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.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Database of the Week - ERIC

Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC) is a program of the United StatesDepartment of Education. It indexes education-related literature, beginning in 1966. The ERIC database is the world’s largest source of information, containing abstracts of documents, full-text documents and journal articles on education research and practice.

The database covers descriptions and evaluations of educational programs, research reports and surveys, curriculum and teaching guides, instructional materials, position papers and resource materials.

Along with access to the journal and non-journal literature, ERIC also has a growing collection of PDF documents and content rich ERIC digests. This vast collection of literature enables a user to maximize their ERIC search. Currently, ERIC is available at the library’s website through First Search and Ebscohost. It is also accessible via the United States Department of Education’s website (

Prior to conducting an ERIC search, patrons are encouraged to become familiar with the Thesaurus of ERIC descriptors which is located in the Reference area (REF Z695.1.E3 T49 2001). These descriptors will assist patrons in searching the ERIC database.

If you experience any difficulty in using ERIC, please see your information specialist—the reference librarian or call 672-1233 for assistance.

Bernadette Ross, Reference Librarian

Friday, April 20, 2007

New Books at Chesnutt Library

Check out these new books in mathematics and computer science:

Code Craft: The Practice of Writing Excellent Code
[QA76.6 .G656 2007]

Start-To-Finish Visual Basic 2005
[QA76.73 .B3 P25436 2007]

Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2005
[QA76.73 .C15 I6694 2006]

Starting out with C++
[QA76.73 .C153 G33 2006]

C# 2005: Programmer's Reference
[QA76.73 .C154 K575 2007]

Algorithms and Networking for Computer Games
[QA76.76 .C672 S62 2006]

Creating Web Pages with HTML, XHTML, and XML
[QA76.76 .H94 C3675 2006]

HTML Comprehensive Concepts and Techniques
[QA76.76 .H94 H7632 2007]

Beginning XML Databases
[QA76.76 .H94 P494856 2007]

JAVA Programming
[QA76.76 .J38 M35 2006]

Hands-On Novell Open Enterprise Server for NetWare and Linux
[QA76.76 .O63 S5595 2007]

Beginning SUSE Linux
[QA76.76 .O63 T496 2006]

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The State of America's Libraries

The American Library Association released its report on the state of America's libraries this past Tuesday. According to its press release:

Ten years after some experts predicted the demise of the nation's system of libraries as a result of the Internet explosion, the most current national data on library use shows that the exact opposite has happened.

According to the 2007 State of America's Libraries report, there were nearly two billion visits to U.S. libraries in fiscal year 2004. The study was released today by the ALA as the nation begins its observance of National Library Week, April 15-21. In the case of academic libraries, the number of visits exceeded more than one billion for the first time in 2004, up more than 14 percent in just the previous two years.

To read the whole report click here.

Source: ResourceShelf, ALA

Business Resource -

This site provides resources for business and financial journalists. Find examples of business writing, commentary, issue briefs, international stock market data, and blogs. Also includes descriptions of free seminars and online workshops for journalists, and company research material such as profiles, financials, and SEC filings. From the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Arizona State University.

Source: Librarians' Internet Index

Monday, April 16, 2007

Chesnutt Library Film Festival, April 16-19, 2007

The Charles Chesnutt Library presents
Rhythm of a Nation: Race & The Box Office.

Dates: Monday - Thursday, April 16-19, 2007
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Place: Charles Chesnutt Library, J.C. Jones Board of Trustees Room, 2nd floor

Click here for more information or contact Ms. Bernadette Ross at 672-1557.

National Library Week April 15 - 21, 2007

To celebrate National Library Week, Libraries Unlimited is offering free access for one week to the American Reference Book Annual (ARBA) and several other electronic products including:
+ The Readers’ Advisor Online
+ The African American Experience
+ The Latino American Experience
+ The Greenwood Digital Collection
+ World Folklore and Folklife
+ Children’s Magazine Guide

Follow the link to to start your free access.

Source: Libraries Unlimited, Resourceshelf

Thursday, April 12, 2007

LexisNexis Unveils New Interface

LexisNexis is set to launch its new interface in July 2007. However, you can take a peek at the Beta version by selecting the

button located at the top of the the LexisNexis homepage. Not only does LexisNexis have a new and improved look, but its also improved its content. Some of its new features include:
  • Shepard's Citations will expand to cover all federal and state courts
  • Company Dossier will be included in all U.S. subscriptions
  • Search across broad content such as all news or all federal and state cases
  • Ability to create ad hoc combined sources
  • SmartIndexing Technology at work throughout interface
  • Support for federated searching
To get started visit LexisNexis Academic.

NY Times Select - Free Subscription

NY Times Select is offering a free subscription to university students and faculty. You must have a valid college or university e-mail address to be eligible for this offer. NY Times Select includes Op-Ed columnists, News columnists, and the Archives. Click here to register.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Library Renovations Start April 12, 2007

ATTENTION! Library Hours will be changing during renovations starting
Thu. April 12 - Thu. April 26, 2007
Hours are subject to change
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Database of the Week - NoveList

The end of the academic school year is fast approaching and what better way to kick off the summer than to catch up on all those books you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t had the time. To help you in this endeavor the featured database this week is NoveList.

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists.

Novelist has many different ways to search its database. The tabs include:

Search Our Database – search the database by author, title, series, description, or Boolean phrase.

Browse Lists – search hundreds of lists of book titles, pre-defined by award, genre, subject, and more. The Best Fiction link allows you access to over 300 literary awards by reading level.

For Readers – by selecting this tab you have access to the customized content that NoveList develops for its readers, including Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, What We’re Reading, Annotated Book Lists and other content written by nationally-known fiction experts.

NoveList has lots of handy tools to help you create and store personal reading lists. The Sign in to My NoveList feature allows you collect information you plan on reusing in a future NoveList session. After you sign in, you can save search results and create alerts. Alerts are a great feature – you can keep up to date with popular authors or genres by using a saved search to set up an alert. NoveList will send you an email every time a new book meeting your search criteria is added to the database. You can also save lists and retrieve previously saved lists. All items are saved in a folder that only you can access.

The NoveList interface is colorful, inviting and simple to navigate with several links on the homepage to guide you. However, if you need a little help getting started it does contain several training modules and a Help link.

What I like best is its ability to create and save lists. You can add books you’re interested in reading and it saves not just the title, but a link to reviews of the book and publishing information. As you read books off your list you can update your list to reflect what you have yet to read. So get ready for summer reading by visiting NoveList.

Linette Neal, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Reminder - Easter Holiday Hours

The Chesnutt Library will be closing early this Thursay April 5, 2007 at 6:00pm. The library will be closed Friday April 6 - Sunday April 8, 2007 for the Easter Holiday.


Library hours will be changing due to renovations beginning Saturday April 14th - Thursday April 26, 2007

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm

Hours are subject to change.