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As the academic year comes to a close and final exams approach, we in the Library are once again encouraging you to get up, stretch, and take regular breaks from studying -- it will help you in the long run. To that end, Laura Braunstein, Digital Humanities Librarian, with the assistance of Nate Cardin '05 and Andrew Kingsley '16, has created a Dartmouth-themed crossword puzzle to help you de-stress. Look for other study breaks in and around the libraries as well -- anywhere you see this sign:  Want the answer key to the puzzle? Find it here.

This last Tuesday at the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase reception on Berry Main Street, Dartmouth College Library presented its first Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award. Eligibility for the award is open to any student who writes a senior thesis and is majoring in the humanities, social science, and interdisciplinary fields. This award is analogous to the Library Research Award in the Sciences which has been awarded at the Wetterhahn Symposium since 2015.

Winners of the award demonstrated exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources (including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, collections, web resources, and all media) and to use them in the creation of a project. They also displayed evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

This year, the winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award were Emily Burack and Megan Ong, both members of the class of 2017.

Emily’s thesis was supervised by Jennifer Miller in the History department. Its goal is to understand why the Jewish Defense League (JDL) emerged in 1968 as a Jewish militant group in Brooklyn, New York. Her thesis contributes to the existing scholarship on Jewish extremism by examining the factors that combined to pave the way for the formation and success of the JDL from 1968 to 1972.  Above all, the JDL believed that America in 1968 was a time of crisis for American Jews and they saw their group as filling a dire need in the American Jewish community: going at any length necessary to fight for Jewish survival. Emily’s thesis hopes to fill a current knowledge gap in scholarship by presenting a comprehensive look at the emergence and self-construction of the JDL. For her research, Emily found Dartmouth’s Summon search tool to be the most consistently helpful and dependable resource that she used, and she also relied heavily upon the library’s resource sharing programs such as DartDoc and BorrowDirect.

Megan’s thesis was supervised by Jeffrey Friedman in the Government department. Her research question was, “Can a more predictive model of terrorist attack rates during interstate war be formed if more specific factors are added? If so, which factors have the most effect?” Her thesis hypothesizes 26 potential risk factors, broken into categories describing the country itself, the opponent country, and the relationship between the two, and tests all hypotheses against a dataset of directed dyads at war from 1972 to 2008. Megan’s thesis has important implications for political scientists and policy makers. Not only does it provide a predictive model that can be used to better inform policy-makers’ decisions, it provides important insights into common assumptions that have often shaped political thinking. Megan utilized numerous electronic databases as well as a statistical analysis package that she learned to use by relying on free guides on the library websites and consultation with James Adams, the liaison librarian for the Government department.

We congratulate Emily and Megan for their excellent accomplishment and look forward to collaborating again with the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase to honor students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and a high level of intellectual inquiry with regard to their theses.


College campuses have a long history as sites of activism and protest. It’s a truth acknowledged easily enough by today’s students, who have witnessed and in some cases participated in current movements like Black Lives Matter, #NoDAPL, and the Women’s March on Washington, among numerous others. What may be less apparent is the role the college plays when the activism dust settles.

At Dartmouth, the archivists of Rauner Special Collections Library are committed to recording the College’s history—the history of many years ago and the history of yesterday—through primary source documents. Campus activism is a significant part of this history, and one of the most effective ways of capturing it is via first-person narrative.

Oral history is an interview-based approach to documenting the past, centering around an in-depth, recorded conversation between two people: the oral historian and an individual who experienced a particular event, era, or culture firsthand. Because of its emphasis on non-dominant perspectives and marginalized voices, oral history is uniquely situated among history methodologies to document moments of protest and dissent. It is, at its heart, a means of telling stories that might otherwise have gone untold.

This exhibit explores three protest movements in Dartmouth’s past, and a selection of oral history interviews with individuals who experienced them. These interviews and many more are available at Rauner Special Collections Library.

Exhibit curated by Caitlin Birch, Digital Collections and Oral History Archivist, and designed by Dennis Grady, Library Education & Outreach.

Baker-Berry Library, Berry Main Street: May 1 - July  30, 2017

Here are the events the Library is hosting for First-Year Family Weekend. We hope you'll also take some time to explore current exhibits, the Orozco mural, and other areas of interest in the Dartmouth College Library.


Tower toursBaker Library Bell Tower Tour
Friday, May 5, 2 – 4:45pm

Get a bird's eye view of campus from the Baker Library Bell Tower.
Please note: this tour includes climbing a steep staircase. Tours may end up to a half hour earlier than the listed time to accommodate the guests still waiting on the top floors.

book of hours france ca. 1440Special Collections Library Tour
Friday, May 5, 3 – 4pm

Explore what's so "special" about Dartmouth's Rauner Special Collections Library. You will be treated to illuminated manuscripts, early editions of major authors, Shakespeare's First Folio from 1623, fascinating modern manuscripts and gems from the College Archives.

Student-Curated Exhibit "Values of Medicine"
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5pm

Join Rauner Staff in a reception for the opening of an exhibit curated by students from Sienna Craig’s “Values of Medicine” First-Year Seminar. The exhibits draw on the rich medical history collections in Rauner Library to question how the ethics and practice of medicine have transformed over time.


Baker Library Bell Tower Tour
Saturday, May 6, 12 – 3pm

Get a bird's eye view of campus from the Baker Library Bell Tower. Please note: this tour includes climbing a steep staircase. Tours may end up to a half hour earlier than the listed time to accommodate the guests still waiting on the top floors.

Book Arts Workshop Open HouseBook arts hand press
Saturday, May 6, 2 – 4pm

Come to the Book Arts Workshop and explore letterpress printing on the lower level of Baker Library! Try your hand at running the presses and learn more about methods of making books and other printed materials. The Workshop is proud to have recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.