Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Exhibit Highlights Mississippi's Bicentennial On December 10, 1817, the United States Congress admitted Mississippi to the Union as the 20th state. In 2017, the state celebrates the 200th year anniversary of its statehood. Steeped in unique history and heritage, Mississippi has experienced the good and the bad, from the losses of the Civil War, to the struggles and successes of the civil rights movement. 

Mississippi is home to individuals ranging from influential musicians Elvis Presley and B.B. King, to some of the most revered activists Fannie Lou Hamer and Medgar Evers. With its distinctive cuisine, architecture, music, and landscape, the Magnolia State has a fascinating story to tell. The exhibit, Mississippi Bicentennial: Celebrating the State’s 200th Anniversary, explores several aspects of the state’s diverse history and culture.

The exhibit devotes attention to its involvement in the Civil War, local occurrences during the civil rights movement, Mississippi authors and literature, the history of The University of Southern Mississippi, the development of local tourism, and the political history of the state. Curated by history PhD student Olivia Moore, this exhibit features materials from a variety of different collections located in Special Collections at McCain Library and Archives. Some of these include the Southern Tourism Collection, the Theodore G. Bilbo Papers, the Walen Civil War Collection, and the P.D. East Collection.

Mississippi Bicentennial: Celebrating the State’s 200th Anniversary will be on display in Special Collections on the 3rd floor of McCain Library and Archives in room 305 through February 2018.

Contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347 with questions about the exhibit or any of the collections. 

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Academic Integrity Workshop Summer 2017

Join University Libraries for a workshop about the University’s academic integrity policy and academic integrity in general. Participants will learn about the centrality of integrity to a scholarly community, the University’s definition of academic misconduct and its consequences, plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct, and proper citation practices.

Workshops will be offered in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Park campus on Thursday, July 20 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in Cook Library Room 123 (LIB 123) or Gulf Coast Library Room 213 (GLIB 213).

Students, faculty and staff may register for either of these workshops by using the registration link at For more information, contact Tisha Zelner, Head of Public Services, at or 601.266.6170.

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Aquila One-Millionth Download Contest Win a $10 wepa print card or a $10 Starbucks gift card if you can guess the date Aquila will achieve it's one-millionth download. Click here to vote! You can place your votes through June 30. 

The Aquila Digital Community is an open access digital repository containing all of the scholarly works created by The University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, and students. Aquila also hosts digital journals and newsletters published by the University, as well as information and resources from events hosted by the University. All submissions to Aquila have open access availability and are indexed, making them highly discoverable through internet search engines, such as Google, thereby extending the University’s scholarly output to a wider audience.

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:45:10 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
University Libraries Announces Web Site Redesign University Libraries is at the heart of the academic enterprise at Southern Miss. Supporting research, teaching and other facets of intellectual growth, library technology creates and supports the technical infrastructure with University Libraries to better serve the needs of the University community. To continue to make our collections accessible and ensure our services meet the needs of the consistently changing technology and information, University Libraries is announcing a redesign of its web site,

“When moving forward with redesigning our web site, we kept our students in mind. We wanted a site that was easier to navigate with responsive design, while continuing to meet the needs of our users. I am proud of the work done by our web services coordinator and the web committee in making this redesign a reality,” says Lisa Jones, Head of Finance and Library Information Technology.

We invite you to browse the site, click through its pages and access any collections or services that you frequent. The site, in a soft-launch phase, is open for testing, and you are encouraged to report any issues or problems. The site is expected to be fully operational by June 1. In the coming months, additional sites, such as the Gulf Coast, Special Collections and Gunter Libraries’ pages will also be undergoing redesigns.

Questions or problems with the site should be directed to John Blair, University Libraries’ Web Services Coordinator at We appreciate your patience as we move forward with this upgrade. 

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:21:29 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Citation Management Tools: Zotero and Medeley Join University Librarian, Elena Azadbakht on Thursday, June 1 at 12 p.m. in room 110 in Cook Library for a workshop on Zotero and Mendeley, two free citation management tools. Participants will learn how to create an account, export citations from the most widely used scholarly databases, organize citations, and automatically generate bibliographies and in-text citations using each tool.

The workshop is open to Southern Miss students, faculty, and staff. Participants are encouraged – but not required – to bring along their laptops. For more information, contact Elena Azadbakht at or 601.266.6424. 

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