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.





Top 5 History Journals

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For history majors, the library has a long list of historical databases. The 5 listed here were chosen because they cover the widest variety of topics and trends in history, but remember that you can always search the library catalog for more specific historical topics.


American Historical Review

The library provides access to the American Historical Review from 1975 to the present day. The official publication of the American Historical Association, it strives to cover a wide variety of historical events and cultures. According to Oxford Academic, “the AHR has been the journal of record for the historical profession in the United States since 1895—the only journal that brings together scholarship from every major field of historical study. The journal also publishes approximately one thousand book reviews per year, surveying and reporting the most important contemporary historical scholarship in the discipline.”


The Historian

Members of Phi Alpha Theta can take pride in The Historian, which is published by Blackwell Publishing on behalf of Phi Alpha Theta. Parts of The Historian can be found on JSTOR as well as other databases that the library subscribes to. The Historian often covers controversial topics in history and analyzes different trends in historical theory.


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Reviews In American History

Reviews In American History dives into the latest history books and reviews them. This journal is a great resource for history majors needing secondary sources and criticism on current books.


Technology and Culture

Technology and Culture contains interdisciplinary essays on “the history of technological devices and processes, and the relations of technology to politics, economics, labor, business, the environment, public policy, science and the arts.” This cutting edge journal has articles as specific as “Technology on the Spot: The Trials of the Congreve Rocket in India in the Early Nineteenth Century”  and as general as “Discovering Steam Power in China, 1840s-1860s.”


Comparative Studies in Society and History

This journal is a product of Cambridge University Press; it covers topics such as anthropology, ethnography, colonialism, and global politics. Use Comparative Studies in Society and History when you need resources on how history impacts societies.


*Helpful links:

History Research Guide

Search Library Journals Online


Top 5 Fitness Books & Journals

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Looking for some new workouts to try? The library has several helpful resources for keeping track of your physical fitness. Listed below are 5 of the best fitness books and journals we have to offer.

1. Journal: American Fitness

Author: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

The library provides access to this journal from 1993 to the present- which means you can see what kind of workouts were popular in the 90’s and how fitness has evolved over the years. American Fitness has articles on everything from lunge advice to tips on avoiding sexual harassment at the gym. This journal is a great “catch-all” resource for fitness.


2. Book: Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of Crossfit and the Primal Future of Fitness

Author: J.C. Hertz

If you’ve been curious about CrossFit, this book can be your start guide. Learning to Breathe Fire details the history of the popular fitness movement as well as the science behind the exercises.


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3. Journal: Runner’s World

Author: Runner’s World

For those who love running or who are just getting started on their journey, Runner’s World is a must. You’ll find articles on the best shoes, fact vs. fiction with running myths, and stories of competitive runners.

4. eBook: The Official Gold’s Gym Guide to Getting Started in Body Building

Author: Ed Housewright, Gold’s Gym

Whether or not Gold’s Gym is your favorite, this eBook provides helpful information on nutrition and beginner’s exercises. It also includes inspiring quotes from leaders in sports and fitness.

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5. eBook: Yoga For Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain

Author: Kelly McGonigal

Maybe you’re wanting to exercise but are suffering from chronic pain. Yoga For Pain Relief walks you through exercises that can help, allowing you to take things at your own pace and encouraging you to keep moving forward.


All of these resources are available through our library’s online subscriptions or are on our shelves. Check them out today!

How To Scan Multiple Pages To Your Email

Printer Help
The library printers have many options to offer students: printing, copying, scanning to email, etc. However, sometimes figuring out your options can be confusing. Many students use the “scan to email” function, but want all of their scans to end up in one file (so that way, they aren’t receiving scores of emails). This blog post will show you how to use this printer feature.*

How To Scan Multiple Pages Into One File:
1. When you go to scan pages, you can either choose “Scan to Email” or “Save to Device.” I’d suggest using Scan to Email unless you have a USB.
2. Once you’ve chosen where your scans will end up, there is an arrow at the bottom of the screen that says “More Options.” Click this.
3. Scroll down until you find the “Job Build” option. Turn Job Build on.
4. Start scanning. Click to save each page after you scan it. Don’t click “Finish” until you are ready to send the file.
5. Click “Finish” once you have scanned all of the pages you need.
6. The printer will now send your job to your email or save it to the device, depending on what you selected. All of your pages will be in one neat PDF file.



*4 of the library’s printers have this function: both printers in the South Lobby, the printer in the Open Printing area, and the second floor printer.


Check out this video tutorial for more help:

Featured Book: “How To Think About Law School: A Handbook For Undergraduates And Their Parents”


How many of you are preparing to enter law school after your time at Union? There’s never a better time to get ready than the present- thankfully, there’s a helpful book in the library that maps out your road to law school.

How To Think About Law School: A Handbook For Undergraduates And Their Parents was written by political science professor Michael R. Dillon. This book teaches “how to build an undergraduate resume, how to gather information about law school and legal careers, how to prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and how to navigate the pitfalls of the law school application process.” The chapters follow a chronological format, with its chapters detailing plans for your undergraduate years, applications, and the subsequent years of law school.

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One of the great things about How To Think About Law School is that the author gets straight to the point, answering pertinent questions that the reader may have. On the topic of choosing a good undergraduate major, Dillon writes:

While the question, “what should my son/daughter major in to have the best chance of getting into law school?” seems reasonable, there is no simple answer. . . There is no one right or wrong major for you to become a lawyer. I have advised majors in accounting, English, biology, education, and computer science successfully applying to law school. A small number of colleges and universities actually offer pre-law majors, but most law school admissions officers recommend against such programs.

Dillon also immediately pinpoints which credentials are crucial to being admitted to law school:

When it is time to submit your law school applications, generally in the fall of senior year, there are two key credentials upon which your application will succeed or fail- your undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and your LSAT score.

From there, the book dives into how you can prepare for your future career in law. Dillon encourages law school hopefuls not to lose sight of their other passions, as they may be prove to be helpful in the legal world later. He recommends saving faculty recommendation letters and outlines a mission for succeeding in undergraduate course work. Finally, he talks about different study methods, dealing with other law school students, and studying for the bar exam.

How To Think About Law School is a comprehensive guide written by someone with personal experience. It’s easy to read and understand, and the advice offered is paramount for future lawyers. You can click here to check this book’s availability in the library. Click here for LSAT test prep resources.

Top 5 Education Databases

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Education majors learn everything from classroom theories to hands-on teaching. If you’re studying education and looking for quality research, the library has several excellent databases that can help you. All of these databases can be found on the library’s website.

1. ERIC (Ebsco)

This database gives you the option of advanced searches on subjects from adult education to teaching students with learning disabilities. ERIC also allows you to export your results to RefWorks and locate full-text options available through other library databases.


2. Educator’s Reference Complete

Whether you need to use the Topic Finder option to find new keywords or the Publication Search to find a specific resource, Educator’s Reference Complete has it all. You can even narrow your search down to be as specific as the country of publication.


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3. Professional Collection (Gale)

Striving to cover a variety of topics, Professional Collection provides a good balance of education articles. Regardless of which subject you plan to teach, Professional Collection probably has an in-depth study on it.


4. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (Global)

When you need to view someone else’s scholarly work, this is the database for you. More than 70,000 dissertations and theses are added every year. Be sure to use the helpful “date range” when searching, if you need articles within a certain time frame.


5. General OneFile (Gale)

A “catch-all” database, General OneFile houses research of every kind. General OneFile will link you to articles on diverse classrooms, teaching controversial topics, and more.


Check out the Education Research Guide for more help with resources!

How To Use The Library As A Guest

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Who is a guest at the library?

If you’re a Union alumnus or a member of the community that is not currently attending Union, you’re a library guest.

The library has several policies for guests that allow you to use a limited amount of resources.


  • Guest Cards

The following groups of guests are eligible to obtain a free guest library card.

  • Retired employees (faculty and staff) of Union University
  • Current ministerial personnel (i.e. pastor, minister of music, minister of youth, associate pastor) from a church within 25 miles of Union University
  • Current members of Union University’s Board of Trustees
  • Local academic or public librarians from the West Tennessee Area Libraries Consortium
  • Spouses of current Union University faculty and staff members


If you do not meet the criteria for a free guest card, you can purchase a guest card for $60/year.

Card holders must be at least 18 years old. A photo ID and proof of qualifying status must be supplied at the time of application. Guests are limited to three (3) books and cannot check out media items. Loaning of guest cards is prohibited and the user should be prepared to show ID if asked.



  • Guest Printing

Guests can be signed on to a library guest computer for 2 consecutive hours per day. If you need to print, printing costs 10 cents per page. All of your prints will automatically go into a queue that requires a library worker to release your prints. You will be asked to pay the library at the time of printing- you cannot make an I.O.U. for prints.

*The library is not responsible for guest patron privacy on the guest computers.*


  • Faxing & Copying

Faxing costs 25 cents per page, but a cover page is free. Copying costs 10 cents per page.


  • Scanning To Email

Scanning a page to your email address is free. Ask a library worker for help with scanning.


  • Using The Library Space

Walking around the library and sitting to read a book in the library is free! Guests cannot reserve study rooms, but you are welcome to use rooms that are not taken. If a study room does get reserved by a student, the guests may be asked to vacate that room.



Guest FAQ

1. Does the library offer tutoring services?

No, the library provides resources to Union University. The library does have research help for Union students, but not for high schoolers, children, or adults who do not attend Union.


2. Does the library partner with any local home school or education programs?

No, but families with children are welcome to visit the library.


3. I’m a college student at Jackson State. Can I check out books from Union?

Yes, though a local university & college agreement, higher education students at other nearby institutions can check out a limited number of Union library items. See our website for more information.


4. Can I look at eBooks as a guest?

Yes and no. If you are on Union’s campus, you can view eBooks on our library website. If you are not on campus, you will not be able to view them without a Union login.


5. I’m a Union alumnus. What can I do in the library?

As an alumnus, you qualify for a free guest card. You can also be logged onto a computer as a guest and print for 10 cents a page.

Inter-Session Hours

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Congratulations To Our 2018 Graduates!

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Congratulations to Teri Jelks, Ben Pinkley, and Marqueisha Walker! They will be missed at the library, but we know these graduates have great futures ahead.

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