Library sponsored events will be held from 11:45am-1pm, unless otherwise noted. (Check back as we’ll be adding more events in the future.)



24th-30th: Banned Books Week


TBD: Open Access Week

TBD: Excel Workshops

2nd: Technology Petting Zoo

4th: Grand Opening Bible Exhibit

10th: Lecture Series – Oral Histories of the University of La Verne (location: Presidents Dining Room)

18th: ULV History Trail (Scavenger Hunt)

25th: Research Poster Sessions


1st-30th: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) https://nanowrimo.org (more information to follow)

8th: Web of the Science for the Sciences



TBD: Technology Petting Zoo


7th: Copyright

TBD: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (Women’s History Month)


8th-14th: National Library Week

11th: Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences

TBD: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

30th: Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Books


“Children’s books continue to be an invaluable source of information and values. They reflect the attitudes in our society about diversity, power relationships among different groups of people, and various social identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, gender, economic class, sexual orientation, and disability). The visual and verbal messages young children absorb from books (and other media) heavily influence their ideas about themselves and others. Depending on the quality of the book, they can reinforce (or undermine) children’s affirmative self-concept, teach accurate (or misleading) information about people of various identities, and foster positive (or negative) attitudes about diversity. Children’s books teach children about who is important, who matters, who is even visible. Consequently, carefully choosing quality children’s books is an indispensable educational and child-rearing task.

It is important to offer young children a range of books about people like them and their family—as well as about people who are different from them and their family. All of the books should be accurate and appealing to young children. Fortunately, there are some good anti-bias children’s books, which are available as a result of the ongoing activism of many individuals and groups over many years. However, while choices have improved over past decades, the lack of quality multicultural kid’s books currently being published has frustrated many communities. The number of children of color in the United States continues to rise, but the number of books published by or about people of color stays the same or even decreases.”

-Lousie Derman-Sparks, Teaching for Change (http://www.teachingforchange.org/selecting-anti-bias-books)

FOR RECOMMENDATIONS AND EVALUATIONS GUIDES, see the Multicultural Children’s Book Guide

Cite Your Sources!

Have you heard your professor say, “Cite your sources.”

You may be wondering: “what is APA?” or “what is MLA?.” We have tools to help you.

Get started with learning about the citation format at the library’s Citation Help Guide. Here you will find information and examples on AJPA, APA, ASA, MLA and Chicago/Turabian.

Another great (even better) resource is the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (affectionately known by your librarians as “OWL”). This is an in depth guide to some citation formats.

If you are jumping into a large research paper or thinking about your senior project, take a look at RefWorks. Create a database of your references that you can organize and then quickly create bibliographies. There is even a tool that works with Word that helps to formats your in-text citations, while building your work cited list at the end.

For detailed tutorials on using RefWorks visit the library’s RefWorks Guide.

Other freely accessible citation generators include:


Can’t Find the Article You Want?

Have you come across articles that you want for your paper, but the library doesn’t seem to have it full-text?

In these moments, use ILLiad.

This interlibrary loan service gets you the resources you need for free.

What you need to do:

  • sign up for an ILLiad account
  • Request articles, books, book chapters or other resources you need when you can’t find them in the library
  • Wait for the item to arrive. This takes from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks depending on the item. And whether it can be sent virtually or needs to be sent through snail mail.

What does this cost? It is part of your La Verne experience and is free to you.

Look for the ILLiad icon to have the article information automatically entered into a request form, or access ILLiad directly and fill out a request there. You can request any citation, it doesn’t have to be found in the library databases.


March is Women’s History Month

Kerry Washington performs a speech by abolitionist and former slave, Sojourner Truth.

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975.

Below is a list of books, streaming videos, and websites from archives and libraries about and by African Americans.


America’s women: four hundred years of dolls, drudges, helpmates, and heroines / Gail Collins. HQ1410 .C588 2003

Born for liberty: a history of women in America / Sara M. Evans.  HQ1410 .E83 1989

500 years of Chicana women’s history = 500 años de historia de las chicanas / Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez.   E184.M5 M375 2008

The timetables of women’s history: a chronology of the most important people and events in women’s history/ Karen Greenspan.  HQ1121 .G74 1996

A companion to American women’s history [e-book] / edited by Nancy A. Hewitt.

Women’s history in global perspective / edited by Bonnie G. Smith.  HQ1121 .W88585 2004

Well-behaved women seldom make history / by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  HQ1121 .U517 2007

Globalizing women : transnational feminist networks / Valentine M. Moghadam.  HQ1101 .M64 2005

Women’s America : refocusing the past / [edited by] Linda K. Kerber, Jane De Hart Mathews. HQ1426 .W663

Daredevil : the daring life of Betty Skelton / Meghan McCarthy. Children’s Book. TL540.S5734 M35 2013


A Conversation with Eleanor Roosevelt
This 1959 NBC program touches on a wide range of Eleanor Roosevelt’s memories, concerns, and goals.

Vietnam Nurses, with Dana Delany
In this Emmy Award–winning documentary hosted by Dana Delany—Nurse Colleen McMurphy from the classic Vietnam War drama China Beach—eight nurses describe the horrors they faced in-country, the emergency care they provided at surgical and evacuation hospitals, the deep emotional scars they sustained while diligently doing their jobs, their return home to less than a hero’s welcome, and their ongoing efforts to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Evita Perón: A Story of Transformation—in Spanish
This program beautifully illustrates Eva Maria Duarte ‘s journey, including her early days as a film and radio actress, her marriage to War Minister Juan Perón, her assistance in his election to the Presidency, her unconventional political accomplishments, and her reinvention of image of Argentina’s First Lady.

Benazir Bhutto: Battling Dictatorship in Pakistan
As prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was the first woman—and also the youngest person—to head the government of a Muslim-majority state in modern times. In this program, Bhutto answers questions about the personal risks she faced as a woman pursuing a career in Pakistani politics, the influence of Western democracy on her as a politician, and the empowering effect of her role in public life on Pakistani women.

Generations: American Women Win the Vote
Covering 72 years of suffrage history, this film describes the struggle to get the 19th Amendment passed in Congress and ratified by states.



Internet Women’s History Sourcebook
Contains full text of a wide range of primary source materials as well as secondary texts related to women in ancient history, early European history, modern European history, Latin America, United States, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance

Diotima : Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient WorldCollection of resources concerning gender in the Mediterranean world. Includes a searchable bibliography, links to art collections, anthology of translations and desired translations of primary sources, and links to many other resources.

Country versus City in Early Modern England
Gain a brief overview of women’s roles in the English Renaissance.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
This site indexes over 250 journals and essay collections in this growing area of women’s history scholarship.

Monastic Matrix: A Scholarly Resource for the Study of Women’s Religious Communities from 400-1600 CE
A growing collection of biographical, bibliographical information about women in Medieval religious communities. The site is adding images, full text and information about archives.

Women in World History: Early Modern Period
Places this time period in a global context and discusses the term “early modern”. Contextualizes select primary sources such as a manual for witch hunters, a diary, and advice book and more. Each is examined to show both women’s concerns and men’s preoccupation with them. Women in World History is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, and part of World History Matters, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

American History

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century: Digital Schomburg
This nineteenth-century printed record includes poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises.

Agents of Social Change: Online Exhibit
An exhibit of material for the Sophia Smith Collection featuring resources on 20th century women’s activism. Includes records from the Gloria Steinem collection, as well as other women activists and the Women’s Action Alliance. Resources highlight women’s involvement in labor, civil liberties, peace, urban reform, welfare rights and women’s rights.

American Women
A gateway to Library of Congress resources for the study of women’s history and culture in the United States.

American Memory (Library of Congress) — Women
The Library’s digital collection of historical documents includes sections on women’s history, including:

Discovering American Women’s History Online: A Research Guide

Rich site maintained by Ken Middleton of Middle Tennessee State University Library, describing and linking to all general and subject specific information and primary sources in women’s history.

Core Lists in Women’s Studies – U.S. Women’s History
Maintained by the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.

The Emma Goldman Papers
Comprehensive site describing the collected papers of this famous activist, including finding aids to the collection, photographs, selected writings, and bibliographical essays and references.

Godey’s Lady’s Book
Digitized version of issues of this important 19th century literary publication. Maintained by the University of Vermont.

National First Ladies’ Library
Site highlighting the library dedicated in 1998 in honor of the First Ladies of the U.S.; The library is both a physical and digital library, with the physical portion housed in Canton, Ohio at the former home of President and Mrs. McKinley.; The internet site contains an extensive bibliography on all of the First Ladies, the only one of its kind.

National Women’s Hall of Fame
Organized by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, includes biographies and photographs of “great” American women.

National Women’s History Project
Informative site from the organization that instituted March as Women’s History month. Contains information on current celebrations, activities to promote gender equity in education, collection of feminist quotes, biographical sources, and a substantial collection of links to other women’s history sites.

Places Where Women Made History: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Fascinating tour of 74 historic places in Massachusetts and New York that are important in women’s history. Includes interactive maps, descriptions of each place’s significance in women’s history, photographs, information on public accessibility, essays on women’s achievements in American history, and links to other pertinent Web sites.

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Complete information on this important library and its collections, policies, special events, etc.

Suffragists Oral History Project
Transcriptions of taped interviews with 12 twelve leaders of the Suffragist Movement. Produced under the auspices of the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office.

Site on Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women in U.S. history authorized to fly military aircraft. Includes a scrapbook, pictures, history, quotes, and links to other W.A.S.P. sites.

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1775-2000
Rich collection of primary resource material, organized around projects created by undergraduate and graduate students at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.  The projects include an opening question, introduction, and document list with full text of primary source material used to answer the question.  Site co-directed by noted scholars Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, and funded by the NEH.

300 Women Who Changed the World
Collection of articles, timelines, biographies, photographs, etc. created by Encyclopedia Britannica

Women in History: Selected Background Readings
Compiled by Kay E. Vandergrift (Associate Professor, Rutgers University) Principally on American women’s history.

Women in Vietnam
Interviews, articles, first person accounts, links and more.

Women Working in the United States – 1870-1939
Focusing on women’s participation in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930. From the Harvard Libraries Open Collections Program, this project is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of bringing together books, manuscripts, and images from across the Harvard libraries and museums.

Worchester Women’s History Project
Site commemorating the first national women’s rights convention, held in Worchester, MA in 1850.  Includes archives of text concerning the convention and also plans for conference in October 2000 to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

International History

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Compilation of biographical information on women mathematicians from the 18th century and before to the present day.

Corelist in Women’s Studies for International History
Maintained by the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Compilation of biographical information links on women throughout time. Indexed by name and also by field of endeavor.

4000 Years of Women in Science
Biographies of more than 100 women in science through time.  Includes some pictures as well.

Gender Matters
Part of a larger site entitled “The Victorian Web.” This section links to full text articles about social conditions and gender as it relates to science, health, the arts, and religion.

Based at The Women’s Library in London, the purpose of Genesis is to identify and develop access too women’s history sources in the British Isles. Contains a comprehensive list of websites relating to women’s history sources, including national and international sites.

H-Women (discussion group)
Keyword search the archives of this academic discussion group on women’s history.

Kamat’s Potpourri:  The Women of KalaRanga
Site on Indian women and their history, developed and maintained by Dr. Jyotsna Kamat, a women’s studies scholar.

Victorian Women Writers Project
Transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children’s books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. A project developed at Indiana University.

Women’s International Center
This nonprofit organization includes several informative history links on its homepage, including biographies in calendar order, a long article on the history of women in America, and other biographical links.

Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month
Depiction of 1999 poster celebrating women’s portrayal on U.S. postage stamps.   This year’s theme is:  Women Putting our Stamp on America. This link is part of the complete site maintained by the National Women’s History Project.

Women’s History Speeches/Speakers/Performers

Women’s Speeches from Around the World
Full text of speeches by contemporary women and selected famous 19th century women.

Open Directory’s Women’s Studies Speakers & Performers
Not all of these speakers deal with women’s history, but a substantial number do.

(**websites from WGSSLinks)


A Whole New RefWorks


RefWorks now has a brand new interface!  (Continuing users make sure to read to the end. There are some important tips, that I learned the hard way.)  The new interface allows for easy editing, creating of folders, creating of bibliographies, sharing of folders, and more.  It provides the same functionality as the Legacy RefWorks with a much more user-friendly look and feel.

RefWorks is an all-inclusive reference manager that allows you to collect, organize, read, annotate, and cite research sources. It’s an online service, meaning that you can access your research from anywhere that you have a computer and internet access, whether on-campus or off. Signing up is simple.

If you are already a RefWorks user, you know the high level of functionality it provides in saving your citations, creating bibliographies, and pairing with your word software.

If you are not yet a RefWorks user, take a minute to think about a software that stores all of your citation information and generates a first draft of your references page in seconds….  a dream come true.

For New RefWorks Users:

To learn more or to get started, the library has a RefWorks Guide with step-by-step instructions for everything you might want to know about RefWorks.

If you are ready to get started, you can create an account (using your La Verne email address) on the RefWorks homepage.

After you have set up an account, start searching in one of the library’s many databases for articles to export to RefWorks.

For Continuing RefWorks Users:

You have a choice.  Do you stay with the tried and true Legacy RefWorks? Or do you migrate over to the New RefWorks?

If you have been using RefWorks for a while there are some things you need to consider before deciding whether to continue using the Legacy RefWorks or migrate to the New RefWorks.

  1. Are you in the middle of working on a dissertation, thesis, or senior project?   If so, you probably don’t want to learn the new software in the middle of your project.  The Legacy RefWorks is scheduled to be available through next summer.  If your timeline matches this, you may just want to stick with what you know and then migrate. If you are at the beginning of your dissertation process, you may want to migrate over now.
  2. Is migrating to the New RefWorks difficult? Nope! RefWorks has made the migration very easy. When you log into the Legacy RefWorks there is a link in the top left-hand corner to migrate.  RefWorks takes care of the rest. One thing to note upon migrating: your username will now be the laverne email associated with your account, regardless of what it was in the Legacy RefWorks.
  3. Are you tempted to migrate and then see which one you like best? From personal experience, I would highly recommend not doing this.  If you start exporting/importing into both versions be aware that the citations with only appear in the version you import them into.  Pick one and go with it!  Otherwise you will be missing citations that you will need. (Yes, you can imagine how frustrating this might be!)
  4. How is the best way to keep logging into Legacy RefWorks? RefWorks has created an intermediary page when you export from a database allowing you to choose the RefWorks platform you want to use.  From here, select the Legacy RefWorks.  Alternatively, there is a link to the Legacy RefWorks on the RefWorks Guide or you may want to bookmark it in your browser.  The New RefWorks is now linked from the Library Homepage.