Practice, or in other words, fake it ’til you make it

PianoRecall the old joke “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Well, the punchline “practice” still holds true today. Whether playing a musical instrument in a recital, shooting free throws in a basketball game , or identifying the parts of human anatomy for an exam, practice is an essential part of mastering a skill.

BballConfidence in ones abilities helps master a skill as well.  Have you ever heard the phrase “Fake it ’til you make it” ?  Many experts advise that merely acting confident and secure will make you feel more confident and secure in situations that can be stressful.  So success in that recital, game, or exam can be achieved, in part, by practice and confidence.

AnatomyUDM Libraries offer ways to help gain that confidence through practice, specifically practice exams.  We offer access to Learning Express Library  which contains many practice exams including Graduate School Admissions Exams (GRE) and Physician Assistant Certification Exam (PANCE).  We also offer Board Vitals which contains both National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) and National Board Dental Hygienist Examinations (NBDHE) practice exams.

So consider a practice exam as a way to gain that confidence!

Resume Writing with Learning Express Library

Learning ExpressEven though the end of the semester is a few months away, now is the time to start thinking about getting a resume together for that summer internship, or for that first “real job.”

Writing a resume can be a daunting task from what to add, how to word it, to how to format it. Don’t fret.  If you have never written a resume before or it’s been awhile, Learning Express Library can be a good place to start.

Learning Express Library provides tutorials on creating an effective cover letter and explores the resume writing process. Learn how to format a resume, use action words and keywords , and view sample resumes.

It even goes one step further and provides job search strategies using social media, networking tips, and  how to interview with confidence.

To access Learning Express Library, just follow these steps:

Learning - databaseSelect Learning Express Library from the library’s database list.



Register LExL

Register for an account






Career CenterSelect the Career Center







Job searchSelect Job Search and Workplace Skills






Job search 1Then on the left side, select the area where you would like to start.


Good Luck!


And don’t forget to visit UDM’s Career Education Center for even more great resources!







iMedicalApps – health care app review site

app with starDo you have any health care apps on your phone? Consumer health or patient apps like My Fitness Pal, WebMD, or Zipnosis? With the explosion of mobile technology and available apps, how do you know that an app is “good”? After all, anyone with a moderate level of coding know-how can create and sell an app. The app just has to work; the information it contains doesn’t have to be correct. Enter iMedicalApps. iMedicalApps is a renown blog written by a team of practicing physicians and other health professionals.  The blog’s purpose is to review mobile medical technology and provide readers with expert opinion and comments on available applications and technologies. Not only does iMedicalApps review technology in terms of usability, the writers review content. They offer sections that detail their likes and dislikes of an app, overall impressions, comments on user interface, and real world applications. Reviews include multiple screenshots of pages within the app so readers have a good idea how the app looks before they download it. Reviews also contain a 1-5 star rating for each section.

How do you know you can trust iMedicalApps? As you are probably aware, readers need to beware of potential biases and conflicts of interest between writers and their subjects. For instance, how do you know the 4-star ratings on that Apple store app you are considering purchasing aren’t written by reviewers paid by the developer? iMedicalApps writers and editors are an unbiased source; they do not create apps. They provide patient care.

iMedicalApps offers multiple lists of “top apps” to highlight apps in various areas: Best Medical Apps Released in 2015, Top 10 Family Medicine apps, 5 best note taking apps for Android, and more.

If you are thinking about using a health app in the future, why not check for an iMedicalApps review before you download. It could save you time and even money.




Choosing a Topic for a Research Paper

Do you need to write a research paper this semester, but you can’t think of an intriguing topic to research? Several of the library databases have lists of current topics, from affirmative action to video games, with links to relevant newspaper and/or journal articles.

Open the Newsbank database and you’ll see links to current topics in the left-hand frame.  There are also quite a few special reports, which include background articles, statistics, maps, images and websites on selected topics. The Opposing Viewpoints in Context database also lists many current topics with links to various viewpoints from newspaper articles, journal articles, statistics, maps and primary sources. visual


If you are a visual learner, try the topic finder visualization wheel in the Academic OneFile database.  This database also shows trending articles.


You can also try browsing through current journals in a general subject area (religion, nursing, business, etc…) from the library’s journal finder by choosing a subject category (look for the red lettering).  Choose any or several of the journals in your subject and look through the table of contents to see what people in the field are reading and writing about.

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian

Dewey or Not Dewey: That is the Classification

When you use the UDM Library regularly and faithfully – and you really should; ; after all, you’re paying for it – the day will inevitably come when you will need to find a physical book in the physical shelf in the physical building. Sorry, but not everything is on the Internet just yet. They’re still making room for cat videos and those vacation photos you wish weren’t there.

debateWhen that day does come, you will notice that the UDM Libraries do not use the Good Ol’ Dewey Decimal System you’re used to seeing. It may come as unpleasant shock so know that our system for classification – arranging materials by subject matter – was devised by Congress.



OK, it’s not that bad. Library of CongressWe’re not talking about the politicians on Capitol Hill, but the Good People at the Library of Congress (LC). These are not just skilled librarians, but also scholars with advanced degrees in their subject areas. The only filibusters they deal with are the ones in JK 1021.

Why not use the simple Dewey numbers instead of LC’s complicated mishmash of letters and numbers? Because university libraries do not serve the same purposes or collect the same sorts of materials as public libraries. They are generally much larger, and collect more specialized materials in support of their academic curriculums. The LC System is more flexible in arranging such information because it can be more easily expanded.

Take, for example, the subject of chess. The Public Library probably has a few general books on the subject, under the number:


            This number will cover a wide range of chess materials, and indeed might be used for everything. An academic library, on the other hand, might have a larger collection with more specific subject matter; for instance,

GV       GV       GV       GV       GV       GV

1439    1445    1450    1451    1451.3 1455


            For, respective, biographies, general works, openings, middle games, end games, and tournaments.

This method of expandability ability to accommodate more specific subjects is also available in Dewey but only by adding agits to the base number. This can quickly become a nightmare for users, not to mention book shelvers and labelers. For example, a journal  about chess in Quebec would be simply GV 1314 in the LC system; with Dewey, it would be 794.1060714281. And that’s just the start. I’ve seen Dewey numbers with over 25 digits.

Finding books on the shelf using the LC System is actually easy; just go one line at a time, and you’ll get there with little trouble. Explaining the system is another matter, and perhaps best left for another blog post.


David Moody, Librarian

The Library Has What You Need for Finals!

Final Exams Keep Calm

We know you’re getting geared up for the toughest time of the term- FINALS! Don’t panic. We have you covered.

Need a Place for Group Study?

Sign up for 2-hour time slots for Room 324 by contacting the Research & Information Desk at 313-993-1071. The room is available  December 7 – December 11 and December 14 – December 18 from 8:00am to 8:00pm.


The McNichols Campus Library will be open extended hours during finals week.

December 13-19

Sunday   12 Noon - 12 Midnight

Monday – Thursday   8:00am – Midnight

Friday   8:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday   8:00am – 4:00pm


ScantronThe Library Also Offers:

Red and Green Scantrons – 50 cents

Blue Books – $1.00

Color Printing – 25 cents per page

Spiral Binding – (cost varies)

Ear buds – $1.00

Photocopying – 10 cents per page

Scanning (free)

Assistance from a librarian – priceless




don’t forget to grab a cup of Joe at the

Simply To Go Cafe.





Sandra Wilson & Julia Eisenstein, Librarians

Grass-Roots Social Justice Organizations in Metropolitan Detroit

grassroots-sliderIn terms of social justice efforts and organizations, Detroit has many hidden gems. Included here are just a few of the individuals and groups that work without much fanfare and deserve lots of support. (“Social justice” is loosely defined here, in that not all of what is listed here is directly involved with the political process or social movements. But they all help to relieve suffering and to empower folks to improve their lives.)

Occupy Detroit

Not much is heard lately about the Occupy movement that sprung up in many locations in 2011. There is still a Detroit contingency, although its focus has shifted from the initial activities of camping out in a public space and marching in protest of – or support for – various institutions and causes. This Facebook group is a good way to keep somewhat informed of many social justice issues, both local and worldwide. Postings include announcements of upcoming People’s Potlucks, which are a great way to connect with the still-active members of Occupy Detroit.

spirit farmSpirit Farm

Folks who travel to the Dental School Campus may (in the warmer months) spot vegetable stands and other indicators of a small farmer’s market on the opposite side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. This is the site of Spirit Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm operated by Tuka Rivers and Jan Robo. Here are links to the Facebook pages, which include many useful tips for those interested in growing food (and avoiding GMOs):

detroit dirtDetroit Dirt

Another type of local urban farm, Detroit Dirt, uses composting to produce rich, fertile soil for gardening. This is so important in this city, where much of the topsoil has been contaminated by industrial uses. (Some folks may remember the Ford car commercial from almost two years ago!) Here is the Facebook page link, and a link to Detroit Dirt’s website:

Detroit Dog Rescue

There are many animal shelters in the metro Detroit area. One in particular, Detroit Dog Rescue, was started by Andy Didorosi (who also started the Detroit Bus Company). He was inspired by his own unexpected rescue and adoption of a stray dog, now named Mel. Services include rehabilitating dogs who had been trained to fight. Here is a link to the Facebook page for Detroit Dog Rescue:

freedom houseFreedom House Detroit

Currently in the news, especially in the aftermath of the bombings in Paris, is the situation of the Syrian refugees. Freedom House Detroit has been assisting refugees since the 1980s. Many of these refugees find asylum in Canada, as well as the U.S., through the efforts of this organization. Here is a link to learn more:

I’d be delighted to hear about other local organizations and individuals who are doing creative and positive things for our community! Please email me ( if you know of any; and you may see your contributions in a future blog!

Kris McLonis

The Libraries Thanksgiving List

The things we are grateful for:

Dean Margaret Auer: I am thankful that students find the library a welcoming environment where they can work in a team or work alone.

Associate Dean Sara Martin: In light of the recent events on University campuses in the U.S.  I’m thankful that I work at an institution that encourages and celebrates diversity and is engaged in Shared Governance.

First thanksgiving

Associate Dean George Libbey: Student organizations who use the lobby of the McNichols Library for fund raisers

Librarian Sue Homant: UDM students who do not hesitate to seek assistance, the  electronic catalog, eBooks, full text scholarly articles, getting to know students in a non-academic setting, such as Gaming Night, IM whereby students may contact a Librarian at the point of need

Librarian Jill Turner: I am thankful for the flexibility and search options that both PubMed and CINAHL provide when searching as compared to just about every other database and that searching by PMID makes finding the full text of articles a bit simpler now. Also getting to work with nursing students and faculty, some of the best people out there. And lastly, as a librarian, I often get to take a lunch break.

Librarian Karl Erickson: I’m grateful for coffee.

Librarian Julia Eisenstein: I’m grateful for the electronic version of Mental Measurement Yearbook.

Librarian Pat Higo: I am grateful for the time and effort by the volunteers, Mary and Byron, to come in each week to help out with the archive projects in Rev. Dowling’s Marine Historical Collection.

Librarian Cindy Gillham: We are thankful for our students. We are thankful for our colleagues.

Graphic Designer Linda Papa: I’m thankful for the working relationships I’ve developed with the people here. This feeling of familial connection is particularly noticeable when anyone retires.  But the energy they contributed to this environment never really fades … and this is just one more thing to be thankful for.


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