Social Media, White Privilege, and Racial Justice

Social media of varying sorts has been highly influential in documenting and reporting many recent incidents where police have used excessive, or deadly force. Read about this growing trend in the book Cop Watch: Spectators, Social Media, and Police Reform.  Social media continues to quickly spread the news, sometimes faster than the mass media, and sometimes when the mass media is unable, or unwilling to make the effort. Are you interested in leveraging social media for your personal, business, or organizational goals? Take a look at some of the resources available in the library’s collection:

AudienceAudience: Marketing in the Age of Subscribers, Fans, and Followers

SpreadableSpreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

In light of the continued troubles going on in Ferguson Missouri and the many other incidents that take place regularly around our country there has begun to be a renewed interest in what it means to have white privilege, a renewed interest in discussing how we can achieve racial justice. The library can help you get a handle on these ideas. What does it mean to have “white privilege”? Is it possible to achieve “racial justice”? What do these things look like and what are the desirable and undesirable outcomes, if any? So many questions! If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your own you can always ask a librarian for help.


ProQuest PsycYou may have noticed, or will notice in the coming weeks, that the PsycINFO database has a different look to it. Indeed it does. The library is now providing PsycINFO through ProQuest rather than Ebsco.

From the library homepage,, click on the third tab,  Article, Journals + Databases.

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Under Find databases by title, select the letter P. Scroll down until you find PsycINFO 1887 (third from the bottom). By clicking on it, the basic search screen will come up. You may enter your search term here. If you need scholarly articles and/or peer reviewed articles click in the boxes.

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If you have multiple search terms, click on Advanced search.

When you do your searches, you may notice that you are getting little full-text. Searching PsycINFO by itself will not yield full-text articles. To expand your search to include full-text, click on the gold arrow at the top where it says Searching: 1 database.

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Select ProQuest Psychology Journals and PsycARTICLES.

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Now you will be searching three databases and the option for full-text will appear.

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An easy way to search all three Proquest Psychology databases is from the Article, Journals + Databases tab, under Find databases by title, select the letter P. Instead of selecting PsycINFO 1887, select ProQuest Psychology Databases. That option will automatically allow you to search PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and ProQuest Psychology Journals at one time.

The Advanced search option allows you to search with multiple terms. You can limit your results by Publication date, Source type (e.g. magazines, newspapers), Document type (e.g. Conference paper, report, review) and Language.

Explore the new PsycINFO and see how it can work for you. As always, please contact the library if you have questions about this database or any of the library databases.


PubMed is a free database created by the National Library of Medicine [NLM], a part of the National Institute of Health. It’s the best place to begin a literature search on any healthcare, medicine, nursing, dentistry or basic science topic.

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It is the broadest index of medical, science, and healthcare.  There are currently about 24 million citations from about 5,500 journals.

Here are some short tutorials about searching PubMed.
While the site is free, access to the full text of an article depends on several things: UDM subscribes to thousands of electronic journals and often there’s a link at the PubMed citation directly to the article. Look for this logo in the upper right corner of a citation.UDM Linkout logo

Some articles are available under the National Institute of Health Public Access Policy. Publications about research funded by an NIH grant must be freely available within 12 months. In addition, some journals offer a few articles from each issue available at no cost.

To see if UDM has online access to a journal, check here .

Light Summer Entertainment

Can you believe we have added over 400 new entertainment movies/TV programs DVDs to our collection this past year? Did you know you can check out the movies for a week for free?

Here is a trick for searching the catalog to see the newer DVDs added to the dvdsearchlibrary: when you are on the homepage, click on Books, eBooks + DVDs and search this in the keyword acq2013dvd    Here are few of the more popular DVDs

Game of Thrones: The complete second season: From the scheming South and the savage Eastern lands, to the frozen North and the ancient wall that protectsgameofthrones2nd the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.

 Game of Thrones: The Complete third season: In the third season of the HBO hit drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters barely hold on to the throne after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, throne3rdwhile stirrings in the north threaten to alter the overall balance of power.  Robb Stark, King of the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildings continue their inexorable march south.  Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – Reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.  In Season 3 of this original series based on George R.R. Martin’s best selling books, the battling families of Westeros continue to clash as bonds are strained, loyalities are tested, and cruel fates are met.

hungerfireThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire  Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.  winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a Victor’s Tour of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but hte Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow Prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell, and announces a competition that could change Panem forever.

breakingdawnpt1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1  In the highly anticipated fourth installment of the Twilight Saga, a marriage, a honeymoon, and the birth of a child bring unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella and Edward and those they love, including new complications with young werewolf Jacob Black.breakingdawnpt2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2  After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.


If DVDs simply aren’t your style you can search new materials by using budget codes: acq2013mgt for the management code.  You’ll see new materials, books, DVDs purchased for management.   I bet you can figure out some of the other codes.  Go ahead check it out, and check out the light entertainment.


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

MedlinePlus: the go-to website for consumer health information

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Brought to you from the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is a free website that offers “information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in” easy-to-understand language. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of medical words, or get links to the latest medical research on a topic.”

  • What side effects can result from taking Alka-Seltzer? – MedlinePlus has the answer.

MedlinePlus contains animated videos depicting “body parts and organ systems and how diseases affect them.” What happens during heart bypass surgery? Check out the short animated video.

My favorite part of MedlinePlus is the Videos and Cool Tools. In addition to the animated videos mentioned above, MedlinePlus provides interactive health tutorials on topics like tests and diagnostic procedures. Ever wonder how or why an amniocentesis is done? Or how about coronary angiography/angioplasty? The tutorials cover diseases and conditions  (like Crohn’s disease or Malaria) as well as surgical procedures (like tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy) in lay terms.

My favorite section, however, is the webpage of surgery videos. These are video recordings of actual surgeries and diagnostic procedures performed in hospitals around the country. If you do not like the site of blood or are squeamish, these are not for you. The list contains procedures like heart transplant, hip replacement, awake craniotomy, and more. As the surgeons operate, they narrate the procedure as well as provide other background explanations.

If you have a health-related question or just want to surf, check out MedlinePlus.

Jill Turner

Librarian Consultant


Michigan Legal Help

milegal Michigan Legal Help is a user-friendly website designed to help Michigan residents learn about their legal rights and responsibilities and to help them navigate through the legal system to resolve civil legal problems without a lawyer. It includes information, checklists and court forms on common issues such as landlord/tenant issues, divorce, custody and paternity issues, and some income tax and public benefit issues. For example, if you’re having trouble getting your landlord to make repairs to your home, the site will ask you a series of questions and then generate a “Letter Requesting Repair”. You can also find information on what you can do if the landlord fails to comply.

gavelMichigan Legal Help also includes information Michigan courts, including a short video on what to expect and how to prepare to go to court. You will also find explanations of which types of cases go to which courts, and contact information and directions to the different courts in Michigan.

If you need more help, there are links to legal help centers where you can get in-person help, directories of lawyers, and local community organizations that may offer additional assistance.

The website was developed by the Michigan Legal Help Program and is managed by Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, and its content is regularly reviewed by court officers and attorneys to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date.

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian Consultant

The Library Catalog: One Stop Nonstop

catalog2Searching the Library Catalog shouldn’t prove to be difficult. Anybody who is used to finding information on any major type of search engine will be able to use it. You’re associated with an institution of higher education that has strong admission standards. You can do this.

A bigger question is, why bother? When any random search on Google retrieves umpty-gazillion responses, why restrict yourself to the few hundred thousand available through the Library collections?

One answer lies in the quality and relevancy of those collections. Materials are selected by Librarians who are professionally trained and experienced in selecting resources and often have additional degrees in the areas where they work. In addition, they work closely with UDM faculty to identify and select materials recommended by the professors who teach your courses.

Besides the brick-and-mortar stuff on the shelves, the Library Catalog is important as a guide to find books and journals available online. Currently, access is provided to over 125,000 electronic books and thousands of electronic journals.

booksIt’s easy enough to find the Library Catalog: just google “UDM Library Catalog”. Or, even better, go to the Library Re:Search page at and click under the tabs for “Books, eBooks + DVDs”.  All electronic books will have a direct link, allowing access regardless of whether the Library building is open or not.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Library Catalog currently provides access to less than half of the available electronic journals. We’re working on it. For now, using the “Articles, Journals +Databases”  tab on the Re:Search page is the most comprehensive way to find these.

Still, enough are available in the Library Catalog to provide one more strength: its ability to provide links between similar materials. Every Catalog entry contains descriptive terms (“Subject Headings“)  which are used consistently. These enable you to quickly link to materials on similar topics, something which can be very handy when you’re just starting your research and have no idea where to go next.

The Library Catalog has been designed to provide one-stop shopping, 24/7, to important materials selected for the Library’s Collections. Whether you are browsing a subject area or searching for a particular known-item, it is designed to make your process as efficient as possible.


David Moody, Librarian

Government Documents and Government Information at UDM

bigger fdlpThe University of Detroit Mercy houses a collection of federal government documents in print, microfiche, and tangible electronic format (CD-ROMs and DVDs). It also provides access to titles available online through the Government Printing Office (GPO). These resources are available not only to students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the University, but also by federal law to anyone else who may wish to consult them.

The University has the distinction of having been a selective depository library since 1884. A selective depository is not required to collect, or provide online access to, every single document published by the federal government, but tailors its collection according to the needs of its users. There are, however, regional depository libraries throughout the United States that are mandated to do just that. Besides maintaining as comprehensive a collection as possible within their own four walls, these regional depositories “oversee” selective depositories in each state to ensure that an adequate number of copies (or adequate online access to) documents and other government information in a given geographic area. The University of Minnesota is currently the regional depository for all selective depository libraries in Michigan as well as those in Minnesota and South Dakota.

Included in the University’s depository print and microfiche collection are Census files from 1960 through 1990; publications from the National Library of Medicine going back several decades; and publications from NASA dating back to the early days of the space program.

The classification system for government documents is known as the Superintendent of Documents Classification Scheme, or SuDoc for short. Whereas book, videos, etc. are usually classified by subject, author, or title in the Dewey and Library of Congress classification systems; SuDoc classifies titles by the issuing body (NASA, for example). Other types of punctuation besides the period (.) are used in this system; capitalization and the use of spaces within a SuDoc number are also very important. Here is a link to the basic SuDoc Classification scheme, and additional information about it:

The print documents that that University has available in tangible format and classified in SuDoc are housed in the electric compact shelving that faces east in the lower level. CD-ROMs and DVDs are in a set of drawers immediately south of that shelving. Microfiche is kept in several filing cabinets along the south and southwest walls, behind the electric compact shelving for books and serials classified under H.

Depository libraries have the flexibility of classifying government documents under a different classification system to allow for greater accessibility. Many of the print documents that are part of the University’s depository collection are classified with Library of Congress numbers and shelved among other titles with those numbers.

Documents available on the Internet will have URLs indicated when found as part of a search via the library online catalog (whether in the building or on a computer at home). Simply clicking on these URLs should bring up the full text of the publication. (Contrary to rumor, Google has NOT cataloged the entire collection of government documents.)

If you have any questions about the University’s government documents collection; or need help locating a government resource; you may contact Kris McLonis by phone (313-578-0457) or email (

MathVids: For College Math


Does math make sense to you? Is math that one class where you struggle? Need a little extra help?

Get math help free. Learn at your own pace. Find the same lesson taught by multiple teachers giving you different explanations. You can even brush up on your high school math. Certified math teachers screen and approve all videos.

MathVids is organized like a math textbook, allowing you to browse by topic and course. College math topics include calculus I, II, III, statistics, linear algebra, discrete math, and more. It even has graphing calculator help videos.

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Sue Homant
Librarian Consultant

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