Thursday, December 17, 2009

Coffee Break Video

Students at the TWU libraries enjoyed coffee breaks during finals week. View the video below for some highlights:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Finals Week Coffee Breaks in Library

TWU Blagg-Huey Library will host coffee breaks for students during final exams week.

Please join us for coffee and refreshments at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm in the Library Lecture Hall 101 on the following days:

Sunday -- December 13
Monday -- December 14
Tuesday -- December 15
Wednesday -- December 16

--Connie Maxwell

National Day on Writing

On October 20, 2009, people all over the country celebrated the significance of writing in their lives by participating in the National Council of Teachers of English National Day on Writing. At Texas Woman's University, students contributed writings to the National Gallery of Writing and celebrated literacy in the Blagg Huey Library Reading Room by reading from Cynthia Ozick's book of poems, entitled Epodes. Dr. Hugh Burns donated a very special copy of Cynthia Ozick's Epodes, illustrated by master printmaker Sid Chafetz to the Woman's Collection of the TWU Libraries. The truly appreciated gift book, commemorates the National Day on Writing and honors TWU Libraries.

View the video below for some highlights of the event:

--Sherilyn Bird & Brandy Klug

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Denton Reads: Gregory Maguire Lecture

On Saturday, November 21st Denton Reads presents author Gregory Maguire. He will be visiting the City of Denton to talk about his work latest work "Matchless", a haunting re-telling of the classic tale of the "The Little Matchgirl." Maguire is a known advocate for literature, literacy and libraries.

Since Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly re-imagined.

This free event begins at 6pm and will be held at TWU MCL Auditorium. A book signing will follow the program. Seating is limited, and tickets will be required. Some tickets will be available for advanced reserve (,
and the remaining tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Denton Reads is sponsored by the UNT and TWU libraries, the Denton Public Library and the Denton ISD.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Denton Reads is an organization whose goal is to unite the City of Denton by hosting a lecture by a notable author and by featuring discussions of a common text. More information about Denton Reads and its activities can be found at

--Annita Owens

Friday, October 16, 2009

President Barack Obama has declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.




Every day, we are inundated with vast amounts of information. A 24-hour news cycle and thousands of global television and radio networks, coupled with an immense array of online resources, have challenged our long-held perceptions of information management. Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decisionmaking. National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.

Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.

Our Nation's educators and institutions of learning must be aware of — and adjust to —these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.

This month, we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


--Greg Hardin

Monday, October 12, 2009

H1N1 Flu – Assess Your Symptoms

To prevent the spread of the H1N1 Flu Virus and to help people learn whether they have the symptoms of H1N1, members of the general public are being urged to use online assessment tools to check their symptoms before going to an emergency room or doctor's office.

Emory University has put together a free interactive tool to help the public assess their symptoms on the Internet. The website also gives guidance to help make informed decisions about seeking access to healthcare. Website visitors do not have to give their names. The Self-Assessment is free.

H1N1 Flu Self-Assessment

The US Department of Health and Human Services provides an online H1N1 Self-Evaluation interactive tool as well.

H1N1 Flu Self-Evaluation

These interactive tools are not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a healthcare professional.

--Elaine Cox

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is a full-text resource for news, business, legal research, medical information and reference.

A new season of informative webinars is kicking off. Check out the full schedule. Tune in for tips for getting the most out of LexisNexis® Academic and more.

Upcoming webisodes include:
- Using LexisNexis Academic for Business Research
- Finding Sources in LexisNexis Academic
- Using LexisNexis Academic for Legal Research
- News in LexisNexis Academic- LexisNexis® Statistical DataSets
- LexisNexis® Library Express (For Public Libraries Only)

All available from the convenience of your desk… choose the day and time that is right for you.

Register for a webinar today!

--Connie Maxwell

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SCHOLARLY or POPULAR -- Can you tell the difference?

You may be required to include articles from scholarly journals for some of your class assignments.

Scholarly Journals are written by and for scholars, researchers, and professionals in a particular field. Their purpose is to review, report, and make available original research, experimentation, and information. Articles in these journals go through a peer-review or refereed process before publication. Sources are always formally cited

Professional Trade Journals are often considered scholarly journals. These journals are written for people working in a particular profession and articles may or may not go through a peer-review or refereed process before publication. Sources are usually cited.

Popular Magazines are written to appeal to the general public. Their purpose is to inform and/or entertain. Sources may be mentioned but are not formally cited.

If you are not sure you understand the difference between scholarly and popular journal articles this chart should help.

Still not sure? - Try Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, the authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types — academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world. And, it's easy to use!

--Connie Maxwell

Papers due? Need help with your research?

Workshops are offered throughout the semester. These workshops demonstrate how to use the TWU library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, search strategies and access requirements.

TWU Libraries offer the following workshops for students, faculty and staff. Dates and times of workshops are available from the Library Training & Workshops webpages.

Blagg-Huey Library Workshops

Find Articles!
These workshops will demonstrate how to use the TWU Library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We will discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, and search strategies.

10/7 Wednesday, Noon – 1 pm
10/13 Tuesday, 3 – 4 pm
10/20 Tuesday, 10 – 11 am

RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is available to all current TWU students, faculty, and staff from any computer with Web access. RefWorks can also import citations from Library databases and other bibliography programs such as Endnote and Reference Manager.

10/7 Wednesday, 7 – 8:30pm

Faculty Workshops
· Share and Share Alike - 10/20, Tuesday Noon – 1:30 pm
· Evidence-Based Practice - 11/3 Tuesday, Noon – 1:30 pm

University Staff
Library Resources for University Staff, including tips for finding books, videos, newspaper articles, journal articles, and internet resources.

10/30 Friday, 2 - 3 pm

Parkland Health Sciences Library Workshops

Evidence-Based and Peer Reviewed Research
Where or how should I start this type of research? What are the key criteria to look for? Learn to make these research questions easier to answer - and get needed results!

Tuesday, October 27, 4-5pm

Library 2009: Get it Online!
Learn research strategies & tools, resources and services designed to help you work smarter, not harder. How, why, and when does using libraries (the “time-tested search engines” of information for over 5,000 years!) save time and money? Find great articles that match your topic – online, of course!

Tuesday, November 10, 11am-Noon

RefWorks: APA Format
Is there a simpler way to write your papers, store citations, and create bibliographies - using APA format? Need to organize a group project? Don’t waste time - just type, click, and print your paper! Learn how, now!

Tuesday, November 3, 4-5pm

Free RefWorks Webinars

Presbyterian Library Workshops
Workshops available by appointment.
Contact: Librarian, Shelly Burns
E-mail to:
Call: 214-706-2390
Office: DPH Room 24

Houston ARC Workshops
Library Research Workshop Location: Room 4310,
Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, Houston
10/7 Wed Noon-1pm

--- posted by Greg Hardin

Friday, September 18, 2009

Recreational Reading Collection

The TWU Libraries now have a recreational reading collection.

All titles, mostly paperbacks, have been donated so that students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to enjoy a good novel, mystery, sci-fi adventure and more. The titles are checked out for a 3 week loan period.

If you have any good paperbacks that you would like others to read, feel free to donate them.

-- Kris Reed

Thursday, September 17, 2009

EBSCOhost Research Starters “…where research begins”

There are a number of ways to get ideas for research topics. You can get ideas from issues or events that interest you, discussions in class, textbooks and books you have been reading, or journal articles that identify current research topics. If the topic is new to you, you will need to gather some background information that will help you understand the topic better and this information may also be useful for introducing the topic in your paper or presentation. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine where to start.

TWU Libraries now has access to the EBSCOhost Research Starters databases for Business, Education and Sociology. These databases provide a starting point for finding information that will help you gain an understanding of key topics in various subject areas. Most of the articles are no more than 3,000 words in length which provide broader subject coverage than the average textbook or encyclopedia but are still short enough to be easily digestible. The Research Starters databases include: Abstracts, Topic Overviews, Glossaries of Terms & Concepts, Suggested Reading Lists, Further Insights/Applications, Keyword Lists, Bibliographies, as well as Viewpoints/Issues/Discourse.

Research Starters - Business
articles are sorted among nineteen categories, each of which contains between ten and forty article topics such as Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business & Government, Business & Public Policy, Business Information Systems, Business Law, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Management, Information Technology, Insurance & Risk Management, International Business, Law, Management, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations & Information Systems, and Statistics.

Research Starters - Education
articles are sorted among twenty-four categories, each of which contains between ten and thirty-five article topics: Early Childhood Education, Public School Education, Adult Education, Special Education, Physical Education, Extended Learning, Service Learning, Education & the Law, School Administration & Policy, School Safety, Curriculum Organization, Politics, Government & Education, History of Education, Educational Theory, Teaching Methods, Technology in Education, Testing & Evaluation, Educational Psychology, Multicultural Education, English as a Second Language, Alternative Education, Teacher Education, Guidance & Counseling, Research in Education, Higher Education, and International Perspectives.

Research Starters - Sociology
articles are sorted among twenty-six categories, each of which contains between four and thirty-five article topics: Aging & Elderly Issues, Culture, Day to Day Social Interaction, Deviance & Social Control, Educational Sociology, Family & Relationships, Global Stratification, History of Sociology, Population, Urbanization & the Environment, Race & Ethnicity, Research Methods, Sex, Gender & Sexuality, Social Change, Social Interaction in Groups & Organizations, Social Issues & Public Policy, Social Movements & Collective Behavior, Socialization, Societies, Society & Technology, Sociological Theory, Sociology & Related Fields, Sociology of Health & Medicine, Sociology of Politics & Government, Sociology of Religion, Stratification & Class in the U.S., and Work & the Economy.

To access the Research Starters databases go to the Databases A-Z Title List at

--Connie Maxwell

Computer Lab Ribbon Cutting

Sept. 9, 2009 -- Provost Kay Clayton, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Mr. Bill Palmertree, Vice President for Technology & Information Services, welcomed faculty, staff and students to a brief ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the renovation and reopening of Blagg Huey Library Computer Lab. Dr. Clayton spoke of the University's mission to create an academic and social environment that empowers students. The Provost and Mr. Palmertree thanked staff who worked on the redesigned and improved Library Computer Lab. The Library Lab, a popular space on the Denton campus, was refurbished with new carpet, computer tables, flexible seating, and desktops computers.


--Sherilyn Bird

Sherilyn Bird

Thursday, August 27, 2009

September 3rd - Library Fiesta

The Fall 2009 "Library Fiesta" will be held in the Denton Campus Library on Thursday, September 3rd from 1:00-4:00 pm. Sessions are approximately 20 minutes long.

Students can participate in exercises that enhance their research skills, meet and get to know library staff, learn about library resources and enjoy prizes and refreshments.

Participation Certificates will be available for students attending these sessions for class assignments or for extra credit.

All students and faculty are welcome. Instructors, if you have an estimate of how many of your students will attend this event please contact us with this information.

For more information about these sessions, please contact Connie Maxwell at 940-898-3707 or by email at

--Andy Tucker

New Databases & Database Enhancements

During Summer 2009, there have been a number of enhancements to databases such as OvidSP, Wilson Web, and Classical Music Library. Three new databases, Research Starters - Sociology, ArchiveGrid, and CAMIO, were also added during Summer 2009.

Database Enhancements:
  • In Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, there is now an option to search for materials reviewed in CLCD in the TWU Libraries Catalog.

  • Various enhancements have been made to Classical Music Library including: Browse Composer Feature now links directly into the Works List; clicking on the Works List column will take you to the Works Browse area where you can see all performances of that work; clicking on Recordings will take you to the results screen for the recordings; "+" icons next to the work name that show all performances CML has of that work; and 2500 new biographies.

  • There are now OvidSP enhancements to the Journal A-Z page, Table of Contents page, and Full-text display that are designed to streamline the navigation and usability.

  • Various enhancements have been made to Wilson Web databases including: ReadSpeaker (text-to-speech), "My WilsonWeb Enhancements," Article Language Translations, Interface Language Translations, and Section 508/Visual Interface Enhancements.

  • Book Index with Reviews moved from its former interface to the EBSCOhost 2.0 interface. This new interface is more intuitive and user-friendly.

New Databases:
  • Research Starters - Sociology

    This database provides provides students with a solid foundation for their research and assignments, as well as overview information on topics relevant to their studies. Comprehensive summaries of discipline-specific topics help students to grasp the broad outlines of a subject, realize its real world applications, critically engage it, and locate sources for advanced research. [added July 2009]

  • ArchiveGrid

    ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world. [added July 2009]


    CAMIO® - OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online - is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. [added July 2009]

-Brandy Klug

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Reference Universe

There are now more than 3,000 specialized electronic reference works represented in Reference Universe. These include titles such as:

New titles are added on a regular basis. Some highlights of this month's additions include:
Future Content:
In Summer 2009 there will be additions from Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Cambridge University Press and Blackwell Reference Online, as well as updates from many other publishers already represented in Reference Universe.

Access this database from the TWU Libraries A-Z Database List, or from the Search Reference Books widget on the Libraries Home Page.

--Connie Maxwell

Camio: New Art Database

CAMIO® — OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.

Works of art may be used for educational and research purposes if they are properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed.

CAMIO includes ...

  • Photographs

  • Prints

  • Sculpture

  • Paintings

  • Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects

  • Drawings and Watercolors

  • Costume and Jewelry

  • Textiles

  • Architecture

  • and more ...

CAMIO is available in the TWU Libraries Catalog and on the Database A-Z List.

--Connie Maxwell

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWU Librarians at TechNet 2009

Several TWU Librarians recently attended TechNet 2009: The Second Annual North Texas Conference on Library Technology which took place Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area in Fort Worth, Texas.

At TechNet 2009 librarians attended sessions covering topics on E-Government, IM Reference; New Tools and Gadgets; Web 2.0, 3.0 and More; Universal Access, Adaptive Technology and Alternative Formats; Digitization; North Texas ILS Consortium; Adobe Photoshop; and Open Source.

TWU Librarian Greg Hardin, was a presenter for the session, The Social Web: Why It Matters to Librarians with Lilly Ramin, University of North Texas Librarian and Virtual Reference Coordinator, and Shaun Seibel, Library Specialist & web designer for the UNT Discovery Park Library.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month — a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The following web site provides some helpful links and additional information on APA Heritage Month:

The APA Selected Bibliography, created by Jimmie Lyn Harris, includes books from 2006 - 2009 (with summary and pictures when available) and a journal list.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris, Connie Maxwell

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Waste for a week!

As part of Earth Day 2009, the Reference Department and the TWU library kicked off its Green Campaign with "Our Waste for a Week". In an effort to make students aware of how much paper was being wasted, paper that was normally taken to be recycled was saved for a week. The Reference Department saved paper from April 15th-22nd, and collected 5 full boxes of computer print-outs that were left in the information area.


The Circulation lab collected paper from April 23-30th and collected 4.5 boxes full of paper. Most of the print-outs were duplicates of research papers, web documents, emails and Power Point presentations. The program was effective in making students aware of how much unnecessary printing was being done. The library will continue to promote ways to do effective research, and help the environment.

The following is a sampling of websites to help us celebrate, preserve, and enjoy a greener earth:

--Andy Tucker, Connie Maxwell

Monday, May 4, 2009

Faculty Recognition Day

Faculty Recognition Day Honors Faculty Publications and Creative Works

Texas Woman's University Libraries and Friends of the TWU Library honored faculty authorship, editorship, and artistic works for 2008 on Faculty Recognition Day, held in the Blagg-Huey Library on Monday, April 20, 2009. Sherilyn Bird (pictured below, left), Director of TWU Libraries, welcomed attendees to the exhibit and reception and noted the popularity of the program since its inception in 2007. She then turned the program over to Dr. Kay Clayton (pictured below, right), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Dr. Clayton noted the following faculty achievements for 2008:

*Eighty-three faculty members submitted 113 publications that included books, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and journal articles.

*The program includes citations for 207 presentations delivered at conferences and before scholarly bodies in 31 states and 12 countries.

*Creative works are represented by one compact disc and one performance program

*Faculty research focuses on diverse issues, many impacting women, such as domestic abuse, community health and nursing in the Middle East, literacy improvement in the bilingual classroom, globally distributed decision making, game theory, and online teaching and learning.

Kimberley Johnson of the Woman's Collection spoke for other library personnel who assisted with the program when she wrote, "It has been a delight to work on this exhibit. To be honest, I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work on an exhibit that features the scholarship and hard work of our dedicated faculty."

--Carolyn Poole

Friday, April 24, 2009

Anatomy TV adds new content is a detailed 3D interactive model of the Human Anatomy.

Models can be rotated 360 degrees to the left or right and layers of anatomy added or removed. The anatomy visuals are accompanied by three-dimensional animations that demonstrate function, biomechanics and surgical procedures. To supplement the core three-dimensional anatomy data are: MRI, quizzes, MCQ - multiple choice questions, anatomy layering, video clips, clinical slides, and dissections. There are 10 product demos of major areas of the body (head, shoulder, pelvis, etc.). Computer system requirements: You will need to allow pop-ups in your web browser.

Coming Soon:

Pelvic Floor Disorders DVD-ROM -This will include detailed and interactive 3D anatomy of the pelvis with a focus on the pelvic floor and clinically relevant views. Extensive Conditions Section will cover etiology, diagnosis and treatment/rehabilitation of common disorders with links to relevant anatomy and pathological imagery. Plus a text and image based Patient Education Section.

3D Anatomy for Speech Language Pathology DVD-ROM - Detailed and interactive 3D modelling of the head and neck area with a focus on anatomy most relevant to speech therapists: nasal and oral cavities, pharynx, larynx, respiratory system, ear, facial muscles and nervous system. Animated sequences that cover respiration and swallowing will be added as well as content suitable for patient education.

3D Anatomy for ENT DVD-ROM - Highly detailed anatomy of the head and neck with a focus on views of the ear, temporal bone, face, cranial nerves (esp. facial nerve), brainstem, larynx, neck, salivary glands, thyroid gland, lymph nodes, airway, pharynx, esophagus, tonsils, TMJ, facial skeleton, skull, teeth, nose, paranasal sinuses and vascular anatomy. Conditions and Procedures Section will include deformities, disorders of the facial nerve, thyroid, tonsils, salivary glands and esophagus and more.

Real Time Viewer: Dentistry - View and interact with a detailed model of the head as well as a tooth selector. Rotate, zoom in and out and choose what structures you want to add, remove or make transparent using real time functionality.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris, Connie Maxwell

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Consumer Health Resources

The TWU library staff enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Texas Woman’s University's eighth annual "Well Wednesday Community Health Fair" on April 1, 2009. The event was sponsored by TWU Student Health Services. For those of you who were unable to attend I have included links to materials provided by library staff Jimmie Lyn Harris and Spencer Acadia.

TWU Health Fair Screenshots
Consumer Health Print and Electronic Books

-Connie Maxwell

Use Opposing Viewpoints database for an argumentative paper or a position statement

Professors, do you have an argumentative paper or a position statement planned for your students this semester? Students, has your professor assigned you an argumentative or position paper, and you don't know what topic to select or even where to begin your research? One of the best places to explore current issues is Opposing Viewpoints, a database hosted by Gale Cengage Learning.

Whether your topic is a long-debated one such as capital punishment or a new issue such as the current debate as to whether professors and students should be permitted to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, Opposing Viewpoints can help solve your researching concerns.

Opposing Viewpoints is easy to locate and use. From the library homepage, access the database page; click on "O" and then Opposing Viewpoints. Enter your Portal ID and password, and you are ready to go. You may then type in your search term or choose from one of the numerous topics on the right side of the page. Based on your search term, Opposing Viewpoints will furnish additional terms to help you expand your research. Once you have located full-text articles pertinent to your research, you may copy them, mark them for e-mail, or download them to your MP3 player. In addition, instructions are provided which enable you to listen to all or part of the article or download an audio version of the document. Opposing Viewpoints even gives students assistance with citing and allows them to export their citations into RefWorks, an efficient organizing tool.

Please consider using this flexible, comprehensive, up-to-date resource, which will accommodate two simultaneous users. Opposing Viewpoints is user friendly and will serve you well for your issue-based resource needs.

--Carolyn Poole

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription now includes CultureVision™

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription now includes CultureVision™

Addressing the uncertainty of cultural differences and the impact on diagnosis and treatment

By the year 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that various ethnic groups will total just over half (51%) of the population. Continued immigration into the U.S. means that more patients with varying cultural customs, beliefs, and practices will be in the health care system. This brings with it a complex set of challenges for health care providers. Providing quality care to all of our population—today and in the future—requires comprehensive information to guide both students and professionals now. CultureVision™ is that solution, and is now available as part of your ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription.

CultureVision delivers the information necessary for treating patients appropriately, with respect for their cultural differences. It enables them to provide quality care for people of varying backgrounds and to better facilitate the patient's ability to regain wellness.

Because the answers aren't always obvious

Every religion and culture perceives health and illness differently. For example, Vietnamese women at a hospital in Michigan were continually becoming severely dehydrated shortly after giving birth, despite a constant supply of ice chips and cold water. The information in CultureVision reveals that in Vietnam, the honored postpartum period (or lying-in), is considered a "cold" state, in which new mothers are encouraged to avoid cold food and drinks, and keep away from wind and drafts.

Understanding how and what patients believe will make them well, facilitating compliance and avoiding misunderstandings

CultureVision makes this possible through the following:
  • Information about a variety of health care fundamentals impacted by ethnicities and religious beliefs
  • A list of questions to ask that will yield better health outcomes and more satisfied patients
  • Information about the prevalence of diseases within certain populations
  • Insight that will equip health professionals to have conversations with patients while respecting and integrating the cultural aspects of their lives
  • Reports for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions, updated monthly

Accessing CultureVision

Click on ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Browse, then Cultural Competency Briefs: Religion, Ethnicity and Care

--posted by Connie Maxwell

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Texas Glamour: Les Wilk Designs Exhibit at TWU Library

From beauty queen to Dallas elite, Les Wilk was a leader in the Texas fashion industry, 1969-1993.


In 1981, Les Wilk was appointed Director of the Southwest Institute of Design at Texas Woman's University. An exhibit of dresses from his Dallas clothing line will be on exhibit in the library, March 3-31. You can also see inaugural clothing designed for Gov. Ann Richards and Jan Bullock by Les Wilk and his TWU students.

Exhibit will be available in the TWU Blagg Huey Library: March 3-March 31, 2009

Special Event:
View the exhibit and enjoy a lecture honoring the designer
Texas Woman's University
Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
Thursday, March 26, 2009
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Speaker: Evelyn Wilk Utay
Exhibit Designer: David Lopez, TWU student in Fashion and Textiles

More Information: 940-898-3751
view more pictures (shared from Connie's Flickr photos)

Connie Maxwell
Dawn Letson

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March is Women’s History Month

posted from:

History of National Women's History Month

The Beginning: As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978. We chose the week of March 8 to make International Women's Day the focal point of the observance. The activities that were held met with enthusiastic response, and within a few years dozens of schools planned special programs for Women's History Week, over one-hundred community women participated in the Community Resource Women Project, an annual "Real Woman" Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries, and we were staging a marvelous annual parade and program in downtown Santa Rosa, California.

Local Celebrations: In 1979, a member of our groups was invited to participate in Women's History Institutes at Sarah Lawrence College, attended by the national leaders of organizations for women and girls. When they learned about our county-wide Women's History Week celebration, they decided to initiate similar celebrations within their own organizations and school districts. They also agreed to support our efforts to secure a Congressional Resolution declaring a "National Women's History Week." Together we succeeded! In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution.

Overwhelming Response: As word spread rapidly across the nation, state departments of education encouraged celebrations of National Women's History Week as an effective means to achieving equity goals within classrooms. Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Alaska, and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials all of their public schools. Organizations sponsored essay contests and other special programs in their local areas. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week, supported and encouraged by resolutions from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.

The Entire Month of March: In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Each year, programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities have become more extensive as information and program ideas have been developed and shared.

Growing Interest in Women's History: The popularity of women's history celebrations has sparked a new interest in uncovering women's forgotten heritage. A President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in History in America recently sponsored hearings in many sections of the country. It took reports about effective activities and institutions that are promoting women's history awareness and heard recommendations for programs still needed. The Women's Progress Commission will soon begin hearings to ascertain appropriate methods for identifying and then preserving sites of importance to American women's history. In many areas, state historical societies, women's organizations, and groups such as the Girl Scout of the USA have worked together to develop joint programs. Under the guidance of the National Women's History Project, educators, workplace program planners, parents and community organizations in thousands of American communities have turned National Women's History Month into a major focal celebration, and a springboard for celebrating women's history all year 'round.

Expanding the Focus: The National Women's History Project is involved in many efforts to promote multicultural women's history. We produce organizing guides, curriculum units, posters and display sets, videos, and a range of delightful celebration supplies. We also coordinate the Women's History Network, conduct teacher training conferences, and supply materials to people wherever they live through a Women's History Catalog.

Test Your Knowledge of Women's History

Selected books (print and electronic) for Women's History Month compiled by Jimmie Lyn Harris

--Connie Maxwell

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


We invite you to the Third Annual Faculty Recognition Day.


This event expresses the Libraries' appreciation and admiration for TWU faculty and is a tribute to the University's scholarly and artistic achievements of the previous year. The annual event, which is co-sponsored by Provost Kay Clayton, TWU Libraries and the Friends of the Libraries, will be April 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm in Blagg Huey Library. Provost Clayton will make her remarks of appreciation and faculty publications and creative works will be on display. It is an opportunity to mingle and see what TWU faculty members are working on. A reception follows the celebration. We hope you will attend.



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--Sherilyn Bird

Friday, February 13, 2009

Milestone Documents in American History

TWU Libraries has just added Milestone Documents in American History to its print and online collections. This is a new series, published my Salem Press, combines full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary. The print is a 4 volume set and comes with free online access, so you don't even need to be in the library to use this resource. The series has been named one of Choice magazines "outstanding academic titles" for 2008.

--Kris Reed

Monday, February 9, 2009

TWU Libraries staff hear Michael Stephens

Michael StephensSeveral TWU Libraries staff had the opportunity to hear web 2.0 guru, Michael Stephens discuss the “The Hyper-linked Library” last week at the University of North Texas, Discovery Park.
Michael Stephens, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is author of Web 2.0 & Libraries, an OCLC article about Librarian 2.0 skills and he blogs at Tame the Web. He also currently writes a monthly Library Journal column with Michael Casey: The Transparent Library, exploring how trends and technologies can enhance libraries and make them participatory and open to change.
During the two hour discussion, Dr. Stephens urged that libraries should strive to be both transparent and user driven; and to do so he advised that libraries need to evolve, let go of control, and also be visible.

-- Greg Hardin

Read About African Americans' History, Culture and Achievements

Jimmie Lyn Harris, TWU Reference Librarian, compiled this list of books highlighting African American history, culture and achievements. These books (print and electronic) are part of the TWU Libraries Collections.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Visit Africa


Enjoy a global experience without leaving the TWU Campus.
Visit Africa through an exhibit of artifacts, art work, clothing and textiles beautifully displayed around the rotunda and in the lobby of the Denton Campus TWU library. These materials are a part of a collection owned by library staff member, LaMargo Branch.

LaMargo said “I started collecting African Art because I felt like it was a part of me and my ancestry. I have been collecting African Art and Clothing for about 17 years.” The collection includes pieces from different parts of Africa such as Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

The display was created by LaMargo Branch and Codie Causey and will be available to the public until March 4, 2009.


--Connie Maxwell

Friday, January 30, 2009

Children’s/Media Collections: The “Place-to-Be”


The TWU Libraries' Children's/Media Collections was a special place to be during the Fall 2008 semester, featuring several interesting displays and exhibits. In September-October, a variety of the collections' multimedia materials highlighting the role of women in aviation were on display to honor the trailblazing pioneer veterans of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) who held their historic reunion at TWU's Woman's Collection and WASP Archive on the weekend of September 26-27. The exhibit featured numerous books on flight and military aircraft, airplane-themed pop-up and craft books, and a stream of one-of-a-kind hand-made real-life paper airplanes that greeted the WASP pilots and their guests upon entering the library.

In October, the Children's/Media Collections participated in TWU's "Asia and the Arts" month-long celebration. The collections' "Finding Asia in Children's Literature" exhibits, one on the Garden Level and the second, in the Blagg-Huey Library entrance lobby, featured a diversity of Asia-themed multimedia children's and young adult literature and folklore treasures, highlighted with a string of hand-made lanterns, and Asian cultural artifacts. One exhibit case devoted to celebrating the theme of universal world peace, featuring books about the story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes featured the collections' famed mobile of Origami peace cranes designed by Children's/Media and TWU alumnae Mu-Chia Chen and Yoshie Kim.

In December, as has become a tradition, treasures from the Children's/Media Collections were on display in the Blagg-Huey Library lobby and on the Garden Level in a pair of exhibits for the holiday season. The exhibits, highlighting the spectrum of faiths and holiday practices, featured specially-themed cases celebrating the winter season and the beautiful choreography and music of The Nutcracker. On display from the collections were a set of elegant pop-up books, and from the Media Collection, a number of videotaped versions and long-playing audiodisc recordings of Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.


  • February: Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Mardi GrasMarch
  • Dr. Seuss's Birthday (March 2), Women's History Month, Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day, Career Month
  • March 13-April 15: Deaf History Month
  • April: National Poetry Month, Spring, Easter, Earth Day
  • May: Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day
  • June: Father's Day, Summer, Juneteenth (June 19)

--Ellen Perlow

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Papers due? Need help with your research?

TWU Libraries offer the following workshops for students and faculty and staff. Dates and times of workshops are available from the Library Workshops webpages.

Denton Campus Library

Find Articles! - These workshops will demonstrate how to use the TWU Library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We will discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, and search strategies.

Graduate Assistants/Research Assistants
- Research Strategies for Graduate Assistants. (subject guides, search options, strategies and access)

Interlibrary Loan - Everything a student needs to know about Interlibrary Loan Services offered by TWU Libraries, learn how to effectively request items, how long it takes, how much it costs, and much more.

Library Resources--Topics:

--Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Fashion & Textiles
--Education and Kinesiology
--English Literature
--History & Government and Criminal Justice
--Library and Information Studies
--Nutrition and Food Sciences
--Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science)
--Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Family Sciences, Women's Studies

RefWorks - RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is available to all current TWU students, faculty, and staff from any computer with Web access. RefWorks can also import citations from Library databases and other bibliography programs such as Endnote and Reference Manager.

Tours and Services - A walk-through of the Library showing the location of various library services, collections, and computers, etc.

University Staff -
Library Resources for University Staff, including tips for finding books, videos, newspaper articles, journal articles, and information on the internet

Dallas Campus – Parkland Library

Evidence-Based Research: Nursing

Evidence-Based Research: Nursing & RefWorks

Find Nursing Articles! Research Basics - These workshops will demonstrate how to use the TWU Library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We will discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, and search strategies.
Library 2009: Get it Online (or, Get Out of Line)! - Get connected to library intranets of "hidden resources" that get quick, subject-specific results. TWU's online Subject Guides, Key Databases, Catalog, and academic resources are all professionally organized to help you get class assignments done – easy and fast.
Our online research experts share their "top ten" library shortcuts, tips, and strategies that help you stay on task and get your homework done faster. *Tip #10: use RefWorks to format your APA citations and research papers online - in one click!
Yes, it is available to you @ TWU Libraries. Learn how to get it & use it. Online, of course!

RefWorks: Introduction

RefWorks: Introduction and Advanced

Evidence-Based Research: Nursing & RefWorks

Find Nursing Articles & RefWorks
- RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is available to all current TWU students, faculty, and staff from any computer with Web access. RefWorks can also import citations from Library databases and other bibliography programs such as Endnote and Reference Manager.


Library Research Workshops - TWU Houston will offer library workshops for all faculty, staff,and students. Hands-on classes are 60 minutes long. There is no preregistration needed, handouts will be available, and there will be ample time for questions.

Web-based Sessions

RefWorks Webinars -

-- Posted by Jimmie Lyn Harris