Monday, February 22, 2016


At TWU and on university campuses across the country the doctrine of Fair Use, an exemption in copyright law, allows faculty members, students, researchers, librarians, and others to use copyrighted materials under certain circumstances without permission from or payment to the copyright holder. Because of its significance, fair use is celebrated, promoted, and explained every year during @FairUseWeek (February 22-26, 2016 is #FairUseWeek2016).

What Fair Use Is--And Isn't
Fair use is not a right, but a defensible position against claims of copyright infringement when users of copyrighted material operate within its parameters. As such, fair use is not rigidly defined but rather is best understood by familiarity with its fluid, guiding principles. What are these principles? The materials presented here are a good introduction. 

Fair Use Fundamentals from the Association of Research Libraries

For an amusing, informative overview of fair use in the context of copyright law basics see the video A Fair(y) Use Tale, presented here for your convenience.

If you have questions about fair use or other scholarly communication issues--including copyright, author rights, and open access--please contact the TWU Libraries' Scholarly Communication Librarian Chealsye Bowley at or 940-898-3747.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, February 19, 2016

Harper Lee (1926-2016)

Harper Lee, bestselling author of To Kill A
Mockingbird, has died. She was 89.
Harper Lee has died. The bestselling author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman was 89.

The TWU Libraries provide access to a variety of print and electronic resources by and about Lee, including her novels To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchmen and the 2015 documentary Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman. To search for other Harper Lee materials use TWUniversal, conveniently accessible from the TWU Libraries' homepageTWUniversal is the TWU Libraries' one-stop solution for finding articles and other database content, books, digital collections, journals, web pages, streaming video, course reserves, and more. For assistance please contact us.

Have you read Mockingbird or Watchmen? What did they mean to you? Share your comments below.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Medline, PsycINFO Databases Are On the Move

Two popular TWU Libraries databases are on the move. 

Formerly available on the EbscoHOST platform, the database PsycINFO is now available from Ovid. Ebsco's Medline with Full Text is still available through the libraries but is now also available from Ovid (where it is known as Ovid Medline).

PsycINFO users are now taken to an Ovid screen like this.
How will these changes affect me and how I do research?

PsycINFO--a psychology tool for researchers, practitioners, and students in numerous disciplines--still contains citations and summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports in the field of psychology and on the psychological aspects of related disciplines. What has changed is the user interface. Instead of the EBSCOhost interface you may be familiar with, those logging in to PsycINFO using a Pioneer Portal username and password are now taken to an Ovid screen like the one right. To help you adjust to the new PsycINFO, a help link is available in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen and more Ovid training is available here.

Ebsco's Medline with Full Text, still available through the TWU Libraries, provides medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences. Fine-tune your research with Ovid Medline, which the TWU Libraries also provide access to, with its powerful precision search and platform tools like Ovid’s proprietary mapping to MeSH terms. Ovid Medline is updated daily and contains over 23 million citation records from over 5,600 indexed journals dating back to 1946.

All 200+ TWU Libraries databases are accessible via our Databases A-Z List here

Need help with databases or another library matter? Please contact us--because assisting you is what we do. 

~Jimmie Lyn Harris and Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Apply for Publishing Funds Here

Another article authored by TWU faculty members has been published with financial assistance from the TWU Libraries

With help from the libraries' Article Open Access Publishing Fund, A Study of the Amputee Experience of Viewing Self in the Mirror by Wyona Freysteinson PhD, MN; Lisa Thomas MS, APRN, CNS, CRRN; Amy Sebastian-Deutsch DNP, APRN, CNS, AOCNS; Denika Douglas PhD; Danielle Melton MD; Tania Celia MSN, RN; Kristin Reeves MSPT and Patricia Bowyer EdD, MS, OTR, FAOTA has been published in the open access journal Rehabilitation Nursing.

You, too, may qualify for funding from the TWU Libraries to help publish your work. Information on eligibility is available on our Information for Authors pageQuestions? Please contact Scholarly Communication Librarian Chealsye Bowley at or 940-898-3747.  

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dresses, Artifacts & More to Explore for #BlackHistoryMonth

LaMargo Branch, Interlibrary Loan Specialist with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, models 
a garment from her large African artifact collection. These boubou (dresses) are just a few of the collection's 
pieces which LaMargo has generously shared with library patrons--something she has done each Black History 
Month since 2004. LaMargo's exhibit for Black History Month 2016 is on display at the library through Febru-
ary. Photograph by Sean Spear. February 10, 2016.
February is Black History Month (also known as National African American History Month), an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history ( The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is proud to participate in this important observance with an exhibit of African artifacts from the large personal collection of TWU Libraries Interlibrary Loan Specialist LaMargo Branch. The exhibit has become a tradition in its own right; LaMargo has generously shared pieces from her collection with library patrons each #BlackHistoryMonth since 2004.

Dozens of LaMargo's pieces, many one of a kind, are now on display in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours through February 2016.

LaMargo, recipient of the 2014 Pioneer for Diversity staff award for her passionate support of diversity and her mission to promote cultural awareness, shared her thoughts about the award, her amazing collection, and why she's never travelled to Africa

Explore books and other resources related to Black History Month on the TWU Libraries' African American History Subject Guide. Need assistance? Please let us know how we can help

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Matter of the Heart

A Matter of the Heart  Staff members of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus remind everyone 
that a commitment to heart health is vital to all men and women year-round. Photograph by Corynthia 
Dorgan, Woman's Collection staff member. February 12, 2016. 
Heart disease can't read a calendar or tell time, yet like clockwork--every day of every month of every year--it impacts the lives of men and women. In fact it's the #1 killer of Americans, every year taking more of our lives than every form of cancer combined--and much of it is preventable.

February is awash in red, with matters of the heart front and center. American Heart Month. Valentine's Day. Go Red for Women. The TWU Libraries remind everyone that this month (and the next, and all the ones after that) there's a lot you can learn and do to keep yourself, and those you care about, healthy and heart disease-free. 

Begin by educating yourself with information from the American Heart Association; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the TWU Libraries. Then make a plan and follow through. It's the best Valentine's Day present you can give to yourself and those you love.

Heart disease prevention--it's a matter of the heart.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, February 5, 2016

Zika: What You Need to Know

The Zika virus, carried by a mosquito common in the Americas, has spread to the U.S. Photo credit: Day
. 2016.
The Zika virus is spreading throughout the world and the TWU Libraries want you to have the latest authoritative information--available courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services here--on this developing health threat. On this site you'll find analyses of the virus as well as updated maps of affected areas, information on the progress of treatment options for those infected, and much more. 

Countries and resource centers across the globe are working to understand, manage, and educate the world about the Zika virus. Other reliable sources of information include the U.S. Government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization

The TWU Libraries is an excellent place to begin your research--on the Zika virus or any other topic. We're here to help, so for assistance simply contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff in Denton, Dallas, or Houston.

~Marilyn Goff

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thank You, Sherilyn, And Farewell

Goodbyes happen, and they're never easy--at best they’re bittersweet. It is with sadness, coupled with happiness for her, that the TWU Libraries' staff bids a fond farewell to Dean Sherilyn Bird.

We all call her Sherilyn, and she came to TWU almost a decade ago. With her at the helm the past ten years have been exciting ones filled with innovation, change, service, plenty of hard work--and pride. For the many changes in Denton, Dallas, and Houston that she helped bring about—from the physical ones like the Dallas Center Library, the Pioneer Center For Student Excellence, and Starbucks to technical, operational, service, and resource achievements too numerous to mention here--Sherilyn was there, guiding us through. It is hard to imagine the libraries without her.

January 31, 2016 was Sherilyn's last day as our dean. We will have to get used to working without her physical presence. Her leadership and vision, however, will live on in her many accomplishments and in all of the people she inspired along the way. 

Would you like to pay tribute to Sherilyn? We welcome any stories that you'd like to share. You can respond to this post below or on any of the TWU Libraries' other social media. 

Sherilyn, you will be missed. The TWU Libraries are much better places because of your vision and guidance. We will continue the mission that you instilled in us, and promise to do our best to live up to the example you set for us. 

We wish you all the best. Thank you, and farewell.

~Jason Mims