Nineteenth Century Collections Online

October 2013 Database of the Month

Nineteenth Century Collections Online provides searchable content from a wide range of primary sources for the “long” 19th century. This is an international primary source collection of 19th century materials, such as monographs, personal diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and maps. Archives include: British Politics and Society; Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture; and CORVEY Collection of European Literature (1790-1840). Continue reading

Banned Books Week – (September 22-28, 2013)

Week of September 23, 2013

In the News: Banned Books Week

Well actually, you are, here at FAU, once this exhibit is over, but these are all books which have been banned in various places at various times.  Some are still banned, usually for their sexual or heretical content, or their language.  Most books which have been banned upon first publication for their sexual content, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are considered pretty tame today, but there are always new titles to take their place.  Much of the focus on challenged books today revolves around children’s books which touch on the topic of homosexuality, in one way or another, such as the book And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins who raise a chick.  It is common for governments to ban books which exhibit an uncomfortable political perspective (like Cat’s Cradle), and for governments in countries where there is no separation of church and state to ban books (like The Satanic Verses) which espouse unwelcome religious sentiments.

Dr. William Miller
Dean of University Libraries


And Tango Makes Three
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Simon & Schuster, 2005
Call Number: PZ10.3 .R414 Tan 2005

As I Lay Dying
By William Faulkner. Random House, 1957
Call Number: PS3511 .A86 A8 1957

Beloved: A Novel
By Toni Morrison. Random House, 1987
Call Number: PS3563 .O8749 B4 2004 Continue reading

Staff Reading Picks 2013

Staff Reading Picks 2013

Selections of books recommended by staff members of the FAU Libraries.


An American Tragedy
By Theodore Dreiser. The Heritage Press, 1954
Call Number: PS3507 .R55 A45
Recommended by Gary Gabeloff, Access Services
“A great novel that was made into a movie (A Place in the Sun) with Elizabeth Taylor in 1951.”

The Bell Jar
By Sylvia Plath. Harper Perennial, 2005
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 B4 2005
Recommended by Leah, Jupiter Library

Bleak House
By Charles Dickens. Oxford University Press, 1991
Call Number: PR4556 .A1 1991
Recommended by William Miller, Dean of Libraries Continue reading

Same-Sex Marriage / Edward Snowden

Week of July 1, 2013

In the News: Same-Sex Marriage (part 2) / Edward Snowden

From the Associated Press: The Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.
See In the News posts on same-sex marriage from 2008 and 2012.

Also In the News: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden recently leaked secret documents on surveillance programs to the press. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, is believed to know the whereabouts of the missing Snowden. See an In the News post on WikiLeaks & the Pentagon Papers from 2010.


SAME-SEX MARRIAGE (published 2010-present)

From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law
By Martha C. Nussbaum. Oxford University Press, 2010
Call Number: KF4754.5 .N87 2010

Gay Rights at the Ballot Box
By Amy L. Stone. University of Minnesota Press, 2012
Call Number: HQ76.8 .U5 S76 2012\

Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage
By Nicola Barker. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Call Number: HQ1033 .B37 2012

The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance
By Jaye Cee Whihehead. University of Chicago Press, 2012
Call Number: HQ1034 .U5 W46 2011 Continue reading

New in Streaming Video

The FAU Libraries have purchased additional content for existing streaming video collections, as well as added new collections.  Two new volumes have been added to the series, Counseling and Therapy in Video, enhancing the collection with emerging topics and featuring distinguished therapists. High-value archival material has been added to Ethnographic Video Online, and influential issue-based documentaries of 2009 through 2013 are included in the second volume of Filmakers Library. The Libraries now own the complete BBC Shakespeare plays in streaming video, and  a collection of award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT culture, history and life. Click below for more information on the these new collections, or see a complete list of the  Libraries’ Streaming Video Collections.

Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume II
Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume III
Ethnographic Video Online, Volume II
Filmakers Library, Volume II
LGBT Studies in Video
Shakespeare Plays Continue reading


Week of June 10, 2013

In the News: Father’s Day is June 16.



Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men’s Lives
Edited by Robert J. Pellegrini and Theodore R. Sarbin. Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2002
Call Number: HQ756 .B48 2002 (Jupiter)

Daddy’s Little Girl: The Unspoken Bargain Between Fathers and Their Daughters
By William Woolfolk and Donna Woolfolk Cross. Prentice-Hall, 1982
Call Number: HQ755.85 .W66

Dad’s Coping Tips Basic Training for New Dads (Streaming Video)
By Dr. Winnie King. Aquarius Health Care Media, 2003
Call Number: Available online via Counseling and Therapy in Video Continue reading

New: IBISWorld

IBISWorld is a comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research. The in-depth research reports include key statistics, industry conditions, market characteristics, industry performance, external market drivers, key success factors, and 5-year revenue forecasts for each US industry. Detailed written analysis provides explanations and insights. Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Week of April 15, 2013

In the News: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, the 50th British prime minister and the first woman to hold that office, died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87.


The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher’s Capitalist Revolution
By Charles Dellheim. W.W. Norton, 1995
Call Number: HC256.6 .D448 1995

The Downing Street Years
By Margaret Thatcher. HarperCollins, 1993
Call Number: DA591 .T47 T472 1993

Global Capitalism and National Decline: The Thatcher Decade in Perspective
By Henk Overbeek. Unwin Hyman, 1990
Call Number: HC256 .O94 1990 Continue reading

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

Week of April 1, 2013

In the News: Chinua Achebe and African Literature

Award-winning Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died at the age of 82. His works include Things Fall Apart (1958), No Longer at Ease (1960), Beware, Soul Brother: Poems (1972), and the children’s book, Chike and the River. At the time of his death, Achebe was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.


Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
By Ode Ogede. Continuum, 2007
Call Number: PR3987.9 .A3 T5366 2007

African Literature as Political Philosophy
By M.S.C. Okolo. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Call Number: PR9340.5 .O56 2007

Anthills of the Savannah
By Chinua Achebe. Anchor Press, 1988
Call Number: PR3987.9 .A3 A83 1988 Continue reading