Spotlight On “Gender Studies Collection”

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Gender Studies Collection, provided by Gale, is a database that the library subscribes to. Within the Gender Studies Collection, students can find articles on topics related to gender, family studies, health, feminism, and cultural norms. You can also limit your search to peer-reviewed, full-text articles to make your research easier.

Because Gender Studies Collection is also a Gale database, it has a “Topic Finder” that groups certain subjects together. You can use the Topic Finder to get started on your research and find articles and ideas that are similar to each other. Some of the topics include: Women’s Studies, Gender Equality, Sexuality, Female Identity Feminism, Nationalism, and more.

To access the Gender Studies Collection, or any other database, simply go to the library website. Click on the “Databases” quick link, then scroll down the list of databases until you find Gender Studies Collection. Accessing databases through the library website works much better than trying to Google them.

 

Moments In History: January 12th, 1967

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Matthew Beyer has begun a “Moments In History” series to raise awareness of important historical events. Each post will also have book recommendations about the moment in history, using our extensive history collection in the library.

 

January 12th, 1967

The Cryogenic Freezing of James Bedford

The cryopreservation of living tissue and cells is a relatively common practice today usually reserved for stem cells, fertilized eggs, embryos, and semen. However, in rare and bizarre cases throughout history, a select few people have opted to have their entire bodies cryogenically frozen and preserved upon death. Their hope is that, if the body and brain are preserved well, perhaps far in the distant future medical science may unlock the key to immortality and possible reanimation of their frozen corpses. This practice has often been labeled as unethical pseudo-science.

However, for the right price and cost of upkeep, there are several Cryo facilities that still cater to this macabre practice. The first man to undergo this procedure was Professor James Bedford, a psychologist at the University of California. Professor Bedford died on January 12th, 1967, from kidney and lung cancer. Although the processes for human cryopreservation have adapted and evolved over time, the usual processes involve the use of liquid nitrogen. James Bedford is currently the oldest person to still be maintained cryogenically frozen in the United States.

The practice has become mostly discredited due to a better understanding of neurology and the distinction that the concept of the “mind” vs. the organic nature of the brain are vastly different from each other.  Still, some people insist that, in the future, medical breakthroughs within nanotechnology and digital quantum computing could allow us to upload and store our consciousness in some form.

If you found this article interesting, the Union University Library has a book that goes into greater detail on the subject of possible future breakthroughs in these respective technologies linked below:

 

Top 5 Psychology Journals

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Looking for an up-to-date study on mental health? Need a quick bio of Alfred Adler or Anna Freud? The library has around 1,150 psychology journals that provide tons of information. Listed below are some of the most comprehensive (and current) ones that you can access through our website.

 

Journal of Social Psychology

The Journal of Social Psychology includes articles on “experimental, empirical and field studies of groups, cultural effects, cross-national problems, language and ethnicity, cross-cultural notes and briefly reported replications and refinements.” When you’re looking for case studies, statistics, and psychology research, this is the journal for you!

 

 

 

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Psychology Today

Psychology Today has easy-to-understand articles for the average Joe as well as the psychology student. Here you can read about topics like cognition, social lives, aging, therapy, and self-help. If you’re needing a shorter article that explains a general concept, then Psychology Today is a good place to start.

 

Journal of Individual Psychology

You can read articles online from the Journal of Individual Psychology from 1974 to the present day via the library. This is a more specialized journal, dealing mainly with the practices and theories of Alfred Adler.

 

American Journal of Psychology

This journal includes topics on “experimental psychology and basic principles of psychology.” With articles dating back to the 80s, there’s plenty to unpack here. You can also see how trends in psychology have changed over time.

 

Behavior Research Methods

Behavior Research Methods documents the results of experimental psychology. In particular, you’ll find articles on how technology has affected behavior, how technology can give a better quality of life for some, and the changes in technology that psychology requires.

 

See all of these journals and more in our “Journals” section of the library website.

Spotlight on Informe Académico

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Informe Académico is a Spanish language database provided by Gale resources. Its Latino magazines cover business, health, technology, culture, current affairs, and other subjects. If you do better research in Spanish, or if you are trying to practice your Spanish reading comprehension, this database will be helpful for you.

Like the other Gale databases, Informe Académico lists trending searches (búsquedas principales) on its front page. For example, the current most popular topics are Cambio climático, Desarrollo económico, México democracia, Narcotráfico, and Revolución Cubana.

Informe Académico has over 9 million articles and counting. When you need the latest news in Spanish, this database is a great place to look. Simply locate Informe Académico under the library’s “Databases, E-books, and Media” tab and click on it to access this important resource.

Top 5 Nursing Databases

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Nursing students not only learn from clinicals and hospital rotations- sometimes they have to research, too. If you’re a nursing major in need of a peer-reviewed article or health journal, the library has plenty of resources that will help. Listed below are 5 of the best nursing and health databases that the library provides.

 

1. Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)

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This database contains 25,951,793 articles. That’s a lot! Health Reference Center Academic has a “Topic Finder” option that helps students locate new topics or keywords and discover new connections found in the top results. It’s easy to use and a great place to start looking for resources.

 

2. CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO)

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CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and it’s one of the largest nursing databases around. This resource provides full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database. CINAHL databases claim to be “the most widely-used and respected research tools for nurses, students and allied health professionals around the globe.”

 

3. MEDLINE (EBSCO)

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MEDLINE is a great place to look for international research in medicine. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.

 

4. UpToDate

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UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource and is “trusted at the point of care by clinicians worldwide.” Topics covered include anesthesiology, cardiovascular medicine, dermatology, family medicine, and more.

 

5. ScienceDirect

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Last but not least, ScienceDirect provides information on life sciences, health sciences, and related studies. Here you can not only search for journals, but also books and open access content.

*Click here to access our nursing-specific databases.

 

 

 

 

Union Health and Benefits Fair

Union Employees, did you get a chance to catch us at the Health and Benefits Fair? Our booth won first prize!

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Come by the library for your research and entertainment purposes. We are happy to help!