Mediamark Research Inc. – University Reporter

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Looking for market research data? Check out GfK MRI SmartSystem features University Reporter, a database that provides summary tables of key audience and product usage data from a national probability sample of 25,000+ households.

You can register for a Free Account here. Use your Bryant email address and this code: 5MRNGBFP for registration.

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Word of the Day

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Did you know that the library subscribes to the Oxford English Dictionary online?

You can register to receive the “word of the day” here.

Today’s word of the day is:

in petto, adv.

1647

Privately, in a person’s mind or heart; in secret. Also: in reserve.

Feed Your Curiosity: News Articles and our Databases

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Ever read a news article that piques your curiosity?  Or, something interesting that cites its sources, and you want to read those articles to become more of an expert on the topic?  You can!

For example, take the recent New York Times article titled, “Accounting for Taste: Not for Your Ears Only: How Sour Gets Its Zing”. This article discusses a recent scientific study on taste reception cells that was published in Science, which you can read in full here through the library’s databases!

When you’re reading articles, you can always search the library catalog for the research cited, or search directly within the many databases to which we subscribe to learn more.  If you are reading the article on campus and the citation is hyperlinked, you will be routed directly to the article if we have access to it. Try it, the next time you’re curious about a topic!

—Trish

“Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking”- a perfect book for Valentine’s Day

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For those of you who  love Masterpiece Theater’s current mini-series “Victoria”, you may very well be delighted in the new book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe.  Author Deborah Cadbury offers a gripping account of the Queen’s meddlesome matchmaking skills in her grandchildren’s lives, to help turn Europe’s strife into happiness. Some of the unions were blissful while most were catastrophic – making an enjoyable read this winter! 

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Magnetic Poetry Board

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Hi everyone! Our magnetic poetry board is back, this time so you can write poems to your Valentine, whether it’s a significant other, best friend, or yourself! Here are a couple of the poems that have been created so far:

Make sure you stop in this week and check out the poems, or to write your own!

Check This Out!—The Underground Railroad

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Image result for The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadColson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad, is striking in both its literary style and emotionally impactful content.  Whitehead is noted for mixing realism with a bit of surrealism and this, his latest novel, is no exception.  Set in the antebellum South, he introduces us to Cora, a young slave woman who, along with her companions one night, relies on the light of the full moon to escape the brutality of the Georgia plantation on which she was born.  With help from a clandestine network of abolitionist individuals, they travel the Underground Railroad which Whitehead depicts as a cavernous system of actual railways.

Scenes of both triumph and horror abound in this mix of historically-based fiction and subterranean fantasy.  Whitehead’s sensory style of writing will keep you engaged and reflecting upon its emotional content for days after you’ve completed the book.  Don’t overlook this one on your next leisure reading quest.

To learn more about the book, or put a hold on it, visit the library catalog.

—Wendy Smith-Stenhouse