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Writing Center Faculty

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

We at the Writing Center really want to provide the Watkins community with useful and easy-to-access tools to improve the literacy of our students. Although the Writing Center is still in some ways a fledgling project, below are some of the resources we offer.

Researching, Outlining, and Editing Papers

As we have hopefully made clear, the Writing Center is available to students for help at all stages of the paper-writing process. Offering appointments 30-60 minutes in length, we will assist students in choosing a thesis, research strategies, paper outlining, as well as editing and citation help. Please feel free to contact us if you would like us to stop by your class for an introduction, or if you have a particular student to refer to us.

Exercises for Increasing Grammatical Literacy

With the wide accessibility of the internet, there are virtually unlimited resources for practicing grammar rules and improving written English. If you have a student who has difficulty writing, or an ESL student seeking practice, contact us to arrange a 30-minute grammar session. Note: we may ask for information about the student’s particular areas of difficulty in order to prepare appropriate exercises.

Conversation Sessions

As the international student population increases, Watkins will be joining prestigious state institutions in offering Conversation Sessions to English as a Second Language speakers. Generally only 30 minutes in length, we offer these sessions to give international students another opportunity to practice conversational English.

Responding to Other Needs

Here at the Writing Center we also want to make ourselves available to needs we haven’t identified. Professors and Staff members are encouraged to contact us  with any needs, concerns, or suggestions. …Especially suggestions!

We’re here to help, but help us help you!

Please do: Visit our review page to take our Writing Center Survey or to leave comments and suggestions.

Please don’t: Send your entire class over at once.  Contact us to arrange a classroom visit, or encourage your students to email us for an appointment at

We only ask that you provide us with time and information about your students needs.


Writing Center Helpful Resources

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Some helpful resources to check out


MLA citing and formatting assistance

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

To improve your writing, grammar, and punctuation

Purdue University General Writing Resources





Writing Center Schedule An Appointment

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Scheduling an appointment

1. Contact us at, and include:

  • The work/assignment you need help with, either in the body of the email or attached as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file
  • A brief explanation of the assignment and any areas in which you’re specifically looking for guidance
  • Days (M-F) on which you are able to schedule your appointment.

We’ll send you a confirmation email letting you know that your work has been received, and follow up in a second email with the scheduled appointment time.

2. Please respond to the email to confirm your appointment.

Walk-ins: Walk in appointments are accepted during open hours (see “about”) but  scheduled appointments are recommended! We need time to look over your assignment and prepare accordingly.


How to get the most out of your appointment

  • Schedule your appointment at least 2 to 3 days before your due date to give us time to set up the appointment and read your work. For big assignments, we strongly recommend that you visit two weeks before your due date because you may need more than one session to polish your work. Follow-up appointments are highly recommended for these assignments.
  • Send your work to us ahead of time so that we do not have to review it on the spot.
  • Bring your assignment guidelines with you so that we can review them together.
  • Bring a copy of your work-in -progress.
  • Be on-time.

Remember, the more prepared you are, the more we can accomplish.


What to expect at your appointment

  1. We’ll start by talking about what your specific needs are, and set an agenda for your session.
  2. We’ll review your work with you, and you will actively participate in diagnosing problems and fixing them.
  3. We may ask you to write, edit, brainstorm, research, or complete online tutorials targeting specific writing concerns.
  4. The appointment will last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one for writing projects for students, faculty, and alumni of the college.  We cover research techniques, library use, and all aspects of writing for academic assignments and professional development.  Be advised – we will not write it for you but we are here to help you in any way we can.

Come by and meet our Writing Center director, Lisa E. Williams.

Be sure and check out the Writing Center Library Guide for more information and resources.

The center is located in the Library.






Library Catalog

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Search our catalog by title, author, or keyword. Or do an advanced search.

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Fall 2016 Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM

Library Guides

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Library Guides

Library Guides provide links and guidance to specific interests and disciplines. Please click on any item in the list below to find out more about a specific topic.

Subject Guides

Book Arts and Zines

Cartoons and Comics

Evaluating Sources


How To Create an Annotated Bibliography

Image Resources

Interior Design & Architecture

New Media and Digital



Start With The Library

Often the best place to find information is your Library. Start with the Library Catalog.  Be sure to search under both “Subject” and “All words” in the right hand box on the search page, next to the box for your search word.  Great sources for journal articles and high quality images of artworks are the online databases which are on the Find Images & Articles page of the Library website

For information on our databases, tips on searching, or an overview of the Library Catalog, take a look at our growing collection of online tutorials produced right here at the Library.  You can find them on the Library How-to Videos and Frequently Asked Questions pages along with lots of other useful Library information.

Other Resources

Atomic Learning

Want to master a new piece of software? Have a specific tech question? Atomic Learning provides thousands of tutorial movies and curriculum resources that cover a variety of software packages including Final Cut, Dreamweaver, Windows Vista, PowerPoint, Endnote and Blackboard. Students and Faculty can access Atomic Learning anywhere on campus; off campus access is available with a password. Ask a librarian or your instructor for the username and password.

Project Gutenberg

The oldest producer of free electronic books (ebooks and eTexts)

Arts News on the Web

Arts Resources in Nashville

Still have questions?

Get answers! Ask a librarian. Email us, call us (615 277-7427), or stop by the Library to get the facts straight from a librarian.

Search Other Libraries

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Fisk University Library

Watkins Library is proud of our cooperative agreement with the Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library located less than ten minutes away from the Watkins campus. The Fisk Library houses over 200,000 books, various special collections documenting the African-American experience, and the Aaron Douglas Collection. Parking is free; Just present your Watkins ID at the Fisk Library’s checkout counter for registration.

Search the Fisk Library Catalog

Search Nashville Public Library

Students are encouraged to utilize the great resources of the public library. Besides the great convenience of access to their vast collection of books, DVDs, and music, they offer the convenience of delivery to their Looby Branch located across Rosa Parks from Watkins. If you live on campus, you can obtain a public library card by presenting a personal ID, such as your driver’s license, passport, or learner’s permit, proof of home address, and proof of your current address on campus: your checkbook, piece of mail postmarked in the last two weeks, utility bill, or pay stub issued in the last two weeks.

Search Project ATHENA

A service of the Nashville Area Library Alliance, the ATHENA catalog is an Interlibrary Loan service that gives you access to the collections of local college and public libraries from Aquinas and Belmont to Vanderbilt and Volunteer State.

Search WorldCat

WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.   Once you find an item, use the Interlibrary Loan form to request the item through the Library at Watkins

ILL request form. A librarian will request the book for you and notify you by email when it arrives. Make sure you plan ahead.  An Interlibrary Loan will take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive.

Find Images And Articles

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Need Help?

During regular business hours Mon- Fri and Sun:

  • Call 615-277-7427
  • Drop by for in-person, in-library help



Online Databases:


Full text access to scholarly journals in languages and literature, as well as essential titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture. There are 150 titles in this collection. No log in is necessary.

*Sorry, there is no off campus access.



Tennessee residents have access to 19 databases of magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference materials.

* Remote access available, ask a librarian for password



Art Full Text  is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from over 600 periodicals published throughout the world; full-text coverage for 298 periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.  Coverage begins in 1984.

*Remote Access Available with a password. ASK a librarian for User ID and Password by phone or email.



ARTstor is a growing repository of 300,000+ digital images and related data supporting interdisciplinary studies with special emphasis on collections of art, architecture and archeology. After simple online registration, you can access the database from anywhere.

  • ARTstor’s Youtube channel: access videos that will help you easily navigate ARTstor’s digital library, create presentations, and access your professor saved images.
  • ARTstor Help Wiki: Find the answers to your ARTstor and OIV (Offline Image Viewer — ARTstor’s presentation creation software) questions, also participate in a user forum.



Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, Rhizome’s website serves to encourage and expand the communities surrounding these practices. Programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. Sign up to create a personal profile page, subscribe to Rhizome’s blog and newsletters, participate in discussion, post announcements and view job opportunities, browse art in the online archive, the ArtBase, find out about recent events and exhibitions, apply for a grant and view Rhizome grantees.

On and off campus access. Off campus, just join the rhizome community with your Watkins email address.


Can’t find the book or journal article you are looking for? Try an inter-library loan.

If you can’t find a book you need for your research in the Watkins Library catalog, Fisk University library, or Nashville Public library, check WorldCat to search multiple libraries.

  • When you find the book you need, fill out an ILL request form. A librarian will request the book for you and notify you by email when it arrives.
  • Make sure you plan ahead.  An Interlibrary Loan will take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive.


More Information

For information on our databases, tips on searching, or an overview of the Library Catalog, take a look at our growing collection of online tutorials produced right here at the Library. You can find them on the Library How-to Videos or Frequently Asked Questions pages.

New Acquisitions

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Library At Watkins
Title Author
The Black Rabbit Philippa Leathers PZ7.L46374 Bl 2013 10020197
Feeling and Form Susanne K. Langer BF458 .L29 1951 10020172
Art and Politics Claudia Mesch N72.S6 10020174
Experiments in Modern Realism Alex Potts ND458.5.R42 P68 2013 10020175
Haxan: Witchcraft through the ages DVD PN1997 .H379 2011 10020167
In a Year with 13 Moons HQ77.9 .I6 2004. 10020166
The Seventh Victim/Shadows in the Dark DVD PN1997.A1 S384 2005 10020165
Forget Me Not Geoffrey Batchen TR646.N4 A47 2004 10020170
The Steadicam Operators Handbook Jerry Holway TR880 .H86 2012 10020176
Paula Modersohn-Becker: the first modern woman artist Diane Radycki N6888.M5 R33 2013 10020171

Library How To Videos

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Library At Watkins

Using The Library Catalog

Introducing Our Online Databases


Better Searching Through Boolean

10 Steps to Better Essays

10 Steps to a Better Essay from Watkins Library on Vimeo.