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University Provides Access to RefWorks Research Tool

Fordham faculty and students are now able to build and organize research references online with RefWorks, a Web-based database available through the University’s library home page.

The bibliographic management tool is designed to help researchers collect, manage, store and share information as they write. Researchers can create a database with references to citations, export those citations and even format bibliographies and footnotes instantly in a variety of styles particular to a field or even a publication, according to Jan Kelsey, head of reference at the Walsh Family Library.

“It really facilitates the management of things,” Kelsey said. “You may return to a source and wonder, ‘Why did I like this article so much?’ With RefWorks, you can store articles, mark pertinent paragraphs, add notes, comments and cites.”

One of RefWorks’ chief time-saving features is its ability to create the needed style format in hundreds of peer-reviewed journals: Whether it be Nature, the Journal of the American Medical Association or the Academy of Management Journal, RefWorks creates the proper style bibliography, Kelsey said.
“Laboring with the minutiae of punctuation and styles—APA or MLA—can be one of the most tedious tasks of creating research papers,” he said.

With RefWorks, people collaborating on research can create group accounts and access each other’s work online, Kelsey added.

RefWorks has about 300 users on the Fordham campus and is available to students, staff and faculty through a simple registration process. The program offers an online tutorial and Kelsey is also available to answer questions at (718) 817-3574 or

—Janet Sassi

Poets Out Loud Hosts Book Launch for Fordham Press Issue

Poets Out Loud (POL) hosted a book launch and reading on March 5 for poet Darcie Dennigan, winner of its 2006-07 POL Prize for a previously unpublished volume of poetry. Dennigan was on hand to read from her volume Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, published by Fordham University Press.

“It’s not difficult for me to imagine how Darcie Dennigan’s work stood out,” said Elizabeth Frost, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of POL. “I have never encountered such a wonderfully quirky poetic imagination, and I’m certain that hers will be a major new poetic voice.”

Dennigan’s manuscript was chosen from among 500 entries from across the country and Europe by contest judge Alice Fulton, poet, author and the Ann S. Bowers Distinguished Professor of English at Cornell University. In introducing Dennigan, Fulton called her a “powerfully original poet—one whose idiosyncratic power could not be learned or taught.”

Dennigan is the eighth recipient of the award. POL’s 2007-08 contest winner is expected to be named in April; this year’s judge is author and poet Michael Palmer.

Winners receive a $2,000 stipend, publication by Fordham University Press and a reading at the Lincoln Center campus as part of POL’s yearly series.

—Janet Sassi

Elections and Campaign Management Student Wins Industry Award

Robert Alberty, a graduate student in the Elections and Campaign Management program, has won a Student Pollie Award for Best Radio Ad from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

Titled “Where Will Tom Go Next?” Alberty’s ad was created during the “Strategies and Mechanisms of Political Communication” course taught last fall by veteran instructors and leading political strategists Joseph Mercurio and Bart Robbett. The ad contrasted U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’s perfect voting attendance record with that of her challenger, U.S. Rep. Tom Allen.

“I am so pleased by this honor, which would have been impossible without the training and encouragement I received from the instructors and my classmates in the campaign management program,” Alberty said. “This is exactly why I came to Fordham.”

Awarded annually by the AAPC, the Pollies are the most prestigious awards in the political campaign and public affairs industry. This is the first year the Pollies opened the competition to students in campaign management programs across the country.

“We are delighted that the AAPC has recognized Robert for his excellence in political advertising,” said Costas Panagopoulos, Ph.D., director of the program. “Robert exemplifies the high standard of excellence that students in the ECM program are trained to achieve, and we are very proud.”

Alberty received his award on March 15 at the AAPC’s annual conference in Santa Monica, Calif.

— Syd Steinhardt

Is This Seat Taken?

PFCLC junior Erynn Dickerson gets a lift from FCLC junior Levi Marsman at the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Fundraiser Concert, held March 5 in the Pope Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus. Students in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Program performed to raise money for their scholarship fund.

—Janet Sassi

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., delivers a State of the University address to students on Feb. 29 in Flom Auditorium
on the Rose Hill campus. The event was sponsored by the United Student Government and was open to all
—Joseph McLaughlin
Photo by Chris Taggart

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