Scary Reading

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Halloween is creeping up on us, and the UDM McNichols Campus Library has an alarming assortment of hair-raising and spine-chilling books, poems, short stories and eBooks to put you in the mood for Halloween.

shining 2If you feel like writing papers is driving you a little crazy, pick up a copy of The Shining by Stephen King.

If working through the rest of your assignments feel like a series of trials and tribulations, read about Joseph K.’s disquieting experience in The Trial by Franz Kafka.

You can try (in vain) to escape to a quiet house in the country by reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James. pumpkin

Listen to the calming sounds of nature, but look to the sky and beware the The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe and the bat swooping in, searching for your throat in Dracula by Bram Stoker–

Or leave nature behind and enter the world of the supernatural and the undead in The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs and The Exorcist by William Blatty.

Happy Haunting!

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian Consultant


Stupid Catalog

600px-Yale_card_catalogI’ve got some bad news. If you have trouble using the UDM Library Catalog, it’s probably your fault. It might be typos in a search, or misuse of a search key, or even trying to use the catalog for purposes it’s not designed for.

That has to be true. After all, the only alternative is that it’s the catalog’s fault and since the catalog is only as good as the cataloger… I mean, I’ve been logging cattle for over 30 years now, so the chance that I would make a mistake is er, well…

Tell you what. Instead of assigning blame, let’s look briefly at what sort of information the library catalog is designed to deliver, as well as what it simply can’t do for you. This won’t eliminate typos, but it might prevent some frustration.

When searching for a book in the library catalog, you are not searching the text of the book as you would on Google. Instead, you are searching a brief description and summary meant to provide general information such as an author, title, or subject.

This description is based on standards originally devised for the legendary Card Catalog. Many libraries still had one in the 1980s, so your grandparents may remember them. Endless rows of cabinets with thousands of drawers each containing hundreds of cards, every card with very brief information about one book. Charming if you’re into nostalgia, but very limited as an information retrieval system. There is a limit to the amount of print that will fit into 15 square inches.

catalog-card-loc-90Today’s technology allows the addition of much more descriptive information to the catalog, such as summaries and book contents. Instead of being limited to one 3” x 5” card for each book, we can use the equivalent of as many as we need. Instead of building six floors of card cabinets, we just tell IT to dump another server on the pile.

However, the fact remains that the catalog indexes only a description of the book. This can be very helpful, but it’s still not an index for the entire text.

Finding information about journal articles is even more limited. The library catalog provides information about which issues of a particular journal are available from the library (either in print or electronically), but not about what you are really interested in: individual articles about a certain topic.

It is theoretically possible to put information about individual journal articles into the library catalog, but the amount of work and time required would be prohibitive. In addition it’s not necessary, since this information has already been assembled by publishers and indexers, and can be used though the many journal databases available through . But that’s a different blog altogether.

research-vector-444012Though searching of both books and journal articles is not yet possible in the UDM Library Catalog, “one-stop” shopping may be coming in the future. DALNET (Detroit Area Library Network), a consortium which supports the UDM Library Catalog, is investigating a new generation of catalogs featuring “Discovery Systems”, which will allow simultaneous searching of the catalog and journal databases. This will be a welcome advance once it materializes. Even though the catalog comes under the provenance of what libraries call “Technical Services”, its first priority must always remain public service.



David Moody, Cataloging Librarian

Musical Genres For Your Listening Pleasure

every noiseHere’s an interesting resource via the Every Noise at Once Project:


While some of the examples given on this page may cause some head-scratching, the soundbites do give a sense of all the different musical styles, both historically and currently-existing worldwide.  Make sure you have a huge chunk of time to peruse this site – it’s like bubble wrap for the ears!


Kris McLonis

Music Librarian

More Copyright Free Images

As the new school year is settling in, it won’t be long before you have projects and presentations due. To spice them up you might want to add a picture or two.   To use copyright free images search some of the  websites listed below.

Creative commons has 12 websites with either images, video, or music.  However, Creative Commons cautions not to assume that all results are under the CC license umbrella.


American Memory, from the Library of Congress, includes historical photographs and film stills from a broad array of Americana.

GettyGetty Open Content Program  The Getty makes available, without charge, over 99,00 digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. However, please use the following source credit when reproducing an image: Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

HathiTrust Digital Library HathiTrust is a collaborative library initiative. Users are encouraged to cite and link to digital content and are free to do so without asking for permission.

Metropolitan Museum of Art  See Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) via the Met’s Website for information on public domain images.

NYPLNYPL Digital Gallery features maps, manuscripts, prints, photographs, streaming video and more.

Smithsonian Institute You must cite the author and source of the Content as you would material from any printed work. You must also cite and link to, when possible, the SI Website as the source of the Content. See more at:

Where to Find Chemical Information

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UDM Libraries have a number of databases which are good for finding journal articles in chemistry:

American Chemical Society Journals: this database contains the full text of all ACS journals from their beginnings to the present.

Medline: a medical database which includes material on biochemistry

Science Direct:

SciFinder Scholar:  a tool to access the world’s research on chemistry.  For more information and instructions on creating your own account see

Wiley Online Library


As always, if you are having trouble finding what you need: ask a librarian.



Find What You Need With MelCat

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Have you heard about MeLCat, the statewide library catalog that provides access to materials from hundreds of libraries across Michigan? Maybe you already know how easy it is to request a book that you can’t find in one of the UDM libraries? The easiest way to search MelCat is to go to and then from the Michigan eLibrary homepage select MelCat on the right. You can search for books, movies & cd’s, greatly expanding your options for supplemental, educational and entertainment materials.

Once you’ve found an item you want it’s as simple as:

  1. Select the “Get This For Me!” button
  2. In the dropdown menu under “Which library card/account do you want to use?” select University of Detroit Mercy
  3. Enter your full name
  4. Enter you library card number as it appears on your UDM ID – It’s the 14 digits directly under the photo, starting with 217xxxxxxxxxxx
  5. Select the Submit button

The truly beautiful thing about this whole process is that it is relatively fast and doesn’t cost you a thing! You should receive an email in your university account when the materials are available for checkout. Take advantage of this amazing resource!

From the Research Desk: Welcome Freshmen!

Welcome-in-various-languagesThe UDM librarians are happy to welcome you to the library website.  Here is some news you can use about the library.

Phone numbers:

Check-out Desk: 313-993-1795

Research & Information Desk 313-993-1071


Our regular hours are:

Monday-Thursday    8:00am – 10:00pm
Friday                      8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday                 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday                   12:30pm – 7:00pm
Hours may vary during holidays, breaks and finals. Check the library website.

Fast Facts About the Library:

The Research & Information Desk is staffed with librarians every hour the library is open.


Chat with a UDM librarian online from 15 minutes after opening to 15 minutes before closing. Use the chat box after regular hours for 24/7 service.



The library has Wi-Fi Internet access:  bring your laptop.

No laptop? No problem. The library has over 50 computers for use.

All registered students are allocated 400 free pages of printing for the academic year. Color printing is available.

Keep this in mind. You are going to need a scantron eventually. The library has them for 50¢ per sheet. Blue books are $1.00.

Earbuds and flashdrives are available for purchase for your convenience.

Cafe A La Carte is in the lobby of the library for your food and beverage needs.

Electronic Resources and Remote Access

Find online electronic resources by discipline at

Full text journals and electronic books are accessible through the library portal:

For off-campus access, begin your search at A login screen will appear. Login as you would for accessing your Blackboard or TitanConnect account: UDM email name and password. Or, click the Re:Search Portal link at the upper right corner of the Blackboard after you have logged in.

If you experience access problems, call the Research & Information Desk at the number listed above during library hours. At all other times, send an email to

Borrowing materials

The loan period is 28 days for books and 1 week for DVD’s. You must have your student ID to check out materials. You may renew once by phone or through your “My Library Account” in the online catalog (no DVD renewals). Use the Renew Books link on the home page.


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Your borrower ID is the 14-digit number on your ID card (starts with 21723…).

Course Reserve materials are at the Check-out Desk and check out for three hours (in library use only).



For Your Entertainment

The library has music CD’s, Audio Books and movies and television shows on DVD for your down time.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Come in, say hi and find out what else the UDM library has for you. We can’t wait to meet you and start you on the path to achieving your academic goals.

OER: Open Educational Resources


OER handsOpen Educational Resources are teaching learning and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.  OER can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests and  any other tool that supports access to knowledge.

In other words, free.

Here’s a further explanation:

What are Open Education Resources

They can be a great source for both students and faculty.

You may have heard of Khan Academy It’s a site with videos on many subjects including math, science and humanities. Learn about human anatomy & physiology or differential equations. There are test prep materials for MCAT, GMAT and NCLEX-RN

MOOCs   [Massive Open Online Course] are another type of resource.  Online courses from major universities and colleges they are available in a wide range of subjects.

Open source books are another huge category. Project Gutenberg was established in 1971 and currently has over 49,000 online books in several format for download to a mobile device or available to read at the website.

Open access journals can be found at DOAJ

Librarians have put together a research guide on Open Educational Resources where you can find lots more info.

And we’ll be glad to assist in any way.

Seeking Michigan!

Seeking Michigan


The Michigan Historical Center provides a unique online collection of Michigan archival material called Seeking Michigan.  Get lost browsing through state census records, death records, civil war documents, photographs, oral histories, sheet music, old maps, and old postcards.   Curious about  how great grandpa Joe died? Was he kicked in the head by his horse? Did he fall into the outhouse? Or was he shot in a shoot out? Put those family rumors to rest and find out in the Michigan Death Records from 1897 -1920.

Civil WarIs the Civil War more your thing? Browse the Civil War battle flag collection.  Check out portraits of Civil War soldiers and even look up volunteer registries and service records of Michigan Infantries.  Maybe your southern relative really fought for the north!

Peruse photographs of Michigan lighthouses and governors and discover idyllic scenes of days gone by in the   Main Streets postcard collection  depicting towns from Ada to Zeeland.

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Step back into Michigan history and have fun exploring its illustrious past!



Sandra Wilson and Julia Eisenstein, Librarian Consultants

Make Your Mark … in a library book … without penalty!

Did you know that you can highlight and make notes in ebrary eBooks just like in a print book … all without incurring a library fine? To take advantage of this eBook functionality, sign in to your account. To sign in to an account within the ebrary eBook collection, click the Sign In link located in the upper right corner of the webpage.

Clicking on the Sign In link will bring up the Knowledge log in screen. Once you have logged in, you can use eBook tools like:

Bookshelf:  Add a frequently used book to a virtual Bookshelf for quicker access in the future.

Find the book you want to add to your virtual bookshelf. Click on the Add to Bookshelf button.

The next time you want to access that book, sign in, then click on the Bookshelf tab in the top left corner of the webpage.

Bookshelf also allows you to create folders for your electronic books so you can keep them organized by class, subject, or specialty.

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eBooks can be highlighted just like a print book … but the highlighting can also be removed … unlike a print book. To highlight a particular passage, select it, then click the highlight button above the text. If you change your mind, un-marking the book is just as easy.  Simply click the trashcan icon to the right of the passage you would like to remove.

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Create Note:

Once in an eBook, you also have the option of making notes on a passage. Under the Info Tools drop down menu, is a Create Note link. Make your notation, click the OK button, and the note becomes part of your ebrary account.

If you have any questions about how to access or use these ebrary eBook functions, please contact one of the librarians!

Jill Turner, Librarian Consultant

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