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New Acquisitions - June 2012


New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:

Chandler, Marc
Making Sense of the Dollar: Exposing Dangerous Myths about Trade and Foreign Exchange
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)
Call Number: HG 3903 .C44 2009

Has the greenback really lost its preeminent place in the world? Not according to currency expert Marc Chandler, who explains why so many are--wrongly--pessimistic about both the dollar and the U.S. economy by exploring the many factors--trade deficits, the dollar's role in the world, globalization, capitalism, and more--that affect the dollar and the U.S. economy which leads to the conclusion that both are much stronger than many people suppose.

Dyson, Frances
Sounding New Media
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)
Call Number: BD 331 .D97 2009

Sounding New Media examines the long-neglected role of sound and audio in the development of new media theory and practice, including new technologies and performance art events, with particular emphasis on sound, embodiment, art, and technological interactions. Frances Dyson takes an historical approach, focusing on technologies that became available in the mid-twentieth century-electronics, imaging, and digital and computer processing-and analyzing the work of such artists as John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Antonin Artaud, and Char Davies.

Johnson, Sherita L.
Black Women in New South Literature and Culture
Special Collections (1st Floor)
Call Number: PS 261 .J55 2010

This book focuses on the profound impact that racism had on the literary imagination of Black Americans in the South. Johnson argues that it is impossible to consider what the “South“ and what “southernness“ mean without looking at how black women have contributed to and contested any unified definition of that region.

Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Bad Moon Rising
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)
Call Number: PS 3563 .A311145 B33 2009

Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.

Millner, Denene
Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
Call Number: PN 1992.4 .L36 A3 2009
Special Collections (1st Floor)

Outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, Nene Leakes shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to the pinnacle of reality television stardom. Lauded by her fans for her refreshing honesty, infectiously genuine style, and clever sense of humor, Nene is an empowered, self-made woman who has not forgotten where she came from and knows exactly where she wants to go.

Pickover, Clifford A.
The Math Book : from Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics
Call Number: QA 21 .P53 2009
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)

Math's infinite mysteries unfold in this new paperback edition of the bestselling The Math Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, prolific polymath Clifford Pickover covers 250 milestones in mathematical history.

Smith, Rick
The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great
Call Number: HF 5381 .S63 2009
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)

Rick Smith knows firsthand what it's like to feel stuck in a career rut. He worked in a midlevel job where he had modest success. Then his life took an unexpected turn and he found himself creating a business that became successful beyond his wildest dreams. He unlocked a level of performance he did not know he had in him. After all, Smith was just a regular guy who didn't like to take chances or even step outside his comfort zone. But as he found out, those qualities don't have to be stumbling blocks. In fact, they're two of the keys to making the leap from good to great.

Taiwo, Olufemi
How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa
Call Number: DT 14 .T35 2009
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)

Why hasn't Africa been able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Going against the conventional wisdom that colonialism brought modernity to Africa, Taiwo claims that Africa was already becoming modern and that colonialism was an unfinished project. Africans aspired to liberal democracy and the rule of law, but colonial officials aborted those efforts when they established indirect rule in the service of the European powers. Taiwo looks closely at modern institutions, such as church missionary societies, to recognize African agency and the impulse toward progress.

Tilly, Charles
Social Movements, 1768-2008
Call Number: HM 881 .T55 2009
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)

This expanded second edition of Tilly s widely acclaimed 2004 book brings this analytical history of social movements fully up to date. Tilly and Wood cover such recent topics as immigrants rights, new media technologies, anti-Olympic organizing in China, new mobilizations against the Iraq War, and the role of bloggers and Facebook in social movement activities. Coverage of these and other recent events serve to expand further the book's seminal theorizing and conceptualization of how social movements grew from eighteenth-century Europe to eventually fuel popular movements all over the world.

White, Jane
America, Welcome to the Poorhouse
Call Number: HG 179 .W522 2010
Main Stax (4th-5th Floors)

White (The Cost Conscious Homebuyers Guide) paints a grim picture of America's financial future in this scathing indictment of our big banks, retirement system, mortgage brokers and legislators. White argues that middle-class families are headed for an even more disastrous financial catastrophe down the road, a result of our undersaving, overspending and overcharging ways, not to mention an excessively expensive educational system that leaves our citizens mired in debt before they've even begun earning. She explores the roots of our present woes, including underfunded 401(k)s, bad mortgages and unaffordable college tuition, offering such helpful advice as avoiding adjustable rate mortgages and steering clear of home improvements that don't add to your home's resale value.


New titles recently added to the University Library’s collection include:

American educational research journal. (available in Periodicals – 3rd floor).

Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism (available in Periodicals – 3rd floor).

Exercise immunology review. (available in Periodicals – 3rd floor).


The following is a list highlighting databases which are available by the library.

  • CamelliaNet – As of June 1, 2012, the collection contains 2,806 MP3 and WMA audiobooks; 5,546 ebooks; and 307 music files. They are iPod compatible, but an Adobe reader and/or music console will need to be downloaded. Checkout period is 14 days.

  • Art Promote - Searchable database for items within thousands of online collections arranged by theme, medium, movement, and region.

  • - Description about various professions, the process and training needed to become a particular profession, along with salary and potential career paths.

  • - Site that consists of Quick Guide to Healthy Living, Personal Health Tools, Health A-Z encyclopedia, Health news, and Personalized Health Tools.    

  • Internet Archive - Digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

  • PubGet - Search engine for life science PDFs.

  • Springer E-book Collection: Behavioral Science - 57 e-books published in 2011 related to behavioral science.

  • Springer E-book Collection: Biomedical and Life Sciences - 475 e-books published in 2011 related to biomedical and life sciences.

  • Springer E-book Collection: Business and Economics - 216 e-books published in 2011 related to business and economics.

  • World Data Analyst (Alabama Virtual Library) - Snapshots of each country along with opportunities to compare and rank political, economic, or social data across countries.

  • The following electronic resource subscriptions were not renewed at this time: Biography & Genealogy Master Index, Health Business Full-Text Elite, MEDLINE (EBSCO). MEDLINE can still be accessed as part of the National Library of Medicine suite.