News & Notes

By: bazelejw on: August 20, 2012 9:13 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Beginning August 15, 2012, Miami University Libraries is offering users a new search box on the library's front page. Called OneSearch, the box searches more than 150 library resources across many disciplines and formats from a single search box. Users can search for books, articles, multimedia and more using this search tool.

OneSearch is hosted by EBSCOhost, which offers the familiarity of the EBSCOhost interface and search technology while exposing many more of our online resources to users. After entering search terms, the OneSearch interface will return search results with options to limit and refine your results using facets. The personalized account functionality in OneSearch is the same as that found in all EBSCOhost databases. If you already have an EBSCOhost account set up, you can log in to OneSearch using the same user name and password.

The "Books and More" and "Journal Titles" tabs are still available on the library website for searching the library catalog.

By: crosbylm on: August 18, 2012 2:05 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

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:

By: hartsea on: August 26, 2013 3:54 pm | hartsea

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education are sponsoring a writing contest for first-year students this year. They are offering 16 prizes of $100 a piece for the best compositions by incoming first-year students that are based on the book selected for this year’s Summer Reading Program, Jess Goodell’s Shade It Black. Your entry may be in written, digital, or other form. Written submission are to be 350 to 500 words. Audio and videos up to three minutes long. The deadline is midnight, October 2, 2012. You can find out more details here.

If you're interested in reading the book, we have multiple copies here at Miami University Libraries (DS79.766.G63 A3 2011). You can also request a copy through OhioLINK.

We have displays about this summer reading program selection on the first floor of King and in our Special Collections. You can find out more details about the Special Collections materials here.

By: kromerjd on: August 13, 2012 9:07 am | kromerjd @kromerjd

With NASA's successful landing of the Curiosity rover earlier this week, our minds wander once again to the cosmos, and specifically to our red neighbor. Below are some items in our collection that may be of interest to the amateur astronomer or anyone curious about Curiosity. Most of our astronomy books are in the basement of B.E.S.T. Library in the QB section. Books specifically about Mars can be found under QB 641.

Anthony H. Young (2007). Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for MarsOhioLINK eBookA complete history of the Lunar Roving Vehicle used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17, drawing on many photographs never before published. It also tells the story of the robotic rovers used on Mars, and concludes with a description of the new designs of rovers planned for The New Vision for Exploration now underway at NASA.Jim Bell (2008). Mars 3-D: A Rover's-Eye View of the Red PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .B445 2008A collection of 120 color and 3-D images captured by the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. The book includes a built-in 3-D viewer, so no need for your own pair of red-and-blue glasses!Jeffrey S. Kargel (2004). Mars: A Warmer, Wetter PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .K23 2004This book discusses NASA's discovery of water beneath Mars's surface, something that Curiosity is setting out to explore. Anyone interested in geology should find this book fascinating.William Sheehan & Stephen James O'Meara (2001). Mars: The Lure of the Red PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .S4838 2001A nice history of Mars, from humans' early perceptions and mythology to modern explorations and the discovery of liquid water beneath Mars's surface.David J. Shayler, Andrew Salmon, and Michael D. Shayler (2005). Marswalk One: First Steps on a New PlanetOhioLINK eBookExplores questions of why humans should travel to Mars, and progress made in human space exploration. The book also discusses what types of experiments humans would do if they reach Mars.Carl Sagan (1980). CosmosBEST Library, Basement | QB44.2 .S235If you're looking for a broader view of the skies, I can't recommend a better place to start than Carl Sagan's Cosmos, which gives us such famous quotes as "We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars."

By: gibsonke on: August 03, 2012 10:03 am | gibsonke

New graduate students are invited to an orientation by the Miami University Libraries.
When: August 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where: BEST Library, Laws Hall

Join us to learn more about library services and resources and to meet with liaison librarians.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Katie Gibson ( with your questions.

By: gibsonke on: August 09, 2012 9:54 am | gibsonke

New faculty, please join us for the Miami University Libraries' New Faculty Orientation on Monday August 13, 2012. Join us in 320 King Library for lunch and to learn about the resources and services the Libraries provide. A complete schedule is available on the registration page.

All new faculty are invited to this event - even if you are not completely new to Miami we'd love to have you.

Please register at the following URL prior to August 13:

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

By: revellaa on: July 26, 2012 3:53 pm | revellaa

With the beginning of the Olympic Games just around the corner, many of our minds have turned to those sporting events that we observe only once every 4 years. Miami University Libraries has a large number of items related to the Olympic Games. You will find books related to the Olympic Games throughout our collections, but a large concentration of them are located in the GV721 call number range on the second floor of King Library. Below are some interesting items from our collections related to the Olympic Games.


O'Mahony, Mike (2012). Olympic Visions: Images of the Games Through History. 

ArtArch | N8250 .O43 2012

This new collection of images contains photographs from each of the modern Olympic games, from the first in Athens in 1896 to the most recent in Beijing in 2008. This book can be found in the Art and Architecture Library in Alumni Hall.

Polley, Martin (2011). The British Olympics: Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612-2012.

King Library (Second Floor) | GV721.4.G7 P65 2011

In 2012, London will host the Olympic Games for a unprecedented 4th time. For this reason, the Games and the British Isles are inextricably linked. What many don't know, however, is the role the British authors and athletes played in the formation of the modern Olympic movement. For instance, the first time an athletic competition which was comprised of a number of events was given the term "olympik" since the ancient games was in Britain in 1612? Also, it was a Englishman who discovered the Olympia, the site of the ancient games, in 1766. This volume presents the role Britain played in the formation of the modern Games, as well as the role it has played in their maintenance and rise to prominence.  

Mallon, Bill & Heijmans, Jeroen (2011). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement. 

King Reference | GV721.5 .B83 2011

This reference book contains entries on the people, places and concepts that helped shape the Olympic movement. Its scope covers both the modern and ancient games. This title also includes a timeline of important events in the history of the Olympic Games. This book is a great place to begin research on any topic related to the Olympic Games.

Davis, David (2012). Showdown and Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze

King Library (Second Floor) | GV1065 .D38 2012

The marathon at the 1908 London Olympic Games went a long way in popularizing the sport of distance running. This account of that event places the race in its historical and socio-political context and examines the fallout of the controversial finish to the first prominent distance race. As a side note, it was at the 1908 Olympics that the distance of the modern marathon was standardized to 26 miles, 385 yards. The race was to have been 26 miles plus a lap of the Olympic track which would have resulted in a distance of 26 miles, 586 yards and 2 feet. However, Queen Alexandra was not pleased with her view of the final yards of the race from the royal box, so the final yards of the race were run clockwise around the track resulting in now-standard distance.

Tragedy and Controversy:

Smith, Tommie (2007). Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith

King Library (Second Floor) | GV697 .S65 A3 2007

Tommie Smith's and John Carlos' black power salute during the medal ceremony for the 200m race at the 1968 Mexico City Games set off a firestorm of controversy. Tommie Smith discusses this pivotal event in both the American Civil Rights and Olympic movements in this, his autobiography. 

Pound, Richard W. (2004). Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandle and the Glory of the Games.

King Library (Second Floor) | GV721.5 .P69 2004

This book by Dick Pound, former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, explores the dark sides of the Olympic Games. Topics include the politics and corruption of the host city selection process, doping and other cheating engaged in by athletes and controversies related to judging.

ABC News (2005). The Tragedy of the Munich Games

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, DVD | GV722 1972 .T73 2005

This DVD is an ABC News special report of the kidnapping of members of the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It includes archival footage from ABC's coverage of the event as well as contemporary interviews with eyewitnesses and others affected by this tragedy. 

By: kromerjd on: July 26, 2012 2:37 pm | kromerjd @kromerjd

Loved The Hunger Games, and looking for something similar to read next? Liked most of The Hunger Games, but wish one little thing about it was different? Or just looking for another young adult book to read? (Let's be honest, we all enjoy a nice, easy read every now and then.) Well you're in luck, because the Lawrence (KS) Public Library has released a handy list/flow-chart to help decide what to read next!

So You Loved The Hunger Games...What Should You Read Next?

Even better, Miami has many of the selections available in our own Instructional Materials Center, or IMC, located on the ground floor of King Library. Stop over during your next coffee break in King Café!

The Maze Runner by James Dasher King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Legend by Marie Lu King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Divergent by Veronica Roth King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Uglies by Scott Westerfield King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Graceling by Kristen Cashore King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Cinder by Marissa Meyer Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Ashfall by Mike Mullin King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Blood Red Road by Moira Young Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Enclave by Ann Aguirre King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
The Kindling by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin OhioLINK
Delirium by Lauren Oliver King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Wither by Lauren Destefano King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Unwind by Neal Shusterman Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
The Declaration by Gemma Malley Lane Public Library
Bumped by Megan McCafferty King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Matched by Ally Condie King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Selection by Kiera Cass Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Across the Universe by Beth Revis King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Feed by M.T. Anderson King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card King Library, 2nd Floor
Epic by Conor Kostick Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
Candor by Pam Bachorz King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Line by Teri Hall OhioLINK
Variant by Robison Wells King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Lane Public Library or OhioLINK
1984 by George Orwell Hamilton Library or SWORD
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry King Library, Ground Floor, IMC
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood King Library, 2nd Floor
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury King Library, 2nd Floor
Neuromancer by William Gibson King Library, 2nd Floor
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley King Library, 2nd Floor

By: hartsea on: July 24, 2012 10:28 am | hartsea

We have a new four volume set called Native American Writing. It's edited by A. Robert Lee and can be checked out from the second floor of King. The call number is PS153.I52 N395 2011.

The editor of this work is considered a leader in the field. He is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo. Gerald Vizenor, a Native American Writer who has written many books, including Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point and Chancers, says that this collection "presents the creative, critical, and historical essence of contemporary continental literature, a generous, learned tour de force, and the very first comprehensive tour d'horizon of the literature of Native American Indians."

Each volume includes different parts. Volume one has Native American Literary Statements, Overviews, Theory Perspectives, and Oral traditions and legacies. Volume two has selected autobiographical studies, Modern Native autobiographies, and Early modern Native American writing. Volume three has Modern Native American fiction. Volume four has Native American poetry, Native American drama, and Selected First Nations/Canadian writing. Each part includes different essays written by scholars. The Native American Literary Statements part is especially interesting because it features statements written by Native American writers themselves about what Native American Literature means. As described in the introduction, it gives an "inside track as to viewpoint, aspiration, worlds actual and imagined, in all the very status of Native texts" (22).

There is also a Historical Chronology and an extensive bibliography of Native American writing at the beginning of volume one. Volume four has a very useful index for the whole set.

A large number of writers are represented in these essays. Many important themes and theories are explored. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Native American writing would be well served exploring this four volume set.

By: tullykk on: July 23, 2012 11:18 am | tullykk

“I sometimes wonder if the American people as a whole will ever awaken to the desperate seriousness of the task we are just beginning. Everywhere I go I am impressed by the remoteness with which people view the war. I think it will take a direct attack on our shores to rouse us out of our lethargy. The fact that newspapers are playing up the words “we can lose this war” should help a lot. We must face the facts.” - Private George Seeley, February 22, 1942
In connection with Miami University's Summer Reading Program and its selection of Jess Goodell's war memoir Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq, I've been asked to curate a small exhibit on the theme of "War and Remembrance" using selections from our collections.  In her memoir, published in 2011 after her return from service in the Mortuary Affairs unit of the Marine Corps in Iraq, Goodell writes of her experiences recovering and processing the remains of fallen soldiers.  I thought it would be interesting to contrast her experiences with American soldiers fighting in earlier conflicts.  Reading through our various printed and manuscript accounts of American soldiers at war, I was particularly drawn to the story of World War II soldier George Seeley.  Many passages from his letters home and his diary resonated with me, especially as I could imagine American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq today would have similar reactions to their experiences and talk about them in similar ways.
In February 1941, George Allen Seeley left Miami University, where he was finishing his senior year. After being drafted for service in the United States Army in April 1941, he spent time at various training bases across the US and was then sent to Australia, where he was an Assistant Detachment Commander and Training Officer with the 105th General Hospital of the Army. He stayed in Australia for two and a half years, then ended his assignment at Biak, a Dutch Indonesian island north of New Guinea. Seeley was at Biak during the return of American troops to the Philippines, caring for those troops who were liberated from the Bilibid prison.

During his time in the service, George writes to his parents and to his future wife Peg Fisher and, like in the letter quoted above, shares his thoughts on the state of the war, his responsibilities on the base, and the morale of the troops.  All of George's letters, as well as his diary and other records of his war service, can be found in the George Seeley Collection in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Information on Miami's Summer Reading Program can be found here.  A small exhibit with selections from the Seeley Collection will be on display in a special case outside the front doors of the Special Collections department from July 27th through the end of August.

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian