Friday, December 16, 2011

New Gale Virtual Reference Library Interface Brings Reference Content to Life

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), its online ebook platform.

The newly designed Gale Virtual Reference Library enables reference content to literally jump off the shelves – it’s easy-to-use, and even easier for researchers to find exactly what they are looking for. New features and functionalities will encourage users to stay longer, search deeper, and find what they need faster.

Try it for yourself!

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Discovery! Happy Holidays!

Schwob Library Food Drive Gives to the Salvation Army

Mark Flynn, Dean of Libraries (pictured in the center) oversees the pick-up of donations to the Columbus Chapter of the Salvation Army. Thanks to all who contributed to the Library Food Drive.

Last year, The Salvation Army in Georgia provided 278,899 persons with temporary and emergency housing and served 666,225 meals to individuals. During this season, the Army meets the needs of many who cannot afford to feed their families on a daily basis, much less provide a special holiday meal on Christmas Day.

Thank you for making a difference in our community!

"The Salvation Army stands for Hope: that, when every other light has been extinguished, and every other star had gone down, this one gleam shines steadily and clearly out in the darkened sky: 'if I could only get to The Salvation Army, they will do something for me.'" William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army, (1829-1912)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Closings

The main campus library will be closed from December 17th - January 2nd. It will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

The operating hours for Tuesday, January 3rd - Friday, January 6th will be 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The library will be closed the weekend of January 7th and 8th.

Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 9th.
To schedule your next visit to the library, please refer to the online calendar.

From all of us here at the Simon Schwob Memorial Library at Columbus State University, we wish you Happy Holidays. We look forward to serving you again in the New Year.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Foreign Relations of the U.S. Series Marks its 150th Anniversary

December marks the 150th anniversary of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series. First published in 1861, the series has become a leading example of governmental openness and embodies the U.S. Government's commitment to responsible transparency. Over the past 150 years, Foreign Relations evolved to become the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy decision-making and major diplomatic activity. Foreign Relations volumes contain documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy. The most recent releases cover the Nixon era.

Foreign Relations can be accessed in print in the government documents section of the Schwob Library or online at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian website:

For additional information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Discovery! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Library Hours during Final Exams

If you need assistance during Final Exams, we're here for you! Please note our extended hours:

Tuesday - Thursday, December 6 - December 8: 7:30 am - 12:00 midnight

Sunday, December 11: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Monday, December 12: 7:30 am - 12:00 midnight

Tuesday, December 13: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Wednesday - Friday, December 14 - December 16: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

December 17 - December 31: CLOSED

For additional information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Holidays! Stay Safe!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Database of the Month: ARTstor

Are you an art lover? Certainly ARTstor has something you will enjoy.

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Its community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.

The Digital Library serves educators, scholars, curators, librarians, and students at more than 1,350+ universities, community colleges, museums, libraries, and K-12 schools in 46 countries worldwide. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

You can access ARTstor via GALILEO or directly at:

For more information about ARTstor, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Discovery! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

ProQuest Databases Maintenance Downtime

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance this weekend. A 12-hour maintenance window will be required for this from Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Products on the new ProQuest platform (e.g., Research Library, ABI/INFORM Complete) will be unavailable during these times.

Please Ask a Librarian or call Information Services (706-562-1492) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Don't Miss the GALILEO Webinars!

If your interest is Spanish-language periodicals, then take advantage of the Informe webinar scheduled for Thursday, December 1st.

Is legal research your thing? Be sure to register for the LexisNexis Academic webinar.

Interested in Films on Demand? Register for a December or January webinar.

Register today!

Archived sessions of the webinars offered this past fall are available at:

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Discovery!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Food Drive

The CSU Libraries are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the local chapter of the Salvation Army. Please help this worthy cause by dropping off your non-perishable food items during regular library hours. Collection boxes are available at the Main Campus Library near the Christmas Tree made of Books. Please drop off your donations by Thursday, December 15th.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Library Hours

In observance of Thanksgiving, the Main Campus Library will close on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 3 PM. It will re-open on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 2 PM.

Friday, November 18, 2011

New to GALILEO: ArchiveGRID

CSU Libraries are proud to announce that ArchiveGrid is now included in GALILEO!

ArchiveGrid provides online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives.

To access ArchiveGrid, go to GALILEO under "A" or directly access it online at:

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching . . . Happy Discovery!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Complete a Survey for a Chance to Win an iPad!

Win an iPad!

Your completed GALILEO User Survey is your entry form. The survey is open November 7-13, 2011. Tell GALILEO what you like, what you don’t like, and what you would like in the future. The iPad winner will be drawn randomly from the completed surveys.

Survey link:

Survey is open to students, faculty, staff and colleagues.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Database of the Month: Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale (RILM)

Are you a music lover? Perhaps RILM Abstracts of Music Literature has what you are looking for!

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, a comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, is an indispensable tool for scholars, students, librarians, performers, teachers, and music lovers. It provides broad yet detailed coverage and facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels.

RILM's broad international coverage and concise abstracts distinguish it from all other music reference resources. All scholarly works are included: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, films and videos, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, and reviews.

For more information on what RILM has to offer, visit:

Happy Searching! Happy Discovering!

ProQuest Databases Down for Maintenance

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance this weekend.

A12-hour maintenance window will be required for maintenance from Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please Ask a Librarian or contact CSU Libraries at: 706-562-1492.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New to GALILEO: Iter Bibliography

CSU Libraries are proud to announce that the Iter Bibliography is now included in GALILEO!

The Iter Bibliography is an Open URL- and Zotero-enabled bibliography comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books and journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).

To access the Iter Bibliography, go to GALILEO under "I" or directly access it online at:

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Monday, October 17, 2011

National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011

The following is the schedule of events for National Cyber Security Awareness Week at CSU:

GIVEAWAYS: CDs, Brochures, and T-shirts
Schwob Library Main Entrance
Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Poster Contest Entry Display and Voting

Stan Gatewood, "Infosec Evangelist",
University System of Georgia
Davidson Student Center Auditorium
Wednesday, October 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Sue Dowling, Forensic Computer Specialist for the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Davidson Student Center Auditorium
Thursday, October 20 at 11 a.m.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rite of Passage Convocations

Beginning in 2003, all CSU faculty promoted to the rank of full professor have been invited to participate in “Rite of Passage” convocations. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and VPAA, these ceremonies offer new professors the opportunity to share brief thoughts with the university community on their teaching experiences, research, or, more generally, life in the academy.

The Rite of Passage Convocations for faculty promoted to full professor in academic years 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 will take place beginning next week. The lectures will be held in the main library's first floor forum area.

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our full professors. Come at 12:00 noon for food and fellowship!

Tuesday, October 18
Light lunch refreshments served beginning at 12:00pm
Presentations, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Dr. Danna M. Gibson, Professor of Communication
Dr. John D. Studstill, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Tuesday, October 25
Light lunch refreshments served beginning at 12:00pm
Presentations, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Dr. Mohamed Shamim Khan, Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Jan Gunnels Burcham, Professor of Early Childhood Education
Dr. David Wisdo, Professor of Philosophy

Thursday, October 27
Light lunch refreshments served beginning at 12:00pm
Presentations, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Dr. Warren B. Church, Professor of Archeology/Anthropology, Earth & Space Sciences
Dr. Dorinda L. Dowis, Professor of Criminal Justice

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New to GALILEO: The Chicago Manual of Style Online

CSU Libraries are proud to announce that the Chicago Manual of Style Online is now included in GALILEO!

The editorial guidelines presented in the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style will remain consistent throughout the life of the edition and in all formats in which the Manual is published. For the print edition, the only changes made between impressions are typographical corrections and minor clarifications. The content of the Manual in this online edition corresponds to the most recent impression of the print edition, currently the first (2010).

In keeping with this policy of consistency, the text of the Manual in the online edition retains some page references that apply only to the print edition, as in the index.

To access the Chicago Manual of Style Online, go to GALILEO under "C" or directly access it online at:

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New to GALILEO: Philosopher's Index

CSU Libraries are proud to announce that the Philosopher's Index is now included in GALILEO!

The Philosopher's Index, produced by the Philosophers Information Center, is a current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy.

The Philosopher's Index, considered the most thorough index of journal literature on the subject, features author-written abstracts covering scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews.

The database covers the fifteen fields of philosophy: aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.

The Philosopher's Index contains research published since 1940 including nearly 570 journals from 43 countries with content representing a variety of languages.

To access the Philosopher's Index, go to GALILEO under "P" or directly access it online at:

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mark Your Calendars: Banned Books Readout

CSU Libraries' would like to announce its annual Banned Books Readout on September 27th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Readers will choose selections from an array of books and poetry that have been banned or challenged in the United States and abroad. The program is below.

Join us in celebration of Banned Books Week to recognize the continued struggles against censorship.

Refreshments will be provided.

Stop into Schwob library to check out a banned or challenged book from Banned Books Week display.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Puzzle Watch

The summer ocean puzzle was finished in the knick of time before the official beginning of fall. A team worked at the library throughout Tuesday with the last piece popping in late afternoon. The finished puzzle will be on display throughout the week, so stop in to Schwob Library for a look. It's kinda like scuba diving but with more fish! The fall classes are starting to speed up, but for needed breaks we are beginning work on the first puzzle of the fall season, an ice cream shop.

Blue Note Records Catalog is Now in the Naxos Music Library - Jazz

CSU Libraries are proud to report that the Blue Note Records catalog is now available in Naxos Music Library - Jazz!

Blue Note Records, established in New York by German-born record executive Alfred Lion and art director Francis Wolff in 1939, is a renowned jazz label that has produced a number of legendary albums including John Coltrane's "Blue Train" and other classic albums from iconic artists such as Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter
and many others. The label is revered by jazz fans across the globe.

Throughout the fifties and early sixties and continuing for the next five decades, Blue Note continues to discover and launch impressive talents to a new level.

For more information, please visit the Naxos Music Library Blog at:

Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collections of Jazz music available online.

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call the Music Library at: 706-641-5046.

Happy Listening!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Constitution Day Speaker on American Ideals

To honor the last meeting of the Constitution Convention on September 17, 1987, Constitution Day was made a federal holiday. In recognition, Dr. Dan Crosswell, Chair of the Military History program at CSU, gave a talk Wednesday at Schwob Library. He discussed the ideologies that led to the drafting of the Constitution and the shaping of American government, as well as their lasting effects to the present day. The program was sponsored by the Departments of Geography and History, the library, and the Student Political Awareness Association. The full-video of the event has been made available for viewing by the SPAA.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Banned Books Week Read-Out

The week of September 24 - October 1, 2011 is Banned Books Week (BBW).

The Schwob Memorial Library will be hosting a “Read-Out” that will take place on Tuesday, September 27 from 12:30 - 1:30 and will feature CSU faculty and staff reading from their favorite banned books.

Banned books are defined as books that have been banned and/or challenged, sometimes through court action, by individuals and/or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. Books that have been on a banned books list at one time or another include such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as more recent titles like Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

For more information on BBW and a list of frequently challenged books, visit the ALA website. You may also want to consult a book in the library's Reference Collection: Banned books : 2004 Resource Book by Robert P. Doyle, Call Number: Ref Z658.U5 B36.

By participating in the Read-Out, you will be speaking out against censorship and showing students that the members of the CSU faculty and staff support their right to read. On a higher level, we are letting our students know that CSU is a university that supports intellectual and cultural diversity through the free exchange of ideas.

Please join us!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome Mark Flynn!

Please join the CSU Libraries in welcoming Mark Flynn as the new Dean of Libraries at CSU!

Dean Flynn is the former director of the Florida Electronic Library and information technology programs for the Florida Division of Library and Information Services. He holds an education specialist degree in library science from the University of Alabama, a master’s in archives administration and records management from the University of New Orleans, a master’s in library science from the University of Alabama and bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, English and fine arts from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

For more information about Dean Flynn, please read a profile about him in the CSU News!

Welcome Dean Flynn!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Constitutution Day Lecture on September 14 at 12:30

The History and Geography Department, CSU Student Political Awareness Association, and CSU Libraries present a Constitution Day lecture by Dr. Dan Crosswell.

Dr. Crosswell comes to Columbus State this year as the Colonel Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History.

His talk will focus on American exceptionalism and the drafting of the Constitution.

Please join us 12:30 to 1:30 Wednesday, September 14 in the library forum on the first floor of Schwob Memorial Library to celebrate this historic document.

Refreshments will be served.

Check Out the New Features for Films on Demand

You may have noticed a slick new interface and some new features when accessing the Films on Demand (FOD) database. Here are a few of highlights:

*Redesigned Interface*
The new interface is designed to make it simpler to navigate the platform and easier to find and use the videos you need. The new streamlined interface includes a revised home page that displays a dynamic list of all of the individual subjects to which each institution subscribes, showcasing recently added videos for each. In addition, each subject now has a unique landing page. To access a subject page, you can click on the new "Subjects" drop-down menu at the top of any page. To view a complete index of all of the subjects in your institution's collection, click on the new "Index" link at the bottom of any page.

*New Video Player*
The new video player provides dynamic bit-rate switching for the optimum viewing experience, automatically adjusting within a 200K-through-1.5mb-bitrate range depending on the type of device being used and available bandwidth; users no longer need to select their target bandwidth themselves from a drop-down menu. As a result of this new player, the Windows Media format is no longer available. Any users with Windows Media as their default setting will be automatically converted to the new embedded player.

*Now iPad Friendly*
All of the FOD videos have been re-encoded in H.264 format to allow playback on any iOS device. With the new video player, you can now watch any titles in your On Demand collection on an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone. And our new design is optimized to allow easy navigation of the On Demand platform from either a computer or an iPad with an Internet connection.

*New Special Collections for Key Producers*
It is now easier to browse titles from some of our most popular producers. The "Special Collections" tab at the top of every screen lists these producers; just click on any producer's logo to access a list of all their titles in your collection, organized by subject category.

*Improved Browse & Search Options*
Users can now navigate to the new Subject pages and Special Collections using an improved top navigation from any screen. Once on these pages, the new platform offers many additional sorting and filter options. The basic search has been enhanced with a new Search Assist autocomplete feature: when users type a keyword in the search box, suggested full titles or segment titles that contain that keyword appear. Users can now also cross-search multiple subjects and Special Collections using the Advanced Search tools.

*My Playlists Has Folder*
For FOD accounts, users can now create folders to better organize their playlists just as they can with favorites.

*Upcoming Training*
Register for vendor training from Films on Demand at
Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction - September 13, October 12
Films On Demand: Using Playlists, Favorites and Sharing - October 4

Films on Demand consists of 7,000 video titles (77,000 segments) in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Health, and Science. Also included is the new collection of United Newsreels which includes an additional 260 titles (1,250 segments).

Happy Viewing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Early Journal Content on JSTOR

Yesterday, JSTOR announced that it is making journal content published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals.

For more information about the Early Journal Content, please see:

A detailed FAQ about the program is online at:

Films on Demand and LexisNexis Training from GALILEO

Join vendor trainers from Films on Demand and LexisNexis for general overviews and topical webinars of interest to students and faculty. Registration is available at
  • Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction—September 13, October 12
  • Films On Demand: Using Playlists, Favorites and Sharing—October 4
  • LexisNexis Academic Overview—September 20, December 6
  • LexisNexis for Business Research—September 27
  • LexisNexis for Legal Research—December 7
For more information about Films on Demand and LexisNexis, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Search ARTstor Today

CSU Libraries are very happy to report that access to ARTstor has been restored to all CSU students, faculty and staff! We sincerely apologize for the access problems that you have experienced and we thank you for your patience as we worked with ARTstor and UITS to resolve the problems.

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. The ARTstor community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. For more information about the ARTstor Digital Library, please see the ARTstor Features Brochure.

You can access ARTstor via GALILEO or directly at:

For more information about ARTstor, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Database of the Month: JSTOR

One of CSU Libraries' most popular databases is JSTOR.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. It is a rich database repository of full-text journal articles that covers the arts and sciences.

CSU Libraries provide access to the following JSTOR collections:
  • JSTOR Arts and Sciences I, II, III, IV and V
  • JSTOR Life Sciences
  • JSTOR Plant Sciences
An overview of special features in JSTOR is online at: Other tutorials available are:
You can access JSTOR both on campus and at home.

Accessing JSTOR on campus is easy. Simply go to GALILEO and click on JSTOR under the Databases A-Z tab.

Accessing JSTOR at home is also easy. Please see the short video about accessing all GALILEO databases at: You will also need to make sure that your browser has the following settings:
  • Accepts Cookies
  • Allows for Pop-Ups
You can select these settings under the Tools menu on most browsers.

For further assistance with JSTOR, please Ask a Librarian or call: 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

JSTOR Service Alert for September 9 & 10

On Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, JSTOR will be performing site maintenance that requires a “read-only” period for these two days.

During this scheduled maintenance, users will be able to search, browse, and access and download PDF files for content in JSTOR. They will not be able to save citations, reset passwords, create or update MyJSTOR accounts, or purchase articles.

JSTOR is a full-text database that covers a wide variety of topics. JSTOR attempts to include all issues of covered titles back to volume 1. Some titles extend back to the mid-1800's. Many titles go back to the early 1900's. Most titles have a publisher's embargo, so the most current volumes are not available. JSTOR has recently begun including index information for more recent volumes of a select number of titles that are available full-text through Project MUSE.

More information about JSTOR can be found online at:

For assistance with JSTOR and library research, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492

Happy Searching!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New to GALILEO: The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in four south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Thomasville, and Valdosta) from 1845 to 1922. Consisting of over 81,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.

The archive includes the following south Georgia newspaper titles: Albany News (1870-1883), Albany Patriot (1845-1866), Americus Times Recorder (1881-1921), Sumter Republican (1870-1885), Thomasville Times Enterprise (1873-1922), Valdosta Times (1908-1912).

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SciFinder is Now Faster!

CSU Libraries are excited to announce that the Web version of SciFinder has been updated to improve your overall user experience. You can expect faster response times in several key areas, including answer set display and pagination, detailed displays, breadcrumb navigation and large answer set print/export.

SciFinder has also added support for additional Web browsers. Mozilla Firefox 5 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Web browsers have been added to the list of recommended browsers for SciFinder.

In addition, new Print and Export options allow for more customized information output, and a more visible Keep Me Posted (KMP) alert button will help guide you to this valuable SciFinder feature. Set up a KMP alert today to notify you monthly or even weekly when new research is available in SciFinder.

To learn more, visit What's New in the Web Version of SciFinder

SciFinder is a research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases containing literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more. You can access SciFinder in GALILEO or directly at:

Happy Searching!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

EMI Classics Catalog is now Available in Naxos Music Library

CSU Libraries are excited to announce that the complete EMI Classics catalog is now available in Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library - Jazz! This vast catalog of recordings includes EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and Blue Note Records.

Today, more than 225 albums are be available in NML with the remainder of the 7200 album catalog available by the end of 2011.

Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 52,677 CDs with more than 756,740 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues plus the complete catalogues or selected titles from over 378 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Classic pop and rock music as well as Chinese orchestral music are also represented.

NML can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime. With the new iPhone / iPod Touch App / Android App subscribers can also access the service on the go.

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-641-5045.

Happy Searching!

Friday, August 19, 2011

New to GALILEO: Enciclopedia Moderna

CSU Libraries are proud to announce that the following database has been added to GALILEO:

Enciclopedia Moderna, part of Spanish Reference Center, includes thousands of encyclopedia articles and images. In addition to encyclopedia content, the resource includes a dictionary, atlas, and timelines. Enciclopedia Moderna is an appropriate resource for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call Information Services at: 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching in Spanish!

ProQuest Databases Maintenance Downtime

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on August 20, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 10:00 PM to Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

The following products will be unavailable during this time:

Please Ask a Librarian or call Information Services (706-562-1492) if you have any questions.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New to CSU: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses -- Full Text

The CSU Libraries are proud to announce that they have recently subscribed to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses -- Full Text database!

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — Full text is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. It is the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. PQDT — Full Text includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works (Cited directly from:

You can access the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses -- Full Text database from GALILEO or directly at:

For more information, please Ask a Librarian!

Happy Searching!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Faculty Continental Breakfast at the Library

CSU Libraries and Academic Affairs invite all faculty to the annual Faculty Continental Breakfast at the Schwob Library (first floor, behind the ETC computer lab) on Wednesday, August 10th from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Please drop by for coffee, some tasty treats and a chance to socialize with faculty colleagues from across campus.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Database of the Month: SciFinder

Have you ever wondered about how to research molecules and cells?
If so, you should check out SciFinder!

SciFinder is a research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases that contain literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.

With SciFinder, you can search for substances, Markush and reaction information, patents, documents, experimental and predicted properties, spectra and much more. Moreover, SciFinder allows you to search by research topic, chemical structure, chemical name or structure, SMILES or InChI string, author or company name and many other options.

For more information about what SciFinder can offer you, please see:

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Improve your ARTstor skills!

Need some brushing up on using ARTstor?

New instructional videos have been added to ARTstor's YouTube channel, and they are all now close-captioned in the language of your choice!

Current titles available are: "Registering," "Faceted Search," "Export to PowerPoint," "Folders and image groups," and "How to unlock a password-protected folder."

More topics will be added in the coming weeks.

You can find these videos at and on ARTstor's Help Wiki.

The ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and research. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world. The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

Happy Searching!

ProQuest Databases Down for Maintenance

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on July 30, 2011.

A fourteen-hour maintenance window will be required for this from Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 31, 2011, at 12:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Ask a Librarian or contact CSU Libraries at: 706-562-1492.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hot Off the Press on NewsBank: August Special Reports

This just in!

The August Special Reports are now available by Newsbank!

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Easily accessible within NewsBank resources, they enable you to quickly locate information on a specific subject while helping you to gain better insight into current issues and events on a global scale. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily.

All Special Reports are accessed from the left side bar on the America's Newspapers menu page in GALILEO.

The following is a listing of some of the Special Reports that may be of particular interest to you at this time.

August Featured Reports

Conflict & Terrorism
Natural Disasters
World Environment
World Economics
World Health
Science and Health in the News
Issues in the News
World Politics and Government
World Travel
U.S. Presidential Campaign – 2012

Coming Soon

Special Report: 9/11 – 10th Anniversary

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Georgia 2010 Census Data Released

On Thursday July 21, the Census Bureau made the first major release of Georgia data from the 2010 census. The Summary 1 File is a collection of tables, "including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters. The statistics are available for a variety of geographic areas, with most tables available down to the block or census tract level." (

The new data tables can be access by searching American FactFinder. More news on details of the release can be found at

Happy Searching!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

NetLibrary eBooks are Now on EBSCOhost!

CSU Libraries are happy to announce that our NetLibrary eBooks are now searchable via the EBSCOHost platform!

eBooks (at EBSCOhost), formerly known as NetLibrary, provides access to electronic books (eBooks), including reference books, scholarly monographs, publications of many university presses, and consumer books that have been converted into digital format. It is possible to perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, or read eBooks directly online.

One of the great benefits of this change is that now you can search across eBooks and other EBSCOhost content for integrated results. Other changes include the ability to browse by subject, genre, and language; use of an enhanced viewer for examining documents;

and the ability to view table of contents from the Result List and Detail Record.

You can access CSU's eBooks (at EBSCOhost) directly from GALILEO or in your results list using GIL, CSU's online catalog.

For more information about CSU's eBooks, please see our Electronic Resource Guides or Ask a Librarian.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Database of the Month: Naxos Music Library

Are you in the mood for listening to some music? Well, this month's Database of the Month, the Naxos Music Library, has a lot to offer you!

The Naxos Music Library (NML) is the world's largest online classical music library.

Currently, it offers:

  • Streaming access to more than 43,500 CDs with more than 600,000 tracks;
  • Catalogs of more than 50 classical, jazz and world music labels;
  • Synopses of over 700 operas;
  • A pronunciation guide for composer and artist names;
  • Glossary of musical terms
  • Playing times of individual works or movements
  • Detailed music notes and opera libretti.
  • Ability to create personalized playlists.

The NML can be searched by composer, work and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 10 combined search criteria.

NML can be accessed from GALILEO, anywhere, anytime. And with the new iPhone / iPod Touch App / Android App you can also access the NML on the go.

For more information and links to streaming video tutorials, please check out CSU Libraries' Electronic Resource Guides and Ask a Librarian.

For searching tips, daily commentaries about the Naxos Music Library collection and much more, please see the Naxos Music Library blog.

Happy Searching!

Friday, July 15, 2011

New to KCDLonline


KCDLonline just announced that the 30th edition of the Kraus Curriculum Development Library is complete and available online. With this new edition, KCDLonline now contains nearly 8,500 curricula, frameworks, and standards from 1983 through mid-2011.

The following is a representative selection of new resources that have been recently added to the database. These materials are searchable by keywords, title, grade, and state agencies.

* Ba Futuru / For the Future (Timor-Leste)
* Center for Collaborative Education (MA)
* Children & Nature Network (NM)
* Jazz at Lincoln Center (NY)
* Media Education Foundation (MA)
* TakingITGlobal (CANADA)
* The Ewing Public Schools (NJ)
* U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (CA)
* Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Inc. (MA)
* Women in Mining Education Foundation (CO)

You can access KCDLOnline through GALILEO or directly at:

Happy Searching!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Prospective Candidates for Dean of Libraries to Visit

Three finalists to become the next Dean of Libraries at Columbus State University will visit campus July 21-22 and July 25-28. An open presentation will be offered by each candidate.

Mark Flynn
Director of The Florida Electronic Library
July 21-22
Presentation: Thursday, July 21 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology Auditorium
Vita (PDF)

Christina Baum
Director of Library Services, Southern Connecticut State University
July 25-26
Presentation: Monday, July 25 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology Room 206
Vita (PDF)

Edward McCormack
Associate Dean of Gulf Coast Libraries, University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast
July 27-28
Presentation: Wednesday, July 27 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology Auditorium
Vita (PDF)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Check Out the GALILEO Toolbar

The GALILEO Toolbar is a browser plugin for the Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers from LibX that provides direct access to your library's resources.

With the GALILEO Toolbar, you can:

  • Link directly to key GALILEO resources, such as EBSCO databases and Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Search for articles across EBSCO databases
  • Find full-text magazines or journals
  • Find books in a library near you
  • Highlight any text on a webpage, including search terms, titles, author names, and standard numbers, such as an ISBN or ISSN, and use the right-click menu to search for it
  • Access full-text research articles from off campus using the "Reload via Proxy" option on the right-click menu
For more information, check out this video:

Try the GALILEO Toolbar today and Download the GALILEO Toolbar!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

America's Newspapers: Hot Topics in the News

America's Newspapers by Newsbank is a database of local (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer), state (including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and national newspapers (including the New York Times) of the U.S. Each newspaper includes local and regional news, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and community.

NewsBank Hot Topics address a wide variety of contemporary subjects from around the world related to social studies, science, health, sports, the arts, people and more.

To read more, please use the search terms suggested below in the America's Newspapers database found in GALILEO.

As always, please Ask a Librarian for help!



ENVIRONMENT: Arizona and New Mexico Wildfires

TOPIC: Arizona and New Mexico are suffering record wildfires this summer. What are the causes of these extreme fires? What are some of the largest wildfires in our history and what were their causes? What is being done to help save valuable Native American pueblo land?

SEARCH TERMS: (Arizona OR New Mexico) AND wildfires

SPORTS: Wimbledon
TOPIC: The winners of the Wimbledon tennis championship are Novak Djokovic who beat champion Rafael Nadal and Petra Kvitova who upset Maria Sharapova. What other major wins have these two champions had in their careers? What were the best plays and most exiting moments of the tournament?


HEALTH: Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

TOPIC: The U.S. FDA has issued graphic warning labels for cigarette packages showing disturbing images of the gruesome effects cigarette smoke can have on people. Why did FDA decide to replace the existing warning labels? What are some of the ways the government has regulated the way cigarettes are sold over the years?

SEARCH TERMS: cigarettes AND warning labels

Civics, Government and Politics: Afghanistan War Policy

TOPIC: President Obama has outlined the details of his strategy for the US combat mission in Afghanistan which includes significantly reducing the number of U.S. troops. What are the troop numbers and timeline of this strategy and what was the reasoning behind those decisions? What have been the arguments for and against his strategy and who have been the most distinguished voices on each side?

SEARCH TERMS: Obama AND Afghanistan AND troops

Civics, Government and Politics: New Constitution for Iceland

TOPIC: Iceland has chosen to write a new constitution and is reaching out to its citizens through social media and other online means. Why does Iceland want to rewrite its constitution? How is it using technology to find out what its citizens want? What are the most contentious issues being considered for inclusion in it?

SEARCH TERMS: Iceland AND constitution
CRIME AND LAW: Violent Video Games

TOPIC: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the restriction California has placed on the sales and rentals of violent video games is unconstitutional. What is their reasoning for this decision? What were the specifics of the restriction that California was imposing?

SEARCH TERMS: violence AND video games AND California


Civics, Government and Politics: Libya Legalities

TOPIC: A lawsuit has been filed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers claiming that the Obama military action in Libya is unconstitutional. What is the legal case for and against their lawsuit? What are some other U.S. military actions in the past that have been controversial because they were done without the approval of Congress?

SEARCH TERMS: Obama AND Libya AND lawsuit

Civics, Government and Politics: The Republican Primary Candidates

TOPIC: The poll ratings for Representative Michele Bachmann among Republicans have improved after her strong performance in a recent debate among GOP presidential candidates. What other candidates saw their ratings rise and which candidates saw them fall after the recent New Hampshire debate and what were the reasons given for these changes when voters were polled? Which GOP candidate has seen an exodus of his campaign staff and what were the reasons for their departure? Who are the latest candidates to join the Republican primary and what are their backgrounds?

SEARCH TERMS: Republican AND president AND 2012

Civics, Government and Politics: Communist Party in China
TOPIC: There are 80 million members of the Communist Party in China. It is the 90th anniversary of its founding. What percent of the total population are members? What benefits accrue to party members? What are some of the current issues facing the leadership of the party and country?

SEARCH TERMS: China AND Communist Party

CRIME AND LAW: Rafik Hariri

TOPIC: A U.N. investigation into the assassination of Rafik Hariri has issued four arrest warrants to the government of Lebanon. Among the accused are two members of Hezbollah. What is Hezbollah? Why would members of it want Hariri dead? Who else, in the intervening years, has been thought to be responsible?

SEARCH TERMS: Hariri AND assassination AND investigations AND Hezbollah

CRIME AND LAW: Bolivia Challenges the U.N.

TOPIC: Bolivia is challenging the terms of the 1961 U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, maintaining that coca leaves should not be classified as illegal drugs. What is the historical use of these leaves in the Andes Mountains? Why are they among the drugs listed in the convention? What is the current president of Bolivia’s connection to coca leaves?

SEARCH TERMS: Bolivian AND coca AND U.N.

ECONOMICS: Wal-Mart Lawsuit

TOPIC: The Supreme Court has rejected the class-action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart for sexual discrimination. What was their reasoning for this decision? What are some other class-action lawsuits that have faced similar legal challenges?

SEARCH TERMS: Wal-Mart AND discrimination

ECONOMICS: Economic Stagnation

TOPIC: The economy has not improved at a significant rate and the polls show the public is frustrated. What are the reasons given for the weakness of our economic recovery? What are the different strategies that have been tried and how has each one fared?

SEARCH TERMS: economy AND public AND polls

ECONOMICS: Greece Financial Turmoil Continues

TOPIC: Turmoil continues in Greece as the further austerity imposed by new bailout loan conditions are resisted by the populace. Protests have turned into riots. Why does Greece need loans? Why are the IMF and its Eurozone partners imposing seemingly harsh conditions on the loans?

SEARCH TERMS: Greece AND IMF AND (loan conditions OR austerity)
EDUCATION: Preschool in Sweden

TOPIC: A Swedish preschool seeks to prevent children from getting pushed into stereotypical gender roles by not using pronouns like he or she, not reading books that reinforce stereotypes and not allowing certain kinds of toys. What are gender roles? What are stereotypes? Do you think this Swedish school will succeed? How long do you think it will take for them to be able to judge success or failure of this attempt?

SEARCH TERMS: Egalia Preschool AND gender

EDUCATION: U.S. Students Rate Poorly in History
TOPIC: The 2011 National Assessment of Education Progress has showed that American students have a poor grasp on history. What were the numbers given in the report and what did they represent? What are the reasons students are doing so poorly in history?

SEARCH TERMS: students AND history

HISTORY: Alexander the Great

TOPIC: Macedonia is erecting a gigantic statue of Alexander the Great, which has upset the Greeks who believe Macedonians are expropriating a particularly Greek hero. Are the people who inhabit the Macedonia of today the same as the Macedonians of Alexander’s times? What are the Macedonian’s arguments for honoring Alexander?

SEARCH TERMS: Alexander the Great AND Macedonia AND statue

HISTORY: Full Pentagon Papers Released

TOPIC: The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin Texas is making the full breadth of the Pentagon Papers available to the public for the first time. What are the Pentagon Papers and how did they play a role in freedom of the press and the role of covert information during wartime? What details of the Pentagon Papers were the most significant and why?

SEARCH TERMS: Pentagon Papers



TOPIC: The United Nations has declared rinderpest, a cattle disease, to be fully eradicated. The last case was seen in a wild animal in 2001. What are the symptoms of rinderpest? How was it spread? What was its role in human history? How was it eradicated?

SEARCH TERMS: rinderpest AND eradication

ENVIRONMENT: Vultures Comeback

TOPIC: The vulture population is Asia has declined in recent decades, but conservation efforts have seen a comeback in some countries and a smaller rate of decline in others. What is the role of vultures in the ecosystem? How are they fostering the population of vultures in Cambodia? Which religion has used vultures for centuries in the disposal of its dead and how have they coped with the population decline?

SEARCH TERMS: vultures AND Asia AND population


TOPIC: The Prague Zoo has sent four Przewalski horses, a stallion and three mares, to Mongolia to help rebuild the herds there. Why did these horses have to be reintroduced to the wild? Where are the other populations of the horse located and what is being done to preserve them?

SEARCH TERMS: Przewalski horses AND conservation

ENVIRONMENT: Ocean Corridors

TOPIC: An international team of scientists led by two Americans have discovered two broad and busy ocean migratory highways that run across the Pacific and they have named them the North Pacific Transition Zone. How are these highways or corridors formed, and what purpose do they serve? How were they discovered and what experiments were conducted to find out specific aspects of them?

SEARCH TERMS: North Pacific Transition Zone

HEALTH: Court Ruling on Health Care Reform

TOPIC: The U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has ruled the health care reform law of President Obama is constitutional. What were the grounds for the ruling and what was the argument challenging the law? What have been the challenges to the law in other cases?

SEARCH TERMS: health care AND ruling AND Cincinnati

HEALTH: Vaccinating the Third World

TOPIC: Nations have pledged millions to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. The Gates Foundation pledged a billion dollars to it. What is the goal of the alliance? Who are its members? How do they hope to meet their goal?

SEARCH TERMS: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

HEALTH: Cigarette Packaging in Australia

TOPIC: Australia seeks to have cigarettes sold in packages without company logos but with graphic images showing the dangers of smoking. Philip Morris International, based in Hong Kong, is suing the country on the basis of an investment treaty between Hong Kong and Australia. What are Philip Morris’ arguments? What degree of compensation is it seeking? How is the Australian government responding?

SEARCH TERMS: Australia and cigarettes
HEALTH: Scarlet Fever Returns

TOPIC: Scarlet fever has hit Hong Kong. This strain of the fever shows some drug resistance. What is drug resistance? Why do health care providers fear it? What are the symptoms of scarlet fever? How many cases are there in Hong Kong and how does this compare to recent years? Were there any fatalities?

SEARCH TERMS: Hong Kong AND scarlet fever


TOPIC: The Vatican has launched a web site that will aggregate its media output in one spot. The Pope tweeted the news. What sort of media is the Roman Catholic Church involved in? What does it say about the penetration of digital media that one of the oldest, if not the oldest, organizations in the world feels the need to have a presence?

SEARCH TERMS: Vatican AND web sites


TOPIC: June 28 was Tau Day - a day when mathematicians who wish to replace the constant Pi with another named Tau celebrate. Tau is twice the size of Pi, 6.28 to 3.14, and according to these mathematicians using a constant that measures the radius rather than the diameter of a circle simplifies things. What is the definition of a circle and how does it relate to the constant being proposed? How will this constant make things easier?

SEARCH TERMS: Tau AND Pi AND constants

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Corporate Web Suffixes

TOPIC: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to allow a new format of website addresses that end in corporate names. What impact does this have on how the web operates? What is the history of ICANN and what is its role in operating the web?


SPORTS: Dallas Mavericks New NBA Champions

TOPIC: The Dallas Mavericks have defeated the Miami Heat to become the champions of the NBA. Who were the top players and what were the best plays? What kind of a season did each team have and how did this change throughout the season? What are some predictions for NBA teams next season after the recent NBA draft and team trades?

SEARCH TERMS: Dallas Mavericks AND Miami Heat

SPORTS: Boston Bruins Win the Stanley Cup

TOPIC: The Boston Bruins have beaten the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. What happened on the streets of Calgary in the days after the Bruin’s win? Who were the key players and what were the key plays? What is the history of these teams?

SEARCH TERMS: Bruins AND Stanley Cup

SPORTS: Women’s World Cup

TOPIC: The women’s soccer tournament is being held in Germany through July 17th. What teams are considered the favored to win and who are their major players? When did the Women’s World Cup begin and how has it developed?

SEARCH TERMS: Women’s World Cup

SPORTS: McIlroy Wins U.S. Open

TOPIC: Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has won the U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland with a record-breaking score of 268. What was the previous record and who held it? What is his history in golf?


SPORTS: LA Dodgers File for Bankruptcy

TOPIC: The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy. What were the conditions that led this team into bankruptcy? What has Commissioner Bud Selig done in response to the bankruptcy? How are they temporarily financing their daily operations and meeting their payroll obligations?

SEARCH TERMS: Dodgers and bankruptcy


FILM AND TELEVISION: Law & Order: Criminal Intent

TOPIC: The last episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent has just aired on the USA Network. Who is Dick Wolf, and what are the different shows in his Law & Order series? What was the span of each of the individual series?

SEARCH TERMS: Law & Order AND Criminal Intent

FILM AND TELEVISION: Celebrating Fellini

TOPIC: The Toronto International Film Festival is presenting an exhibition on the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini and his impact on the culture of celebrities. As part of the exhibition, they have asked other filmmakers to pair one of his films with a comparable work. Who was Fellini? What were his most famous films? Which film pairings sound the most appealing to you?


FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE: Hungarian Photographers

TOPIC: An exhibit at the Royal Academy in London shows the wide range and style of Hungarian photographers in the 20th Century. They produced some of the iconic images of the age. Who are some of these photographers and what are some of the images they produced? Why did much of their work take place outside of Hungary?

SEARCH TERMS: Royal Academy AND photography AND exhibitions
FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE: Rare Photo of Billy the Kid

TOPIC: American businessman William Koch has bought the last remaining photograph of famous outlaw Billy the Kid. What was the early process used to take and develop this early photo? What is the history of how this photograph has changed hands and stayed preserved?

SEARCH TERMS: Koch AND Billy the Kid AND photo*


TOPIC: Artists pretending to be construction workers have illegally painted a piece of graffiti called The Surfing Madonna under a train bridge in San Diego. Why is there an effort to preserve this piece of graffiti? What are some other examples of graffiti that have received a lot of attention in the artistic community?

SEARCH TERMS: Surfing Madonna AND San Diego

LITERATURE: Harry Potter E-Book Sold on J.K. Rowling Website

TOPIC: The J.K. Rowling website Pottermore will be the only place to buy Harry Potter e-books. What has been the reaction from other book selling venues to her choice? What are some technological changes in book selling that have threatened traditional sales venues?

SEARCH TERMS: Pottermore AND e-book AND Harry Potter

LITERATURE: Against All Enemies

TOPIC: Bestselling author of political thrillers, Tom Clancy, has a new novel called Against All Enemies. What is his new book about and what research did he do for the book? What are some of the other bestsellers he has written and what popular character shows up in many of his books?

SEARCH TERMS: Tom Clancy AND Against All Enemies


TOPIC: Colum McCann has won the International IMPAC Dublin Award. How are works nominated for this prize? What works are eligible for it? Who came up with the idea for this prize? Who are some previous winners of it? What book did McCann win for?

SEARCH TERMS: Colum McCann AND International IMPAC Dublin Award

PERFORMING ARTS: Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark

TOPIC: The Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has finally opened. What famous band did the music for this play? What problems plagued this musical during production?

SEARCH TERMS: Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark


PEOPLE: Whitey Bolger

TOPIC: Whitey Bolger, the notorious Boston crime boss who has been a fugitive from justice since 1994, has been arrested in Santa Monica, California. What was his position in the Winter Hill Gang and what crimes is he accused of? What reputation did he have in Boston and how has he been portrayed in popular culture?

SEARCH TERMS: Whitey Bolger

PEOPLE: Clarence Clemens

TOPIC: Rock saxophone player Clarence Clemens was most famous for his role in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. What were some highlights of his solo career? What were his roles in acting and philanthropy?

SEARCH TERMS: Clarence Clemens

PEOPLE: Prince Philip

TOPIC: Prince Philip has turned 90 recently. What royal families was he born into? What was his life like before his marriage to Queen Elizabeth? How is he perceived by the British press? Has his longevity changed that perception?

SEARCH TERMS: Prince Philip

PEOPLE: Muhammad Hassan Shama

TOPIC: Muhammad Hassan Shama was a founder of Hamas and the leader of its Shura Council. What is Hamas? What is the Shura Council? Why was his position kept secret?

SEARCH TERMS: Muhammad Hassan Shama

PEOPLE: Ai Weiwei

TOPIC: Ai Weiwei has been released from detention and given a heavy fine for tax evasion. What area the restrictions on his actions following his release? How do such numerous restrictions impact him? Is his release due to the attention given his detention abroad?


PEOPLE: Monaco Royal Wedding

TOPIC: Prince Albert of Monaco has wed. His bride is Charlene Wittstock. Where did the prince meet her? What sport did she participate in and how successful was she in that sport? What is the significance to Monaco of this wedding?

SEARCH TERMS: Charlene Wittstock AND Prince Albert

PEOPLE: Jack Kevorkian

TOPIC: Jack Kevorkian was a controversial advocate for legalizing a right to suicidal alternatives for terminally ill patients. What was the Detroit Free Press Report? What is the history of the right to die movement?

SEARCH TERMS: Jack Kevorkian

PEOPLE: Shaquille O’Neill

TOPIC: Shaquille O’Neill is retiring from professional basketball. What are the teams that he has played for and what did he do to make those teams successful? What off-court activities is he involved in?

SEARCH TERMS: Shaquille O’Neill

PEOPLE: Peter Falk

TOPIC: Peter Falk was one of the most recognized actors of his generation. What is the famous TV show that he starred in and what were the qualities of the show that made it so successful? What are the most celebrated films that he was involved in?


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