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  • Library 101: Taxes

    No matter how you feel about taxes, it’s the time of year to start thinking about filing your federal and state tax returns. The country’s first income tax originated during the Civil War, when Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861 which included a tax on personal incomes to help pay war expenses. This was repealed ten years later. An 1894 attempt to enact a flat rate Federal income tax was ruled unconstitutional. In 1913 the 16th Amendment paved the way for the Federal income tax as we now know it. Continue Reading

  • Library 101: Last-Minute Research Help and Christmas History

    As you are reading this, regular classes will soon be over and finals will begin. For those of you who have some last-minute assignments or who have begged extensions on papers, the library is open with librarians standing by to provide research help. Our electronic databases with full text options may be the best way to find those last minute sources. We have extended our evening hours until 1AM beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9, to provide some late night study space. The cafeteria will bring in cookies and caffeine to keep your energy up. Continue Reading

  • Library 101: Thanksgiving

    As we all start looking forward to Thanksgiving next week, eating too much turkey, watching the traditional football rivalries, and getting together with family and friends, have you ever considered “how did we get here”? The story of Thanksgiving, as taught in elementary school with Pilgrims and Indians, turkey, corn and pumpkin pie, is really just one version of a celebration that originated on the American continent. How the Pilgrims and their harvest celebration became so strongly associated with our modern version of the day is a matter of much speculation. Continue Reading