Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website and the most popular general reference. If you have an Internet connection, you’ve probably used Wikipedia, and students use it as their first stop for research. But what if, instead of just consuming Wikipedia content, students produced it? What would they gain from this experience, on top of performing the… Read More


DePaul University First-Year Program Library Research Prize

Do you teach a course in the First-Year Program? If so, please encourage your students to apply for the Library Research Prize. The new Library Research Prize honors student work that best demonstrates the effective use of information resources and the application of information literacy skills, described as the “set of integrated abilities encompassing the… Read More


In 2015, DePaul alumnus and trustee Arnold Grisham donated his collection of African American books to the DePaul University Library Special Collections and Archives. Mr. Grisham was seeking a home for his books where they would be available to students, consulted, and appreciated. The Arnold and Jane Grisham Collection boasts numerous signed and first editions… Read More


Skills Adapted from College, courtesy "Staying Smart: How Today's Graduates Continue to Learn Once They Complete College," Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy, Passage Studies Research Report, January 5, 2016.

Since 2014, our Learning Commons partners in the DePaul University Career Center have spearheaded a broad review of the ways in which the college experience contributes to students’ ability to connect what they are learning inside and outside the classroom to life skills, career goals, and a positive orientation toward lifelong learning. The Transferable Skills… Read More


Faculty members wishing to refer their students to the library for assistance with research projects, or other academic work that involves seeking, evaluating, and using information from an increasingly diverse array of print, digital, or multi-media sources, can now make that connection through BlueStar. BlueStar is a “one-stop shop” for connecting students with the network… Read More


This year, we celebrate International Open Access Week (October 24 – 30, 2016) and its 2016 theme, “Open in Action,” through a number of projects, programs, and investments “in the open.” Working with our faculty colleagues, the DePaul University Library will continue to highlight and support initiatives designed to promote the “free, immediate, online availability” of research… Read More


Manuscript of Felix DeAndreis’s voyage to the United States. DeAndreis was the first superior of the American mission.

DePaul is home of the largest collection of Vincentian Studies material in the Americas, including over 8,000 volumes, 5,000 pieces of ephemera, and several hundred linear feet of archival material. As libraries and special collections continue to increase digital access to some of their most unique materials, DePaul University Special Collections and Archives—with assistance from… Read More


Teaching with Special Collections and Archives

DePaul’s Special Collections and Archives has a long-standing commitment to faculty collaboration and student instruction, yet our own mission starts with verbs describing materials– “collects, preserves, and shares rich primary source materials”—rather than teaching.  This focus on materials is understandable, since we are the stewards of rare, often unique and fragile, materials of various formats… Read More


Research methods are a key element of the curriculum in many departments at DePaul.  In response, the library has acquired SAGE Research Methods which provides a wide array of electronic materials to support faculty who are teaching research methods. Sage Reference Methods contains over one thousand eBooks, selected journal content, case studies and data sets.… Read More


This March, a team of DePaul University English department faculty members, Rebecca Cameron, Jennifer Conary and John Shanahan and librarian, Jessica Alverson participated in the  “Information Fluency in the Disciplines” workshop sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Louisville, KY.  The workshop included participants from 20 + private academic institutions and focused on incorporating… Read More