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