Graduate School Dissertation Bootcamp

by Giovanna Colosi, Education Librarian, Subject Instruction Lead

As graduate and doctoral students prepare to write theses and dissertations, the Libraries offers a number of resources to support you. An excellent starting point is the Research Guide for Doctoral Dissertation/Theses Writers. Other resources include:

Looking for some databases that on where to find other examples of dissertations and theses?


Spotify Shelving Playlists

by Laura Benjamin, Access Services Librarian

This year, Access Services had the pleasure of having two Inclusive U interns working with us, Ian Coe and Omari Odom. In addition to the work they do for us, both have also been working with SoundBeat. Ian’s specialty with SoundBeat is creating the soundtracks that underscore the episodes. Omari is a talented artist and has created logos and other art for Sound Beat.

Ian and Omari worked hard this year doing browse counts and other stacks projects for us, but we wanted to put their talents to use in our department as well. Since a large part of the Access Services students’ job duties involves shelving books and many of our student employees listen to music while they are shelving, we thought it would be great for Ian to create a series of shelving playlists for our students to listen to while they work. Listening to the themed music Ian selected provides our students with an opportunity to think about the topics that are on each floor to better familiarize themselves with where to find resources in the library.

Omari contributed to the project by focusing on a few of the themes of the playlist and illustrating cover art to accompany the playlist. We shared a playlist and the accompanying artwork with the Access Services Team and thought others might enjoy checking out the playlists too. Click on the images below to listen to Spotify playlists themed for floors 2 through 5 in Bird Library.

4 squares of cartoon-like drawings: bible in top left corner, fighting superheroes in top right corner, pottery on rocks in bottom left corner, brain wearing glasses in bottom right corner
Bird Library 2nd Floor Playlist; Artwork created by Omari Odom
4 squares of cartoon-like drawings: top left corner snoopy dog dreaming of bone; top right corner blue jay underneath rainbow; bottom left corner running heart; bottom right corner bart simpson
Bird Library 3rd Floor Playlist; Artwork created by Omari Odom
4 squares of cartoon-like drawings: top left corner batman; top right corner superheroes; bottom left corner mrs. frizzle and lizard; bottom right corner cat with dollar signs in eyes
Bird Library 4th Floor Playlist; Drawing by Omari Odom
4 squares of cartoon-like drawings: top left corner young man in street clothes; top right corner man in suit shouting 'o captain! my captain!'; bottom left corner solder under numbers 1917; bottom right corner young warrior woman carrying arrows
Bird Library 5th Floor Playlist; Drawings by Omari Odom.


Read With Pride Book List

During the month of June, we are celebrating Pride by spotlighting LGBTQ+ authors of color who have lent voice to their communities, whether in telling their own stories or creating new ones. Here are a few highlights from our Pride Book List, featuring over 60 titles in total—all available for borrowing from the Libraries!

Red cover of Giovanni's Room

Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (1956)
“Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.” Focusing on a young American man who struggles with his sexuality and identity, the novel is noted for bringing complex and empathetic representations of homosexuality and bisexuality to the broader public.

Colorful blue, teal, orange, and yellow cover of Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun Nicole Dennis-Benn (2016)
In her debut novel, Dennis-Benn sets the scene in Montego Bay, Jamaica, exploring controversial issues of the country’s racial, social, and economic disparities. Three generations of women work for survival and success amidst the sex and tourism trades—and like Dennis-Benn in her teen years, main character Margo lives a closeted life in Jamaica in fear of violent homophobia.

Tan and purple cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple – Alice Walker (1982)
This classic novel depicts the life of African-American women in the 1930s South through the lens of main character Celie’s personal letters. Following its initial success, Walker became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983. Despite its critical acclaim, and subsequent film and musical adaptations, it is still considered by the ALA to be one of the most challenged or banned books due to its “sexually graphic, violent, and homosexual” content.

Dark blue and black cover of Mundo Cruel

Mundo Cruel: Stories – Luis Negrón (2010)
Luis Negrón’s debut short story collection illustrates how small communities shape the Puerto Rican mindset on sexuality. Throughout the nine stories, Negrón explores human nature through a tender, heartbreaking, satirical, and often laugh-out-loud funny lens. Translated from Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine, it was the first translated work to win a Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction. — “I wanted a book that showed how people find happiness, even if society at large thinks that in their life there is no space for it.” – Luis Negrón

Teal, floral, and red cover of A People's History of Heaven

A People’s History of Heaven – Mathangi Subramanian (2019)
In a thirty-year-old Bangalore slum known as “Heaven,” families rally against the city government who wishes to turn their homes into high rises. Amidst chaos and crises, the story centers on five, diverse best friends – a politically driven graffiti artist, a transgender Christian convert, a blind girl who loves to dance, a queer daughter of a hijabi union leader, and more – who fight for their homes, their history, and each other. A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2019, Subramanian tells a celebratory story of female strength, love, and friendship.

Tan and white cover of Shortcomings

Shortcomings – Adrian Tomine (2007)
Set in modern day Berkeley, California, Tomine’s lavishly illustrated graphic novel tells the story of a cynical thirty-something, Ben Tanaka. Ben’s dead-end job and relationship woes are the melting pot for his disaffection as his eyes wander from long-term girlfriend Miko Hayashi to other, predominantly white, women. Ben’s search for contentment and self-reflection intertwines with larger themes of societal and familial expectations, racially-driven romantic “types,” participation in politics, and assumptions about sexuality and gender.