Good Things To Do During COVID-19

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It’s currently a wild time in the world, to say the least. With COVID-19 ravaging our planet, staying at home and washing your hands has become first priority in our lives (read CDC guidelines here). Maybe you’re looking for something fun or helpful to do while we navigate uncertain territory? We’ve compiled a list of good things to do and use during this time:

 

Donate blood.

For Jackson residents, you can donate blood at Lifeline Blood Services at 183 Sterling Farm Drive.

 

Workout at home.

Campus Rec has been making creative at-home workout videos. Check them out on Instagram! You can also work on your yoga skills for free with Yoga With Adriene. And then, my personal favorite exercise: you can go for a run! It’s free and as long as you stay away from others, it’s safe to do so.

 

Put a dent in your reading list!

Staying at home = the perfect time to get reading! We have Reading Lists, Book Reviews, and eBook recommendations for you.

 

Take your children or younger siblings on a “bear hunt,” or put out a bear for children to view at your home or dorm.

Bear hunts have become a popular pastime for cooped-up kids, and they meet the requirement for social distancing.

 

Create side walk chalk art.

Chalk art is an easy way to brighten someone’s day without getting close to them!

 

Stream a free video with Films On Demand.

The library subscribes to an eVideo service called Films On Demand. Look it up on our website under the “Databases, E-Books, and Media” tab and watch something new!

 

Attend a virtual prayer group or church service.

Church teams have gotten extra creative during the pandemic with livestreams, apps, and video resources. If you haven’t found a local church yet, check out Union’s list of area churches.

 

Sew a face mask for a healthcare worker.

If you know how to sew, or if you’ve been wanting to learn, now is the time to get sewing! Here is a guide on how to sew a face mask.

 

Watch Sir Patrick Stewart read Shakespearean sonnets.

April is National Poetry month! What better time to listen to some classic poetry read by the Shakespearean actor Sir Patrick Stewart?

 

Use Zoom to schedule a Research Coach appointment or to connect with family/friends.

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that is essential for a time like this. Here’s how to schedule a Research Coach appointment with Zoom.

 

Take some time for self-care.

Check in on yourself and your friends. This is a difficult time for many in regards to mental health. Here are some self-care tips from Psychology Today. And here is a guide for diaphragmatic breathing, which can help with stress management.

 

Dive into spring cleaning.

When you’re stuck at home, it’s easy to find house-related projects to do. Maybe it’s time to clean out your closet or kitchen cabinets, or you can finally hang up those picture frames.

 

Watch “Some Good News With John Krasinski.”

Sometimes you just need to hear about the good things that are still happening in the world. Thankfully, beloved actor John Krasinski made a video to share good news on YouTube.

 

Find a new job.

Some places may need extra help during the pandemic. Check local listings to see where you can help out and get some extra cash!

 

Make a bucket list for when this is over.

Every time you think of something you want to do or go see, or a friend you miss, write it down on a piece of paper and put it into a jar. Then, when things are safe again, you can pull suggestions out of the jar and complete your bucket list!

 

Get into coloring.

Here is a website with free adult coloring pages!

 

 

What are your good ideas for spending your time during this pandemic? Let us know in the comments!

 

How To Contact The Library

Contact us!

 

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!

How To Set Up A Zoom Research Coach Appointment

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Have you ever needed help with research but can’t make it to the library? We’ve all been there, and now the library has a solution for you. Did you know that you can meet with a librarian for Research Coaching from the comfort of your room?

Meet with a Research Coach through Zoom video conferencing. Schedule an appointment today:

  1. When you schedule your Research Coach appointment (see directions for scheduling), choose the Video Conferencing (Zoom) option.
  2. Once you have scheduled an appointment, your coach will send you a confirmation email with your Zoom appointment link.
  3. A few minutes before your appointment time, open the Zoom link.
  4. Follow the prompts for downloading the Zoom application (you only need to do this once).
  5. You can choose to only use audio, but we recommend using video as well (we can see you, and you can see us).
  6. Your coach will start the Zoom conference; we will want to share our screen with you, or have you share yours with us. Your coach will walk you through this process during your meeting.

 

The Zoom conference is a great alternative if you can’t make it to the library. We can walk you through the research process and answer any of your questions. Zoom conferences allow you to see what we are doing live.

We recommend using a computer for Zoom conferences, although it is possible to use your mobile device. Get started today!

How To Find New Movies At The Library

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We love unpacking new movies here at the library! There are two lists online that can show you which movies we’ve just gotten.

 

The New Items List

We keep an updated list of new movies and books on the library website. You can find the link to this list under our Quick Links section of the homepage; or you can just click here to see it!

 

The Recently Added Items List

To see the last 50 movies that have been added to the library’s collection, you can use the Recently Added Items list. Go to the library website and click the “Find Materials” link to the top left of the homepage. From the drop-down menu, select “Movies & More.” From there, you can see the most recent movies that we have gotten; or again, you can click here to go straight to the list.

 

All of our DVDs are located on the west side of the second floor. You can also stream movies digitally through Films On Demand, a database we subscribe to.

 

 

Top 5 Marketing Journals

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The world of marketing is constantly moving. Keep up with the latest practices and find sources for your papers and projects with these 5 marketing journals. You can find these journals online via our library website- just click on the “Journals” link under “Quick Links.”

 

Advances In Consumer Research

This journal provides research on retail trends, buyer preferences, and patronage behavior.

 

American Salesman

Trying to sell something? American Salesman is full of advice for selling in a fast-paced environment, working on your people skills, and understanding risk management.

 

International Journal of Consumer Studies

When you need to research global trends in marketing, International Journal of Consumer Studies is your best bet. Here you will learn about differing consumer trends in Brazil, Finland, Canada, China, and many other countries.

 

Journal For Advancement In Marketing Education

How do students best learn about marketing? How can you teach someone on-the-job? Use the Journal For Advancement In Marketing Education for articles about marketing in the classroom.

 

Journal of Marketing and Management

If you plan to be a leader in the marketing industry, you may also work as a manager or trainer of other workers. This journal combines the best of both worlds with plenty of PDF full-text articles complete with graphics and statistics.

 

 

How To Find New Books At The Library

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Want to see the latest books that we’ve purchased? We have 3 different ways that you can see new books at the library!

 

The New Books Shelf

Did you know that we have a special section for the new books we acquire? The New Books Section is located on the second floor of the Logos. The shelves include selected titles on display, and each new book is marked with a green sticker on its spine indicating the date of its acquisition. The New Books Section makes it easier to browse the latest books by shelving them in a group together for a time.

 

The New Books List (On Our Website)

We keep an updated list of our new books and movies on our website. You can find the link to this list under the “Quick Links” section of the website’s homepage; or just click here!

 

Scrolling New eBooks

The new eBooks that we’ve purchased can be seen on the library website’s homepage. They automatically scroll across the screen just below the library chat box.

 

If you need any help finding the new books, ask a library team member at our Circulation Desk or our Research Desk!

How To Return Items To The Library

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We love when our patrons check out books and movies from the library! However, once the due date is approaching, you will need to return the library items you borrowed. This blog post will help you do that!

How to return items to the library:

  • If you checked out a book or movie from the library:

You can return your item to one of our book drops, which are spread across campus.  There is a book drop in…

  • The Bowld,
  • The SUB, and
  • The PAC.

We also have one outside of the Logos that can be used as a drive-thru! We check these book drops 3 times a day to ensure that the returned items are cleared from your account.

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Lastly, you can return a book right to us at the Circulation Desk! That way we’ll check it in for you immediately. We do not have any book drops inside the library, so please return your books to a library employee at the Circulation Desk instead.

 

  • If you were looking at a book or movie while in the library and are now done with it (and did not check it out):

Place the item on a library cart; a library employee will pick it up and reshelve it later. You can also just leave the item on a table or at a carrel- we will find it! And, as always, you can simply return the item to the Circulation Desk workers. We are happy to take the item from you and will return it to where it belongs!

 

 

  • Please do NOT try to reshelve items yourself, and do NOT place items back on the shelves or on top of other books. This is how items get out of order, making them hard to find for our patrons who need them. The following are examples of what NOT to do:

 

^These books are not only out of order, but they make the shelves look messy, too.

 

Returning your library items is easy! Just place them in a book drop or hand them to someone at the desk, and leave items that were not checked out on a cart. We’re always glad for you to use the library’s resources!

Top 5 Political Science Journals

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Political science is a constantly updating field, with new world leaders and policies being decided each day. Keep up with the latest news and theories in political science with these library-provided databases.

 

This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.
This collection includes content from over 400 journals, covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.
Academic Search Complete is the world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

 

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GPO Monthly Catalog

Consists of records published by the GPO since July 1976. Includes references for documents to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments and more.
JSTOR is an archival database providing full-text access to back issues of scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines, many dating back to the 1800’s. Union has access to publications within the Arts & Sciences Collections 1-7.

Spotlight On “Books & Authors” Database

 

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Are you looking for a new book to read but aren’t sure where to start? Do you need to find a list of books in a specific genre? What about a list of award-winning books?

Books & Authors is a user-friendly database that answers all of your book-related questions. Here you can find recommendations on what to read next from famous authors, lists of award-winning novels, and descriptions of each literary genre. You can also search for specific books and authors or simply click on a link to learn more about a broader topic (such as mystery books or books written in a certain time period).

Another great aspect of Book & Authors is the unbiased, spoiler-free description of each book. You can browse through books to learn more about them without having anything spoiled. It’s a great way to become familiar with a new title that you might like to read.

You’ll find access to this fun, helpful database via our Databases, E-Books, and Media tab on the library website. If you need help accessing a database, please contact us on our library chat, through phone at 731-661-5070, or in person at our Research or Circulation desks.

How To Buy Print Cards At The Library

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It’s a known fact that some majors need to print an exorbitant amount of PowerPoint slides, essays, and book chapters. At some point during the school year, you may need to buy more prints. Here’s how you can do that:

 

1. Go to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. Ask the worker at the desk if you can buy more prints.

2. There are two options of print cards to buy. You can buy 20 prints for $1 and/or 100 prints for $5. You can even buy multiple print cards if you need to.

3. Bring cash or a check to buy the print card(s). The library does not have a card reading machine.

4. Once you’ve purchased the card, log in to printing.uu.edu (the PawPrint website). Click the option to “Redeem Card.”

5. Enter in your card’s number. Now the prints will be added to your account.

 

There are 5 printers, all located on the library’s first floor, for you to use for printing, copying, and scanning. Once you have the prints you need, you are good to go!