Virtual Library Orientation – This Week and 9/17

Virtual LibFest Fall 2020

This week we begin our virtual “LibFest,” or library festival orientation! Throughout the week, we will post on our social media platforms information and images introducing you to the HC Libraries, our services and collections, and related campus departments.

Follow along via our social media platforms-

  • Facebook:
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  • Be sure to join us for our live Zoom library orientation on Thursday, September 17, at 12 pm, or 12:30 pm. Both orientation sessions will cover the same information. These sessions will be open to all current Holy Cross students.

    These sessions will be recorded and made publicly available after the event.  We hope to see you there!

    Help Transcribe Anti-Slavery Manuscripts

    Virtual Transcribathon Anti-Slavery Manuscripts August 11, 3-5 pm, Zoom

    Join the Holy Cross Libraries to virtually transcribe digital scans of handwritten documents written by 19th century anti-slavery activists. This collection of documents is hosted by the Boston Public Library. Read more about the manuscript collection and the transcription project here:

    This virtual event will be Tuesday, August 11, from 3 – 5 pm EST.

    We will gather together on Zoom We will create the transcriptions in the Zooniverse platform. Sign up for a Zooniverse account and get familiar with the platform here:

    This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Outreach Librarian Laura Wilson

    We hope to see you there!

    MONT prize winners, Parnassus, & Journal of Global Catholicism

    Journal of Global Catholicism Cover Summer 2020.  Catholic Pilgrimage and the politics and pragmatics of place-making in Eastern Europe.

    We are excited to announce several new additions to our collections in CrossWorks:

    The inaugural winners of the Montserrat Annual Writing Prize competition papers topics include Restorative Justice, Utopia and Moose-Men. Read them here:

    Check out the Classical musings and photography of our students in the newest issue of Parnassus:

    Finally, the Journal of Global Catholicism’s latest issue examines pilgrimages and place in Eastern Europe:

    Find and Display Census Data with Social Explorer

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    Access to the “Social Explorer” database has been restored.

    Social Explorer is an online data reference tool for the United States. It unlocks 220 years of U.S. Census data and makes them available in an easy to use fashion with data visualization, reporting and downloads.

    You can find Social Explorer in the “Research Databases” list on our homepage, or directly via this link:

    Library Services Closed July 11 – 19

    The Dinand, Science, and Music Libraries will be closed from Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 19. In-person materials pick-up for faculty, and virtual services such as PRS and online chat with a HC librarian will be unavailable during this time.

    Access to online materials such as databases and e-books will still be available. Virtual services and faculty materials pick-up will resume on Monday, July 20.

    If you need immediate assistance during that time, please visit our research help chat service at to speak with a librarian from another institution.

    For further information about library services, please visit:

    Library Services July 3 – 5

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    In celebration of Independence Day, all library services will be closed from Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5. Our services will resume Monday, July 6th. For more information about the services that we are offering during this time, visit the “Remote Research” guide:

    Online resources will still be available via the library’s homepage:

    Drop-In Virtual Citation Help Begins 7/2

    red robot with hands in the air and a frustrated look.  Citation Frustration?  Let us help.  APA, Chicago, MLA, ASA.

    Drop-in virtual citation help for the summer session will begin on Thursday, July 2nd. We can help you cite any source in any citation style.

    Drop-in via Zoom – a Holy Cross email address will be required to access the session:

    Thursday, July 2: 1-3 pm
    Monday, July 6: 4-6 pm
    Wednesday, July 8: 4-6 pm

    If you would like to schedule a one-on-one virtual appointment with a librarian, you can do so via the online calendar:

    Anti-Racism Resource Guide

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    We have a new resource guide for anti-racism. Organized by the themes of “engage,” “discover,” and “learn,” it covers topics including bias and discrimination, systemic racism / history of racism, white privilege and white fragility, race, law enforcement and prisons, and activism. Resources include websites, links to ebooks, streaming videos, and more. Thank you to the various campus offices that collaborated with us to create this resource, particularly the Chaplains’ Office.

    If there are any appropriate resources that should be added to this guide, please let us know.

    Update: CrossSearch and EBSCO databases now available

    Update: Access to CrossSearch, the EBSCO databases, and the EJournals finder has been restored. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Should you need any assistance, send an email to

    Access to CrossSearch and other EBSCO databases, including the EJournals finder, is currently unavailable. EBSCO is aware of the issue and working to fix it. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    If you need assistance during this time, please email