Information for Study and Exam Days


  • The Library has extended hours!
  • Need help with your research? Ask a librarian!
  • Looking for a quiet place to study? Try the 3rd floor of the library.
  • Need help writing your paper? Visit the Writing Center on the 4th floor.
  • Also see the Skidmore Guide to Writing.
  • Working on a bibliography for a paper? Don’t forget about our online style guides, like the Chicago Manual of Style,
    and the Owl Writing Center @ Purdue for MLA and APA citation help!
  • Refworks can help you generate formatted bibliographies using information exported from the Library catalog (LUCY),
    research databases, web sites, and other information sources.

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Lucy Scribner’s Gift


In the spring of 2014, the library was contacted about a cartload worth of boxes containing silverware, porcelain and other household items believed to have belonged to the founder of Skidmore College, Lucy Skidmore Scribner.

The items were transferred to the Special Collections department and put under the care of staff member Jane Kjaer, who carefully researched and cataloged each item.  This exhibit is a result of Kjaer’s research and curating work and showcases a sample of Mrs. Scribner’s items with a brief discussion of Victorian dining customs.

Exhibit curated by Jane Kjaer, Public Access Assistant

The exhibit will be on display in the Harris Lobby in the Scribner Library through the end of August.

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Popular Fiction and Nonfiction

SummerReadingJuly2013Looking for a good read? Our Popular Fiction & Nonfiction Collection is constantly changing to add new titles, and includes current best-sellers, as well as other popular fiction and non-fiction books. These books may be checked out for two weeks and are on a first come, first serve basis. The books are arranged alphabetically by title on the shelves (located on the 1st floor of the Library, just west of the Circulation Desk) for browsing and can also be located in the Library Catalog by either title or author.

To search for books in this collection, go to the Advanced Search in the library catalog, LUCY, and select “Popular Fiction & Non-Fiction Collection” under Location.

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Take a Study Break!


Take a study break at Scribner Library!  An activity table with arts and crafts will be available on the 1st floor of the library during study days and finals.  If you don’t have time for a quick break, grab a Positive Thought at the reference desk or a fun, animated movie at the “Stay Calm and Smile On” display for when you’re finished writing or studying.  Good Luck with Finals!

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Student Book Return Due Date Notice


The end of the semester is approaching fast! Please be aware that the last date for student book requests
through Interlibrary Loan is April 26. The due date for all student ILLiad and CNY books is Monday, May 4.

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Celebrate Earth Day!


Check out Scribner’s display of environmentally-related books at the reference desk, along with a couple of eco-friendly tips from the Lorax.

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism


Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. Providing all essays and research from the printed edition, and illustrated with maps and photographs, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now available in this fully searchable, digital format.

Presenting the spread of Hinduism over the last 200 years to all the continents as well as the interaction of Hinduism with other religions, it also portrays the various responses of Hindu traditions to a number of contemporary issues of great relevance today, such as feminism, human rights, egalitarianism, bioethics, and so on.

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Trial Database: Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP)

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PEP Archive provides a powerful, rapid search of the entire psychoanalytic literature in English. PEP Archive offers the full text for principal psychoanalytic journals and classic psychoanalytic books and is the most authoritative source of peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles from the field of psychoanalysis. Content dates back to 1871 to present.
PEP Archive includes all 24 volumes of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud; the German Freud Standard Edition, Gesammelte Werke, and all the included Editorial Notes; as well as the full text of Freud's correspondence with his chief collaborators (such as Abraham, Fleiss, Jones and Jung) and all major works by Bion, Klein and Winnicot. Contributions by Anzieu, Fairbairn, Laplanche & Pontalis, Rosenfeld, Spence and Stern are also represented.

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1-Credit Library Research Course


The Library offers a 1-credit course designed to help make your life easier!

 LI 100, taught in the first quarter of the semester, is open to all students, provides an in-depth overview of the research process and helps students hone their database search skills.

Keep your sanity and register for LI 100: Electronic Information Resources by selecting Library on the Master Schedule.

Want to learn more? Hear what former LI 100 students have to say about their experiences in the class.

Visit the Instructional Services page for additional information about instruction opportunities at the Lucy Scribner Library.

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Trial Database: Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912


Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912 enables you to directly experience the richness and historical significance of Harper’s Weekly, America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper. It provides access to the illustrations, cartoons, news, literature, editorials, and ads that these volumes contain.

The first segment includes the Civil War Era: 1857-1865. The next two cover Reconstruction: 1866-1871 and 1872-1877. The last six encompass the Gilded Age: 1878-1912. In addition to the importance of illustrations and cartoons by artists like Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, and Thomas Nast, the paper’s editorials played a significant role in shaping and reflecting public opinion from the start of the Civil War to the end of the century.

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Student Art in the Library: Fall Exhibition


Student Art in the Library provides another venue for Skidmore's studio art students to exhibit their work.
The juried exhibition is open to all art majors or minors currently enrolled at Skidmore.
The exhibition will be on display on the 3rd floor of the Scribner Library through December 17th.
The Student Art in the Library Map shows where all the works are, and take a look at the Online Gallery!

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Trial Database: L'Année philologique


L'Année philologique on the Internet is the most comprehensive and authoritative international bibliography of classical studies. It covers classical scholarship throughout the world including the whole range of the ancient classical languages, literature, history, archaeology, art, music, religion, law, philosophy, science and technology, and allied topics. Originally available in print form only, this database includes all volumes of the annual index, beginning with Volume I published in 1928.

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Featured Database: Merriam-Webster Unabridged


Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online. It is built on the foundation of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. New and revised entries and usage content will be added to the site on a continuing basis.

Definitions have been enhanced with over 117,000 author quotations. Supplementary notes provide additional context, and usage paragraphs offer clear guidance and suggestions for words with confused or disputed usage. Dates of first known use are being added.

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Trial Database: ShipIndex

Titanic-06 lets you search for information about practically any ship, from famous ships such as the Titanic to less well-known vessels such as the Peter Iredale. The database tells you which books, magazines, and websites mention the vessels you're researching.

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