Literature Goes Digital

What if you re-wrote great literature condensing the action into chapters of up to 140 characters? Oh wait, that’s a tweet, right? Hence, the fusion of tweets and literature into Twitterature, the creation of University of Chicago dorm mates, Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin. Aciman and Rensin have taken 83 classic and not-so-classic works and reduced them to 20 tweets or fewer. From Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight—where else would you have those two together?—you could “read” nearly the whole western literary canon in under an hour. From Frankenstein: “Digging up body…continue reading →

Don’t panic! Study skill solutions

Now that we are 8 [or so] weeks into the semester could your study skills use some fine-tuning? If you are feeling that there must be a better way to manage the reading, the writing, and the studying required by your classes...help is just a click away. How to Study.org has tons of links to study tips, writing techniques, organizational tools, test taking strategies and lots more.  You can read reviews of most links to decide if the article is something worth a look. Some favorite links: What Your Mother Never Told You…continue reading →

Find a new favorite! Top 100 SF & Fantasy FLOWCHART

Last June National Public Radio asked its listeners to nominate their favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy books. You can read the list for yourself—there are 100 titles. But how to choose what to read if your science fiction tastes are very specific? Perhaps you like only books with pictures or zombies or time travel. Help is at hand. Thanks to SFSignal, a blog dedicated to all things science fictional, this awesome flowchart will assist you in finding just the right book. (We know the image is impossible to read! Try the link instead.)…continue reading →

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

Alice Bliss Growing up is tough. Your dad getting deployed to Iraq can make it even tougher. Alice Bliss, her sister and mother must adjust to life without their father, Matt, when his Army reserve unit gets called up. Letters take a long time to arrive and telephone calls are much too short. Alice must navigate the start of high school, her first dance, and all the uncertainties of adolescence without the supportive presence of her cherished father. Then the devastating news: Matt is missing in action. For additional reading about experiences in…continue reading →

Research it RIGHT! Tips for students

Preparing for a research paper this semester? Here are some tips on preparing, researching, and citing for your work. Prepare for research! Give yourself time to gather information before trying to write (don’t count on the resources being available a day or two before due dates…)! Plan ahead- schedule time to sit somewhere quiet (the LIBRARY is the perfect place for this) to dedicate yourself to you work. Ask questions!  If you do not know where to start, come see the library staff to get you started on finding information on your topic.…continue reading →