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Alderman Library Field Trip

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The sophomore and junior history classes and new Senior Seminar courses at MSA are each approaching their large research projects for the 2017/2018 school year. To help the students with the research process, and to provide them with a unique opportunity to locate sources, the history department has orchestrated a trip to UVA’s Alderman Library.  UVA boasts one of the largest libraries in the US, and should be a great asset to our students’ inquiries. Students who attend one of these training sessions will be well prepared to step into a first year college class and tackle research assignments confidently.


The trip will take place on Friday, January 12th, 2018. Buses will leave Miller at 8:15 AM and arrive at Alderman Library by 9:00 AM. Students will have the opportunity to buy lunch on “the Corner” with money provided by the school. The trip will return to campus by 3:30 PM after the research session is completed.

In the morning Todd Burks, one of UVA’s librarians, will give the students a tutorial on the stacks and databases at UVA. After the presentation students will have the remainder of the trip to check out books, download scholarly articles, and work on formulating the outlines and theses for their papers. Chaperones from the MSA faculty will be available for questions and research troubleshooting during this time.

What to bring: laptops, a flash drive, and photo IDs to check out books.

The trip will be chaperoned by Mr. Fickley, Dr. Nabi, Mrs. Waddle, Mr. Riddick, and Mr. Wawner.

Please contact me ( with any questions.

Earlier Event: January 10
Service Day
Later Event: January 19
Alumni Reception with S. Ross Browne