Friday, March 30, 2012

On This Day: March 30th

On March 30th in 1981, President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer (

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Ronald Reagan' yields
results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search yourself, see the TWUniversal Search box--front and center--on the TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On This Day: March 29th

On March 29th in 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam--ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War (

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Vietnam War' yields results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search yourself, see the TWUniversal Search box--front and center--on the
TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Off the E-Shelf: Digital Reference Books

When putting together a set of tried-and-true electronic resources for your research needs, we recommend you consider the following (some require a TWU username and password):

Background Notes (from the U.S. Department of State) includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. Background Notes are updated by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

Census (from the U.S. Census Bureau) provides the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data collected--on population, housing, economics, governments and other indicators.

CIA World Factbook (from the Central Intelligence Agency) provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation systems, military and transnational issues of 267 world entities. The 'Our Reference' tab includes: maps of the major world regions and Flags of the World; a Physical Map of the World; a Political Map of the World; and a map of the Standard Time Zones of the World.

Country and City Data Book 2007 (from the U. S. Census Bureau) is a comprehensive source about U.S. counties and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. Information on the following is provided: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, climate, construction, crime, deaths, earnings, education, elections, employment, finance, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufacturers, population, poverty, race and ethnic origin, social services and water use.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Founded in 1768 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the EB was created by two entrepreneurs and an editor. Over the years its reputation grew as the greatest minds of each generation contributed work to subsequent editions. In 1981 Britannica published its first digital version—probably the first digital encyclopedia—and thus began a journey toward its becoming almost a purely digital company (according to a March 15, 2012 CNN news release
the print versions will no longer be published). Today and many other websites published by EB and its divisions are updated daily and serve tens of millions of people around the world.

The Handbook of Texas Online (from the Texas State Historical Association) is a six-volume print edition project, made available online, which contains hundreds of items related to the history of Texas. Future developments are to include additional corrections and updates; new articles; illustrations; and audio-video media.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) (from Oxford University Press) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is the unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States
(from the U.S. Census Bureau), published since 1878, is an authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic organization of the United States.

(from Teton Data Systems) resources:

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
includes over 107,000 terms and definitions--more than 5,000 new to this edition. Over 45 consultants from all the major medical and health science specialties--including new consultants for endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics and rheumatology--have reviewed each word for accuracy and clarity.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy is a compendium of facts and information on hundreds of diseases--including etiology, symptoms and signs, diagnosis and treatment.

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
contains 56,000 alphabetically arranged entries that provide definitions of terms and phrases related to health science, and includes color illustrations and an appendix of complementary and alternative medicine.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

On This Day: March 28th

On March 28th in 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa. (

TWUniversal Search to research 'Three Mile Island' yields results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search yourself, see the TWUniversal Search box--front and center--on the
TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Service Interruption: Ebsco Databases

All Ebsco databases are currently unavailable. The situation has been reported and efforts are underway to rectify the problem.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this service interruption may cause.

--Brandy Klug

TWU Libraries Taking Part in TWU Well Wednesday Community Health Fair on 3/28/12

Spring--traditionally a time of rebirth and renewal--is upon us, and with it comes the opportunity to renew our commitment to our most important asset--our health.

In keeping with that spirit TWU Libraries will be participating in the 11th Annual TWU Well Wednesday Community Health Fair on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pioneer Hall (on Bell Avenue) on the Denton campus of TWU. Everyone--students, faculty, staff and others from the campus and surrounding community--is invited. Admission is free. In addition, many services--including blood pressure checks, vision and hearing screenings, posture analyses and more--will be available to fair attendees free of charge.

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus will be doing its part to promote a healthy community by providing at the fair information on health- and wellness-related topics along with research advice and assistance. There
will be handouts; demonstrations on searching for medical journals and articles; and tips and demonstrations on finding health-related websites, print and electronic books and more. The TWU Libraries table will be manned by librarians and other library staff eager to meet and assist students, faculty members, staff members and other members of the TWU and surrounding communities with their health-related information needs.

Renew your commitment to a healthy lifestyle, go to the Health Fair and visit the TWU Libraries table. The staff of TWU Libraries is, as always, eager to help you.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

New Arrivals: February Additions to TWU Libraries Collections

Collection development--as part of TWU Libraries' quest for continuous improvement in the quality of its collections--is an important and ongoing task. In February 2012 alone 256 new titles were added. The new materials represent a variety of subjects and include a substantial number of books in the field of nursing.

Scanning the list may alert you to new arrivals in your specialty or area of interest. Looking for a specific title not in the catalog? Submit a request to purchase library materials on the libraries' Book or Media Purchase Form--or request titles from other libraries via the TWU Libraries Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services page.

The links within February's new titles list lead to records within TWUniversal Search (TWU Libraries’ new search interface that allows for simultaneous searching of print and electronic resources). For navigation or other questions regarding TWUniversal Search see the TWUniversal Search FAQ or Help page, or contact a library staff member by phone, e-mail or text. Finally, as always, the Reference Desk (to your right as you enter the Blagg-Huey Library) is staffed with librarians and other staff members eager to assist you.

Happy reading.

--Aubrey James

On This Day: March 27th

On March 27th in 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party (

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Nikita Khrushchev' yields results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search yourself, see the TWUniversal Search box--front and center--on the
TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Monday, March 26, 2012

TWUniversal Search: Your Research Faster, Easier and More Comprehensive

After months of planning and testing, TWU Libraries are proud to announce the official launch of TWUniversal Search, their powerful new all-in-one search tool. A one-stop search using TWUniversal Search covers not only TWU Libraries catalog holdings--but articles and other database content, digital collections, journals, web pages, streaming video, course reserves and more.

The TWUniversal Search team--TWU Libraries' Shelly Burns, Leah Hamrick, Kimberly Johnson, Brandy Klug, Erik Martin, Julie Reed, Pamela Ward and Johnathan Wilson--has put amazing effort into this project, and the fruits of its labor show. “User response to TWUniversal Search has been very positive,” says Leah, TWU Acquisitions Librarian.

The new TWUniversal Search search box can be found front and center on the
TWU Libraries homepage. See the TWUniversal Search FAQ page or Help section for more information.

As always, feel free to
drop us a line if you need help or have a question. A TWU Libraries staff member will be happy to assist you.

--Katie Breithaupt

On This Day: March 26th

On March 26th in 1979, the Camp David peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House (

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Camp David treaty' yields results in a variety of formats.

To use TWUniversal Search yourself, see the TWUniversal Search box--front and center--on the
TWU Libraries homepage.

--Sandy Cochran

Pictures Worth 1,000 Words: Women's Stories on Video

Women's History Month is a worldwide celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of women across the globe, past and present. Because pictures are worth at least 1,000 words, Reference Librarian and Women's Studies Subject Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU has compiled a list of selected videos on the lives and experiences of women from varied times and places.

From a look at how the Japanese, in a mere century, have come to adopt love as a rationale for marriage; a discussion of the changing roles of Jewish women and their demand for equal rights and participation in Jewish rituals and ceremonies; and the
reminiscences of Septugenarian Joan Williams, a washroom attendant in a Chicago bar for twenty years; to a portrayal of the struggles of the African people in America; the personal recollections of life during World War II by women involved in all aspects of the war effort; and interviews and footage from the first National Women's Conference in 1977, this collection reminds us that women throughout history, throughout the world, have had stories worth telling, showing--and remembering.

Happy Women's History Month. Enjoy.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

Friday, March 23, 2012

On This Day: March 23rd

On March 23rd in 1994, Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League (NHL) career record with his 802nd goal (

TWUniversal Search to research 'Wayne Gretzky' yields results in a variety of formats.

Navigate to TWUniversal Search from the
TWU Libraries homepage at the bottom of the maroon column to the left.

--Sandy Cochran

Thursday, March 22, 2012

On This Day: March 22nd

On March 22nd in 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. It fell short of the three-fourths approval needed (

TWUniversal Search to research 'Equal Rights Amendment' yields results in a variety of formats.

Navigate to TWUniversal Search from the
TWU Libraries homepage at the bottom of the maroon column to the left.

--Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

On This Day: March 21st

On March 21st in 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began their march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama (

TWUniversal Search to research 'march from Selma 1965' yields results in a variety of formats.

Navigate to TWUniversal Search from the
TWU Libraries homepage at the bottom of the maroon column to the left.

--Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Have A Great Spring Break

The TWU Library Blog wishes you a safe and happy Spring Break. We'll catch you again when classes resume on Monday, March 26th.

On This Day: March 20th

On March 20th in 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed and more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains (

TWUniversal Search to research 'sarin gas attack' yields results in a variety of formats.

Navigate to TWUniversal Search from the
TWU Libraries homepage at the bottom of the maroon column to the left.

--Sandy Cochran

Monday, March 19, 2012

Electronic Inspiration: Women's History E-Books

March is Women’s History Month, a time to remember and be inspired by all the accomplished women who came before us--and a time to acknowledge and appreciate those in the present who impress and influence us with their achievements.

TWU Libraries reviews and ultimately purchases many books on women, women’s history and women’s rights, many in electronic form. TWU Libraries' e-books, accessible by all TWU students, faculty and staff, do what electronic resources do best--provide the content you're looking for in a convenient, widely-accessible format.

We invite you to expand your knowledge of women’s history--and the accomplishments of women past and present--by perusing a listing of electronic publications on women and women's history included in TWU Libraries collections.

A sampling:

After the Vote Was Won: The Later Achievements of Fifteen Suffragists by Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene

scholars have traditionally only examined the efforts of American suffragists in relation to electoral politics, the history books have missed the story of what these women sought to achieve outside the realm of voting reform. Though Stanton, Anthony and Mott are the best-known figures of the woman's suffrage movement, all were dead more than a decade before women actually achieved the vote. Women like Alice Paul, Louisine Havermeyer and Mary Church Terrell carried on their work, putting their campaign experiences to work long after the 19th Amendment was ratified. This book tells the story of how these women made an indelible mark on American history in fields ranging from education to art, science, publishing and social activism.

The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science by Julie Des Jardins

are the fields of science and technology still considered to be predominantly male professions? The Madame Curie Complex moves beyond the most common explanations—limited access to professional training, lack of resources, exclusion from social networks of men—to give historical context and unexpected revelations about women's contributions to the sciences. Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson and the women of the Manhattan Project, Julie Des Jardins considers their personal and professional stories in relation to their male counterparts—Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi—to demonstrate how the gendered culture of science molds the methods, structure and experience of the work. With lively anecdotes and vivid detail, The Madame Curie Complex reveals how women scientists have often asked different questions, used different methods, come up with different explanations for phenomena in the natural world--and how they have forever transformed a scientist's role.

Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary by Josie Underwood and Nancy D. Baird

At the outset of the Civil War, Josie Underwood was the educated, outspoken daughter of a politically prominent family in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She left behind a unique, intimate account of the early years of the war, one of the few from a Kentucky woman sympathetic to the Union. "The Philistines are upon us," twenty-year-old Josie writes in her diary, leaving no question about the alarm she feels when Confederate soldiers occupy her once-peaceful town. Available for the first time in print, Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary offers a vivid, firsthand account of a family that owned slaves.

Some Liked It Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959 by Kristin A. McGee

Women have been involved with jazz since its inception, but all too often their achievements were
not as well known as those of their male counterparts. Some Liked It Hot looks at all-girl bands and jazz women from the 1920s through the 1950s and how they fit into the nascent mass culture, particularly film and television, to uncover some of the historical motivations for excluding women from the now firmly established jazz canon. This well-illustrated book chronicles who appeared where and when in over 80 performances, captured in both popular Hollywood productions and in relatively unknown films and television shows.

Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle
by Dayo F. Gore, Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard

From Rosa Parks and Esther Cooper Jackson to Shirley Graham DuBois and Assata Shakur, a host of women demonstrated a lifelong commitment to radical change--embracing multiple roles to sustain the movement, founding numerous groups and mentoring younger activists. Helping to create the groundwork and continuity for the movement by operating as local organizers, international mobilizers and charismatic leaders, the women whose stories are profiled in Want to Start a Revolution? help shatter the pervasive and imbalanced image of women on the sidelines of the black freedom struggle.


--Jimmie Lyn Harris

On This Day: March 19th

On This Day . . .

. . . in
1920, the United States Senate rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49-35, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval (

Using TWUniversal Search to research 'Treaty of Versailles' yields results in a variety of formats.

Navigate to TWUniversal Search from the TWU Libraries homepage at the bottom of the maroon column to the left.

--Sandy Cochran

Friday, March 16, 2012

You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine: Celebrating Our Right to Know

"You Are My Sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy,
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away."
You Are My Sunshine
(Jimmie Davis, 1939)
One of the state songs of Louisiana

Little did Jimmie Davis know when he sang the words to this popular tune that over 60 years later it could be considered a natural theme song for Sunshine Week, a national initiative established in 2005 to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Participants in Sunshine Week, held annually during the week of James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day (March 16th), include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

What better way to celebrate that right than by reading something intriguing? A unique place to look for decla
ssified files is The Vault, the electronic reading room of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which contains over 3,000 digital documents from all periods of the Bureau’s history--including the following information on Elvis Presley and Roswell, New Mexico.

Elvis Presley’s Records in the FBI Vault: Elvis Aaron Presley (1935-1977), rock-n-roll singer and movie actor, was not investigated by the FBI. His name, however, does appear in many different FBI files. Presley was the target of many extortion attempts investigated by the FBI. Reaction to his music and stage presentation led concerned citizens to write the FBI suggesting that it investigate Presley; it did not. There is also correspondence on file regarding Presley’s interest in meeting FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The documents in this release span the years 1956 to 1980.

Records on Roswell, NM in the FBI Vault
: On July 8, 1947, the FBI Dallas Field Office sent a teletype regarding a “flying disc” resembling a high altitude weather balloon seen near Roswell, New Mexico. This single page (Roswell UFO) is a serial from the larger UFO release found here.
Related items of interest:

The Sunshine Week website has a page of Freedom of Information Resources that provides information, reports and analysis on a broad range of freedom of information and open government issues.
The CIA Electronic Reading Room provides the public with an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents.
The Citizen's Guide to Using FOIA and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Information.
The Department of Energy OpenNet System is a service developed by the Department of Energy to provide easy, timely access to recently declassified documents, including information declassified in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. The database is updated regularly as more information becomes available.
The FAS Project on Government Secrecy was developed by the Federation of American Scientists. The FAS Project on Government Secrecy works to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight.
The Freedom of Information Act Guide 2009 (U.S. Department of Justice).
The National Security Archive (The George Washington University). An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. See also: How to Use the Freedom of Information Act (GWU).
U.S. Department of State Declassified/Released Document Collections Department of State collections of declassified foreign policy and affairs documents that have been released to the public.

--Greg Hardin