October is Database Trial Month at the Library!

October is database trial month for the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, and the AUM Library is pleased to present several databases for your consideration at our Trial & Test Databases Libguide.

The following databases are on trial this month–

Bentham Science is a science publisher with over 100 peer reviewed journals and over 400 e-books.  Please note that Bentham Science is available only within the library and requires a sign on.  More information is available at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library Tower.

Early English Books Online contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-color, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources

Emerald eJournals Premier is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary journal database, featuring peer-reviewed, international research in both established and emerging areas of interest. eJournals Premier combines Emerald’s Management Database and Specialist Collections

SAGE Business Researcher features in depth analysis in the fields of business and management. Each report includes short feature articles on related topics, expert views often formatted as pro/con debates, and graphs and charts with downloadable data. Each issue provides context to help students understand the topic and lists scholarly resources to guide further research.

SAGE Business Stats  provides access to more than 3,000 data series from Woods & Poole, including their projections through 2040, as well as data down to the ZIP code level by age, race, household income ranges, employment and employee wages, among other measures.

SAGE Video feature videos created for use across higher education, supporting undergraduate through higher level academic research.  SAGE Video includes collections in: Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Counseling & Psychotherapy, and Education.

So, give these resources a try and let us know what you think!

Pardon our progress!

Please pardon our progress!

The lab on 2nd floor of the Library will be closed beginning tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 21st, and continuing through the week of Thanksgiving.  The lab is being painted and new antistatic carpeting is being put in.

The computers will be removed Friday, Nov. 21st and stored until after the “renovations” are complete.

Computers remain available for use in the Reference area, on the first floor, and in Government Documents, so patrons continue to have numerous access points at which to work.  All programs on the computers in the 2nd floor lab should be available at the computers in the Reference area of the 2nd floor.  Printing, scanning, and photocopying will not be affected by this work.

Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.

Five Proposed Constitutional Amendments on all Alabama Ballots on November 4

Below is an excerpt from The League of Women Voters of Alabama webpage.
Be Informed. Be Prepared. Go Vote.

Five Proposed Constitutional Amendments on all Alabama Ballots on November 4

In the general election on November 4, 2014, there will be five proposed amendments to the Alabama state constitution on every ballot in Alabama. The voter is asked, “Shall the following Amendment to the Constitution of Alabama be adopted?” followed by the “PROPOSED AMENDMENT WHICH APPLIES STATEWIDE.”

The League of Women Voters presents an analysis of each of these five proposed amendments. For each amendment, this paper presents the background of the amendment, a list of supporters and their argument for the amendment, and a list of opponents and their arguments against the amendment. This analysis is a public service of the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund. Every effort has been made to present factual and unbiased information regarding the amendments. We hope that you find this information helpful in deciding how you will vote on these amendment referendums on November 4.

Read the LWVAL analysis of the amendments here:

New database trials, February 2013

Ambrose Digital
Educational video content designed with clips that target the needs of educators using new digital delivery in the classroom. Includes science, history, and drama.  Access is available from on the AUM campus only.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States (Online Edition) is on trial through ProQuest. This resource requires a login for access. Please call the AUM Library Reference Desk at 244-3649 for the username and password.

Trials can be accessed at http://libguides.aum.edu/databasetrials

Black History Month

The AUM Library is proud to support research in African American history with the ProQuest History Vault Collection, Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century. “This collection documents one of the most inspiring social movements in American history. The first of two modules of the ProQuest History Vault offers all levels of researchers the opportunity to study the most well-known and also unheralded events of The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century from the perspective of the men, women, and sometimes even children. The collection spans from the founding of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs in the last decade of the 19th Century to the riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King police brutality case in the last decade of the 20th century.”
To access the collection go to the AUM Databases alphabetical list and click on ProQuest History Vault or click on this link.

Good Reads for Autumn Days and Nights

All In: What it Takes to be the Best by Gene Chizik
America’s Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League by Keith Dunnavant
Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen and the King’s Mother by Philippa Gregory
Frozen Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Lethal by Sandra Brown
Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-olsen
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Unbroken : a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Find them in the Browsing Collection on the second floor. Happy Reading!

Celebrate African American Art

Check out the images from the National Gallery of Art
The Gallery’s collection of American art includes some 150 works by African-American artists. This online tour offers commentary on a selection of twenty-two paintings, works on paper, and sculpture ranging from a colonial portrait by Joshua Johnson of Baltimore to modern and contemporary pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Willie Cole, Kara Walker, and Lorna Simpson.

Where does Thanksgiving Dinner Grow?

Linda Zellmer, Government Information and Data Services Librarian at Western Illinois University, has used data from the 2007 Census of Agriculture and a geographic information system to develop a set of maps showing where the foods consumed at the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, such as turkey, cranberries, squash, and green beans, are grown. A comprehensive poster including all of the maps shows where all of the Thanksgiving foods are grown in the United States.
The maps and posters based on data from the 1997, 2002 and 2007 Census of Agriculture are available on her web site at:
http://faculty.wiu.edu/LR-Zellmer/thanksgiving.html .
The comprehensive poster titled “Where does Thanksgiving Dinner Grow?” is available at:
http://faculty.wiu.edu/LR-Zellmer/thanksgiving/2007/Turkey07Poster.pdf