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Library Guide to Your Textbook Search

It’s the time of year for back to school shopping. New pens and pencils, brand new bookbags and binders, and… new textbooks. You take a look at your syllabus – or five – and discover that your classes list a bunch of expensive textbooks as required reading. Adding up the cost in your head, you realize the price tag for all of your books this semester is almost $1,000. That’s over 120 hours of pay from your on-campus job!

"There has to be a way to save some of that hard earned money", you think. "What are my options? I have no idea where to start…"

The Textbooks Guide is the perfect place to begin your search.

Designed as a solution to the common problem of pricey textbooks, this guide serves as a roadmap finding books and eBooks through the MU Libraries Catalog or the OhioLINK Library Catalog, checking out Reserve Textbooks, or requesting an inter-library loan. Beyond libraries, this guide lists useful links to resources for open access eBooks, buying, selling, and renting textbooks or eTextbooks online and locally, and price comparison websites.

So, before you make a trip to your local bookstore, take some time to explore your options. You, and your wallet, may be happy you did!

Access the Textbooks LibGuide here:

The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States

The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States is now online. Coverage spans the formation of interest groups in the 19th Century Gilded Age through the present day growth in lobbying, Political Action Committees, and new forms of interest group cyberpolitics. This e-book provides a detailed look at how interest groups have grown, organized, and become an integral part of U.S. politics.

Looking for more electronic books about interest groups and lobbying in the United States? Search by Subject for "Pressure groups--United States" or "Lobbying--United States" under the Books & More tab on the library website. Narrow your search to include e-books only by selecting “E-Book” as Format.

Want even more? Check out these newly added print titles:

Interest Group Politics
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .I565 2012

Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering
Hamilton Library | JK1118 .R69 2012

The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance
Copy Cataloging | JK1118 .G76 2012

The Scale of Interest Organization in Democratic Politics: Data and Research Methods
Copy Cataloging | JF529 .S33 2012

Competitive Interest: Competition and Compromise in American Interest Group Politics
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .H56 2011

You can also find a print copy of The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States in King Library:
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .G85 2012

Access the e-book from this link:

Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations

The libraries now offer online access to the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. Students in summer courses such as LAS 208 Introduction to Latin American Studies, ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies, or HST 111 Survey of American History, this resource is for you!

The encyclopedia contains over 800 entries authored by scholars in history, political science, and Latin American studies. Easily locate these entries through the A-Z list of entries, browse by topic, or view entries by country.

Helpful tools in this online resource include How to Cite guide specific to this encyclopedia and a CiteNow! link in each entry. Take full advantage of this resource by setting up Your Profile, which allows users to save Favorite Documents and Saved Searches, as well as maintain a Documents History.

Other unique features of the encyclopedia include maps, images and photographs (such as the one below), and biographies of significant Latin American leaders and U.S. presidents.

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Honduran President Manuel Zelaya." In Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, vol. 3, 688. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012.

Check out the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations today!

Education in Video

Calling all Education majors: you may be done with student teaching for the semester, but you can continue to develop your teaching skills with new library database Education in Video, a comprehensive online collection of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in classrooms for the training of teachers.

This is a giant resource, currently including more 3,777 video titles (that’s about 987 hours of video, total)! Even with the extent of the collection, searching all of these titles is a breeze with Alexander Street's Semantic Indexing™, which allows for precise search and retrieval. You can also browse by grade level (preschool, primary, middle, secondary, post secondary), by educator/expert, by educational topic, or by clips. Another nifty feature – all transcripts are searchable!

Many of the videos additionally include supplementary materials, downloadable as PDF files, making them easy to incorporate into your classroom discussions and assignments.

Want to contribute something of your own to this diverse resource? Clips are uniquely created for users, by users – anyone using the Education in Video database can create, edit, and share clips of their own.

Access Education in Video from the library’s A-Z Databases list or directly from this link:

Maurice Sendak

Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today, May 8, at age 83. A New York Times obituary detailing his life and characterizing his books as “essential ingredients of childhood” can be found here: Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83

Sendak is most famous for “Where the Wild Things Are.” For those wishing to revisit Sendak’s works, the library owns this and two other titles that complete a trilogy, “In the Night Kitchen” and “Outside Over There.”

Where The Wild Things Are King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Wh 1988

In The Night Kitchen King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Outside Over There King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Ou

Listed below are a few other titles in the library written and illustrated by Sendak:

Bumble-ardy King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Bu 2011

Chicken Soup With Rice King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Ch 1990

Higglety Pigglety Pop!
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ10.3.S356 Hi

Nutshell Library
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PS3569.E6 N88 1962 v.1-4

Pierre; A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and A Prologue King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Readers | PZ7.S47 Pi 1962

We Are All In The Dumps With Jack And Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes With Pictures King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 We 1993

Here are some books written by other authors, containing Sendak’s iconic illustrations:

A Very Special House King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.K875 Ve

The Happy Rain King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S467 Hap 1984

The Miami University Libraries have an extensive collection of books of Sendack’s writings and/or illustrations available for Library Use Only in the Havighurst Special Collections Library. Here are a few of those titles:

Some Swell Pup: Or, Are You Sure You Want A Dog? Spec King Collection | PS3569.E6 S65 1976

Dear Mili: An Old Tale Spec King Collection | PT2281.G29 D43 1988

In February 2013, readers of all ages can look forward to savoring a new work of Sendak’s illustrations and writing once more, with the posthumous publication of “My Brother’s Book,” a picture book containing a poem inspired by Sendak’s late brother.

The Chicago Manual of Style

It’s that time of year again – Finals Week. If you’re anything like me, you are rushing to put finishing touches on your final papers and fretting about the formatting of your bibliographies. After all, who wants to miss out on that A because you forgot your hanging indentation, or the comma in your in-text citation? We can help. The library now has access to The Chicago Manual of Style Online. This is the 16th Edition of the publication and is part of the first simultaneous publication of the print and online editions of the manual. Just in time, right?

The manual is as easy to use online as it is in print. Browse the Table of Contents or Index to find answers to your questions. The content of this edition is fully searchable and includes a number of new features, such as expanded coverage of electronic publications and tips for citing blogs, podcasts, and more. Significant changes to previous rules are listed here. Other features include proofreaders’ marks, sample correspondence, and the popular Chicago Style Q&A (also fully searchable). If you have a question not included in the Q&A, you can submit a question here. Don’t have time to wait for an answer? IM the Miami University Libraries!

You can access the Chicago Manual of Style from the libraries A-Z Databases list or from this link:

Good luck with your finals this week!

Cities in American Political History

We now have access to Cities in American Political History, an easy to use database offering a number of unique resources. This database highlights ten eras of political development in America and spans the Revolution and Founding era (1776-1790) to the post-Cold War present (1989-2011). The ten most populous cities in the United States during each of these eras are detailed. Information includes city government and politics; industry, commerce, and labor; and race, ethnicity and immigration.

To use the database, you can browse by era or city, read Overviews of cities in each time period, access population statistics, or scan Quick Facts (including info such as city mayors, industries and employers, newspapers, and events). One of my favorite features was included photos and images of cities throughout history. Check out the image below of the shoreline of Cincinnati in the early nineteenth century, and explore more images here.

"Cincinnati Shoreline." In Cities in American Political History, edited by Richard Dilworth, 179. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011.

Connect to this database from either of these links:

The Directory of Poetry Publishers

Are you a poet aspiring to get published, but not sure where to start? The library can help! Check out this recently added database, The Directory of Poetry Publishers.

The directory contains a Publisher Index, Regional Index, Subject Index, and eBooks Menu. You can navigate to these features from any page in the directory, as they are included at the bottom of each page.

The Publisher Index contains listings of both magazines and book publishers. Magazines are listed in the directory in italics and all caps. Presses are listed in normal type. Publisher names preceded by a bullet were recently added to the directory. Clicking on the name of the magazine or press takes you to an entry of information about the press. Have questions about the contents of entries? Every entry has a link to the Key to Directory Listings. The Key provides detailed information about the contents and navigational features of listings.

The Regional Index lists publishers by state and country. The main page of the Regional Index offers a quick glance at publishers in each region, listing number of publishers beside specific states and countries in brackets.

Similarly, the Subject Index compiles periodicals and presses publishing specific subjects. Subjects are listed in alphabetical order. Number of publishers listing subjects is displayed next to subject description, in brackets, on the main page.

Clicking on the eBooks Menu button directs you to the main page for Dustbooks eDirectories. Once on the main page, you can click on The Directory of Poetry Publishers to return to the directory... or, you can explore some of our other, newly acquired Dustbooks products! These other products (The International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses, The Directory of Small Press/Magazine Editors & Publishers, and The Small Press Record of Books in Print) will be discussed in later blog posts.

Gail Carson Levine to participate in Oxford Writing Festival

The Oxford Writing Festival kicks off today! Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted, is among the writers scheduled to participate in the festival. Whether you're reading Levine’s works for the first time or, like me, revisiting some of your favorites in anticipation of the author’s attendance, you can find a number of titles by this popular author at the library:

Ella Enchanted

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.L578345 El 1997

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.L578345 Tw 2001


King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ8.L4793 Fa 2006

Dave at Night

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.L578345 Dav 1999

Betsy Who Cried Wolf

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.L578345 Be 2002

Levine is scheduled to speak and facilitate a workshop Thursday, March 29th in the Shriver Multi-Purpose Room. The Oxford Writing Festival is scheduled March 26-29. For more information and the official event schedule, visit