ACL Dissertation Writers’ Room Update

As of today, all of the spots available in ACL’s Dissertation Writers’ Room have been filled for the Spring semester. Another round of applications will be accepted in 2015 for the Fall Semester. Thanks to everyone who has applied and if you need assistance with submitting your dissertations, please visit the University Thesis & Dissertation website.

Dissertation Writers Room Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications for the Dissertation Writers Room (DWR) are now being accepted at for both Fenwick Library and the Arlington Campus Library. The DWR is a place for Mason PhD students in good academic standing, who have passed their comprehensive exams, to use as a secure study space to store books and writing materials. Each room is locked and only accessible with a unique door code.

Applicants must provide signatures of their respective departments on the application, and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can pick up an application in the library, or download one from

Open Writing Lab Tomorrow at ACL

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, ACL will host its final Open Writing Lab of the semester from 9:00am – 10:45pm. The Instruction Room (Room 332 inside the library) will be open all day for students to use our computers or bring their own laptops. It’s a great opportunity to find a quiet place to work on final assignments and papers without distractions. Stay for the whole time or as long as you can. The door will be open all day and no registration is necessary for the Open Writing Lab.



Graduate Research & Writing Retreat – Nov. 18th

The Graduate Research & Writing Retreat will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18th and offers students a quiet environment in which to work on final papers and projects. The Arlington Campus Library Instruction Room is the venue, allowing for quiet work, free from distractions from 3:00 – 10:00pm.

Research Librarians, Data Services consultants, and Writing Center staff will be available to assist you with your research, writing, and data needs during the event.

Come in for the whole time or just a little while to work and to grab some caffeine and food. Our desktop computers will be available to you, but they will be first-come-first-serve, so if you have your laptop, bring it along! Registration is required.


Open Writing Lab This Wednesday

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Arlington Campus Library’s Instruction Room (332 inside the library) will be open all day (9:00am – 11:00pm) for students to work quietly on papers and other assignments. Please bring your own laptop if you have one, or feel free to use one of our desktop computers. Covered drinks are permitted, so bring your favorite caffeinated (or non-caffeinated) beverage along!

Registration is optional but recommended, and you can sign up and find out more information at

Writing & Productivity Day at the Arlington Campus Library

Students studying in the library in Founders Hall on the Arlington campus.

Photo courtesy of George Mason University Creative Services

Sign up for the Arlington Campus Library’s Writing & Productivity Day!

This half-day program will give you space to work alongside other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done. A Learning Specialist from Learning Services will give a brief presentation on writing productivity and will be available for 15-minute one-on-one consultations to offer tips and strategies to increase your individual writing productivity. Topics can include improving concentration, goal setting, time management, and more.

 Arlington Campus Library’s Writing Productivity Day will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Space is limited to 10 participants. If you would like to participate, complete registration here. Sign-ups for the productivity consultation available upon arrival.

The event will be held in the Arlington Campus Library’s instruction room. Please bring your computer, any other research materials you may need, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.

All George Mason graduate-degree-seeking students at the Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun campuses are eligible to participate.

Sign up for the Library of Congress Tour/Orientation Sessions

The Arlington Campus Library will be hosting its regular Library of Congress orientation & tour sessions next week!  Come learn all about how to do research at the Library of Congress with special guest instructor, Library of Congress Librarian Darren Jones. A research orientation session will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2nd at 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Arlington Campus Library’s Instruction Room in Founders Hall that will familiarize attendees with the resources and services available at the Library of Congress. There will be a corresponding tour the next day on Friday, Oct. 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm at the Library of Congress. Tour participants will be able to get ID cards to access the Readers Room, learn all about the research services available, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the LOC. Registration is required, so please save your spot at








Orientation on LOC’s Research Services - Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 3:00 – 4:00pm

@ Arlington Campus Library’s Instruction Room


Library of Congress Tour - Friday, Oct. 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00pm

@ The Library of Congress


Book Display on Gender, Conflict & Peacebuilding

This post was written by Melanie Weyant, Arlington Campus Library’s new Graduate Research Assistant.

The current book display at the Arlington Campus Library highlights materials related to gender and conflict issues. Our collection includes primers on women and peacebuilding, explorations of international gender and conflict issues, texts and documentaries that challenge traditional knowledge on women and war, and biographies of extraordinary women who fought back against conventional beliefs.

I chose this exhibit because gender, power, and identity all play major roles in defining conflict.  In addition, it is important to acknowledge the research that has been done on women in peacebuilding, and to share the stories of women on the ground, who took positions of power and created positive change.

Visit the Arlington Campus Library to learn more about gender, conflict, and peacebuilding through the library’s collections.

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