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Stay on Track with an Assignment Calculator

Do you frequently underestimate the time it will take to complete an assignment … especially a research paper or presentation? There are online tools available to help keep you on track: Assignment calculators. They create a timeline that can help you determine when you need to have completed specific portions of an assignment, so you are not scrambling at the last minute. Many university libraries have assignment calculators available. To use, all you need to do is put in the...

Choosing a Topic for a Research Paper

Do you need to write a research paper this semester, but you can’t think of an intriguing topic to research? Several of the library databases have lists of current topics, from affirmative action to video games, with links to relevant newspaper and/or journal articles. Open the Newsbank database and you’ll see links to current topics in the left-hand frame.  There are also quite a few special reports, which include background articles, statistics, maps, images and websites, on selected topics. The...

From the Research Desk: Welcome Freshmen!

The UDM librarians are happy to welcome you to the library website.  Here is some news you can use about the library. Phone numbers: Check-out Desk: 313-993-1795 Research & Information Desk 313-993-1071   Our regular hours are: Monday-Thursday    8:00am – 10:00pm Friday                      8:00am – 5:30pm Saturday                 9:00am – 5:00pm Sunday                   12:30pm – 7:00pm Hours may vary during holidays, breaks and finals. Check the library website. Fast Facts About the Library: The Research & Information Desk is staffed with librarians every...

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Disabling IE Compatibility Mode

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, included in Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, does not work properly with Blackboard if “Compatibility Mode” is enabled. When this feature is enabled you will see a message “Module information is temporarily unavailable. Please reload the page.” We strongly recommend accessing Blackboard using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, but if you only have access to Internet Explorer and cannot install new software, the following instructions will allow you to access Blackboard using IE. 1....

Journals, Blogs, Discussion, Wikis … What’s the difference? (And which to use when)

Blackboard’s suite of asynchronous social tools — Journals, Blogs, Discussion, and Wikis — provide students with different methods of sharing and recording their thoughts. Each tool functions very differently, and it’s important you match the right tool to the right assignment.   Journals Journal posts are generally only visible to the student who made them (and to the course faculty). Journals are good for self-reflection exercises, stream of consciousness free-writing, and personal activity logs.   Blogs Blog posts are generally...

Copy an Old Course into a New Course

If you’re re-using course materials from a previous term, the easiest way to get the content and activities from an old course into a new one is to copy the course. To copy a course, go into the old course (the one with the materials you want to copy), and click the PACKAGES & UTILITIES heading in the Control Panel menu. Follow these steps to copy an old course into a new course:  1. Under the Packages and Utilities heading,...

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Disordered personalities and crime : an analysis of the history of moral insanity

by David W. Jones Disordered Personalities and Crime seeks to better understand how we respond to those individuals who have been labelled at various points in time as ‘morally insane’, ‘psychopathic’ or ‘personality disordered’. Individuals whose behaviour is consistent with these diagnoses present challenges to both the criminal justice system and mental health systems, because the people who come to have such diagnoses seem to have a rational and realistic understanding of the world around them but they can behave in ways...

Caring for the vulnerable : perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research

by Mary De Chesnay; Barbara A Anderson (Barbara Alice) Caring for the Vulnerable Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research, Fourth Edition explores vulnerability from the perspective of individuals, groups, communities, and populations and specifically addresses how vulnerability affects the field of nursing and its care givers. The Fourth Edition focuses on how to work vulnerable populations, provides an overview of treatments and issues as well as presents a basic structure for caring for the vulnerable with the ultimate goal...

Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents

by Michael J. Schuck, John Crowley-Buck (Editor) Compiling scholarly essays from a unique three-year Democracy, Culture and Catholicism International Research Project, Democracy, Culture, Catholicism richly articulates the diverse and dynamic interplay of democracy, culture, and Catholicism in the contemporary world. The twenty-five essays from four extremely diverse cultures-those of Indonesia, Lithuania, Peru, and the United States-explore the relationship between democracy and Catholicism from several perspectives, including historical and cultural analysis, political theory and conflict resolution, social movements and Catholic social...

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Purloined Letter

This post is more of a sidebar of what else I do in the archives and special collections. In the process of weeding material out of the regular circulating collection, I go through the material to see if there are any items that are worth finding new homes for instead of sending to some landfill. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is the case with many of the items that I have posted on the library’s ebay page. I...

Birth of a Student Newspaper, Part 2: Outer Echoes

Outer Echoes Still Heard In 1940, the Sisters of Mercy established a presence in Detroit at Southfield and West Outer Drive. About a year later, Mercy College of Detroit began offering classes on this spot that would leave an indelible mark in this city’s history. Over the years until its consolidation with the University of Detroit in 1990, Mercy College expanded from offering nursing and teaching classes to women into a comprehensive coeducational liberal arts college. In October 1941, the...

The Birth of a Student Newspaper: Varsity News

In 1918, while the country was focused on the misery of WWI and the devastation of the Spanish influenza epidemic (said to be the worst in U.S. history) there was a desperate need for a reliable distribution of information.  With so much upheaval and uncertainty, newspapers around the country offered a way to connect individuals with vital details concerning the seemingly fast moving changes taking place in the world.  The value of this form of communication was also recognized by...

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Colonization

Colonization is the process by which one power dominates another. This can be the way a more powerful country takes control of another, but it’s also the way one culture seeks to control another by usurping the established cultural civilization of another. This has happened time and again since human beings migrated out of Africa — as they defeated tribes and gained territories, as they morphed languages and destroyed religions, they also changed their own culture. Societies have evolved by snuffing out the weaker cultures, and taking control of their languages, their rituals, the details of their social structures that made the conquered culture unique....

Travelogue 1863

During the years of African-American Newspaper publication in the 1800s, articles would often appear regarding travel across the new territory that was opening up in the western part of the country thanks to the discovery of gold in 1848.  It seemed everyone was anxious to take advantage of free land and wide open spaces. When reporter George W. Turley made his way west in 1863, the Homestead Act offering free land to anyone who would agree to farm the land...

“A Boy of 1812″

Things were never really what you might call cordial between the New World and Britain during the early 1800s. There was the whole mess between the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France in 1803. And European countries were focused on keeping control of the native people as well as the America settlers as the expansion in the United States was underway. Treaties and Acts and Decrees were issued one after another between Britain and the U.S., while Britain was during these years distracted by the whirlwind of hostility France was dishing out. In fact, between 1803 and 1812, political relations never really felt settled or peaceful between the U.S., Britain, and France to the people living in these countries....

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Need a Place to Study?

Room 324 in the McNichols Campus Library can be reserved by your group of at least three people for a two-hour time slot during dead week and finals week. Sign up in person at the Research Desk. Two other study rooms are available, first come first served, one on the first floor and one on the lower level for groups of two or more....

Constitution Day

This year Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, commemorating the signing in the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. To celebrate this day, the National Archives have a number of activities to help teachers and students explore the Constitution. Teachers in particular may also be interested in the Library of Congress Constitution Day Resources page, with contains a number of educational activities, as well as links to primary resources. The Constitution Center will be broadcasting some of their most...