It is estimated that as many as 20 million Americans suffer from a fear of Friday the 13th. The belief in many parts of the Western world that Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day in the calendar is probably the most widespread of all superstitions. The superstition is often said to have ancient origins, and there is a long history of Fridays being unlucky, and the number thirteen as unlucky. But there is no evidence that the combination of the two as Friday the 13th was believed to be unlucky until the late 1800s

Read more about it from Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained, available online full text through the WSU Library’s subscription to Credo Reference.


We recently revised the Library website so that it’s easy to find what you need.

Our new search box lets you find results for books (including e-books) and individual articles, with just one click of the search button. We’ve also revised some of the links such as the left side menu button for “Subject Guides.” Now clicking that button will bring you to our new website for all subject and course guides.

Need help with the new site? Ask a Librarian!


Introducing the library suggestion box! Send your comments, ideas, and concerns to:


Your suggestions will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Library Director and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

From March 1-30, 2013 the Library will be hosting a trial of the ACM Digital Library database. You can access the database and download articles from either on campus or off campus.  But hurry! Remember, the trial ends on March 30.

The ACM Digital Library (DL) is the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records in existence today covering the fields of computing and information technology. The full-text database includes the complete collection of ACM’s publications, including journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles and currently consists of:

  • 357,000 Full-text articles
  • 2.0+ Million Pages of full-text articles
  • 20,000+ New full-text articles added each year
  • 44+ High Impact Journals with 2-3 new journals being launched each year
  • 275+ Conference Proceedings Titles added each year
  • 2,000+ Proceedings Volumes
  • 8 Magazines (including the flagship Communications of the ACM, the most heavily cited publication in the field of computing according to Thomson-Reuters)
  • 37 Technical Newsletters from ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • 4,760+ Video files
  • 455 Audio files

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is investigating the creation of a new statewide library card program, and we would like to know your thoughts.  Your participation in this short survey will  help us provide you with a better library experience throughout Massachusetts.


Thursday, December 6th
12PM – 1PM
The Student Center,
First Floor, North/South Auditorium, C112


See the following Word Document for more information. WSU Digital Commons

Once again the Library will be open extended hours beginning Sunday December 2,  through Sunday December 16, 2012.

Sundays, December 2, 9 and 16 we’re open 1PM to midnight. Weekdays, Monday – Thursday, Dec. 3 – 6 and Dec 10 -13 we’re open 8AM – midnight. Friday (8AM – 5Pm) and Saturday (9AM – 5PM) hours remain the same.

For a daily calendar of library hours that you can print out, go the Library Website and click on Hours in the left side menu.