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Scholarly Journal Content Like You've Never Seen Before - Browzine

We are happy to announce that we are currently in the midst of a trial of a new innovative iPad app titled Browzine. Go to the App Store and download it now for free and log in via your Miami University credentials. It allows Miami University students and faculty to:

  1. Easily read complete scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablet devices
  2. Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
  3. Be alerted when new editions of journals are published
  4. Easily save to Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox and other services

This is a very slick new product. Take a look and let us know what you think! Email Jason Michel @ micheljp@miamioh.edu with questions and comments.

The Center for Digital Scholarship

The Center for Digital Scholarship had its Open House on Tuesday to much fanfare. The CDS is both a physical facility and a service of the Libraries. Our vision is to serve as a collaborative partner with faculty, students, and staff by providing digital library , data repository, multi-media, digitization, scholarly communication, geospatial and data management services so that members of the Miami community can accomplish their research, scholarly, and teaching goals.

Check out the CDS for more info and get started!

You heard NDT speak, now continue the Search ...

By all accounts Astrophysicist, Popular Scientist and all-around badass, Neil Degrasse Tyson gave a riveting speech last night in Millett Hall. The inspiration doesn't need to end there. Continue to be inspired by Dr. Tyson through his scholarship and popular writings. We've got it all:

Books by Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson

 Death by Black Hole: and other Cosmic Quandaries

 The Pluto Files: the Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

 Universe Down to Earth

 One Universe: at Home in the Cosmos

Popular and Scholarly Articles

Go here to read nearly 200 popular magazine articles. To view much of Dr. Tyson's scholarly writings, go to Web of Science and search - tyson nd - in the author field.

Happy Researching!!

King Library 1st Floor Redesign

We’re redesigning the 1st floor of King Library! The plan is to revamp the Information Desk and a few other areas. What would you like to see added or changed on the 1st floor? Give us your input at http://bit.ly/WOHdHe

Classic Catalog Searching Issues

The Miami University Libraries migrated to a new catalog software in December. Due to this migration, search results in the classic catalog have become unreliable. Call number and keyword searches are particularly bad, and links to our e-resources are not displaying at all in classic catalog record results. These problems have to be resolved on the vendor side, and the vendor is aware of them.

We highly recommend using the “Books and More” and “Journals” tabs on the web page when searching for books, journals, and e-resources. There is a call number option available in the drop-down menu in the “Books and More” tab, which should provide accurate search results.

If you need assistance finding information or materials please contact the Information Desk via chat, txt, phone or in-person.

Please send questions to mlink@lib.muohio.edu.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

(Take Some Books) Home for the Holidays!

Winter is Coming. Winter Break that is. A great time to unwind from the stress of Fall semester, hang out with family and friends and spend some time reading a good book. We encourage you to take some books home with you for the holiday season. To that end some of our librarians have recommended some great books. Take a look and check them out! Remember that you can renew the books on the web.

The Disappearing Spoon : and other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley (who is credited, not exactly justly, with the discovery of the silicon transistor)--but the more obscure characters provide some of the best stories, like Paul Emile François Lecoq de Boisbaudran, whose discovery of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, gives this book its title: a spoon made of gallium will melt in a cup of tea.--From publisher description

The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.

Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. --from Publisher description.

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History by John R. Gillis

Since before recorded history, people have congregated near water. But as growing populations around the globe continue to flow toward the coasts on an unprecedented scale and climate change raises water levels, our relationship to the sea has begun to take on new and potentially catastrophic dimensions. The latest generation of coastal dwellers lives largely in ignorance of the history of those who came before them, the natural environment, and the need to live sustainably on the world’s shores. Humanity has forgotten how to live with the oceans. -- from Publisher description.



The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.





In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart

In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart--but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presents--from Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativity--within a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery.

Counterplay: an Anthropologist at the Chessboard by Robert Desjarlais

Drawing on his lifelong fascination with the game, Desjarlais guides readers into the world of twenty-first-century chess to help us understand its unique pleasures and challenges, and to advance a new "anthropology of passion." Immersing us directly in chess's intricate culture, he interweaves small dramas, closely observed details, illuminating insights, colorful anecdotes, and unforgettable biographical sketches to elucidate the game and to reveal what goes on in the minds of experienced players when they face off over the board. Counterplay offers a compelling take on the intrigues of chess and shows how themes of play, beauty, competition, addiction, fanciful cognition, and intersubjective engagement shape the lives of those who take up this most captivating of games. -- from Publisher description.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

The cohost of NPR's "On the Media" narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of history of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today.






Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. -- From Publisher Description.

In Defense of Food: an Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description

A New Birth of Freedom

On this day in 1863 on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln gave one our country's most enduring and mythical speeches, the Gettysburg Address.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The significance of this speech is varied and far-reaching.  We have several books specifically about the speech as well as over a thousand books, movies and other resources dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln.

Check out some of these resources for Thanksgiving Break!

Ooh and check out this beautiful video honoring the iconic speech:

Help Us Improve our Services and Get a $15 iTunes Gift Card

The Miami University Libraries are currently administering usability tests for certain aspects of the library web site. We are seeking undergraduate & graduate students as well as faculty members to help us with these tests. Participants will be asked to interact with library interfaces and their actions will help us create better user environments. The process will take approximately 30 minutes. We are offering $15 iTunes gift cards for participants. Those interested should send an email to Jason Paul Michel at micheljp@muohio.edu

In Remembrance of 9/11

Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11. This tragic event in American history has had wide ranging effects in all facets of our world: politics, economics, psychology, media and more. It is an ideal of libraries to house and curate our collective memories, reactions and analysis of historical events.

To remember this event in our history, come to one of our libraries and check out a few of our nearly 500 books about 9/11.

Our complete collection about 9/11.

Follow our Pinterest board on 9/11 to see book covers of the collection.

Neil Armstrong, 1930 - 2012

Neil Armstrong, American astronaut famous for being the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday, August 25th, in Cincinnati.  He was 82 years old.  After you've read the news articles and the Wikipedia entry, discover more about his life and work with a few books! 

  First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

















  One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey      by Leon Wagener

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