African American Studies at UDM

AASHave you ever thought about exploring African American Studies? Curious about what that even means? Don’t know where to start looking? Well, one place to begin an exploration would b to take a look at the homepage for the African American Studies Program. Here you’ll find a complete description of the program, the certificate, links to requirements, program history, and events.

Interim Director of AAS Terri Laws, MA, MDiv

Interim Director of AAS Terri Laws, MA, MDiv

“African American Studies at UDM is a multidisciplinary program that promotes the understanding of the African-American experience through scholarship, service learning, and cultural events.”

Another place to look is the AAS research guide created by your friendly UDM Librarian. It’s a great place to get an introduction to the many aspects of African American Studies, both at UDM, in the City of Detroit, and the country at large. As well, you can always contact your librarian to ask questions, schedule one-on-one consultation, offer suggestions and feedback. We’d love to hear from you!


DSMVThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) was published by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2013 and serves as the standard for classifying and diagnosing mental disorders. It supersedes the DSM-IV-TR. The DSM-5 “is intended to be applicable in a wide array of contexts and used by clinicians and researchers of many different orientations (e.g., biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, family/systems). The DSM-5 has been designed for use across clinical settings (inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinic, private practice, and primary care), with community populations. It can be used by a wide range of health and mental health professionals, including psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, and counselors.” ( The current edition is the result of over 10 years of work by international experts in all aspects of mental health.

You can find a copy of the DSM-5 at the Library Research and Information Desk.

You can also access the DSM-5 and earlier versions of the DSM online at (Off-campus access may require authentication.)


Finding reliable drug information

It can be difficult to find reliable information in medications on the web.   As with all websites,  you need to ask yourself who created this site and what’s the intent.  Websites about specific drugs are often created by pharmaceutical companies and are for marketing purposes.  Be skeptical of site with a .com address: and  [for Prilosec] are intended to sell the drug. There still could be useful information there, but you’re better off using sites intended to produce factual objective information.  It’s also a good idea to think twice about health related websites that have a lot of advertising.  Ads appear on a site based on the search terms entered, so they may look like factual information.   Although they should be labeled,  sometimes the font size is so tiny it’s not easy to tell what’s actual content and what is an ad trying to sell you something.

DailyMed Logo Header imageDailyMed is a site produced by the National Library of Medicine. It is easy to search and provides extensive, current information about a drug.  There is FDA package inserts,  prescribing info, adverse effects and a link to search the medical literature in PubMed for articles about the medication.  Have some old medicine bottles are house?  The product ID section can help you tell what kind of pill  it is using the color, size and markings.


mplus_sm-724x145_0Another good source of medication information is MedlinePlus. This site also includes reliable information on herbs and supplements in addition to prescription and over the counter drugs.   It’s important to know when a health care website was created or last updated to make sure the info is current.  Each MedlinePlus page lists this at the bottom.    MedlinePlus is also a good source of patient information in several different languages


ToxNet Part of TOXNET is Drugs and Lactation Database [LactMed] “A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.”


The FDA has responsibility for approving FDAall drugs that are sold in the United States. There is a search feature on the website where you can search the approval history of a specific medication.

Marilyn Dow

Quick Tips for Job Hunting

It is sometimes hard for UDM students to make time to visit the library when they are job hunting.

We have a solution!  eBooks!  Available to you 24/7 anywhere your have internet access.

You can find books through our library catalog or in the eBooks databases.  You can go to the databases and signjobandcareeraccelerator in, and use ebrary database or eBook Collection (EBSCOHost database).  You can search for terms likes resumes, cover letters or employment interviewing.

There is even a database Career and Job Accelerator that will help you write resumes and cover letters for specific careers, as well as live job listings.

So if it is 3:00 am, and you have until 9:00 am to prepare for tough answers to tough questions you are expecting in tomorrow’s interview, we’ve got you covered 24/7.

perfectphrasesPerfect Phrases for the Perfect Interview: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Pharases that Succinctly Demonstrate Your Skills, Your Experience and Your Value in Any Interview Situation. by Carole Martin

“In a job interview, every word counts. That’s why you need to make sure you’ll be prepared with exactly the right answers to any question an interviewer might throw at you. With Perfect Phrases for the Perfect Interview, you will be equipped to handle even the toughest questions. This ready reference supplies you with

  • The best answers to a wide range of interview questions, from icebreaker questions about experience to questions about specific skills to the dreaded “Why did you leave (or get fired from) your last job?”
  • Exercises and resources that help you prepare for the big day
  • Tips on words to avoid and on how you can convince a potential employer that you are perfect for the job” You must login to the eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) database to access this book from off campus.

In 101 Great Resumes, you will find the resume format that will work wonders for you, one that can showcase your uni101resumesque background, situtation and career goals and help you land your dream job.  It features resumes tailored ot the individual situtations, challenges, and aspirations of today’s job seekers.  This book can be found in the ebrary database.  You must login to the ebrary database to access this book from off campus.

tyler'sTyler’s Guide to Healthcare Executive Job Search by J. Larry Tyler.

“Thirty plus years of retained executive search at the C-level and more than 3500 personal interviews have given J. Larry Tyler has a unique perspective on how to change jobs in healthcare. This fourth edition of Tyler’s Guide takes you from the beginning to the end of the job change process.

Resume preparation, cover letters, networking, and interviews are handled in depth. Tyler intersperses his commentary with real-life examples of executives who have followed his advice and advanced their careers. This edition has been updated with current practices and trends that will advance the reader to the front of the line in the competitive employment marketplace.”  You must login to the ebrary database to access this book from off campus.

dreamjobLand Your Dream Career: Eleven Steps to Take in College by Tori Randolph Terhune & Betsy A. Hays 2013

“Contrary to what students, and society, are conditioned to think, obtaining a college degree does not automatically result in a job, let alone a dream career. In the last year, alone, half of college graduates are either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge. Authors Tori Randolph Terhune, a gainfully-employed young college graduate herself, and Betsy A. Hays, a college professor, show readers what they can do in college to successfully pave the way for future employment”

“In Land Your Dream Career. The authors provide eleven easy-to-follow strategies for effectively using time on campus to start building a career.”

“Terhune and Hays leads students through content designed to help students set themselves up for success, without focusing on grades or papers. The 11 steps include tips about how students can become experts in their fields, build their brand, get involved in and outside the classroom, allow for wiggle room, network, follow the 75/25 rule (75% thinking, 25% doing) and use new media, such as social networking and blogging, to launch their career. Any student looking for that connection from college to getting to their dream career needs to read Land Your Dream Career. Terhune and Hays make it known that landing a good job is not impossible!”  You must login to the ebrary database to access this book from off campus.

N. Chesik 4/2014










Choose Privacy Week

choose privacyChoose Privacy Week, May 1-7, 2014

As technology continues to advance at a record pace, privacy issues evolve with it. From aerial surveillance drones and  traffic light cameras, to wiretapping or website tracking, privacy is being attacked in public and sometimes in places that used to be private.
Learn more about digital privacy issues by watching videos featuring Michael German, the senior policy counsel for national security and privacy at the ACLU Washington legislative office and Geoffrey Stone, a constitutional lawyer at the American Library Association’s Choose Privacy website.

You can learn how to defend your own privacy with these books from the UDM Library:

  • Privacy: a very short introduction,  by Raymond Wacks, Oxford University Press, 2010  Wacks explores the gray areas between national security, personal privacy, and the public’s right to know by examining case studies and comparing privacy laws in different countries.  He presents the difficulties that constantly changing technology presents to lawmakers and to individuals.   


  • Imagining new legalities: privacy and its possibilities in the 21st century, edited by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey, Stanford University Press, 2012.   This book  discusses the changing boundaries between public and private lives and explores the issue of whether or not information that is voluntarily made public in one forum should be freely accessible to anyone who wants to use or circulate it for other purposes.

Jill Spreitzer, Librarian

LearningExpress Library – Practice Exams

learning ex lib logoAre you preparing to take the NCLEX exam? The PANCE?  LSAT’s? There is an online resource that can help you prep: LearningExpress Library.

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online “database” of practice tests designed to help students and adult learners succeed on academic or licensing tests in subject areas such as teaching, law enforcement, nursing and allied health, legal, and much more. LearningExpress Library can be found within the list of UDM databases, behind the “Scholarly Articles and Databases” link, under LearningExpress Library Learning centers with paint“L”.

The link for Occupational Practice Tests can be found on the left hand side of the LearningExpress Library homepage.

In order to use this resource, you will need to register for an account (it’s free) within LearningExpress Library, so the system can track your progress. Create an account by clicking the “Login” link in the top right corner of the webpage. Then register as a New User.

LearningExpress Library! login

LearningExpress Library log in with paint


If you have any questions about using this or any other library resource, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Jill Turner, Librarian




It’s Final Exam Time!

McNichols Library Hours
April 21 – 28
Monday – Thursday  8:00am – Midnight
Friday  8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday  12:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday  8:00am – 7:30pm

If you need assistance, call the Research Desk at 313-993-1071 or chat live.
A librarian is available from open to close.
Need a Scantron? We have red & green for 50¢ at the Research Desk.

This just in…the library now carries Blue Books for 75¢ at the Research Desk!

Good luck on your exams!

Take a Break and Have a Movie Night!

Day 231: "Movie night"
You don’t need to have Netflix account to find popular and classic movies for your entertainment pleasure! You can get some great titles for free by searching the McNichols Library catalog. Here are a few steps to take that can help you locate some interesting movies:

1. Your home base for all library resources is always so start there

2. Select the tab titled Books, eBooks, + DVDs

3. Before typing anything into the search box, make sure to select the DVDs only button under the search box. KeywDVDCircled

4. Now try searching for a keyword.

  • Drama returned 2,488 results
  • Comedy returned 662 results
  • And  action returned 381 results

5. You can also search for specific actors, directors, titles, or specific collections like the Criterion Collection. Searching for criterion collection returns 31 results and you can be guaranteed that these are highly acclaimed classics that have stood the test of time. You can also search for television series which returns 538 results.

Whether you want to explore some of the great movies of the past, modern day classics, or some of the latest television and movie titles, the UDM library has something for everyone.

Academic OneFile


Why would you want to use Academic OneFile? It is an excellent database to begin your research because not only does it contain peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on multiple subjects such as the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more, but has magazine and newspaper articles as well including the New York Times (1985-present). Academic OneFile has the content you need no matter what topic you have chosen for your research paper and it has many features that you will find useful as you look for articles.

To access Academic OneFile, go to the library portal page, . Click on the third tab,  Article, Journals + Databases.

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Under Find databases by title, select the letter A. Academic OneFile is third on the list. Click and enter your search terms. For example, suppose you are looking for articles about Facebook. Enter Facebook as your search term. If you need scholarly articles, you may limit your search to peer-reviewed. Academic OneFile defaults to full-text. facebook Your results will appear down the center of the screen. On the left side you can choose from academic journals, magazines, books, newspapers, images, videos or audio files. AOF results

 When you click the title of one of the articles in your results list, the text of the article appears. There is a Listen feature so you can hear the article rather than read it. AOF Listen

You will see on the right side, a box labeled Tools.

AOF ToolsYou can View the PDF version of the article, email the article, or download an MP3 of the article.  You can also translate the article into another language.

Academic OneFile also has an option called Citation Tools. By clicking on it, the MLA and APA citation styles of the article opens up. AOF CitationsYou may copy and paste the citation into the Works Cited page of your research paper or you can download the citation first and then copy and paste it. You also have the option of exporting the citation into a citation manager such as EndNote or RefWorks.

So there you have it! The content you need and the features to make your research easier all wrapped up in one package, Academic One File.

How Do I Find Articles?

database tabSpring break is over. It’s time to get serious about those research papers that are coming due. But where to start? Your professor wants you to use scholarly articles but what are those and where do you find them? You start right here at the library research portal, Simply click on the third tab, Article, Journals + Databases. The UDM Databases are searchable collections of full-text journal articles, abstracts (article summaries), or citations. They have gone through an evaluative process before publication and that is, in part, what makes them scholarly.

So is your research paper on a Psychology topic? How about Social Work? Maybe a paper for an Education class? If you clicked on the Articles, Journals + Databases tab, you should see Find articles in Library databases with Databases by subject beneath it.

databases by subjectClick on the drop down arrow and select the most appropriate subject area for your paper.

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When you click into one of these subject areas, you will be given a list of databases that contain articles specific to that subject area. So for example, if you select Psychology, databases such as PsycINFO, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and Psychology Collection (Gale) are among the databases available for researching Psychology related topics. Click into one of those databases and begin using keywords to search for articles on your topic.



To be sure you find full-text articles, when you enter your search terms, look for the option to limit your searches to full-text only. Then your results will contain only citations that have the full-text of the article available through that database. ft2ft1

For more information to begin your research, contact the librarians at 313-993-1071.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian


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