Spotlight On “Westlaw Next”



For students who need to find law, business, or news articles, Westlaw Next is a great database with which to start. The library provides access to Westlaw Next through our “Databases” link on the library website. Simply scroll down the alphabetical list of databases to find Westlaw Next, click on the link, and then you can begin searching within Westlaw Next.

What can you access through Westlaw Next? A few of its resources include court cases, state and federal law information, briefs, statutes and court rules, legislative history, and more. Westlaw Next also provides a “Campus Help Guide” pdf on its search page so that you can find help with navigating and searching the database.

For more help finding the databases and articles that you need, call the library at 731.661.5070, or come to our Circulation or Research Desks for in-person assistance.



Logos Links: March 2020

lib links 1

Library team members Amber Wessies and Olivia Chin have searched the Internet for the best book, movie, and library-related links. Learn more about library news around the world below.


Resources For Libraries On Coronavirus

How can libraries be prepared for coronavirus? What can libraries do to help educate their patrons and prevent fake news from spreading? This article is a helpful resource for the current times.


Human Libraries: Turning The Page On Discrimination

The intent behind “human libraries” is more of a conversation than a presentation. The people who are telling their stories sit at different tables and other people can come up to them/sit with them and just have a conversation.


How To Source Your Academic Paper

This helpful post explores how to find online resources for students and serves as a guide to evaluating each source.


Tennessee Becomes Second State To Propose “Parental Review Boards” For Public Libraries

Why have parental review boards when public libraries already have measures and committees in place for challenges to their content? Sounds like a waste of taxpayer money and unnecessary censorship to me!


Tell Me Your Story: Narrative Inquiry In LIS Research

We cannot get to these sorts of things [the experience of being a person] with analytics and systems. We have to get to this kind of information by engaging in practices that bring us in contact with people. We have to talk to them, we have to observe them, we have to ask questions, we have to not just take their word for it when they say they do something, but we have to dig deeper and find out what they actually mean.

Everyone has a story to tell. And you have a response to every story you hear. How does your response impact your research? That is the basis behind narrative inquiry or story research.


Finding The Finals Fairy

A university in Maryland uses a Finals Fairy for de-stressing in the library for finals weeks. The librarians, library staff, and volunteers hide random dollar store items throughout the library for students to find. They post clues on social media and then ask students to post if they find the prize. They do it at different intervals during each day of finals. The last day they do a grand prize that could be something like an ereader or gift card to a restaurant. They hide a winning in a book and post a picture of the spines.




New: Staff Picks Display

staff picks

Ever wonder what the librarians are reading? Looking for something new and recommended at the library?

Presenting: Staff Picks! This first floor display will show you which books and movies we recommend. The display will be refreshed with new choices regularly. You can read a little about each item (and who picked it) with our handy signs.

Currently, the Staff Picks are as follows:


Each item is available for check out. Happy reading!

Book Signing Event With Karen Kingsbury



Tonight’s the night! We are excited to host Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury on campus. You can visit with Karen Kingsbury in the library from 5-5:40pm before her special dinner event, hosted by the Union Auxiliary. Kingsbury will be selling signed copies of her new book and can also sign your personal books for free if you bring them to the library.

For more information about Karen Kingsbury, visit her website.

For more information about “An Evening With Karen Kingsbury,” click here.

Donny’s Deductions: Super Smash Bros. & The Gender Barrier

pex smash

The library has books and resources on video games, too! Read Donny’s essay on what he’s learned about gender in the gaming community, and check out our eBooks on related subjects.

In competitive video gaming, there tends to be a gap between male and female competitors. In any professional team, one rarely sees a woman playing on a team or making it to the top of tournaments. This is quite surprising because women are scientifically better at quick decision making and hand-eye coordination. They should be represented better; however, the putting down of female gamers has caused women to feel unwelcome in most gaming communities. Hopefully, this is changing.

Super Smash Brothers, a two decade long fighting gaming series that has come out with 4 distinct titles (and a 5th coming out December 7th, 2018) focuses on popular characters fighting each other and has amassed a considerable following in the competitive scene. Smash Bros. Melee, the second game in the series, has the most dedicated followers, but the most recent one has brought in the most new players. For years, the Smash Bros. community faced similar problems that other gaming communities faced: segregation among genders. Often times, women would be looked down upon at tournaments or even made fun of simply because of their gender. More often than not, this dissuaded female competitors to participate in tournaments; they felt uncomfortable and harassed. Thankfully, this has been noticed recently and is being worked on.

The leaders in the competitive scene of Smash Brothers have worked hard to make sure everyone feels welcome. Some tournament organizers helped form Smash Sisters, a side event at tournaments specifically for women. This isn’t ideal, as the best situation would be for female players to just compete in the same tournaments as the male ones, but it is a stepping stone to getting to the right place, and many female competitors have noted that this has helped them feel more involved and accepted. The trend to fight sexism has also popped up greatly online.

On websites like Reddit and SmashBoards (a forum website dedicated to the competitive Smash Bros scene), many have started real discussion about how there must be more equality. In the most recent iteration of the game, there are many female characters. When deciding which characters are the best in the game, there has been no gender stereotypes. Female characters are placed just as high (or low) as other characters. The only determinant on the best characters is through merit, and their gender is not a factor. When character specific discussions have popped up, female character’s appearance is talked about more than the male characters. Thankfully, this discussion is focused primarily on the characters, and the sexualization of the female cast has dropped significantly over the last few years. If anyone starts to comment on the body of a female character in forums, others are more quick to rebuke them. There is no support for hypersexual discussion. This online focus has translated well into the real world.

Female competitors still face sexism at tournaments, but it has gotten better in the last few years. If any competitor is seen getting harassed, or if they ever feel uncomfortable, the harassing party is kicked out and often banned from tournaments. There is no tolerance for bad behavior. Also, when female players ask questions about certain aspects of the game, there is almost no condescending behavior towards the competitor. Their question is simply answered just like they would answer any other player. The gender barrier in the competitive gaming community still exists, but it is getting less and less prevalent. Through hard work from everyone in the community, this gap will, and should, disappear.


To read more on this subject, check out this eBook (available from the library)!

Female Fighters: Perceptions of Femininity in the Super Smash Bros. Community

How To Find Newspapers Using The Library

pex newspapers

Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
— Henry Anatole Grunwald

If you need to find a certain newspaper, the library is a great place to start! Our print newspapers are located in the Reading Room on the first floor, along with other magazines and periodicals. We also have online access to certain publications through our databases.

In the Library, newspapers are available:

  • In print:
    • The Tennessean
    • The New York Times (Sunday only)
    • USA Today
    • The Wall Street Journal

We no longer subscribe to The Jackson Sun due to delivery issues.

pex news

You can also find newspaper articles online, via our databases. It’s best to search within our library databases, using the library website, so that you can get full access to these newspapers. Don’t just type in “The Wall Street Journal” into Google and expect to see everything- the WSJ website may not recognize that you get access to their resources through Union. That’s why you should view the WSJ articles through a database like ProQuest U.S. Major Dailies.

Online, you can see newspapers:

  • Through ProQuest U.S. Major Dailies:
    • The New York Times (including the NYT Magazine and NYT Book Review)
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Los Angeles Times
    • Chicago Tribune
    • Washington Post


  • Through other databases, including:
    • EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus
    • GALE InfoTrac Newsstand
    • and several of the other, larger databases like Academic Search Complete; Academic OneFile; and Westlaw
    • The Tennessean is also available online under the library’s A to Z list


Popular Magazines are included in many of our larger databases like Academic Search Complete. But you may not know that we have a collection of popular magazines named, funnily enough, Popular Magazines. Titles include:

  • Bon Appetit
  • Book (from Barnes & Noble)
  • Camping Life
  • Christianity Today
  • Cross Country Skier
  • Field & Stream
  • Golf Digest
  • Guitar Player


Whether you’re looking for The New York Times or Christianity Today, chances are that we have access to it in the library. Come to the Circulation Desk if you need more help!

Our Books Are Shifting!

carry books

This summer, we are moving books onto different shelves to make room for- you guessed it- more books! The Recreational Reading section has been moved to the shelves behind the DVDs, and sections A (General Works) & B (Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion) will be shifted to the left. If you’re having trouble finding a book during our shifting period, please ask us about it at the Circulation Desk. We’re happy to help!

Summer Hours

summer hours

Get FREE Chick-fil-A & Share Your Voice!

library focus groups

Want FREE Chick-fil-A? Want to make your voice heard at Union?

Sign up for the library focus groups:

It’s easy, fun, and you’ll leave with a full stomach!


Welcome to the Library, New Bulldogs!


We are so glad to have you here at Union University. At the library, we love to help you learn, research, and study!

First things first: the library website is located at This is your one-stop place for all things library-related, including links to our social media, library news, databases, catalogs, and more.

Here are some library facts and perks you should know about:

  • Your student ID doubles as a library card! Use it to check out books at the Circulation Desk or at the self-check stations.
  • If you need research help, you can schedule an appointment with one of our trusty Research Coaches.
  • Sometimes your professors may have items for your class to check out on Reserves. Ask the staff at our Circulation Desk for access to items on Reserves.
  • Want to know about due dates, fines, or overdue items? Check out Using the Library on our website.
  • The first floor of the library houses the Circulation Desk, labs, offices, the Research Desk, Modero, and study spaces. The second floor houses books, movies, CDs, offices, two study rooms, and study spaces. The third floor houses the President’s office, administrative offices, study rooms, and study carrels.
  • The library employs around 20 student assistants per regular semester. These student assistants are supervised by our library staff (managers, catalog associates, archivists- you name it, the library has someone who can do it). You may be a good fit for working here if you value attention to detail, helping others, and initiative!

Have a great first week of classes, and be sure to visit the library!