Monday, April 14, 2014

The UVU Library Gets Poetic

The National Poetry Month festivities at the UVU Library continue this week. Earlier in the month, we welcomed UVU professors Alex Caldiero, Rick McDonald, Rob Carney, Steve Hall, and several students to read at our Poetry Matters event. You can watch on our YouTube Channel.

This week, we're putting our poetry resources on display.


Poetry and books about poets can be found in section P on the fourth floor. Literature is organized by the author's nationality, then chronologically—so there is no one poetry section, as such. British, Canadian, Indian, American, French, Spanish, Latin (Roman) and Greek, Portuguese, Russian, and German writers all have their own sections. Within each section, you'll find writers arranged from the earliest times (usually the medieval period) to the present.

Project Muse

Project Muse is a great resource for contemporary literature research. It offers one of the best means of keeping tabs on the current poetry scene.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Deaf Studies at the UVU Library

Utah Valley University is hosting the sixth Biennial Deaf Studies Conference April 10-12, making this a great week to highlight our deaf studies collections and demonstrate how our new streaming resources can be used by the hearing impaired.

Deaf Studies Books

Section HV is packed with amazing books about society. It also contains many of our books about deaf education, deaf culture, and more. This section also includes books on American Sign Language and books for interpreters. (You can also find videos on learning sign in section HV of our media collection, on the second floor.)

Deaf Studies Research Guides

This guide contains a list of useful reference books, recommended databases, and vetted websites that can get you started on any research project pertaining to deafness and deaf society. Deaf studies is a broad area for research, so we also recommend stopping by the Library to talk to a librarian or contacting us online. We can help you narrow down your topic and save you some time.

Films on Demand...with transcripts!

We're very proud of our newest acquisition, Films on Demand. This streaming video package not only helps us bring you the latest in documentaries and educational videos, it also contains a lot of helpful features. One of these is that many of the films in the collection has a complete English language transcription. The transcription is searchable and portions of the text will highlight as the video progresses. To find the transcript, just look to the right of the video and click the Transcript tab. If no transcript tab is available, there is a list of segments (video portions) with summaries of the content.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The UVU Library Tries to Relax

With finals looming over all of us, it's easy to let stress take over. So this week we're featuring books and other resources that can help you cope with stress, recognize the risk factors, and deal with the effects.

Books about Stress

Books about stress can be found in a couple different places in the Library, depending on their focus. Some will discuss the risk factors for stress and suggest strategies for reducing the problem before it even starts. Other books will show the long term effects of stress on the mind and body. Still other books will cover how psychologists and health professionals treat severe stress.

Our book collection includes both print and digital titles. Digital titles can be downloaded for a brief time or browsed online.


This database contains the entire American Psychological Association journal archive, all the way back to the very first issues of their journals. Because it is hosted by EBSCO, PsycARTICLES includes all of the search tools you're familiar with and uses the same search tricks you may have learned in your library workshop.

If you have any questions about the Library or research, don't hesitate to ask us--even if you think your question is silly. One important way to avoid stress is to start your research early and ask questions before you get frustrated and/or run up against your deadlines. Visit us at the Reference Desk or call us at (801) 863-8840.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The UVU Library Gets Radical

March 25 is feminist leader Gloria Steinem's birthday and this week the Library will be turning the spotlight on some of its resources on feminism.


GenderWatch is a unique database that can be used to find articles about the history of women's rights. It contains articles from the volatile 1960s and 1970s that can help modern researchers learn more about the inspiration behind the Feminist Movement, their arguments, and more.

Women's Studies Books

The Library's Women's Studies section (fourth floor, section HQ) encompasses women in history, gender roles, feminism, family dynamics, gender politics, and many more topics.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The UVU Library Tries Not to Run Out of Gas

Forty years ago this week, the United States suffered a massive shortage of gas. Lines at gas stations stretched for blocks. Some stations rationed. Today, Americans are still looking for and debating about alternatives to fossil fuels. In recognition of the 1973-1974 Oil Crisis, this week the Library is focusing on its environmental studies collections and databases.

Environmental Studies Books

Many books about ecology can be found in section Q, but books that discuss conservation, sustainability, environmental impact, and related topics are located in section GE on the fourth floor.


Greenwire is a unique database that can be used to find the latest news in environmental policy, pollution, conservation and sustainability efforts, and more.

More ecology databases are available on our physical sciences subject page. If you have any questions using these resources, please contact our science librarian, Trevor Young.

Friday, March 7, 2014

All Roads Lead to Rome at the UVU Library

The Ides of March have come around again and this year marks the 2058th anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar. Many people may know enough about this event to quip "Et tu, Brute?" but come to the Library during Spring Break to learn the real history.

Historical Abstracts

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

The UVU Library Speaks Freely

Twenty-five years ago this week, controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe passed away. Nearly every one of Mapplethorpe's shows sparked outrage and debate about whether his photographs were art or pornography. This week, we're sharing some of our books about Mapplethorpe's life and work because one of the missions of the Library is to protect intellectual freedom. This means that the Library does not shy away from collecting material because it might offend someone.

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

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.

Photography Books

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

The UVU Library Follows the Money

Forty years ago this week, the Watergate scandal broke, changing the way Americans perceived their government forever. Most of our students today weren't even born at the time and have little idea about how the story evolved from a late night break in to the resignation of a president. All this week, we will be featuring books and databases that can help show (or remind) people what happened all those years ago.

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.

Nixon Collection

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

The Library Won't Hurt a Bit

60 years ago saw the first field test of the polio vaccine, the first step towards eradicating the terrible disease. To highlight this important moment in medical history, the UVU Library created a display about vaccination and will be sharing useful resources.

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

The UVU Library Makes Friends

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 and Social Interaction

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.

Sociological Collection

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.

We'd like to be your friends! Follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter for news and highlights from the Library, book recommendations, pictures, and more.