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Advice for incoming first year students

We asked our staff what advice they would give to first year students at Longwood. What advice would you give?

Brad Taylor, Library Information Specialist

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor


1. Always re-write your notes after class and read over your notes before class – professors give pop quizzes.
2. Make friends in all your classes and outside of class
3. Participate in class – Sometimes extra points toward your grade
4. Enjoy College Life – Goes by way too fast!





Tammy Hines, Librarian


Tammy Hines


The early bird gets the newest DVDs!







Ken Vaiden, Multimedia Specialist

Ken Vaiden

Ken Vaiden


Rest, Relax, Trust in your abilities, work hard, do not be afraid to ask for help, remember to enjoy the experience.






Amanda Hartman, Librarian

Amanda Hartman

Amanda Hartman


It’s okay to admit that you need help! I thought I was supposed to already know how to do everything when I started college, but I learned a lot by asking my professors, librarians, and other college staff. Remember that we are here to help you succeed!

Oh, and keep your eyes open for free food!




 Ruth Gowin, Library Information Specialist

Ruth Gowin

Ruth Gowin


Don’t go crazy your first time being away from parents and the structure they provided you back home! Remember the reason you are here – to study and learn, not to party! I have seen students who can not handle their newfound freedom and flunk out, sadly. This is a big opportunity lost.

August’s New Recreational Reading

In order to bring you new and fun recreational reads, the Greenwood Library participates in a book leasing program through McNaughton. These titles are shelved on the small bookcases in the middle of the Atrium and are designated with green labels. You can browse the entire collection here and if you’re interested in what’s new this month, look out below!

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Farm

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus One

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Fast Track

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Lucky Us

Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance

Remains of Innocence

China Dolls by Lisa See

China Dolls

One Kick by Chelsea Cain

One Kick

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Mean Streak

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

The Romanov Sisters

New DVDs for August

School is starting back up this month and we have a new crop of the hottest DVDs ready for the students arrival. Check out the titles below!

The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Blue Ruin

Cuban Fury


Frankie & Alice

Lone Survivor

Muppets Most Wanted


The Other Woman

The Quiet Ones


The Railway Man

Redemption Trail
















































We get new DVDs each month, so be sure to come back next time to check out what’s new.

Library Annual Report 2014

Every year we publish an annual report highlighting the year in review. Paper copies will be available at The Desk starting next week. Download your copy today: Greenwood Library Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014

New Online Resources

This year, the Library has acquired several new databases that will help the Library support the QEP as they will significantly enhance student research, as well as support faculty scholarship.



A digital library of over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Includes contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.


Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Consists of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. From books and directories, bibles and sheet music, to sermons and pamphlets, Eighteenth Century Collections Online features a variety of materials to provide a critical tool for both faculty research and classroom use. The collection contains more than 26 million pages of text from more than 136,000 titles, fully searchable online, that provide critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. The original source material is primarily from the British Library, as well as Oxford University, Harvard University, Cambridge University, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Ireland, the Library of Congress.


JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIII

Provides a searchable database for the backfiles of hundreds of full text journals across a wide variety of disciplines. With this latest component of the Arts & Sciences section, Greenwood Library has a complete JSTOR A&S collection.


Library & Information Science Source

This is an upgrade to our Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text database with full text to more than 440 journals and 30 monographs, as well as additional indexing for hundreds of high-quality journals, as well as books, research reports and proceedings. Coverage dates back to 1900, providing both historical and current research information for library and information science.


The [London] Times Digital Archive, 1785 – 2008 (with annual update)

As the “world’s newspaper of record,” The Times of London has covered all major international events from the French Revolution to the War in Iraq. The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2007 makes over 200 years of this resource available for students and researchers of 19th-, 20th-, and early 21st-century history, literature, culture, business, art and architecture, and more. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement.


NAACP Papers

The digitized archives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), one of the most famous chronicles of the civil rights movement, includes nearly 2 million pages of internal memos, legal briefings and direct action summaries from the association’s national, legal and branch offices throughout the United States. With a timeline that spans 1909 to 1972, users can examine the realities of segregation in the early 20th century, chart victories such as the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, then explore the late 1960s and 1970s as the Black Power Movement, urban riots, and the Vietnam War provided challenges for the NAACP. Legal files in the collection chart the organization’s spectacular legal successes from the 1910s through the 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision and into the early 1970s.


The Norfolk Journal and Guide 1921-2003

The Norfolk Journal and Guide evolved from a fraternal order publication known as The Lodge Journal and Guide to become one of the leading black southern newspapers. When P.B. Young Sr. purchased it in 1910, it was a four-page weekly with a circulation of 500. By the mid-1940s it had been expanded to 32 pages and had a circulation of over 80,000.



This repository for ready-to-use tests and measures from the American Psychological Association features instruments that are relevant to psychology and related fields, such as psychiatry, education, medicine, business, social work and more. International in scope, this resource provides access to thousands of actual test instruments, most of which are available for immediate download and use in teaching and research. PsycTESTS is an authoritative source of structured information about tests of interest to a variety of fields, and while focused on contemporary instances of test use, has coverage that spans more than a century.


Virginia Historical Newspapers

Provides access to over 70 Virginia newspapers from as early as 1750 to as late as 1880. Date ranges for each title vary. Includes the Richmond Times Dispatch from 1903-1986. Richmond Times Dispatch, a companion database, provides online access from 1985 to the present.


The Washington Post (1877-1997)

From ProQuest Historical Newspapers archives, this resource provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. [More recent coverage is available in Lexis-Nexis Academic.]


17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

The largest single collection of English news media from these two centuries, providing rare and often unique content for scholarly research into a wide range of political, educational, economic or journalistic study. Approximately 700 bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, but also include some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India. This digital collection, made possible by a partnership with the British Library, puts these early newspapers into the hands of scholars and researchers and is an invaluable research tool for all disciplines.

Greenwood Blog support moving to the DEC

It has been several years since Greenwood Library piloted the first instance of wordpress at Longwood. Since that time, the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) was formed to support instructional technology, and we believe that Longwood Blogs is a natural fit under their mission.

As of today, August 11, the DEC will be the primary point of contact and support for the Longwood Blogs WordPress platform. Both the DEC and Greenwood Library will be working collaboratively to ensure that this transition is conducted as smoothly as possible for both faculty and students. The Library will still provide library instruction sessions as well as research support; for more information, questions, or concerns, please contact us.

The Library and DEC are excited to partner to provide better service to our students, faculty, and staff!