Library Launches New Website

The MW Library’s main online space has moved over to Google Sites.  The new site is called the MW Library Research Commons ( and it’s a collaborative space where everyone in the MW community (who has a Google account and registers to join the Commons) can contribute their expertise about research – an especially powerful thing in a community as creative and curious as ours!

Take a look around, and if you’re interested in contributing, follow the Join the Commons link on the left menu. Features you’ll find in the Commons include…
  • Subject Guides that organize a variety of resources to support studies in a particular subject, like American History or Global Studies. Some of the guides listed on the home page are still in development and more are on the way (in collaboration with teachers), so watch for this section to get better and better throughout the year.
  • A Search Strategies page that uses YouTube videos and other mediums to convey important concepts related to research, like how to distinguish between scholarly and popular articles.
  • Apps for Research – an evolving section highlighting apps for mobile devices that facilitate learning and research.
  • A treasure trove of links to Tools for Research that are either free or to which the library subscribes for the benefit of current students and faculty.
  • A Reading Nook with links to area libraries, downloadable audio books, reading-related podcasts, book review sites, and more.
    Interested in updating your bookmark to the most visited page on the former library site? The alphabetic list of Databases still exists as a separate page.  Make sure to pick up the 2010/2011 password list (including this year’s password for Noodle Tools) in the library!

    The library’s blog ( will stay up and running too – with regular updates about library-related news; however, to reduce the need for you to visit two sites, the most recent posts to the library’s blog will also appear in the center of the home page of the MW Library Research Commons.

    Would you like to support the MW Library?  Consider joining Friends of the Library. For more information, read the letter (pdf) you’ll find attached to the bottom of the About the MW Library page of the Commons:

    Have an idea or suggestion related to the MW Library Research Commons? Email Ms. DeGroat, the librarian for MLWGS (or if you’re in a creative state of mind today, the resourceress for MLWGS).