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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

New Website:

From Columbia University's press release:

"Aiming to make federal case law fast and easy to search, more accessible to the public – and free – Columbia Law School and the University of Colorado Law School have launched a Web site called, which has the potential to transform the national landscape of case law resources. contains nearly 170,000 decisions dating back to the early 1990s from the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appellate courts." does have some limits including no state law or district court cases and limited coverage (the past 10-15 years). However, it is a work in progress and, best of all, it's fast & free.

For more information click here.


Education 2.0 from Wired magazine

Monday, August 27, 2007

Database of the Week: is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. is organized in an inviting interface with graphics, A-Z listings, and a “Spotlights” section. This month’s spotlight features IMMUNIZATIONS and resources include vaccines for pre-teens, prevention tips and recommended vaccines for children and adults.

This site also features a Health Library where you can browse for Topics or look through special resources such as medical dictionaries, monthly newsletters and journals. Topics range from Baby Bottle Tooth Decay to Vitiligo so chances are you’ll find information on your medical subject. Once you choose a topic, you can then choose from a list of articles with information on your topic. The articles are easily understood (not too much medical language) and most even have the option of reading it in Spanish.

With links to a Drug Interaction Checker, Online Checkups, Consumer Guides and an RSS feed for daily news updates, this resource is a must for current health information.

Linette Neal, Reference Librarian

Friday, August 24, 2007

New Books @ Chesnutt Library

The following new titles are located on the third floor (Main Stacks) of the Chesnutt Library:

QA Mathematics, Computer Science

Adobe Flex 2: training from the source
[QA76.625 .T36 2007]

Essential C#2.0
[QA76.73.C154 M523 2007]

Python essential reference
[QA76.73.P98 B43 2006]

Hitchhiker's guide to Visual studio and SQL server: best practice architectures and examples
[QA76.76.A65 V39 2007]

ATL internals: working with ATL 8
[QA76.76.D47 R43 2007]

Moving to Ubuntu Linux
[QA76.76.O63 G3455 2007]

Linux administration handbook
[QA76.76.O63 N448 2007]

Developing multi-agent systems with JADE
[QA76.76.I58 B45 2007]

Microsoft Windows Vista unveiled
[QA76.76.W56 M44 2006]

Introduction to precise numerical methods
[QA76.9.M35 A24 2007]

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

NewsBank Hot Topics

NewsBank Hot Topics is provided as part of our NewsBank subscription to alert librarians, patrons, teachers, and students to hot topics found in NewsBank products. Topics include issues and events from througout the world relative to social studies, science, health, sports, the arts and people. Hot Topics for August 2007 include:

TOPIC: There has been an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Great Britain. What is foot-and-mouth disease? What is its source? What action has been taken by the government?
SEARCH TERMS: foot-and-mouth disease AND Great Britain

TOPIC: Some cities are trying a novel approach to the problem of gang violence – suing them. What are some of the gang activities that are spurring lawsuits? What cities have led the way in this trend?
SEARCH TERMS: gangs AND lawsuits

TOPIC: After months of negotiation, Rupert Murdoch and the Bancroft family have finally settled the deal for News Corp. to buy Dow Jones and Company Inc. What were some difficulties in the negotiation? What are some concerns of the newspaper industry regarding this buyout?
SEARCH TERMS: Dow Jones AND News Corp.

: Congress has approved a new bill designed to promote math and science skills so students can compete effectively in a global economy. What amount of money is the bill asking for? What are some of the specific changes in education that are being outlined in the bill?
SEARCH TERMS: laws AND mathematics education

TOPIC: A famous Van Gogh painting has been revealed to be a fake. How was this revealed? Who do the investigators say probably painted it?
SEARCH TERMS: Vincent Van Gogh

TOPIC: Michael Vick, a star football player for the Atlanta Falcons, has been arrested for running an illegal dog-fighting ring. What are some of the descriptions that have angered animal rights groups? How vast is this dog-fighting ring? How will this affect Vick's career?
SEARCH TERMS: Michael Vick

Reminder - Bronco ID Cards & Library Hours

Tomorrow, Augutst 22, 2007, is the first day of classes for the Fall Semester 2007. This is just a reminder to students who have yet to get a new Bronco card to please go by the Bronco Card Office and get one. If you do not have a NEW ID CARD, you will not be allowed to use the computers or check out material from the library. We will no longer look you up by your banner (83#-###-###).

The Bronco Card Office Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Room 242, Rudolph Jones Student Center

Telephone: 672-1762 or 672-1735

Faculty and staff will continue to use the old id cards until further notice.

Also, tomorrow the library resumes regular Fall Semester hours:
Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 12:00am
Friday: 7:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 9:00pm

So, yes, we are open till midnight tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Database of the Week - ABELL

Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collection
ABELL Database

There are many databases that comprise the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collection, but this description will focus on ABELL, the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, which “lists monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world; [and] unpublished doctoral dissertations …for the period 1920–1999. The bibliography consists of 80 volumes, beginning in 1920 and issued annually; a number of items published between 1892 and 1919 have been indexed retrospectively….Subject areas covered by ABELL include: English language – including syntax, phonology, lexicology, semantics, stylistics and dialectology; English literature – including poetry, prose, fiction, films, biography, travel writing, literary theory and studies of individual authors; Bibliography – including manuscript studies, textual studies and the history of publishing; and Traditional Culture of the English-speaking world including custom, belief, narrative, song, dance and material culture.” A great feature of this database is that there is little overlap with the MLA database, another core research database in literature and language, regarding content. For an exhaustive search on literature and related topics, both ABELL and MLA should be searched.
This database provides a number of features with access to help screens to assist throughout the search. Upon entering the database, there are four choices: Search; Information Centre; Literature Collections; Site Map; and Help.

Under Search, there is a detailed search screen, which allows one to enter: Keyword(s), Title Keyword(s); Subject; Author/Reviewer; Publication Details; Journal; ISBN; ISSN; Publication Year; Search In Latest Update; Limit to All, Articles, Books, and Reviews. Beside each search box is the capability to select from a list. The lists are alphabetical, with numbers coming first. One can browse through the lists by scrolling down page by page or simply typing in a word and jumping down in the list alphabetically. The limit feature allows one to view all types of information or create a set of articles; books and chapters; or book and film reviews. Entries that are chapters in a book, allow one to view all the contents of the book by clicking on the ABELL Reference Number. Entries can also be marked for later export through email, printing or downloading. The entries can also be formatted for input into ProCite, EndNote, Reference Manager and RefWorks, and they can be downloaded in plain text or HTML format. There is no full text in this database, so one must also search in Journal Finder in order to see if full-text would be available in another database.

Each browsable list presents information a little differently; one may have the option of selecting a title phrase under the “Keyword” search or single words from the titles of works in the “Title Keyword” search. As a title keyword search, Chesnutt produces 225 hits. The “Subject” search combines single keywords and phrases.

For example, Chesnutt as a Subject search brings up this subject heading with 297 hits in the database, “English Literature: Nineteenth Century: Authors: Chesnutt, Charles W.” There is always the option to select multiple items from the browsable
lists which will then appear in the search box. “Authors and Reviewers” are listed by their last name first, and “Publication Details” provides a list of the book, manuscript, chapter, and series titles in alphabetical order along with publisher names and places of publication. The journal search allows one to browse through the journal titles listed in alphabetical order.
The Information Centre lists detailed information about the electronic and print versions of ABELL.
The Literature Collections point to the other databases that are available and they are listed below:

Jan S. Whitfield, Head of Public Services & Reference

Library Closed Wednesday & Thursday

The Chesnutt Library will be closed Wednesday, August 15 - Thursday, August 16, 2007 for faculty & staff's annual Bronco Kick-Off. We will reopen Friday, August 17, 2007 at 8:00am.

Monday, August 13, 2007

RSS feeds in EBSCO

An RSS (really simple syndication) feed allows you to receive updated information in an aggregator such as Bloglines or GoogleReader. The great thing about an RSS feed is that it saves you TIME. Like most people, you probably have some favorite websites you visit every day to see what's new. For example, if you visit,, and frequently, you might as well subscribe to their RSS feeds and log in to one place to catch up on the news rather than going from website to website.

So what does RSS have to do with EBSCO? Well, EBSCO has made it easy to subscribe to a search's RSS feed. In the same way that you get updated website content, you can get updated content in EBSCO databases on research your conducting.

How exactly does this work? Well, once you create a search, the option to "create alert for this search" will display at the top of the list of results alongside the orange button indicating an RSS feed:

The url for the RSS feed will appear once you click on "create alert for this search":

Copy and paste the url in your aggregator (i.e. Bloglines, GoogleReader, etc.) and you'll start getting updates on your research topic:

Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Source: Shifted Librarian

Friday, August 10, 2007

EBSCOhost Enhancements

New Books at Chesnutt Library

The following titles can be found on the 3rd floor of the library (Main Stacks):

R Medicine

Vaccine: the controversial story of medicine's greatest lifesaver
[RA638 .A45 2007]

Humanizing pedagogy through through HIV and AIDS prevention: transforming teacher knowledge
[RA643.8 .H84 2006]
Spitz & Fisher's medicolegal investigation of death: guidelines for the application of pathology to crime investigation
[RA1063.4 .S63 2006]
Forensic psychology: emerging topics and expanding roles
[RA1148 .F5572 2007]

Criminal poisoning: investigational guide for law enforcement, toxicologists, forensic scientists and attorneys
[RA1228 .T74 2007]

Immunology of fungal infections
[RC117 .I45 2007]
New paradigms for treating relationships
[RC488.5 .S3655 2006]
Hypnosis, dissociation, and survivors of child abuse: understanding and treatment
[RC569.5 .C55 D44 2006]
Assessing dangerousness: violence by batterers and child abusers
[RC569.5 .V55 A87 2007]
Infant and early childhood mental health: a comprehensive, developmental apporach to assessment and intervention
[RJ502.5 .G725 2006]
Psychotherapy of abused and neglected children
[RJ507 .A29 P43 2007]

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bibliography: It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education

This bibliography contains article summaries on the subject of virtual worlds in an educational setting. Our Fall 2007 semester is rapidly approaching and according to the introduction these new students

"come into the classroom equipped with different attitudes toward education, as well as a diverse array of technological skills. These individuals want more than the traditional lecture format; instead, they are seeking out authentic and active educational experiences, like those found in video games."

Topics include immersion, creation (versus memorization) and game innovation.

Source: ResourceShelf

New Website: Economic Census

The Economic Census provides the most comprehensive, detailed, and authoritative facts about the American economy. This website gives easy access to industry snapshots and ratios. Use the data to help you evaluate new business opportunities, calculate market share, or conduct research (of course!).

Source: ResourceShelf

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Free Journal Access from Sage

Sage Journals Online is offering an information sciences free trial until September 30, 2007. Once you register you'll have online access to:
  • IFLA Journal
  • Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • Journal of Information Science
  • Business Information Review
  • Information Development
  • Journal of Heath Informatics

For more information or to register click here.

Source: What I Learned Today...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Open Library Launches

"Imagine a library that collected all the world's information about all the world's books and made it available for everyone to view and update. We're building that library."
-from the Open Library demo site
The Open Library debuted its demo site last week. This site is basically a wiki cataloging ALL of the world's books - that's the goal. Users can add, edit, tag and even post reviews of books. It's an ambitious project with a lot of potential. For more information visit their site at