Thursday, March 21, 2019

Library Research Workshops -- April 8 - 11, 2019

Need help with your 
research project?

Come to the

Library Research Workshops

BSC Library Electronic Classroom 
(Ground Floor)

~ Bring your research assignment/writing prompt ~
~ No Sign-up Necessary ~

Monday, 4/08 – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/09 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/10 – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, 4/11 – 4:00 p.m.

Let our team of librarians assist you with:
  • Finding and evaluating suitable materials
  • Distinguishing types of sources (peer-reviewed/scholarly/popular/etc.)
  • Using subject-specific databases
  • Refining your topic
  • Improving your search techniques
  • Citing sources correctly (using APA/MLA/Chicago/etc.)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Excellence In Library Research Award Deadline Feb. 21, 2019

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Attention Freshmen and Sophomores!  
You could win a $300 prize for an excellent research paper!

BSC's student-edited Southern Academic Review is now accepting submissions for publication in the 2019 issue.  Submit your paper and it could be in the running to win the BSC Excellence in Library Research Award. 

The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2019.

This award goes to the finest paper, written by a First- or Second-year student in any BSC class, that shows, breadth, depth, and understanding of research.

The BSC Excellence in Library Research Award includes

  • A $300 honorarium  
  • Recognition on Honors Day  
  • Publication in the Southern Academic Review
  • Winner's name inscribed on the Excellence in Library Research Award Plaque in the BSC Library

Criteria for judging the BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research include:
  • A bibliography showing substantive use of library resources and containing at least three secondary sources, not including the primary work discussed or a textbook.  (Primary works are autobiographies, literary works, letters, legal documents, diaries, etc.)
  • A correct and consistent bibliographic format 
  • Appropriate integration of source materials in the paper
  • A substantive or significant question discussed in the paper
  • A subject covered adequately or convincingly
  •  A creative or sophisticated use of library resources
Please contact a BSC Librarian if you have questions about the Award or the criteria.

Southern Academic Review Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline is February 21, 2019.
  • Essays should be 8 - 16 pages including bibliography (double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, paginated.)
  • All methods of citation (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.) will be accepted.  (Note:  Check the BSC Library for manuals, if needed.)
  • All submissions should be sent as a Word document with the subject line "SAR Submission --Name"
  • The cover email should contain and Essay Abstract (100-150 word summary.)
  • Students may submit more than one essay.
Note: While the Excellence in Library Research Award is limited to First- and Second-year students, any student can submit papers for publication in the SAR.  

Send submissions to

Please send any questions you may have about the SAR or submitting a paper to: 
Kathryn Petty, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Academic Review
Michael A. Barren, Solicitations Editor, Southern Academic Review

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BSC Library Research Workshops in November

Please click on the image below to see the details about the 
BSC Library Research Workshops to be held on
Nov. 6 -- 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 8 -- 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 13 --  6:00 p.m.
Nov. 15 --  11:00 a.m.
in the Library Electronic Classroom

Questions?  Contact the BSC Library at

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Celebrate Freedom to Read

This week, September 23 -29, 2018, we are celebrating Banned Books Week! Many readers would be surprised to find out how many books that they have read that are actually on the banned books list.  Books are challenged, questioned, or even banned frequently, usually by concerned parents but it could be by anyone or group. Many of reasons for these challenges are due to explicit sexual content or offensive language.  Some have been accused of promoting homosexuality. Banned Books Week is a time libraries and bookstores to remind us to celebrate our freedom to read without censorship. 

If you are interested in learning more about banned books, here are a few websites you may want to visit:

Come check out the display and a book at the BSC Library, and celebrate your freedom to read with us!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day

The U.S. Constitution was ratified on September 17, 1787. Every year around Constitution Day educational institutions across the United States teach students about the important history of the U.S. Constitution. This year the Birmingham-Southern College Library encourages you to learn a little more about the document that makes our government so preferable to the alternatives that are out there. The Library has created a research guide highlighting interesting information about the Constitution.Please take a look at our display in the Library, and also our Research Guide for Constitution Day.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Library needs student suggestions for SGA movie collection!

Have you ever gone to check out a movie from the library, only to find that after thoroughly searching, it's nowhere to be found? Well now is the time to change that! The library is gearing up to order some new movies for the SGA recreational video collection, and we need student input.  Whether it's an older movie that we have on VHS but not DVD, or a new movie that's just been released on DVD, or maybe even a movie that we don't have in either format, please drop by the Circulation Desk to put your suggestions in the box!

A big THANK YOU to SGA for providing the funds for us to be able to purchase these movies!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Library Services – Reference and Research Help

Starting August 29, you will find a research librarian at the desk ion the main level of the Library. Of course our specialty is assisting you with research, but you are welcome to stop by with any question, and we will do our best to answer it or find someone who can. Our librarians also monitor online chat, which you can find on most of our web pages at If we look like we are busy, we are just waiting for your next question.

Monday-Thursday 8:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.
Friday 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Sunday 3:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

We are here to help!

PS - Tutoring will begin Monday, September 10, so watch for schedule detail ext week.