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Researching PotterDid you read in the GW Hatchet article about the Researching Potter workshop and wish you had attended?  Read below for some information from librarian Tolonda Henderson about Harry Potter Studies and her tips for getting started researching popular culture.


One of the most basic ways we organize books is by fiction and non-fiction. My detective novels and sci-fi fantasy books live across my apartment from my textbooks from college and graduate school. The few pieces of fiction I have mixed in with the academic books are what most people would call Literature (with a capital L), and beloved books from childhood are kept in an entirely different room. The clarity of these distinctions, however, is slowly being turned on its head for me as I find myself wading deeper and deeper into the world of Harry Potter Studies.
I’ll take a moment to let that sink in.

Yes, I said Harry Potter Studies. On my desk here at work sit seven books for which the New York Times Book Review created a children’s best seller list. I keep the series within arm’s reach so I can refer to them as I research, for example, what the magical properties of photographs and portraits can tell us about our screen-oriented contemporary visual culture. This past February I gave a paper on the library at Hogwarts at a conference with a Harry Potter Studies Section. Next month, I will be giving a paper at the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia It is entirely likely that my first scholarly publication will be about the world inhabited by The Boy Who Lived.

Would you like to add some Hogwarts to your academic experience?  Here are some tips.

  • Use multiple keywords when searching the catalog. If you just search for Harry Potter, you will get screen after screen of the Consortium’s holdings of the actual books and movies. Searching for “harry potter AND international relations” or “harry potter AND psychology” will return a much more focused list of results.
  • When searching a specialized database such as MLA International Bibliography, DO NOT limit your results to full text. Doing so would prevent you from learning about chapters in edited volumes. There are many such edited volumes on Harry Potter, but there are also individual chapters in volumes on other topics.
  • Pay attention to the date of publication. Scholars started writing about Harry Potter before the series was complete; depending on your topic, this can make a big difference. Articles or book chapters about Hogwarts as a school will be very different if they were written before the introduction of Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix than if they were written afterwards.

Please feel free to contact me directly. I am considering branching out in Popular Culture Studies to projects on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Hunger Games, or the Divergent series. I would be happy to talk to you about any of my projects or, more importantly, about yours.

Tolonda Henderson
Instruction and Reference Librarian
Gelman Library
tolonda@gwu.edu

Happy Birthday Eckles!Eckles Library Birthday Party
Thursday, September 18th
4-6pm

On September 18, 1987, Eckles Library was dedicated on the Mount Vernon Campus. Stop by Eckles on Thursday from 4-6pm for cake, candy, and prizes to celebrate 27 great years serving students and being awesome!  You can learn more about the "jewel of the Mount Vernon Campus" and what makes so many people want to spread the #EcklesLove! Bring your own cup for free coffee all day as a special birthday treat.

 The American & Italian Film industries: A panel discussion

Monday, September 22
6:30pm
Gelman, Room 702

The Italian Film SUDestival comes to GW with a panel discussion on comparison between Italian and American cinema industry with American film critics, scholars and exhibit curators.  Italian filmmakers Fabio Mollo (The South is Nothing), Gabriele Cecconi (The Seminarian),  and Giuseppe Gigliorosso (At Precisely Six O’clock) will talk about their films & experience as emergent directors.

Film screenings will take place at West End Cinema from September 23-25.  

Researching Potter

​Researching Potter
Tuesday, September 16
4-5pm
Gelman Library, Room 219

They say you should write research papers on things that really interest you, so why not write about The Boy Who Lived? Come for a conversation about Harry Potter Studies (yes! that's a thing!) and how to convince your professors to let you bring Hogwarts into your academic projects.

This workshop is presented by librarian Tolonda Henderson, who has presented at academic conferences on Harry Potter and libraries.

GW Libraries Recognized for Exemplary ProgramGW Libraries have been recognized by the Association of College & Research Libraries as an "Exemplary Program" for "Information Literacy Best Practices" in the category of "Collaboration."  This honor acknowledges the libraries' innovative work with the University Writing Program and the great results of that collaboration for GW students.  Read more about about this award on the "Exemplary Programs" website.

ACRL Model Program Badge

Gelman Library Technology Equipped Study RoomReservable group study rooms offer a private, enclosed atmosphere for group study and projects. GW students may reserve these rooms through our Study Room Reservation System. If not reserved, they are available to GW groups of two or more on a first come, first served basis.  Reservable study rooms are available on Gelman floors 2-6.  Rooms on floors 2 & 3 are equipped with large display screens to share work.  

Study Room Policies:

  • Rooms are available for groups of two or more GW students on a first come, first served basis.
  • Reservations may be placed up to two weeks in advance.
  • A student may place up to two hours of reservations each day.

Student Liaison Ronella RosenbergRonella Rosenberg
GW Libraries 2014-2015 Student Liaison

B.A. Speech and Hearing Candidate, 2015

email: Ronella5@gwu.edu
office: Gelman Library, Room 220 (beside The Writing Center)
office hours: Sundays from 9-10pm

The Student Liaison helps to keep the library connected to student library users.  Ronella is here for you when you have complaints, concerns, or questions.  Email her at Ronella5@gwu.edu or drop by her office on Sunday nights between 9-10pm.

 

GW Libraries Closed for Lab DayGelman, Eckles and VS&TC Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday.

Gelman will close at 11pm on Sunday, Aug. 31 and reopen at 7am on Tuesday, Sept. 2. No 24-hour access is available during this time.  Eckles & VS&TCL will maintain regular hours on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Click here to view scheduled hours for Gelman, Eckles and VS&TCL.

 

The Corcoran School of the Arts & DesignAs part of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s integration with the George Washington University, the collections of the Corcoran College Library will relocate to GW’s Gelman Library.  This collection will be kept together on the 1st floor of Gelman rather than integrated with GW’s general collections.

Patrons should expect some disruption to the Gelman Library 1st floor between August 20-August 31 as 40,000+ library items are delivered to the building, unpacked, and loaded onto shelves.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause patrons. The GW Libraries staff is working to minimize both the time that the Corcoran collection is unavailable and the disruption to library patrons in both locations.  The Art & Design Collection from the Cororan will be available for use beginning Tuesday, September 2 and accessible during normal Gelman Library hours.

Rare or fragile works will be managed in the Special Collections Research Center on Gelman’s 7th floor where they can be maintained in a controlled environment to support their longer term preservation.   

Hey Corcoran!  Meet GW Libraries.Hey Corcoran! Meet GW Libraries
Tuesday, August 26 at 3:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 302

New students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design are invited to a special orientation to the GW Libraries. Get to know the collections, technology and services available to you at the GW Libraries.  Find out how to access research help, how to reserve a study room and see our awesome Multimedia Lab.

Stick around for burgers, hot dogs, and some knowledge at Librarypalooza, a casual cookout in Kogan Plaza from 4-6pm.

 

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