Learn more about our Resources with Scopus and Mendeley Demos


Join us at the library next Thursday and Friday and learn about our two newest electronic
resources.  Scopus and Mendeley are great research tools and can assist in easing the process of finding and citing information.

On Jan. 28th at 1:30 p.m. (in the 4th floor classroom), and Jan. 29th at 10 a.m. (in the 3rd floor classroom) Scopus will be featured:

Scopus is an Abstract and Index (A&I) database of peer-reviewed literature including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus contains interdisciplinary content that covers the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.  Scopus also includes smart tools to aid researchers in tracking, analyzing and visualizing research.

On Jan. 28th at 10 a.m. (in the 4th floor classroom), and Jan. 29th at 1:30 pm. (in the 3rd floor classroom) Mendeley will be featured:

Mendeley is a robust reference manager and an academic social network that can be used to assist with the following tasks:

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online

We will also be holding office hours on the 4th floor in the administrative offices on both days. Should you want a one-on-one tutorial, or if the times for the demos do not fit into your schedule, just drop in during the hours of 9-10am, 11am-12 pm, or 2:30-4pm. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about these research tools!

Learn more about Anthrosource

***Please note Thursday January 21st*** The 7 p.m. session is cancelled

Anthrosource logoJust a reminder that if you’d like to learn more about Anthrosourcewe have live tutorials and information sessions scheduled throughout this week and next!

These are short demos with open Q&A or one on one consultations, taking no more than 20-25 minutes of your day.  This is open to the entire campus community!

Classes will be located in the fourth floor conference room (inside the administrative offices) and are as follows:

Wed. Jan. 20th Thurs. Jan. 21st Wed. Jan. 27th Thurs. Jan. 28th
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m.
3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

ILLiad unavailable Monday 1/18 – 1/19

We wanted to alert the campus community that ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan software will not be available from Monday, January 18th from 3pm to 5pm till Tuesday, January 19, noon, due to a server upgrade.  Please refrain from submitting any requests during the upgrade. We should be fully operational in the afternoon of January 19.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.    


“Friends of the Library/University Singers Companion Tour” to Poland and Germany! May 12-20, 2016

Join us for the first Friends of the Library trip abroad! Together with the CCSU University Singers, participants will travel to Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland and to Leipzig, Germany. Friends will be in the audience when the choir performs all concerts; all will participate in guided tours and visit sites related to culture, history and music in the cities we will visit. Additional tours will be arranged for Friends while the Singers rehearse.

Cost of the trip is $2,995.

This price includes round-trip transportation from CCSU to JFK, round-trip international airfare, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, some meals, ground transportation and entrance fees to all planned activities.  

Registration deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016. 

Please read carefully the enclosed registration form: Friends of Library – Singers Companion Tour Registration FormSu16

Glimpse of the itinerary:

Krakow, Poland


Krakow represents a great repository of Polish history, art, and architecture. The group will enjoy a guided tour of Krakow, beginning with the Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, which was remodeled according to the new Renaissance taste in the beginning of the 16th century. It is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Then we will visit the Old Town with the Main Market Square and its magnificent houses and palaces. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall-Sukienice. We will also visit the Church of St. Mary, with the famous Gothic Altar by Wit Stwosz, best sculptor of the Middle Ages. We will visit the Jagiellonian University and gain insight into their special collections and manuscript division, including many musical scores. Founded in 1364, it is one of the oldest universities in the world. We will visit the 13th century “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, registered on the Unesco list, and a spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, founded in 1044. Both places are on the outskirts of Krakow, where our tourist experience will be enriched by the musical performance and presentation of Benedictine archives and tasting of their special food.

The group will take a side trip to Auschwitz, the largest Nazi German concentration camp, where four million people perished.

Wrocław, Poland

Wroclaw - Rynek

Our next stop will be Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia and Poland’s fourth largest city. It is a city with a fascinating and complex history, dating back to the 10th century, when the Ostrow Tumski islet on the Odra became a fortified Slav settlement.  There are now some 100 bridges spanning the city’s 90-kilometer network of slow-moving canals and tributaries, giving Wroclaw its particular charm. Singers will perform in the baroque style Collegium Marianum located in the Wroclaw University, founded in 1702.  The group will visit the famous Ossolineum library and have a special tour of the Racławice Panorama, a monumental cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising. We will visit the Old Town, with its medieval market square, founded in the 13th century, and Piasek Island, with its Church of St. Mary on Piasek, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Church of the Holy Cross.

Leipzig, Germany


The last stop will be in Leipzig, which is associated with the best known classical composers. We will visit or get a glimpse of Schumann House, Wagner Memorial, Leipzig Opera House, St. Nicholas School, St. Nicholas Church, Old City Hall, St. Thomas Church, etc. Singers will perform in St. Thomas church, where Bach was once the organist and choirmaster, and is currently the home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, one of the most famous in the world.  We will also visit the Bach Museum. It was once the home of the Bach family and now contains the largest Bach archives in Germany, as well as many mementos of the composer.

Please contact Renata Vickrey any additional questions you might have at vickreyr@ccsu.edu or by calling 860 832 2085.




Learn more about Anthrosource!

Anthrosource logoWelcome to our monthly Spotlight on E-Resources.  We at the Burritt Library hope to make your research easier by providing the inside information and tips and tricks to using our many resources.

This month we will be focusing on Anthrosource.  Find all of the great info here!

And join us for our short tutorials in the library! We will be holding live demonstrations for Anthrosource in the brand new conference room on the fourth floor of the library on the following days:

Wed. Jan. 20th Thurs. Jan. 21st Wed. Jan. 27th Thurs. Jan. 28th
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m.
3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Winter Session (2015-16) Library Hours

Our Winter Session (2015-2016) hours start on Monday, December 21st. These hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:45pm. We are CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays.

We are also CLOSED on Christmas, Friday, December 25th; New Year’s, Friday, January 1st; and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 18th.

You can view all our hours online at library.ccsu.edu. Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season!


Win $350! 2016 Elihu Library Research Awards

2016 Elihu Library Research Awards

The Elihu Library Research Awards recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate research papers/projects as well as skill and creativity in the application of library services, resources and collections.

Two prizes of $350 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student during the 2016 spring semester at the University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Please note that for graduate students, this applies to class assignments and not the final program thesis/project. Also, this award is separate from others presented at URCAD.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled during the spring 2016 semester as a Central Connecticut State University undergraduate or graduate student at any level or discipline/major.
  • Have completed their research paper or project for a credit course during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2015.
  • Agree that the paper or project and application materials will become property of Elihu Burritt Library and may be publicly displayed in the library and/or library website.

    *The application forms and additional information can be found at: http://library.ccsu.edu/services/award/application.php

Application packets will be due March 14, 2016. For more information please, contact Susan Slaga-Metivier at slagas@ccsu.edu.


Fall 2015 Library Newsletter

The 19th volume of the Elihu Burritt Library’s Newsletter, covering Fall 2015, is now available at http://library.ccsu.edu/newsletter/fall15_newsletter.pdf

This issue highlights:

  • The library’s partnership with CCSU’s Institute for Technology and Business Development (at the New Britain downtown campus location) and its federally grant-funded TRiO Talent search program, supporting over 500 New Britain area high school students
  • Events held at the library this fall, including:
    • Trick-or-Treat Halloween-themed E-resources fair
    • “Making Historians at CCSU” Friends of the Library fundraiser featuring CCSU alumni, faculty members, and writers
    • Connecticut’s State Archaeology Fair
  • Selling, reusing, and recycling book donations through Better World Books
  • The newly-added Scopus abstract and index database of more than 22,000 peer-reviewed titles, covering sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts & the humanities
  • Library website redesign
  • iPad Lending program for students
  • The Robot in the Library
  • Better know a member of the library’s support staff – Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.
  • Donations made to the Friends of the Burritt Library
  • Thank you to the Connecticut Italian Caucus

Art Therapy and Mediation @ the Library

Hi all,

As part of Tension Prevention Week the library is offering Art Therapy and Guided Meditation this evening.

Art Therapy will be ongoing throughout the evening beginning at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  There will be coloring books, crayons, markers, pencils set up.  So take a minute and head back to the good ole days when all that mattered was staying in the lines!

And then head up to the fourth floor, conference room, for our Guided Meditation with Dr. James Malley @ 6 p.m.  Meditation has proven very effective in relieving exam stress and calming the mind.  Meet us in the classroom and take advantage of all of the positive effects.

Lastly, we offer free Coffee and Cookies at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  It’s first come, first served!