
- Use flash cards – these are always helpful with concepts & vocabulary words.
- Do not wait until the night before to begin studying!
On exam day:
- Prepare a few notes the night before, so you can glance at key concepts you want to be refreshed of before the exam – Do not try to “cram” a whole lot into your brain right before; it won’t work.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Remember to bring necessary writing utensils & materials to the test.
If you need help studying or need a place to study remember we have extended EXAM CRAM hours, until midnight on December 11th, 12th & 13th! Come on over to the library to get free snacks & tutoring help!
By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate
This year, December 7th marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which sent the United States into World War II. Check out the references in both links for great information! There are so many excellent resources about the attack ranging from military and social history to Hollywood movies that I am only able to list a select few:
We do not have these movies, but Tora! Tora! Tora!, From Here To Eternity, and Pearl Harbor are Hollywood depictions of the attack. The movies can be requested through MeLCat clicking on the links above or via InterLibrary Loan.
In addition, there is The National Archives‘ Prologue magazine, which has an amazing piece from 2001 about the development of the famous Franklin Roosevelt speech.
On campus, the library has the following materials available about Pearl Harbor and World War II:
- A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory, written in 2003 about the changing interpretations of the Pearl Harbor attack in history.
- Attack on Pearl Harbor, a video, created by the BBC in 2009, can be streamed through our website.
- Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese-American Incarceration, written 2009, is a photographic history of the concentration camps for Japanese-American during the war.
- Pearl Harbor, created by A&E in 2004, discusses the technology of the attack used by the Japanese and Americans.
- Reflections of Pearl Harbor: An Oral History of December 7th, 1941 is book from 2005 giving the personal perspective of the attack.
- The Road to Pearl Harbor: The Coming of the War Between the United States and Japan, was written in 1950 and has a perspective that is difficult to comprehend seventy years later.
We hope everyone is having a wonderful end to the semester and are looking forward to the break! Here are the holiday hours for the library from exams until winter semester!
December 17 and 18 (weekend after exams): Closed
December 19 – 22: Open 8AM – 5PM
December 23 – January 2: Closed
January 3 – 6: Open 8AM – 5PM
January 7 and 8: open normal weekend hours