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BookWise for May 7 May 7, 2009

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Check your account! Remember that you can check your own library account to see if you owe us any money or books. Don’t get your grades, registration or diploma held up! From the library website click “Check your library account” and enter your last name and the 13 digit barcode number from your TWC ID Card.

Faculty Reading Recommendations for Graduates– TWC students, your faculty has made a valuable gift to you: a list of essential reading for your life ahead. What books have your teachers suggested? Link to this list under Good Reads above.

Summer Library Hours: Yes, we are still here all summer and will have lots of terrific additions to the New Books shelf, by the way! Summer hours start May 19th. Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, closed on the weekend.

Quotation of the Day: “We gotta get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do.” Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, performed by Eric Burdon and The Animals, 1965

-J. Adams


BookWise for September 3, 2008 September 4, 2008

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Welcome to new and returning TWC students and staff!  Your TWC librarians send out this occasional email with news about books, databases, research tips, exhibits, and warped humor from library land you won’t want to miss.  Be sure to set your email program to allow mail from Marsha Zaleta (Student Life) and twcnet.edu. 

New Databases this year:  Read about these from previous blog posts: LexisNexis Academic and BioOne

Put an end to library fines!  Did you know that you can check your own library account, find out when your books are due, and even renew most of them online?  Click on Check Library Account from the library website and enter your last name and your 13 digit barcode number.  Once logged in to “My Millennium” you can even save your “preferred” catalog searches.

Quotation of the Week:  “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.  It is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime.”  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

BookWise for April 8 April 9, 2008

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New at the BookWise Blog: Photos of students in action, plus:

*Student Assistant Autumn Lowry describes what she has learned about the library.

*Two free database trials to use through April 30:
AP Images – for thousands of Associated Press photos from 1840’s through today

CQ Researcher – Congressional Quarterly Press’s database of in-depth reports on American government, public policy, politics, history, and current affairs. Leave comments to tell us what you think of these databases.

Student survey is on its way:

Watch your email for your online student library user survey and let us know how we’re doing! Do you need more books on certain topics? More journals? More fines? Submit the survey and be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

Not sure which books or databases to choose for your topic?

Use the library web site’s Research Guides by Subject to see which reference books, databases, and web sites are best for that topic. You’ll find help with history, business, English, psychology, and every other field of study.

Quotation of the week:

“The day computers completely replace librarians, I shall stop researching history.” -Dr. Durwood Dunn, TWC Professor

BookWise for March 17 March 17, 2008

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Reference Databases Special, part 2

In February, we started listing a few of the unique databases to which we subscribe. More are listed for you today:

Oxford English Dictionary Online – Twenty–two volumes of definitions, etymologies, and usages packed into one database. The OED is the definitive reference on the English language. Try looking up “Leprechaun”.

WorldCat – If you’ve never used WorldCat, now is the time to start. It is probably the biggest listing of everything ever published on anything. Need to know what books, films, or recordings are available on your topic? Use WorldCat.

Access World News – Read today’s news in Ecuador, Nepal, Croatia, and Opelika. You’ll find hundreds of world newspapers dating back to the 1980’s in some cases.

Research Assistance Available – Do you have an assignment due and need help finding books, articles, or other materials? Not sure where to begin? As always, your librarians are here to help! Drop in or even make an appointment for individualized help! Call or email Julie Adams 746-5251 adamsj@twcnet.edu or Sarah Roy 252-1103 sroy@twcnet.edu for your personal research assistance.

Quotation of the Week:“Censorship is advertising paid by the government” – Federico Fellini, Italian film director, 1920 – 1993.

BookWise for February 11, 2008 February 11, 2008

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Reference E-Books Special
The Library provides access to many amazing reference e-books including those listed below:

Credo Reference – full text of over 250 reference books such as dictionaries and encyclopedias with image and sound files as well.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, academic edition – THE Encyclopedia, plus links to the New York Times and BBC, timelines, an atlas, and video clips.

Gale Virtual Reference – full text of 62 multivolume sets and these are huge works such as the Dictionary of America History, 10 vol., West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, 13 vol., and The Encyclopedia of Religion, 15 vol.  Click “Show All” to see all titles.

Oxford Reference“> – full text of over 175 Oxford Univ. Press language and subject dictionaries including maps, illustrations and timelines.

More e-resources next time!

Faculty Reading Recommendations: Last spring we asked TWC faculty to list the books that each college student should read to prepare for life.   If you missed that list, here it is again on the BookWise Blog.  We have added call numbers for the books we have bought for the collection since spring 2007.  Start reading your favorite teachers’ books now!

Quotation of the Week: “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”  John F. Kennedy, 1962

BookWise for January 28 January 29, 2008

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New Magazines
We have started some new magazine subscriptions based on your survey suggestions from last spring: Vogue, Sporting News, People, Car and Driver, Glamour, Yoga Journal, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World. Come to the Catalyst Café for some leisure time reading. These and other magazines can be checked out for 3 days.

Book and Video Sale

Reminder: We have withdrawn some children’s books and some old videotapes, all of which are on sale in the reading room near the circulation desk. You might find some treasures for your home collection.

Read more about the Clinton 12 in the online version of the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=C111 This Knoxville-area high school was the first public high school in the south to desegregate. A documentary film about the event will be shown this Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 in Townsend auditorium.

Quotation of the Week:
“Freedom rings where opinions clash.” Adlai Stevenson

BookWise for Dec. 4 December 5, 2007

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Book eHarmony
Books need love, too. Read these personal ads from some TWC library books who are looking for readers on the BookWise Blog: See Nov. 20 and 30 posts below. And they won’t cheat on you.

Semester’s End
Students: Checked out items and fines are all due by Dec. 11 or before. Be sure you settle up so that you can receive grades and transcripts and register for the next semester. Check your library account here. If you are registered for the next semester and want to check out books or use databases over the holidays, ask us to update your library record before we leave on December 18.

The Most Unusual Books of the World
Book art! Beautiful book sculptures, clocks, lamps, largest, and smallest books: http://mywiki.ws/The_Most_Unusual_Books_of_the_World

Quotation of the Week:
It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

BookWise for November 14 November 14, 2007

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Testing and Education Reference Center
Are you looking for a graduate school?  Need to find a scholarship?  Do you want to practice for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, NCLEX, and other exams?  Try the Testing and Education Reference Center.

Library Hours During the Thanksgiving Break
We will close at 6:00 pm on Tuesday Nov. 20 and remain closed until Monday November 26.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friends of the Library Noon Book Discussion
Tuesday, November 20 the book Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky will be discussed at the E.G. Fisher Public Library from noon to 1:00 pm.  Irene Nemirovsky was a celebrated novelist living in Paris during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Suite Francaise, consisting of two novellas out of a planned five, is an unfinished work that is fascinating on two levels: it is fiction that brilliantly captures the exodus from Paris and the everyday life of the French during Nazi occupation as it was happening, and it is unfinished because Nemirovsky, originally of Russian Jewish descent, was suddenly deported to Auschwitz.  Discussion leader:  Julie Adams, TWC librarian.

Quotation of the Week:
“Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes.” Neil Gaiman

BookWise for Week of Nov. 5 November 9, 2007

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Library Resources in Business
Doing some papers for your business classes?  Check out the Research Guide to Business to link to databases and reference books selected for business research.  Some top business article databases you’ll see there are:  General Business File ASAP, JSTOR, ABI Inform,  and Wilson Select Plus.  You’ll also see links to full text newspapers, the Wall Street Journal, and selected web sites.

Laptop Checkouts
Are all the library computers in use?  Remember, we have 2 laptops you can check out on 2 hour loan to use in the library.

Quotation of the Week:
“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”  Ocsar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist, and poet (1854-1900)

BookWise for Oct. 10 October 12, 2007

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So Just What is the Nocatula Legend?
Who was Nocatula, anyway?  A. Mother of Sequoyah  B. Sister of Pocahontas C. The Battle of Athens was fought over her  D. The donor for the apartments E. None of the above!  Find out in the post below.

Homecoming at the Merner Pfeiffer
The Library welcomes all alumni and visitors on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Browse old yearbooks, see Library renovations, and have some coffee in the Catalyst Café.  

Changes in Library Hours over the next 2 weeks
Friday, October 12 – Close at 4:00 pm due to street closing
Saturday, October 13 – Open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for Homecoming
Thursday, October 18 – Sunday, October 21 – Closed for Fall Break

Happy Birthday, TWC!
Happy 150th Birthday, TWC 1857 – 2007; Happy One Year Birthday, BookWise Blog; and Happy 67th Birthday, Merner Pfeiffer Library

Quotation of the Week:
“The larger and better portion of the young men of the country are in the Army, fighting the battles of freedom and independence.  And whatever else you leave undone, don’t neglect to educate your daughters.”  from The Daily Post, Athens, 1863, concerning Athens Female College, cited in  A History of Tennessee Wesleyan College 1857- 1957 by LeRoy A. Martin, 1957