Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Great Speckled Bird Exhibtion

Exploring controversial topics such as race, women's rights, and sexuality, the The Great Speckled Bird was an underground newspaper published at Atlanta in the 1960's. With a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council, all issues of the The Bird have been digitized by Georgia State University Library and are available at no cost.

A brief history of The Bird is on display on the first floor of Simon Schwob Memorial Library and the entire collection can be viewed at 

9/11: Christopher Huff will give a lecture, “Reporting the News, Making the News: The Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta, and the Southern Sixties,” today at 12:30 in the library forum area.

Friday, August 22, 2014

McNaughton Featured Book: Argo

For fans of history and spy novels, Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio might be your book.

Though never seeing the movie, the book only provided background and historical perspective without the glamor of Hollywood. Argo started slow but eventually lead to the suspense I was hoping for. 

The book chronicles the CIA operation of Mendez and leads to the rescue which is mentioned half way through the book. While the history is chronicled more than suspense, the book quickly picks up. Argo, the book, provided more dynamic than the movie but both have their own distinctions.

It was interesting to learn the process behind disguises and preparing for undercover work, but there was so much history and preparation for the event that I felt there should have been more toward the end to balance out the amount of time dedicated toward getting ready for the escape. I'd say this book should be renamed "Preparing for Argo" to fit the story

I'd rate the book 3/5 stars simply because the book was hard to follow in the beginning but the details Mendez provided made the story more palpable.
- Julie Caulder and Sunshine King

If you would like to check out this book, please visit the McNaughton Collection on Simon Schwob Library's first floor:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the 2014 Fall Semester and hello to all new CSU students, faculty, and staff! Many heartfelt greetings from the library.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Health Resources on Diseases

Science Librarian, Paul Luft, points out two resources that track diseases and keep you updated on health events such as the recent Ebola outbreak:

HealthMap website and mobile app lets users observe cases of disease located in their area and around the US in real-time. Each case is accompanied with details on the specific infection, and sometimes is connected to online news, reports, and other related material. Users can search by type of disease and receive e-mail alerts on any outbreaks.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) provides day-by-day coverage on the the latest diseases and currently is monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Users can find out the treatment, diagnosis, prevention, etc. of many diseases as well as topics that cover healthy living and emergency preparedness.

Discover more health resources from CSU Libraries' Subject Guides.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NovelList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8 Added to GALILEO

NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus are two new resources that have been added to GALILEO. NoveList has provided readers' advisory for both educators and librarians, and NoveList Plus provides new popular nonfiction titles as well as other features such as:
  • Recommended reading lists on Adventure Travel, Growing Up Around the World, Animals in Our Lives, Historical Scandals, Scientific Discoveries, Women in Sports, and more 
  • Dewey Number Browse to find recommended titles by Dewey number
  • Advanced Search features for audio and nonfiction search refinement
Other features still available
·         Author, title, and series read-alikes
·         Lexile level assignments
·         Robust awards and notable books lists
·         Book discussion guides
·         Picture book extenders
·         Common Core resources

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Resources on GALILEO

CSU Libraries are happy to announce that the following new resources from EBSCO are on GALILEO. This will add thousands of new abstracts to use when searching for articles, journals, and other online materials.

Here are the GALILEO Express Links with descriptions of each resource:

Child Development & Adolescent Studies provides references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. This database includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 - 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development, plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed in this database. 

Peace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Journal of Refugee Law, etc. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, including coverage dating back to 1964. 

Race Relations Abstracts focuses on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. Race relations is an area of study that pertains to the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, ideology, community relations, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the sources such as Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Social Issues, etc.

Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from sources within the discipline, such as: Child Maltreatment, Trauma, and Violence & Abuse. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1995.  

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