How To Contact The Library

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If you have a question about finding books, articles, or DVDs, then you’ve come to the right place! We are happy to help you on your academic journey here at the library. But how can you ask us questions? There are several easy ways to contact us!

 

Face-to-face

Visit the Circulation Desk or the Research Desk on the first floor. Our library staff and student assistants will be happy to assist you!

 

Text

We have a new texting service! Text us at 731.201.4898 with your library-related questions.

 

Chat

There is a chatbox on the home page of our library website. You can use this service to ask us quick questions.

 

Call

The main library number is 731.661.5070.

 

Email

While each of the library staff have their own personal emails, you can also email the library in general at library@uu.edu.

 

Social Media

We are active on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and this blog (WordPress). Follow us for library news and updates!

 

However you choose to contact us, we are glad to help you!

Tips For Incoming Freshmen (From A Sophomore)!

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Brennan Kress reflects on his freshman year so that he can pass on some tips to new freshmen!

When I came to Union University in the fall of 2018, I can say that I felt a little out of my element. I struggled in certain areas of academic and social life. But now as a sophomore I look back, and with the benefit of better vision, I can see where I went wrong and what I could have done better. So, here are a few tips for freshmen as you start your journey at Union University.

 

  1. Don’t Be Intimidated By A PhD: Every professor at Union University cares for your academic career. They are also all well-versed in their area of study. As a freshman, I was impressed and sometimes intimidated with the vast knowledge that my professors held. Many times the feeling of inferiority on a knowledge level made me feel disconnected from my professors. Instead, I should have used their knowledge and gotten to know them better. So get to know your professors, and don’t let their wealth of knowledge intimidate you!
  2. Be Free To Change Your Mind: Many times I found myself in conversation doubling down on ideas I had little knowledge to support. I reverted back to what I had always been taught and failed many times to ask the right questions. College is, at a very basic level, about learning. You will be presented with ideas you have never heard before on topics you didn’t know existed. So, first, be open to new ideas even if they sound strange, bizarre, or at the outset, heretical. Take time to form your opinion and then once you have, feel free to change your mind! We are all learning and growing in multiple facets at college so don’t expect to think the same at the end of the year as you do now. And if somehow you do, I would argue you didn’t learn like you should!
  3. Take A Sabbath: One of the hardest parts about college is finding good time to rest. Many people struggle from a common inability to rest well. Some of us rest too much, sleeping in and missing classes, and some of us rest too little, staying up late grinding away on projects and homework. Thankfully, we all have a very Biblical mandate to rest, and one of the best ways to rest is to take a Sabbath. Every weekend my freshman year of college I chose either Saturday or Sunday (depending on which day made sense) and I would do no school work on that day. I would not study, read, or do any homework. Surprisingly, this practice actually made me a better student as I would prepare better in the days leading up to my rest. I would take that Sabbath as a day to sleep in, hang out with friends, and occasionally play a few video games. And the best part was that my grades never suffered. I have told countless people about my Sabbath and many thought it would be impossible to get all the work done and take a Sabbath. I don’t say this to brag, but I still managed a 4.0. All that to say, taking a Sabbath is doable and shows faith and trust in God. Pick a weekend day and take the day off! You won’t fall behind. In fact, it will keep you ahead!
  4. Be Willing To Sacrifice The Good For The Great: College is filled with many amazing opportunities for growth and learning. There are endless clubs and organizations on campus and one of the greatest challenges can be finding out what you feel most inclined to do. This can lead some people to try to do everything. A good skill to learn, especially as a freshman, is the ability to say “no” to some things so you can say “yes” to others. Don’t fill your plate to the brim. Find the things which you consider to be most valuable and pursue those.

 

Featured Book: “Should I Go To Grad School?”

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The purpose of this book is to provide a broad, unempirical look at how a variety of people in the arts, academia, social sciences, and humanities have personally engaged with the problem of grad school.

Should I Go to Grad School? contains 41 different essays about people’s experiences, grad school statistics, and advice. While the book does not address STEM majors, it does contain wisdom for students in the humanities. Whether you’ve always wanted to go to grad school or are just considering it as an option, there is probably a story in this book that you can relate to.

Many of the authors tell their stories, answering questions like, “How did they get the job they wanted?” and “Why did they choose the grad school option?” There are inspiring stories sprinkled among solely practical ones.

Eben Klemm, a fellow at MIT, gives this advice:

Would my life be more or less complete, would I be better or worse, richer or poorer, doing more or less good if I had gone to grad school? Yes to all of the above. Anything can become a serious, almost academic pursuit if you care to work at it deeply and honestly (or dishonestly) within a community of similar individuals who choose to care about it as much as you do. You just have to find them. The important thing is to be sure of the questions that you are willing to pursue forever, and to determine the best ways and institutions that will allow you to do so. Other people are waiting for you.

Art, English, History, and Sociology majors: pick up this book if you’re thinking about expanding your education. There’s no one right answer for everybody- but out of these 41 different experiences, at least one may be able to help you.

Book Review: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is cute, relatable, and touching.

I’m a nonfiction person- I like true crime, journalism, and feminist books- but this young adult novel was a nice change of pace for my reading list. For starters, the book is set on a college campus in 2011. The main character, Cath, is getting used to college as a freshman. Maybe it’s because I also came to college in 2011 that I felt a connection to the story. Or maybe it was the references to how Cath and her twin sister, Wren, remembered 9/11 happening when they were in elementary school. That’s a sad thing to relate to, but it’s also a unifying experience that everyone of a certain age has. I still feel shocked when one of my student workers tells me that they don’t remember 9/11, or (gasp) they weren’t even born yet! They don’t remember Y2K either- which, if you don’t know how important that was, here’s an example: my husband’s family of 11 stockpiled food and supplies for months leading up to Y2K, only for nothing to really happen. There’s nothing wrong with not remembering 9/11 or Y2K, though. It just makes me feel old.

Anyway, back to Fangirl. So Cath and Wren go to college, and Wren wants time away from Cath. College is scary for Cath, who struggles with anxiety, but she manages to make a small cast of interesting friends. One of these friends turns out to be a love interest for Cath, and their romance is pretty cute. They’re very different in personality and interests, but they both put a lot of effort in their relationship, which is heartwarming to read about. Plus, this character brings out the best in Cath, who can often withdraw when she really needs to be asking for help.

Another major point in the book includes Cath coming into her own as a writer. She excels at fanfiction writing- in fact, she’s writing a really long and Internet-famous piece about Simon Snow (who is basically this world’s Harry Potter). However, Cath learns in her Fiction Writing class that she may need to branch out and create her own characters.

Fangirl also has brief but powerful descriptions of mental illness and, thankfully, getting the help the characters need. Cath’s family has trouble coming to terms with the reappearance of Cath’s distant mother, Cath’s father struggles with manic/depressive episodes, and Wren has to face up to an alcohol addiction. Still, in all of the turmoil, the characters make progress in their treatments and with their relationships. It’s encouraging to read about mental illness in a real way- it’s hard, it affects others in your life, but there is also help for those who need it.

I’d recommend Fangirl to any freshman who’s still new to college, growing up, and figuring out your relationships (with family, friends, or significant others). I’d also recommend it to people who have graduated already and want to take a look back at how things used to be. It’s nostalgic without being overwhelming. Added bonus: if you love Harry Potter, you will definitely relate to Cath’s Simon Snow obsession.

 

You can check out Fangirl from the library here.

 

Content note: Fangirl contains some suggestive scenes and language.

How To Make An Appointment With A Research Coach

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Did you know that the library has professional Research Coaches who can help you with your assignments? These Coaches can assist you in finding resources for papers, projects, theses, etc. When you go to a Research Coach, you will leave with an increased knowledge of how to use our databases, where to find the books you need for your topic(s), and how to use the citation style that your professor requires!

So, how can you visit a Research Coach?

One way is to find a Research Coach at the Research Desk, located on the first floor of the library near the inside stairwells. However, if a Research Coach is not available at that time, you can make an appointment with them for another day.

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To make an appointment with a Research Coach:

  1. Go to the library website, www.uu.edu/library.
  2. Click on the “Research Coach” link under the “Quick Links” tab.
  3. Once you’re on the Research Coach page, click the red button that says “Make An Appointment With A Research Coach.”
  4. Select the time and date that works for you.
  5. Show up to your Research Coach appointment and get the help you need!

Fight Procrastination Day (September 6th)

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For Fight Procrastination Day this September, library student assistant Brennan Kress gives us some tips on how to manage our time and get things done!

We all struggle with this feeling. We all know what’s it like to want to push something off until later. Every morning, when the alarm goes off, the snooze button always seems more inviting than the cold world outside of our covers. As we are working late into the night the idea that the work would be done better in the morning slowly creeps into our minds as our eyes slowly shut from exhaustion. Homework that isn’t due until next week shouldn’t be worried about or thought of, until next week.

Now, we have all been in these situations, and we have all procrastinated. But we would all admit, especially as college students, that procrastination has come back to hurt us in more ways than one. Maybe we were late to class, or forgot to complete some homework, or after pushing a project off in time, we end up cramming in days worth of work into one long sleepless night of anxiety and stress. We would all agree, that to be more productive and effective, we must all work together to beat procrastination. But this is no easy task. Procrastination has become almost a part of our culture and fighting it is not a battle for the faint of heart. So, here are a few tips on how to beat procrastination.

 

Forgive Yourself:

Have you ever sat down to start a project, checked your phone for texts, Snapchats, or emails, scrolled through Instagram, watched one to two YouTube videos, FaceTimed a friend, gotten a drink and a snack, and then finally gone back to the project? Then you realize you spent a solid thirty-minutes to an hour doing nothing and now you don’t have the motivation to start working at all. You feel that you wasted so much time that you might as well not start at all, but merely put it off until later. Instead of allowing this momentary feeling of guilt to keep you from your task, forgive yourself and keep working. You still have time! Certain studies have shown that this self-forgiveness helps to cultivate a more positive, and therefore productive, attitude. And, self-forgiveness may lead to less procrastination in the future. So be gracious to yourself and get back to the task at hand!

 

Eliminate Distractions:

We all know how easy it is to become distracted. Many times even the smallest noise can keep us from focusing in a classroom or in our dorm room. We are constantly being bombarded with questions and assignments. From teachers to friends, there is always something for us to look at or respond to. Now responding to a friend’s text or a teacher’s email is both good and necessary, but the danger can lie when we choose to do that over more urgent and pressing tasks in front of us. So, the next step is to remove distractions. Put your phone up for the time it takes to complete a task. You will be able to focus more and get more done. Then you won’t feel the guilt of not finishing your homework because you were liking sports posts on Instagram or watching an entire concert on your friends’ Snapchat stories. So, put away everything that could distract you and focus on the goal at hand. Allow time in your day for silence, so that you can study better and retain more.

 

Don’t Settle and Don’t Make Excuses:

Have you ever walked to class, knowing full well you have forgotten to do something, and on the way you try to think up an excuse? Many times these excuses fall short and we know they do, because we know in reality, we just procrastinated. So don’t make excuses! And this goes beyond excuses that you tell others. Don’t keep making excuses to yourself. “Well, I’m really tired right now, I’ll do it tomorrow.” “This is just how I am; I can’t help it.” We all have things we struggle with and procrastination is toward the top of all our lists, so let’s work together to cut the excuses and never settle. Always try to be better. Plan, eliminate distractions, forgive yourself when you don’t meet the plan, stop settling, and lastly…

 

Swallow the Big Frog First:

Let’s set the stage. You have been tasked with a Fear Factor/Survivor kind of challenge. In front of you are three plates. Each one has on it a frog. And these frogs vary greatly in size. The first in a small tree frog no bigger than the tip of your finger. The second is an average size frog small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But lastly, on the third plate rests the African Bullfrog, one of the largest frogs in the world, which can grow to weigh almost five pounds and be eight to ten inches long. Now that’s a big frog! You have been tasked with the very unfortunate task of eating all three of these frogs. Eating any frog is gross, but eating three seems unbearable. So which would you start with? The answer is to start with the bullfrog. By conquering the largest, most uncomfortable and unpleasant task first, the other two will seem very easy by comparison. When faced with series of tasks, take down the biggest, most intimidating, and most annoying or frustrating task first. In doing so, you may find yourself easily motivated to complete the other tasks. And when the largest project is done, the others won’t seem so stressful.

 

Beating procrastination is a difficult ordeal, but through discipline and a few helpful hints, we can all beat procrastination and become more effective and productive in everyday life.

 

*post written by Brennan Kress

Finals Week Survival Guide

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With finals week approaching, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, the library is here for all of your studying and paper-writing needs. Here are a few tips on how to survive the infamous finals week:

1. Stake out your spot in the library. There are plenty of prime studying spots in The Logos; the key is finding the right one for your situation. For groups, reserving a study room ahead of time will be crucial. Maybe you need to get away from distractions; in that case, the Open Reading Room and the Open Printing area on the first floor are quiet areas. Whatever you may need, the library is fully equipped for your finals week survival.

2. Pet Buster. This is pretty obvious, but even just looking at Buster pictures will brighten your day. Think of the wonders cuddling him will do. Just be sure not to overwhelm him; he may be feeling the stress of finals week, too.

3. Remember to eat, and eat as healthily as you can. TIME magazine suggests eating foods that are digested slowly (whole grains, fresh vegetables, lean proteins) instead of just reaching for whatever is convenient. Be sure to eat a good breakfast as you start each morning, and drink water throughout your busy day to keep you hydrated.

4. Take a break. You can only absorb so much material at one time. Get up and walk around for a few minutes. Talk to a friend. Just be wary of getting away for too long.

5. Sleep. It can be tempting to pull an all-nighter, and sometimes you may have no other choice. However, if you can, at least take a nap. When your body is well taken care of, you will feel better and think more clearly for your finals.

Good luck to all of our students!