2015 Literary Anniversaries: Part 1

Looking for something new to read? People often tend to gravitate towards recent publications when looking for a new book to get comfortable with—an understandable instinct, but something of an unfortunate one!  Why not take a look back to previous decades, and even centuries, for one’s next great read? Continue reading

Three Free Sources to Search for Family History

Members of the Bellevue University community who are interested in family history research are fortunate to have free access to three resources to aid in your quest. The evening of November 10, Barbara Haney and I were moderators of a sharing workshop to inform the attendees of the third of these sources, one that just became available on the Bellevue University website this summer. The granddaddy of them all, Ancestry Library Edition, has been one of the BU databases for a number of years.

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BUILD IT Express LibGuide

Build It logo If you are like most people the first time you encounter the library website, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Where are the scholarly journals? Where is company information? How can I find a book? How about an eBook? Can I access the online library from home? You can find the answers to all those questions and more in BUILD IT, the Bellevue University Information Literacy Development Interactive Tutorial and its new companion LibGuide BUILD IT Express. Continue reading

Ep. 9: The One Year Anniversary Update Edition

Welcome to Episode 9 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 9: Banned Books Week Special Edition

Description: Joel and Jake are back with their one year anniversary episode! In this episode, they look back at their previous episodes and give an update on how Hachette Vs. Amazon worked out, the current situation of net neutrality, who really “won” at the 2015 Hugo awards, and what happened in New Zealand during Banned Books Week.

Click the above link to stream or download this month’s podcast!

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Stress Management for Stress-less Week


I know what you’re thinking: this week is far from stress-less.  It’s fantastic that BU offers a number of activities like sand art, Just Dance gaming, Pet-a-Puppy, and board games, but it may not be enough to help you get through to the end of the semester. Well, if you’ve got a few minutes and need some help in relieving that stress, the library has a couple of books that may just help. Continue reading

Database Data: NoveList Plus

NoveListHave you just finished a great book and wondered what to read next? Bellevue University Library has you covered. One of our newest additions to the library databases, NoveList Plus, will let you find similar titles or search for something new based on your likes and dislikes.  Continue reading

Writer’s to Your Notebooks! Or Computers…or Tablets?

School NotebooksNational Novel Writing Month (also known as Nanowrimo) goes on this month and it’s in its 7th day of progress.

Now, the task at hand, if you don’t know, is 50,000 words in one month. It has to be a story you’ve never written before – you can’t count pre-written segments in the word count. Old ideas that you want to make new and thought out characters is fine and dandy. Continue reading

All Hallows’ Eve

HalloweenIt’s that time of year again – All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween as it has come to be called.

Today is the day where the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinner than a stiletto heel. Halloween is a fun day full of costumes and candy, watching scary movies or sort of scary but really cheesy horror flicks. Continue reading