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

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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

Check This Out!—RetroPie

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Have you checked out our new video game nook near the BServ desk and Laptop? We have a RetroPie available for checkout that has over 175 games from the Atari, NES, and SNES systems, including Pacman, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. The RetroPie is available for a 3 day checkout (and can’t be renewed), and just requires a TV or monitor and an HDMI cable to use. Come visit our display and check it out for some weekend gaming!

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Frankenstein Exhibit

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We’re excited to be hosting another exhibit from the National Library of Medicine! “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” focuses on the novel Frankenstein and features information about Mary Shelley, the medical research that provided some of the basis for the novel, and the creative works that have been inspired by Shelley’s story.

Come in and browse the exhibit on the first floor of the library! You can also find more information on the National Library of Medicine’s website.

A man lies over skeleton as man exits room. Right: Woman touches man as he departs.

Image from Singer-Mendenhall Collection, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Check This Out! — Self-Help Books

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Happy New Year, Bryant! If you’ve made some resolutions you want to stick to this year,  check out some of our self-help books to help make those new habits stick year-round:

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If you’re looking to have a more meaningful year, take a look at Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life. This book was written by Tom Rath, who also wrote Strengths Finder 2.0, and he discusses how to create more meaning in our lives and the importance of achieving a healthy lifestyle. If your goal is productivity this year, try Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, which focuses on changing your world view to help you achieve more. For those who want to take a more mindful approach this year, check out Show Up as Your Best Self: Mindful Leaders, Meditation, & More, which goes over mindfulness and meditation techniques used by Fortune 500 Executives that can improve your leadership skills.

 

31111142.jpgIf you’re looking for an entertaining read to help improve your life overall this year, I recommend Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need To Do And Start Doing What You Want To Do. This book (which features lots of swearing, FYI) will help you organize your brain and focus your energy on things you actually care about. If you’ve set some new creative goals, check out Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, where she discusses how important it is to put in the work for creative pursuits. As a bonus, she also has a podcast called Magic Lessons where she talks with other artists (including Neil Gaiman, Michael Ian Black, and Ann Patchett) about overcoming our fear to create, which will help you stay motivated all year long.

—Becca

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Happy finals!

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Hi everyone! We hope you’re going into your finals super relaxed and ready to ace your tests! There are a few things going on at the library over the next week or so to help you conquer your finals:

  • Magnetic poetry encouragement—We have a board set up at the entrance of the library with magnetic poetry words for you to create short messages of encouragement for your fellow Bulldogs. Check out what’s already been written or write some lines of your own as you come in!
  • The snack cart—It’s back (by popular request)! Library staff will be around delivering afternoon snacks during finals, so keep an eye out for it!
  • Relaxation fort—If you need to take a few minutes to yourself, you can use the relaxation fort on the first floor near the research desk. It has meditation tutorials, stress balls, and relaxing pictures so you can take a few minutes to center yourself in between studying sessions.
  • Creepy Mouse—Our old friend Creepy Mouse has escaped again! She’ll be hiding in the library throughout finals, and if you’re the one to find her and bring her back, you could win a candy prize. Make sure to follow us on instagram so you know when she’s loose!
  • Hot chocolate bar—On Friday, we’ll have a hot chocolate bar set up with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and more. Come visit it if you need a sugar rush!

As always, let us know if you need anything (including research help), and good luck on finals!

—Becca

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