How To Get Started With ProQuest RefWorks

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As a Union University student, faculty member or employee, you have access to an institutional account which includes unlimited document storage, unlimited sharing inside and outside the institution, easy institution-wide sharing, phone and email tech support, training and more.

So, what exactly can you do with ProQuest RefWorks?

  • Create shared folders, discuss articles, & jointly annotate PDFs. 
  • Install an add-on to insert and edit citations from Google Docs, & RefWorks will keep your bibliography in sync.
  • With the option to “Quick Cite,” a window pops up that allows you to choose a format (APA, MLA, etc.) and then will convert your articles into the correct citation for you!

 

With all of this easy citation help and access to online storage, why wouldn’t you use RefWorks? All you have to do is make an account.

 

To create a RefWorks account:

  1. Go to http://refworks.proquest.com and click the “sign up” link.
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your Union email address (you can’t sign up with @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, etc.).  Using your Union email address will help us know whether you are entitled to a university account (with all the benefits mentioned above!).
  3. Activate your RefWorks account through the confirmation email.

Once you activate your account (you’ll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

 

Click here for more Refworks online help.

Spring Break & Easter Hours

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Light Reading for Spring Break

The library’s Recreational Reading collection (upstairs on the left) is your destination for refreshingly un-assigned spring break reading.

Whether you’re the sort who can’t wait to curl up with a long book and a huge cup of tea or you’re just looking for something to do on the plane ride home, we’ve collected a wide selection of popular fiction and nonfiction for you to enjoy in your spare time. Stop by the library before you leave campus and pick out a book!

Here are a few of our newer fiction titles:

Featured Book: “Hamilton: The Revolution”

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The Hamilton musical needs no introduction. It swept the nation by storm on its first performance: February 17th, 2015. Basing his production on the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Lin Manuel-Miranda stole the stage as the titular character, rapping his way into history.

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Now, the library has a new book about the musical itself! Hamilton: The Revolution, written by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, takes us behind the scenes of the production. The book features brilliant photography of the original cast, the story of how Manuel-Miranda began his journey with Hamilton, and even the full script of the musical.

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Click this link to find the book Hamilton: The Revolution at our library. The library also has several books about the life of Alexander Hamilton; click here for books about this historical figure.

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Celebrate Spring with Picture Books!

Today is officially the start of spring! Sunny days have returned at last (at least, some of the time), and new life is blossoming from the trees. If you have little ones who are feeling the urge to get outside, bring reading time outdoors too! We have a great selection of spring-themed children’s literature in the Family Reading Room. Take a look at these fun titles:

The World is Awake by Linsey Davis

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This lively book takes readers on a romp through God’s creation, showing how everything he’s made, from zoo animals to fresh produce, praises Him. The vibrant illustrations recall the brightness of spring, which is the perfect time of year to teach kids thankfulness for the blessings of nature.

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

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Bold collage illustrations and simple text make this a great first book about gardening. It follows the process from seeds planted to soup cooked, a joyful celebration of home-grown food.

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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Does a parade of quacking ducklings make you think of spring? Try this classic Caldecott Medal winner about a family of ducks seeking a home in busy, traffic-filled Boston. Author-illustrator Robert McCloskey’s sepia charcoal drawings may not be in spring colors, but they are alive with action and character.

We Are Growing by Laurie Keller

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Beginning readers will enjoy this exciting story about…grass growing. No, really. As several blades of grass get taller, they discuss the things that make them unique–until one discovers there’s nothing unique about him. Or is there? Written in Mo Willems’ cartoon style, this book even features beloved characters Elephant & Piggie!

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

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Glowing full-page canvas paintings of leaping rabbits and staring birds fill this simple, low-text story about sowing and reaping. Starting with the growth of a literal seed, Nelson then visually displays how seeds of selfishness and seeds of kindness grow. The veggies on the last page look so juicy, this book might inspire a trip to the farmer’s market!

 

 

Come to the Meadow by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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A little girl invites each of her family members to follow her to the meadow, which she knows is brimming with signs of spring. Each one is busy with some spring-related task and can’t come with her, until she asks Grandma, who suggests a spontaneous picnic to celebrate the season. Beautiful two-tone illustrations in yellow and green complement the text.

If you want to encourage your children to delight in God’s creation, pay attention to nature, or even be inspired with a love of gardening, check out these fun read-alouds available in the Logos Family Reading Room!

 

 

 

 

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Pi Day

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Today is Pi Day! To celebrate the math (and the food), we’ve compiled a collage of library books and media that tell us about pi(e). Click the links below the covers to see if they’re available!

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Pi In The Sky: Counting, Thinking, And Being

Nonfiction

 

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The Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie

Fiction

 

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How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World

Children’s Fiction

 

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The Joy Of Mathematics

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How to Bake Pi

Nonfiction

 

Read Before You Watch: A Wrinkle in Time

If you’re excited about the new Ava DuVernay film A Wrinkle in Time, take the “time” to read the original young adult classic by Madeleine L’Engle, which is available at the Library! This science fiction novel stars an awkward middle school girl and her genius little brother, who struggle against incomprehensible forces of cosmic evil and discover the triumph of love. Mrs. Who, Mrs. What, and Mrs. Which are more than happy to take you along on the mind-bending journey from the Murry family’s vegetable garden to the outer reaches of space.

If you’ve already read the novel, here are some other great titles to check out:

  • an excellent graphic novel adaptation by Hope Larson

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  • Becoming Madeleine, a new biography of L’Engle for young readers, written by her granddaughters!

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  • Walking on Water, Madeleine’s own reflections on faith and art

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  • A Wind in the Door & A Swiftly Tilting Planet, the next two volumes in the Wrinkle in Time Quintet

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Using Choice Reviews Online

 

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For professors, Choice Reviews Online can be a life-saver. This database contains almost 200,000 reviews of academic titles, making it easy to weed out new titles that are unnecessary or to add essential material to your department.

The ratings icons that Choice Reviews uses are shown below:

 

  • Outstanding Academic Title icon
  • Outstanding Academic Title
  • Community College Recommended icon
  • Recommended for community colleges
  • Community College top 75 icon
  • “Top 75” highly recommended titles for community colleges

 

You can access Choice Reviews Online by using the library’s Databases tab on our website. From there, click the “(?)” tab on the Choice Reviews home page. The (?) tab explains how to best use Choice Reviews, featuring information on how to create an account, how to create a list, and how to search the databases.

Choice Reviews also offers video tutorials, which are linked below:

 

Further, you can view helpful Choice Review webinars like the one below:

 

To access more Choice Reviews tutorials, check out their YouTube account, Choice Media Channel.

 

 

 

Library Staff Picks: Podcasts

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Have you ever booked the library’s Recording Studio? It’s a great place to record your very own podcast!

If you’re looking for inspiration for making your own podcast, or if you just want something new to listen to, this blog post is for you! We’ve got recommendations from several members of our library team.

 

1. Paul Sorrell recommends “The Bowery Boys,” a podcast that focuses on the history of New York City, and “The Art of Manliness,” a lifestyle podcast aimed towards young men. The latter regularly interviews authors.

 

2. For Jenny Manasco, the best podcast is “Welcome To Night Vale,” which operates in the style of community updates for the small desert town of  (you guessed it) Night Vale.

 

3. Stephen Mount enjoys “LeVar Burton Reads,” a sort-of Reading Rainbow for adults. Host LeVar Burton handpicks a short story to read in each episode.

 

4. True crime reader Olivia Chin chooses “Criminal”: “a podcast that tells the stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” *listener discretion advised for content

 

Whether you enjoy people’s stories, movie reviews, or fun advice, there’s probably a podcast out there waiting for you.

What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? Do you ever listen to podcasts in the library?