Monthly Archives: February 2016

Join the Oviatt for “Civil Rights Pioneer: A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller”

Dr. Amina Hassan

Dr. Amina Hassan

The Oviatt Library and the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center are pleased to be cosponsoring the symposium “Civil Rights Pioneer: A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller” on Feb. 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. Dr. Amina Hassan will be present to discuss her recent book Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Loren Miller was a lawyer and judge in Los Angeles and a major force in civil rights both locally and nationally. In addition to serving as co-counsel on Brown v. Board of Education, Miller served as Dr. Hassan’s father’s attorney when he was discriminated against as a black man in a L.A. restaurant in the 1940s. Dr. Hassan will bring personal insight and historical knowledge to the discussion.

Dr. Hassan’s own accomplishments include working as an independent historian and documentarian with on-the-spot recording of the coup and U.S. invasion of Grenada, and developing a 13-part series for National Public Radio on how race, class, and gender shape American sports.

Judge Robin Miller Sloan

Judge Robin Miller Sloan

The closing keynote speaker at the symposium will be Judge Robin Miller Sloan, the granddaughter of civil rights attorney and journalist Judge Loren Miller, and the daughter of Judge Loren Miller Jr., who served the Los Angeles community on the Superior Court for more than three decades.

Judge Robin Miller Sloan has served as a prosecutor for the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s Office, and was appointed to the bench in 2003. Judge Sloan is assigned to the Juvenile Court where she serves as an advocate to effect change in young people’s lives.

Please join us for a meaningful discussion with Dr. Hassan and Judge Sloan who will be taking questions at the event. Copies of the book Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist will be available for purchase. For more information please visit our Exhibitions and Events page. We look forward to seeing you there.

Exploring Research Topics

Are you struggling with finding the right topic for your research paper? This short Research Therapy video gives you suggestions on where to look for topic ideas, how to narrow your topic, as well as a couple of online library resources that are a great place to begin your research.

Topic Exploration image for video

Concept Mapping

Concept mapping is a great way to expand on a general topic; it also helps you to think about the different aspects of your topic. Here’s a template for a basic concept map. Here’s another concept map when you’re trying to identify the who, what, when, where, why or how of a topic.

As mentioned in the video keep in mind the different angles you could take on a topic:

  • Geographical → where
  • Sociological → who
  • Psychological → why
  • Historical → when

Library Databases

After you pick a general topic it’s a good idea to do some general background resources. Oviatt Library has several different online reference resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical resources and more. The databases mentioned in the video are Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Credo Reference, the library no longer has access to Credo so use Gale Virtual Reference instead.  We also have a list of online reference resources listed under the Find Articles by Subject page, as well as an organized list of our databases by subject.  We also have a general Research Strategies guide to help you along with the research process.

Don’t forget to Ask a Librarian if you have any questions.

 -Laurie Borchard


The Oviatt Celebrates Love My Library Week

Cart with books wrapped for Blind Date with a Book displayMatadors, this week the Oviatt Library is celebrating Love My Library Week! We will be offering several activities for you to take a break from your routine and to have some Library-related fun. Here is a list of events:

Tuesday through Friday: Social Media Blast! Tell us what you love about the Oviatt Library using #LoveMyOviatt or #HeartOviatt. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. On Snapchat show us with photos what you love about the Oviatt!

Tuesday through Friday: Blind Date with a Book – Stop by our “heartfelt” display in the Learning Commons and browse specially selected books that are wrapped up and waiting for you to take them home. You surely will be in for a surprise because there is no peeking!

Tuesday through Friday: Visit our graffiti board in the Learning Commons and tell us what you love about the Oviatt on the spot. All affirmative adjectives welcome!

Wednesday: Get tattooed! “I Love the Oviatt” temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday: Make a Valentine for that special someone at our Valentine’s Arts & Crafts table. We will be in the lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Coleen Martin

Enter the Raffle and Celebrate Black History!

Martin Luther King, Jr. in a crowdHello Matadors! This month the Oviatt Library is celebrating black history with many Black History Matters events. For starters, we invite you to enter the online black history daily question game and raffle. Each day this month, there will be a different question about African American history. Every time you answer the question correctly, you will be entered into a raffle for a $50 MataMoney gift card and a black history t-shirt.

Early in the month there will be a presentation by Dr. Josh Sides who will present L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present. His talk will focus on how South Central Los Angeles became the center of black Los Angeles during much of the twentieth century. There will also be an exhibit in the Library Exhibit Gallery. Historicizing & Contemporizing the Black Aesthetic will showcase media history, fashion, jewelry and artifacts curated by Dr. Theresa White & Dr. Cedric Hackett of the Department of Africana Studies.

Further into the month you won’t want to miss the performance by the talented CSUN Vocal ARTillery. You will be in for a treat as these young artists entertain and inform. Matadors will also have a chance to strengthen Wikipedia’s scope and content related to black history with our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Join us for an afternoon editing Wikipedia info – no experience necessary. Finally, we will celebrate the life and many achievements of Judge Loren Miller with Civil Rights Pioneer: A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller. Many more details about all of these events are available at the Oviatt’s Black History Matters webpage. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coleen Martin