Library Staff Picks: What Are We Reading In 2020?


A new year brings with it new reading challenges! Whether you want to read one book or fifty this year, the library has many for you to choose from. Need inspiration? Take a look at what the library staff are excited to read in 2020!


Melissa Moore, Library Director:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Becoming C.S. Lewis by Hal Poe


Olivia Chin, Circulation Manager:

Home by Toni Morrison

The Female Experience: An American Documentary by Gerda Lerner

American Predator by Maureen Callahan

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon


Mya Putman, Student Assistant:

The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry


Stephen Mount, Systems Librarian:

1984 by George Orwell

Any book by Harlan Coben


Rachel Bloomingburg, Evening Circulation Supervisor:

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Colors of Truth by Tamera Alexander

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott




What Should I Read Next? (Summer Edition)

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It can be overwhelming trying to find new books to read. There are new stories released daily, and, if you already have a teetering to-be-read pile, adding yet another book can be intimidating. Still, there’s something exhilarating about finding your new favorite read! In this blog series, the library staff will recommend books to you based on your genre preferences. We do a lot of reading when we’re off work, and we enjoy testing out the new books that we get for the library! If you would like to get a personalized recommendation from us, please use the library chat function on our website.

So, what should you read next?



  • If you like mysterious origin stories, North Carolina, and interesting character development: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Many of the librarians have given rave reviews to this bestselling book, which was released in August 2018, and all of them have different opinions about the ending!



  • For fans of intense real-life experiences, teaching and teachers, and survival techniques: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Library director Melissa Moore said that she couldn’t put this book down and highly recommends it.





  • If you’re looking a lesser-known classic novella and a unique vampire tale: Carmilla by J.S. Le Fanu. This short, easy read has a gothic setting, mysterious illnesses, and a young female antagonist. Carmilla is also widely considered to be one of the first recorded vampire stories.




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How To Find Scholarly Articles On Our Website

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Sooner or later a professor will give you a classic assignment- maybe it’s making an annotated bibliography or writing a research paper. Either way, you’ll need to find scholarly articles from reputable sources.

The library provides access to thousands of articles through different databases and journals. To find just the right article for your assignment, you may need to narrow your search.


How to find a basic article:

  1. First, head to the library website:
  2. Click the link on the left of the page that says “Research Guides.”
  3. Pick the appropriate Research Guide for your major or class (English, Engineering, etc.).
  4. Locate the suggested databases on your subject’s Research Guide. Choose a database to get started with and click the link.
  5. Within the database, search for a specific title or author name, or use keywords for your intended subject matter. Put quotation marks around phrases or title names for more accurate results.


When you need more specific help…

  1. Check the Databases that the library has listed. Read their descriptions to see which database contains the information that you need (some databases are subject-specific, others are general). When searching through a database, you can usually check a box marked “peer-reviewed” to filter the search for scholarly articles.
  2. Ask a librarian for help by using the Chat function on the library’s home page, or schedule an appointment with a Research Coach for one-on-one coaching.
  3. Click the “Research Tips” link for even more!


Finding scholarly articles doesn’t have to be hard! Use the library website for successful research!



Getting A Grip on Citations: Library Workshops!


We’ve got several workshops focused on citations coming up this fall! Whether you need help with MLA for scholarly papers or want to learn how to manage the new RefWorks interface, the library has something for you to discover.

Sometimes visual help (in the form of a book!) can be useful, too. Remember that if you’re struggling with MLA, APA, or Turabian, the library has these manuals. Just search the library catalog for these books at, or ask a librarian for help finding them.

Preregistration is required for the library workshops. To preregister, go online and select which workshop you wish to attend. Click the link to start:


*Library workshops are for current Union students & faculty only.

*If you are a student on the Germantown or Hendersonville campuses, you can preregister to stream an online version of the workshops:


Come Visit The Research Desk!

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Need help finding that one pesky article? Looking for which Reference books to use for your paper?

Come by the library’s Research Desk, located on the first floor. Trained librarians are available to help you find what you need. You don’t need an appointment, but if you do want one, you can schedule to meet with a Research Coach on the library website. We’re happy to help!