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Archive for February, 2009

Electronic Resources Trial – Ebscohost Business Source Complete

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

This is an announcement of a new trial that we are conducting from Ebscohost.

The electronic resource is called Business Source Complete:

Business Source Complete contains premium content of peer-reviewed, business related journals. Included as part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database are indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.

In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals, Business Source Complete contains detailed author profiles for the 40,000 most-cited authors in the database. Journal ranking studies reveal that Business Source Complete is the overwhelmingly superior database for full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.

Business Source Complete contains:

Academic Journals


Case Studies

Company Profiles

Conference Proceedings

Country Reports

Financial Data

Industry Reports

Investment Research Reports

Market Research Reports


SWOT Analyses

Trade Journals

Indexing and abstracting for important scholarly business journals dating as far back as 1886

Access to this resource is via the Ebscohost database listed alphabetically on the Library’s Articles and Databases page.

This trial is available on campus only.


Thank you,

Nancy Beals

Electronic Resources Librarian

Wayne State University Libraries


WSULS Electronic Resources Blog

Through April 1: Alexander Hamilton Exhibition @ UGL

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

His face is on the $10 bill, but most Americans know more about his death in a duel than his remarkable life as one of the most brilliant and influential figures in U.S. history. Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, is the focus of a new exhibition at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library from Feb. 26 to April 1.

“Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” tells the story of Hamilton’s astonishing rise in five short years from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s war time aide, and later, at age 32, Washington’s secretary of the treasury. Hamilton was a complex and controversial figure—a Revolutionary War patriot and soldier, financial and legal genius and an ardent opponent of slavery. He was the chief architect of many of the financial, political and legal institutions so familiar to Americans today.

An opening ceremony for the exhibit will begin at 1 p.m. March 3 in the Undergraduate Library atrium with remarks by Denver Brunsman, assistant professor in Wayne State’s history department. On March 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Distinguished Law Professor Robert Sedler will lecture on “Alexander Hamilton, our 18th Century Constitution and Modern America.” The March 9 lecture will take place in the Bernath Auditorium in the Undergraduate Library.

“Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” was organized by the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association, and has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is based on the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Hamilton’s death as well as the 200th anniversary of the founding of the society in 1804.

“More than any of his peers, Hamilton shaped and prefigured the America we now live in,” says Richard Brookhiser, historian and Hamilton biographer. “When you cash a paycheck or vote for president, follow the war against terrorism or criticize the government, read a newspaper or sit next to someone of a different race on the subway, you are doing something that he foresaw and helped to make happen.”

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State Library System. “Alexander Hamilton was a fascinating figure in the early history of the United States, but we know too little about his contributions.”

For more information, contact Cindy Krolikowski, Wayne State librarian, at (313) 577-3311 or e-mail

Free Trial of JAMAevidence

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The Shiffman Medical Library has arranged a free trial of JAMAevidence, the online resource for teaching, learning and practicing evidence based medicine, for WSU faculty and students beginning in February, 2009. The institution-wide will run from Feb 11 to June 30, 2009.

JAMAevidence contains many of the tools students and clinicians need to evaluate and interpret the medical literature. Here are just a few:

  • Full content from the new second edition of the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature and The Rational Clinical Examination
  • Online Education Guide slideshows including teaching points to enhance classroom and conference learning – Also available as downloadable PowerPoint presentations 
  • Direct free access to referenced articles from JAMA and the Archives Journals that are cited in JAMAevidence
  • Exclusive online-only content including updates to The Rational Clinical Examination, easy-to-use Make the Diagnosis sections, and podcasts from the leading minds in evidence-based medicine
  • Core Topics to highlight critical educational concepts across all content types
  • Powerful interactive capabilities, including:
    • Functional calculators and nomograms
    • Question wizards to help users formulate well-built clinical queries 
    • Customizable worksheets focusing on critical appraisal skills and mastering the information cycle
  • “My JAMAevidence” section where users can store their own worksheets, questions, tables, images, and bookmarks
  • Extensive evidence-based medicine glossary with free PDF download

You can learn more about JAMAevidence by clicking here.

Help us evaluate this new resource by sending an email to We would like to hear your comments by June 30, 2009.

Thank you.

Shiffman Medical Library

March 28: Learn the basics of grant writing @ a one day workshop

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Are you a student or librarian looking to learn grant writing basics and earn CEU credits while doing it? Mark your calendar for “Grant Writing Basics: Writing Grants for Community Foundations” on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wayne State’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

The Wayne State University Library System is pleased to sponsor “Grant Writing Basics” a one-day workshop designed to provide participants with the skills to identify funding sources and write good grants. The programming includes:

- A keynote lecture on the grant-writing process
- Hands-on workshops to locate grant resources
- A lecture on grant-writing techniques
- Break out sessions on grant-writing for community organizations, researchers and K-12 educators
- An open lab for assistance with grants in progress or general questions

Learn about the tips and trends as seen by the Foundation Center Librarian, Get expert advice from the staff of the Skillman Center and get insights from people who just completed writing a major federal grant.

Lunch will be included in the price of the workshop. Seats are limited so registration and prepayment is required. The cost is $40 for general participants and $20 for currently registered students. Deadline is March 20.

To register, click here to register.

For more information, contact Lothar Spang at 313-577-3367

Feb. 24: A History of New Orleans Music explored by journalist and poet Larry Gabriel and internationally renowned jazz musician Charlie Gabriel

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

“A History of New Orleans Music” will be the theme for a musical presentation and discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, in Bernath Auditorium in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, 5155 Gullen Mall, at Wayne State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the University Library System, the evening will feature author/musician Larry Gabriel and internationally renowned jazz musician Charlie Gabriel and his band.
A book signing for Daddy Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz by Larry Gabriel will follow in the Community Room on the third floor in the library. Refreshments will be served.

Music has been the Gabriel family’s trade since bass player Narcisse Gabriel immigrated to New Orleans from Santo Domingo in 1856. Daddy Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz tells the story of a family of musicians living in New Orleans as jazz developed, through the swing and bebop years up to the modern era. During that time the Gabriels have played in bands with music greats from King Oliver, Johnny St. Cyr, Roy Brown and Fats Domino, to Jay McShann, Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin, and Harry Connick Jr.

Larry Gabriel tells the stories that have passed down through the family with more than 75 historic photos and documents, poetry and even family recipes for okra gumbo and shrimp creole. Daddy Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz blends the genuine flavor of jazz at its roots, the musician’s life on the road during the 1940s and 1950s, and a joyful African-American family that embraces its heritage into a savory cultural stew worthy of New Orleans itself.

Charlie Gabriel, born in New Orleans and a fourth-generation New Orleans jazz musician, is a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has played New Orleans music with top traditional musicians such as Kid Howard, Kid Sheik, Jim Robinson, George Lewis and others on Bourbon Street, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and around the world. He was asked to join the Lionel Hampton band at 16, and in the early ’70s, Charlie was a member of Aretha Franklin’s Orchestra. He continued to play throughout the United States and abroad, also working with Nancy Wilson, Joe Simon and JC Heard.

He performs with his group, the Gabriel Traditional Jazz Band, in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has performed in Barcelona for the Swingfonia Festival as well as the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He also is a traveling member of the Marcus Belgrave Louis Armstrong Tribute Orchestra.

His CD, Live at the Kerrytown Concert House (recorded with Red Richards), won the grand prize for the 1994 best Foreign CD, presented by the Hot Club de Limoges in France. The Hot Club de Limoges then released a double-CD, Jubile, in 1998, featuring music recorded by Charlie Gabriel, Red Richards (piano/vocal), Reggie Johnson (bass), and Georges Bernasconi (drums). Gabriel’s recordings span the range from the earliest traditional jazz to modern, and his own contemporary and spiritual compositions.

For more information call (313) 577-2321.

Wayne State University Library System Hosts Middle School Poetry Reading February 12

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Join the Wayne State University Library System for a student poetry reading on Thursday, February 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 110 of the Purdy/Kresge Library, featuring the poetry seventh and eight grade students from Edison-Oakland Public School in Ferndale.

Called “The Chapbook Project,” this endeavor was based on the tradition of chapbooks dating back to the 1500s, when peddlers known as “chapmen” sold poetry and stories in the streets. This modern version uses the Digital Commons software available through ProQuest. Wayne State librarians invited the students to write poetry where it would later be hosted on the Library System Web site. The Library System provided laptops to the students at the school so that they could work on the poetry.

Wayne State University Library System Appoints Virginia C. Thomas as Law Library Director

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

On February 1, 2009, the Wayne State University Library System welcomed Virginia C. Thomas as the new director of the Arthur Neef Law Library.

Thomas will join the Library System with over 30 years of experience working in law libraries, most recently as Law Library and Information Technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she also served as an adjunct law professor. Previously, Thomas held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. “Wayne State is widely recognized as a model among urban research institutions,” said Thomas. “I look forward to working in this intellectually vibrant environment and providing information service to the community.”

Thomas received a B.A. in philosophy and German language and literature from DePaul University, an M.B.A. and J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago. She has taught, lectured and coordinated instructional support in law and is currently developing a course in empirical legal research. The author of numerous publications and presentations, Thomas is active in professional and community service activities and organizations.

As the director of the Neef Law Library, Thomas is now responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s 30 largest legal collections. Thomas succeeds Georgia Clark, who retired from Wayne State after serving over 30 years as the director of the Law Library. “We’re very excited to have Virginia Thomas joining the Library System,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System. “Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to providing students with the best education and resources possible are going to significantly benefit our Wayne State and community users.”

Dexter Sinister: Artist’s Talk, Tuesday, March 3

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Dexter Sinister: Artist’s Talk

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7 pm

Purdy-Kresge Library Auditorium


Dexter Sinister will present a recent book project called EVERY DAY THE URGE GROWS STRONGER TO GET HOLD OF AN OBJECT AT VERY CLOSE RANGE BY WAY OF ITS LIKENESS, ITS REPRODUCTION. This book was commissioned by the Art Libraries Society of New York for a conference on contemporary artists’ books at the Museum of Modern Art. Dexter 

Sinister created a short-run book composed of texts previously published online as PDFs in the Library at The book was produced in collaboration with the 2008 Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair and printed by Duncan Hamilton on a Riso RP3700 stencil printer in an edition of 400 copies. The publication was coordinated by David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art.

Dexter Sinister is the compound name of David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey. David graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993, Yale University in 1999, and went on to form O-R-G, a design studio in New York City. Stuart graduated from the University of Reading in 1994, the Werkplaats Typografie in 2000, and co-founded the arts journal Dot Dot Dot the same year. David currently teaches at Columbia University and Rhode Island School of Design. Stuart is currently involved in diverse projects at Parsons School of Design (NYC) and Pasadena Art Center (Los Angeles). Dexter Sinister participated as artists in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

In 2006 Dexter Sinister ( established the Just-in-Time workshop and Occasional Bookstore in a basement on New York City’s Lower East Side. Their working model runs counter to the traditional Fordist Assembly-Line style models of publishing, where writing, design, printing and distribution are handled by specialists. Dexter Sinister collapses these practices into one activity – they act as authors, editors, and designers, make use of local cheap machinery and investigate alternate distribution strategies.

This event is made possible with support from the Wayne State University Department of Art & Art History.