Library team members Amber Wessies and Olivia Chin have searched the Internet for the best book, movie, and library-related links. Learn more about library news around the world below.
31 Children’s Books To Support Conversations On Race, Racism, and Resistance
A descriptive, helpful list of children’s books from Embrace Race.
Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books
With COVID-19, more free resources became available on the Internet. However, publishers are pushing back over what they consider to be piracy.
The 5 E’s Of Inquiry-Based Learning
Not sure how to engage students in scientific inquiry? Not a problem. The 5E Inquiry-Based Instructional Model can serve as your guide during the design and implementation of STEM instruction.
Anatomy of a Book
Old-fashioned words used to describe books, as provided by The New Yorker.
Blog about miscellaneous African American art and poetry, as well as a celebration of Juneteenth.
The Ancient History of Board Games
What did game night look like thousands of years ago? Before Monopoly and Candy Crush, ancient people were playing mehen and the Game of Twenty Squares.
The State of Babies Yearbook
Need some statistics on babies and families in the U.S.? Check out the 2020 State of Babies Yearbook, where you will find changing demographics, health policies, and early learning recommendations.
NASA Names Headquarters After “Hidden Figure” Mary W. Jackson
If you enjoyed reading or watching Hidden Figures, you’ll be glad to know that the real-life Mary W. Jackson is being honored by NASA.
Professors use books in the Faculty Development section for research, teaching advice, college statistics, personality theory, leadership, and more. This section is located on the library’s second floor. The following 5 books have been checked out the most from the Faculty Development section in the past 2 years.
*Book descriptions are provided by the publishers c/o the library catalog
The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Farrar Capon
From a passionate and talented chef who also happens to be an Episcopalian priest comes this surprising and thought-provoking treatise on everything from prayer to poetry to puff pastry. In The Supper of the Lamb, Capon talks about festal and ferial cooking, emerging as an inspirational voice extolling the benefits and wonders of old-fashioned home cooking in a world of fast food and prepackaged cuisine.
The Road Back To You: An Enneagram Journey to Self Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron
Witty and filled with stories, this book allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about your own number. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people’s eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life.
Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Textbook Authorship and Higher Education Publishing by Mary Ellen Lepionka
Includes chapters on the college textbook industry, writing to reach your true audience, and more!
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard
Dallas Willard, one of today’s most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy, presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.
ERIC, Education Resource Information Center, is an educational database sponsored by the Institute of Education Services and free for anyone to use. ERIC is a go-to database for research related to education including almost 2 million records from the 1960s to the present. You will find reports and articles from non-profit organizations and government agencies, legislative hearings, and education journal articles and books. Please note: ERIC is for educational research, so you will not find lesson plans, textbooks, or book reviews. If you do need those things, check out some of our other databases, or reach out to a Research Coach for assistance.
As a Union employee or student, you can also search the ERIC database using the EBSCO interface. You may want to use the EBSCO version because the search features are similar to other databases you already use, such as Academic Search Complete or APA PsychInfo. The filters (like scholarly peer-reviewed, full text, date ranges, and language) will work in ERIC through EBSCO. However, the ERIC website is also user friendly and has some of the same filters like peer-reviewed and full text. These filters are found under the search bar.
You can access articles directly on the ERIC website. You can also find the link for ERIC on the Databases, E-Books, and Media quick link on the library homepage. The Database list includes access to ERIC and ERIC through EBSCO. Try both methods of access to decide which you prefer. If you access ERIC through EBSCO, you will be prompted to go to ERIC in order to download the full article (follow the prompts for finding full text).
The Testing & Education Reference Center has access to over 300 practice tests and courses for the GRE, GMAT, ACT, and more. Using this database, you can view resources for basic skills, high school level tests, undergraduate and graduate tests, and even career help.
For example, the TERC has a “Resume Writing” function, through a tool called “ResumeBuilder:”
Choose from more than 40 industries and select a resume design, and ResumeBuider will guide you through entering your information. You can access hundreds of brainstorming phrases, keywords, examples, and tips from the pros to help you along the way. When you’re done, you can save and print your final resume in Word, PDF, and more. You’ll also be able to email copies of your resume directly to potential employers and schools.
For international students, TERC has information on becoming a U.S. citizen and the TOEFL and TOEIC.
Regardless of what you’re studying for, it’s likely that the TERC database has access to prep guides and resource materials for you. Union students can access TERC through the library website- it’s listed under the Databases tab.
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.
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!
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