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The Libraries Thanksgiving List

This week some of the library staff took some time out to pause and consider what we are thankful for:

Jennifer Dean, Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology: I am grateful to be here at Detroit Mercy and with everyone in Libraries/IDS.

Sara Armstrong, Associate Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems: I’m grateful for all the people I work with. Not only do we get awesome things done. You’re all fun to work with.

Marilyn Dow, Director of the Dental Library: I’m thankful to be able to assist students and contribute to their education and professional development.

Amy Keyzer, Assistant to the Dean: I’m grateful for the completion of our four new group study rooms! I’m happy to see students using them, even though the rooms still need a few finishing touches. I’m also thankful for the diversity of student organizations, and their presence in the library lobby. They enliven the space, enlighten the curious, and often entice the weak-willed with their baked goods and beverages for sale!


First thanksgiving

Sue Homant, Librarian:I am grateful for the four new group study rooms and for the new Dean of Libraries.

Jill Turner, Librarian: Family, friends and excellent work colleagues.

Karl Ericson, Librarian: I’m grateful for the opportunities that challenging times provide.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian: I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with faculty and administrators who support the library and value the work of the librarians.

Pat Higo, Librarian: Having a new location for my desk where archive material is closer to work on.

Elizabeth Royal, Instructional Designer: I’m thankful for my really amazing co-workers up here at IDS and all of the people here at the library because they have been so welcoming! They’ve helped me learn a lot of new processes, given great feedback about the projects I’m working on, and helped me get adjusted to everything.

Nathan Blume, Instructional Designer: I’m thankful for the renovated Instructional Design Studio that provides comfortable space for creative collaborations. I am also thankful for the new Detroit Mercy McNichols gate that makes entry to the campus much easier.


Happy Thanksgiving!

The Value and Fun of Graphic Novels

Do you know an non-reader, a struggling reader, or a reluctant reader? Do you have children, grandchildren, neighbors, nieces or nephews learning how to read? Turn them on to graphic novels.

Scholarly studies are showing that the combination of pictures and words aids comprehension and vocabulary for struggling readers. With their clever and entertaining illustrations, condensed text, and unique formats, graphic novels can effectively communicate complex ideas.

The University of Detroit Mercy Libraries has been collecting graphic novels for several years.  The collection includes reconstructions of  the classics, such as Macbeth: the Graphic Novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: a Graphic Novel, or Romeo and Juliet: the Graphic Novel.

Other graphic novels teach traditional school subjects, such as The Manga Guide to Calculus and other manga guides to statistics, electricity, and physics.

And graphic novels can be read for purely entertainment purposes, such as Star Trek. Countdown, Star Wars, the Force Unleashed. II, or Big Nate Goes for Broke.

To find graphic novels in the Detroit Mercy catalog, go to and type graphic novels in the search box.  Click Search.

Contributed by Sue Homant.

Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks System!

ArchesTomorrow, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100! The park service is celebrating by offering free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28.

100 years of protecting America’s natural, historical and cultural treasures from all over the United States. These more than 400 beautiful, historic and exquisite sites cover over 80 million acres consisting of approximately 18,000 miles of trails, more than 75,000 archaeological sites and at least 247 species of threatened or endangered plants and animals, and managing monuments, parkways, battlefields, cemeteries, and recreation areas.

Gold coin

The Park Service is celebrating with commemorative coins: a $5 gold coin featuring the heads of Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir who both worked to bring out the park system, a silver $1 featuring Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser, and the half dollar depicting experiences one has in the parks: a child finding a frog hiding in a fern and a hiker taking in a panoramic view of a mountain, and lake, and forest.


Stamp blogThe U.S. Postal Service is helping in the centennial celebration by issuing 16 new Forever stamps featuring national including: Yellowstone, Theodore Roosevelt, San Francisco Maritime, Mount Rainier, March-Billings-Rockefeller, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Haleakala, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Grand Canyon, Glacier Bay, Everglades, Carlsbad Caverns, Bandelier National Monument, Assateague Island National Seashore, Arches, and Acadia.

IMAX presents the new National Parks Adventure featuring the parks in never-seen-before breathtaking ways.


New York for blogA park exchange series designed to bring parks to life in urban areas and demonstrate the diversity of park experiences is being offered: Redwood National and State Parks visit Austin, Texas, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park visits Chicago, and Thomas Edison National Historical Park visits New York City.


Or explore the Centennial Media Quality Photo Gallery representing the unique character of the parks.  Search for parks, programs, or topics.

Visionary leaders blogRead about the visionary leaders of the park system:

Check out your invitation to the celebration!


American Cemetery in NormandyRecently, Sue Homant, Head of Reference Services at the library, discussed her trip to Normandy, France with Cameron Pierson, library intern. Her experiences (and pictures) had them thinking about D-Day and the part librarians played in World War II. So, they dug a little deeper. 


American Cemetery, Normandy, France


    72 years ago, on 6 June 1944, the Allied Forces landed on Normandy in an event that would become known as D-Day. This was a major turning point in the war, contributing to the eventual defeat of the Axis Powers. Now, in 2016, most of us know of these events, either from our grandparents, school, or the History Channel. Yet, what is lesser known are the efforts undertaken by the American Library Association to insure that our men in uniform, no matter where they were in the world, would still have access to reading material.

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    The Victory Book Campaign (V.B.C.) was a program that worked to maintain and enhance library services to those in the Army, Navy, and the Marines. Such services were spurred by the previous World War and laid the groundwork for continued library support, even to this day. Initiated by the leaders of the American Library Association, the campaign itself is said to have had mixed results as it worked within a war-time backdrop. Nonetheless, the program was able to collect in excess of a million books which were used by soldiers for continued education, technical support, and even leisure – something fundamental to morale.

German bunker, Normandy, France


Remnents of floating harbor     The program coordinated with many organizations (both public and private) to obtain donations from the American people. The books collected and later deemed suitable were an effort to support the mental and emotional wellbeing of the soldiers during such a horrific war. This type of undertaking is astounding even by today’s standards. It serves to remind us of the democratic function of libraries. In appreciating this lesser known piece of history, one cannot think about libraries without also thinking about those democratic values so central to free societies.

Remnents of Allies Mulberry, a floating harbor on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France



Connor, J. (1942). On to victory with the Victory Book Campaign. ALA Bulletin, 36(9), 552-554. Retrieved from

Passet, J. E. (2007). [Review of the book Books and Libraries in American Society during World War II: Weapons in the War of Ideas, by Patti Clayton Becker]. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from

Weeks, L. (2015, July 4). When America’s librarians went to war. NPR. Retrieved from

Written by Cameron Pierson, Wayne State University LIS practicum student.  Photos by Sue Homant.

Income Tax Forms

It’s that time again. Time to file your income tax with the federal government, state, and city.


To find the federal tax forms, go to:

Michigan taxes

To find the State of Michigan tax forms, go to:

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To find city of Detroit tax forms, go to: Click City Tax.


To find other Michigan cities tax forms, go to the State of Michigan tax forms webpage: Click “Tax Forms and Instructions”, click “City Income Tax Forms.”


For student IRS information, other Michigan city income tax forms, or forms for other states or countries, see the Virtual Reference Desk General Resources LibGuide, select the Tax Forms tab.


Here’s hoping you get a hefty return!

Provided by Sue Homant, 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:

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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…

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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!

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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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