Summer Hours are Coming!!

The Spring Semester is just about over and we will soon be starting our summer hours. If you’re on campus during the Summer Session, be sure to stop in and do some reading or research!

Library Summer 2018 Hours


The Month of May’s Book Display Celebrates Saint Joan of Arc and All of Her Achievements

Saint Joan of Arc, by-named the Maid of Orléans, was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 for heresy; however, 25 years later the church nullified their verdict, and on May 16, 1920, nearly 500 years later, Joan was canonized to become a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.


Statue of Joan in the Bayonne Cathedral; Photo from Wikimedia Commons, the free image repository.

Joan was born in 1412 by two peasants in the small village of Lorraine, southeast of Paris. She did not travel far, and spent most of her time tending animals on the farm or working beside her mother in completing other domestic duties, such as sewing.

Around the age of 12 or 13 she began hearing voices, that she swore were of divine origin, who ordered her to lead France to victory against the English in the Hundred Years War between France and England.

Over time, her visions persisted and grew in strength, eventually showing themselves as St. Catherine or St. Michael. Despite Joan’s lack of military experience, as well as her social standing and gender, her visions asserted that she was piously chosen to be the savior of France.

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Jeanne d’Arc at the Siege of Orléans by Jules Eugène Lenepveu, painted 1886–1890; Photo from Wikimedia Commons, the free image repository.

In May 1428, Joan’s visions instructed her to travel to Vaucouleurs and contact Robert de Baudricourt, who was a military commander and a supporter of Charles. Initially, Baudricourt refused Joan’s request to see Charles, but after noticing that she had gained the approval of villagers, he relented, and in 1429 Baudricourt gave Joan a horse and an escort of several soldiers to accompany her on the journey to Charles’s court.

Joan cropped her hair and dressed in men’s clothes for her 11-day journey, which was a bold move in relation to the laws of the church. Charles’s initial impression of Joan was uncertain, but he eventually agreed to her requests to lead an army after many attempts to persuade him, including correctly identifying him, dressed incognito, in a crowd of members of his court.


Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript; Image from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Finally, Charles gave Joan of Arc armor and a horse, and allowed her to accompany the army to Orléans, the site of an English siege. In a series of battles between May 4 and May 7, 1429, the French troops took control of the English fortifications under Joan’s authoritative command.

Although it appeared that Charles had accepted Joan’s mission, he did not display full trust in her judgement or advice. After the victory at Orléans, she kept encouraging him to hurry to Reims to be crowned king, but he and his advisors were more cautious.

Nevertheless, Charles and his procession finally entered Reims, and he was crowned Charles VII on July 18, 1429. Joan was at his side, occupying a visible place at the ceremonies.


Statue of Joan of Arc, Place du Parvis, Reims; Photo from Wikimedia Commons, free image repository.

In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the English and King Charles VII, still not quite convinced of her divine inspiration, made no attempt pay a ransom to have her returned or to forcibly have her released to France.

Joan was eventually turned over to church officials, who insisted that she be tried as a heretic, and she was charged with 70 counts of heresy, including witchcraft and dressing like a man.


Joan of Arc at the coronation of Charles VII, Painting by Dominique Ingres; Photo from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Initially, the trial was held in public, but it went private after Joan had continuously won the support of villagers. Frustrated, the tribunal eventually charged her for being dressed like a man in military clothes.

On May 29th, 1431 the tribunal announced that Joan was guilty of heresy, and on May 30th the next day, she was burned at the stake in the marketplace of Rouen before a crowd that is estimated to have been about 1,000 people.

She was canonized to be a saint by the Roman Catholic Church on May 16th, 1920 at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.



The front cover of Dr. Ellen Dolgin’s book, published in 2008.

Dr. Ellen Dolgin is a professor and head of the English Department at Dominican College. Come to the library to check out her book and learn more about Saint Joan of Arc, as well as other writers and authors who have written about Joan or used her as an inspiration in one of their works.

You can also ask your adviser if you are eligible to be in the “Voices of Authority: Joan of Arc” course that is held by Dr. Dolgin in the Spring semester.




Goodbye EasyBib EDU


EasyBib EDU is ending August 31, 2018. EDU is the educational version of EasyBib (offered through the Sullivan Library) that offers MLA, APA, Chicago, and other premium features. If you have an EasyBib EDU account and want to keep your saved citations, you must save your work before August 31st using one of the following options:

The free version of will continue to exist after August but will only include MLA. For a fee you can sign up for a premium account that offers multiple citation styles and other features.


Questions? Read more here or contact a Librarian.

Want a replacement for Easybib? We recommend RefWorks.


New Database: Nexis Uni

The Sullivan Library is pleased to announce our new database, Nexis Uni. Replacing the former LexisNexis database, this platform offers users access to thousands of business, criminal justice, political science and general news resources.

From the home page, users can search for news, court cases, law reviews and company information through either a basic, guided or advanced search.

Home Page

Nexis Uni Home Page

Users also have the option to browse through 3 different topics for recent news coverage, legislation, featured publications, Supreme Court decisions, recent law review articles and blog and social media posts.

Political Science Topic Page

Political Science Topic Page

Find an article or court case you want to use for your paper? Nexis Uni offers a variety of options for saving and sending documents. Users can download documents in PDF, Word and Rich Text formats with formatting options to change the font type, size and line spacing. Documents can also be sent to a user’s Google Drive account or email address.

Article Save and Send Options

Article with Saving and Sending Options


When you register for a free Nexis Uni account, you will have the option to create your own folders to save and organize documents as you conduct your research within the database. Simply click on the Sign In/Register link in the upper right hand corner of the database screen to create your account.

You can find Nexis Uni on our A-Z Database Page. Check it out today!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


“Sexual Assault Victim Advocates,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Sullivan Library is raising awareness by shedding some light on the topics of the traumatic experience of sexual assault, survival, as well as healing, and finding resources for help.


“Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Poster,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Sexual Assault affects hundreds of Americans every single day, and it does not always mean that a victim experienced violent rape or child molestation in order to have been assaulted sexually.

In the State of New York, Sexual Assault can be generally defined as subjecting another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent; meaning a wide-range of sexual conduct can be criminalized and constituted as Sexual Abuse, particularly if spoken-consent is not voiced between two fully-conscious adults.


“Sexual assault is not locker room talk: Women’s March, Seneca Falls, NY, 2018,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Sexual Abuse is a prevalent issue in the United States. According to RAINN, the Rape & Abuse & Incest National Network, there is a new victim of Sexual Abuse in the United States every 98 seconds.


“A Step in the Right Direction: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

1/6 American women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted), 1/33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (about 3% of men) (National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), and from 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

A majority of victims are children aged 12-17, and of victims under the age of 18, 34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under the age of 12, and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are aged 12-17 (Department of Justice).


“With You: To Survivors of Sexual Assault,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.


Some books that are being featured in the Sullivan Library’s Display Case, starting this week for the month of April, can be found below.


We Believe You: Survivors of Camus Sexual Assault Speak Out By Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

In this book, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and then less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism. They represent the diversity of those who experience sexual assault, as well as the disheartening statistics that tell us that more than 20% of women and 5% of men are sexually assaulted while at college.


Sexual Assault in the Military: A Guide for Victims and Families By Cheryl Lawhorne Scott and Don Philpott

This book highlights a societal issue of significant concern that, according to Paddy Gough, if left uncorrected, will serve to erode the basic fabric of our society. Sexual assault and harassment in the military have been critical subjects for years; however, unfortunately, many victims are reluctant to press charges because of fear of retaliation, damage to their careers, and widespread uncertainty regarding the military justice system. This book focuses on many of the resources that are available in assisting victims and families to report, seek help, and recover from the effects of sexual abuse.


After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back By Nancy Venable Raine

This book is an inspiring account of a traumatic experience and the experience’s serious aftermath and effects on the victim. After Silence is a personal journey back to wellness after feeling violated. It is a complex vision of evil and redemption in Nany Venable Raine’s story.


For more information about sexual assault, prevention and services for victims, please visit the Campus Prevention Network and the Center For Safety & Change websites.



Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders (1997).

National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey (1998).

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. Child Maltreatment Survey, 2012 (2013).

Sullivan Library’s Book Display for the Month of March Celebrates Women Empowerment and History

Sullivan Library’s monthly Book Display for the month of March supports gender parity in recognition of International Women’s Day, as well as National Women’s History Month!


2018 Women’s March in NYC, photographed by Sierra Sheridan

March 2-8 was designated as National Women’s History Week by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and in his presidential message addressing Women’s History Week as a national celebration, he strongly urged “libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for gender equality in America (MacGregor, NWHP).”


A parade in honor of Women’s History Week prior to it becoming a nationalized celebration: Santa Rosa, CA in March 1979. Photograph from Healdsburg Tribune.

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation,” stated President Jimmy Carter in his opening statement of the 1980 speech in which he designated March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week.


Photograph from the City of Boston Archives on Flickr, titled “President Jimmy Carter.”

In the seven years that followed President Carter’s speech, 14 states took the liberty of expanding their support for the cause by designating the entire month of March as a commemoration for the history of women in America.

Former President Carter mentioned Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul, among others, as he recognized the profound impact that various remarkable women have had in helping to build the United States into the nation that it is today.


“Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well,” Former President Carter stated, reflecting on the lack of recognition that had been given to significant female figures in American history (during the introduction of his 1980 speech).

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The Original Women’s March on Washington in 1913 (top), The Women’s March on Washington in 2017 (bottom), Photographed by Alex Ceravolo (Social Justice Activist and 2018 Graduate of Ramapo College in NJ).

Women’s History Week was a stepping stone toward the greater recognition that women receive today, which is a national recognition of Women’s History in the month of March, as well as International recognition during March 8th, which is International Women’s Day.

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This year’s 2018 theme for International Women’s Day was #PressforProgress and the library acknowledged this theme by displaying books that portray women who fought, and or continue to fight, for gender parity, whether it be socially, economically, culturally, politically, and or professionally.

Some books that the library is featuring on display can be found below.


Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change By Helen S


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai






Boissoneault, Lorraine. “The Original Women’s March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way.”, 21 Jan 2017, Accessed March 13, 2018.


“City of Boston Archives.”, Accessed March 13, 2018.


Hillin, E.I. “The Sonoma County Roots of Women’s History Month” (February 2018).

Santa Rosa, California: The Healdsburg Tribune.


MacGregor, Molly Murphy. “Why March is National Women’s History Month.” National Women’s History Project, Accessed March 13, 2018


Pexels, Accessed March 13, 2018.


Sullivan Library Easter Break Hours

The Sullivan Library will have shorter hours on Wednesday, March 28th. We will be closed Thursday, March 29th – Monday, April 2nd. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Please note that while the library is closed for the holiday, no interlibrary loan requests will be processed. Please time your requests accordingly and please be patient with service delays.

Have a wonderful and safe Easter Break!

Easter Break 2018