Library News

Assignment Calculator Tool Updated

We have updated our Assignment Calculator tool to offer even more accountability and support to help you complete your assignments from start to finish.

The assignment calculator is a simple tool that students and faculty can use to help calculate when parts of a research paper or assignment should be worked on and completed.  Basically, all you need to do is plug in the beginning date of an assignment and the due date, and it does the rest for you!

Then the calculator lists all of the steps needed to complete your assignment and when each step should be done.  Below is an example.  This is a wonderful tool to help with time management!

Last year we used a bare bones structure, as outlined in our blog entry.  This year you can create an account which will email you notification of what you should be doing, the days left to complete the step, and the time you should spend on this step.

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Below is an example of what you could expect to see from the Assignment Calculator tool.

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Searching Specific Journal Titles in Ebsco

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Here’s a trick of the trade that you might find helpful.  Many of our databases can search within specific journals, such as the Ebsco databases (e.g. Academic or Business Source Premier).  If a journal is covered (indexed) in Ebsco, you can browse through that journal by year or volume/issue number.  Better yet, you can search within that specific journal .  Here’s how…

Click PUBLICATIONS at the top of the screen, type in your journal title under BROWSING, and click the BROWSE button.  You will get a list of journals that fit your search criteria.

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Click the title of the journal you’re after.  You will have the option to search within this specific journal or browse through it by year or volume/issue.

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If you choose to search within a specific journal, you will see the initials JN which stands for “journal” added to the search box followed by the journal title in quotes.  The example below is for the journal called JAMA, which is an acronym for Journal of the American Medical Association.  The full title of the journal is called JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.  You can also search within several journals at one time in Ebsco databases.

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Bamboo Musical Instrument Exhibit: Sounds of Harmony Series

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Please visit our temporary exhibit Sounds of Harmony, which will be on display until November 3rd outside of the Archives & Special Collections entrance.  This display of traditional bamboo musical instruments complements the talks and music demonstrations related to the Music in the Reconstruction of Identity and Healing/Therapy of the Modern Mind-and-Heart series.

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Dynamics and Problems of Using Games to Teach

Please join us this Friday, November 1st at 2:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for a presentation by Frederick J. Oerther, III, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics.

Title: Dynamics and Problems of Using Games to Teachoerthersmall

Brief Description: This presentation will argue for the usefulness of games as an educational device. We begin by discussing the nature of games and describing the student’s “game experience” in the classroom. Then we will make some assertions about how the game experience might be expected to contribute to the learning process – including the leveraging of scholastic motivations that games may offer on the basis of social and phenomenological factors. The features and properties of a specific form of game, which may be most useful in the classroom, called the “Fully Human Interactive Game,” are surveyed. We conclude with a discussion of some of the problems which may accompany using games to teach.

Spooky Reads at the MOHL

Image source: Chris Heald, Fav-32, FLICKR

Image source: Chris Heald, Fav-32, FLICKR

We currently have a selection of “scary” movies and books on available for checkout on the first floor of the MOHL (Mark O. Hatfield Library).  If you’re in the mood for some spook-tacular fun reading, consider some of our featured titles…  Catch them before they disappear, IF YOU DARE!!!

 

MOVIES
PN 1995.9 .A3 P472 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean
PN 1995.9 .A6 M65 2002 Monsters, Inc.
PN1995.9 .F54 H585 2003 The hitch-hiker
PN1995.9 .H6 A54 2000 American psycho
PN1995.9 .H6 B4 2000 The birds
PN1995.9 .H6 C65 2002 The company of wolves
PN1995.9 .H6 C79 2007 The cry La llorona
PN1995.9 .H6 E96 2000 The exorcist
PN1995.9.H6 H65 2006 Hollywood legends of horror. 6 masterworks of terror
PN1995.9. H6 H67 2007 The house on Skull Mountain The Mephisto waltz
PN1995.9 .H6 I57 2000 Interview with the vampire the vampire chronicles
PN1995.9 .H6 I82 2005 I walked with a zombie
PN1995.9 .H6 N44 2002 Night of the living dead an Image Ten production
PN1995.9 .H6 P78 1999 Psycho
PN1995.9. H6 P78 2008 Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
PN1995.9. H6 S4 2007 The shining
PN1995.9. H6 S48 2000 The sixth sense
PN1995.9. S66 2002 Snow White a tale of terror
PN1995.9. H6 T88 2003 28 days later
PN1995.9. M86 R773 2002 The Rocky Horror picture show
PN1995.9. S26 I683 2002 Invasion of the body snatchers
PN1995.9. S5 C2 2002 The cabinet of Dr. Caligari a film in six acts
PN1995.9.S5 C42 2001. La chute de la maison
PN1995.9 .S5 N7 2002 Nosferatu a symphony of horror
PN1995.9 .S87 D38 2004 Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for murder
PN1995.9. S87 F86 2002 From Hell
PN1995.9. S87 J28 2005 Jaws
PN1995.9. S87 M85 2002 Mulholland Dr. Universal
PN1995.9. S87 R22 2001 Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear window
PN1995.9. S87 S93 2004 Suspicion
PN1995.9 .S87 V3 2008 Vertigo
PN1995.9. S87 V45 2005 The Village
PN1995.91.G4 N68 2002 Nosferatu the vampyre
PN1995.91. R8 D53 2007 Dnevnoĭ dozor
PN1995.91. R8 N63 2006 Nochnoĭ dozor Night watch
PN1995.91 .S6 C873 2010 Cronos Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
BOOKS
BF575.F2 W33 1999 No go the bogeyman : scaring, lulling, and making mock Marina Warner
BF1031 .L43 The medium, the mystic, and the physicist; toward a general theory of the paranorma Lawrence LeShan
BF1261.2 .B43 Paranormal experience and survival of death Carl B. Becker
BF1381 .P47 2005 The perfect medium : photography and the occult Clément Chéroux
BF1381 .W55 2007 Ghosts caught on film : photographs of the paranormal Melvyn Willin
BF1407 .G85 1991 Harper’s encyclopedia of mystical & paranormal experience Rosemary Ellen Guiley
BF1566 .J67 1996 Witches : an encyclopedia of paganism and magic Michael Jordan
BF1566 .W7395 2002 The witchcraft reader Darren Oldridge
BT981.R86 Lucifer, the Devil in the Middle Ages Jeffrey Burton Russell
DR240.5.V553 F58 Dracula, prince of many faces : his life and his times Radu R. Florescu, Raymond T. McNally
GR530 .S26 1995 A deed without a name : the witch in society and history Andrew Sanders
GR530 .S53 1997 Witchcraft, lycanthropy, drugs, and disease : an anthropological study of the European witch-hunts H. Sidky
 GR825 .A86 2009 On monsters : an unnatural history of our worst fears Stephen T. Asma
GR825 .P626 2011 Monsters in America : our historical obsession with the hideous and the haunting W. Scott Poole
GR830.V3 A92 1995 Our vampires, ourselves Nina Auerbach
GR830.V3 B35 1988 Vampires, burial, and death : folklore and reality Paul Barber
GR830.V3 B45 2001 Food for the dead : on the trail of New England’s vampires Michael E. Bell
GT4965 .H32 1994 Halloween and other festivals of death and life  Jack Santino
 PA3015.G48 F45 1999 Haunted Greece and Rome : ghost stories from classical antiquity D. Felton
PL2629.G5 C57 1979 Stories about not being afraid of ghosts Institute of Literature of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
PL2722.U2 L5213 1997 Strange tales from the Liaozhai studio Zhang Qingnian, Zhang Ciyun, Yang Yi
PN56.V3 E63 2011 Encyclopedia of the vampire : the living dead in myth, legend, and popular culture S.T. Joshi
PN1995.9.H6 D59 2010 A history of horror Wheeler Winston Dixon
PN1995.9.V3 W3 2010 Living and the undead : slaying vampires, exterminating zombies Gregory A. Waller
PN6111 .F72 no.158 The abduction : a thriller Billy St John
PQ2446.J8 1920 The wandering Jew Eugene Sue
PQ6669.A6125 L67 2010 Lo que esconde tu nombre Clara Sánchez
PR830.T3 C65 2000 A companion to the Gothic David Punter
PR830.T3 H27 1995 Skin shows : gothic horror and the technology of monsters Judith Halberstam
PR868.T3 M25 1996 Gothic images of race in nineteenth-century Britain H.L. Malchow
PR1309.G5 V54 1992 Victorian ghost stories : an Oxford anthology Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert
PR1309.H6 D73 2010 Dracula’s guest : a connoisseur’s collection of Victorian vampire stories Michael Sims
PR2664.A1 1968 Doctor Faustus, 1604-1616 W. W. Greg
PR2823.A2 B76 1998 The tragedy of Macbeth Nicholas Brooke
PR4034 .N7 2006 Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
PR4453.C4 M4 The man who was Thursday : a nightmare G.K. Chesterton
PR5397.F7 Frankenstein Robert E. Dowse and D.J. Palmer
PR6005.O4 H4 1988 Heart of darkness : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism Robert Kimbrough
PR6013.O35 L6 Lord of the flies William Golding
PR6019.A565 G45 1937 Ghost stories of an antiquary Montague Rhodes James
PR6037 .T617 D7 1986 Dracula and the lair of the white worm Bram Stoker
PR6051.C64 H3 1985 Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
PR6051.I35 H38 The haunting of Lamb House Joan Aiken
PR6052.R8 S45 The sheep look up John Brunner
PR9199.3.D3 H5 High spirits Robertson Davies
PS648.H6 A47 1996 American gothic tales Joyce Carol Oates
PS648.V35 V3 1988 The Penguin book of vampire stories Alan Ryan
PS1850.F63 Twice-told tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
PS2116 .T8 1966 The turn of the screw Robert Kimbrough
PS2612.A1 1965 Tales of the grotesque and arabesque Edgar Allan Poe
PS2116.T83 B39 Ghosts, demons, and Henry James : The turn of the screw at the turn of the century Peter G. Beidler
PS2380 .F68 v.10 The confidence-man : his masquerade Herman Melville
PS2601.H3 1979 The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe James A. Harrison
PS3505.L376 T7 The track of the cat, a novel Nevada Barr
PS3509.N374 W4 1992 The werewolf of Paris Guy Endore
PS3519.A392 H3 The haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
PS3519.A392 L6 1972 Hangsaman Shirley Jackson
PS3519.A392 H3 The road through the wall  Shirley Jackson
PS3539.R928 J6 1989 Johnny got his gun Dalton Trumbo
PS3554 .I32 D4 Deliverance  James Dickey
PS3555.L62 D4 1983 Deathbird stories Harlan Ellison
PS3558.A6427 Z89 2010 True blood and philosophy: we wanna think bad things with you George A. Dunn and Rebecca Housel
PS3561.O8 P3 1983 The painted bird Jerzy Kosinski
PS3565.A8 H38 Haunted : tales of the grotesque Joyce Carol Oates
PS3571.P4 W48 2008 The widows of Eastwick  John Updike
PS3613.E979 Z89 2009 Twilight and philosophy : vampires, vegetarians, and the pursuit of immortality Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski
PT2361.E4 C3 1967 The best tales of Hoffmann E. F. Bleiler
Q127.U6 A6815 2009 Master mechanics & wicked wizards: images of the American scientist as hero and villain from colonial times to the present Glen Scott Allen
PZ7.G1273 Gr 2008 The graveyard book Neil Gaiman
PZ7.H836 Bu. Bunnicula : a rabbit tale of mystery Deborah and James Howe
PZ7.M478693 Tah The dark-thirty : Southern tales of the supernatural Patricia C. McKissack
PZ7.M8477 Le 1994 The legend of Sleepy Hollow Will Moses
PZ7.R79835 Har 1998 Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone J.K. Rowling
PZ7.S1947 Re 1995 The red heels Robert D. San Souci
PZ7.S84748 Th That terrible Halloween night James Stevenson
PZ7.T8535 Ro Rosemary’s witch Ann Turner

Senior Humanities Seminar Guest Scholar on Walt Whitman

All are invited to the following lecture being given by Ed Folsom, the world’s foremost expert on Walt Whitman. Folsom is visiting WU as this semester’s Senior Humanities Seminar guest scholar.

Thursday, October 24, 4:15-5:15pm
“‘That towering bulge of pure white’: Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, the Capitol Dome, and Black America”
Dr. Ed Folsom
Hatfield Room

This lecture examines how Walt Whitman and Herman Melville responded to the decision to expand the national Capitol building and to crown it with a massive white dome, and it explores how the dome was perceived in racial terms as it was being built and completed.

Folsom is the Carver Professor of American Literature at the University of Iowa. An award-winning teacher and scholar, he is the author, co-author, or editor of many books including Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (1981), Walt Whitman’s Native Representations (1994), Walt Whitman and the World (1995), Whitman East and West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman (2002), Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman (2005), Re-Scripting Walt Whitman (2005), and Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (2007). He edits the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and co-directs the Walt Whitman Archive (http://www.whitmanarchive.org/).

More on Folsom:

http://www.uiowa.edu/be-remarkable/portfolio/people/folsom-e.html

Sounds of Harmony: Traditional Music in the Reconstruction of Identity and Healing

Sounds of Harmony: Traditional Music in the Reconstruction of Identity and Healing/Therapy of the Modern Mind-And-Heart

The Hatfield Library will have on display bamboo musical instruments from Yunnan, China, October 26-November 3rd. Also of note, there will be a public concert on traditional Chinese music and a seminar on traditional music and identity reconstruction (details below).

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Haiyan Cheng: How to Forecast What We Can’t See

Please join us this Friday, October 25th at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Hatfield Room for a presentation by Haiyan Cheng (Assistant Professor of Computer Science).

Title: How to Forecast What We Can’t See
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Abstract: In chess, each player sees the positions and moves of his or her opponent. In card games, each player sees his or her cards, and possibly the used cards, but does not see unused cards of the opponent. We say that chess is a fully observable system, and card games are partially observable systems. There are many partially observable systems in nature. For example, in a weather system, we can measure specific quantities at specific time and location, such as temperature, wind speed, but the continuous true system state is unobservable due to our incomplete knowledge about the nature and the errors in modeling process. In a stock market, the stock prices are observable, but investor beliefs, which help drive prices, are not observable. In target tracking applications, the data collected through sensors is observable, but the dynamic position of the target is unobservable.

Professof Cheng will talk about the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to the estimation and forecasting of the unobservable part from the observable part, when both parts evolve randomly over time, and will report on her research in this area.

Hallie Ford Literary Series: Lydia Davis

Please join us for the second event in the Fall 2013 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette. On Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel, internationally acclaimed fiction writer Lydia Davis will read from and discuss her work.
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Lydia Davis is one of the world’s most celebrated practitioners of the short story. The author of seven collections of short fiction and a novel, she was recently awarded the Man Booker International Prize, the most prestigious international award for lifetime achievement in literature after the Nobel Prize. Her work has appeared in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Poetry anthologies, and her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the National Book Award. Also an accomplished translator of French literature, Davis recently published a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

About The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, critic James Wood, wrote in The New Yorker, “[Hers is] a body of work probably unique in American writing, in its combination of lucidity, aphoristic brevity, formal originality, sly comedy, metaphysical bleakness, philosophical pressure, and human wisdom. I suspect that ‘The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis’ will in time be seen as one of the great, strange American literary contributions.”

Read five of Davis’s very short stories here: http://www.conjunctions.com/archives/c24-ld.htm

Or, listen to a podcast of novelist James Salter reading Davis’s classic story, “Break It Down,” here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2013/may/23/james-salter-lydia-davis-break-it-down

Stowell Diary Now Digitized

The Willamette University Archives is excited to announce that the diary of Janette McCalley Stowell (1847-1916), which details the everyday life of a wife and mother at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth in Portland, Oregon and Sitka, Alaska is now available online.

Janette McCalley was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on January 29, 1847. She came to America with her parents in 1851 and the family moved to Salem, Oregon in 1859. Janette McCalley graduated from Willamette University with a B.S. in 1865 and taught for a time in the Preparatory Course at Willamette University. She married George Stowell on February 20, 1870 in Springfield, Oregon. She and George had four children.resolver

By 1888, the Stowell family had moved to Corbett Street in Portland, Oregon. In January, 1890, Janette Stowell began a diary which she kept, in an irregular fashion, until 1906. She died on February 4, 1916, and was survived by her husband, and three of her four children.
Stowell’s diary details the everyday life of a wife and mother at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. She writes of keeping a garden and growing flowers, caring for her children, entertaining friends, going to church and her involvement in a branch of the Chautauqua Institute.

In February of 1890 the Portland area experienced a damaging flood which covered Ross Island and washed away many buildings and homes. Mrs. Stowell describes walking to where the family could see the flood waters covering Ross Island and watching debris pile up at the Ross Island Bridge.

In the late 1890s she joined a reading club and was more involved in growing roses. By 1900, after a break in the diary of two years, she reports the family is in Sitka, Alaska where her husband is working. The final entry in the diary is for August 25, 1906.