Friday, March 29, 2013


Goddard library will be open our normal Sunday hours (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm) on March 31st - Easter Sunday. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Minnesota poet Su Smallen will be speaking in the Reading Lounge, Goddard Library on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Smallen has published two collections of her poetry, Weight of Light, nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award, and Buddha Proof, a 2012 Minnesota Book Award finalist.  This program is sponsored by Southeastern Libraries Cooperating using funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Goddard Library is hosting the event.  Join us for this very special celebration of National Poetry Month!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

National Women's History Month: March 2013!

The theme for National Women's History Month 2013 is "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination:  Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

The library has assembled a collection of books about women and their achievements in a variety of fields, and they are displayed in the glass display case to your right as you enter the library.  You are invited to peruse these titles and check out any that interest you.

Monday, March 4, 2013


A peer-reviewed article has gone through a process which determines its validity and quality for publication in a scholarly journal.  The author of the article submits it to a journal editor who forwards the article to an editorial board, experts in the field, considered to be the author's peers.  The article is carefully evaluated for accuracy and the validity of the research methodology is examined.  If the article is lacking in these areas, it is rejected for publication in the journal.  Some characteristics of a peer-reviewed article are:

---Is the  journal in which you found the article published by a professional scholarly society or a professional association?

---Does the article have an abstract, or a summary at the beginning?

---Does the article have a bibliography at the end?

---Are the author's credentials listed?

---Is the subject of the article narrow in focus and explored in depth?

---Is the article based on original research?

---Is the article aimed at individuals with prior knowledge of the subject?

Many databases, such as Academic Search Premier and CINAHL will enable you to limit your research to peer-reviewed articles.  Choose the advanced search option and look for the check-box that allows you to limit your results to peer-reviewed only.  And remember, there is a librarian at the Reference/Information Desk to offer assistance!