Help for your Hobbies

gardenNow that the semester is winding down, and there are several weeks before classes begin again, it’s a great time to think about relaxing with your favorite hobbies.  Whether you enjoy working on classic cars, cooking up a storm, traveling, or something completely different, the UDM Library has databases with helpful and interesting information on just about everything.

  •  For the classic car enthusiast or anyone who wants to save money repairing their own car, this database includes step-by-step service and repair instructions, vacuum and wiring diagrams, and close-up photos for thousands of cars with makes and models spanning 30 years.

  • Culinary Arts Collection  This database includes recipes, restaurant reviews, and journal articles on cooking and nutrition.   pan

  • Fine Arts & Music Collection  Students and professionals can find fascinating information and articles on drama, music, art history and films by searching or browsing this database.

  • HeritageQuest   Explore your family history by looking through this database, which includes census rolls, slave records, revolutionary war sources, local history books, and veterans records.

  • Home Improvement Collection    This database includes do-it-yourself instructions, tips on selecting tools and materials, and even zoning information for anyone working on a modern or historic home.

  • Pop Culture Collection   This wide-ranging collection covers various aspects of modern arts and culture including sources such as the New Yorker, Billboard, and Film Journal International.

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian


The last blog post about searching the UDM Library Catalog took a brief look at the Advanced Search option, as pictured here.

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The Advanced Search provides a clear way to search multiple areas of the catalog record, and options to set pre-search limits by location or format.

power searchThe Power Search, as seen here, expands on these capabilities by adding the element of logic. If your screen name is Mr. Spock you will understand this better than I do, but here we go anyway.

The first two columns, with the drop down menus for searching various areas of the catalog record and the blank boxes for search term(s) are familiar. (By the way, we’ll stick to just basic keyword for today.)

It’s that third column, with the drop-down menus containing logical (Boolean) operators that are new. These define certain logical relationships between the search terms. You went over all this in High School Algebra, but since that was probably a whole month ago, a refresher might be helpful.


AND is very familiar whether you know it or not, since it is the basic, default relationship I between any two terms in a keyword search. It simply retrieves entries that match both of the search terms.

For example, let’s say are looking for library materials about both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. (Aren’t they up to something again?).  Your Power Search screen will look something like this

Keyword                   Hillary Clinton                     and

Keyword                   Bill Clinton

This search will produce 57 entries. The order of terms does not matter.


OR will include all catalog records containing either or both of the terms. This can produce a more complete list of materials, but the problem is that the list can become too complete. For example, this search

Keyword                   Hillary Clinton                     OR

Keyword`                 Bill Clinton

produces 1417 entries, many of them official documents from Bill Clinton’s terms as President. Again, the order of terms does not matter.

This aspect can be unwieldy, but the OR has another use that can be very helpful. For example, assume you want information on Hillary Clinton’s proposals on healthcare. Or is that health care?  Nobody seems to know for sure. The OR operator can help you search for both terms at once:

Keyword                   Health care              OR

Keyword                   Healthcare               AND

Keyword                   Hillary Clinton

producing 21 entries, with both spellings, in one search.


NOT builds a list of results from the first term, then excludes are entries which also match succeeding terms. As opposed to other operators, the order of terms is critical.

Keyword                   Hillary Clinton                     NOT

Keyword                   Bill Clinton                            = 158 entries.


Keyword                   Bill Clinton                            NOT

Keyword                   Hillary Clinton                     = 1259 entries

This happens because the catalog has many more entries for Bill Clinton, so the list generated from the first term is much larger.


The XOR is known to those who worry about stuff like this as the “exclusive or”. We can just call it “One or the other, but not both”. It’s hard to think of a reason to use this except being so tired from catalog searching that you can handle one Clinton, but not both.

As with AND / OR, the order of terms does not matter. Bill Clinton has 1316 records by himself, Hillary Clinton 158. The search

Keyword                   Bill Clinton                XOR

Keyword                   Hillary Clinton

produces 1360 entries, the same as when Hillary Clinton is used at the first term.

Play around with the Power Search a bit! It’s part of your technology fee, after all, so you might as well have fun using it.



David Moody, Associate Librarian


Summer Blockbuster Movies


Summer time and the livin’ is easy.  Check out (literally and figuratively) our summer blockbuster movies.

JawsJaws. Celebrating its 40th year anniversary! Story of a killer shark that has taken over the waters near a seaside community, and the three men who set out to kill it.


ETE. T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A ten-year-old boy befriends a creature from another planet that has been stranded on Earth.


shrekShrek. A reclusive ogre and a chatterbox donkey go on a quest to rescue a princess for a tyrannical lord.


Ghost bustersGhost Busters. A group of parapsychologists start a ghost removal service.



animal houseAnimal House. Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. The campuses only other frat house is full of white, Anglo-Saxon, rich young men that no one can stand except Dean Wormer. The Dean enlists the help of their fraternity to get the boys of Delta House off campus. The Dean’s plan comes into play just before the homecoming parade.


Lion KingLion King. Simba begins life as an honored prince, son of the powerful King Mufasa. The cub’s happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle Scar murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat and lives a carefree jungle life. As he approaches adulthood, however, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who instructs him to defeat the nefarious Scar and reclaim his rightful throne.


Dark KnightDark Knight. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman raises the stakes on his war on crime and sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. The Joker, whose eerie grin and laughter characterize his emotional and mental instability, becomes a dangerous adversary that Batman seeks to stop at all costs.

Also use the catalog to find The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Grease, Independence Day, Marvel’s the Avengers, Guardians, Back to the Future, Die Hard, and more.  Break out the popcorn and enjoy! Popcorn

Sue Homant, Librarian

Copyright Free Images.

Library of Congress

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Including a few images can make a presentation much more interesting.  Several sites come to mind:


The Library of Congress collections are a good source of such material–photographs, and posters such as the one above:


For scientific subjects one can go to:


Note: you should always acknowledge the source of the material even if it is free of copyright restrictions.






Summer Listening

If you love to read, but don’t have time try an audio book!  Here are some from the library’s collection:

Book1Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo.  Annawadi is a settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are filled with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.



Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson.  On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and lets out a lusty wail. As she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?


Book3Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris.  From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.


Book4Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King.  Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless– mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Book5The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom.  After being punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.





The Racketeer, by John Grisham.  Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fogletree just became number five. His body was found in the basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies, Judge Fogletree and his young secretary. I did not know Judge Fogletree, but I know who killed him, and why. I am a lawyer, and I am in prison. It’s a long story.

Book8Where’d you go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple.  Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

For Derick Nelson

Derick3Normally, the Research Blog describes library resources that might be useful to students and faculty. However, today we are departing from that mission. Due to extraordinarily tragic circumstances, this blog posting is dedicated to Betty Nelson’s son Derick.

It happens everyday. Everyday you watch the news and there is another story about a senseless shooting in some part of Detroit. If you pay any attention at all, it’s only to shrug and think to yourself what’s wrong with this city? Another anonymous casualty. But on May 9, 2015 a member of the library family, the UDM family, became the victim. Betty Nelson’s (Head of Circulation at the McNichols Campus Library) only child, Derick, was gunned down in the parking lot of his gated community apartment.

Derick6.1Derick earned his Bachelors in Computer and Information Systems and Masters in Information Assurance from UDM. He worked in the library during the years he was attending school here and was well known and well liked by many among the UDM community. Derick was a brilliant, creative and giving individual. He was the kind of person who would do anything for you. That may sound cliche, but in his case it was the truth.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose your only child so suddenly and so egregiously. There will be no peace for anyone who loved Derick until whomever took this amazing soul away from his family and friends is caught. At Derick’s funeral, Pastor Alphonso Coleman said, “We thank God for the justice while we wait for it to manifest”.

Derick’s story was featured on Fox News and WDIV. Crime Stoppers is looking for any tips as to who might be responsible and offering a $7,500 reward.

Here at UDM, a memorial fund has been established in Derick’s name to plant a tree in his honor and to provide a scholarship for a student within University College.

If you would like to contribute to the Derick Nelson Memorial Fund, here’s how:

Online Credit Card Gifts

1.    Visit

2.    Enter the donation amount

3.    Under Designation, select Area of greatest need from the drop-down menu

4.    In the Additional Comments box, add Derick Nelson Memorial Fund.

5.    Enter tribute information

Cash or Check Gifts

Gift envelopes are at the McNichols Campus library at the Checkout and Customer Service Desk.

derick1Knowing Derick’s penchant for computers and technology, Pastor Coleman said, “Derick downloaded something in all of us.” He certainly did and no bullet can change that.


Summer Reading

Need some summer reading ideas?  Try these books from our collection:


Wolf HallWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Call Number: PR 6063 .A438 W65 2009

To read a review:

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Amy TanThe Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, Call Number: PS 3570 .A48 V35 2013

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Boston GirlThe Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, Call Number: PS 3554 .I227 B68 2014

To read a review:

Spool Blue ThreadA Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Call Number: PS 3570 .Y45 S68 2015

To read a review:

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MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir, Call Number: PS 3623 .E446 M37 2014

To read a review:

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Dead WakeDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, Call Number: D 592 .L8 L28 2015

To read a review:

GoldfinchGoldfinch by Donna Tartt, Call Number: PS 3570 .A657 G65 2013

To read a review:

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Bird boxBird Box by Josh Malerman, Call Number: PS 3613 .A43535 B57 2014

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Want to find more books?  Call on your friendly UDM librarian for assistance at 313-993-1071.

Sue Homant

Resuscitation! – Mobile App

Resuscitation!Are you a healthcare provider? Do you want to practice providing simulated patient care in various health care settings? Do you want to kill a few minutes while waiting in line for something or another? Then download Resuscitation! to your mobile device. A free version of Resuscitation! is available for both Apple and Android devices through the iTunes store and Google Play. Additional patient cases are available for purchase.

Resuscitation! is geared towards students who have medical or nursing training, so the app may be too advanced for those without clinical experience.

Resuscitation! screenshot

Users can choose cases from a list that has been grouped by modules, topic or rank, or they can elect to receive a random case. For my first case, I choose a case by rank: a 55yr old man with chest pain. I could then read his history, check out his detailed physical exam, develop his differential diagnosis, and proceed to determine his course of treatment. Treatments include such actions as placing the patient on a monitor to determine his vital signs and heart rhythm; starting IV’s; “ordering” tests; performing procedures; administering medications; and initiating communication to outside entities, if needed.

Full disclosure: the free cases are limited in number (as you might expect of something free); there are about 12.

This app is a lot of fun and has received high customer ratings on iTunes. A few Android users have reported some bugginess in the Android version.

Happy diagnosing!

Jill Turner, Librarian


DemographicsNow: Finding a Job or Starting Your Own Business

locationIf you’re planning ahead and thinking about where you want to apply for a job after you graduate, or if you have developed the business and leadership skills to start your own business instead, DemographicsNow can help you get started.

DemographicsNow, one of the UDM Library’s subscription databases, contains information on over 23 million businesses as well as consumer and demographic information on millions of possible customers. Job seekers can quickly and easily get information on all of the businesses based on business type, size and location or within a certain driving distance. The information includes contact names, addresses and phone numbers, so that job seekers know where to send resumes and the database makes it easy to make custom maps showing where the different businesses are located.

Entrepreneurs can use the same tools to locate competitors and potential customers in different locations. Entrepreneurs can check to see how much each household in a region spent on a particular type of product or service during the last year, and they can even see how many similar businesses failed in the same region, giving them a heads up that a certain location might not support their business venture.

To get to DemographicsNow, go to the library homepage at and click on the “Articles, Journals, + Databases” tab in the middle of the page.

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Click on the letter “D” in the alphabet that appears, then click on the first link:



Click on the View Our Tutorials link for step-by-step videos that can help guide your job search or business plan.




As always, contact a librarian for more details or help.

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian

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