Library Workshop: Choosing the Best Library Resources (Survival Skills for Class and the Zombie Apocalypse)

You get the alert on your phone. It’s happened, the dead are walking. You’re stuck in the library, zombies clawing at the doors. What can you do? Look for helpful information! The library is full of that, right? But how do you know which source to choose? At our free workshop, “Choosing the Best Library Resources: Survival Skills for Class and the Zombie Apocalypse” you’ll learn how to identify different sources and find out which ones might be best for your research papers, or which ones might get you past the zombies alive!

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Library Workshop: How to Start Research

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As we get deeper into the semester, professors are probably advising you to start thinking seriously about your big research projects. If you don’t know where to start, Crown Library’s How to Start Research workshop can help. We will lead you through three basic steps that will set you up for success: reading your assignment to identify all of the research requirements, understanding the difference between a thesis and a research question, and creating key words or search terms. Once you have these three skills, you’ll be able to start your research on the right foot. We will be hosting this workshop in Rebecca Crown Library, Room 111, at the following times:

Monday, September 18 at 6:00 pm;

Wednesday, September 20 at 2:30 pm;

Thursday, September 21 at 11:00 am.

You can register on the library’s Workshops page.

We hope to see you there!

Follow the Library on Instagram

Missing Dominican already? The Library is here to wash away your Dominican homesickness. “How?”, you ask. With a brand new Instagram account! All summer we will be posting pictures of what all the library staff and librarians are up to while most of the students and faculty are away.

To follow us, check out the link below or search rebeccacrownlibrary under people in Instagram.

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FREE Valentine’s Day Cards!

Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday, and if you’re feeling unprepared, never fear: Crown Library has you covered. We’ve got tons of romantic books for you to check out in our display area on the first floor, near the women’s bathrooms.  While you’re there, you can admire our beautiful “Love Is Love” poster.  The Love Is… comics were started by artist Kim Casali in the 1960s, and have delighted readers ever since.  Jessica Barth, our media center coordinator, designed this updated version for us.


Plus, from now until Valentine’s Day, we’re giving out free Valentines for you to take and share!


We’ve got cards to appeal to any Valentine, from nursing and Physician Assistant students…


…to science students,


music students,


library science students,


and your library crush!


Stop by the library today and see all of your card options!

Upcoming Free Workshops & Webinars

Did you know the library provides free workshops and webinars to students, faculty, and staff on a variety of technologies that can be useful for your success at Dominican and beyond?

Check out workshops on free online technology to create websites, presentations, and bibliographies; as well as on how to search the web for your research.

You can sign up for upcoming workshops and webinars through the Rebecca Crown Library website . Please register prior to attending.

A Crown Night of Mystery…Includes Pizza and a Murder

The Rebecca Crown Library is hosting a Murder Mystery Event for Dominican University students starting at 7PM on September 30th. There is limited spots (50 openings) so make sure you arrive early. Be ready to solve the case!

Sign up to reserve a spot through the following link:

Any other questions: Contact Patrick Hussey at either or 708-524-6881



Prosthetic Hand Made with 3D Printing in the Media Center

Did you know you can print medical models, surgical implants, and prosthetics with 3D printing? These objects can be used to facilitate visualization and learning for students and researchers, as well as in some cases, serve patients.


The Library Media Center has created a working left prosthetic hand using .STL files from the Cyborg Beast which can be found on The limb costs no more than $15 to make for material alone, and the total print time was about 11 hours.

Dr. Jorge Zuniga, a professor at Creighton University, published his design for a prosthetic arm on Thingiverse for anyone to use under Creative Commons. He combined his profession of crafting prosthetic limbs for children and young adults with 3D printing technology, and published his design for the public to adapt and create.

For this particular object, the gauntlet was customized to reflect the X-Men Wolverine color stem. We download the gauntlet into a 3D modeling software (Tinkercad) to add the X-Men circle and Wolverines traditional black stripes. Once we were happy with that look, we scaled all the finger, digits, palm and gauntlet up 125% percent to make it fit a small limb before printing it in the desired color. The last step was to assemble the prosthetic limb. Dr. Zuniga provides videos and a pdf manual to assist in assembly. Presto! We now have a completed, fully functional prosthetic limb.

In the future, we would like to make some alterations to the limb which will increase its durability and customize the limb to suit the needs of the patient. Customization would add to how long the object would take to print, but not add much to the cost to make the object. The added print time would increase the sturdiness of the prosthetic limb and add to the satisfaction of the patient.

It’s the marvels of modern technology. Things that used to take weeks if not months of development can be made in a fraction of the time with the fraction of the cost. The true marvel lie not just with the technology, but also with the community of people who come together and allow for the shared use of intellectual designs to help make the world a better place.

The Media Center is located in the lower level of the library and open to students, faculty, and staff. Check out the Library’s Media Center page for more information about 3D printing.

Thank you to Jess Barth for contributing.


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