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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Audubon Turkey

Turkeys are native to North America and were first domesticated by the Aztecs. Turkey was probably not the main dish at the first Thanksgiving; it was more likely venison and small game were on the menu. Benjamin Franklin questioned the choice of the Bald Eagle as the national symbol and seems to think the turkey a better choice.

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our country.

I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

Read more:


Turkeys have a reputation for being really stupid, at least the domesticated variety (Wild turkeys on the other hand, are very canny.) The word ‘turkey’ has entered our vocabulary to mean “someone or something of little appeal; dud, loser, or a naive stupid, or inept person.
Inevitably the turkey appears in political cartoons as far back as the 19th century.

1850s election turkey

This one from the Library of Congress digital collections, refers to the contest between Franklin Pierce and Winifield Scott.

More recently,  the satirists are alive and well:


Turkey voters

For other interesting facts see the following:

For those with an economic bent, statistics on the annual production of turkey can be found at the USDA Economic Research Service:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has basic information about wild turkey: range, behavior, habitat, even a sound recording.

An episode of Nature sheds light on turkey behavior in My Life as a Turkey:

The library has access, through the Library of Michigan, to the Culinary Arts Collection,  where one may find recipes for cooking turkey.

Lastly, just for a chuckle, a droll Gary Larson cartoon:


Larson turkey dinner


Two Incredible Databases You Might Not Have Heard About


I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight two very important and very interesting databases from Alexander Street Press. Black Thought and Culture, and Black Women Writers. These two databases represent the very best from this publisher and offer a deep and wide expanse of non-fiction and fiction literature from Africans, and the African Diaspora. In Black Thought and Culture there are over 1,300 sources including ebooks, interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, and letters from more than 1,200 authors. In Black Women Writers there are more than 50,000 pages of poetry and prose from over 1,200 authors representing three continents and 20 countries giving unparalleled views of black women’s struggles through time.

Whether you’re looking for sources for your latest sociology assignment, or you’re exploring options for your African American Studies Certificate, these two databases offer a wealth of knowledge and information from authors known and unknown. Both databases offer easily intuited browsing features, while also offering search capabilities that reach deep into the texts of each record. Explore these two resources and prepare to be astounded by the richness of their offerings.



Oxford Islamic Studies Online

IslamThe first stop for information and context on Islam has to be Oxford Islamic Studies Online. This database features authoritative reference content and scholarly commentary on Islamic history, the faith and concepts of Islam, the people, tenets and practices, politics, culture, and more. Oxford Islamic Studies Online includes information from such titles as The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture.


Oxford Islamic Studies Online encompasses over 5000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur’anic materials, primary sources, biographies, images, maps, and timelines of Islamic and world events.


quranTo facilitate your research on the Qu’ran, the database provides side by side translations and a concordance.





dateThe database has a handy converter tool that converts any western date to the corresponding date on the Islamic calendar.


branchThe advanced search feature allows you to limit your search to such facets as branch of Islam, country, region or historical era.






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To access Oxford Islamic Studies Online, go to the library portal page, . Click on the third tab,  Article, Journals + Databases. Under Find databases by title, select the letter OOxford Islamic Studies Online is the fourth database.



Online Additional Content with Print Books

Many textbook are adding additional information at their website to accompany the text of print books.  Depending on the publisher this feature could be called ThePoint, ExpertConsult or Evolve.    This is really useful in the health sciences.


Most are available at a specific site using a login provided in the print copy.  Some have been set up by the UDM Library  In the past some textbooks came with CDs or later DVDs — this is more convenient.




Wheeler’s Dental Anatomy, Physiology Occlusion  has explanatory animations  and drag and drop labeling exercises to test your knowledge.  There are also questions to create quizzes.




Modern Dental Assisting has extensive material including an audio glossary for each chapter, video explanations and quizzes. Office management, legal aspects of dental practice as well as assisting techniques Modern Dental Assistingare included. Studying with friends? Use the quiz show feature to turn review into a game. This text also includes mock Dental Hygiene Board review material.





Another example is Fundamental of Implant Dentistry This book cleverly has the url and specific info on how to find the login included in the text of the book





Next time you’re using with additional content, check it out.  And remember, see Library staff for assistance.

October is Scary Movie Month



Haunted House

Are you scared of the dark?  With shorter days and longer nights you never know what could be lurking in the shadows.  Grab a blanket and turn off the lights and watch one of the many bone chilling movies the library has to offer.  You might have to sleep with one eye open after this!




DVD - As aboveAs Above, So Below

“Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, it reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt everyone.”


Watch the trailer:


DVD - Battle RoyaleBattle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru)

“In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.”


Watch the trailer:


DVD - HousesThe Houses October Built

“Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening, and it becomes clear that the haunt has come to them.”


Watch the trailer –


DVD - It followsIt Follows

“For nineteen-year-old Jay, the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”  (Filmed at UDM)


Watch the trailer:


DVD - Let me inLet Me In

“Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl, emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Owen, an alienated 12-year-old boy, recognizes a fellow outcast and opens up to her, forming a unique bond. But as a string of grisly murders occupy his town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl might be hiding an unthinkable secret.”

Watch trailer:


See what other scary movies the library has to offer…if you dare.  Just visit the library catalog and do a keyword search for horror dvdDVD - horror


Sweet dreams and Happy Haunting!


Symptom Media: new mental health streaming video library

symptom media home

UDM has purchased a new online library of mental health training videos: Symptom Media. This collection of 50 mental health videos is designed to assist health care providers with symptom recognition.  Videos range between 30 seconds up to 15 minutes long and include DSM 5 and ICD Guided Film Collections as well as Assessment Tools. The videos consist of patient interactions that offer samples of what a particular mental health diagnosis looks like.

The following are sample video titles from the collection: Coping Mechanisms and Defenses; Delusional Disorder – Somatic subtype; Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety; Post traumatic Stress Disorder – Combat veteran; Dissociative Amnesia; Suicide Assessment; and many more.



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

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