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Faculty Library Newsletter

Departmental Budgets and Acquisitions

Check your departmental budget allocations, spending, and balance.

Review databases charged to your department.

Check the status of all your book, eBook and media orders - date ordered, date received, list, cost, call number assigned, etc.

Contact your liaison to order new materials.

Contact Head of Acquisitions to inquire about unfilled orders.

MLA Handbook Plus

Is It Time You Gave Your Students a Free eTextbook? Kim Whitehead did.

I teach a graduate course BUS 550 Operations Management in our AU MBA program.  When this course was first developed I was able to use all Open Resource Education materials in lieu of a textbook.  However, upon the recommendation of our MBA advisory board I was asked to add certain materials to the course in order to keep up with certain industry segments.  When I was looking for resources for my class I was very focused on providing free or low cost materials.  I was able to find the Business Expert Press book on Harvard Business Review that provided the materials I needed for this class.  In order to save the students money, I choose to only have them purchase certain chapters from HBR in lieu of purchasing the entire book.  Later and with the help of Kent Millwood, I found out we could get the entire book electronically and provide it to our students through our library resources at no cost to the student.  Accordingly, the students are able to access all of the materials in the book at no cost.  I have been able to leverage this same book for other classes as well. - Kim Whitehead


For help finding a free eTextbook for your class contact your subject liaison.

Choice Reviews

  • Choice allows you to find scholarly reviews on the subject of your choice using basic and advanced search methods. For instance you can limit your search to reviews on Physics for Lower-division undergraduates - Highly recommended only - Limited to the last 6 months.
  • You can even combine two or more topics - such as Philosophy and Religion.
  • You can also limit your searches to major categories 
    • Reference Titles
    • Outstanding Academic Titles
    • Essential Works
    • Community College Recommended Next Line
    • Published In Last 30 Days
    • Racial Justice

Example of a Choice Award winner. This title is both an Outstanding Academic Title (Gold Ribbon Icon) and a Top 75"  (highly recommended titles for community colleges).

Looking at Library Research Through a 5 Year Window

How many Thrift Library books are available for use if you limit research to the last five years? Not many. Why?


Although often seen as a law and political science database, HeinOnline is much more. It can be very useful for Criminal Justice, History, and Sociology.

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