Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Database Update: Nursing Digital Library

Nursing Digital Library, one of over 260 databases available for use by TWU students and faculty members through the TWU Libraries, is a searchable compilation of over 190 individual video titles produced specifically for use in nursing education.

Newly updated with more than 150 new segments, Nursing Digital Library now contains over 130 hours of nursing training programs and over 1,000 focused, topic-specific searchable segments. See here for an alphabetical listing of titles contained within Nursing Digital Library.

Accessible from mobile devices, with no simultaneous user limit, Nursing Digital Library is a convenient, user-friendly and authoritative source of information for nursing students and educators.

Reach Nursing Digital Library via the TWU Libraries homepage at Database A-Z List/N.  
Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, here to serve your information needs.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, September 23, 2013

Black and White and Read All Over: Celebrating Banned Books Week

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Imagine the world--or any list of classic literature--without these titles.  If some people had their way, however, these celebrated works of literature--and many more--would not appear in classrooms, bookstores or libraries.  For all sorts of reasons, there are many who have attempted--and continue to attempt--to suppress anything that conflicts with their own beliefs.  The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.  However well-intentioned these attempts, though, censorship is censorship.  As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. said in Texas v. Johnson, "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

Fortunately for book lovers everywhere, there are those--including the American Library Association, libraries, librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, educators and readers of all types--who rally against this kind of suppression.  Since 1982, during Banned Books Week, these people have banded together every year in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas--even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week celebrates Americans' freedom to read while highlighting the value of free and open access to information. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

Because of Banned Books Week and other rallying cries against censorship, banned and challenged books continue to be available to those who wish to read them.  What's black and white and read all over? Banned and challenged books.

To commemorate 
Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2013), pick out a frequently challenged book and use the TWU Libraries catalog or WorldCat to locate a copy; or see displays of banned and challenged books on the ground floor (in the Children's Collection) and second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  For assistance, please ask at the Information Desk or otherwise contact us.  

ead a banned or challenged book today--because you can.

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, September 22, 2013

National Self Improvement Month: Do, Be and Know What You Want

Ah, September--the beginning of that wonderful season of change. Summer to fall.  Flip flops to boots.  The beach to the classroom.  With the renewed vigor and sense of purpose September inspires, it's no wonder the ninth month of the year has been designated National Self Improvement Month.

The change of seasons is the perfect time to think about what you would like to change about YOU.  What have you always wanted to do?  To be? To know? Whatever self improvement project appeals to you--be it 
emotional, physical, inspirational, educational, recreational, occupational, spiritual or otherwise--TWU and TWU Libraries can help you accomplish your goal.

In conjunction with Self Improvement Month, Reference Librarians Jimmie Lyn Harris and Stephany Compton of the TWU Libraries have created a display brimming with materials to educate and inspire you.  Are you an undeclared major?  There are databases geared toward your needs.  Do you need the Nursing School Practice Entrance Text, NCLEX-RN or the TExES PPR?  Got 'em.  Until October 4, 2013, these resources--and a whole lot more--will be featured in the Self Improvement Month display on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (across from the elevators.)  Look for the red tablecloth, see both sides of the table . . . and get the ball rolling to a new and improved you.

The Self Improvement Month display will be featured on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the
Denton campus (across from the elevators) through October 4, 2013.  Look for the red tablecloth, 

walk around the table--and get the ball rolling to a new and improved you.  Photograph by Jimmie Lyn
You can . . . 

Know What's Happening by consulting 
the TWU Calendar of Events for campus goings-on.  For good stuff to know about the TWU Libraries, see our homepage and blog and our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.  Dallas Pioneers, see the Dallas Center Home and Dallas Center Library pages; for information tailored to TWU Houston, see the ARC website.

Become A More Polished Writer by consulting the 
Write SiteWrite Site @ Night; and OWL pages.

Get Extra Help With Your Classwork at the 
Mathematics and Technology Success Center; the Science Learning Resource Center; or with a variety of other online and on-campus resources.

another language; about time management or any other self-improvement subject area; about software such as Excel; or about, well, anything else, by visiting TWUniversal via the TWU Libraries homepage for print and electronic books. Need help searching--or just don't know where to start? Contact the dedicated staff members of the TWU Libraries. is another amazing, wide-ranging learning tool, free for TWU students and faculty and staff members.

Get a Job with the help of 
Job and Career Accelerator and Vocational & Career Collection.  These databases will guide you through the job search process--from exploring occupations to writing cover letters and resumes.  You can also search for jobs, by zip code or job title.  

Solve a Technology Issue with assistance from TWU's Technology Service Desk, available to current TWU students and faculty and staff members.  Chat online, or give them a call. Need help with Blackboard?  Visit its site here.

Whatever your self-improvement goal, make a plan and assemble the tools and contacts you need to succeed.  Need help locating information?  Information is at the core of what we do, so please contact us with your questions.  We are always happy to help you--whatever it is you want to do, be or know.

~Stephany Compton and Jimmie Lyn Harris

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Exploring Electronic Resources

Diving into electronic resources may seem daunting to freshman students, and even to returning ones.  As a “Welcome To TWU” (or “Welcome Back” if you’re returning), listed below are some go-to databases that are great places to begin your research. 

Academic  Search Complete contains over 8,500 full-text journals.

Academic Video Online has over 20,000 full video titles, with transcripts available.

Books In Print contains 20 million print, electronic and media global titles searchable by topic, genre, setting, character, location and time frame.

Ebrary (electronic books) has 75,000 full-text books online for viewing and downloading.

EBSCOhost Databases includes 88 databases, arranged by topic for general searching.

Gale PowerSearch includes all 16 Gale databases and covers literature, business, health and newspapers.

ProQuest Databases contains 16 databases from the vendor ProQuest.

TOPICsearch provides access to over 150,000 articles from international and regional newspapers.

These databases, and many more, are featured on the TWU Libraries Database Descriptions page and are accessible from the Databases A-Z List on the TWU Libraries homepage under Research.

Be sure to also check out the Writing & Citing link on the homepage for resources on (you guessed it) writing and citing your papers.

For database or any other questions, the most convenient way to contact us is to Ask a Librarian.  A librarian will be happy to assist you.

~Christina Cool

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Now Showing: Catch "Big Fish" and More on DVD

Editor's Note: Now Showing features recommendations by library staff members of DVDs from the TWU Libraries' DVD Collection.  This is the first in a continuing series.

This month’s recommendation is by Carole Gruhn, Library Assistant with the Circulation Department of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. She recommends the Tim Burton film Big Fish (DVD 884).

Carole says:
I love Big Fish because it reminds me of my father and all the exaggerated stories he tells about our family. This movie is funny, dramatic, and has beautiful special effects. It’s a larger-than-life movie that will make you laugh out loud and encourage you to view normal life as an extraordinary adventure.  
Big Fish and many other DVDs are available at the Blagg-Huey Library Circulation Desk (on the first floor, to your left as you enter the building.)  See TWU Libraries' DVD Collection for a complete list of the titles we carry to entertain, educate and inspire you.  Coming soon--an illustrated DVD listing for easier browsing.


1) Go to the TWU Libraries homepage; 2) Type the DVD title in the TWUniversal box (the grey box at the top center of the page--look for the magnifying glass); and 3) Click on Details.

All TWU students and faculty and staff members with a valid TWU ID card may check out DVDs.  Simply locate your selection on the attached list and take the call number (DVD 287, for example) to the Blagg-Huey Library Circulation Desk. A library staff member will be happy to assist you.  For more information on TWU media checkout privileges, see the libraries' Borrowing Materials page or contact the Circulation Department at 940-898-3719.  We are, as always, happy to help.


~Steven Guerrero

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall Into Reading: September's New Titles

While you were on summer vacation, the TWU Libraries were still receiving new titles to be utilized upon your return.  Find a list here of the newest additions to our collections.  

Practically all departmental subjects are represented within this group of new titles--from art to healthcare to exercise science and more.

Happy browsing!

~Aubrey James

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Berlin Wall: A Part of World History in Denton, Texas

Two concrete fragments from the Berlin Wall sit on permanent display on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey 
Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
Pioneers now have a chance to see, first-hand, a part of world history.

In an unassuming cabinet in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, tucked next to the Administration Office (room 208) on the library's second floor, sit two pieces of marked concrete which, to the naked eye, seem rather unremarkable.  In reality, however, these two chunks (and many more like them) were once part of one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War--the Berlin Wall.

Why A Wall?
On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began construction of a barbed wire and concrete "antifascist bulwark" between East and West Berlin. Ostensibly to keep Western "fascists" from entering East Germany, in reality it primarily served to stem mass defections from East to West.

The Fall of the Wall
The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border whenever they pleased.  That night, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall.  Some crossed freely into West Berlin, while others brought hammers and picks and began to chip away at the wall itself.

A 5,000-Mile Journey
From Berlin, Germany to Denton, Texas.  How did two pieces of world history--marked Pioneer '75 and Women + Men--come to be on display in North Texas?  Gifts from Chris Morrison to the TWU Honors Scholars Program and its director, Dr. Alfred G. Litton, the concrete mementos were presented to the university on January 16, 2012.  The piece marked Pioneers ’75 was formerly located on a part of the Berlin Wall known as The East Side Gallery (during the communist occupation of East Germany, this section was used as a canvas for writings about the suppression of the local people.)  The pieces, in a display curated by Woman's Collection staff members, are now on permanent display in the Blagg-Huey Library.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From Another Time: The Vintage Handbag Exhibit

Black satin handbag with embroidered flower decoration and pearls along the clasp. Handmade in
France.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
Purses, pocketbooks, clutches and crossbodies. Handbags, it bags, messenger bags and totes.  These terms and more are part of a language every woman comes to know.  Whatever we call them and whatever their style, these indispensable holders of the mundane and mysterious have been at the root of a question asked by women across the decades--what would we do without our bags?

Providing a charming look at the handbag styles used by World War II-era Texas women, the Woman's Collection at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU proudly announces a display of vintage handbags, curated by Woman's Collection staff members and featured in the library's first-floor lobby.

Art Deco-style beaded
with paisley
pattern and fringe.
Photograph by Sean Spear.
A small part of the vast holdings of the Woman's Collection, a preeminent research center for women's history, the handbags collectively illustrate the influence of fashion on the form and function of handbags during the 1930s and '40s. Embellished with beads, pearls, crystals, fringe, sequins, lace and embroidery, they reflect a variety of styles, designs, patterns, fabrics and textiles and showcase exceptional craftsmanship.

Cream beaded clutch with silver flower design and curved
top edge.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
Donated to the Woman's Collection in 
2013 by Louise Harper, a Plainview, Texas writer whose focus was women's history, the collection includes over 200 handbags originally owned by Hale County (Texas) women, and is the only collection of vintage handbags with an emphasis on West Texas during World War II held by any institution in the country. 
The Vintage Handbag Exhibit will be on display through the month of September.  It is free and open to the public during
regular library hours.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Staff Picks: Books That Aubrey Loves

Staff Picks features books recommended by staff members of the TWU Libraries. This edition is by Library Assistant Aubrey James, part of the Acquisitions team in the Technical Services Department of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Philosophies presented through my favorite childhood stories!  I couldn't help but notice the irony of the image used for one of Taoism's central concepts--the uncarved block. My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Bl0ch, used to have "Pooh Day" once a month when he sported a Pooh tie to work and spent the first 20 minutes of class reading us Winnie the Pooh stories.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
This was a recent read, but I feel like it's one I'll need to/want to read over again to identify all of the connections between stories and characters.  The focus on time as an immeasurable but prominent phenomenon is always an enticing theme.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
My favorite Hemingway book.  It's hard to describe its effect in words, but Hemingway's dry language and the Paris setting are aspects which give this story a place in my lifetime canon.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I love the internal dialogue and visual aspects of this book!  Impossible but creative solutions to hardships and symbolic terminology conjured within the mind of an eccentric 9-year-old; pictures; and imperfect mark-ups within the text make this an uplifting read when your "boots are heavy."

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
This book was introduced to me by a college roommate, and I loved it so much I gave it to my sister for her high school graduation to remind her that staying true to yourself is crucial as life throws you curve balls.

~Aubrey James

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Need Academic Help? Where To Get It

The TWU Libraries offer a vast array of resources and research and other assistance--and sometimes that assistance involves pointing students in the right direction.

Below, some handy online and other spots that offer various types of academic assistance to TWU students (find a printable version here.)

ALL, an online tutoring service available 24/7 and free to TWU students and faculty and staff members.  Tutoring available in software packages from Excel and iPhone to Sharepoint and Acrobat and too many more to list.  Online training also available in a wide range of subject areas.
Tutoring available in CFO 409 on the Denton campus.
TWU majors in these areas have access to MentorNet, an award-winning electronic mentoring network that has been show to positively affect the retention and success of those in science and mathematics (particularly but not exclusively, women and others underrepresented in these fields.)  MentorNet provides participating students with positive, one-on-one, email-based relationships with mentors from industry, government and higher education.
The Mathematics and Technology Success Center (MTSC), aka the Math Lab, in MCL 307 on the Denton campus.  Open Monday-Thursday 7:30a to 8p and Friday 8a to 5p.  SAS and SPSS statistics tutoring also available.
Tutoring available in CFO 601 on the Denton campus (by appointment only during graduate assistants’ office hours.  Call x2133 for more information.)
The Student Technology Assistants and Resources (STAR) Program.  Lab in MCL 221 on the Denton campus.  Open Monday-Friday 8a to 5p.  For hardware and software troubleshooting (viruses, software removal, etc.); software installation (if the student brings it with them); training for productivity software packages (e.g., MS Office and the Adobe Suite); and more. 

The Technology Service Desk provides user support services via telephone (940-898-3971), email ( and online chat. If needed, technicians will also connect with your computer and see what is on your screen. The Technology Service Desk can help with Blackboard, registration, Pioneer Portal, TWU email, Microsoft applications and other TWU-related technical issues.
Music Building 202 on the Denton campus.
Room 811 on the Houston campus.  Tutoring lab for students enrolled in Junior I courses.  Open Mondays 4p to 7p.  Online sessions also available.
CFO 907-B on the Denton campus.
The Science Learning Resource Center (SLRC) in ASSC 365 on the Denton campus.  Open Monday-Thursday 8:30a to 5:30p and Friday 10a to 4p.  Closed finals week.
Tutoring available in SOCI 3163 on the Denton campus.
The Write Site in CFO 129 (open Monday-Thursday 9a to 5p and Friday 9a to 1p), and the Write Site @ Night at the Blagg-Huey Library (open Sunday-Wednesday 6p to 9p), both on the Denton campus.  Also an online writing lab (OWLive.)

From the TWU Libraries, a successful and rewarding semester to all.

~Roxsand Beckles

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Very Good Place to Start: Online Research Tutorials

The research process--a key tool in every student's academic toolbox--can seem daunting.  With so many library resources available to them, many TWU students understandably wonder where to even begin getting a handle on all that information.  A very good place to start?  The TWU Libraries' Online Research Tutorials.

These video tutorials teach, at students' convenience, the basics of library research in four sessions of just 20 or 40 minutes each.  Individually, they address particular research topics (
Understanding Information SourcesFinding Books and Journal ArticlesThe Internet for College Students; and Avoiding Plagiarism.)  As a set, they provide the viewer with a solid introduction to the research process.  Available around the clock, they offer instruction in the types of research skills students need to succeed in today's classrooms.

Questions?  Reach a dedicated library staff member at or 940-898-3702.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran