Monday, September 24, 2012

Books That Shaped America

In conjunction with the National Book Festival, the Library of Congress mounted an online exhibition called Books That Shaped America. These are books by Americans that have had some influence on the way Americans live their lives.

As the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, points out, "It is not a register of the 'best' American books -- although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by American that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not." (Library of Congress web site).

The list is not intended to be definitive, and you can give your input and contribute to future lists by following the link to the survey just above the beginning of the list. Check out the list at and visit the online exhibition at

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pardon Our Progress

In an effort to make using the resources available at the University Library even easier for students and faculty, the University Library has implemented several new resources this Fall 2012!

We would like to introduce you to our newest additions:

-- OneSearch and
-- EBSCO A-to-Z (Our Journal List)

OneSearch (also known as EBSCO Discovery Service) is a tool that provides a single search box to simultaneously search many of the libraries' resouces, including books, e-books, articles, media, and more.

EBSCO A to Z is a locator tool for all the libraries' e-resources, including e-journals and e-books.

To find out how to use these new resources like a pro, check out the following tutorials and guides.

About and How to Use OneSearch

How to Use EBSCO A to Z

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Voting in Alabama

Do you need to register to vote in Alabama? The University Library has registration forms at the Circulation Desk on the First Floor North and at the Government Documents Serials desk on the Second Floor South.

You can also register to vote, find your polling place, view information about absentee and military voting, find out your registration status as well as your provisional and absentee ballot status, and view sample ballots at:

According to, you can also "fill out and submit a voter registration form when obtaining or renewing a driver’s license or when applying for a library card at any county library and many city libraries."