News & Notes

By: cuthbewm on: January 21, 2010 3:40 pm | cuthbewm

The Government and Law Reference collection has a number of new releases of interest to Pre-Law, Computer Science, Business, Sociology, and Kinesiology students.

New to the collection is the second edition of The American Bar Association's Guide to Credit and Bankruptcy. This indexed, readable reference item is written for non-lawyers and individuals with questions about their rights and responsibilities for issues of credit repair, personal bankruptcy, and debt management. (Call no.: Govt & Law Reference | KF1524.85 .A46 2009)

Also new to the collection is Managing Risk In Sport and Recreation by Katharine Nohr. Written specifically for sport and recreation professionals, Managing Risk discusses risk assessment and control, steps to creating a sport-related risk management plan, and summaries of relevant, recent court cases involving college and professional-level sports from all fields. (Call no.: Govt & Law Reference | KF1290.S66 N64 2009

Susan Gluck Mezey's Gay Families and the Courts follows a similar path, summarizing case law and definitions from state and federal courts, in this case for a range of family issues, including parenting, the right to marry, school settings, and the Boy Scouts. (Call no.: Govt & Law Reference | KF4754.5 .M48 2009)

Finally, the Libraries now hold Computer and Video Game Law: Cases, Statutes, Form, Problems and Materials. This well-organized volume highlights cases and definitions for many key concepts relevant to the development of games and game-related intellectual properties: Trademark and copyright protection, regulation, asset acquisition, and ownership. This is a rapidly growing area of interest for those in computer science and the legal profession. (Call no.: Govt & Law - Law | KF3987 .L57 2009)

All three of these items are currently available on the shelves in the Law and Legal Reference area of King Library.

By: gamsbymk on: January 11, 2010 3:24 pm | gamsbymk

January's Question of the Month is up and ready to be answered at the Brill Science Library. Check out the display in person at the Brill Science Library, or online at our blog.

One correct submission will be drawn to win a $10 gift certificate to one of several local Oxford venues.

By: gamsbymk on: January 13, 2010 3:00 pm | gamsbymk

Welcome back! Now that the new semester has started, lots of people are wondering if their professors made their textbook, course notes, or other material, available through the library. These materials can be available either electronically or in print form.

If you’re wondering too then watch this video to find out how to check.

Finding Course Reserves from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

Some professors are still bringing stuff to the libraries to be put on reserve. If you don’t find what you’re looking for now, try asking your professor about it, or searching again later. Print materials can be checked out at the appropriate circulation desk (for example at King or the Brill Science Library). You can use the material in the library for two hours.

By: micheljp on: September 24, 2010 1:35 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile site. Check it out at on any mobile browsing device.

Mobile Miami University Libraries from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

You can search all of the library's holdings including books, dvds, cds and more. You can also search some of our most popular databases including Academic Search Complete!

Research and Help

Can't find a book on the shelves upstairs or need help with research? Just text or IM us directly from the new mobile site! You can also send an email or call subject specialists.

Social Media

Read our blog or check out our Twitter feed or Facebook fan page!


Check hours and get GPS directions (iPhone) to all of our locations!

iPhone/Touch Users

Make the mobile site even easier to access by adding an icon for it on your home screen. Here's how:

  • Go to "" on your iPhone/Touch.
  • Click on the Add Bookmark sign at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on Add to Home Screen.
  • Change the name of the link if you'd like.
  • Click the Add button at the top of the page and the Miami University Libraries icon will now appear on your iPhone screen and will be a direct link to the site.
By: grabacka on: January 11, 2010 11:16 am | grabacka

This web site takes a new slant on city rankings.

It shows rankings for major cities based on the ease of use for pedestrians. One can also create a personal ranking based on a particular address. Results will show distances to amenities such as businesses and services. It will display a Google map based on the address with the businesses identified. The intention is to help citizens reduce dependency on automobiles to carry out daily activities.

For those to whom that is important, this an interesting, potentially a useful tool.
However, the nature of the criterion, walkability for a commuter or shopper, is possible more for urban dwellers than for any other group. Another caveat, although it may change, is that distances are calculated 'as the crow flies', that is in a straight line from starting point to destination. Of course, nobody in an urban, suburban, or rural setting, can walk in a straight line to a market, a bank, a library, or whatever. There is false information included in the database (it claims that in my suburban neighborhood, one of my neighbors is operating a Subway shop!). These factors may be minor to some users, may be crucial to others.

One can join a discussion, vote on criteria to improve the algorithm, and participate in other aspects of the site. It is an interesting site that offers urban dwellers, and potential urban dwellers, an additional method to evaluate or to choose a place to live. It also offers the student of urban life an additional tool for that area of study.

By: hartsea on: January 11, 2010 11:18 am | hartsea

If you saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie over the break and really liked it, you might be interested in reading some of the original books. Sure they don't have as many fistfights as the new movie, but the mysteries are often very good. In fact the New York Times recently had a great article comparing the new movie with the original books and some of the other movies.

Here are a couple of titles we own at Miami University Libraries:

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. King Library PR4621 .K55 2005. Three volumes

The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes. King Library PR4622 .C38 1999

The Return of Sherlock Holmes: A Facsmile of the Stories as They Were First Published in the Strand Magazine, London. King Library PR4622 .R48 1975

The Hound of the Baskervilles. King Library PR4622 .H69 2006

We also have copies of some of the older movies:

Murder at the Baskervilles and The Woman in Green. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, DVD | PN1997 .S53653 2005

The Sign of Four and The triumph of Sherlock Holmes. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, DVD | PN1997 .S5346 2005

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, DVD | PN1997 .P758 2003

Finally we have books about Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

The World of Sherlock Holmes: The Facts and Fiction behind the World's Greatest Detective by Martin Fido. King Library PR4624 .F54 1998

Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero edited by Charles R. Putney. King Library PR4624 .S475 1996

The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Sherlock Holmes by Dick Riley and Pam McAllister. King Library PR4624 .R55 1999

The Man who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Andrew Lycett. King Library PR4623 .L93 2007

The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Biography by Russell Miller. King Library PR4623 .M55 2008

Victorian Detective Fiction and the Nature of Evidence: The Scientific Investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle by Lawrence Frank. King Library PR878.D4 F73 2003

Happy sleuthing!

By: cuthbewm on: January 11, 2010 11:17 am | cuthbewm

Over the weekend, your Government Documents Librarian started reading "The Dead and the Gone," the companion novel to Susan Beth Pfeffer's young-adult novel, "Life As We Knew It."

The series, whose third part arrives in March, is premised on the alteration of the Moon's orbital path by a collision with an asteroid. The shift results in massive changes to the Earth's tides, plate movement, and volcanic activity, making it, little by little, a nearly inhospitable planet.

Never put it past the United States Government to be any less fearful about the end of the world than your average young adult reader.

As recently as November of 2007, the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held hearings on what are called Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). In 2002 the same Committee explored the threat of near-earth asteroids, and in 1998, they looked at the threat and "opportunity" of asteroids and other NEOs.

When viewed in the library catalog, the subject headings for these government publications read eerily like the synopsis of a Ben Affleck film:

Near-earth asteroids
Asteroids--Collisions with Earth
Comets--Collisions with Earth
Space flight to asteroids

Clicking on those links, however, will lead readers to scores of interesting materials in Government Documents, the Brill Science Library, and the Instructional Materials Center that explore the real science behind such an idea.

For those interested in space but who wish to stay away from the probabilities of such an event, NASA has just released a very nice book, "The Sun, The Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System," by the late, famed astronomer John A. Eddy, that is a little more -- or perhaps less -- down-to-Earth. (He refers to asteroid-catastrophes as "Space Weather.")

You may also put this all in perspective with the board game recently released by NASA, and pictured below: "Space Travel Hazards: How safely can you travel through space?" In this game, teams of players travel to Mars (and back) braving radiation hazards. It's actually quite a bit of fun to play, even though its lesson seems to be that a person is safe nowhere.

Click on the call numbers below to see these items in the library catalog, and, in the event of an asteroid collision with the Moon or the Earth, the libraries wish you good luck!

"The Sun, The Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System" by John A. Eddy
Call no.: Gov Docs, NAS 1.83:NP-2009-1-066-GSFC

Space Travel Hazards (board game)
Call no.: Gov Docs, NAS 1.2:T 69/2/KIT

By: cuthbewm on: January 08, 2010 9:48 am | cuthbewm

Subtitled "a subject guide to data on industrial, business, social, educational, financial, and other topics for the United States and internationally," the four-volume set, Statistics Sources, is an impressive and extensive finding aid.

Its publisher, Gale Cengage, describes the set as follows:

This easy-to-use alphabetically arranged dictionary serves as a guide to current sources of factual quantitative information on more than 20,000 specific subjects, incorporating almost 135,000 citations and more than 1,600 sources. Statistics Sources provides the widest possible range of print and nonprint, published and unpublished, and electronic and other forms of U.S. and international statistical data on industrial, business, social, educational, financial and other topics.

The 2009 edition, soft-bound set has just this morning been added to the ready reference collection in the Government Information and Law department. Click on the call number below to view Statistics Sources in the library catalog.

Call no.: King Govt & Law Reference | HA1 .S735 2009 v.1-4

By: bazelejw on: January 08, 2010 9:49 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, has selected 25 motion pictures that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come. Spanning the period 1911-1995, the films named to the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress range from the sci-fi classic "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and Bette Davis’ Oscar-winning performance in "Jezebel" to the Muppets’ movie debut and Michael Jackson’s iconic video "Thriller." This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 525.

To see the complete list of 25 motion pictures selected for 2009:

To nominate films for the 2010 National Film Registry:

By: cuthbewm on: January 08, 2010 9:47 am | cuthbewm

THOMAS, the free-access legislative database maintained by the Library of Congress, yesterday announced several new features for the Web site.

New RSS feed: Bills Presented to the President
This new RSS feed lists bills that have passed both the House and Senate and have been sent to the White House for the President's signature.

Top Five Bills
The five most-searched-for bills from the past week are listed in the center box on the right side of the homepage. Hovering the mouse over the bill number will display the title of the bill. Clicking on the bill number will bring you to the Bill Summary and Status page for that bill.

Bill Text PDFs
Changes to bill text display pages were made to make the PDF more visible and accessible. Clicking on a PDF link will bring you to the Government Printing Office (GPO) PDF for a specific version of a bill.

Other site additions, including social bookmarking options, are described at the THOMAS What's New page.

Originally launched in 1995, THOMAS provides free, public access to an ever-expanding catalog of Congressional activity. For more information on it, and other sources of Congressional information, contact the Government Documents librarian.