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by Samantha Higgins | April 29, 2015

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All of us know about going to the library to print our papers for classes or work with study groups before a big exam. Some students take advantage of additional services, like the CLR tutoring or the quiet study floor to get through their semester. But there tends to be two groups of students that attend the University of New Haven—students who always go to the library and utilize the library’s resources and students that never go.

The librarians know that it can be overwhelming trying to understand everything about databases and the resources that are available to them; they want students to know that they are there to point them in the best possible direction, so students should never hesitate to ask for help. The librarians are all there to teach the students how to find the resources “that they don’t know they need.”

The library has resources available of which even some of those students who frequent it most are unaware. Students have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one research appointment by calling or emailing the librarians and then have the chance to work with a librarian and have individualized attention on how to research, what that particular assignment might require, and what skills and techniques to use acquire all the information you’re looking for.

Most students rely solely on Google when they are conducting their research for their classes, and very few students attend the library workshops where they’d have the opportunity to learn new skills.

At these workshops, students would also learn that only 20 percent of information is on Google! So databases are extremely important to a well-researched assignment. Students need databases to get through college and workshops, librarians and one-on-one appointments are only a few of the opportunities available to help learn the skills required to navigate through them.

Blackboard is also a great resource tool for students to connect with librarians at any time from their dorms, home or anywhere else on campus. Blackboard has an “ask a librarian” discussion board available to students in classes where professors have made fit.

The library has a plethora of resources available to students, so if you can’t find what you need, or if you are having a hard time, or even if you have an idea but want to make sure you are going down the right path—ask. They want you to ask. They are there to ensure that you are learning and finding all the information that you need so don’t hesitate to ensure that you are.

Perfect For Studying

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Francesca Fontanez

This past summer, the University of New Haven’s Peterson Library underwent some much needed renovations.

Before library renovations  (Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

Before library renovations
(Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

Once viewed as “outdated” and “drab,” the library is now a modern, extremely accommodating location.

“Students that came back from last year were amazed at how different it looks!” said Dean Bergstrom, the university’s Access Services Supervisor, in regards to the renovations.

The library’s makeover included freshly painted walls, a clean, carpeted floor and a shiny new University of New Haven seal. Not only does the library have an updated look, but also updated technology.

The lower level is specifically designed to accommodate all media with new, longer tables with electrics outlets, making modern group study easy.

“I’ve only started working here this summer, but from what I’ve heard, these renovations have been a great improvement!” said Bergstrom. “The new layout is more conducive to successful studying.”

After of library renovations  (Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

After of library renovations
(Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

If all of the above mentioned is not enough to entice one to explore the newly renovated Peterson Library, then perhaps noting this rumor about campus will do it for you; the new chairs are “super comfy.”

It’s time for the Holidays; wouldn’t you like to know more about them?

by The Charger Bulletin | December 5, 2013

By Andrea Sicari, Information Literacy Librarian, Marvin K. Peterson Library

By now, you probably have noticed the recent chill in the air and the scent of wood burning in fireplaces. And whether you are ready to admit it or not, the semester is almost over and the holiday season has already started. You are probably aware of the most widely celebrated holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, but have you ever wondered what other holidays are celebrated this time of year? Or why certain holidays are important to different people?

If so, you can use the various library resources to help you find out more! You can use a database such as Country Watch to find out more about the culture of different countries. Or another database, CREDO Reference to find basic information about the traditions of a holiday. If you wanted to learn more about it, you could use Academic Search Premier or JSTOR to find magazine and journal articles about it or a newspaper database such as News Source Plus to see what is being written about it in the news. Searching in SocIndex or PsychInfo will lead to information on why celebrating holidays is important to us as humans. The easiest way to access these specific databases is to select the link for “databases” on the library homepage, and then choose the link for the A-Z Listing of Databases.

For example, let’s say you have a friend from Canada and they mentioned that they celebrate Boxing Day. To find out more you could start your search in the CREDO Reference database. If you search for “Boxing Day” and read the article in the “Holidays, Festival, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary”, you find out that this holiday is celebrated on December 26 and that Australia, Britain and South Africa are some of the other countries that celebrate it. You also find out that it was started as a day that aristocrats gave money to their servants and tradespeople to show their appreciation for their services. If you wanted to find out more and searched for “Boxing Day” in News Source Plus you would find the article “Lingering mystery of Boxing Day, even among British expats” published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 12.26.12 in which the author tries to find out how long it has been a holiday. He finds out that it is thought to go back to the Middle Ages, but that Queen Victoria proclaimed it an official holiday in the mid-19th century. He also explains that many people that celebrate it don’t really know its origins, and it is thought to be a day where people watch soccer and go shopping. If you wanted to explore more about why holidays are important, you might search in SocIndex for “significance of holidays” and read the journal article, “Toward a Theory of Public Ritual” written by Amitai Etzoni, to help understand why holidays are important to us as a society.

If you have any questions on how to search for information about holidays or for your course assignments, please stop by the Library’s Information Desk, call the Information Desk at (203) 932-7189, or email us at and a Librarian will be more than happy to assist you. Good luck with you final papers and exams.


The Importance of an Original Court Case for your Research

by The Charger Bulletin | April 17, 2013


As the semester is drawing down, we (the librarians at the library information desk) are getting a lot of questions from Criminal Justice and Forensic Science students regarding specific people, cases, and/or crimes. Many students are trying to find research for a paper that is due at the end of the semester, but can’t find the resources they need. For example, imagine a student needed information on the “No Name Gang”, and specifically a piece of evidence such as broken window at the crime scene that was used against the defendants to convict them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this group, the characters in the movie “The Town” were based off these criminals. This gang, which consisted of five members, led by Anthony Shea, was known for robberies, assaults, and murders throughout several states on the east coast. Criminal Justice specific databases such as ProQuest’s Criminal Justice Periodicals or and Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full-Text can be great sources of information, but in this particular case, no information was available in either database. When researching a criminal or a crime, the best resource is typically the original court case itself, if it is published. In situations such as this, an actual court case can be a great source when looking for information about the evidence, crime, or the trial. Each case will contain factual information about the evidence presented, the defense of the accused, the verdict, the ordered sentences, the full legal history of the case, as well as other cases involving the defendant(s).

The best way to look up a specific court case through the UNH library is through the database, “Campus Research Powered by Westlaw.” To access this database from the library homepage, on the left side select the link for “databases.” From the next page, select “Subject Listing,” which will break down all the databases based on the content of the material inside. Once inside, scroll down to either the Criminal Justice/Forensic Science/National Security Section, or the Legal section; Campus Research Powered by Westlaw will be listed. After entering the database, there are two tabs at the top left of the page, News & Business or Law. Select the tab for Law. Once on the Law page, the database of cases will be searched based on the terms or name that have been entered. After entering the search terms, select the type of case you would like to look up; Supreme Court, Federal, All State, a Specific State, or all of them.

In this case, “Anthony Shea,” can be entered as the search term (using quotation marks so it searches for the full name instead of each word individually), and Federal Cases checked from the list, since we knew that the FBI had arrested the crew. The case, U.S. v. Shea (957 F.Supp. 331) appears in the search results list and all the needed information regarding evidence in the case was found in the document in a few minutes. It is easy to find once you know where to look.

If you have any questions on how to search for court cases, please stop by the Library’s Information Desk, call the Information Desk at (203) 932-7189, or email us at and a Librarian will be more than happy to assist you. Good luck with your final papers and exams.


Overcrowded, Cramped, and Insufficient Library

by The Charger Bulletin | April 10, 2013


There is a monstrous library building in center of university of New Haven campus which is known as the Marvin K. Peterson Library. The library building has been designed total three levels as lower, entry, and upper level. As we know, CLR room is lower level, lounge area, charger café, computers, information desk, and group study rooms are entry level, and quiet study floor is in upper level. However, we use the library too cramped and crowded. Also, there are not enough computers for us there. Therefore, they must extend to the library or construct new library as soon as possible.

There are reasons to improve the library so are as follows. First of all, our library is too cramped and uncomfortable. Judging the structural characteristics of the building, the entry level is the biggest problem. The most crowded places among the three levels, definitely, where is the entry-level. Only three couches in the lounge area, I’m ashamed lounge called there. Tea or coffee brewing sounds and smells coming from the Charger Café, it used to be the biggest obstacle when I concentrate on studying. Not sure why there cubicles separated by independent, I still do not understand. Another ironic problem is that there is no restroom in the entry level. Can you imagine that? No restroom on the floor of entry level, in spite of where is most crowded level. The restrooms in the lower level, it is really a tight squeeze to use 6,000 UNH students. I’m not talk about five-star hotel’s restroom. We just need more room and toilets. That’s all.

The second reason, they don’t think the supply and demand law. According to UNH library website, there are 52 Computers with Microsoft Office Suite, not even 10 Mac PCs, 4 black and white printers, one color printer, two scanners, and so on. Do you know how many students attending this school currently? As mentioned above, the answer is that at least 6,000 students, which number are included undergraduate and graduate student, are here. I know that they used to rent laptops to student in order to supplement the lack of desktop. Indeed, Can they able to meet demand as much of 6,000 as the supply of this? Using the floor of entry level most of the students use the computers and printers there. We used to check email and black board, reading E-book, to obtain the necessary data from the library server, printing documents, and scanning through the computers in the entry level. For this reason, every afternoon around 3 to 6 pm, there is super crowded such as pandemonium. If you aren’t lucky, you have to stand in line for an hour to use the computer with a carrying heavy bag. Forget that comfortable waiting in the lounge, as mentioned above, there are just three couches.

The last reason, everything is threadbare that desks, chairs, interior, exterior, carpet, and even the staplers on the information desk. I talked about the physical capacity of the library in the second reason. On the other hand, I would like to point out poor facilities there. I don’t know exactly when they remodeled the library, but everything there seems antiquated. The few printers often break down easily and the Chairs in the lower and upper level are not suitable for a long period time to sit and study. Other old facilities can easily be founded such as soiled carpet and chair seats, old fashion desktops, and super noisy printers, dim lighting, and so on. Near around here, Quinnipiac University, there are two large libraries where size of 48,000 square feet each. There’s ergonomic design, the latest equipment, and modern interior. Whereas we pay similar tuitions, their environment with facilities are significantly better than ours.

I like that time on whenever I’m on my way to the library. I used to do lots of things in the place that homework, printing, scanning, obtaining the necessary materials, and meeting with classmates or teammates. This is the role of the library like we think. They should require the profound interest and investment in order to perform this role perfectly. We need a pleasant and more spacious library as soon as possible.

UNH Joins WeatherBug Schools Network to Provide Live, Local Weather Conditions and Enhance Student Education

by The Charger Bulletin | February 27, 2013

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. —The University of New Haven has joined WeatherBug Schools Program (, the leading provider of consumer and professional weather products and services and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network.

UNH has installed a new WeatherBug weather station on the roof of its Marvin K. Peterson Library. It includes a high-definition camera, lightning sensor and web-based educational software tools. The station is able to provide weather data that UNH will use to prepare and react to weather events.

“The weather has been increasingly challenging to deal with,” said Ronald Quagliani, associate vice president of public safety and administrative services. “This system will give us information early on that will help us to be more prepared for weather events. And when lightning is predicted in our area, an immediate, automated warning will notify athletic teams and others ahead of time.”

The weather station will also be used to enhance the science, technology and math curriculum using the WeatherBug Achieve program. Students and faculty in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, for instance, will use the real-time data provided by the weather station in classes dealing with statistical trend analysis and forecasting, said Dean Ronald Harichandran. He said they will also use the information to study renewable energy generation using wind power.

“WeatherBug is pleased to welcome UNH to the WeatherBug Schools Program,” said Frank McCathran, director of WeatherBug Education.

To view the UNH WeatherBug site, go to:

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24-Hour Library on the Horizon

by Isaak Kifle | September 19, 2012

Overlooking the Maxcy quad is the Marvin K. Peterson Library, the library of the University of New Haven. Named after a former president of the university, the library not only serves as an ideal place to study or do homework, but its extensive database collection has just about any book or reference item one may need for class.

Beginning right after fall break on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the library will open at 7 a.m. and continue to be open on a 24/7 basis for the remainder of the fall semester, with the exception of Thanksgiving break.

Students can enjoy a beautiful view of the Maxcy quad from the library café as well as receive free tutoring services from the Center for Learning Resources (CLR) located on the bottom floor.

A distinguishing feature of the Peterson Library among the places on campus has always been the hours. Students, faculty and staff could utilize the library and its many services before the earliest classes of the day started and long after the latest classes ended.

Currently, the library is open an incredible 109 hours a week for use by members of the university community. The Peterson Library’s current fall 2012 hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.(midnight), Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight).

Even so, there has been popular demand for expanding the library’s hours for a number of years now. Many students who may not have regular access to a computer, printer or quiet area to study in may need those services after midnight or earlier than available on the weekends. The idea of keeping the library open 24 hours a day began as early as 2009, and in the fall of 2010, the Academics Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) held a petition for the idea. While the petition received a lot of support from students, the Peterson Library lacked the funding to go ahead with the idea, so it had to be put aside.

In the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters, the idea of a 24-hour library was tested for finals week. From Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, to Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, and then again from Monday, April 30, 2012, to Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the Peterson Library remained open for university students, faculty and staff on a 24-hour basis, although services such as borrowing books and reserving group study rooms were unavailable past regular hours.

The popularity of the library after hours was apparent during these two weeks and now, thanks to an increase in funding, the Marvin K. Peterson Library will soon be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for the semester!

“This is something that the students wanted and this is what they asked for,” adds Hanko Dobi, University Librarian. “Here in the library, we try to serve the students and the administration wants to give students a positive experience as well”. Beginning right after fall break on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the library will open at 7 a.m. and continue to be open on a 24/7 basis for the remainder of the fall semester, with the exception of Thanksgiving break.

Due to library staff leaving at the end of the day, many library services will still be unavailable after midnight. Still, students, faculty and staff can use the computers, printers and copiers all hours of the day.

Furthermore, security will be present in the library after hours, and entry will require a valid UNH ID. A 24-hour library has been an idea long in the making and its establishment is another testament to the growth of the university and the dedication of its staff to continue to serve the increasing student body.

“There are plans to continue these hours in the spring,” concludes Dobi.

UNH Remembers 9/11

by Ana Abraham | September 19, 2012

Every year since the nation was changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001, UNH has held a remembrance ceremony to honor not only the lives lost on that day, but also those left behind.

This year’s ceremony was held at on the morning of the anniversary in front of the Marvin K. Peterson Library. Students, faculty and staff (some dressed in the uniforms of the Armed Services), various fire or emergency medical services (some in business clothes and some just coming from class), were presented with an American flag upon arrival.

Undergraduate Student Government Association President Patrick Kelland opened with remarks about how the tragedies of 11 years ago have since affected some of his experiences at UNH, and how he suspected many of his fellow students have been motivated by them as well.

UNH ROTC Cadets John Harness, Paul Emmi, Victoria Rossi and Michael Heddy led a Presentation of the Colors, and then USGA Vice President Chris Drobinske led the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Every year since then, we’ve come together as a community to mark this day,” said Campus Minister Martin O’Connor. In 2001, students, staff and faculty made their way to the Bixler/Botwinik Quad at dusk to hold a candlelight vigil. “This campus…was in shock.”

The events of each year’s ceremony are at the discretion of the USGA president to plan.

The Sergeant at Arms of UNH’s Psi Omega chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, Connor Johnson, stood to give comments on law enforcement. He spoke of those who “responded to the call” on that fateful day, and the families of the law enforcement personnel, as well as all families who lost so much and are still suffering.

Fire Science Club President Adam Torrant gave his comments on fire service. He said that 343 members of the New York Fire Department died that day, but in the aftermath, “the nation as a whole grew strong in the face of tragedy.”

EMS Club President Scott McGuire spoke of the first responders who served in the damage caused by the attacks, and asked that they not be forgotten. He challenged those in attendance to go and look up one person who made the ultimate sacrifice and to learn from them.

Last to speak was Student Coordinator of Veteran Services Brian Smith. Although the theme of all the speeches was to always remember the victims of 9/11, especially those in uniform and their families, Brian Smith’s was a little more personal.

“Never forget me,” he asked of the audience. “Never forget my peers…the veterans here at UNH.” He spoke of all the Americans who went to recruitment centers after the attacks and also of those who continue to serve the cause of freedom.

After a closing prayer by Martin O’Connor, the presenters placed bouquets of flowers under the half-mast American flag behind the podium. The audience then moved to the 9/11 Memorial Tree between Botwinik Hall and the Bartels Student Activities Center.

Everyone placed the American flags they had been presented with earlier in the ground around the tree, surrounding a plaque emblazoned with the words “Lest We Forget.”

What types of information can you find in books?

by The Charger Bulletin | April 25, 2012



At some point in your life you have probably walked into a library and said, “I need a book about ___”.  But, did you know that there are different types of books and that each may contain specialized information?

How, then, do you know what source or format contains the information you are looking for? Well, to figure this out, you need to learn a little bit about how information is organized and distributed in libraries. In this article, I will introduce you to the types of information you are most likely to find in different types of books and how to choose the right type of book to search in.

Why books? Books have been the preferred method for the distribution of information since 1436, when the Guttenberg Printing Press made it possible to quickly and economically print and distribute books to those who were interested in reading. As more books were produced, it became necessary to organize the information in them so that others could find it more easily. As part of this organization effort, books became more specialized and libraries were created to store, distribute and help people find the information within these books. This is the reason that you have to know which type of book is most likely to have the type of information you are looking for.

Let’s use the example of forensic science to find out what type of book you would go to depending on the question you had.  Let’s say you were exploring the topic of “forensic science” and you didn’t know anything about it. The very first thing you would to do is find a definition of what it is. The best place to look for this is in reference books as they contain factual collections of information. The type of reference book you would use is a dictionary. Dictionaries contain definitions of words that are arranged alphabetically. After you have searched the UNH Catalog and located the Webster’s Dictionary on the shelf by the Reference Desk, you find that the definition of forensic science is “the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems including the analysis of physical evidence from a crime scene”.

Next, you realize you wanted to find out more about the field of “forensic science”. To do this, you would need to look in a different type of reference book called an encyclopedia, as this type of book has articles that summarize many different topics. After reading the entry in the encyclopedia, you decide you would really like to learn more about the field of forensic archaeology. To do this, first you would use a subject specific encyclopedia, such as the Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. Then, if you wanted to find chapter articles or books that were written about this field you would search the UNH-Catalog.

As you can see, there are many types of books that you might need to find different types of information. Recently many of these books are also published in an electronic format so that the information can be accessed without physically coming to the library.  We will discuss electronic books and how to use them in another article.  And don’t forget, you can always contact a librarian through via email:, by phone 203.932.7189 or in person at the Reference Desk during all hours of operation for any additional questions you may have about using books or completing research.

The Hidden Wellington Wang Collection

by Brandon T. Bisceglia | February 29, 2012

If you’ve ever walked into the Marvin K. Peterson Library at UNH, you’ve probably noticed a set of glass display cases with shelves of

Many of the interesting stones donated over the past few years by collector Wellington Wang to UNH are packed away on shelves in a storage room in the library. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRANDON T. BISGEGLIA

strange-looking rocks prominently displayed along one wall. If you’ve taken the time to look inside those cases, you probably know that the rocks are part of a collection donated to UNH by the famous Chinese collector Wellington Tu Wang.

What you may not have realized, though, is that UNH’s Wellington Wang collection comprises many, many more pieces than the ones on display.  Some of the pieces are scattered throughout campus, on the desks of administrators and staff members. But the vast majority is tucked away in a locked storage room on the upper floor of the library. A number of them are still in boxes or bubble-wrap.

UNH actually has two collections from Wang, explains Director of University Special Events Jill Zamparo. The first, donated in 2009 when Wang was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from UNH, is called the “Scholar’s Rocks” collection, and contains 115 stones that were originally from China, but were scattered around Europe and North America after Mao Zedong’s “Cultural Revolution” in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The other collection is made up of soapstone carvings ranging from the sixth century to the twentieth century. Soapstone, also known as steatite, is a metamorphic rock composed mainly of talc, making it easy to carve. Soapstone carvings from China’s Fujian Province have been prized for well over a thousand years. That collection was donated to UNH in 2011.

Zamparo has become the de facto curator of the collections since the recent departure of former Seton Gallery director Kerry O’Grady. She keeps records of the collections, including a listing of where the various pieces are located.

After Wang gave the collections to UNH, Zamparo says she could not find places to put them all. “I chose the ones to display in the library based on whether they would fit on the shelves,” she says, laughing. Many of the Scholar’s Rocks were much too large. Indeed, one piece sitting in its box in the storage room is listed as being 66 centimeters – more than two feet – tall

Some administrators offered to keep pieces they liked from the collections in their own quarters. A portion ended up in President Steven H. Kaplan’s office, where they line the shelves or sit on stands on the floor. A few, including a gigantic bloodstone, are located in Associate Vice President of the Institute of Forensic Science Henry C. Lee’s office. A few of the stones are in Zamparo’s own office, arranged on a plate lined with faux lettuce to resemble a meal of meat and potatoes.

Zamparo says that she and Kaplan would like to eventually display the collections in multiple locations on campus, but they worry about the stones being mishandled, broken, or stolen. They would have to install glass cases with locks first.

In the meantime, the pieces remain in the darkened storage room, waiting for the day when a new generation of people can once again enjoy their ancient and intricate beauty.

Jill Zamparo gave The Charger Bulletin special access to the pieces from the Wellington Wang collection. See pictures from the “hidden” collection, including some that you can’t see anywhere else below!

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