Mullen It Over – October Issue

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Peer Review Models and Misconceptions

As part of Peer Review Week (September 25-29, 2023), it is advantageous for us to explore the changing nature of peer review and the models that have sprung up over the years. For example, as the editor-in-chief for a Taylor & Francis academic journal, College & Undergraduate Libraries, I regularly return manuscripts back to the Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook: A Century in Caldwell – The School of Canon Law at 100

September 26, 1923 marked the opening of lectures for the 1923-24 academic year at Catholic University. Students hustled between classes in McMahon and Caldwell Halls, on what may have seemed a typical start to a new semester. But on this particular day, a new School opened on campus – the School of Canon Law. Since Read More

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Peer Review and the Future of Publishing

Welcome to Peer Review Week (September 25-29, 2023)! This week celebrates the scholarly peer review process, explores its significance in maintaining the quality of research publications, and addresses questions and challenges faced by researchers, academics, and librarians. The week is coordinated and sponsored by a number of publishers and affiliates. What is Peer Review? Peer Read More

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In Defense of Love: An Argument

Ron Rosenbaum examines the intersection of love with literature and science in In Defense of Love: An Argument. He demonstrates “how the very capacity that makes us human is being taken over by numerical methods of analysis and encourages us to celebrate the mysterious and noble phenomenon of surrendering to love.” Once you are finished, Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook: “The Road Goes On” – The Making of the Tolkien Exhibit

Every year, on the week of the 22nd day of September, the passionate community of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enthusiasts gather together all around the world to pay tribute to the creator of Middle-earth. This date wasn’t selected arbitrarily. On September 22nd,  Bilbo and Frodo famously celebrate their concurrent birthday in the first chapter of The Lord Read More

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Digital Scholarship Fundamentals Workshops Fall Schedule

The University Libraries and the Department of Library and Information Science are offering a series of workshops this semester. The theme of the workshops is text data mining. Text data mining is the process of extracting valuable insights and patterns from unstructured textual data using various computational and statistical techniques to analyze and interpret this Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook:  Digital Dreams – New Deal and Postwar Era Labor Collections  

A previous blog post recounted CatholicU’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era Labor Collections, part of Special Collections that includes materials from the New Deal and Postwar Era. These include the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), 1935-1955; three high ranking CIO officials, Phillip Murray, John Brophy, and Harry C. Read; and Joseph Daniel Keenan of the Read More

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Lincoln’s God

Joshua Zeitz has written an excellent book on Abraham Lincoln and his faith. Lincoln’s God: How Faith Transformed a President and a Nation “chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s evolution from a spiritual skeptic to an evangelical Christian believer, which played an instrumental role on the battlefield of the Civil War and home front, and in the corridors Read More

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Library Tours and Research Help

Welcome back to campus students! Tour Mullen Library Next week, Tuesday, September 5th through Friday, September 8th at Noon, join us in the lobby to get a short tour of Mullen Library and learn about the resources we offer! Acing Research Throughout September we will have sessions on different aspects of research to help you Read More

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