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New Acquisitions - March/April 2012


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

Black Ice
Lorene Cary
Location: Special Collections (Call Number: F 44 .C7 C35 1991)

In 1972 Lorene Cary, a bright, ambitious black teenager from Philadelphia, was transplanted into the formerly all-white, all-male environs of the elite St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, where she became a scholarship student in a "boot camp" for future American leaders.  Like any good student, she was determined to succeed.  But Cary was also determined to succeed without selling out.  

Burton’s Legal Thesaurus
William Burton
Location: Main Reference (Call Number: KF 156 .B856 2007)

After twenty-five years as the standard-bearer of legal terminology, Burton's Legal Thesaurus continues to be an essential reference tool. In law, precision and accuracy is vital. This fourth edition contains more entries than ever before, including cutting-edge terms unique to today's legal profession.

The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Impact of Generation, Gender, and Global Trends
Dr. Ellen J. Scherl and Dr. Marla C. Dubinsky
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: RA 645 .I53 C43 2009)

This book looks to continue the progress made in recent years in the treatment given to patients with IBD by creating a timeline and individualized plan of action beginning with the onset of the disease and continuing throughout the life cycle of the patient.

Courageous Judicial Decisions in Alabama
Dr. Jack Kushner
Location: Special Collections Circulating (Call Number: KF 4755 .K76 2011)

When one reads the history of the state of Alabama, "courageous judicial decisions" appears to be an oxymoron because there have not been many such decisions. Most that did occur were related in some fashion to the racial problems that have existed in Alabama from the very beginning of statehood. Making judicial decisions that changed ways of living in Alabama during the days of segregation required courage. These decisions could have severe consequences for one's safety and could affect one's family. Yet despite the potential consequences, there were at least four judges in Alabama who made decisions based on what they thought was the right thing to do and would lead Alabama in the right direction. The judges whose names come immediately to the forefront are George Stone, Thomas G. Jones, James E. Horton Jr., and Frank M. Johnson.

From “Fair Sex” to Feminism
J.A. Mangan
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: GV 709 .F66 1987)

First published in 1987 with the aim of deepening understanding of the place of women in the cultural heritage of modern society, this collection of essays brings together the previously discrete perspectives of women's studies and the social history of sport.

Using feminist ideas to explore the role of sport in women's lives, From Fair Sex to Feminism is a central text in the study of sport, gender and the body. 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Charles L. Betsey
Location: Special Collections (Call Number: LC 2781 .H57 2008)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a diverse group of 105 institutions. They vary in size from several hundred students to over 10,000. Prior to Brown v. Board of Education, 90 percent of African-American postsecondary students were enrolled in HBCUs. Currently the 105 HBCUs account for 3 percent of the nation's educational institutions, but they graduate about one-quarter of African-Americans receiving college degrees. The competition that HBCUs currently face in attracting and educating African-American and other students presents both challenges and opportunities.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie
Location: Main Stax Call Number: (BF 637 .S8 C37 2009)

As relevant as ever before: In the age of Steven Covey and Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure. The original edition was published in response to the Great Depression, and this fresh hardcover edition will appeal now more than ever to readers wanting tried and true advice on how to deal with a depressed economy. Readers can learn how to get the job they want, improve the job they have, and make the best of any situation.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
Location: Special Collections Circulating Call Number: (RC 265.6 .L24 S55 2010)

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Leading for equity: the pursuit of excellence in Montgomery County Public Schools
Stacey M. Childress
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: LC 213.22 .M3 C48 2009)

Leading for Equity tells the compelling story of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools and its transformation in less than a decade into a system committed to breaking the links between race and class and academic achievement. In chapters organized around six core themes, the authors lay out the essential elements of MCPS s success.

The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander
Location: Special Collections Circulating (Call Number: HV 9950 .A64 2010)

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal.

Pollock's Textbook of Cardiovascular Disease and
Larry J. Durstime
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: RC 682 .P65 2008)

Pollock's Textbook of Cardiovascular Disease and Rehabilitation honors the legacy of the late Michael L. Pollock, PhD (1936-1998). Pollock, an innovative and influential cardiac researcher and clinician, was highly regarded for his substantial educational and scientific contributions to the field of exercise science and sports medicine. This text presents an approach to cardiovascular disease rehabilitation as comprehensive as the vision that Dr. Pollock so passionately pursued during his 35-year career.

A primer on decision making: how decsions happen
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: HD 30.23 .M37 2009)
James G. March

Building on lecture notes from his acclaimed course at Stanford University, James March provides a brilliant introduction to decision making, a central human activity fundamental to individual, group, organizational, and societal life. March draws on research from all the disciplines of social and behavioral science to show decision making in its broadest context. By emphasizing how decisions are actually made -- as opposed to how they should be made -- he enables those involved in the process to understand it both as observers and as participants.

Studying Ethnic Minority and Ecomonically Disadvantaged Populations
George P. Knight
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: H62.5 .U5 K65 2009)

Ethnic minority and economically disadvantaged populations have been historically underrepresented in social science research, and despite improvements in recent years, this trend continues today. Given the rapidly changing demographics of the United States, there is an acute need for more targeted research on these populations, which requires an understanding of diversity and a more nuanced understanding of human behavior and outcomes.

Teaching with your mouth shut
Peter Elbow
Location: Main Stax (Call Number: LB 1026 .F49 2000)

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut is not intended as a manual for teachers; it aims to provoke reflection on the many ways teaching can be organized. The book engages its readers in a conversation about education. Thus, its purpose is not so much to reform education as it is to provoke fruitful dialogue about teaching and learning among people who have a stake in education.

The Tuskegee Airmen: An illustrated history
Joseph Carver
Location: Archives (Call Number: D 790.252 332nd .C37 2011)

Many doucmentaries, museums exhibits, books, and movies have now treated what became known as the "Tuskegee Experiment" involving black pilots who gained fame during World War II as the Tuskegee Airmen. Most of these works have focused on the training of America's first black fighter pilots and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs to trace the airmen through the stages of training, deployment, and combat actions in North Africa, Italy, and German, in an attractive coffee-table-book format.


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

  • CamelliaNet – As of March 23, 2012, the collection contains 2646 MP3 and WMA audiobooks, 4757 ebooks, and 306 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. ·

    Music Index - Indexes and abstracts about music, musicians, and music industry from over 475 periodicals as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage from over 230 periodicals.

    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:

Access World News; Computer Science Index; International Index to Music Periodicals; Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts; Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts; and Psychology Journals.