New Materials

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels Database


We now have access to the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database. This primary source database focuses on North American and European adult comic books and graphic novels. The collection includes original material from the 1960s to today along with interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines.

You can browse characters, genres, people, publishers, series, and subjects. You can also search categories like art credits, story credits, story nationality, coloring, material type, etc. The search options will allow you to narrow your searches down to specific artists and kinds of artwork.


Since there are so many full color images, some of the material can be slow to load, so be a little patient when looking at materials.

Your patience will be well rewarded though. There are so many cool comics included in this resource, like Cerebus the Aardvark, Wimmen's Comix, Dynamite Damsels, Alien Fire, Addicted to War, American Splendor, etc.

Check this resource out today!





The Directory of Poetry Publishers

Are you a poet aspiring to get published, but not sure where to start? The library can help! Check out this recently added database, The Directory of Poetry Publishers.

The directory contains a Publisher Index, Regional Index, Subject Index, and eBooks Menu. You can navigate to these features from any page in the directory, as they are included at the bottom of each page.

The Publisher Index contains listings of both magazines and book publishers. Magazines are listed in the directory in italics and all caps. Presses are listed in normal type. Publisher names preceded by a bullet were recently added to the directory. Clicking on the name of the magazine or press takes you to an entry of information about the press. Have questions about the contents of entries? Every entry has a link to the Key to Directory Listings. The Key provides detailed information about the contents and navigational features of listings.

The Regional Index lists publishers by state and country. The main page of the Regional Index offers a quick glance at publishers in each region, listing number of publishers beside specific states and countries in brackets.

Similarly, the Subject Index compiles periodicals and presses publishing specific subjects. Subjects are listed in alphabetical order. Number of publishers listing subjects is displayed next to subject description, in brackets, on the main page.

Clicking on the eBooks Menu button directs you to the main page for Dustbooks eDirectories. Once on the main page, you can click on The Directory of Poetry Publishers to return to the directory... or, you can explore some of our other, newly acquired Dustbooks products! These other products (The International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses, The Directory of Small Press/Magazine Editors & Publishers, and The Small Press Record of Books in Print) will be discussed in later blog posts.

Summer Reading


As we finish finals week, you may be starting to think about finding some fun books for the summer. May I suggest checking out the King Leisure Reading Collection on the first floor of King Library? You can browse the collection or look up a specific title in our catalog.

Here are a couple of recent titles in our Leisure Reading Collection:

Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag. King Leisure Reading | PS3558.O333 S43 2011

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson. King Leisure Reading | PR6116.E17 I23 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey. King Leisure Reading | PN2287.F4255 A3 2011

The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth. King Leisure Reading | PS3606.A726 P74 2011

Sing You Home: A Novel by Jodi Picoult. King Leisure Reading | PS3566.I372 S56 2011

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith. King Leisure Reading | PR6063.C326 S37 2011

Toys: A Novel by James Patterson and Neil McMahon. King Leisure Reading | PS3566.A822 T69 2011

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan. King Leisure Reading | PS3563.C3868 G48 2010

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox. King Leisure Reading | PN2308.F69 A3 2010

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. King Leisure Reading | PS3553.H4367 R46 2010b

If you're planning on doing any traveling this summer, you might like to check out some of our travel books.

For those who are going home for the summer and live in Ohio, you might want to check OhioLINK for libraries close to your house. You might also be interested in checking out the Ohio eBook Project for titles.

For those who don't live in Ohio, try WorldCat to find a library near you.

Now let's just hope this weather finally warms up enough to sit outside with a good book!

New titles from the US Federal Government

The branches and agencies of the US Government produce a wealth of information. Here are a few of the newest titles accessible through the Miami University Libraries and the internet.

Recent events in Pakistan may have you interested in international geography. If so you may want to check out the most recent Central Intelligence Agency produced maps of Pakistan. These maps cover geography, administrative divisions, and physiography and are available at the Science Library and Online. For general information on Pakistan and any other country the best place to start is another CIA title, The World Fact Book (MU Libraries / online).

Some recent Congressional Hearings focusing on international cooperation, US involvement in other nations and post conflict reconstruction:

For some reading on historical events and conflicts there is the new title Engineers at War by Adrian G. Traas from the US Army Center of Military History.

For some quieter reading try Rain Gardens: Capturing and Using the Rains of the Great Plains (.pdf), available online from the US Natural Resources Conservation Service.

If none of these titles are of interest but are something you wouldn't have thought would be produced by the United States Government, you can browse all of the Government Information & Law Department's newest acquisitions through the library catalog.

How many pounds of Butterfish were caught domestically in 1985?

10,388 (quantity in 1,000 pounds) (.pdf)

This exciting information, as well as statistics on agriculture, education, prices, and Federal Government finances & employment can all be found in the The Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract of the United States has been a valuable research resource for more than 130 years, and represents the most comprehensive collection of statistics about the United States of America ever assembled. Valued not just as a source of raw data, but also as a starting point for locating information among the vast amount of data collected by U.S. Federal Government and private bodies.

The Statistical Abstract compiles information from more than 60 sources in and outside of the U.S. Federal Government, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Department of State to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the World Health Organization, covering social, political, and economic information. The Statistical Abstract is organized into 30 categories including agriculture, education, elections, forestry fishing and mining, income, population and prices.

The Statistical Abstract has been published annually without interruption since 1878 (available online from 1878, and in the Miami Libraries from 1882) and has spun off the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (MU Libraries) and the County and City Data Book (MU Libraries).

If you would like a copy for yourself or your organization, print versions can be purchased through the U.S. Government Bookstore.

You might want to take the opportunity to acquire a copy.

2011 may be your last chance as funding for the Census Bureau in the 2012 U.S. budget does not currently include funds for the Statistical Compendia Branch which compiles The Statistical Abstract. Some plans are in place for a rushed publication of the 2012 edition, but without continued funding, 2011 could mark the end of a 133 year tradition of statistical compilation in the United States.

If you feel the The Statistical Abstract is a resource that deserves continued funding, please consider contacting your congressional representatives. Check back for more information on other efforts to continue the publication of this valuable source of information.

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Online Access to International Medieval Bibliography

We now have access to International Medieval Bibliography online. The IMB is one of the leading bibliographies of the European Middle Ages (c. 400-1500). The IMB now comprises 300,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records. The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies.

When you click on the link above, it will take you to the Brepolis publisher's screen. Click where it says "enter databases":


Once you click on Enter Database, select International Medieval Bibliography under Medieval Bibliographies:


You can search by author, title, language, and year of publication. One really nice search feature is the thematic search option. You can search by discipline (there are options like canon law, hagiography, printing history, etc.) and by area (places like British Isles, Low Countries, South-Eastern Europe, etc.).

There's a limit of three simultaneous users at once, so be careful to not use it the night before your research is due (in case three other people have the same idea at the same time)!

New Resources Related to Graphic Novels

Comics Cultures book

Do you enjoy reading graphic novels? If so, you might be interested to know about some of the new resources we have related to graphic novels.

First here are some new graphic novels we have recently acquired:

American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Stephen King. King Library 2nd floor PN6728.A485 S69 2010.

The Eighth Day by Mitsuyo Kakuta. King Library 2nd floor PL872.5.A3 Y6513 2010.

Castle Waiting Volume Two by Linda Medley. King Library 2nd floor PN6727.M42 C34 2006 v.2.

Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. King Library 2nd floor PN6790.J33 T249 2010.

Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso. King Library 2nd floor PN6727.K425 A78 2010.

Pterror over Paris ; and, The Eiffel Tower demon by Jacques Tardi. King Library 2nd floor PN6747.T374 P83 2010.

You might be also interested in some recent titles about graphic novels and comics:

Comics as a nexus of cultures: essays on the interplay of media, disciplines and international perspectives edited by Mark Berninger. King Library 2nd floor PN6714 .C6515 2010.

The best American comics criticism edited by Ben Schwartz. King Library 2nd floor PN6725 .B47 2010.

The rise and reason of comics and graphic literature: critical essays on the form edited by Joyce Goggin and Dan Hassler-Forest. King Library 2nd floor PN6714 .R57 2010.

The power of comics : history, form, and culture by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. King Library 2nd floor PN6710 .D86 2009.

We also recently acquired a video about the creator of the popular comic Bone called The cartoonist Jeff Smith, Bone and the changing face of comics.

If you're interested in finding out more about our graphic novel holdings, you might want to check out our subject page about it.

I mentioned the title Pterror over Paris ; and, The Eiffel Tower demon above. This book is an English translation of the first volume of Jacques Tardi's Adele Blanc-Sec series, which was recently turned into a movie. I hope you enjoy this trailer for the film (warning: there is a slight hint of nudity).

Watch The Social Network Before the Oscars!

Come to the IMC in the basement of King to check out the Oscar nominated film about Facebook, The Social Network, directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg. While you here see what other films we go in store for you!

The Oxford English Dictionary Online Has a New Interface

OED Timeline

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online has a new interface. The design has changed, and they’ve added new content. Searching has become easier in a lot of ways. You can filter according to different categories, allowing you to start your search very broad and then narrow down. When you look at the entry for a specific word, you can hover over the source for a particular quote and see if it's possible to find where the quotation came from and potentially find more information about the author.

They also include links to other resources within an entry. For example if you click on Sources, the second result will be Shakespeare. If you click on that entry, not only will see you all the words he is quoted as a source for, but you'll see a link to his biographical entry in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They have an an ‘Aspects of English’ section, which is a series of descriptive articles on language, past and present. They have integrated the Historical Thesaurus into it as well.

Probably my favorite change is is the addition of timelines and other new ways to visualize the history of words. When I clicked on Timelines, I compared the number of words that entered the language in 1640-1649 (5127 words) versus 1650-1659 (7529 words) (if I had the time, I'd love to explore why so many more words entered the language in 1650-1659). While looking at the Timeline, I then clicked on the 1650-1659 decade range to see all the words that were listed. I learned that the word aboriginal appeared in 1650. You can also select categories in the Timelines for Subject, Region, or Origins. It's a really fun tool to play with!

Online trial of The International Studies Encyclopedia

Through December 31, 2010 Miami University students, faculty, and staff have access to a trial version of The International Studies Encyclopedia (use the proxied link here if you're off campus). Access the encyclopedia's content through the "Table of Contents" link on the left side of the page.

Published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA), this resource provides instant access to the most up-to-date resources in international studies. The encyclopedia allows full access to 400+ fully-searchable peer reviewed essays, links to archives, datasets, cases, pedagogical aids, a live discussion forum, and other relevant materials.

Between now and December 31 I would greatly appreciate any feedback you have about this resource. I’m looking for informal evaluations, although reasons why it works well (or doesn’t work well) are most useful. Please send feedback about The International Studies Encyclopedia to Jen Waller, International Studies Librarian, at

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