Security Issues for Internet Explorer

IE-blogIf you use Internet Explorer, you may want to check out what CIT NewsBytes has to say about protecting yourself from the latest hacking vulnerabilities in IE.

For now, CIT recommends updating your IE browser and using IE “only for Geneseo websites that require IE. All non-Geneseo websites should be accessed with an alternate browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).”

Check the CIT NewsBytes for updates on this security issue.

Change Passwords to Avoid the Heartache of Heartbleed

HeartbleedIf you’ve been under a rock the past week, you may not be aware that many of your online accounts might have been compromised by the heartbleed bug.  The security breach is with the servers you have been logging into (e.g. Gmail, instant messaging, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Dropbox, etc.), so the best thing that you can do is change your passwords for those accounts sooner rather than later.

Mashable has compiled a great list of accounts that may have been affected including social networks, email providers, online shopping sites, financial institutions and more.  Bottom line, now might be a good time to update your passwords and continue to do so on a regular basis.

Geneseo’s CIT NewsBytes offers some other tips as well and will continue to update the campus on this issue.

8th Edition of Turabian

turabianHold the presses! Students writing papers using Turabian citation style (and the faculty grading such papers) should be aware that there are changes in the conventions recommended by the new edition of the Turabian manual.

The devil is in the details. The 8th edition of A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (commonly knows as Turabian) was published in March 2013. Some of the changes involve how you cite web pages and articles you read online. For instance, the new edition flips the URL of a web page with the access date.

The older editions have you doing it like this:

“Breast Cancer Disparities.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (accessed December 6, 2013).

But the new 8th edition recommends this:

“Breast Cancer Disparities.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed December 6, 2013.

Small change, but one that could elicit points off if the student doesn’t know the new form (or might cause the professor who doesn’t know the new form to grade incorrectly).

Another change involves the use of DOIs (digital object identifiers) instead of URLs when citing a journal article read online, or a web page. DOI’s are more stable than URLs, and usually shorter. Another 8th edition recommendation: “If no suitably short and direct URL exists, you may substitute the name of the database for the URL.” So if you have a URL or DOI, you do not need the name of the database.

Talk about it with your professor! Keep in mind that there are many professors who deviate from the Turabian manual in the way they want you to cite an article that you read in PDF form. They feel that if you read a journal article as a PDF (either downloaded from the web or via IDS), you can cite it as though you read it in print, since it is an exact copy of what appeared in the journal. There are many optional recommendations in the Turabian manual (for instance, there is a chapter recommending an author-date style of citation reminiscent of the APA and MLA style manuals), so it is really important that students and professors talk about exactly which chapters of the Turabian manual should be followed!

Short cuts don’t always work. Many citation generators or online citation guides still have not updated to the new 8th edition changes, so be wary when using “Cite This!” in a database or citation manager. And don’t forget, you can always stop at the Reference desk to ask a librarian for assistance with your citations.  “A Review of Turabian 8th Edition Changes from Turabian 7th Edition”Turabian Quick Guide 

“How Do I …” save time and frustration with research projects!

HowDoISo you’re new to campus and kinda new to the whole research paper thing.  Or you’re not new but just a bit rusty, and that library skills class you took seems so long ago.  Who can remember all that searching/citing/writing stuff anyway?

Just settle down, breathe deeply, turn on your computer, and bring up Milne Library’s homepage.  See that list over there on the right, called Quick Links?  About half way down is the one you want – “How do I …

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Click on it and you’ll find all you need to help you through your research project, no matter which stage it’s at. Just about everything is covered, from “Begin My Research” to “Edit and Proofread My Writing.”   Need help distinguishing scholarly from popular (or primary from secondary) sources?  There’s a guide for that! Need some guidance on which databases to use, and how to do a really great search? Yep – there’s a guide for that, too.

When asking a librarian is just not an option – whether because it’s 2 a.m. and you need help NOW, or because you’re more of a DIYer – Milne’s “How do I …” guides will help see you through the research, citing, and writing of your paper or project.  (But do try to ask a librarian, too, OK?)Start

What are we reading? Staff recommended reads for April


Here’s what some of Milne’s Staff is reading!

Are you looking for a good book to read?  Hundreds of thousands of books are published each year, so how does one choose?  Milne Library staff  have selected a few choice ones to highlight for the month of April.

If you are a fan of more traditional fantasy fare, Reference & Instruction Librarian Sherry Rhodes recommends the The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix:

Last summer my teenaged daughter picked up a book called Sabriel from her favorite bookstore. I took a look at the back cover and found the description to be interesting, and decided to read it. I sure am glad I did!

I really enjoy fantasy, but it’s got to be well done. Too much of what is published as fantasy are ill-disguised reworkings of previously published books. Sabriel, and its two sequels, Lirael  and Abhorsen, are set in a completely unique world, with completely unique characters and plots.

sabrielSabriel is finishing school when her father, known as The Abhorsen and a gifted necromancer, goes missing. She journeys home, to the Old Kingdom, where magic is alive and well—and the dead are alive as well. With the help—and hindrance—of a cat who is not just a cat, and a long-imprisoned mage she rescues, Sabriel uses the skills her father has taught her to journey into Death to attempt to rescue him, and in the process battle the forces of evil necromancers determined to escape Death and return to the land of the living.

liraelLirael, on the other hand, has spent her entire life in the Old Kingdom. She is a daughter of the Clayr, women who have the ability to see the future. Fourteen when the book begins, Lirael is painfully aware that she is the only Clayr who has not received the Sight by her age. She also has no family, with the exception of the aunt who runs the Clayr settlement and who has little time for her. Feeling alienated from her surroundings, Lirael seeks isolation in the enormous library and is apprenticed as a Third Assistant Librarian. Over the months she works there, her curiosity enables her to learn how to battle hideous creatures lurking in the library’s depths, as well as how to construct a magical dog who becomes her loyal companion. Events reveal that Lirael’s destiny is not confined to the home of the Clayr, and actually is closely intertwined with the ruling family of the Old Kingdom. The end of the book leaves readers with few answers, setting up the plot for Abhorsen and the convergence of the main characters from the previous books and the resolution of the various plotlines.


I especially enjoyed the character development present in all three novels. Sabriel, Lirael, Sameth, and Nick are all believable teens, growing more mature and confident in themselves as the books progress and they age. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget the Cat exhibit typical characteristics of their respective species, but are far more than just a dog and a cat. Their often humorous and sometimes caustic interchanges reveal more about the Old Kingdom and Charter Magic—and conceal far more. Nick and the other ordinary humans live in a kingdom reminiscent of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy, flavored with a strong strain of Victorian/Edwardian steampunk. And Nix’s descriptions of the various levels of death, its denizens, and the dangers that are encountered there by the living are creepy and nerve-wracking.
If you’re looking for a really original fantasy series with appealing characters, Garth Nix’s The Abhorsen Trilogy is one to read.
Another favorite set of fantasy books is the comic fantasy series of  Thursday Next novels by Jasper Fforde, highly recommended by Electronic Resources & Digital Scholarship Joe Easterly:
fforde booksThe Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde are wonderful British novels which blend comic fantasy, detective fiction and literary wit. Set in a parallel universe where classic literature is revered above all, and criminal masterminds steal manuscripts and murder literary characters, literary detective Thursday Next is part of a specialized police force charged with protecting Britain’s literary heritage. As this fast-paced, endlessly imaginative series progresses, Thursday moves from one unusual situation to the next, such as running anger management classes for the cast of Wuthering Heights, to standing trial (set in Kafka’s book, of course) for changing the ending of Jane Eyre, and encountering fan-fiction versions of herself and Harry Potter. Start reading the series with the first book — The Eyre Affair. However, the third (The Well of Lost Plots) and the fifth (First Among Sequels) books are particularly good as well.
How about contemporary fiction?  Librarian Kate Pitcher recommends the recent publication of the novel, The Dinner, by Dutch writer Herman Koch and translated into English by Sam Garrett:
The Dinner is a contemporary book, set in present-day Amsterdam, although a specific day and time is never mentioned in the course of the novel’s events. The setting is dinner at an upscale restaurant in the heart of urban Amsterdam. Dinner is also the framework of the novel; chapters are nestled within sections of the book indicating which course is being served (“Aperitif” being the first, followed by “Appetizer” and so on ).
kochOur main characters are two couples, brothers and their wives. Narrated  by one brother, Paul, the other brother is Serge Lohman, an up-and-coming Dutch politician. The reader soon learns of the presumable reason the couples are meeting for their dinner – a horrible crime committed by the two brothers’ children. At the same time, we figure out Paul is an unreliable narrator; as the story moves on, not only do we learn more details of the sons’ horrible crime, but also the reason why Paul has lost his job as a history teacher. The reader is also continually struck by Paul’s anger and bitterness towards his brother, his sister-in-law Babette and their adopted son. As the novel progresses, the dinner itself feels surreal, the couples dancing around the decisions that must be made about their children and the impact it will have, not only on Serge’s career, but on all their lives.
A bestseller in his native Netherlands, The Dinner is an uncomfortable and disturbing story of how far people are willing to go to protect their family. It has surprises, and although the children’s’ crime is unforgivably brutal, it isn’t their crime that is the most horrible, but rather their parents’ reaction and response to it which moves this novel in so tragic a direction.  As The New York Times stated in its book review, the author  “…[he] has created a clever, dark confection, like some elegant dessert fashioned out of entrails. “The Dinner,” absorbing and highly readable, proves in the end strangely shallow, and this may be the most unsettling thing about it..”
Recommended and hard to put down, so save the reading for a day when you have a few hours to absorb yourself completely.

Have you read any good books lately? Are you willing to share a review? Let us know – submit your review to Kate Pitcher at [email protected] for a future post.

Award Winning Books @Milne

YALSABestofBest.SliderThe YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Youth Media Awards were announced last week, and represent a fantastic group of books! Give your brain a break from articles and textbooks and pick up one of these great reads! The Alex Award honors a book written for adults, but that has wide appeal for teens and younger adult readers. Two of the winners this year are available here in the library:

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
“The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.” (see Milne Librarian Kate Pitcher’s recent review here…)

The Round House by Louis Erdrich
“One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.”

YALSA Award for excellence in nonfiction honored the book Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. This book is available through IDS.  Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson was a honored book and is available here in Milne Library.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award is exciting as it honors an author who has published their first novel. This award always brings out new and noteworthy voices and are definitely worth a read.

This year the winner was:
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
“In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, ‘Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.’”

The Michael L. Printz Award acknowledges books that “exemplify literary excellence”. This year’s winner, available through IDS was In Darkness by Nick Lake, a gripping novel about a young Haitian boy in the midst of the devastating earthquake. Last year featured John Corey Whaley’s Where Things Come Back that tells the story of an Arkansas teen navigating life in a small town during his brother’s disappearance and the reappearance of an extinct woodpecker.

Check out YALSA’s full list of awards and winners for more great recommendations!

~  Written by Allison Brown, Evening and Weekend Manager ([email protected])

What are we reading? Staff recommended reads for February

Are you looking for a good book to read and an escape from your studies for a short while?  Libraries and bookstores have thousands of books that might fit the bill. Staff have selected a few choice ones to highlight for the month of February.

Do you enjoy fantasy? Education & Instructional Design Librarian Michelle Costello recommends Magic’s Price by Mercedes Lackey:

magic priceThis is the last book in Lackey’s The Last Herald Mage trilogy and is definitely the strongest and most interesting of the three. The last installment tells the tale of Vanyel Ashkevron and his journey towards becoming a Herald Mage and legend. Magic’s Price focuses on Vanyel’s plight to defeat a dark mage who is trying to overthrow the Kingdom of Valdemar. Vanyel begins the Last Herald Mage trilogy as a brat and a coward (making the first book a bit difficult to get through), but becomes a true hero and thus a very likeable character by the third book. If you enjoy fantasy literature and novels that demonstrate strong character development, I would highly recommend this book.

How about mysteries? Reference & Instruction Librarian Sue Ann Brainard recommends The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith):

suspect xThe third book in the Detective Galileo series, this novel begins with an attempted extortion and death of the extorter in his ex-wife’s apartment under mysterious circumstances. The woman’s neighbor, a mathematics teacher named Ishigami, offers to help dispose of the body. When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi gets the case and the ex-wife becomes the prime suspect. The detective, suspicious but unable to find any evidence of the woman’s guilt, calls in his friend,  Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and frequent partner in crime solving. Coincidentally, “Professor Galileo”, as he is commonly known, attended college with the mathematics teacher, Ishigami, and suspects the man had something to do with the  murder. What ensues is a high stakes, cat and mouse game, as Ishigami tries to protect his neighbor and Professor Galileo tries to out think the suspect and prove his guilt.
Maybe you’re more of a contemporary fiction fan?  Then Kate Pitcher suggests the recent novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan:
penumbraClay Jannon is a laid-off web designer and technology worker.  Living in San Francisco, Clay needs to find a job and wanders into a dusty, ancient-looking used bookstore one night, literally called “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” as it is indeed open 24 hours a day.  Hired as the night-time bookstore clerk, Clay has questions about the mysterious activities and strange visitors to the bookstore.  People visit the bookstore in the middle of night, never buying anything, but borrowing books from the depths of the bookstore and returning them once they have been read.  Paying customers might only be passers-by who wander in out of curiosity and this is how Clay meets Kat Potente, a Google programmer.  Clay is a curious, ambitious man and his technology skills play a major role in uncovering the true purpose behind the origins of the bookstore and its reason for being.  The novel is a true blend of “book love”, a sort of ode to the book as object, but also as a novel about the possibilities and limitations of our obsession with social media, technology and data.  Clay, Kat and a cast of several other quirky characters discover a mysterious organization called the Unbroken Spine and race across the country and through cyberspace to solve the mystery of the bookstore.  The New York Times‘ review states that the novel “…dexterously tackles the intersection between old technologies and new with a novel that is part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem.”

Apocalypsmas: Can you name that tune . . .?

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake,
birds and snakes, an aeroplane -

Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn -

world serves its own needs,
regardless of your own needs.
Feed it up a knock,

speed, grunt no, strength no.
Ladder structure clatter with fear of height,

down height. Wire in a fire,
represent the seven games in a government for

hire and a combat site . . .

Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign tower. Slash and burn,
return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning,
blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle,
light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh,
this means no fear – cavalier. Renegade and steer clear!

That’s right!  R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” debuting in 1987 (album, Document) references the end of the world, perhaps even conjuring up images of Mayan blood letting (see lyrics above, 2nd paragraph).  This familiar anthem of the 1980’s is but one of many classic references to a coming apocalypse.


Perhaps the following will seem familiar as well:

The Last Man is an apocalyptic science fiction novel by Mary Shelley, which was first published in 1826. The book tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. The novel was harshly reviewed at the time, and was virtually unknown until a scholarly revival beginning in the 1960s. It is notable in part for its semi-biographical portraits of Romantic figures in Shelley’s circle, particularly Shelley’s late husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. (Wikipedia)

Get the Full Text free via Project Gutenberg: The Last Man, Mary Shelley (1826)


The Conversation of Eiros And Charmion” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, an apocalyptic science fiction story first published in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in 1839. (Wikipedia)

Get the Full Text free via Hypertexts @UVA: The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion, Edgar Allen Poe (1839)


The Time Machine is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and later adapted into two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media. This story is generally credited with the popularisation of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively. The term “time machine”, coined by Wells, is now universally used to refer to such a vehicle. This work is an early example of the Dying Earth subgenre. (Wikipedia)

Get the Full Text free via PlanetPDF: The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (1895)

The War of the Worlds (1898), a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist‘s (and his brother’s) adventures in London and the countryside around London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written in 1895–97,[2] it is one of the earliest stories that details a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. (Wikipedia)

Get the Full Text free via Project Gutenberg: War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells (1898)


Shadow on the Hearth is Judith Merril‘s first novel, a post-nuclear war survival story. Some relatively small number of atomic bombs are dropped on major cities; there’s a lot of damage, but not total social collapse. Gladys Mitchell and her two daughters, Barbara (age fifteen), and Ginny (five), struggle through the next week under increasingly difficult conditions. Gladys herself is a rather silly but basically decent woman, who tries to pretend that everything is normal because she believes that that’s her job as the mother. She’s slow to believe important information that calls into question the perfect honesty and perfect judgment of constituted authority, and slow to recognize both the dangers but ultimately willing to take major risks to protect those she has become responsible for. This is an inevitably dated, but nicely done story from the early Cold War. (New England Science Fiction Association)

Get the Full Text free via : Shadow on the Hearth, Judith Merril (1950)

The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing stories Bradbury originally published in the late 1940s in science fiction magazines. (Wikipedia)

Get the Full Text free via Google Docs: The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (1950)

A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Inspired by the author’s participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. (Internet Archive)

Listen to the full novel free via Internet Archive Audio: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller (1959)

Other top picks for young adult-to-adult reading, offered by our Education Librarian, Michelle Costello, include:

Alas, Babylon
“It was one of the first apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age and remains popular 53 years after it was first published, consistently ranking in’s Top 20 Science Fiction Short Stories list. The novel deals with the effects of a nuclear war on the small town of Fort Repose, Florida, which is based upon the actual city of DeLand, Florida” (Wikipedia).

The Road
“In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity” (Book jacket).

When World’s Collide
“A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans” (Book jacket).

The Stand
“When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge–Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence” (Book jacket).

Hopefully we can all get these read before December 21, 2012!

Happy reading!

Finals Week Survival Guide

Although we aren’t really loaning out pets as stress relief during finals week, we do have some tips to get you through exams.

1.   Check out the Final Exam Schedule so that you know when your exams will be and plan ahead so that you give yourself plenty of time to study for each of them. 
2.    Study in chunks. Block off specific hours of your schedule to study for each test you have to take. A ten minute study break every few hours is also a good idea.

3.     Schedule in some exercise. There’s no better way to relieve stress.  Don’t plan on studying non-stop the whole week.

4.    Take advantage of study groups.  A group can motivate you to get started and discussing difficult concepts with each other can aid in understanding.

5.    Take advantage of review sessions.  Most professors will touch on certain topics more heavily than others in review sessions and this might give you a better idea of what will be on the exam.

6.    Take advantage of your professor’s office hours.  If you’re unsure about anything, touch base with your professor or TA.

7.    Make sure you have the materials you’ll need for the test the night before.  Bring a back-up pen or pencil.

8.    Get a good night’s rest  and have a good breakfast before your test.  If you follow tip #1, you won’t have to stay up all night cramming.

9.    Don’t wait until your class is about to begin to get a bluebook.  If you need a blue book, you can pick it up at the Library Service Desk for 15 cents.

10.  Don’t psych yourself out.  You’ve studied, so don’t talk yourself into doing poorly.  Put yourself in confidence mode, visualize it all going right and think A+.

Textbook Theft Rises At Semester’s End

It’s that time of the semester when we need be careful with our belongings.  Campus police report that on-campus thefts tend to increase during the last weeks of every semester.  But raising awareness of this issue can help prevent some theft.

Please do not step away from your valuables, even for a short trip to the copier, printer or restroom.

Unattended laptops, textbooks, campus IDs, and bags attract thieves.   Since book buy-back occurs at the end of each semester, securing your textbooks is especially critical.

Ask a friend to watch them for you or (better yet) take them with you.