Friday, March 7, 2014
This database specializes in articles by a wide variety of historians. Most articles are peer-reviewed. Some articles about ancient history are available, but most of this database focuses on history from the Renaissance to the present. We're listing it here because the Roman Empire has had such a lasting impact on politics, history, geography, law, art, and literature ever since its decline and fall.
In addition to articles about more recent history, JSTOR contains a wealth of articles about ancient history. The best part about using JSTOR is that you can read every article that you find through our subscription!
Roman History Books
Books are the best way to get in-depth knowledge of the Roman Empire. Learn about emperors, assassinations, conquests, sea battles, certain Egyptian queens, decadent Roman culture, and much more in section DG on the fourth floor.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Books about Free Speech
Books about the First Amendment and freedom of speech can be found throughout the Library's collection. Most of them are in our constitutional law section, but others are in art, literature, and history. These books look at important cases in American history in which the right to free speech was challenged. Many of them highlight the tension between the right of expression and offensive speech.
LexisNexis Academic is a popular legal database that contains thousands of district, federal, and Supreme Court cases; legal articles; state and federal laws; and much more. It also contains a news archive that goes back to the mid-1970s. The database's interface is complex, so please feel free to visit us at the Reference Desk if you have questions.
Section TR contains our books about photography and collections of photographers' work. You can find more Mapplethorpe here, as well as work by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, and many others.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
American History in Video
This unique database streams newsreel, documentary, and other video on a wide range of topics in American history. American History in Video is available on and off campus so that you can watch history as it happened.
We have books about all American presidents in our collection. But because of Watergate and other scandals, we have shelves of books about Richard Nixon. They can be found on the fourth floor, in section E 885.
If you have any questions about accessing these resources, please call us at (801) 864-8840. We're happy to help!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Vaccinations are the subject of many myths. The articles in Health Source: Consumer Edition can show you the latest research and help you sort fact from fiction.
Public Health Books
Section RA on the fourth floor contains our collection of books about public health. This broad category includes books on health communication, vaccination programs, health education, and many more topics.
As always, you can ask for help with your research questions at the Reference Desk, call us at (801) 863-8840, or chat with us using LiveHelp. Debbie Short, our health sciences librarian, can also help you with advanced research.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
With Facebook celebrating its tenth birthday this week, we wanted to share the books we've collected about friendship and the impact that social networking has had on our relationships. We put up a display on the first floor with the most relevant books, and we hope you'll stop by to take a look. Here are some other resources we have for doing research on friendship and social networking:
Books about friendship are available in several locations in the Library, but most of them can be found on the fourth floor in section HM.
This database contains research touching on just about every aspect of social life. Researchers have been looking at how social networking and social media has changed the way we communicate, resolve conflicts, and make friends since before Facebook became an Internet phenomena. Most of that research can be found in Sociological Collection.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
|All book displays are on the first floor.|
You can check out as many books from our regular collection (fourth floor) as you can carry away for three weeks at a time. Our music books--which include biographies, histories, music theory texts, and more--can all be found in section M.
Music Reference Books
Our reference books are selected to help you get started on your research. Many of our books about popular music can be found in this collection, located on the first floor. Music books are in section M. One of the best sources of information about popular music, The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, can be found here. Most reference books check out for three days at a time.
Online Music Reference Books
We are very proud of our online reference collection. The above link takes you to a page that lists our books by subject. Just click music to see all of our available titles. Our collection focuses on classical music, but you can also find information about popular music and musicians.
As always, if you have questions about your research or need help getting started, please contact us at the Reference Desk. We can be reached by phone at (801) 863-8840. You can also get in touch via text, chat, and email (Get Help details).
Monday, January 27, 2014
Most of our silent movies are in one location in our media collection on the second floor, but a few are available mixed with the other genres like comedy, drama, and the foreign films. You can search the Library's catalog here to find nearly every silent movie we have. Due to the popularity of our film collection, you can only check out five videos at a time for three days at a time.
Silent Movie History
Learn more about the fascinating history of silent movies and the early cinema from our books on the fourth floor in section PN 1995.75. Actor and director biographies can be found a little further down the shelf.
As we're honoring silent movies, this seems like a good week to remind students that the third, fourth, and fifth floors are quiet study floors.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
There is also a display of books about Dalí and Munch on the first floor, but it won't last long!
You might not think of the library as a place to go to create art, but we have offered Adobe Photoshop (and Adobe's Creative Suite) on our Mac computers for years. Soon, we will have access to Adobe Cloud.
We have hundreds of books about art and artists on the fourth floor of the Library. They can be found in section N. Art books are arranged by medium, so books on sculpture are in one section and architecture in another. Within each section, books are subdivided into sections on history or technique or schools of art. Most of our books about surrealism (Dalí) and expressionism (Munch), will be in section ND with our books on painting.
Grove Art Online
Created by Oxford University Press, Grove Art Online is a terrific reference source for art. If you need quick definitions or explanations of art terms or want a quick biography of an artist, Grove is the best place to get started.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The UVU Library has been collecting eBooks for years now. We have hundreds of reference and academic titles waiting to be read. Due to publisher restrictions, some books cannot be downloaded--but they can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, even late at night. The eBook collections page includes collections the Library subscribes to as well as free collections from around the world.
If you have any questions about using the eBooks, please call us at (801) 863-8840.
EBSCO eBook Collection
EBSCO's eBook Collection is one of our newest. We purchased a subscription to their academic package last fall, which gives us access to thousands of new titles in a wide variety of disciplines.
If you run across a book or article in our databases or in a citation and the UVU Library doesn't have a copy, we can get one for you through our interlibrary loan service. All you need to do is create an account, tell us what you need, and we take care of the rest. Unlike some other universities, we don't charge anything for this service. Articles take only two business days to arrive; books about a week to 10 days, depending on the mail.
Monday, January 6, 2014
After two weeks of holidays and closures, we are back on normal hours. We are open:
Monday - Friday
7:00 AM to 12:00 AM
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Reference services are available every Monday through Thursday until 10:00 PM, until 6:00 PM on Friday, and from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM every Saturday. Please don't be afraid to ask us questions! We're always happy to help.
If you'd like a quick refresher on research skills and online library services, try LibraryCraft! This game takes on an adventure on the Library's website. If you finish, stop by the first floor Circulation Desk to pick up your official UVU Library Dragonslayer button.