Drop In On RefWorks

It’s grueling, tedious and time-consuming. I’m referring to typing research papers and getting the in-text citations right and then typing the bibliography at the end with all that confusing formatting. Well, not anymore. UDM Libraries has a tool that makes the formatting of your citations oh so easy and its called RefWorks. This week, Thursday, October 23, Librarian Sue Homant will be offering a drop-in workshop on RefWorks here in the library from 12:45-2:00. RefWorks can be a powerful tool when you are doing a research paper. Here is just a taste of what RefWorks can do.

Using Refworks begins with signing up for a new account. Go to the library portal page research.udmercy.edu. Click on the third tab, Articles, Journals + Databases. Under Find databases by title, you will see the alphabet listed. Select the letter R. RefWorks is second on the list. Click into it and click sign up.

As you do your research and find articles in the library databases, use the export feature found in most databases to load the citations into your RefWorks account. It is also possible to attach the articles to the citations in RefWorks When you have completed your research, make sure all the citations of the articles you will be using in your paper have been loaded into RefWorks. When you are ready to begin typing your paper, go into your RefWorks account, click on Tools tools and download Write-N-Cite 4.  Upon successful completion of the download, you should see this at the top of the screen in Microsoft Word. Write Cite






Click on RefWorks then click on Log In and enter your RefWorks account and password. You will also enter UDM’s Group Code, which can be obtained from the Research and Information Desk.

Once you have logged in, set your style choice (MLA, APA, etc.) style









While typing your paper, click on the Insert Citation icon insert  and select a citation each time you want to cite a source within the text of the paper . Continue typing and entering the citations as you go by clicking on the Insert Citation icon. RefWorks will put the citation in the text of the paper in the format style you selected.

When you have finished typing your paper and have entered all the citations within the body of the paper you will be ready for RefWorks to create your bibliography page. Place your cursor where you want the bibliography to begin. Click on Bibliography Options. Then click Insert Bibliography. bib opts Your bibliography will be created in the format style you selected. What would take you hours to do RefWorks does instantly!

Drop by Thursday and learn how to make citing fast and easy.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian

Great Reads – from Business

In the 1967 movie The Graduate Mr. McGuire says to the Dustin Hoffman’s character, a recent college graduate, “I want to say one word Benjamin, just one word … It’s plastics”.  Today, he might well have said “Two words Benjamin,  business information.”  Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg, a private company that specialized in data, media, software analytics, and stock trading platforms (terminals) sells information, data.  Bloomberg’s billions are built on information, business information.

Bloomberg supplies business, financial and economic news.  It’s comes as no surprise that they collect data on global stocks, currency, companies, but what may be a little surprising is they also supply data on sports: baseball, soccer, etc.  Bloomberg collects data on baseball.  24 of the 27  major league teams subscribe to the data.  Baseball managers use the data: the data will tell you of sportsanalyticswhich four pitches Justin Verlander throws: fastball, curveball, change up, or slider he most likely to throw as a first pitch against a given player.  Like stock traders and hedge funds managers that use data to improve the odds in the market, baseball managers use the data to improve the odds of winning games.

Not long ago sixty minutes did a profile of a MBA student from Notre Dame University, who successfully gambles in the fantasy baseball leagues using algorithms he developed with sports data.

This fall you will see a number of books added to our collection on sabermetrics: this is the term for the empirical analysis of baseball, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity.

Some of the most interesting reading comes directly from the pages of the Wall Street Journal.  There are many recognizable plots in thrillers that seem if they are scooped directly from the WSJ.  Some business books can read like thrillers, and some are just plain fascinating.

The Quants: Scott Patterson.  In March 2006, the world’s richest men sipped champagne in an opulent Nequantsw York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with million-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the sharp-tongued, mercurial founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, chess “life master” and king of the credit-default swap.   Muller, Griffin, Asness, and Weinstein were among the best and brightest of a new breed, the quants. Over the past twenty years, this species of  math whiz had usurped the testosterone-fueled, kill-or-be-killed risk takers who’d long been the alpha males of the world’s largest casino. The quants believed that a cocktail of differential calculus, quantum physics, and advanced geometry held the key to reaping riches from the financial markets. And they helped create a digitized money-trading machine that could shift billions around the globe with the click of a mouse. Few realized that night, though, that in creating this extraordinary system, men like Muller, Griffin, Asness, and Weinstein had sown the seeds for history’s greatest financial disaster.

 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.  The vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the  root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune ‘s list of the 50  Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time ‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED Talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves  back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been  viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.  In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these leaninissues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She  provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’sflashboys book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis, Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post-financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading–source of the most intractable problems–will have no advantage whatsoever.The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous, each completely different from what you think of when you think “Wall Street guy.” Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year. From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks, the world’s stock exchanges, and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated, and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits.The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the financial world may not be good for your blood pressure, because if you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you. But in the end, Flash Boys is an uplifting read. Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don’t get paid for that; they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it.


The New York Times – Historical Edition

NYT - titanicExtra! Extra! Read All About It!  The New York Times is now available online!  Don’t miss out!

Need to write a speech on an event that happened on your birth date? Explore over 150 years of breaking news stories from the renowned New York Times.  Read about the sinking of the Titanic, where more than 1,500 people perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912.

Or if sports is more your thing, read about the New York Yankees 5-3 win oNYT - World Seriesver the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first World Series game ever broadcast on television on September 30, 1947. This event was so ground breaking a judge stopped a trial for jurors to watch it on TV.

Whether you’re looking for a specific event or just want to browse, The New York Times: Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) has it all, from the very first issue printed in 1851 all the way to 2010.  Articles are in PDF so you can view them as they originally appeared.  Just select the link from the library’s database page and have fun exploring!

For more current articles, be sure to search The New York Times (Gale) from 1985-present.


Sandra Wilson – Librarian Consultant

Nursing Streaming Video Database – MedCom/Trainex

MedCom logo MedCom/Trainex is a resource for streaming videos for nursing. There are over 250 videos to choose from in a variety of subject areas: airway management, anatomy and physiology, gerontology, infection control, and much more.

This resource also contains “extra” content:

  • course overviews
  • post tests
  • learning activities
  • suggested readings

You must create an account and set up a password, then log in to your account whenever you want to watch a video.

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Access to the MedCom/Trainex streaming video database can be found in the databases list under “N” (Nursing Videos) and from the UDM nursing library guide comprehensive database list. Videos can be streamed from off campus.

Jill Turner, Librarian


Banned Books Week: Sept. 21-27, 2014

banned comicsDid you know that Huckleberry Finn, Where the Wild Things Are, Captain Underpants and The Call of the Wild have all been banned or challenged at some point in schools and/or libraries?  It’s not an old or isolated problem, hundreds of books are challenged throughout the U.S. every year.  Every year, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom of all Americans to read all types of materials, regardless of whether or not the materials include controversial or unpopular viewpoints or topics.

This year, Banned Books Week will focus on banned comics and graphic novels.  Comics and graphic novels are often targeted for removal from libraries because of the mistaken belief that all comics are for children or that they do not have serious literary or artistic value.  However, several graphic novels have won critical praise and won literary awards, and play an important role in libraries, helping develop literacy skills in ESL learners, reluctant readers, and those with learning disorders.  Read more about the history of comics banning as well as relevant case law at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website.

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian

outside libraryW E L C O M E  B AC K Students and Faculty!

What you need to know about the Library:

Need Help?

Stop in and see the Librarian at the Research Desk or make an appointment for more in-depth assistance.  Off campus? Use the 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat box at http://research.udmercy.edu, or call us at 313-993-1071 (McNichols Campus Library) or 313-494-6900 (Dental Library).

Need relaxation?

The McNichols Campus Library has approximately:

  • 2300 Motion Picture DVDs and Videos
  • 141 TV Series and shows on DVDs
  • 300 Books on CD
  • 1000 Music CDs (Classical, Jazz, Pop, etc.)
  • 450 Kids Music CDs

General Information:

MOST books may be check out for 28 days. Exceptions are reference books, books from the Michigan Core Collection, books on Reserve, etc. Renew your books for another 28 days using the 14 digit number on your UDM ID card — http://catalog.dalnet.lib.mi.us/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=udm&menu=account&submenu=itemsout

Free Printing: 

The McNichols Campus Library provides 400 free prints in an academic year.

The Dental Library provides 500 free prints in an academic year.


The Libraries subscribe to approximately 200 databases with over 55,000 ejournals covering all UDM disciplines, as well as over 140,000 ebooks and growing.

Interlibrary Loan:

Still can’t find what you need?  Order books or articles through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service — http://research.udmercy.edu/find/ill/

Extended Hours for Finals

For McNichols Campus Library: http://research.udmercy.edu/about/hours/mcn.php


Later this semester, look for “drop-in” classes at McNichols on using RefWorks, a research management software product that allows researchers to gather, manage, and store articles and papers as well as generate Reference or Work Cited pages.

By Sue Homant and Sandra Wilson

Librarian Consultants


Welcome Back!

To our new freshman, returning students, faculty, and staff: welcome to the UDM libraries. We look forward to seeing you and are here to help with any questions you may have about the library’s many resources.

Social Media, White Privilege, and Racial Justice

Social media of varying sorts has been highly influential in documenting and reporting many recent incidents where police have used excessive, or deadly force. Read about this growing trend in the book Cop Watch: Spectators, Social Media, and Police Reform.  Social media continues to quickly spread the news, sometimes faster than the mass media, and sometimes when the mass media is unable, or unwilling to make the effort. Are you interested in leveraging social media for your personal, business, or organizational goals? Take a look at some of the resources available in the library’s collection:

AudienceAudience: Marketing in the Age of Subscribers, Fans, and Followers

SpreadableSpreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

In light of the continued troubles going on in Ferguson Missouri and the many other incidents that take place regularly around our country there has begun to be a renewed interest in what it means to have white privilege, a renewed interest in discussing how we can achieve racial justice. The library can help you get a handle on these ideas. What does it mean to have “white privilege”? Is it possible to achieve “racial justice”? What do these things look like and what are the desirable and undesirable outcomes, if any? So many questions! If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your own you can always ask a librarian for help.


ProQuest PsycYou may have noticed, or will notice in the coming weeks, that the PsycINFO database has a different look to it. Indeed it does. The library is now providing PsycINFO through ProQuest rather than Ebsco.

From the library homepage, research.udmercy.edu, click on the third tab,  Article, Journals + Databases.

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Under Find databases by title, select the letter P. Scroll down until you find PsycINFO 1887 (third from the bottom). By clicking on it, the basic search screen will come up. You may enter your search term here. If you need scholarly articles and/or peer reviewed articles click in the boxes.

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If you have multiple search terms, click on Advanced search.

When you do your searches, you may notice that you are getting little full-text. Searching PsycINFO by itself will not yield full-text articles. To expand your search to include full-text, click on the gold arrow at the top where it says Searching: 1 database.

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Select ProQuest Psychology Journals and PsycARTICLES.

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Now you will be searching three databases and the option for full-text will appear.

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An easy way to search all three Proquest Psychology databases is from the Article, Journals + Databases tab, under Find databases by title, select the letter P. Instead of selecting PsycINFO 1887, select ProQuest Psychology Databases. That option will automatically allow you to search PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and ProQuest Psychology Journals at one time.

The Advanced search option allows you to search with multiple terms. You can limit your results by Publication date, Source type (e.g. magazines, newspapers), Document type (e.g. Conference paper, report, review) and Language.

Explore the new PsycINFO and see how it can work for you. As always, please contact the library if you have questions about this database or any of the library databases.


PubMed is a free database created by the National Library of Medicine [NLM], a part of the National Institute of Health. It’s the best place to begin a literature search on any healthcare, medicine, nursing, dentistry or basic science topic.

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It is the broadest index of medical, science, and healthcare.  There are currently about 24 million citations from about 5,500 journals.

Here are some short tutorials about searching PubMed.
While the site is free, access to the full text of an article depends on several things: UDM subscribes to thousands of electronic journals and often there’s a link at the PubMed citation directly to the article. Look for this logo in the upper right corner of a citation.UDM Linkout logo

Some articles are available under the National Institute of Health Public Access Policy. Publications about research funded by an NIH grant must be freely available within 12 months. In addition, some journals offer a few articles from each issue available at no cost.

To see if UDM has online access to a journal, check here .

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