Need to take a break?

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Go for a walk and get your blood moving again, or, if the weather is nasty (its spring in Michigan after all), get away from it all for an hour or two with a movie. You can check the catalog for your favorites, or you can browse by entering “feature film” in the keyword search box. Pick a comedy or a fantasy, watch it with your friends. Taking a little break from studying will help your eyes uncross, and your brain won’t feel so overloaded.  Good luck on all your finals!

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  April 13 – April 17 and April 20- April 24 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.


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

April 19 – 25

Sunday   12 Noon - 12 Midnight

Monday – Thursday   8:00am – Midnight

Friday   8:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday   8:00am – 3:00pm


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


ATLAPublished by the American Theological Library Association, the ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Most journal coverage starts from 1949 and, for others, starts as far back as the nineteenth century. ATLA contains 1,776 journal titles representing scholarship in the major religions, faiths and denominations. Subject areas include Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; theology, philosophy, and ethics.

To access ATLA Religion, go to the library portal page, . Click on the third tab,  Articles, Journals + Databases.

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Under Find databases by title, select the letter A. Scroll down to the bottom. ATLA Religion is second to last on the list.

sciptureA useful feature of this database is the Scriptures tool which takes the guesswork out of how to look up Bible chapters and verses. Click on the Scriptures heading to open a browsable list of the books of the Bible in canonical order from Genesis through Revelation.

expand2Click any of the books to open a list of all the citations and articles about that book. Click [Expand] to narrow your search to certain chapters of the book you are interested in. Click [Expand] again to narrow your search to the verses.


Another option for locating articles on particular scripture passages is the Scripture Citation index under the Indexes heading.


Click on Indexes in the heading and select Scripture Citation in the Browse an Index box. Enter the name of the book of the Bible you need in the Browse for box. Click Browse and a list of chapters from that book of the bible appears. Place a check mark in the box next to the chapter(s) you are interested in. Click Add and then Search to obtain all the articles and citations on that bible chapter.

Take it on faith. ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials is your best source for research on religion.

Contact a librarian for further information.

Digital Literacy – How literate are you?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase digital literacy?  Knowing how to use Google to make a restaurant reservation?   Being able to  knock out a PowerPoint presentation that won’t put your audience to sleep?

Sure that’s all part of it.  It’s also knowing when the right source of information may be a print dictionary.  While there may not be a clear agreed upon definition,  the concept addresses the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

The UDM Library has a book from 1984 on Computer Literacy; but digital literacy is a broader concept than the use of computers.  Privacy issues are also part of being digitally literate.  Do you really know what’s online there about you, openly available to anyone?

Using critical thinking skills to evaluate resources is an important aspect.  Do you know why your instructors don’t want you using Wikipedia?  Check out this eBook  How Wikipedia Works Hint: anyone can edit it, so it may not an authoritative reference.  But it can still be useful for background info and for links to other, possibly more credible sources.

Cornell University has a Digital Literacy Resource that includes info on finding and evaluating sources, Internet privacy and academic integrity.

Digital literacyDigital is an initiative of the Obama administration created by ten federal government agencies. It’s intended to provide info to those providing digital literacy training in schools or in the community, but there’s lots for users.  Here’s a list of links to Basic Computer Information, including MS Word basics and Google Docs.  Confused about all the Social Media platforms?  Learn about Twitter and Skype in the privacy of your own device.

Here’s a quiz from the Pew Research Center: Internet,Science, Tech called WebIQ

Learning Express Library is a test prep site from the Michigan Electronic Library. After setting up a user id & password, check out the Computer Center where you’ll find quizzes on PC hardware, the Internet and popular software programs.

Ask a librarian for additional information — you’ll find we’re quite [digitally] literate.




Avoid Overdue Fines: Renew Online!

Do you have a library book coming due, but need it a little bit longer?  Don’t rack up late fees, renew online! Just follow these easy steps:

1.  From the library website, click the Renew Books button

Renew Books



2. Enter your 14-digit bar code number found on your UDM ID card

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3. Check the box on the left of the book you want to renew

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4. Click the Renew button

Renew button

…and now you don’t have to worry for another 28 days!

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Sandra Wilson, Librarian


Study while you wait: NCSBN’s Medication Flashcards Mobile App

Make the most of your time while standing in line or waiting for an appointment… study! The National Council of the State Boards of NursingNCSBN Learning Extension Medication Flashcards has a free app that will help you study drug information in preparation for the NCLEX exam or a pharmacology exam. The app is only available for the iphone and ipad at this time, but an Android version is due for release next month (April 2015).

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The app uses a flashcard format. Medications are grouped into categories (eg. anti-psychotics, beta blockers, lipid-lowering agents, etc.) or they can be searched by specific drug.

Tap the screen to flip the card. The back of the flashcard contains:

  • generic and brand names of drugs that fall into that category
  • drug uses along with an overview of the mechanism of action
  • information that is “nice to know” (eg. do not discontinue the medication suddenly), “good to know” (eg. exposure to sunlight may cause a severe sunburn), and “really important to know” (eg. may cause confusion and hallucinations and should be avoided in clients over 70).

There is an option to “Flag” what you don’t know or indicate that you “Got it” with the drugs that you are comfortable with. You can then come back and focus on the flagged medications.

Most of us have our smartphones with us most all the time. So as a study aid, NCSBN’s Flashcards are conveniently at hand. Plus, the price is right!

Jill Turner, Librarian

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

german docOccasionally one of your professors may ask you to write a paper citing primary sources. A primary source is a document, recording or physical object that conveys a first-hand account or direct evidence of an event or time period. Primary sources also include publications (often journal articles) which report results of or data from original research. (Note: digital, microform or published copies of original materials can still be considered primary sources as long as their content is unchanged)

Primary sources can include:

  • Diaries, interviews, memoirs, oral histories, and letters from first-hand observers
  • Video and sound recordings and photographs
  • Government documents such as birth or marriage certificates, census records, and trial transcripts
  • Maps
  • Physical artifacts such as medals, clothing,and tapestries
  • Survey research such as market surveys or opinion polls
  • Journal articles revealing the results of original research

Secondary sources are produced after an event occurs by someone who was not present during the event. They often cite primary sources and attempt to interpret, evaluate or analyze original sources.

Examples of Secondary sources include:

  • History textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Commentaries, criticisms and analyses
  • Biographies and bibliographies

To find primary sources in the library catalog, do a keyword search for your topic and add one of the following words:

  • Diary
  • Memoir
  • Autobiography
  • Correspondence
  • Personal narrative
  • Speech
  • Oral history
  • Interview
  • Manuscript
  • Ask one of the friendly librarians if you need additional help.

    Jill Spreitzer, Librarian

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

healthcare marketingUsing the UDM Library catalog can be a frustrating experience when it works too well and retrieves thousands of matches for your search. That’s why there are so many different tools and tricks for refining your search, and why librarians are experts at focusing your search to retrieve a manageable list of results.

But the reverse problem often occurs as well. You know darn well that book is in the catalog somewhere. You found it before. Where is it now?

Leaving aside the remote possibilities that the book has been withdrawn from the collection, there are a number of other things that can go wrong. Ironically, these often happen out of good motives.

For example, limiting the scope of your search is generally helpful. But let’s say you generally spend your free time at the McNichols Campus Library (and who doesn’t?), and have gotten used to always limiting your searches to materials held there. By doing so, you are automatically excluding all electronic books from your search results, since the catalog does not recognize them as part of the McNichols collection. Search limits should be treated like antibiotics and used if they are necessary, not just because they are there.

Misspellings are an obvious cause of empty search results, and there are constant reminders to check your spelling, usually in the voice of your first grade teacher. But sometimes just plain spelling gets you in trouble.

Here’s a very simple title to find. I assure you it’s in the catalog. Go to it:

Healthcare marketing plans

If you try a keyword search, there are just six results. Very good, except that none match.

Now, I’m sure about half of you are totally frustrated. The other half entered the title as Health Care Marketing Plans, found the book with no trouble and are halfway through it.

Yes, it makes a difference whether you enter “health care” or “healthcare”. Or pairs like “labor / labour”, “color / colour”, “counselling / counseling”, and so on. The computer is unfailingly literal, and the exact word or phrase must appear in the catalog entry before it winds up in your search results.

The bad news is that you have to remember this stuff. The good news is that you don’t have to do two searches every time you’re looking for a health care / healthcare topic. The Power search option is made for this problem, since part of the search can link the two variant forms with an “OR”, ensuring either will be retrieved.

Yes, at times searching the catalog is like being “IT” in a never-ending game of Hide-and-Go-Seek. But if the material is there, you can find it with a little thought, a little luck, and a helpful librarian.


David Moody, Librarian

Searching DOIs in Google, Bing or Other Search Engines

Last week’s Librarian blog was about finding a journal article by searching its DOI using the Library’s journal finder.  But you can also use a search engine, such as Google or Bing, to find an article by its DOI.

As discussed in last week’s blog, a DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a unique number given to an article to provide a persistent link to its location on the internet. The DOI is typically located on the first page of an article.

You may search the DOI in Google, Bing or another search engine.

For example, type DOI: 10.3102/003465430298571 in Google.Google DOI

The tricky part comes when you must guess which database UDM is likely to subscribe to. Clicking the first reference…

Google DOI#2

takes you to the homepage of the Sage journal: Review of Educational Research.(Note “sagepub” in the URL.) Once there you will find the full text free!

Google DOI#3

Remember: not all articles have a DOI and not all databases allow DOI searching.

New DOI Search Feature

Have you ever seen a DOI on an article and wondered what it was? DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a unique number given to an article to provide a persistent link to its location on the internet. The DOI is typically located on the first page of an article.

A new feature of the Full Text Journal Finder tool allows you to search using the article’s DOI.

Go to, click Articles, Journals + Databases, scroll down to “Find online journals by title,” click SEARCH.

Type the DOI numbers (do not type DOI) in the third search box.  For example:



Click Search.

You are now taken to the homepage of the journal: Review of Educational Research. As long as UDM subscribes to the journal, you will find the full text free!

DOI This Article


Always select the PDF as it is a photocopy of the article.  You will obtain all the charts, graphs, or photos in the paper as well as the original pagination.

However, be advised that not all articles have a DOI and not all databases allow DOI searching.

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