Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SciVerse Hub Outage on 1/7/12

Our database SciVerse Hub is scheduled to be unavailable on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this scheduled maintenance may cause, and appreciate your patience.

By: Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thanks for Making Our Coffee Breaks Such a Success

Every fall and spring semester, the libraries on the Denton and Dallas campuses of TWU host coffee breaks for students during finals week. Stocked with coffee--and water, fruit and other healthy snacks generously donated by Student Life--the libraries do their best to offer a pleasant atmosphere where students--however briefly--can rest, refuel and recharge for the studies that remain. This semester the libraries and Student Life were joined by Commuter Services, who graciously provided the advice, technical expertise and womanhours necessary to allow students to livestream greetings to friends and family.

During finals week of Fall 2011, through the efforts of many, the TWU Libraries had the privilege of serving a record number of students. Approximately 1,100 students took a break with us this fall--and that's a lot of coffee. We'd like to thank all who came by for giving us the opportunity to help during an important--and slightly stressful--time in the academic lives of TWU students. It was our sincere pleasure.

Please keep the libraries' coffee break tradition in mind--and look for our signs--when finals roll around again. We'll be here, coffee cups and energy bars in hand, ready to do our part to help you get through them.

By: Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New and Improved Databases For You

To improve service to its patrons, the TWU Libraries are continually striving to add to and improve the databases we provide access to. During the Fall 2011 semester, the following exciting database changes took place:

Database Updates is now cross-searchable with STAT!Ref.

Ebrary now offers download options for offline access to ebrary content.

ProQuest databases are now available on a new platform. For more information about the new platform, please view these tutorials. Databases formerly on the CSA platform (Physical Education Index, for example) are now available on the new ProQuest platform.

The RefWorks Classic view will not be available in 2012. For more information on RefWorks 2.0, please see the RefWorks 2.0 Tutorials page.

Wilson Web databases are currently being migrated to the EBSCOhost platform. This process should be complete by the end of 2011.

New Databases
American History in Video (added November 2011) provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history. These videos allow students and researchers to analyze historical events and their presentation over time--through commercial and government newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage and important documentaries.

Area Studies Video Online (added November 2011) includes films focused on cultural, political and socioeconomic issues and provides an interdisciplinary resource on every region of the world—including the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and other global communities.

Art and Architecture in Video Online (added November 2011) is the largest streaming-video resource of its kind and includes biographies, profiles of contemporary artists and architects, interviews, and surveys of art history, aesthetics, theory and criticism.

Business and Economics Video Online (added November 2011) focuses on the study, analysis and application of commerce in all of its dimensions. Included are case studies, documentaries, interviews, biographies, lectures and instructional videos.

Counseling and Therapy in Video (added November 2011) provides access to the largest and richest online video collection for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatric counseling.

Criminal Justice and Law in Video (added November 2011) contains hundreds of documentaries, investigative reports, interviews, instructional videos and primary sources of footage. Key themes covered include administration of justice, criminological theory, law adjudication and law enforcement.

eStatement Studies (added December 2011) is the online version of Annual Statement Studies and is the only source of composite performance metrics derived directly from the financial statements--which come directly to the Risk Management Association from member institutions--of financial institutions' borrowers and prospects.

Ethnic Studies Video Online (added November 2011) provides access to a collection of films documenting the struggles and triumphs of underrepresented, indigenous and immigrant communities. Included are Native American, Chicano and African American studies, as well as examinations of other racially-marginalized communities. These films highlight issues of social justice and racial and socioeconomic inequalities--as well as groups’ contributions to history, culture and society.

Ethnographic Video Online (added November 2011) is the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior. This collection covers every region of the world and features the work--including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides and more--of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century.

F1000: Faculty of 1000 (added October 2011) draws on the expertise of leading scientists and clinical researchers (F1000's Faculty Members), who together cover a field's top peer-reviewed journals as well as presentations at leading conferences. These experts select and rate the research and explain the works’ importance.

Health and Healthcare in Video (added November 2011) defines and explores the latest medical progress on health and wellness issues--with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports and interviews.

Humanities Video Online (added November 2011) is a multidisciplinary collection of films with a broad range of titles in the humanities and social sciences.

Opera in Video (added November 2011) contains 500 hours of video footage on the most important opera performances and features staged productions, interviews and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Oxford Medicine Online (select titles) (added December 2011) is a collection of online medical resources which cover every stage in a medical career--from medical students and junior doctors to nurses, senior doctors and consultants.

Philosophy and Religious Studies in Video (added November 2011) includes hundreds of films documenting philosophical and religious thought and how it shapes human behavior today. The most authoritative video collection of its kind, the database includes carefully selected documentaries, debates, personal interviews, biographies and other primary source footage.

Politics and Current Affairs Video Online (added November 2011) is a unique streaming-video resource featuring a collection of issue-based documentaries from around the world. Covering immigration and border studies, Middle East studies, urban studies, political science, globalization and human rights, the films focus on the key issues and events of recent global history.

Psychology Video Online (added November 2011) provides access to key films in the discipline of psychology--including documentaries, interviews, case studies and psychological experiments. Topics covered include addiction, group psychol­ogy, feminist psychology, family psychology, child and adolescent psychology, depres­sion, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Salem Literature (added October 2011) includes the complete content of printed reference sets (the reference set Magill's Literary Annual may be searched and accessed in this database). Coverage is from 1977 to 2011, and a Cumulative Author Index and Title Index are included.

Science Video Online (added November 2011) is a comprehensive streaming-video resource for the study of scientific disciplines (including environmental studies, natural history and the physical and biological sciences). Subject areas include chemistry, physics, biology, geology, oceanography, ecology, astronomy and geography.

Women’s and Gender Studies Video Online (added November 2011) provides access to films on the studies of gender, feminism, women’s history, media and politics. The collection addresses issues of social justice, gender/sexual identity, and gay and lesbian studies, and provides insight into the contributions of women to history, culture and society.

World History in Video (added November 2011) is a wide-ranging collection of critically-acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content offered here is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania.

World Languages and Literature in Video (added November 2011) provides access to a growing collection of documentary films and adaptations on the leading figures in world literature. Selections cover a broad range of languages, cultures and literary traditions--including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Latin American.

Please direct any database questions to the Reference Department at A librarian will be happy to assist you.

--Brandy Klug

Thursday, December 8, 2011

SciVerse Hub Outage Postponed

The SciVerse Hub maintenance outage originally scheduled for Saturday, December 10th has been postponed until early 2012. A notification will be posted on this site when further details are available.

By: Sandy Cochran

Monday, December 5, 2011

Let It Brew, Let It Brew, Let It Brew!

We can't study or take your finals for you, but we can do the next best thing--provide some free fuel to keep you going.

The Blagg-Huey Library will be hosting its traditional Fall semester finals week coffee breaks from Sunday, December 11th thru Wednesday, December 14th. Twice each night (at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) students can come to the library's 3rd floor for free coffee, water and snacks generously donated by Student Life.

Students are invited to rest and refuel in a festive setting, have their picture taken by the fireplace, and put their name on a stocking to hang by the fire. During the Monday coffee breaks, Commuter Services is manning a webcam station so you can livestream your season's greetings to family and friends at

Hope to see you there.

By: Sandy Cochran

Outage Scheduled for SciVerse Hub

An outage is scheduled for the database SciVerse Hub for Saturday, December 10th, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this service interruption may cause, and as always, appreciate your patience. Thank you.

By: Sandy Cochran

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Holiday Spirit, Pioneer Style

The former TWU faculty member, although retired, can still be seen on the Denton campus from time to time. She no longer teaches or has a schedule to keep, but she keeps coming back--in part because of the way she's treated, by people she doesn't even know. Those she encounters hold doors for her, ask to carry her books, smile and offer a helping hand. With every visit to campus there's another act of goodwill. She can't help but be proud to be a Pioneer.

This is a true anecdote, learned in a chance meeting in the library. It reminded me that TWU is a special place with a special feel, during the holidays and year-round. There are larger universities in size, but it's hard to imagine one with a bigger heart. All year long the evidence is in plain sight--the helpfulness, the kindness, the acts above and beyond. Pioneers, in a word, care.

That's the holiday spirit, Pioneer style.

Happy holidays, everyone.

By: Sandy Cochran

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Project Muse Up and Running Again

Database Project Muse, recently out of commission, is up and running again.

Our sincerest apologies to those inconvenienced by this service interruption. We've appreciated your patience.

For those unfamiliar with Project Muse, it's a broadbased research tool providing access to journal titles from scholarly publishers. It covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics--and many more. For assistance or more information, contact any librarian or stop by the Information Desk just inside the front doors of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. A library staff member there will be happy to assist you.

By: Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kudos to TWU Librarian Shelly Burns

Our own Shelly Burns, Librarian at the TWU Presbyterian campus, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Shelly was selected from a pool of nominees from the Houston, Dallas and Denton
mpuses of Texas Woman's University.

Praised as "a golden asset to Texas Woman’s Universityand one who “models professional excellence", Shelly has been with TWU for three and a half years and currently serves as the TWU Subject Librarian for Health Care Administration, Health Studies, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

Way to go, Shelly!

By: Sandy Cochran

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Visual Learner? Have We Got a Resource for You

If you're a visual learner--or work with someone who is--TWU Libraries has a database tailor-made for you.

Films On Demand is a web-based digital video delivery platform that allows you to view streaming videos--from short clips to full-length films--24/7. Thousands of high-quality educational titles, in dozens of subject areas, await you.

Particularly suited for those that learn by audio and/or video, Films On Demand (accessible via the TWU Libraries homepage at Research/Databases A-Z List/F/Films On Demand) is a fantastic resource for all your individual or group projects.

By: Jimmie Harris

Recognize This?

Recognize this? Abstract art? A spacecraft's inner workings? Not even close.

Chances are you've been in the Blagg-Huey Library lecture hall (room 101) for one reason or another--for information literacy classes; to hear speakers; to attend coffee breaks or other special events--but it's a safe bet the room looked nothing like this.

The lecture hall we all know and love to use is undergoing a substantial and exciting transf
Videoconferencing, audio and other equipment will be installed; the ceil
ing will be replaced and other upgrades made--all to make the space even more practical and user-friendly.

Expected date of completion? The start of the Spring 2012 semester
--so book your classes now.

By: Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Renowned Faculty Pianist to Perform at the Blagg-Huey Library

Internationally recognized pianist Dr. Richard Shuster, TWU Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies on the Denton campus, will be the featured performer at a Faculty Piano Recital to be held in the beautiful environs of the Blagg-Huey Library on Friday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

A distinguished educator and prolific performing pianist, Dr. Shuster has been featured in many recent performances--including George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue--in a variety of venues. His performance at the recital on November 4th will feature works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Gabriel Fauré, Sergei Prokofiev and Arvo Pärt.

The recital is sponsored by the TWU Blagg-Huey Library and the TWU Departments of Music and Drama. Admission is free and open to the public. The Blagg-Huey Library will close briefly at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the recital and will reopen in time for guests to be seated for the 7:30 p.m. performance. A reception will follow.

By: Sandy Cochran

Monday, October 31, 2011

Library's Log, Stardate 2011.304 . . .

Library's log, stardate 2011.304. Our destination is planet Reference in the Blagg-Huey solar system. Live long and prosper!

Halloween by the Numbers

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways--with costumes, children trick-or-treating, carved pumpkins, haunted houses and parties (this and the data below courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau).

41 million: The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2010 (children ages 5 to 14) across the United States. Of course, many other children — younger than 5 and older than 14 — also go trick-or-treating.

1.1 billion: Number of pounds of pumpkin produced by major pumpkin-producing states in 2010. Illinois was tops, producing an estimated 427 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California, New York and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states, each producing an estimated 100 million pounds or more.

116.7 million: Number of potential stops for trick-or-treaters in 2010 (the number of occupied housing units across the nation that year).

1,177: Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009--employing 34,252 people. California led the nation in the number of these manufacturers, with 135, followed by Pennsylvania, with 111.

24.7: Number of pounds of candy consumed by Americans, per capita, in 2010.

Last but not least, s
ome places around the country with year-round Halloween spirit: Transylvania County, N.C.; Tombstone, Ariz.; Pumpkin Center, N.C.; Pumpkin Bend, Ark.; Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C.; Cape Fear in Chatham County, N.C.; Skull Creek, Neb.; and Pumpkin and Pumpkin Center, Texas.

By: Jimmie Harris

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Calling All Writers: NaNoWriMo is Here

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Like the challenge of a tough deadline? Want to connect with other aspiring novelists? Then this may be the event for you!

TWU will be joining universities, high schools and writing groups across the country in observing National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

A San Francisco writers group started the first NaNoWriMo in 1999, encouraging its members to write every day of November to create 50,000-word novels--about 175 pages--by midnight on November 30th.

TWU Libraries will host a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party for all TWU students, faculty and staff, where participants will be given "survival kits" featuring inspirational calendars, informational flyers and more. The Kickoff Party will take place this Tuesday, November 1st from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the living room area on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on TWU's Denton campus. For assistance, stop at the Information Desk just inside the front doors and a library staff member there will be happy to direct you. R.S.V.P. for the Kickoff Party at

The Blagg-Huey Library will also host a Write In on Thursday, November 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Woman’s Collection Reading Room on the library's second floor. Also in the Woman’s Collection will be an exhibit on women writers who are former students or graduates of TWU--including Ann Rice, Gloria Anzaldua, Helen Gurley Brown and more.

For more information on TWU's observance of NaNoWriMo contact Heidi Ashbaugh at

For the writer in you--please join us.

By: Heidi Ashbaugh
Tales from the Dark Side

‘Tis the witching time of year!

What better place to find your spooky Halloween reading than the library?

The reigning “Master of Horror” Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of horror in history. Throughout the library we have many books written by King--including his first published novel, Carrie (1974).

Many King books, including Carrie, have been made into some of the scariest movies of all time. These include:

There are also short story collections available, including:

All of these books, and more, are available in the Denton Browsing and other collections at the Blagg-Huey Library.

Happy reading and Happy Halloween!

By: Felicia Cleburn

Monday, October 24, 2011

Library Workshops Coming to Houston

2 free library workshops are now on the calendar for all TWU students, faculty and staff in Houston, including one on Thursday of this week:

1) Houston Library Workshop Thursday, October 27th 3-4 p.m. Room 4310

2) Houston Library Workshop
Wednesday, November 16th4-5 p.m. ● Room 4310

Workshops are held in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and are taught by Medical Librarian Marilyn Goff,
MLS, AHIP. Marilyn is prepared to cover all facets of library research. Questions are welcome and encouraged.

For more information, contact Marilyn Goff at or 713-794-2481.

By: Marilyn Goff

DVAM 2011: Stop the Violence Now

If you have a female or children in your life--and we all do--this month holds special significance for you.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a national event established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
and dedicated to the eradication of violence against women and children in our country.

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, affects many of our fellow Americans--community-, state-, and nationwide. In Texas in 2009 alone there were almost 200,000 reported cases of domestic violence (Texas Council on Family Violence)--and these were just the reported cases.

The TWU Libraries, in an effort to educate and inform members of the TWU community about this subject, are now featuring on their website a DVAM webpage (at and an extensive bibliography of resources compiled by Family Sciences Subject Librarian Jimmie Harris and Women's Collection Coordinator Kimberly Johnson. Included are a review of the topic and numerous selected databases, journals, print and electronic books and internet links.

Whether you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence; you want to celebrate and honor those who have survived; you want to connect to those who work to end violence; or you simply wish to know more--these resources will inform and enlighten you about a problem that affects us all.

Help stop the violence--now.

By: Jimmie Harris and Sandy Cochran

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall 2011 Library Workshops Now Available

Fall Into One of Our Useful Workshops

Once again the TWU Libraries are offering several useful and informative library training sessions. The following workshops are now available and open for registration:

1) Thursday, October 20th at 11 a.m.: Graduate Assistant Training

2) Tuesday, October 25th at Noon: Library Workshop

3) Tuesday, October 25th at 1 p.m.: RefWorks Workshop

4) Tuesday, November 8th at Noon: Graduate Assistant Training

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

Seating is limited, so make your reservation(s) today by submitting a Blagg-Huey Workshop Form (available at or by contacting Reference Librarian Jimmie Harris at 940-898-3740 or Jimmie also offers individual training by appointment.

All workshops take place in the Reference Training Room (RTR) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. If you need help finding the room, or any other assistance, stop by the Information Desk just inside the front doors of the library and a staff member there will be happy to assist you.

Fall into a library workshop--you'll be glad you did.

By: Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Never Forget

Ebrary Helps Us Remember

We all remember where we were when we heard the news. Two towers--then the airplanes, the crashes, the billowing smoke and rubble--then nothing.

For anyone seeking to understand more about that pivotal day, reflect on its impact--or remember the fallen--ebrary is offering open access through September to the 9/11 collection, a collection of e-books
related to the events of that day.

In addition to being the 10th anniversary of the day we will never forget, this year brings the official opening of the 9/11 Memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan.

Never forget.

By: Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Campers

Getting to Know the Library the Hawaiian Way

On August 25, 2011 it was the pleasure of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus to host a Hawaiian-themed introduction to the library and its services as part of Pioneer Camp 2011, the annual TWU rite of passage for new students.

There were library tours, refreshments, a photo op, information "islands", prizes and chances to socialize with library staff and each other. Attendance exceeded expectations, and student feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Wow! With these sunglasses on--and if you squint real hard--it really DOES look like Hawaii in here! Students take advantage of the beach-themed photo op at Pioneer Camp.

C'mon--the beach is this way! Librarian Brandy Klug leads a group of Pioneer campers on a tour of the library, including the Woman's Collection on the second floor.

I love Hawaiian Punch! It wouldn't be camp without punch and cookies.

If you were able to join us, it was our pleasure.
Missed it? Want to know more? Find pics from the day here, a tour here, the TWU Libraries website here, and a whole list of librarians eager to help you here. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and our blog--and whatever you do, don't miss out on our outrageously helpful and convenient TWU Libraries Mobile. Finally, as always, if you need library assistance, ask. We are here to serve you.

The TWU Libraries wishes all Pioneers--new and returning--a hugely successful and enjoyable year.


By: Sandy Cochran

Monday, August 29, 2011

Faculty Scream for Ice Cream

TWU Faculty Welcomed to Campus with Ice Cream Social

New and returning TWU faculty were welcomed to campus and a new school year with everybody's friend in a record-breaking heat wave--ice cream.

Sponsored by the Faculty
Senate and featuring an assortment of ice cream and toppings from Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Fountain, the ice cream social took place on Monday, August 22nd in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

The event was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Beth Marie's, Aramark (who donated a cake and fruit), the Faculty Senate and library and other TWU staff.

Against a charming backdrop of chec
kered tablecloths and daisy bouquets, there were drawings for prizes (including an iPad), violins playing and cameras clicking away.

I won! I won! The lucky winner of the iPad holds up her prize.

Is this fun or what?

The atmosphere was vibrant, the ice cream decadent and the collegial conversation flowed.

Not a bad way to start a semester.

Happy Fall.

By: Sandy Cochran

Monday, August 8, 2011

Have You Read This Movie?

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered where the story came from? It's quite possible it came from a book.

The Blagg-Huey Library has many books--some older, some newer--that have been made into movies (or are currently in production). Among them:

Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer
In post-production

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
movie installment in theaters

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In production

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
HBO movie and series

The plots of television series often come from books as well. Perhaps you've heard of the very popular Showtime series Dexter? Yes, you guessed it--Dexter is based on a series of novels by Jeff Lindsay. The Blagg-Huey Library carries the following in its Browsing Collection: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter and Dexter in the Dark.

Last, but certainly not least--

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
The 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse/TrueBlood series
(Sorry--you'll have to wait until I'm finished with this one!)

By: Felicia Cleburn

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

For Our Friend Carolyn

Donations to Children's Collection in Memory of Carolyn Poole

A collection of bilingual children's books has been donated by Dr. Phyllis Bridges to the Children's Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library in memory of Carolyn Poole, who worked for the TWU Libraries. An advocate of literacy and education, Carolyn was also an adjunct professor on the Denton campus of TWU in the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages.

Among the volumes donated in Carolyn's honor: the English/Spanish
Grandpa's Magic Tortilla and the English/Japanese Circus Day in Japan. These titles and more, each featuring a commemorative bookplate, will be on display in the Children's Collection on the Garden Level of the library through September 15th, 2011.

Carolyn, who passed away suddenly in June, had a great love for children's literature and books in general. She also loved needlework, movies and attending the theater.

We will miss her.

By: Jimmie Harris