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September 11, 2014
by jkremer
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Check Out Who’s Reading on Campus?

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The Popular Reading located on the main level of the Library offers something for everyone. Looking for a great mystery? We’ve got them. How about an inspirational biography? We’ve got those too!  This collection is comprised of a myriad of subjects such as science fiction, politics, self-help, fiction, and many New York Times bestsellers.

We call special attention to our Young Adult Literature section within the Popular Reading collection where titles such as The Hunger Games, Divergent and more are available.

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Young Adult Literature Display

We are delighted to see these books receiving a warm reception.

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September 9, 2014
by cferree
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Two Databases on Trial: Statista and World Politics Review

We have two databases on trial that we’d love to get your feedback on!

Have you ever needed to know how consumers feel about avocados vs apples? Or, whether volunteering makes you more desirable to employers? Statista contains statistics on thousands of topics, including business, finance, politics, lifestyles, current trends, and technology.  Data is pooled from a variety of sources, including government and industry databases, trade publications, and scientific journal. In addition to data, Statista also includes infographics, industry reports,studies, and topic pages. This could be a great resource for researchers in Business, Sociology, Marketing, Journalism, or any research project that requires data.  Statista has a great series of online tutorials to show you how all the components work, including this short overview of it’s features.

Today we have many sources for news, but fewer for thoughtful, in-depth analysis of current events. World Politics Review contains original briefs, opinion pieces, reports, and features on a wide range of foreign affairs and world politics, updated daily.  Subject areas include Law, Human Rights, U.S. Foreign Policy, Business and Economic Development, and Political Theory.  You can browse by topic or region of the world, and find unbiased analysis not only of front page issues but also important world events that do not receive major press coverage. World Politics Review is designed with foreign policy professionals in mind, and could be a great benefit to researchers of foreign affairs at all levels.

Please let us know what you think by contacting Curtis Ferree, cferree@fairfield.edu,  or filling out our  Electronic Resources Evaluation form. Both trials expire September 30.

 

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September 2, 2014
by jkremer
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10 Things to Do in College

Read this sage advice from the Huffington Post: 10 Things to Do in College (Probably) More Important Than Going to Class that includes:

#1 Learn to use the library
Excerpt: To find any book is a treasure hunt of sorts, and there is no replacement for the serendipitous events that transpire in the library: you bend down to tie your shoe, and find yourself at eye level with a book you didn’t know you needed to read, but you find it is the exact right thing.”

#4. Develop an appreciation for coffee.

Great news!  The new Starbucks Cafe is now open in the Library lobby!

 

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August 13, 2014
by cferree
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Database Changes at the Library

With the start of the new fiscal year, we have made some changes to our database holdings that we want to make you aware of.  Due to low usage, we have elected to cancel the following databases:

Conference Board
Books in print
Columbia Grangers World of Poetry
Marquis Bibliographies Online
Proquest Congressional
The SRDS suite of products, including Local Market Analyst
Journal Citation Reports
Cabell’ Directories
Social Sciences Full Text

 

We have added two new resources:  Humanities Source, and Political Science Complete.

Humanities Source is an upgrade (and therefore, replaces) the Humanities Full Text database.  This resource provides scholarly articles on a wide range of topics with the Humanities, including: Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Literary and Social Criticism, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion. In addition to journal articles, the database also contains obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, and plays.

Political Science Complete  provides coverage of global political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. Subject areas include organizational studies, peace and conflict studies, economics, human rights, and public policy and administration. 

As always, we appreciate  your feedback. You can use our online form, or contact Curtis Ferree, cferree@fairfield.edu.

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August 4, 2014
by Brooke Duffy
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August – Fresh Tunes

*Late-night radio host voice*  Welcome to the DNL Fresh Tunes report for the month of August. We’ll be serving up some tasty new music suggestions for you. So plug in your ear buds!

Scroll down for highlights of our new pop, indie, alt. rock, classic rock, blues, and classical.

 

POP

Pop Music Album Art

1. THE NEW CLASSIC  •  IGGY AZALEA

Australia-born female rap artist’s single “Fancy” is being touted as the song of the summer. Does it live up to the hype? You decide.

2. TRUE ROMANCE  •  CHARLI XCX    Featured artist on “Fancy,” goth-pop British import

3. BECAUSE THE INTERNET  •  CHILDISH GAMBINO    Funky, indie rap

 

INDIE

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1. ST. VINCENT    ST. VINCENT

Annie Clark, known as St. Vincent, self-titled her most recent album because she was trying to make a record that was authentic to herself as a musician. In her typical style, these songs are eccentric and organic, equally unsettling and whimsical.

2. BENJI    SUN KIL MOON    Melancholy life stories crafted into beautiful folk rock songs

3. SUNBATHING ANIMAL     PARQUET COURTS    Grungy, fast-paced, indie/post-punk (Coming Soon)

4. BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS    ANGEL OLSEN    http://youtu.be/PinTAGbIsV4

 

 

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Alternative Rock Album Art

1. TALON OF THE HAWK  •  THE FRONT BOTTOMS

Having a bad day? Listen to Talon of the Hawk—the good times are contagious. Catchy, up-tempo melodies and sincere, sometimes funny lyrics. The Front Bottoms are a two man band from New Jersey, and this is their second album. Get your tambourine ready.

2. HAPPINESS IS  •  TAKING BACK SUNDAY  •  Laid back, blast it in your car with the windows down rocknroll.

3. IMAGINARY ENEMY  •  THE USED  •  Tasty mix of rock and pop, personal and political.

4. TEETH DREAMS  •  THE HOLD STEADY  •  Hearty, guys-in-a pub sound. Game of Thrones fans may recognize The Hold Steady from their rendition of The Bear and the Maiden Fair in season three.

 

CLASSIC ROCK

 

Classic Rock Album Art

1. CROZ  • DAVID CROSBY
Folk rock receives new material from an old master! These eleven tracks mark David Crosby’s first album in over twenty years.

2. HIGH HOPES  •  BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

The Boss’ latest album features a variety of new songs, covers of other artists, and updated versions of classics.

 

BLUES

 

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BLUES AMERICANA•  KEB MO

Guitarist and vocalist Keb Mo mixes traditional blues with contemporary soul and gospel elements, setting an uplifting and refreshing tone in this new album.

 

 

 

CLASSICAL

 

Hilary Hahn Album Art

 

IN 27 PIECES: THE HILARY HAHN ENCORES  •  HILARY HAHN

Hilary Hahn proves that classical music is still innovating in modern times. The “27 Pieces” is a collection of short works for violin and piano, each written by a different modern-day composer. The album offers wonderful variety in musical style, reflecting each composer’s unique taste, and Hahn performs each with virtuosic skill.

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