News & Notes

By: hurstsj on: August 29, 2012 3:09 pm | hurstsj

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) is now available as a FREE app for iOS and Android Devices. http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/08/fred-app/ Access 42,000 economic data series from 38 regional, national and international sources on your phone or iPad. Users can also email data series or graphs or post them directly to Twitter or Facebook. A great resource for economists and anyone needing data just got easier and more convenient to use.

By: micheljp on: August 26, 2012 9:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Neil Armstrong, American astronaut famous for being the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday, August 25th, in Cincinnati.  He was 82 years old.  After you've read the news articles and the Wikipedia entry, discover more about his life and work with a few books! 

  First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

















  One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey      by Leon Wagener

By: crosbylm on: August 20, 2012 9:15 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

The MU Libraries now offer access to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1941-1996). This database contains the FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974, and the FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996. Full-text, transcribed, and translated radio broadcasts make up the content of this database. These broadcasts have been intercepted from foreign governments and official news services. This database also contains covert broadcasts from occupied territories.

Search database content using phrases in quotation marks and/or use connectors AND, OR, or NOT. Limit by Countries and Political Entities, Article Types (Text, Excerpts, Summary, Highlights/Reviews, Speeches, Interviews), Publication Series Title, or by Events (listed by year). For more about basic and advanced searching, use the Help Index to find answers to your questions. This index also includes helpful Hints for using this database.

This database can be accessed on-campus from this link: http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=FBISX

You can also get to the database from this link: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/973

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: http://libguides.lib.muohio.edu/textbooks

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 (gibsonke@muohio.edu) 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:
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/registration/faculty

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.

History:

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: micheljp on: June 25, 2012 11:25 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The Library of Congress released a list of the top "Books that Shaped America" as part of its multi-year "Celebration of the Book."

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington states “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.” Below is a list of ten of the books on the list. So, what do you think? What are some of the books that helped shape america or what are some books that helped shape you? Let us know on Twitter.  Or Tweet books that shaped you with the following hashtag: #booksthatshapedme.

By: crosbylm on: June 22, 2012 1:51 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

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:
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/982