In recognition of Black History Month, throughout February there will be postings about sources in the UofL Libraries, from books to databases to newspapers, that highlight the African American experience. So, we’ll first start out with this collection:
The African American Collection: Located on the 2nd floor of the Ekstrom Library, there are over 4,000 books on the history and the study of people of African descent living in the Americas and the Caribbean. You can find a variety of works including, broad anthologies, literature, and works on Pan African and African American criticism in this collection.
Below are some specific titles you’ll see:
Title: African-American Life in Louisville Location: Ekstrom Library, 2nd floor Call Number: F459.L89.N476 1998
Title: The Cornel West Reader Location: Ekstrom Library, 2nd floor Call Number: E185.615.W426 1999
Title: Rastafari: Roots and Ideology Location: Ekstrom Library, 2nd floor Call Number: BL2532.R37.C47 1994
Keep in mind the books in this location won’t hold all of the books that relate to these subjects. For example, many books by and about Africa and African Americans are shelved with biology, political science, literature or history sections in many areas of the library.
Books in this collection are available for checkout at the Ekstrom Circulation Desk on the 1st floor with your UofL I.D. or Community Borrower’s card.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), a cruciverbalist, is a person who compiles or solves crossword puzzles; a crossword puzzle enthusiast.” Yes, just like the cartoon guy in the picture on the right. For all the word lovers or those looking for a quality English dictionary, you can find this word and many others in the Oxford English Dictionary online in the library’s Databases A-Z list under the letter “O”; as in oblectation.
The OED is also available in print. Just take this call number, PE1625.O89 1989, and ask for it at the Ekstrom Reference Desk on the first floor. We’ll be glad to help you find the book on the shelf.
Happy word sleuthing!
Super Bowl Sunday–It has been said “more people watch the Super Bowl than vote in presidential elections” (John, 2009, p. 261). This year’s matchup features a rematch of teams from the 2008 championship game, the New England Patriots versus the New York Giants. So, as you get ready for the game, the commercials, parties, and Buffalo Wings check out some of these Super Bowl Reads that are available in the Ekstrom Library.
Title: The Super Bowl of Advertising Location: Ekstrom Library, 3rd floor Call Number: HF6146.T42.K363 2004
Title: The Billion Dollar Game Location: Ekstrom Library, 3rd floor Call Number: GV956.2.S8.S7 2009
Title: The Making of the Super Bowl Location: Ekstrom Library, 3rd floor Call Number: GV956.2.S8.W45 2003 Reference: John, A.S. (2009). The billion dollar game: Behind the scenes of the greatest day in American sport super bowl Sunday. New York: Double Day.
Are there any WildCat fans in Cardinal country? Well, having an experience with Big Blue Nation does not always require a drive to Lexington–in fact, it’s just a few clicks away. The Kentuckiana Digital Library (KDL) has a large Collection of University of Kentucky trading cards. Published between the 1970s and 1990s and sold as a set or in packets at the time, on the backside you can find statistics, biographical information, or trivia. The physical cards are stored in the University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections repository.
In the KDL you can find much more from historic kentucky newspapers like, the Courier-Journal and the Hickman Courier, to oral histories of Anne Braden and Harlan Hubbard, along with maps, images, and various documents. And, they are all digitized collections that serve to enhance to your pursuit of scholarship, research and lifelong learning about Kentucky and beyond.
In the meantime, enjoy taking a trip back down memory lane by viewing trade cards from the likes of Melvin Turpin, Kyle Macy, Pat Riley, Rex Chapman, Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker and others. Go Big Blue!
For more information about the collection and access and use policies click here.
Professors often steer students away from sources like, Google and Wikipedia, because of the likelihood in finding unreliable information. Instead, they want you to use things called, “peer reviewed” sources. But, why?
Well, peer reviewed sources are works produced by people just like your professors–they are educators and scholars. And, they are known by other names like, scholarly, refereed, and academic journals. So, what is the benefit of using peer reviewed sources when you can quickly put something together from a Google search?
Here are some ways using peer-reviewed sources can pay off in your academic life:
1. Build Your Reputation. Peer reviewed sources carry with them the reputation of being credible (legit) and reliable. How much more will your academic performance be considered as such when you utilize peer reviewed sources for research papers or presentations? It also demonstrates to your professors that you’ve taken the time to be critical about the types of sources utilized.
2. Graduate Studies Preparation. Much of the work done by graduate students requires finding evidenced-based research, empirical studies, and conducting literature reviews. The bulk of these types of sources are found in peer reviewed sources—Ka-ching!
3. Google Scholar-It! Yes, you can find peer-reviewed sources in the Libraries databases (e.g., JSTOR, Academic Search Premier). But, you don’t have to do away with Google as a student altogether. Try Google Scholar. Here you can find books and peer reviewed articles; many of them, are linked directly from the library’s databases. This can be a real time saver.
4. Make Decisions with Confidence. Peer reviewed sources are packed full of things like, charts and graphs. Then, there are References lists that can direct you to other sources on the topic. Even more, is the technical terminology that can help you as beginner researcher learn the lingo of the discipline. This level of comprehensiveness gives you confidence in being certain that the source is useful for what you need.
For more information about peer reviewed sources visit our Magazine or Journal? page.
Do you need an online source with coverage on women’s history? The UofL Libraries now has access to the database Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. The collection includes items such as, full-text sources, bibliographies, primary source documents, and reviews for books, films, and websites. You can search by keyword, title, or various browsing options by movement, people, and more.
Topics in this collection include:
- Feminists - Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, Frederick Douglass
- Biographies - Abigail Smith Adams, Annie Oakley
- Politics – Populist Party, League of Women Voters
- Social Movements – Women’s Suffrage, Ending Violence Against Women
This collection is located in our Databases List under the letter “W”. For questions about this database please contact the Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian, Toccara D. Porter by email or phone at 852-6747.
- Formal Title: Head, Reference and Information Literacy Dept. and Associate Professor
- Department: Reference
- Specialty: Humanities subjects, EndNote, and I’ll pretty much take a crack at any other subjects
- Years with the Ekstrom Library: 16
- What’s the coolest thing about working in the library: working with really smart people.
- Interesting reference question: Pretty much any question—hunting for the information is what I enjoy the most.
- Book I’m currently reading: Reading Wide Awake by Patrick Shannon; Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
- Favorite Web 2.0 Tool: LibGuides (professional—it has made creation of help guides so much easier!) and Flickr (personal—I could spend hours!)
- What’s needed in the 21st Century Classroom: Time to think and reflect away from clicking.
- Dream profession (other than librarian): Storyteller or owner of a small café/used book store; teaching small children to swim.
- Interesting fact: My family has three chickens.
- Contact information:
Phone: (502) 852-1491
Join us for the WinterFest Library Meet and Greet to check out what services the Ekstrom Library has to offer. FREE donuts and cider will be provided and a drawing for Kindle and Nook e-readers will be held!
Staff from the Writing Center and Digital Media Suite, along with Ekstrom Reference Librarians are excited to meet with students to answer your questions about our services and help you put names to faces associated with these departments.
When: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The east lobby (1st floor), near the Browsing Collection.
Click here to see the full schedule of WinterFest Events.
Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited
by Brittney Thompson
Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) directs The Darjeeling Limited: a story of three brothers, Francis, Peter, and Jack Whitman (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) reunited one year after not speaking to or seeing one another following the funeral of their father. They travel throughout India on a train called the Darjeeling Limited and manage to get into ridiculous shenanigans (buying a poisonous snake meant for a pet; having one loafer worth thousands of dollars stolen by a shoe-shine boy; facing the threat of being thrown off the train at any moment regardless of how desolate the locations are; attempting to rescue three boys; running around with dozens of heavy and expensive pieces of luggage) before reaching their destination to visit their mother (Anjelica Huston).
The brothers are escapists; their respective problems and shared dysfunctional family prove to be most harrowing during their time together. Francis, the eldest and self-declared leader of the three, recently suffered from a motorcycle accident and remains in bandages and in possession of a cane for the whole of the film. He is overbearing and must know every aspect of his younger brothers’ lives—not because he cares, but because he wants the information that they are not sharing with him. He goes as far as to hold onto their passports to ground them to him. Peter discloses to Jack that he has left his pregnant wife behind in the United States and that the child will be born soon—he will not be present for the birth. He is convinced that he was the closest to their father and his favorite son. Peter has taken some of their father’s belongings such as his razor and prescription sunglasses out of which he can’t see, but insists on wearing both inside and outside. Jack is a writer whose characters in his pieces are striking to him and the people in his life although he won’t admit it. He refuses to let go of a failed relationship with his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman) and allows it to consume his life.
The themes of depression, isolation and loneliness while surrounded with people, familial duty, not to mention responsibility (of lack thereof) and bored wealthy people, are showcased in nearly every Wes Anderson film, but are unique to this dramedy. With loveable and quick-witted characters, audience members are sure to enjoy this fast paced story and be inspired to check out the rest of Anderson’s filmography.
Check out the film in the SGA Collection in the Media Resources Department of Ekstrom Library.