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Research Rescue

Is your research project snowballing out of control?

Drop by the Fishbowl for expert help:

Mondays, 2-4 pm
Tuesdays, 10-11 am & 4-5 pm
Wednesdays, 4-5 pm

Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm
Fridays, 2-4 pm

Not free at these times? Remember that you can also get help by dropping by for a research consultation.


Holiday-themed Books

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The complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating our Cultural Harvest - D. Winbush Riley
Call Number: Main Library 394.2 R573c
ISBN: 9780060172152
Publication Date: 1995

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Encyclopedia of Christmas - Tanya Gulevich
Call Number: Reference Stacks R 394.26 E56
ISBN: 9780780803879
Publication Date: 2000

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Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris
Call Number: Main Library S4471h
ISBN: 9780316779982
Publication Date: 1997
Contains "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris's hilarious account of working as a department store elf.

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Merry Christmas, Baby: a Christmas and Kwanzaa Treasury - Paula L Woods; Felix H Liddell
Call Number: Main Library 394.2 M573
ISBN: 9780060173951
Publication Date: 1996

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Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit - Dr. Seuss
Call Number: Main Library PS3513.E2 H619 1998
ISBN: 9780865164192
Publication Date: 1998
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in Latin.

See also:

Hanukkah Anthology - Philip Goodman
Call Number: Main Library 296.4 H251
ISBN: 9780827600805
Publication Date: 1976

A New Christmas Treasury - Jack Newcombe
Call Number: Main Stacks 808.8 N532
ISBN: 1991
Publication Date: 9780670839605

Miracle on 34th Street - Valentine Davies
Call Number: Main Library PS3507.A7116 M5 1947
Publication Date: 1947

Holiday-themed music

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Michael Isaacson's Aspects of a Great Miracle

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Christmas Time Is Here

Seven Principles

Auld Lang Syne (Car Horn Version)


    Holiday-themed videos

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    A Christmas Carol - Alastair Sim; Kathleen Harrison; Jack Warner
    Call Number: Main Library: VC C5553 DVD
    ISBN: 0089859820120
    Publication Date: 1951; 2002
    Mr. Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas as he is visited by sprits from the past, present, and future.

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    A Christmas Carol - George C. Scott, Nigel Davenport, Frank Finlay
    Call Number: Main Library VC C5551 DVD
    ISBN: 0024543027201
    Publication Date: 1984; 2009
    Mr. Scrooge discoveres the true meaning of Christmas in this made-for-tv version of the story.

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    A Christmas Story - Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
    Call Number: Main Library VC C555 DVD
    ISBN: 0012569796287
    Publication Date: 1983; 2007
    A young boy dreams up creative strategies to convince his parents to give him a bb gun for Christmas. Contains the now-classic holiday phrase, "You'll shoot your eye out!".

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    Desk Set - Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn
    Call Number: Main Library VC D459 DVD
    ISBN: 0024543115649
    Publication Date: 1957; 2004
    The skills of a research department are pitted against the "electronic brain". Featuring a Hepburn-Tracy romance and a wild and drunken librarian Christmas party!

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    Family Guy, Season 3
    Call Number: Main Library VC F1981 DVD v. 2 no.2
    ISBN: 0024543079392
    Publication Date: 2002; 2003
    An animated comedy featuring Peter Griffin and his crazy family. Contains the episode: "A very special family guy freakin' Christmas."

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    The Family Man - Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Jeremy Piven
    Call Number: Main Library VC F1981 DVD
    ISBN: 0025192094125
    Publication Date: 2000
    In a modern-day mash-up of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life, a wealthy Wall-Street workaholic is visited by a supernatural being on on Christmas Eve and finds out what his life could have been like.

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    It's a Wonderful Life - James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
    Call Number: Main Library VC I89 2007 DVD
    ISBN: 0097369600149
    Publication Date: 1946; 2007
    On Christmas Eve, an indebted and despairing George Bailey contemplates suicide. An strange but good-hearted angel arrives to show him how the world would be if George had never been born.

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    Love Actually - Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Martine McCutcheon
    Call Number: Main Library VC L8974 DVD
    ISBN: 0025192010583
    Publication Date: 2003
    Follows eight couples in London during the month leading up to Christmas.

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    Joyeux Noël = Merry Christmas - Diane Krüger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet
    Call Number: Main Library VFr J89 DVD
    ISBN: 043396150997
    Publication Date: 2005
    On Christmas Eve, in the midst of World War I, soldiers on both sides unite in celebration. Based on a true event.

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    Meet Me in St. Louis - Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor
    Call Number: Main Library VC M495 DVD
    ISBN: 0012569508927
    Publication Date: 2004
    Young love blossoms in St. Louis during preparations for the 1904 World's Fair. Features Judy Garland, a Christmas Eve ball, and the famous song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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    The Nightmare before Christmas - Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon
    Call Number: Main Library VC N688 DVD
    ISBN: 0786936808988
    Publication Date: 2000
    In beautiful claymation, Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, attempts to bring Christmas back to Halloween Town.

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    The Nutcracker - Mikhail Baryshnikov (Nutcracker/Prince), Gelsey Kirkland (Clara)
    Call Number: Main Library VC N976 DVD
    ISBN: 0032031292598
    Publication Date: 1977; 2004
    The classic Christmas ballet featuring Clara, who is given a Nutcracker prince by her godfather. It is broken, and that night Clara dreams that the Nutcracker comes to life.

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    Peanuts 1960's Collection: A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Call Number: Main Library VC P358 DVD
    ISBN: 0883929074952
    Publication Date: 1965-1969; 2009
    Starring Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Contains the epsiode: "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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    Scrooged - Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe
    Call Number: Main Library VC S435 DVD
    ISBN: 0097363205449
    Publication Date: 1988; 1999
    In this contemporary take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a selfish tv executive is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve.

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    Trading Places - Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis
    Call Number: Main Library VC T7631 DVD
    ISBN: 0097360155143
    Publication Date: 1983; 2007
    Set during the holidays, two business partners make a wager that involves switching two men to opposite ends of social hierarchy. The score was nominated for an Oscar and includes several Christmas carols.


    Games and puzzles

    Starting on Reading Day, we'll have the following on the main floor, in front of the "Fishbowl":
    • Battleship
    • Connect 4
    • Legos
    • Mr. and Ms. Potato Heads, with assorted costumes
    • Puzzles
    • Twister

    Questions? Need help?

    Ask a Librarian!


    Research Services:

    Online Research Direction

    Self-guided access to our subject guides, online tutorials, and online resources.

    Peer Research Advising

    Personal instruction from a Peer Research Advisor at the information desk. 

    Research Librarian Guidance

    Personal instruction from a Research Librarian. 

    Research Rescue

    Personal instruction in a group setting from Peer Research Advisors and Research Librarians in the Fishbowl. 

    Scheduled Consultations

    Dedicated and in-depth personal instruction from a Research Librarian.

    Note: If you are not affiliated with the college, research help may be limited. We can always help with U.S. Government information, federal government documents on deposit in our library, and materials that are unique to Davidson College.



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    The Complete Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
    Call Number: Main Library Stacks 741.5 W346c
    ISBN: 9780740748479
    Publication Date: 2005-09-01

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    The Complete Far Side, 1980-1994 - Gary Larson
    Call Number: Main Library Stacks NC1429.L32 A4
    ISBN: 9780740721137
    Publication Date: 2003-09-01

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    The Complete Peanuts - Charles M. Schulz
    Call Number: Main Library Stacks PN6728.P4 S3 2004
    ISBN: 9781560975892
    Publication Date: 2004-
    16 vols. to date


    Snacks and drinks

    Hungry? Thirsty?
    You are welcome to have food and beverages in the library; we just ask that you avoid messy food (e.g. pizza) and clean up after yourself.

    Vending machines

    • Snacks and candy
      Main floor, in the center of the building
    • Coffee and hot chocolate
      Main floor, in the center of the building
    • Soft drinks
      Coke and Pepsi machines are on the ground floor, near the 24 hour room

    Water fountains
    Located on the side (North and South) walls of each floor 

    Yearbooks and Davidson publications

    Find out what your professors looked like when they were younger and check out the hair styles and fashions of previous generations of Davidson students. 

    Questions? Need help? Ask a Librarian
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