Thursday, September 30, 2010

Off the E-Shelf

Off the E-Shelf

E-Book recomendations from the Librarians at the TWU Blagg-Huey Library


Jimmie Lyn Harris, TWU librarian and subject specialist in Criminal Justice, suggests the e-book titles below for Criminal Justice students and faculty, and others interested in the discipline.

Additional resources relevant to this field (including news, suggested databases for research, recommended reading and more) can be accessed via the Criminal Justice Subject LibGuide (reachable from the TWU Library homepage under Research Resources/Subject LibGuides/Criminal Justice).

Ms. Harris is available for questions, research consultations and class instruction. She can be reached at 940/898-3740 or

Clicking on any title will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that e-book.

Crimes of Power and States of Impunity : The U.S. Response to Terror by Michael Welch

9/11 changed everything, including the configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government. In Crimes of Power, Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

Changing Lives : Delinquency Prevention as Crime-Control Policy
by Peter W. Greenwood

One of the most astonishing aspects of juvenile crime is how little is known about the impact of the policies and programs put in place to fight it. In Changing Lives, Greenwood reveals the discovery of a wide array of innovative interventions in this area, and explores risk factor-criminal behavior connections.

Marked : Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration by Devah Pager

The product of an innovative field experiment, Marked gives us a glimpse into the tremendous difficulties facing ex-offenders in the job market. Using scholarly as well as field research, Pager vividly captures the ongoing stigma of incarceration.

Securing Rights for Victims : A Process Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics by Robert C. Davis, James M. Anderson, Julie Whitman and Susan Howley

Raising awareness of victims' rights in the U.S. justice system, Securing Rights delves into issues such as victim standing, the rights to be consulted and heard, and the right to privacy.

The World and Darfur : International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan edited by Amanda Grzyb

This updated edition brings together genocide scholars from a wide range of disciplines (including social history, art history, military history, African studies and literature) to provide a cohesive look at the international response to the crimes against humanity that comprise the Darfur crisis.

Posted by Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Living, Breathing U.S. Constitution

Observing Constitution Day 2010

For three days this month, the Blagg-Huey library at TWU was a veritable hotbed of free speech activity.

From September 13th through the 15th, in conjunction with Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day as it is also known) and as part of TWU’s Civic Agency Initiative involvement, "free speech boards" were set up in the presentation area of the Blagg-Huey Library (as well as at two other sites on the Denton campus).

The Democracy Shout Out, as the event was billed, featured multiple boards with questions and topics that rotated over the course of the three days. TWU students and members of the community were able to share their views and opinions on a wide variety of issues relating to TWU, the community and the country--from the war in Iraq to a tuition increase to immigration. Over 3,5oo responses were collected between the three sites involved.

"We want our students to know that the U.S. Constitution is a living, breathing document, not just a history lesson," said Leslie Lindsey, a TWU graduate student in history and member of the TWU Constitution Day planning committee. "The Democracy Shout Out allow(ed) students the opportunity to exercise their free speech and to find out what their peers care about.”
TWU was one of 16 universities in the U.S. (and the only one in Texas) selected to participate in the American Democracy Project’s Civic Agency Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Constitution Day is an American national observance
that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17th, the anniversary of the date in 1787 on which delegates from 12 states attending a convention in Philadelphia signed a document stating their intention to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

That document, having been ratified by nine states, became the Constitution of the United States of America in 1789--and remains to this day the country's supreme law of the land.

--Submitted by Sandy Cochran. Special thanks to Greg Hardin for technical assistance with this post.

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Spanish/English Health Website Unveiled

Taking Health Care into Your Own Hands

Navigating the complex and often overwhelming subject of health care coverage just got a little easier.

On September 20, 2010 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled (, a Spanish website (with English translation available) offering a wealth of information on the topic of health care coverage.

Included on the site are sections on insurance options, prevention, comparing care quality and health care law. Also available is health care coverage information specifically targeted to people in different life stages.

According to Blogadillo (News from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region), is "the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage".

For additional news and information from the world of consumer health, we invite you to peruse the TWU Consumer Health Subject Lib Guide.

La buena salud para todos (good health to all).

--Submitted by Marilyn Goff. Edited by Sandy Cochran.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Be a Rebel. Read a Book.

Banned Books Week
September 25 - October 2, 2010

The main goal of Banned Books Week, the national event sponsored by the American Library Association and others, is to celebrate our right to read. Intellectual freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment--the right to read whatever we want (no matter how controversial, unorthodox or politically correct)--is at the very heart of this annual celebration.

Banned Books Week highlights books which have been targets of attempted bannings. A small percentage of these books actually went on to be banned or restricted in certain areas of the country. Happily, most did not. Every year, librarians, teachers, booksellers, community activists--and readers like you--use Banned Books Week to put a spotlight on the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society. Were it not for these efforts, many books on the shelves of libraries, schools and bookstores would not be there today.


Targeted books which are part of the TWU Libraries collection include the following (clicking on any cover image will take you to the TWU catalog listing for that title):

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini's prize-winning first novel about the friendship between two young boys is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events--from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet invasion; the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the U.S.; to the rise of the Taliban regime. The recipient of the 2004 South African Boeke prize and a 2005 bestseller in the U.S., Kite Runner was adapted to film in 2007. It was also one of the most challenged books of 2008, its challengers commonly citing as their objections offensive language, sexual explicitness and the book's unsuitability for certain age groups.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

A staple in classrooms and school libraries since its publication in 1951, Salinger's classic tale of two days in the life of cynical 16-year-old Haulden Caulfield has also been a perennial target of censors. Despite the book's extraordinary staying power and popularity, parents and others have been raising objections to Catcher for the entirety of its 59-year history. It is one of the most-challenged books of all time, with parents frequently citing offensive language, obscenity and sexual explicitness as their objections to the book.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Mockingbird tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a small southern town whose family is ostracized when he defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Published in 1960 on the cusp of the civil rights movement, Lee's sole novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, was made into a major motion picture and became a staple of high school English classes across the country. It is one of the bestselling books of all time. It is also one of the most frequently challenged books in history, with challengers alleging the book's racism, offensive language and unsuitability for various age groups.

BelovedBeloved by Toni Morrison

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, Morrison’s Beloved is a haunting and innovative portrait of a woman and her daughter as they try to rebuild their lives after having escaped from slavery. In a 2006 survey of writers and literary critics conducted by the editor of the New York Times Book Review, it was chosen as the best work of American fiction of the previous 25 years. It was also on Time magazine's list of the top 100 English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Frequently opposed on grounds of offensive language, sexual explicitness and unsuitability for certain age groups, Beloved has the added distinction of being one of the most challenged books of 2006.


In honor of Banned Books Week 2010, get your rebel on and help celebrate our inalienable right to read whatever we please--no matter the objections of others.

Read a banned or challenged--or for that matter, any other--book today.

--Sandy Cochran

--Special thanks to Greg Hardin for his input and technical assistance regarding this post, and to the volunteer models in the photos above.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Study Room Reservations Now Available Online

The TWU Libraries have launched an online room reservation system for group study. The Blagg-Huey Library offers 22 rooms and 1 presentation area for group study purposes.

Signing up is easy. Just go to to create an account. You can then book any available room for anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. You'll get a reminder of your reservation 2 hours in advance. Need to cancel? No problem-–cancel online with just a few clicks.

Try it--you'll like the convenience!

Submitted by Kris Reed.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Library Policy Changes

The TWU Libraries have made the following policy changes that you need to be aware of:
  • All Blagg-Huey materials are now checked out at the Main Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. This is also where you will find all reserve materials;
  • In order to better protect our materials and limit amounts owed the Libraries, we now block patrons (including TWU faculty and staff) from checking out materials (this includes InterLibrary Loans) when they accumulate fines totalling $5; and
  • Library materials need to be returned at least once a year before being renewed for an additional year.

Faculty and staff are not charged fines (except for media, ILL, reserve and recalled items) but if their materials are lost they are responsible for the costs of replacing them. We have experienced some technical difficulties with renewal notices so we are asking all faculty and staff to check closely to make certain their materials do not become overdue. If materials become more than 30 days overdue the library system automatically classifies them as lost items. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kris Reed for assistance.

For more information, please see our webpages at: and

--Kris Reed

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Database Changes and Enhancements

During Summer 2010, there have been a number of enhancements to databases and resources such as Classical Music Library, EBSCOhost Databases, ERIC, Films on Demand, JSTOR, LexisNexis, Marquis Who’s Who, Mergent Online, OvidSP, RefWorks, Salem History, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Theatre in Video, and Wiley InterScience.

Two new databases - Berg Fashion Library & Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism - were also added during Summer 2010.

Database Enhancements:

· Classical Music Library:
A “Send-to-Mobile” functionality and free biweekly music downloads are now available in Classical Music Library. More information.

· EBSCOhost Databases:
The Ebscohost interface has been redesigned, and the Result List has been enhanced for greater usability. Updates include:

· Limiters and the date slider are now in the left column, consolidating all the ways to refine and work with results.
· To the right of the Result List are search/content expansion tools: Related Information, access to integrated search (EHIS) connectors, widgets.
· You can now select multiple clusters and source types when managing results.
· A "breadbox" tracks which limiters, expanders and source types have been selected and allows one-click removal.
· Menu organization for page options and alert/save/share has been improved.

There are also medical searching upgrades available in CINAHL and MEDLINE with Full Text. Please see Medical Searching Upgrades for more information.

Highlights of the Summer 2010 update include improved searching, expanded RSS feeds, a search and citation "Share" tool, and a Thesaurus update.

· Films on Demand:
New films have been added to the Films on Demand Health & Medicine Collection. These films cover topics such as cancer, nutrition, and spinal cord injury.

The JSTOR platform update includes expanded content discovery, new and improved features, and an updated design with simplified navigation. More information on the highlights of the platform update.

· LexisNexis:
LexisNexis now has a new, more user-friendly search interface. The Easy Search form has been redesigned to provide quick access to the most frequently used content. More information on the new features in Easy Search.

· Marquis Who’s Who:
Marquis Who’s Who has a new, more user-friendly search interface.

· Mergent Online:
Mergent Online was upgraded with new content and a new search interface. For more information check out the updated Mergent Online Quick Tips Guide.

· OvidSP:
The OvidSp interface was upgraded and users can take advantage of OvidSP’s streamlined interface, new results management tools, and new productivity workflow enhancements such as My Projects.

· RefWorks:
RefWorks 2.0 is now available. RefWorks 2.0 provides the same functionality with a more user-friendly look and feel. All of your current RefWorks folders will remain intact. The RefWorks Classic interface will remain the default, but 2.0 may be accessed by clicking on the "RefWorks 2.0" link at the top of the screen. RefWorks will remember the user's last selected interface and on subsequent logins, will default to the last interface used. RefWorks Classic will be available until July 2011.

· Salem History:
Milestone Documents in African American History is now accessible from Salem History.

· ScienceDirect & Scopus:
ScienceDirect, Scopus and the targeted web content from Scirus have been integrated within one platform - SciVerse. Users will still be able to access ScienceDirect and Scopus as they do now, only with additional functionality from the integration on the SciVerse platform. More information.

· SpringerLink:
Springer has relaunched its online platform SpringerLink. The redesigned site includes newly-integrated software that presents links to related content within journal articles and ebook chapters. When users perform a search, the technology analyzes each search result and compares its digital fingerprint to all other documents. This determines which documents are most similar to that article or chapter, ensuring that readers discover content that best meets their research needs.

· Theatre in Video:
New titles from the Broadway Theatre Archive have been added to Theatre in Video. Theatre in Video now includes more than 300 titles comprising over 350 hours of video.

· Wiley InterScience (Wiley Online Library):
Wiley InterScience is now Wiley Online Library. Some of the features and benefits include a clear and simple interface, intuitive navigation, enhanced discoverability, an expanded range of functionalities, and an array of personalization options.

New Databases:

· Berg Fashion Library
The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.

· Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse. Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually. It includes almost 300 alphabetically arranged entries and subentries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.

-Brandy Klug

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pioneer Camp in the Library

The TWU Libraries hosted a Library Luau tour for this year's Pioneer Camp on Thursday, August 26th.

Students enjoyed a short informational tour to learn about library services and resources.
The Library was decorated with a Hawaiian theme and 95 students toured the library during the 45 minute session.

One student remarked, "I love TWU's Library. It is so pretty!"

After the tour all students enjoyed punch, lemonade, and snacks in the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall as they filled out evaluations for the event.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

RefWorks Update

RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that enables you to:

  • download, gather, and store references from databases automatically
  • format citations and bibliographies in seconds
  • connect to your RefWorks account anywhere there's web access

The new RefWorks 2.0 interface is now available in beta. RefWorks 2.0 provides the same functionality with a more user-friendly look and feel. All of your current RefWorks folders will remain intact.

The RefWorks Classic interface will remain the default, but 2.0 may be accessed by clicking on the "RefWorks 2.0" link at the top of the screen. RefWorks will remember the user's last selected interface and on subsequent logins, will default to the last interface used. RefWorks Classic will be available until July 2011.

Create an Account
All students, faculty, and university staff may set up personal accounts.

  1. Log in to RefWorks New User Page behind our ezproxy.
  2. Complete the New User Information form.
  3. Click Register and start using RefWorks. You will receive a confirmation email with your log-in, password, and the group code.
more information about RefWorks

--Connie Maxwell