Top 5 Education Databases

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Education majors learn everything from classroom theories to hands-on teaching. If you’re studying education and looking for quality research, the library has several excellent databases that can help you. All of these databases can be found on the library’s website.

1. ERIC (Ebsco)

This database gives you the option of advanced searches on subjects from adult education to teaching students with learning disabilities. ERIC also allows you to export your results to RefWorks and locate full-text options available through other library databases.


2. Educator’s Reference Complete

Whether you need to use the Topic Finder option to find new keywords or the Publication Search to find a specific resource, Educator’s Reference Complete has it all. You can even narrow your search down to be as specific as the country of publication.


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3. Professional Collection (Gale)

Striving to cover a variety of topics, Professional Collection provides a good balance of education articles. Regardless of which subject you plan to teach, Professional Collection probably has an in-depth study on it.


4. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (Global)

When you need to view someone else’s scholarly work, this is the database for you. More than 70,000 dissertations and theses are added every year. Be sure to use the helpful “date range” when searching, if you need articles within a certain time frame.


5. General OneFile (Gale)

A “catch-all” database, General OneFile houses research of every kind. General OneFile will link you to articles on diverse classrooms, teaching controversial topics, and more.


Check out the Education Research Guide for more help with resources!

We’re Hiring!

We're Hiring!

Students, consider applying to work with us this fall! The library offers flexible hours that work with your class schedule. For the student workers who graduate, the library donates a book to our collection in their honor. Plus, library student workers learn valuable skills like working with Excel, the Library of Congress system, and excellent customer service.

Apply today by logging in to UUConnect.

Our Books Are Shifting!

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This summer, we are moving books onto different shelves to make room for- you guessed it- more books! The Recreational Reading section has been moved to the shelves behind the DVDs, and sections A (General Works) & B (Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion) will be shifted to the left. If you’re having trouble finding a book during our shifting period, please ask us about it at the Circulation Desk. We’re happy to help!

A Week of Kids’ Reads

Looking for a fun book to share with your child or little sibling? Well, don’t stop at one – get one for every day of the week so you can have a daily reading time! Whether you’ve got the midweek blues or feel like celebrating the weekend, we’ve got a book for you (and your family)!


  • Monday
    If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
    Sure, Monday is the dreaded start of the school week – but look on the bright side and enjoy this story of the hilarious escapades of a mouse in the schoolhouse.


  • Tuesday
    Tuesday by David Wiesner
    A zany wordless tale of a very unusual day involving a flying frog invasion!


  • Wednesday
    The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
    On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read. But the two have a different surprise up their sleeve for Dad’s birthday. A beautiful story about a loving family and the joy of literacy.


  • Thursday
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    While Wednesday is often hailed as the awfullest day of the work week, everyone knows that Thursday really takes the cake. It’s near enough to the end of the week for you to be exhausted, but not quite near enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel (see Friday). Commiserate with Alexander’s unfortunate day by reading this book to your overtired kids.

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  • Friday

Friday means it’s time to have fun! School has let out for the weekend. Check out Family Fun Nights: 140 Activities the Whole Family Will Enjoy for tons of games and ideas for a great night with your children.


  • Saturday
    Saturday Market by Patricia Grossman
    Join Ana and Estela as they sell their handmade goods at a Saturday market in Mexico. Enjoy the colorful illustrations and learn a few Spanish words along the way.


  • Sunday
    The Lord’s Prayer illustrated by Tim Ladwig
    The text of the Lord’s prayer is presented along with beautiful oil-painting illustrations about a father and daughter. May the words of this treasured prayer stay with your family as you head into a new week!

Student Interview: Wesley Jones

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Tell us a little about yourself. What are you studying?

I’m a senior Business Management major from Jackson.


How did you decide to start recording your podcast? Where did the name “Pipedup Podcast” come from?

It was something I was interested in; I did lots of research on it beforehand. My uncle is the audio guy for TLC, and he suggested that I do a podcast. “Pipedup” came from a high school nickname- friends still use it today.


How did you decide to use Union’s Recording Studio?

I knew Union had good equipment and wanted to use it instead of buying my own.


What has been your favorite episode so far? Has it been difficult getting in contact with the people you interview?

The 3rd episode- the Vanderbilt one. I actually knew the guy he was interviewing; he’s a big fan of Vanderbilt. Trying to find the right people to interview is hard, and scheduling times to do a phone interview is hard.


Who is the audience for your podcast?

Just fans of college football overall, and fans of smaller schools who want a different view point of people not from that area.


What is the goal of the Pipedup Podcast (what do you want listeners to take away from it)?

It is to highlight college football- I want to make people more knowledgeable of smaller schools. I like players of smaller teams that have a chance of making a name for themselves.



Are there any podcasts that you enjoy listening to, that you would recommend?

“Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody” and “The History of WWII Podcast,” both on iTunes.


What media are your podcasts on?

Soundcloud is the host site and it’s also on iTunes, I’m hoping for Spotify by the end of the month.


Finally, do you have any advice for other students interested in podcasts?

Just do it! Just have fun with it. Enjoy what you’re doing and don’t get burned out doing it. It’s not a livelihood; it’s just a hobby.


*You can listen to Wesley’s podcast here. Thanks for using our Recording Studio, Wesley!

**Interview conducted by Brandon Johnson.

“Spooky” Classics for Friday the 13th


Friday the 13th has long been mythologized as a day “fraught with peril” or “bad luck.” Over time, movie creators have turned Friday the 13th into a spooky holiday as well, with the famous 1980s horror movie franchise.

Whether or not you fear this day, it seems like the perfect chance to feature some of the library’s classic spooky novels. Check the list below for your favorite!


One of the original vampire tales, Dracula is a must for any fan of the horror genre. Bram Stoker’s story has inspired vampire myths and legends since its publication in 1897. Equal parts horror and mystery, you’ll be enthralled as you discover the secrets of Dracula and his life in the Carpathian Mountains.


Frankenstein was all over Union’s campus this past year, from art projects to the theatre production to the book being analyzed in classes. Whether you empathize more with the monster or with Victor Frankenstein, their strange and painful relationship will keep you turning the pages for more.




Featuring famous stories such as “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” this collection spans Poe’s major works. Most of the stories can be read quickly, but their creepy settings and unhinged characters will remain with you long afterward.


This novella falls under many genres: mystery, horror, crime thriller. It’s a short but gripping read, and the familiar struggle of man vs. his inner desires is at the forefront of the plot.


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The Invisible Man is frightening simply because it allows a person do things- whatever he wants- completely unseen. Or perhaps it’s the imagery of the Invisible Man’s bandages, or his anger that will scare you…regardless, H.G. Wells knew how to craft a spooky story!


This list wouldn’t be complete without the household name of H.P. Lovecraft. Tales is a great compilation of his most chilling stories of monsters and indescribable terrors. Read “The Call of Cthulhu” to learn about an ancient creature and its siren call.


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Oscar Wilde’s wit and macabre sense of morality shine through in this brilliant story of a young man’s downfall. It’s another short read that packs a punch!


Before it was an award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera was an intriguing novel. Who is Christine’s mysterious tutor? Why do unfortunate incidents happen at the opera in Paris? If you’re a fan of the musical, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down.




There are many more classics to discover on the library’s shelves or online- just search for your favorite by using our catalog!




How To Renew Library Books

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Renewing books doesn’t have to be hard! There are several ways to renew your library items, listed below.

Faculty, staff & students:

  • Renew materials on line by accessing their accounts at My Library Account.
  • If materials are overdue, either call the Information Desk at 731-661-5070, come to the library, or bring the materials to the library.

Alumni & guests:

  • Call 731-661-5070 or come to the library to renew materials.

Renewal policy:

  • Faculty, staff and students may renew items two times.
  • Alumni and guests may renew once.
  • If further renewals are needed, items should be returned to the library for rechecking.

Featured Book: “The Illustrated History of Rock Music”


It was a revolution. It changed the lives of a generation. By extension, it changed the lives of their children. It spread across the world. It altered the course of history…Rock & roll changed everything.

Jeremy Paschall begins his book The Illustrated History of Rock Music with this exciting refrain. Full of bold (and sometimes grainy) photos of musicians and influencers, this book divides the history of rock into categories based on years. Considering the copyright date is 1978, the reach of the book only extends into the seventies. Despite the limitations, Paschall recounts the blistering speed of rock music’s ascent with clarity and passion.


From The Ed Sullivan show, to Chuck Berry, to Elvis Presley, to Cher, to David Bowie: this book has it all. Paschall also talks about the different cultures that inspired classic rock as we know it today. Much like the literary canon, the popular music canon builds off of the innovators who came before them, and, in turn, paves the way for a generation of new musicians.


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You can check out The Illustrated History of Rock Music from the Oversize books section of the library.

*Be forewarned that some of the themes and photos in this book are more graphic in nature, due to the colorful history of rock ‘n’ roll.


Happy Independence Day!