Chesnutt Library Blog

“Because it’s all about ‘U,’” the Chesnutt Library Blog is designed to promptly and efficiently provide timely news, inform of library events, books, databases and more for our students, staff and faculty. In our effort to enhance communication, the Chesnutt Library Blog will bring academic resources together in one place, with one click, with one purpose in mind - Educational Excellence - designed to enhance learning, guarantee access and promote scholarship.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Who is "Generation Next"?

An interesting article from the Pew Research Center describes what "Generation Next" is really like:

A Portrait of "Generation Next"
How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics

"A new generation has come of age, shaped by an unprecedented revolution in technology and dramatic events both at home and abroad. They are Generation Next, the cohort of young adults who have grown up with personal computers, cell phones and the internet and are now taking their place in a world where the only constant is rapid change. "

Click here to read the complete article.



Social Security numbers are no longer being used by the Chesnutt Library. Please use your Banner # (83#) instead. This change only affects FSU students, not faculty and staff.

Current Trial Databases at Chesnutt Library

Reference USA: International Business

Trial Starts: January 19, 2007 Trial Ends:
February 5, 2007
On the right side of the screen enter the user name: international1 and the password: Jan

Then select International Business from the list on the left hand side of the web page.

Find in-depth company profiles on three million international companies, including key executives and detailed financial information. Great for research on large companies and their foreign parents and their subsidiaries.

SkillSoft Books24x7
Trial Starts: January 11, 2007 Trial Ends:
January 31, 2007

Books24x7, a SkillSoft Company, is a leading provider of web-based digital technical and business reference content, containing thousands of digitized "best-in-class" reference books, research reports, documentation and articles. Books24x7's hosted web-based platform enables users to search, browse, read and collaborate with vast professional "Referenceware" libraries assembled through its relationships with the world's top IT and business publishers. This includes, in the technical publishing arena, imprints like Microsoft Press, Osborne/McGraw Hill, Artech House and many others. In the business field, prominent publishing partners include AMACOM, ASTD Press, Berrett-Koehler, Harvard Business School Publishing, John Wiley, MIT Press, Oxford University Press and others. Prominent customers that have adopted Books24x7 solutions include: Bank of America, Lockheed-Martin and many more.

Monday, January 22, 2007

NEW! Database Specific Classes


Database Specific Classes feature focused, hands-on instruction. Students will have time to practice searching the database, saving/emailing results (depends on the database), and will leave with citations relevant to an actual class assignment. Only one or two related databases will be taught in class (ex. Criminal Justice Abstracts and Criminology: A SAGE Full-text Collection are both CSA Illumina databases and may be taught together). Basic library instruction is not included in the class. We will NOT cover the library webpage, except going into the particular database, library PIN, the online catalog, etc.

Class Requirements

  1. 15 student preferred limit. 30 student maximum, with 2 students per laptop.
  2. Class Assignment. The idea is to have students conduct real searches for an actual class assignment and leave the bibliographic instruction class with a list of citations they can use.
  3. Students need to have attended a general bibliographic instruction class before taking a database class. We will not be covering the library website, catalog, PIN, Database Finder, Journal Finder, etc. except as they pertain to the specific database we are searching.
  4. Professors must sign up for database classes at least two weeks in advance and be prepared to give the librarian a copy of the class assignment. Contact the librarian who teaches the class to schedule a class.
    1. Linette Neal, 672-1230
    2. Laura Bell Wright, 672-1555
    3. Jan Whitfield, 672-1750
    4. Bernadette Ross, 672-1557
  5. Class is held in the library’s 3rd Floor Conference Room using laptops with wireless connections.
  6. Professors are strongly encouraged to attend. Taking the time to attend bibliographic instruction class shows the students that these classes are important.

Database Classes Offered Spring 2007

Business Databases:

Business Source Premier, taught by Linette Neal

Euromonitor, taught by Linette Neal

Introduction to Company Research, taught by Linette Neal

Criminal Justice Databases:

CSA Illumina: Criminal Justice Abstracts and Criminology: A SAGE Full-text Collection, taught by Laura Bell Wright

Education Databases:

ERIC, taught by Bernadette Ross

ProQuest Education, taught by Bernadette Ross

Interdisciplinary Approach to Education Research, taught by Bernadette Ross

Education Law-Lexis Nexis, taught by Bernadette Ross

Literature Databases:

ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature), taught by Jan Whitfield

Literature Online (LION), taught by Jan Whitfield

MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography, taught by Jan Whitfield

Music Database:

Music Index, taught by Jan Whitfield

Multidisciplinary Database:

ProQuest Direct, taught by Laura Bell Wright or Linette Neal

Nursing Database:

CINAHL, taught by Laura Bell Wright

Psychology Database:

PsychINFO, taught by Laura Bell Wright

Social Work and Sociology Databases:

Social Work Abstract, taught by Jan Whitfield

SocIndex, taught by Jan Whitfield

The librarians at Chesnutt Library will continue to offer the same quality instruction we have always offered; these classes are an addition to our more traditional offerings. Professors can still request regular bibliographic instruction classes that cover the library web page, services, online catalog searching and relevant databases in a presentation style format.

Professors can request regular bibliographic instruction classes and database classes in one semester.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

New Database - The Philosopher's Index

Chesnutt Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Philosopher's Index to its Database collection. The Philosopher's Index can be accessed by selecting Database Finder on the Library's homepage.

From the publisher's website:

The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. The literature covered goes back to 1940 and includes journal articles, books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology, and book reviews.

The Philosopher's Index monitors over 550 journals from more than 40 countries and is updated quarterly. Extensive indexing includes personal and proper names along with subject terms; there is also the capability to search for the authors of book reviews.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Aesthetics
    • Axiology
    • Metaphilosophy
    • Metaphysics
    • Philosophical Anthropology
    • Philosophy of Education
    • Philosophy of Epistemology
    • Philosophy of Ethics
    • Philosophy of History
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Philosophy of Logic
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Political Philosophy
    • Social Philosophy
Dates of Coverage

1940 - current

Update Frequency

Quarterly, with approximately 3,500 records added.


Over 328,000 records as of August 2005.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New Reference Books at Chesnutt Library

The following new Reference Books are located in the Reference Department on the 1st floor:

Educational Media and Technology Yearbook 2006 Vol. 1 & 2
[Ref LB1028.3 .E37 2006]

From the publisher -

The 2006 volume of the 31 year old Educational Media and Technology Yearbook series continues the legacy of its predecessors. It highlights the major trends of the previous year, noting both renewed interest in multicultural perspectives and the ever-growing interest in online learning.

Encyclopedia of the Global Economy Vol. 1 & 2
[Ref HF1359 o28 2006]

From Choice -

Illuminating issues pertaining to the global economy from the 16th-century to the present, this encyclopedia provides concise topical explanations that draw on accumulated data, Web resources, and original sources.

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature Vol. 1 & 2
[Ref PN 849 .C3 E53 2006]

From the publisher -

The Caribbean is a part of the world with diverse cultures and a long and fascinating literary tradition. The people of this region have endured through civil strife, poverty, natural disasters, and military conflicts; and their literature reflects their despair and dreams. Accessible to students and general readers, this encyclopedia overviews the lives and works of Caribbean authors. Because Caribbean literature is so much a reflection of regional concerns, the encyclopedia gives special attention to the political, cultural, and historical contexts in which Caribbean authors have lived and worked.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

New Databases at Chesnutt Library

Chesnutt Library is pleased to announce the addition of over 20 databases to its collection. These databases are provided by Alexander Street Press, a publisher whose collections are concentrated in six disciplines across the humanities—Music; Women's History and Literature; Black History and Literature; North American History; Drama, Theatre, and Film; and Religion and Social Thought. Select any of the links below to gain access to the databases. You can also access them through our Database Finder on the library's homepage.

The following descriptions are taken from the publishers site:

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

This release contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The product includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland Planter William Claytor.

American Film Scripts

This edition of American Film Scripts Online (AFSO) contains 776 scripts by 856 writers together with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts. In addition, the database includes over 430 original images of previously unpublished screenplays.

Asian American Drama

This edition of Asian American Drama contains 252 plays by 42 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.

Black Drama

This edition of Black Drama contains approximately 1200 plays by 201 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.

Black Short Fiction

Black Short Fiction contains approximately 4,919 stories and folktales by 435 African, African American, and Caribbean authors. When complete this collection should have approximately 8,000 works of short fiction.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture contains 989 sources with 947 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans.

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers will contain approximately 100,000 pages of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by women from North America, Africa and the Caribbean. It will also present essays by scholars and feminists about the history of feminism and genre studies in these regions. There are 13,000 pages of text in this first release.

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

This edition of British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. The collection now includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years.

Early Encounters in North America

This release of Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.

Latin American Women Writers

Latin American Women Writers will contain approximately 100,000 pages of prose, poetry and drama by women writers from Mexico, Central, and South America when complete. There are 19,500 pages of prose and poetry and 36 plays in this release.

Latino Literature

Latino Literature contains approximately 380 plays and 67,500 pages of prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States.

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, so providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Composed of contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives, the series provides a rich source for scholars in a wide range of disciplines. In selected cases, users will be able to hear the actual audio voices of the immigrants.

North American Indian Biographical Database

This fourth release of the North American Indian Biographical Database contains over 62,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. When complete North American Indian Biographical Database will include 100,000 pages of text and images.

North American Indian Drama

This first release of North American Indian Drama contains 93 plays by 18 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes the Native Playwrights' Newsletter, a unique resource, containing a wealth of original essays, articles, photographs, interviews, reviews, and production information related to the plays.

North American Theatre Online

North American Theatre Online is a comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. It includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to more than 30,000 plays, over 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, nearly 22,000 productions and 2,500 production companies.

North American Women's Drama

This edition of North American Women's Drama contains 1,174 plays by 275 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.

Oral History Online

This release of Oral History Online provides in-depth indexing to more than 2,700 collections of Oral History in English from around the world.

Primary Sources of the Women's Movement, 1960 to present: Publications on the Status of Women

This edition of Primary Sources of the Women's Movement, 1960 to present includes the full text of 312 reports and publications issued by commissions in more than thirty states.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period (SWRP) contains 60 volumes of Romantic Poetry, extensive contemporary critical reviews, as well as material specially written for this database by leading scholars.

Smithsonian Global Sound

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms. Please bring your own headphones if you use this resource in the Library.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

This edition of Twentieth Century North American Drama contains 1,122 plays by 170 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.

New Online Catalog Interface

Many of you have probably already noticed that the Library's Online Catalog has had a makeover. The Millennium WebOPAC interface was upgraded to WebPAC Pro on Monday, January 8, 2007. This upgrade affected the libraries of the UNC Coastal Library Consortium - UNC Wilmington, UNC Pembroke and Fayetteville State University.

According to UNCW's Randall Library, "the most noticable changes include new colors and headers, tabbed displays, relevancy ranking of keyword search results, a new navigation button set, a new brief display layout, a new bibliographic display layout, the ability to limit search results to only available items, the "Additional Info" and "More resources boxes". These last two items are a work in progress, so you won't see much there right now."

We hope you all enjoy the new look and find the catalog easy to navigate. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments - please let us know!

Welcome to FSU's Spring Semester 2007

We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season and is now prepared to meet Fayetteville State University's Spring Semester head on. To that end, the Chesnutt Library has several exciting news and events coming up including a brand new look to our online catalog, new databases, new books, updated Subject Guides, and more!

Friday, January 05, 2007

New Books at Chesnutt Library

The following new titles are in the Chesnutt Library's Main Stacks located on the 2nd & 3rd floors of the library:

Business Marketing Management: B2B
[HF5415.13 .H872 2007]

Exploring Marketing Research
[HF5415.2 .Z54 2007]

Criminals and their scientists: the history of criminology in international perspective
HV6021 .C75 2006]

Prisons and prison systems: a global encyclopedia
HV8665 .R67 2006]

Gates of injustice: the crisis in America's prisons
HV9471 .E37 2006]

Organizing classrooms for small-group instruction: learning for mastery
LB1031.4 .L39 2006]

109 ideas for virtual learning: how open content will help close the digital divide
[LB 1044.87 .B726 2006]

Integrating science and literacy instruction: a framework for bridging the gap
LB1585 .F686 2006]

Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings
LC1201 .T43 2006]

Fixing Windows XP annoyances: how to fix the most annoying things about the Windows OS [QA76.76.O63 K3763 2006]

Enterprise information systems assurance and system security: managerial and technical issues [QA76.9 .A25 E5455 2006]

Alarming signs & symptoms
[RT48 .A83 2007]

Nursing today
[RT82 .N74 2006]

Critical care nursing secrets
RT120.I5 C777 2006]

Tools for teaching computer networking and hardware concepts
TK5105.5 .T66 2006]

Web semantics and ontology
TK5105.88815 .W42 2006 ]

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Reference Books at Chesnutt Library

The following new reference books are located on the first floor of Chesnutt Library:

The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology [BF31 .E495 2005]

From the publisher –

The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology is a core reference for any student of psychology. It is authoritative and accessible, and covers the basic curriculum content of a degree course along with more specialized material in areas of widespread interest. The Encyclopaedic Dictionary presents more than 1500 different entries grouped into 8 thematic topic areas, and on a range of levels from brief definitions to more substantial discussions which allow the reader to obtain a fuller grasp of important terms and concepts. For key issues, the explanation is supported with illustrations, tables and photographs, and relevant contemporary references are provided throughout to allow the reader to pursue more widely their particular interests. The book is comprehensively cross-referenced for ease of use.

Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams [PS3545 .I5365 Z675 2005]

From the publisher –

Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams includes entries on all of Tennessee Williams's major and most minor works, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, a novel, a collection of short stories, two poetry collections, and personal essays; places and events related to his works; major figures in his life; literary influences; and issues in Williams scholarship and criticism. Appendixes include a complete list of Williams's works, a list of research libraries with significant Williams holdings, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

APA Dictionary of Psychology [BF31 .A63 2007]

From the publisher-

With over 25,000 terms and definitions, the Dictionary encompasses all areas of research and application, and includes coverage of concepts, processes, and therapies across all the major subdisciplines of psychology. Ten years in the making and edited by a distinguished editorial board of nearly 100 psychological scholars, researchers and practitioners, the APA Dictionary of Psychology is destined to become the most authoritative reference of its kind.

The Life and Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Vol. 1-3 [Z8757.29 .H46 2005]

From the publisher-

This three-volume set has been designed to provide researchers with easy access to all the books, chapters, articles, and doctoral dissertations written on Roosevelt, his career, his family, his associates, the America in which he lived, and all the major events of his presidency. Save for battle literature on World War II, every important topic related to FDR and his presidency can be found. The author and subject indexes, coupled with the Table of Contents, provide accessible data on any relevant topic. The researcher is advised to begin with the Table of Contents and then cross-reference both topics and authors with the index. This technique will produce a considerable list of annotated references on any desired topic.

New THOMAS Beta Features

Free Government Information reports that THOMAS, the Library of Congress' database for legislative information, has some new beta features including the ability to search all of THOMAS from just one search box and browse current legislation by sponsor or topic. Visit the New THOMAS Features Homepage for details on all the new features.