Test drive the new Multi-Search service

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What is Multi-Search?
Multi-Search is our implementation of the EBSCO Discovery search tool, or EDS for short. It allows users to search almost all of the Libraries’ resources from a single search box. You might think of Multi-Search as your one-stop source for Library research.
What does Multi-Search do?
Multi-Search contains over seventy databases to which the Library subscribes, plus hundreds of ebooks and other electronic resources, and our Library catalog.
Some of the most popular databases that are currently part of Multi-Search include:
Academic Search Premier
Business & Company Resource Center
Cinahl Nursing
ERIC
JSTOR
ProQuest Newspapers
PsychINFO
ScienceDirect
How is Multi-Search different than other databases I’ve used?
Multi-Search is basically a “super-database.” Individual databases like Academic Search Premier and JSTOR house their own content. Multi-Search allows you to search a large number of databases simultaneously and view the results in one unified list. As with many of our other databases you can them limit your search results by various criteria, such as viewing only articles which contain full-text or come from peer-reviewed journals.
I’m having trouble using Multi-Search. How can I get some help?
If you’re having a problem using Multi-Search, here are some ways in which you can get assistance:
- Call the Reference Desk at (334) 244-3649 during our hours of operation
- Use our Ask A Librarian service
- Stop by the Reference Desk for help

Will Multi-Search replace the subject-specific databases I already know and like?

No. We want you to think of Multi-Search as a powerful tool to assist in the research process. Use it as much as possible, and we encourage you to provide us with feedback about Multi-Search as you do so. But we are not planning to cancel any databases simply because we now have Multi-Search. It is a tool to enhance our collections, and not to replace any existing resources.
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Good Reads for Autumn Days and Nights

All In: What it Takes to be the Best by Gene Chizik
America’s Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League by Keith Dunnavant
Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen and the King’s Mother by Philippa Gregory
Frozen Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Lethal by Sandra Brown
Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-olsen
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Unbroken : a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Find them in the Browsing Collection on the second floor. Happy Reading!

Halloween Open House

The Itsy Bitsy Spider has crawled up the water spout and into the AUM Library…where he has set up shop and grown! Come see him and all his friends on Tuesday, October 25th from 12:30 to 1:30 and join us for some Halloween treats.
See you there for a howling good time!

Printing Changes

The staff members of the AUM Library are pleased to announce an additional benefit for the students at AUM. The Library has purchased the Pharos print management software that allows students to print using their AUM printing account. Students will now be able to print from the computers on the second floor of the Library using their AUM print accounts. When sending a print request simply log it as yours and give the job a name, then go to the print station outside the classroom/lab and login to release the job. No more cash required to print in black and white! Each student is given $50.00 in printing costs each semester.
Photocopies are still only ten cents a page for black and white, and 25 cents for color copying or printing.
Ask at the reference desk if you have any questions.

Banned Books Week

September 24−October 1, 2011
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.
For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of Events, Ideas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or bbw@ala.org.

Ahoy Maties, it be talk like a pirate day!

“T’ celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day here at AUM, stop by t’ Library and check out these books and more about pirates from t’ Golden Age o’ Piracy.”
The history of Blackbeard & Roche, two noted pyrates: being an account of their robberies and murders, and their final overthrow / written by Capt. Charles Johnson.
The history of the pirates: containing the lives of those noted pirate captains, Misson, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North, and their crews : also, an account of the piracies and cruelties of John Auger, William Cunningham, Dennis Mackarthy, William Dowling, William Lewis, Thomas Morris, George Bendall, and William Ling, who were tried, condemned and executed at Nassau, New-Providence, on Friday, the 12th of October, 1718 : to which is added, a description of Magadoxa, in Ethiopia. By Capt. Charles Johnson
Blackbeard, or, The captive-princess: A present for the New-Year, 1815
The voyages and adventures of Edward Teach [electronic resource] : commonly called Black Beard, the notorious pirate / by S. Wilkinson ; with an account of the origin and progress of the Roman, Algerine and West India pirates
Check out t’ offical Talk Like a Pirate Day website.
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html

New databases in the Library!

We’ve added two databases to the Library’s webpages:
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities
and
SciFinder Web
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities helps researchers match their manuscripts with the scholarly journals which are most likely to publish those manuscripts. The searchable Directory provides contact information, review process data, manuscript specifications and guidelines, acceptance rates, and publication information for each journal.
SciFinder Web replaces the old SciFinder Scholar with a web-accessible system, so that it is now available from off campus for registered users. Articles, patents, book chapters, conference proceedings, and dissertations indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service from 1907 to the present are available for searching in SciFinder Web. Searching can be done by keyword, structure, reaction, chemical name or CAS Registry Number. First time users must create a user name and password using the following form from on the AUM campus: Scifinderweb New User Registration.

Upgrade to Library Systems

The AUM Library will be upgrading its Circulation, Cataloguing, and Acquisitions system this Sunday beginning at 6:00 a.m. During this time the online catalog will be unavailable.
While the online catalog is down, users should go to http://aum.worldcat.org or follow the link to WorldCat Local found at http://aumnicat.aum.edu/articles/indexes/ejournals.html (entry #114, towards the bottom of the list) in order to search our holdings.
It is expected that the upgrade will be finished before the Library opens at 1:00 pm Sunday and that normal operations will remain unaffected. Also, please note that this does not affect the online databases which will remain available during the upgrade process.
Thank you for your time and patience as we make this routine upgrade.

Textbooks in the Library!

Textbooks in the Library!
The AUM SGA has made it possible for textbooks to be available in the library. Students will be able to check-out the textbooks at the circulation desk on the 1st floor in the Library by presenting their AUM Student ID. However, the textbooks can only be used in the Library and only in two-hour increments.
Special thanks to the SGA for making this possible!
AUM SGA Textbook Reserve Program core courses by school:
School of Business:
ECON 2010 Economics I
ECON 2020 Economics II
INFO 2070 Introduction to MIS
School of Liberal Arts:
COMM 1010 Introduction to Human Communication
HIST 1010 World History I
HIST 1020 World History II
MUSI 2110 Music Appreciation
SOCI 2000 Introduction to Sociology
THEA 2040 Theatre Appreciation
VISU 1000 Art Appreciation
School of Sciences:
BIOL 1010 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology II
CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1200 General Chemistry II
MATH 0700 Elementary Algebra
MATH 0800 Intermediate Algebra
MATH 1100 Finite Mathematics
MATH 1150 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
PHYS 2100 General Physics I
PHYS 2200 General Physics II
POLS 2020 Institutions of American State and National Government
PSCI 1100 Introduction to Physical Science
PSCI 1400 Introduction to Astronomy