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!



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



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



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



The main library number is 731.661.5070.



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


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

How To Find Books By Union Authors

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Did you know that many Union faculty and staff members are also published authors? The library has a sizeable collection of books that were written or edited by Union authors. There are 4 major ways that you can see these books:

  1. We have a “Union Authors” list online! Just click the link to view the list. You can also find this list by using the drop down menu that says “Find Materials” on the library’s home page.
  2. If you know the author or the title of the book by name, you can search for them via our library website. The website will tell you the book’s location in the library and its availability status.
  3. If you just want to browse the collection, you can walk around the book stacks and find Union Authors by noticing books with “Union Authors” stickers. These stickers are red and attached to the spine of the books. Hint: a large amount of books by Union Authors are in our theology section.
  4. One final way to see books by Union Authors is by viewing the “Union Book Project” via You can search for specific authors or by year to see the books that were released in a particular time period. It’s a great resource!


Pick up a book by your favorite professor today! Chances are it’s on our shelves.

Top 5 English Literature Databases

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English majors are no strangers to writing papers, researching various texts, developing persuasive arguments, and integrating critical thinking. If you’re studying English, chances are you will need access to several different databases as you collect resources for your next assignment. Look no further: the library has you covered with the databases listed below.


MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography provides “indexing for journal articles, books and dissertations in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.” Here you can find articles like “Disembodied Voice and Narrating Bodies in The Great Gatsby” and “Will, Change, and Power in the Poetry of Adrienne Rich.”



JSTOR’s not just a database, it’s a powerhouse of information with a strong social media presence. JSTOR is your go-to for older documents, high-quality scans, and quirky viewpoints. You can also narrow down your JSTOR search by discipline, which helps give you an idea of the many subjects they have content on.



Literary Sources (Gale)

The great thing about Gale databases is their “Topic Finder:” a tool that helps you find new topics and connections when you enter in phrases. This Topic Finder can be a helpful resource in developing a thesis. Literary Sources features articles like “Hemingway’s Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration” and “Edgar Allen Poe as a Major Influence on Allen Ginsburg.”


Fine Arts and Music Collection (Gale)

This database is particularly attuned to how literature connects with the arts. If you need research on a play or other dramatic works, this is a go-to database. With more than “150 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.”


Oxford English Dictionary

Need to define a tricky word, or want to discuss its etymology in your next research paper? The OED is here to help! It contains the meaning, pronunciation, and history of over 600,000 words.





International Read An eBook Day (September 18th)


eBooks are great for several reasons:

  1. They help the environment by not using paper products (which can contribute to deforestation).
  2. eBooks can be zoomed in and/or read aloud by the computer for people with sight impairments.
  3. You can take them on-the-go with tablets!


Visit the library website on this International Read An eBook Day to see our new eBooks. They’re set to scroll toward the bottom of the home page. It’s easy to read an eBook- just click to view them or download them as PDFs.



Spotlight: Films On Demand



Films On Demand is one of the library’s biggest and most entertaining resources. With over 26,000 titles, this database has everything from documentaries to feature films. It’s easy to access Films On Demand, since these videos can be streamed online from any computer or device. If you’re accessing library materials from home, be sure to enter your Union credentials to continue viewing.

Here are just a few of the many videos that Films On Demand has to offer:

Classic films:

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A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Romeo and Juliet (1954)

Anna Karenina (1948)


 TED Talks:

Chris Milk: The Birth of Virtual Reality as an Art Form

Joshua Prager: Wisdom From Great Writers On Every Year of Life

Laura Schulz: The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies




Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire- The Way of the Samurai

The Truth About Personality

Chopin Saved My Life


Whether you’re looking for source to include in your research paper, a short clip to show your class, or a fun movie to watch at home, Films On Demand has it all. Take advantage of this free, educational resource today!



Spotlight on eBooks


Our library has access to over 200,000 different eBooks. Many of these eBooks have been published within the past few years, making their information up-to-date and relevant.

Do you know how to access an eBook through the library website?

All of these books can be accessed simply by searching the catalog for your preferred topic and checking the “eBook” option box on the left of the page (under the “Format” tab). Then, the catalog will update to show all of the eBooks available on your topic. Click on any of the book titles to see more information. The book’s page will include a link, usually to a site like EBSCOhost, which will in turn provide the eBook’s pages.

If you need to access an eBook while off campus, remember to log in to our system with your Union credentials. Then you will be able to see the eBook.


For help in citing eBooks, ask our staff about our Ready Reference books. The library holds Turabian, MLA, APA, and other handbooks on citation. You can also schedule an appointment with a Research Coach or visit the Research desk for extra help. We are happy to assist you!

How To Find Books From Goodreads


Did you know that Goodreads can show you whether or not its books are in our library? Goodreads helps connect readers to books they will enjoy; the site also publishes book reviews and ratings. Goodreads links to the Union library’s catalog, which will indicate a book’s availability.

How does this work? Let’s take the book The Essential Kierkegaard for example.


A search on Goodreads for The Essential Kierkegaard will bring up its specific page, which contains the book’s cover, copyright, and a brief synopsis. Beneath the synopsis, there is an option to “Get a copy.” By clicking the “Libraries” button, Goodreads will link to the Union library catalog, which will then give the call number and location for the The Essential Kierkegaard. You can then go to the library to find the book, either by using the call number (B4372 .E5 2000) to locate the book yourself or by asking a librarian for help.

If you already use Goodreads, you can now easily see if the books you’ve liked on the website are located in the Union library.