News from Mardigian Library: LIBS 320, the entrepreneur in you and more

LIBS 320 – The one-credit class that takes the mystery out of doing research

Do you often wonder how to choose a good topic, narrow a search to just scholarly articles, choose the right research sources or cite properly? LIBS 320, offered in Winter 2017, is a one-credit course that covers these subjects and more! You will learn the lifelong skills needed to access, evaluate and utilize information resources. Through course lectures, readings, short quizzes and assignments, the research insights you gain will increase your knowledge and self-confidence as you tackle that next paper, team project or presentation.

Mike Callahan

Mike Callahan

Faculty lecture on finding the entrepreneur within us, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.

We are exposed, almost daily, to upbeat stories on the rise of entrepreneurship in Michigan, especially in the Detroit area. These are exciting times. How does the concept of entrepreneurship relate to each of us on an individual level? Discover the answer to this question at the Mardigian Library’s Faculty Lecture: Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m., Room 1216, Mardigian Library.

Mike Callahan, director of the College of Business’s Internship & Career Management Center, will present an overview of his newly published book, I Inc. Regardless of where you are in your career, learn how to explore your passions, discover career opportunities and tell YOUR story.

Light refreshments will be served. No need to pre-register. Please join us!

Take away those winter blues: Check out a book, audiobook or DVD from the Browsing Collection

Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Spend some time during the winter break with one of our recreational reads or movies from the library’s Browsing Collection. We have a variety of books, audiobooks and DVDs to relax with on cold winter days and nights.
Recent books and DVDs added to the collection:

The Big Short (DVD and Blu-ray, Paramount Pictures, ©2016)
A story about the financial meltdown of 2008 and how it was already old news. It tells the story of four people from outside the financial world who predicted the bubble and collapse before anyone else.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster, ©2016)
Seven years in the making, Bruce Springsteen tells his life story beginning with growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey. He writes about his determination to become a musician and shares the personal struggles that inspired his best work.

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey With Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford by Clint Hill (First Gallery Books, ©2016)
History is revealed like never before through the eyes of someone who spent seventeen years of his life protecting presidents as a Secret Service agent. Retired agent Clint Hill shares his perspective on witnessing some of the most historic moments of the 20th century (the Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK’s assassination, the Vietnam War, Watergate and more).

Know the Mother by Desiree Cooper (Wayne State University Press, ©2016)
Through short stories and poetry local journalist and author, Desiree Cooper explores the complexity of being a mother and how women find themselves caught between their own desires and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers and wives.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (Alfred A. Knopf, ©2016)
A memoir by a woman scientist that will change the way you look at plants and the natural world. She tells the story of her remarkable life and how she found a sanctuary in science. She also tells the story of her relationship with Bill, who became her lab partner and best friend, and their travel/science adventures across the United States, the Atlantic and to the North Pole.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DVD, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, ©2016)
Watch the movie again, or, see it for the first time. Rey (a scavenger) and Finn (a defecting Stormtrooper) join up with Han Solo and Chewbacca in an effort to restore peace to the galaxy.

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company, ©2016)
In this thriller, slavery still exists in four states (known as the Hard Four). Victor, a young black man, works as a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshals Service. He tries to infiltrate a local cell of an abolitionist movement known as the Underground Airlines in order to track down a runaway slave named Jackdaw. In the process, Victor discovers terrible secrets about the U.S. government and its arrangement with the Hard Four.

Mardigian Library Resource Updates

Database Updates

Data USA
Data USA is the most comprehensive website and visualization engine of public U.S. government data. Instead of searching through multiple data sources that are often incomplete and difficult to access, you can simply point to Data USA to answer your questions with an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World
Ethnologue: Languages of the World is a comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world’s known living languages. The information in the Ethnologue will be valuable to anyone with an interest in cross-cultural communication, bilingualism, literacy rates, language planning and language policy, language development, language relationships, endangered languages, writing systems, and to everyone with a general curiosity about languages.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981
This collection addresses the policies, economies, political relationships, and significant events of every major Middle East power during the 1970s. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War, and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia.

Watch thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases. Kanopy has more than 26,000 films in its collection — including leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, First Run Features, The Video Project, Media Education Foundation, and Documentary Education Resources — on every topic imaginable. Kanopy’s viewing platform makes it easy to watch, share and discuss films across our campus and at your own convenience.

LGBT Studies in Video
LGBT Studies in Video provides students and researchers across disciplines a multi-content perspective on the LGBT political, cultural, and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present. It also provides key resources of interest to students and researchers in sociology, anthropology, psychology, counseling, history, political science, gender studies, cultural studies and religious studies.

Taylor & Francis Online
Contains scholarly journals by Taylor & Francis, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals. Coverage includes all areas of the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, sciences, technology and medicine.

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