Library News Blog

APA & MLA Formatted Citations!

Are you frustrated by the APA or MLA citation styles? The library provides resources to help you to create, format, and manage bibliographies. One of our favorite resources is the OneSearch Cite Tool.

  1. Find the article or book in OneSearch
  2. Click the title to access the detailed record
  3. Click the Cite button on toolbar
  4. Copy & paste the citation into your research paper.  Fix any errors.

Visit the Cite (APA, MLA & Tools) page in the Library Help Center for citation examples, Zotero, plagiarism information, and a citations tutorial.

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Smart Shopping

Smart shopping involves saving time and money by selecting the best product.  You don’t want something that will fall apart within the year, and that requires product research.  OneSearch search for coffee maker reviews.

The library collection includes publications with product reviews, such as Consumer Reports, Wired, and others.

To find product reviews in the library, go to the search box on the library homepage and search for your product or product type, i.e. “coffee makers” (see search tips tutorial). 

Once in OneSearch, limit the publication date to the last few years.  You can narrow the search results further by adding the keyword “reviews” to the search box or specifying “Reviews” as the Source Type (limits to product reviews, book reviews, film reviews, etc.).

Sweethome WebsiteOther great places for product research are The Wirecutter and The SweetHome websites, which list “the best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get.”  The websites include reviews for hundreds of products and are worth checking whether you are buying a TV or a can opener. 

So before you hit the holiday sales, make sure you are getting the best value for your money with product reviews.

And when in doubt, homemade gifts or a gift-free Christmas create memories that last a lifetime.

Dissertation, Thesis & Faculty Handbooks

Congratulations!  You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The UI&U Library has many resources that will help you to plan, research and create your culminating work. Faculty supervisors, we’ve also included a few titles for you.  Your UI&U Librarians have highlighted some favorites, but there are many more theses and dissertation handbooks in OneSearch.

We welcome any suggestions from students and faculty about other ebooks that would help to improve our collection, so please let us know of any helpful and interesting titles!

Book Covers

How to Write a Thesis (Masters) How to Write a Thesis [by Rowena Murray] provides an invaluable resource to help students consider, plan and write their theses. The third edition of this best-selling and well loved book builds on the success of the second edition. –Publisher’s description

How to Write a Thesis (Doctoral) By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis — from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic… -Publisher’s Description

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation (Doctoral) Dissertations aren’t walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors’ successful work at the Denver-based Scholars’ Retreat. –Publisher’s description

Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (Doctoral) The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press. –Publisher’s description

Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation (Faculty) Despite their and other stakeholders’ consistent demand for excellence, doctoral programs have rarely, if ever, been assessed in terms of the quality of the dissertations departments produce. Yet dissertations provide the most powerful, objective measure of the success of a department’s doctoral program. Indeed, assessment, when done properly, can help departments achieve excellence by providing insight into a program’s strengths and weaknesses. This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation… –Publisher’s description

Understanding Supervision and the PhD (Faculty) Explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. –Publisher’s description

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses (Faculty) Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses is a practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that is valuable for both the student and the school. The book covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add a capstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it to others in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book are supported by regional and national surveys that help the reader understand what’s common, what’s exceptional, what works, and what doesn’t within capstone courses. -Publisher’s description


Additional Supervision Resources



1,101 New Videos

The Films on Demand collection includes over 48,481 videos, which can be streamed online and added to CampusWeb courses. This month’s featured video is Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

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Popcorn – 46/365 by Joakim Wahlander at (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0

A passionate, sensual and very modern version of Thomas Hardy’s infamous novel, combining young, upcoming acting talent with recognisable and much-loved faces. When the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting the manipulative Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent… Whilst unstintingly gorgeous and romantic, this new adaptation is an intense, moving and provocative depiction of the tragically beautiful story. -Publisher’s Description

Films on Demand (all videos)academic successanthropologybusiness & economics ● career & job searchchildcare ●  child & adolescent development ● criminal justiceenvironmental scienceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● health, medicine, and wellnesshistoryleadershipliterature ● parenting & child developmentpolitical sciencepublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video and ● social workspecial education

Formatted APA & MLA Citations.

Did you know that the UI&U Library’s OneSearch provides formatted APA and MLA citations that you can copy and paste into your bibliography?  Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing tool.

  1. Find the article or book in OneSearch
  2. Click the title to access the detailed record
  3. Click the Cite button on toolbar
  4. Copy & paste the citation into your research paper.  Fix any errors.

OneSearch Links Not Working?

If the “Find Full Text” or “Request through Interlibrary Loan” links in OneSearch are not working, try clearing your computer cookies. This should solve the problem.

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New eBooks Available

The UI&U library regularly purchases eBooks to support student research and course curricula. All eBooks are accessible via the library’s OneSearch tool. Check out some of our most recent additions.


Image of Strategic Leadership Across Cultures Book CoverStrategic Leadership Across Cultures: The GLOBE Study of CEO Leadership Behavior and Effectiveness in 24 Countries. Unique in its focus, methodology, and impact, [this title] is a must-have for those studying or practicing in the fields of global leadership, cross-cultural leadership, and organization studies. Reporting on research obtained during the third phase of the ten-year GLOBE project, the book examines strategic leadership effectiveness for executive and top-level management based on data from more than 1,000 CEOs and over 6,000 top management team members in 24 countries. Authors Robert J. House, Mary Sully de Luque, Peter Dorfman, Mansour Javidan, and Paul L. Hanges offer a series of propositions about executive leadership based on the unified theory —developed after the publication of the first GLOBE book—and empirically test these propositions. They provide evidence that leadership matters, executive leadership matters greatly, and that societal cultures influence the kind of leadership that is expected and effective—Publisher.



Image of The Supernatural Revamped Book.The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic. This book is the logical continuation of a series of collected essays examining the origins and evolution of myths and legends of the supernatural in Western and non-Western tradition and popular culture. The first two volumes of the series, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) and Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013) focused on the vampire legend. The essays in this collection expand that scope to include a multicultural and multigeneric discussion of a pantheon of supernatural creatures who interact and cross species-specific boundaries with ease. Angels and demons are discussed from the perspective of supernatural allegory, angelic ethics and supernatural heredity and genetics. Fairies, sorcerers, witches and werewolves are viewed from the perspectives of popular nightmare tales, depictions of race and ethnicity, popular public discourse and cinematic imagery. Discussions of the “undead and still dead” include images of death messengers and draugar, zombies and vampires in literature, popular media and Japanese anime—Publisher.



Image of Generosity Book CoverGenerosity. When Russell Stone becomes the teacher of a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence, he is both entranced and troubled. How can this refugee from terror radiate such bliss? Is it possible to be so open and alive without coming to serious harm? Soon, Thassa’s joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research has enabled him to announce his discovery of the genetic underpinnings of happiness. Thassa’s congenital optimism is severely tested by the growing media circus. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the world at large.—Publisher.


Welcome Katy Tucker

Picture of Katy TuckerHello UI&U Students, Faculty and Staff!

I would like to introduce myself – my name is Katy Tucker and I am the new Technical Services & Electronic Resources Librarian. I recently relocated to the Cincinnati area from Georgetown, KY where I served as the Technical Services and Acquisitions Librarian at Paris-Bourbon County Library. I will be responsible for the cataloging and management of electronic resources and as a member of our reference and instruction team, I will also be available to answer any research questions you may have!

I graduated with a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, and I am very interested in the role library technical services plays in providing great public service.

Picture of dogs, Violet and OliverIn my free time I enjoy reading a good book and exploring the city with my fiancé and two dogs, Oliver and Violet.

I look forward to helping you with any of your research needs!

My office is located at the Cincinnati Headquarters, and you may reach me at: | or 800-861-6400 x1210 | 513-487-1210.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15–October 15. This month’s featured videos, available from Films On Demand through UI&U Library, celebrate Hispanic culture, contributions, and history.

Image of flowersHabla y Vota

Habla y Vota is the fourteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning Habla series, which comprises over 200 testimonials from U.S. Latinos – including celebrities, recognized professionals, and everyday Latinos – who’ve shared their funny, poignant, and honest stories about being Latino in the U.S. Featuring leading Latino celebrities and inspiring personalities and in order to raise the voice of the Hispanic community during the 2016 elections, Habla y Vota will be part of a bigger effort to reach Latinos and encourage voting in November. This one-hour non-partisan documentary special, in both English and Spanish, will feature Latino storytellers sharing their personal experiences directly to the camera for a national audience. -Films on Demand

Inner Borderlines: Visions of America Through the Eyes of Alejandro Morales

In April 2013, Spanish film maker Luis Mancha went to the University of California, Irvine to interview Alejandro Morales, an under-read Chicano author whose works present a vision of Southern California and America so different from the image that the United States projects abroad that Mancha felt compelled to make this documentary film. In it we follow Morales’ journey around Southern California as he tries to understand issues concerning the Latino population in California and the U.S. He and other Chicano/Latino academic experts discuss the first immigrants to California; how California was taken over by Anglo-Americans; how the city of Irvine came to be and its juxtaposition to Santa Ana; Barrios and “white flight;” Chicano literature; institutionalized racism and university barriers to ethnic studies programs; gang violence and the incarceration system; and future relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Also featuring Leo Chavez, María Herrera-Sobek, Francisco Lomelí, Belinda Campos, Raúl Fernandez, Mario García, Ellen McCracken, and Eleanor Guzman. -Films on Demand

Habla Texas Series

An entrepreneur. A mayor. A mariachi. These are just a few of the remarkable Latinos who share their personal stories in Habla Texas. Filmed entirely in San Antonio and Austin, this one-hour, two-part special is an enlightening an entertaining look at the ups and downs, highs and lows of being Latino in the Great State of Texas. An HBO Production. -Films on Demand

Latino American Series

This is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 1500’s to present day. It is a story of people, politics, and culture, intersecting with much that is central to the history of the United States while also going to places where standard U.S. histories do not tend to tread. Latino Americans relies on historical accounts and personal experiences to vividly tell the stories of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; and of anguish and celebration, from the millions of people who come to the U.S. from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, and countries in Central and South America. The programs are driven by the human dramas of individuals’ struggles and triumphs, successes and disappointments, featuring interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business, military, academia, literature, and pop culture, as well as deeply personal portraits of Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history. LATINO AMERICANS is the story of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today. -Public Broadcasting Series.


Films on Demand (all videos)academic successanthropologybusiness & economics ● career & job search ●  child & adolescent development ● criminal justiceearly childhoodenvironmental scienceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● health, medicine, and wellnesshistoryleadershipliterature ● parenting & child developmentpolitical sciencepublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video and ● social workspecial education

Get Started in 3 Steps

As a student, you have access to the UI&U Library, including one-on-one research assistance, interlibrary loan, scholarly journals, APA & MLA formatted citations, and millions of articles, e-books, and other resources.

Register for Interlibrary Loan

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If you need an article or book chapter that is not in the UI&U Library, you can request it using interlibrary loan. To register, click the “Create an Interlibrary Loan Account” link on the interlibrary loan page and complete the form. You will then be eligible to place requests.

Create a OneSearch Account
OneSearch allows you to simultaneously search the resources in the library. You can create a personal OneSearch account to save items, create journal alerts, and share resources. Click the “sign in” link in the green header of OneSearch. Then click “Create a new Account” and complete the form.

Library Tutorial
A quick and fun introduction to the library. Learn the fundamentals so you can excel in your online courses.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Click the Cincinnati Enquirer Account iconThe Cincinnati Enquirer is available through the UI&U Library.  Get Cincinnati news, weather, and sports.  To access the Cincinnati Enquirer, go to and click the account icon.  Please contact a UI&U Librarian for  the user email and password.

A print copy of the newspaper is also available in the Cincinnati center’s computer lab.

Cincinnati Enquirer Homepage

Historical New York Times

The inauguration of a world leader.  A breakthrough medical discovery.  A declaration of war.  The social event of the season. The rock concert of a generation.  A technological wonder.  A death in the family.  The birth of freedom.

For centuries, newspapers have been at the scene capturing not only the facts about momentous occasions, but also the sights and sounds of everyday life. ProQuest Historical Newspapers lets casual explorers and serious researchers alike travel digitally back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history. -ProQuest Brochure

old newspapersIssues of the New York Times from 1851-2008 are hosted in library’s Historical New York Times database (recent issues can be found in OneSearch).  The Historical New York Times database can be accessed from the library’s Databases by Subject page (Library Home > Databases link > Select “New York Times, Historical”).  Once you are in the database, enter keywords in the search box to locate scanned copies of newspaper articles.

Career & Job Search

Whether you are looking for a job or just polishing your professional skills, the library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools that you are looking for. The links below are shortcuts to some of the resources that you need to succeed:

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  • Videos: the library collection includes over 400 career & job search videos, divided into the following categories: career fields, job success, job search, and career exploration.
  • Career Transitions  is an online career guidance center that will walk you through the job-search process from beginning to end. It offers a complete,  personalized and guided experience from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job.  -Publisher’s Description, edited

In addition to these resources be sure to take advantage of  UI&U Career Services. Services include career counseling appointments, resume and cover letter assistance, practice interviews, additional career resources, assessments and more!  Get in touch with your career counselor at / 800.486.3116 X 2170 or visit us on CampusWeb.

Thesis Turned Cookbook Helping Million+

What do eggs, dried beans, rice, oatmeal, yoghurt, and seasonal vegetables all have in common?  They are food staples in Good and Cheap, a cookbook designed to help people live on $4/day.  For her master’s thesis at New York University, Leanne Brown challenged herself to create affordable, healthy, and tasty meals for students, seniors, people on food stamps, and anyone else on a tight budget.

Good and Cheap Book Covers

In her own words, “I wanted to make something that not only summed up the work I had done during my studies, but also had a useful life outside of academia…it bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement. I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.”

Her thesis turned kickstarter project has resulted in one million+ free or discounted cookbooks.

Mouthwatering recipes include:

  • Broiled Grapefruit
  • Cold (and Spicy?) Asian Noodles
  • Cornmeal Crusted Veggies
  • Brussels Sprout Hash and Eggs
  • Potato Leek Pizza
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Collards
  • Half-Veggie Burgers
  • Coconut Chocolate Cookies

Inspired to try out some of these recipes?  You can download a free copy of Good & Cheap or purchase a print copy (and a second copy will be donated)

Peer Review

The Oxford English Dictionary defines peer review as, “The process by which an academic journal passes a paper submitted for publication to independent experts for comments on its suitability and worth; refereeing.”  Peer review a process that protects scholarship by confirming that the research and writing of a scholarly article is valid, original, of high quality, and relevant to the journal to which it has been submitted. Usually articles in a peer reviewed journal have been reviewed by 2-5 independent experts in the field. The most commonly used forms are single and double-blind methods of review, where either the author, or the reviewer, or both, do not know each others identities. That acts as a protection against favoritism.

How is a PRJ different than other magazines?

In journal world, there are basically three types of journals: scholarly (peer reviewed), popular, and trade. Popular journal names include Vogue, Popular Science, Time and Rolling Stone. Trade journals include such names as American Architect, Maritime Journal, and the Progressive Farmer, and are between popular and scholarly. Those two types include heavy advertising specifically aimed at their readership, usually in the profession in question, are written for a general population, and do not usually include notes or bibliographies. They are usually monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly.

peer review limiter in OneSearchPRJs, on the other hand, are written by credentialed experts in the field, use technical language specific to the subject, and are written for scholars, researchers and students. They are often bi-monthly or quarterly publications, and contain very little (but highly specialized) advertising. Examples of PRJs include Developmental Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, and Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. Keep in mind that just because a journal is a PRJ, editorials and book reviews are not necessarily peer reviewed.

How to Find Peer Reviewed Articles and Journals

There are three ways to narrow your searches.

The first method is to narrow your search results by Peer Reviewed in OneSearch or a database that offers that option. Just because the journal is peer reviewed, however, does not mean that everything contained inside is peer reviewed.  Editorials, letters to the editor, and book reviews are generally not peer reviewed, so use caution when choosing your resources!

Secondly, use the Publication Search to find information about the journal.  The journal’s detailed record page will list varied and useful information about the publication, including whether or not it is peer reviewed.

The third method is to find the official website of the journal that contains an article that you have found (this is an appropriate use of Google), and you should find your answer on the home page. An example of this is the ISHS website, which describes the content, the level of peer review that is adhered to, and offers links to their editorial board and publisher information as well.


New Database Content in OneSearch

The content of two new databases has been added to OneSearch – PDQ and Open Textbook Library. Items from these databases will automatically populate in OneSearch results. If you would like to limit to them, you can use the “Results per Database” option on the left sidebar and check the box for the appropriate name. All items will have a Find Full Text link, which should take you to the full-text on their individual websites.

PDQopen textbook library logo
Produced by the National Cancer Institute, PDQ (Physician Data Query) is a comprehensive source of cancer information. It contains cancer information summaries on a wider range of topics; drug information summaries on many cancer related drugs and drug combinations; and dictionaries of general cancer terms, and genetics terms etc. All EDS customers may search over 14,000 PDQ records in EDS and access full text of those records on NCI platform. – Source: EBSCO

Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Library provides hundreds of textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. All EDS customers have full access to Open Textbook Library’s platform. – Source: EBSCO

Open Textbook in the OneSearch Results

Get Help from a Librarian

The UI&U Library contains millions of scholarly resources, and we know it can sometimes seem challenging to navigate through them. Road sign saying, "we welcome questions. Your librarians are happy to help. Ask us anything, this is a no judgement zone."Luckily, library staff members are here to assist you by email, phone, text, or chat.  We welcome questions, so please let us know if you are struggling with anything.  This is a no judgement zone.

Chat: Ask a Librarian
Call: 800-871-8165 x8747
Text: 802-294-2848

After Hours Appointments

If you need assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment in advance and we would be happy to meet with you.  We will work around your busy schedule.

Happy Fourth of July

The library will be closed next Monday and Tuesday (July 3rd and 4th) to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Interlibrary loan requests can still be submitted and they will be processed after July 4th.

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Ebrary is now Ebook Central

ebook centralOn Wednesday, May 31, 2017, all ebook content previously hosted on ebrary will be moved to Ebook Central. The only changes will be the name of the database and some search features. You will still be able to use OneSearch to access all of our ebooks, including Ebook Central titles.

What will happen with links to ebrary?
Existing links to individual ebooks on ebrary and to the ebrary website will now redirect seamlessly to Ebook Central. This means that ebrary links within OneSearch and CampusWeb will now take you to Ebook Central. We will be working with faculty to update their ebrary links to Ebook Central links, but for now, redirects are in place.

What if I have saved content within ebrary?
If you had saved anything to your ebrary bookmarks prior to the switch, you will need to log in to Ebook Central and follow a few simple steps to transfer your bookmarks.

Contact a librarian if you need any help or have any questions about Ebook Central.

For more information on Ebook Central, check out the playlist of short help videos in YouTube.

Pictures for Presentations & Courses

Pictures can make a presentation or course come alive.  So how can you find pictures that are copyright-safe and freely available?

One strategy is to use pictures in the public domain or creative commons.  Public domain images are out of copyright and have no restrictions about how they can be used.  Creative commons images can be used in accordance with their creative commons license.

Popular websites for public domain images include the PublicDomainArchive and pixabay.

The Creative Commons Search is your portal to creative commons licensed images on popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Images, Europeana, and Jamendo.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Films on Demand collection includes over 44,000 videos, which can be streamed online and added to CampusWeb courses. This month’s featured video is a Shakespearean drama.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummers Nights Dream

In the tyrannical court of Athens, the pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the rickety township on the hillside, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse, with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild wood, dark forces are stirring… Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, Russell T Davies’ full-blooded adaptation has more attitude and invention than anything that’s gone before. This is a production for everyone, brought to life by an award-winning cast of established stars and exciting newcomers. It’s a dream that will never be forgotten. -Public Broadcasting Series


Films on Demand (all videos)academic successanthropologybusiness & economics ● career & job search ●  child & adolescent development ● criminal justiceearly childhoodenvironmental scienceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● health, medicine, and wellnesshistoryleadershipliterature ● parenting & child developmentpolitical sciencepublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video and ● social workspecial education

Publishing Your Work

You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.

Academic Publishing

From Dissertation to Book by Germano

The academic writer’s toolkit by Berger

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by Germano

Writing for Academic Journals by Murray

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing by Rocco

View Academic Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

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book by jarmoluk Creative Commons CCO

Mainstream Publishing

Indie Design: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book edited by Lupton

Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips & Resources for Authors and Publishers by Poynter

The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them by Hill and Power

Publishing Confidential: The Insider’s Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal by Brown

View Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

You Deserve a Librarian

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed.  We know that juggling life as a student is a challenge, and we want to make the library work for you.  You deserve a librarian.

During regular library hours, you can contact a librarian by phone, email, text, or chat.  No appointment is needed.  Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Eastern (6 am – 2 pm Pacific) and Wednesday evening from 8 pm – 10 pm Eastern (5 pm – 7 pm Pacific).

For assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment.  We’ve made this easy to do by adding a scheduling form to the Ask a Librarian page.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Find a Little Free Library Near You

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that promotes neighborhood book sharing around the world.  You can start your own Little Free Library by installing and displaying a box where everyone is invited to take a book or leave a book! This promotes community conversations and helps foster reading and literacy.  To find a Little Free Library near you, search their map.

Check out a few of the Little Free Library boxes that we found in our local communities!

Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, Tina Beis, with a Little Free Library in Cincinnati, Ohio

A Little Free Library in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky found by Mary Amos, Senior Academic Technologist and Designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning

A Little Free Library spotted in Brattleboro, Vermont by Assistant Librarian for Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery, Klara Charlton

Reference Librarian, Susan Whitehead, found this Little Free Library in Montpelier, Vermont

A gnome gives this Little Free Library in Cincinnati some extra flair

There are many different ways to decorate a Little Free Library

UI&U Celebrates National Library Week!

National Library Week graphicDear Union Community:

Union Institute & University together with the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.”

This week of celebration offers a great time to remind you of the services available to you to transform your educational journey.

Check Out These Resources!

  1. OneSearchA new comprehensive search engine that allows students to search multiple databases simultaneously is available. OneSearch will yield results that include e-books, scholarly articles, doctoral dissertations, videos, and more, saving hours of preparation.
  2. Multimedia and Videos – A variety of video and media databases, ranging from educational videos to copyright free images for presentations, are available that will make your assignments easier and more professional.
  3. Welcome to the UI&U Library Video – A brief, five minute video introduces the UI&U Library, the library website, OneSearch, formatted citations, tutorials, and librarian assistance so that you can use the library efficiently and expertly.
  4. Help Center – The Help Center offers a list of tutorials, guides, and tips to transform your educational journey. Click here and find out.
  5. Personal service – Personal service is the hallmark of the library. Librarian assistance is available by email, phone, chat, text, and video conference.
  6. Work from the convenience of home – The library offers students flexibility and convenience that is only a click away. You don’t have to find a parking space, or physically search for books.
  7. APA and MLA citations– Articles and ebooks in the library come with formatted APA and MLA citation styles. Databases have citation tools that will automatically format citations for your bibliography.
  8. Stay current – Librarians can help you identify the top journals in your field. With database journal alerts, new journal issues will be delivered directly to your inbox.  Get started today.
  9. Interlibrary loan – An interlibrary loan is just a request away. Place an interlibrary loan request and we will get it from another library for free!
  10. Career & job search – The library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools to help you on your career & job search. Click here to view the many materials available to you.

Matthew Pappathan
Director of Library Services

Find UI&U Student Theses and Dissertations

Did you know that UI&U student theses and dissertations are available in OneSearch? You can find UI&U Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, as well as PhD and EdD dissertations with a single search.

Just follow the steps below:

1. Enter your keywords, student author name, or the title of the work into the OneSearch box.
2. On the results page, look for the UI&U Theses and Dissertations limiter on the left sidebar. It is located beneath Source Types.
3. Click on the arrow to view your options and then select your limiter: Dissertations, Bachelor of Arts Theses, or Master of Arts Theses.
4. Your result list will update and you can then click the View PDF Full Text link to access the document or click the blue title link to view the Detailed Record page and abstract.

Image of UI&U Theses and Dissertations Limiter in OneSearch

Search Tip: If you are looking for UI&U M.A. Theses from a specific field of study, you can enter any of the following subject headings into OneSearch to retrieve relevant results:

  • M.A. final product—Creativity Studies
  • M.A. final product—Health & Wellness
  • M.A. final product—History & Culture
  • M.A. final product—Literature & Writing
  • M.A. final product—Leadership, Public Policy & Social Issues

If you have any questions or would like to set-up a research appointment, please contact your librarians.

Learn About the Library in 5 Minutes

Welcome to the UI&U Library!  This brief, five minute video introduces the UI&U Library, the library website, OneSearch, formatted citations, tutorials, and librarian assistance.

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Send us your Suggestions

Do you have feedback  for the UI&U Librarians?  If so, we want to hear from you!  Look in the website footer or OneSearch for a new Suggestion Box where you can send your thoughts.

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New Ascent of Woman Video Series

The Films on Demand collection includes over 43,000 videos, which can be streamed online and added to CampusWeb courses. This month’s featured video is Nurturing Leadership.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story Series
In this four-part series, Dr. Amanda Foreman traverses countries and continents to uncover and interrogate key stories of the strong, radical and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day. The diverse characters she explores range from Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, who helped establish trade routes and pioneered the visual aesthetic of India, to American activist Margaret Sanger, who coined the term ‘birth control’ and developed the contraceptive pill. The series geographical reach is just as ambitious, covering everywhere from ancient Greece to medieval France; from first-century Vietnam to modern America. The Ascent of Woman argues that the history of women isn’t a straight line from Eve’s apple to Margaret Sanger’s Pill. Instead, over the past ten thousand years it has veered wildly between extremes of freedom and oppression, inclusion and exclusion. The reason is that the status of women is a barometer of a society’s tolerance, fairness and openness. A poor record on women’s rights goes hand-in-hand with low economic output and high levels of violence. For the next economic cycle to be the age of full participation, there has to be a woman-led revolution that unleashes the potential of all individuals. At stake are the goals of autonomy, authority, and agency for all women. -Publisher’s Description

Films on Demand (all videos)academic successanthropologybusiness & economics ● career & job searchchildcare ●  child & adolescent development ● criminal justiceenvironmental scienceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● health, medicine, and wellnesshistoryleadershipliterature ● parenting & child developmentpolitical sciencepublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video and ● social workspecial education

Search Tips

Learning how to craft sophisticated searches will decrease the amount of time you spend researching and improve the relevance of your search results.  Visit the Search Tips tutorial in the Help Center to learn about combining concepts, OneSearch limiters, and developing your search.

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Just for Fun

For your enjoyment, below is a comic by Jeffrey Koterba, which can be found on and is used with permission.

Since joining the Omaha World-Herald in 1989, Jeffrey Koterba has been a finalist for Editorial Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society and has placed second in the National Headliner Awards. In 2009 and 2010, he won first place for editorial cartooning in the Great Plains Journalism Awards.

His cartoons are distributed by King Features  to 400 newspapers nationwide in its The Best & The Wittiest package, a weekly offering of at least 25 timely and thought-provoking editorial cartoons, of varied styles and views, from Koterba and other award-winning editorial cartoonists such as John Branch, Gary Brookins, Brian Duffy, David M. Hitch, Lee Judge, Jimmy Margulies, Rick McKee, Kevin Siers and Kirk Walters. –Comics Kingdom.  His memoir Inklings is available on 

Picture of a fancy home library. There is an almost empty bookshelf with three ebook readers. One of the two men says, "Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader...I say Hardick, this sure is an impressive library."

Stay Current with Journals in your Field

Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the UI&U Library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!

Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.

Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox!  There is also a journals alert tutorial in the Library Help Center.

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Open-Access Textbooks

The UI&U Library has added the SUNY Open Textbook collection to OneSearch.

“Open SUNY Textbooks is an open-access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York (SUNY) libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. All EDS customers may search Open SUNY Textbooks in EDS and access free full text on the SUNY platform” -EBSCO

This is a small collection of 25 titles right now; you can view them all here: The full text custom link will take our patrons to the Open SUNY website where they can download the book. All of the items in this collection are listed as ebooks in EBSCO. You can choose Open SUNY as a database/content provider limiter.

Open Access Textbooks are also available at:OPEN SUNY Textbooks logo

Keep the Memory Alive with Eyes on the Prize

Keep the Memory Alive!  

Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.

Through contemporary interviews and historic footage, the 14-part Eyes on the Prize series traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act, and from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates.American Experience,

colorful mural of a civil rights march

Delsarte, Louis. (2010). Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Mural [Mural]. City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta. Retrieved from Creative Commons BY-NC-ND.  Image Cropped.

  • Awakenings (1954–1956): Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Fighting Back (1957–1962): States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts — and integration is carried out.
  • Ain’t Scared of Your Jails 1960–1961: Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. “Freedom Riders” also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.
  • No Easy Walk 1961–1963: The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King’s leadership, shows a mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.
  • Mississippi—Is This America? (1963–1964): Mississippi’s grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.
  • Bridge to Freedom (1965): A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know they have new challenges ahead.
  • The Time Has Come (1964–1966): After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from “Freedom Now!” to “Black Power!” as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.
  • Two Societies (1965–1968): Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago’s civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their efforts pit them against Chicago’s powerful mayor, Richard Daley. When a series of marches through all-white neighborhoods draws violence, King and Daley negotiate with mixed results. In Detroit, a police raid in a black neighborhood sparks an urban uprising that lasts five days, leaving 43 people dead. The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming “two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.” President Lyndon Johnson, who appointed the commission, ignores the report.
  • Power! 1967–1968: The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books, breakfast programs, and guns, is born in Oakland. Substandard teaching practices prompt parents to gain educational control of a Brooklyn school district but then lead them to a showdown with New York City’s teachers’ union.
  • Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More (1964–1972): A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., fight to bring the growing black consciousness movement and their African heritage inside the walls of this prominent black institution. Black elected officials and community activists organize the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, in an attempt to create a unified black response to growing repression against the movement.
  • The Promised Land (1967–1968): Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) embarks on an ambitious Poor People’s Campaign. In the midst of political organizing, King detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he is assassinated. King’s death and the failure of his final campaign mark the end of a major stream of the movement.
  • A Nation of Law? (1968-1971): Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon’s call to “law and order,” stepped-up arrests push the already poor conditions at New York’s Attica State Prison to the limit. A five-day inmate takeover calling the public’s attention to the conditions leaves 43 men dead: four killed by inmates, 39 by police.
  • The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980): In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case challenges that policy.
  • Back to the Movement (1979-mid 1980s): Power and powerlessness. Miami’s black community — pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment — explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city’s Democratic political machine, reformers install Harold Washington as Chicago’s first black mayor.

Librarians Who Changed History

Here is a list of 25 librarians who changed history for better and for worse from Laura Mulligan’s former OnlineBestColleges blog.

Librarian letters made of books

1. Ben Franklin: Ben Franklin didn’t sit behind a circulation desk and help college kids find research materials, but he is still a legitimate librarian. In 1731, Franklin and his philosophy group Junto organized the “Articles of Agreement,” which set up the nation’s first library. Their library, called The Library Company, was first meant to benefit only the members of Junto, so that they could share books on the issues they discussed during meetings. It was organized as a subscription library, and members of Junto payed a small fee to retrieve books.
Franklin was actually the second librarian, and the Company grew to include more books than most university libraries at the time, plus artifacts like coins and fossils. Over time, The Library Company granted access to members of the Second Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention and others.

2. Melvil Dewey: Founder of the Dewey Decimal System, Melvil Dewey was born in New York in 1851. While a student at Amherst College, he worked in the school library to support his living expenses and stayed on as a librarian after graduation. After experimenting with different cataloging and organization methods for library collections, Amherst College published his work A Classification and Subject Index for Cataloguing and Arranging the Books and Pamphlets of a Library. Dewey has been named the “Father of Modern Librarianship” and even helped created the American Library Association in 1876.

3. Eratosthenes: The Greek scholar Eratosthenes discovered the system of latitude and longitude and made significant contributions to astronomy. Eratosthenes was also the chief librarian of the Great Library of Alexandria.

4. Saint Lawrence: As one of the patron saints of librarians, Saint Lawrence, or Lawrence of Rome, was a Catholic deacon who was killed by the Romans in 258 for refusing to turn over the collection of Christian treasures and documents he was entrusted to protect.

5. Mao Zedong: Mao Zedong, the man responsible for uniting China during the 1940s and 50s when he organized the People’s Republic of China, was a librarian. In 1918, Mao lived in Peking China as a young man, he was as assistant librarian at Peking University. The chief librarian at Peking University was a Marxist, and succeeded in converting Mao to communism.

6. Seyd Mohammad Khatami: Seyd Mohammad Khatami was the fifth president of Iran and a former Iran Minister of Culture. He is also a former head of the National Library and Archives Organisation of Iran. He is considered to be a reformist in Iranian culture and politics, supporting freedom of expression and foreign diplomacy.

7. Golda Meir: Golda Meir was the fourth prime minister of Israel, from 1969-1974. She was also one of the twenty-four who signed the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948; am ambassador to the Soviet Union; Minister of Labour from 1949-1956, and the inspiration for the Broadway play Golda, which starred Anne Bancroft. Before her distinguished political career, however, Golda Meir worked as a librarian.

8. J. Edgar Hoover: As the legendary director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover led domestic investigations from 1924-1972, as head of the Bureau of Investigation and when he founded the FBI in 1935. In his early life, however, Hoover went to night school at George Washington University and supported himself by working at the Library of Congress. There, he was a messenger, cataloguer and clerk. In 1919, Hoover left the Library of Congress and worked as a special assistant to the Attorney General.

9. John J. Beckley: John J. Beckley is recognized as being the first political campaign manager in the U.S. He was also the first Librarian of the United States Congress, serving from 1802-1807. In 1789, he was sponsored by James Madison to be the Clerk of the House and supported the new Republic party in 1792, backed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

10. Giacomo Casanova: The infamous spy, writer, diplomat and lover Casanova was born in Venice during the first half of the 18th century. Although he studied to become a priest at the University of Padua and the seminary of St. Cypria, Casanova is well-known for being a drinker and for having scandalous love affairs with numerous women. Later in life, he worked as a librarian for the Count of Waldstein in Dux, Bohemia.

11. Pope Pius XI, or Achille Ratti: Pope Pius XI served from 1929 -1939, during which time he established the feast of Christ the King and spoke out against social justice crimes and unethical financial corruption practices. Before he became pope, Ratti was a librarian and scholar, and at the Vatican, Pope Pius XI famously reorganized the archives.

12. David Hume: Scotsman David Hume contributed greatly to 18th century philosophy and economics, writing important works like Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and A Treatise on Human Nature. He was an anti-Mercantilist, and according to The New School, Hume “was also one of the better articulators of the Quantity Theory and the neutrality of money.” In 1752, Hume became a librarian at the Advocate’s Library in Edinburgh, where he wrote his famous History of England.

13. Marcel Duchamp: Marcel Duchamp is considered to be one of the most significant and influential modern artists of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Duchamp was born in the Haute-Normandie region in France, where he took drawing and painting classes as a child. In the early 1900s, Duchamp experimented with Cubism, nude works, and was active in the intellectual and artistic groups influencing the newest culture and trends in Paris at the time. Around 1912, Duchamp became tired of painting and worked as a librarian at the Bibliotheque Sainte-Genvieve, during which he devoted his time to math and physics experiments.

14. Lewis Carroll: The author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Dodgson grew up in Cheshire and Yorkshire, England, and after graduating from Oxford with a B.A. in mathematics, he became a sub-librarian at Christ Church there. He left that position in 1857 to become a Mathematical Lecturer. Dodgson first told the story of Alice Adventures in Wonderland to the three daughters of the Dean of Christ Church, in 1862. The book was published three years later and continues to be a popular and significant work of fiction today.

15. Beverly Cleary: Popular children’s book author Beverly Cleary wrote the Ramona Quimby books and Henry Higgins books and has received three Newbery Medals. But before she became a celebrated author, Beverly grew up in a tiny town in Oregon, where her mother asked the State Library to send books to their farm. During the Depression, Beverly went to junior college in California and later attended the University of California at Berkeley. She then attended the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle, and became a children’s librarian.

16. Laura Bush: Former First Lady Laura Bush earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin after working as an elementary school teacher. As the First Lady of Texas, she supported George W. Bush’s campaigns and started her own public projects regarding education and literacy. When George W. Bush became President of the United States, Laura supported librarian recruitment initiatives and toured many libraries around the world.

17. Madeleine L’Engle: American author Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is still a popular book among junior high students and almost like a rite of passage for young fiction readers. She has won multiple Newbery Medals and other awards, but later in life, she served as the librarian and writer-in-residence at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

18. Marcel Proust: At once one of the most celebrated and obscure novelists and critics of all time, Marcel Proust once decided to go to school to become a librarian. The French writer was born in 1871, and his most famous work, In Search of Lost Time is still studied today.

19. Jorge Luis Borges: Jorge Luis Borges is an Argentine writer who made significant contributions to fantasy literature in the 20th century. He shared the International Publishers’ Formentor Prize with Samuel Beckett and was a municipal librarian from 1939-1946 in Argentina, before getting fired by the Peron regime. One of his most famous short stories, “The Library of Babel,” depicts the universe as a huge library.

20. Joanna Cole: Joanna Cole’s The Magic School Bus series has served to educate and entertain elementary-aged children about the human body, space, and more. She has also worked as a librarian, a schoolteacher, book editor and writer/producer of the BBC children’s TV show Bod.

21. Jacob Grimm: Grimms’ Fairy Tales was first published in 1812, but the stories, including “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella,” and “Snow White,” are still classic children’s stories constantly reinvented as plays, Disney movies and more. Jacob Grimm worked as a librarian in Kasel, after graduating with a law degree. During this time, Jacob and his brother Wilhelm collected German folk tales from ordinary citizens in hopes of uniting area kingdoms on the basis of sharing a similar culture.

22. Philip Larkin: English poet Philip Larkin was born in 1922 in Coventry. He began publishing poems in 1940 and was even offered the Poet Laureateship of England after the death of Sir John Betjeman, but he declined. Besides writing poetry and novels, Larkin worked as an assistant librarian at the University College of Leicester, a librarian at the University of Hull and was elected to the Board of the British Library in 1984, the same year he received an honorary D.Litt. from Oxford.

23. Stanley Kunitz: Stanley Kunitz is a celebrated American poet who was named the United States Poet Laureate in 2000. He has also been awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Levinson Prize, the National Medal of the Arts, and more. Before being named the U.S. Poet Laureate, Kunitz was Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 1974-1976.

Nancy Pearl librarian action figure.24. Jessamyn West: Jessamyn West is taking information science into the future with her website, Besides creating the Library 2.0 and “cool librarian” site, West served on the American Library Association Council and strongly promotes the freedom of speech and expression.

25. Nancy Pearl: Nancy Pearl is kind of like a celebrity librarian. She has an action figure and travels around the country giving lectures and spreading the good news of books. She started the trend of city-wide book clubs when she organized the “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” program in 1998. She also has a Women’s National Book Association Award, served as Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, and wrote an immensely popular, best-selling book called Book Lust.

New Streaming Video Collection Available, a psychology-focused streaming video collection, is now available through the UI&U Library. “contains a plethora of resources that address the fundamental skills and approaches required for those beginning or advancing in a career in psychology-related professions. Many of these titles are clinical Image of Videosdemonstrations with voiceover commentary.  The collection is searchable by keyword, expert, therapeutic issue, and client population. The platform includes web tools: clip making, interactive running transcripts, a smart keyword search, and downloadable instructor’s manuals.” — Source:

You can access from the Videos link on the Library website.  Records from will also appear in your results when searching OneSearch.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to learn more about this resource, please contact a librarian.

Locating Qualitative Research

Locating qualitative research studies can be a challenge because the methodology is not usually indexed.  However, using the right keywords can help you locate the research articles you need.

Here is a list of recommended keywords to include in your search:

Concept Suggested Keywords
Qualitative qualitative
Action Research “action research”
Case Study “case stud*”
Ethnographic ethnograph*
  • interview*
  • “semi-structured interview*”
  • “structured interview”
  • “unstructured interview*”
Mixed Method
  • multimethod*
  • “multi method*”
  • “mixed method*”
  • “multistrategy research”
Phenomenology phenomenol*
  • survey
  • quasi-experimental
  • pretest OR posttest


Library Quotes & Jokes

Love books and libraries?  We do too!  Here are some library quotes and jokes for your enjoyment.  If you have a funny quote or joke to add to the list, please let us know.

  • Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. -Richard Powers
  • Keep calm and call a librarian -Anonymous
  • Be nice to the archivist or she will erase you from history.  -Anonymous
  • [Librarians] are subversive. You think they’re just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them. -Michael Moore
  • Don’t join the book burners.  Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they never existed.  Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.  -Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Librarians are good for circulation -Anonymous
  • Beauty is only a light switch away. -Graffiti in the Perkins Library of Duke University
  • Should not the Society of Indexers be known as Indexers, Society of, The? -Keith Waterhouse
  • A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. -Jo Godwin
  • This is a library.  Kids and adventurers welcome.  All others stay out. -Dean Koontz
  • Our libraries are not cloisters for an elite.  They are for the people, and if they are not used, the fault belongs to to those who do not take advantage of their wealth. -Louis L’Amour
  • Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. -Anne Herbert
  • My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.  They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. -Peter Golkin








Veterans Day

Today we honor the Americans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Every day we benefit from their service, so today, let us appreciate their sacrifice.  Here are a few of their stories archived at StoryCorps:

Listen to additional veteran stories (select Veterans Stories under the collections tab) or explore the UI&U Library’s veteran resources: Videos (search for veterans) * Ebooks * Career & Job Hunt Ebooks

Union Institute & University will be celebrating our Veterans throughout the week by providing lunch at the Joseph House for Homeless Veterans and bringing cookies to Veteran partner organizations throughout the week. Stay informed on the Veterans Week Celebrations, via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Nurturing Leadership Video

The Films on Demand collection includes over 44,000 videos, which can be streamed online and added to CampusWeb courses. This month’s featured video is Nurturing Leadership.

Nurturing Leadership

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Are leaders born, or made? This video shows that while certain personality traits may influence leadership abilities, there are also leadership qualities that can be learned and nurtured. Business leaders, politicians, coaches and others share their perceptions of what it takes to be a leader, relating to viewers that observing certain principles and adopting admirable behaviors can help develop leadership attributes. Integrity, honesty, dependability and the belief in an organization’s core values are showcased, along with the elements necessary to create a culture of excellence. A basic definition of leadership as the action of leading a group of people toward a common goal is the preface to the importance of creating a vision of the future—the true mark of a leader. Listening, teamwork, motivation and the ability to engage others in a cause are also presented as leadership qualities. Many modern-day or historical capsules of leadership bring to life the concept of developing the traits to become a leader. -publisher’s description

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Films on Demand (all videos)academic successanthropologybusiness & economics ● career & job searchchildcare ●  child & adolescent development ● criminal justiceenvironmental scienceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● health, medicine, and wellnesshistoryleadershipliterature ● parenting & child developmentpolitical sciencepublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video) ● social workspecial education

Proofreading Hint for Papers and Email

The Microsoft Office 2010 Speak (text-to-speech) feature can be used to proofread papers in MS Word and emails in MS Outlook.

Add the Speak Icon (one time)

1) Open MS Word or Outlook
2) In the top, left-hand corner you will see several icons.  Usually a save icon, undo/redo icons, and a black arrow pointing down, which is the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button.
3) Go to: Customize Quick Access Toolbar button > More Commands > Change default “Popular Commands” to “All Commands”
4) Scroll down and highlight the “Speak” option
5) Click “Add >>”
6) Click “OK” to return to the document




Use the Speak Button

1)    Highlight the text you want read aloud or use the keyboard shortcut Control+A to highlight the entire document
2)    Click the Speak button on the Quick Toolbar

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To view a demonstration of the Speak tool, please watch the view below.


Online Teaching Ebooks

Engaging students online can be challenging.  But these challenges also create opportunities to teach with new approaches.  The library has compiled a selected bibliography of online teaching and pedagogy e-books.  If you have a favorite title you would like to see on this list, please let us know.

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Adams, D. M., & Hamm, M. (2006).  Media and Literacy:  Learning in the Information Age– Issues, Ideas, and Teaching Strategies. Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas. Permalink:


Amador, J. A., & Torrens, K. M. (2012).  Taking Your Course Online:  An Interdisciplinary Journey. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing. Permalink:


Bach, S., Haynes, P., & Smith, J. L. (2007).  Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: McGraw-Hill Education. Permalink:


Barkley, E. F. (2010). Student Engagement Techniques : A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  Permalink:


Bender, T. (2012).  Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning:  Theory, Practice and Assessment (2). Sterling, US: Stylus Publishing. Permalink:


Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010).  The Online Teaching Survival Guide:  Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Bollden, Karin.  (2015). Online Teaching Practices:  Sociomaterial Matters in Higher Education Settings. Linköping, SE: Linköping University Electronic Press. Permalink:


Brabazon, T. (2007). The University of Google:  Education in the (Post) Information Age. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Routledge. Permalink:


Braun, C. C. (2014). Cultivating Ecologies for Digital Media Work:  The Case of English Studies. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. Permalink:


Burge, E. J., & Society for Research into Higher, E. (2007). Flexible Higher Education:  International Pioneers Reflect. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Permalink:


Cameron, D., Carroll, J., & Anderson, M. (2009). Drama Education with Digital Technology. London: Continuum. Permalink:


Cook, K. C., & Grant-Davie, K. (Eds.). (2005). Online Education: Global Questions, Local answers. Baywood Publishing Company. Permalink:


Cook, K. C., & Grant-Davie, K. (2013). Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. Amityville, N.Y: Baywood Pub. Co.  Permalink:


DiPadova, L. N., Donnelli Sallee, E., & Dailey-Hebert, A. (2008). Service-eLearning:  Educating for Citizenship. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Permalink:


Dunn, D. (2011). Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning:  Connecting to Psychology and the Social Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press. Permalink:


Fulgham, S., & Shaughnessy, M. F. (2010). Pedagogical Models:  the Discipline of Online Teaching. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permalink:


Glazer, F. S. (Ed.). (2012). Blended Learning:  Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy. Sterling, US: Stylus Publishing. Permalink:


Guri-Rozenblit, S. (2009). Digital Technologies in Higher Education:  Sweeping Expectations and Actual Effects. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permalink:


Henderson, G., & Smith-Nash, S. (2007). Excellence in College Teaching and Learning:  Classroom and Online Instruction. Springfield: Charles C Thomas. Permalink:


Hernández, R., & Rankin, P. (2015). Higher Education and Second Language Learning: Promoting Self-Directed Learning in New Technological and Educational Contexts. Permalink:


Jeschofnig, L., & Jeschofnig, P. (2011). Teaching Lab Science Courses Online:  Resources for Best Practices, Tools, and Technology. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Kayalis, T., & Natsina, A. (2010). Teaching Literature at a Distance:  Open, Online and Blended Learning. London: Continuum. Permalink:


Ko, Susan, and Rossen, Steve. (2010). Teaching Online:  A Practical Guide. Florence, US: Routledge. Permalink:


Lee, Mark J.W., et al. (2016).  Learning in Virtual Worlds:  Research and Applications.  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada : AU Press. Permalink (Open Access resource):


Lehman, R. M., & Conceição, S. C. O. (2010). Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching:  How to “Be There” for Distance Learners (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Lloyd, L. (2005). Best Technology Practices in Higher Education. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc. Permalink:


MacDonald, J. (2008). Blended Learning and Online Tutoring:  Planning Learner Support and Activity Design. Aldershot: Gower. Permalink:


Miller, M. D. (2014). Minds Online:  Teaching Effectively with Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Permalink:


Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2008). Assessing the Online Learner:  Resources and Strategies for Faculty (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2009). Building Online Learning Communities:  Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2013). Lessons from the Virtual Classroom:  The Realities of Online Teaching (2). Somerset, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Savin-Baden, M. (2010).  A Practical Guide to Using Second Life in Higher Education. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Permalink:


Shank, John D.  (2013). Interactive Open Educational Resources:  A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching (1). Somerset, US: Jossey-Bass. Permalink:


Shaw, L., & Kennepohl, D. K. (2010).  Accessible Elements:  Teaching Science Online and at a Distance. Edmonton: Athabasca University Governing Council. Permalink:


Stavredes, Tina. Effective Online Teaching:  Foundations and Strategies for Student Success (1). Hoboken, US: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Permalink:


Strom, P., & Strom, R. D. (2014). Adolescents in the Internet Age:  Teaching and Learning from Them. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Permalink:


Trentin, G., & Repetto, M. (2011). Faculty Training for Web Enhanced Learning. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permalink:


Vaughan, N. D., Cleveland-Innes, M., & Garrison, D. R. (2013). Teaching in Blended Learning Environments:  Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry. Edmonton: AU Press. Permalink:


Wankel, Charles, ed. (2010).  Cutting-Edge Social Media Approaches to Business Education:  Teaching with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, and Blogs. Greenwich, US: Information Age. Permalink:


Wankel, C., Blessinger, P., & Ebook, L. (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in E-learning Environments:  Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies. Bingley, England: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Permalink:


Wankel, L. A., Wankel, C., & Blessinger, P. (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies:  Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.  Permalink:


Whithaus, C., & Bowen, T. (2013). Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press.  Permalink:

New JSTOR Database

The UI&U Library is pleased to announce that a new database has been added to our collection, JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII. JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII complements research in subjects such as history, political science, sociology, art and art history, and language and literature.  Over 15 countries are represented in its collection of international titles.laptop

You can access the full text of this database collection from the JSTOR link on our Databases page or via OneSearch. The collection currently includes more than 744,000 total articles and 4.9 million pages. You can view a complete title and coverage list on the JSTOR website.

DOAJ: Free Articles for Life

The development of open-access journals has been one of the most exciting developments in academic scholarship during the last two decades.  Open-access journals are free publications that are available to everyone without hindrance of subscription fees, logins, contracts, or other barriers.  They provide universal access to research and knowledge.

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Access to this journal content has been facilitated by the development of open access databases, most notably the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  Maintained by the Infrastructure Services for Open Access, the database provides access to over 2 million journal articles from countries throughout the world.  This is a multidisciplinary database with coverage in the arts, biology, business, environmental sciences, medicine, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, and the social sciences.  All journals are also peer-review or have editorial quality control, making DOAJ an excellent resource high quality, current research.

The Directory of Open Access Journals can be accessed from the databases link on the library homepage.

6 Ways the Library Helps You

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed in your academic program.  We know that juggling life as an adult student is a challenge, and we have compiled a list of ways we can make things easier.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are struggling to use the library or find the resources you need.  We are happy to help and will work around your schedule.

Here are 6 Ways the Library Helps You: 1) It’s an online library available from the comfort & convenience of your home. 2) OneSearch allows you to search millions of online resources through a single search. 3) Interlibrary loan is available to request resources not available through the UI&U Library. 4) Articles and ebooks in the library come with formatted APA & MLA citations. Yes! 5) Career and job hunt videos are available to help you write resumes, interview, or polish professional skills 6) We are friendly librarians committed to help you succeed.


Ask a Librarian by email (, phone (800-871-8165 x8747), text (802-294-2848), or live chat.

Career & Job Hunt Videos

Whether you are looking for a job or just polishing your professional skills, the library can help.  The library’s multimedia collection includes over 400 Career & Job Search Videos in the Films on Demand database.  Use the right column to narrow video results to one of the  following areas: career exploration, career fields, job search skills, and job success skills.

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Our Library is for Our Staff, Too!

It is common knowledge that university libraries provide resources to support student learning and faculty research, but did you know that our library includes resources for university staff members, too?  As a UI&U staff person, you have access to many online periodicals and magazines that can help you to develop professionally while an employee here.  These so-called “trade journals” include articles that professionals in a wide variety of fields can read to stay current with best practices directly related to their work expertise.  Here are just a few examples of these, all accessible 24 hours a day, every day, via our library website:

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  • Computers & Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
  • Disability Compliance for Higher Education
  • Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education
  • Writing Center Journal
  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement
  • Enrollment Management Report
  • Journal of College Admission
  • Successful Registrar
  • VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine
  • Journal of Student Financial Aid
  • HR Magazine
  • University Business
  • American Libraries

Whether you are a staff member interested in reading more about the latest news and trends in your chosen field of work or a staff supervisor seeking to find convenient and budget-friendly ways to encourage those who work in your department to engage in professional development, our librarians are ready to help you find key professional journals (and e-books, too!) that can keep you at the forefront of your job knowledge.   We can also help you to set up an RSS feed that will enable you to have selected articles of interest sent right to your email or mobile device automatically each time they are published.

Interested?  Please contact a member of our library reference team at or by phone at extension 8747 (from off campus, 800-861-6400, ext. 8747) so we can help you get started.

Matt Pappathan
UI&U Library Director


New American History Database

There is a new database in the UI&U Library: America: History and Life with Full Text.  Database content provides support for researchers of United States and Canadian history, with some journal coverage dating back to the 19th century.   This subscription upgrades the library’s previous subscription to America: History and Life without full text.  The upgrade provides expanded access to 290 journals and 80 books, which were previously only available in abstract-form.   The database content can be accessed through OneSearch or the Databases link on the homepage.

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New “OneSearch” Research Tool

Dear UI&U Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I’m writing to announce an exciting new UI&U Library research tool that will be available soon.  We’re calling this new resource “OneSearch,” a powerful database searching enhancement that will be activated on Wednesday, July 6th (previous launch date was July 5th).  You’ve asked for a way to search multiple library databases simultaneously and that day is coming very soon to the UI&U Library!

OneSearchHere is a mockup of what our library homepage will look like once we activate OneSearch.   you can see, much will remain the same.  The options to access individual research databases, our Journals A-Z directory, Google Scholar, and our top navigation buttons quickly linking users to our Help Center and Interlibrary Loan will continue to be available.  New features we’ll be adding to our homepage are image links to the Library Tutorial and Treasure Hunt.  We want to reassure everyone that no search functions will be lost with the launch of OneSearch. Rather, we are just adding a comprehensive, more efficient way to search the content of the UI&U Library.

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We are confident that everyone will find OneSearch to be a highly valuable research tool.  The enhanced functionality will help the UI&U Library remain at the cutting edge of current database searching technologies and will make the process of finding high quality research materials much easier.

In a nutshell, OneSearch will enable library users to conduct a single search that will yield results that include e-books, scholarly articles, doctoral dissertations, videos, and more.
Our librarians would be happy to meet one-on-one with any library user to provide a guided preview of OneSearch prior to the July 5th launch and to answer any questions you might have.  Please email if you’d like a demonstration of OneSearch’s capabilities.   You may also contact us any time after the launch to learn more about how to make best use of this new search tool.

NOTE TO FACULTY:  If you have created your own library research assignments for use in your course(s), please contact us and we will help to ensure that their content is up-to-date.  Also:  the addition of OneSearch will not have any impact on existing links to library resources in your courses—the links included there will not need to be changed with the launch of OneSearch.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Matthew N. Pappathan
Director of Library Services

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news in post-secondary education. It brings you news stories of concerning faculty, administration and technology as well as academic news from around the global. You also have access to many blogs devoted to different aspects of the university experience (admissions, scholarly publishing or building and grounds) and also to the forums where you can connect with people involved in higher education around the country and around the world.
Chronicle of Higher Education homepage

The UI&U Library provides access to the Chronicle without the additional step of logging on through our proxy server. Simply go to In the upper right hand corner, click log in. (Don’t subscribe! We’ve done that for you!).  Then create a free account using your Union email.  Please contact a librarian if you have questions or need assistance.

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From the Chronicle, 2013


Get Help from a Librarian

The UI&U Library contains millions of scholarly resources, and we know it can sometimes seem challenging to navigate through them. Luckily, library staff members are here to assist you by email, phone, text, or chat whenever you have questions or need assistance.

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Live Chat: Ask a Librarian
Phone: 800-871-8165 x8747
Text: 802-294-2848

The library’s contact information is also available by clicking the new “Ask a Librarian” button in the top, right-hand corner of the website.

10 Ways the Library Transforms your Academic Journey

Dear Students:

It’s National Library Week and this year’s theme is Libraries Transform. During this week of celebration, we want to share with you 10 ways the library can transform your academic journey.

1. Vast resources
Our library offers a growing collection of 150+ research databases, containing over 60,000 journals, 250,000 e-books, and millions of theses and dissertations from universities worldwide. Start searching here.

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The library provides access to academic, scholarly resources that offer accurate information to support your research.

 3. Personal service

We provide quality, friendly service. Our librarians are available to meet with you individually, and are willing to work around your busy schedule. Librarian assistance is available by email, phone, chat, and text. Schedule your appointment today.

 4. Work from the convenience of home

The library offers students flexibility and convenience that is only a click away. You don’t have to find a parking space, or physically search for books.

 5. Citations made easy

Working with the APA or MLA citation styles? Our databases have citation tools that will automatically format citations for your bibliography.

6. Stay current

Librarians can help you identify the top journals in your field. With database journal alerts, new journal issues will be delivered directly to your inbox. Sign up today.

 7. Interlibrary loan

Need a book or article that is not in the library? Place an interlibrary loan request and we will get it from another library for free!

 8. Career & job search

Looking for a job or polishing your professional skills? The library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools to help you on your search.

9. Support 

Don’t go it alone. Facing a daunting paper? Librarians are ready to help you think it through and find the sources you need to ace your assignment. Let’s start that project together.

 10: Just for fun

We think research is fun. To help you improve your research skills and have fun, we developed a treasure hunt with six clues hidden throughout the library website.

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Matthew Pappathan

Director of Library Services

Union Institute & University



Career & Job Search

Whether you are looking for a job or just polishing your professional skills, the library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools that you are looking for. The links below are shortcuts to some of the resources that you need to succeed:

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  • Videos: the library collection includes over 400 career & job search videos, divided into the following categories: career fields, job success, job search, and career exploration.
  • Career Transitions  is an online career guidance center that will walk you through the job-search process from beginning to end. It offers a complete,  personalized and guided experience from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job.  -Publisher’s Description, edited

In addition to these resources be sure to take advantage of  UI&U Career Services. Services include career counseling appointments, resume and cover letter assistance, practice interviews, additional career resources, assessments and more!  Get in touch with your career counselor at / 800.486.3116 X 2170 or visit us on CampusWeb.





133 new videos

The library’s Films on Demand database has added 133 videos.  The entire Films on Demand collection includes over 22,000 videos, which can be streamed online and added to CampusWeb courses.

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Popcorn – 46/365 by Joakim Wahlander at (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)

Twice Born Stories from the Special Delivery Unit Series

Step inside the groundbreaking medical frontier of fetal surgery with an intimate look at The Special Delivery Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where a courageous group of doctors and their patients take on the challenges of operations done on babies still inside their mother’s wombs. Witness real-time footage of fetal operations, and meet expecting parents as they face gut-wrenching decisions.

View More Videos

Films on Demand (all)anthropologybusiness & economicschildcare ●  child & adolescent development ● career & job search ● environmental science ● parenting & child developmentcriminal justiceeducation (see also Education in Video) ● health & medicinehistoryleadershipliteraturehealth & wellness ● parenting & child developmentpublic healthpsychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video) ● social workspecial education

Celebrating Black History Month

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Black History Month! It was nationally recognized in the United States of America in 1976, but the seeds of inspiration were sown as early as 1915, by Carter G. Woodson, who began what is now called

Giles B. Jackson (September 10, 1853– August 13, 1924)

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The Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

The UI&U Library has many books about many aspects of African-American history, including the civil rights movement. Please peruse the sample titles in the carousel below…we have many more, and if you need any assistance finding anything in OneSearch, please feel free to contact a librarian right away!

If you have a moment, you may want to check out this playlist of TED Talks celebrating Black History Month as well.

Google Like an Expert

Do you love Google? Interested in learning Google tricks?  This HackCollege infographic includes search operators, keyboard shortcuts*, and other strategies for becoming a Google expert!

* Substitute the Control button for the Command button if you are using keyboard shortcuts in Windows.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

Powerful words inspire people to action, and Dr. Martin Luther King was a consummate speaker and speechwriter. As we celebrate and remember the work of Martin Luther King on Monday the 18th, consider taking a few moments to listen to his “I Have a Dream” speech, and his “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” address at the website: American Rhetoric.

While you’re there, check out some of the other Top 100 Speeches.

The library will be closed on Monday the 18th in observance of the 87th birthday Martin Luther King, Jr. This marks the 30th year that this holiday has been celebrated.

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Treasure Hunt & Comic

Interested in improving your library research skills and having fun at the same time? Take the UI&U Library treasure hunt, Mateys.

Here at the library, we believe that research is an important life skill that extends beyond just needing to find sources for a research paper. Knowing where to go for certain kinds of information, how to ask for help, how to find quality sources, and how to document these sources when we use them are skills that aren’t just for writing a research paper. Not only do these things help us show that we have done our due diligence in knowing what we are talking about, but it also helps us know when what we are reading might need to be inspected a little further.

As librarians, we love to research and to help you find the information you are looking for but we also want you to learn about the tools that are available to you as students here at UI&U. This treasure hunt is designed to introduce you to some of these resources (and to us!).

Every adventurer in the modern era must do research before their expedition. They learn everything they can about where they are going in order to prepare for what they might experience. This was as true today with space exploration as it was during the Age of Discovery. Like them, the more experience you gain now with researching, the more prepared you will be with future challenges.

In the spirit of adventure, we have created this treasure hunt. Much like an early explorer, this journey will prepare you for later explorations as you delve further into your coursework. As you search for the treasure, you will learn about the various tools available to you in the library that will hopefully be as rewarding if not more so than discovering the treasure.

Ready for the challenge?  Take the Treasure Hunt.

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Unshelved Comics by Gene Ambaum & Bill Barnes. Used with permission.

Polish your Professional Skills (email, phone & more)

Polish your email, phone, video conferencing, and other professional skills with these two videos from the library’s Films on Demand database.  Interested in additional videos?  The library has 768 business education videos broken down into sub-collections for easy browsing.  Sub-collections include: careers, communications, project management, leadership, and more.

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Photo Credit: Communication by Paul Shanks at (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)

Digital Communication Skills: Dos and Don’ts
From texting to email to video calls, digital technology has transformed how we communicate with each other. But in formal situations like at work or in school, which forms of communications are appropriate, and when? Viewers of this video, especially digital natives, may be surprised to discover that communicating isn’t just about sharing information—it’s creating it—and that the ways in which emails, texts or voice messages are composed and conveyed may make the difference in impressing or disappointing an employer or co-worker. Even for late adopters of digital technology, this video has important points on what you should do—and what you don’t want to do—when it comes to email, texting, video-conferencing and using the phone for business calls or voice mail. (28 minutes, 2015)

Business Etiquette: Professionalism 101
How should you balance social media and your job? What’s the best way to ask for a raise? Who should pick up the tab for a business lunch? In this program, both business experts and a focus group of young professionals advise viewers on the proper way to conduct oneself in different types of work-related situations. Among the many topics covered are nonverbal communication and “personal space,” handling dissatisfied callers, when and how to interrupt a busy colleague, composing professional e-mails, asking for a raise, and managing time effectively. The focus group also offers tips and anecdotes on what not to do at work. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. (30 minutes, 2012)

Foxtrot Wikipedia Comic

For your enjoyment, this week’s news announcement includes a Wikipedia Comic by Foxtrot author Bill Amend.  To find more fun comics, visit!

The video below explains the specific ways Wikipedia can be used as part of the academic research process.

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© Bill Amend. Foxtrot Comics. Used with permission.


Using Wikipedia for Academic Research by Michael Baird (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Immigration? Gun Control? Read both sides.

U.S. opinion is highly polarized on a number of different political and social issues.  These opinions are often based on a person’s individual biases without having been researched thoroughly, or many factors having been taken into consideration.  Critical thinking and civil political discourse, however, demand that we actively explore and consider alternative perspectives.

Whether you are researching a topic out of personal interest, or required to include an opposing perspective in an academic paper, the UI&U Library’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context database can help you find the information necessary to provide a sound basis for the perspective that you are investigating.  The database includes topic pages on a variety of issues such as gun control, abortion, same-sex marriage, capital punishment, nuclear energy, immigration, and more.  Each topic page includes opposing viewpoints, reference materials, historical background information, journal articles, and statistics that you can use to begin your research.

Protest Against “Race Mixing”  and U.S. Marshals Escort Bridges

The Opposing Viewpoints database can be accessed from the UI&U Library’s all databases page (go to: library homepage > databases link > scroll to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database).


Predatory Publishers

Are you planning on publishing?  Then you should be aware that not all academic publishers are reputable.  One helpful tool in avoiding shady publishers is Beall’s List.  Jeffrey Beall is a University of Colorado Librarian who maintains a list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”

Here is Beall’s List of publishers to avoid.

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Danger Sign by Jonathan Gill (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)

New and Improved Interlibrary Loan Page

Do not have access to the article you want through the UI&U databases? Here is the solution!

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By (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a fast, free way to get the articles and book chapters that you need to complete your research. All current Union Institute & University students, faculty and staff in good standing are eligible to have articles electronically delivered to their email.

We recently updated the ILL page on the library website to both answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Interlibrary Loan and serve as a guide through the process. Visit the new page here at the following link to place an ILL request:

As always, if you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask a librarian!

Thank You,

Your UI&U Library Staff

Banned Books Week

The week of September 27 through October 3rd is the 31st Annual Banned Books Week! Since 1982, the American Library Association has been celebrating books that challenge our thinking. Join the UI&U Library in celebrating the freedom to read!

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It’s part of our 1st amendment right to publish and have access to all types of material–not just the content that everyone agrees with. The decision to decide what material you read is up to YOU, not the government, not the library, not any other institution.

Did you know that in 2014, there were 426 book challenges issued across the country? And that’s just the challenges that were reported! Like many social injustices, many more incidents of banning occur without ever being reported. Even worse, people may choose to self-censor–not even put the book in a situation where outsiders might complain about it.

To explore more, check out the American Library Association’s timeline of banned books or their book challenges infographic.

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ALA Infographic about 2014 Book Challenges

Make this your Best Term Yet

Would you like to become a better presenter?  Better at organizing your time?  Interested in finally mastering APA citations?  The UI&U Library has many handbooks, videos, and other resources that can help make this your best term yet!

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New Baby in the Library!

We are pleased to announce the birth of Katherina Grace.  She was born today at 12:44am, 22in. 9lbs. 9oz.  Congratulations to Bethany Nummela-Hanel, her husband Mike, and big sister Lena!

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Copyright Self-Assessment Game for Faculty

Confused about copyright? Interested in learning more about the copyright-safe images, videos, and other resources available for your courses?  The library’s Copyright for Online Courses page explains many of the complex issues surrounding copyright.  These issues often pose a challenge for dedicated instructors who want to make their courses interesting using multimedia resources.  We designed the page with the busy professor in mind.  It focuses on the most common issues and questions that can occur in the online course environment.

The copyright page now includes a faculty self-assessment with 14 questions and a drag & drop game faculty can use to sharpen their knowledge about copyright.  Enjoy!

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Stay Up-to-Date with Library RSS

UI&U Librarians strive to provide interesting news announcements every week.  During the past year, we highlighted: research tips, citation tools, new ebooks and videos, and much more.  Although you can always view news announcements on the library homepage, you can now have them delivered directly to your inbox.

If you use an RSS feed reader like Outlook or, you can add the UI&U Library news using this address:

Add the UI&U Library RSS feed to Outlook*:
1. In MS Outlook, click the File tab.
2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.
3. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
4. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type
5. Click Add.
6. Click OK.

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Career Handbooks for Veterans

The library collection includes career handbooks for veterans, including several e-books we just purchased.  The complete list can be viewed below.

 US Marine Corps by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Photo Credit: US Marine Corps by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members by Farley

While you’re interviewing for jobs, you’ll need to compare your job offers and choose the one that’s best for you and your family. Worksheets and advice in this book help point you in the right direction. And after you land that job, you can use this book’s advice to help you adjust to the civilian world of work. –Publisher Description

Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions by Enelow & Kursmark

Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions is a collection of superior professionally written resumes aimed at service members who are leaving the military and looking for a civilian job. This book gives resume strategies as well as 180 pages of sample resumes specifically written for people making the leap back into the private sector. –Publisher Description

Wounded Warrior Handbook: A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans by Philpot & Hill

The typical wounded soldier must complete and file twenty-two forms after an active-duty injury. To soldiers and their families coping with the shock and reality of the injuries, figuring out what to do next—even completing tasks that seem easy like submitting paperwork—can be overwhelming and confusing.  The second edition of this popular resource guide has been thoroughly revised to reflect new policies, additional benefits, updated procedures, and changes to insurance, including traumatic injury insurance and social security disability insurance. New chapters cover veterans’ benefits in depth—which have seen significant changes in the last two years—and returning to active duty after an injury. –Publisher Description

Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran’s Career Guide to Life’s Next Phase by Murphy
Written by veterans who have successfully made the transition, Down Range offers career planning guidance to U.S. military veterans coming off active duty. This is NOT simply a guide to transitioning from the military to the civilian world. This is NOT a guide to getting a job. This book IS a guide to developing a post-military career, not just for the first few days, weeks, or months after active duty, but for the rest of your employed life. –Publisher Description

Hire Tactics by Stein & Wood
Things have changed, times have changed, and times are tough – especially if you’re a military veteran seeking employment in today’s economy. This essential guide is designed to help you succeed in your civilian job search. Written by a career military officer and a career expert, The Hire Tactics introduces a methodology that includes innovative tools that go far beyond the traditional resume and cover letter. You will learn how to define your value in civilian terms and employ the strategies and tactics necessary to differentiate yourself from the competition and successfully complete your job search mission. –Publisher Description

Best wishes Tess Zimmerman

Union Institute & University wishes Tess Zimmerman, Assistant Librarian Interlibrary Loan Services, a fond farewell as she embarks on a new position with the Norwich University Library. She will be missed. Many students, especially doctoral students, benefited greatly from her expertise. She was skilled at finding and obtaining obscure research resources for them. Her graciousness and kindness made research a joy. Best of luck to you, Tess!

Tess Zimmerman

At First Sight: The Shirl Jennings Story

Sight is an amazing gift, and one which most of us learn from infancy, starting after birth when our eyes learn to focus. Through infancy, toddler years, and on into school years, our brains are trained to remember objects by how they look. The blind cannot do this. They use tactile sensations to identify and relate to everything.

When Shirl’s sight was restored, the visual overload was almost devastating. He had no idea what he was looking at and the task of learning it all was emotionally and mentally challenging, as well as a huge physical burden.

Barbara Jennings, Shirl’s wife, was determined that he could adjust to a life with sight and navigated unchartered waters to teach him everything – colors, alphabet, numerals, household objects, types of buildings and structural materials, trees and shurbs, animals, roads, railroads, airplanes, bridges, tunnels…the list was endless. There was always more for Shirl to learn.”- from

Shirl Jennings creating art, courtesy of Barbara Jennings
The story of Barbara Jennings, a graduate of UI&U’s M.A. Psych program, and her late husband Shirl may be familiar to some of you, as their life story was given a glossy Hollywood adaptation in 1999 via the film At First Sight, starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino.  But as with any life story, perhaps the best narrator is the one who has lived it; in this case, Shirl himself, who, alongside Barbara and Margery Phelps, created At First Sight, the Shirl Jennings Story: The story behind the MGM motion picture, which is now available for purchase at
Aside from the book, Barbara has preserved her husband’s inspiring legacy by posting his gorgeous artwork on the At First Sight website.  There is a great deal of beauty in the couple’s story and in the work Shirl created, and we hope that you will take the time to experience it for yourself.
Sun and Rays by Shirl Jennings, courtesy of