Category Archives: New Arrivals

New Database: Statista

Statista_Logo_ohne_claim_weisIf you are in the midst of researching a company for an industry profile report, or if you just need some statistics for your research paper, try out the library’s new database Statista.

With an easy to use interface, Statista enables you to look up any topic and provides current figures gathered from trusted sources like the US Census Bureau. The charts and graphics are downloadable in multiple formats so you can incorporate them into your paper or PowerPoint presentation, or analyze them further in an Excel spreadsheet.

Access Statista from the Databases page on the library website.

New Magazines + Books in the Library

makeDid you know that the Library has the latest issue of many of your favorite magazines available? Browse current issues of Vanity Fair, Make, Sight & Sound, Wired, The New Yorker, and more on the first floor of the library near the back wall.

You can also check Ejournals to see if we carry any magazine in print or online.

We also have a “New Books” display near the front entrance. Find the latest scholarship for your major here – they are switched out every couple of weeks so be sure to visit the library and see what’s new!

New book: Human Trafficking part of the Current Controversies series

Current Controversies is a series of books published by Greenhaven Press, a division of Gale, Cengage Learning. Books in this series discuss and examine social and political issues that are of concern both in the United States and around the world.

HumanTraffickingHuman Trafficking, edited by Dedria Bryfonski,  includes four chapters that ask the following questions: “what factors contribute to human trafficking?” and “should internet sites used for sex trafficking be shut down?” and “does globalization promote human trafficking?” and finally “how can human trafficking be addressed?” Each chapter has sub-sections that offer pro and con arguments as well as general overviews of the main subject of the chapter. These sections, written by scholars and experts in the field of human trafficking, contain details and debatable information that will challenge your point of view. The book also contains an organization listing and a bibliography students can use to find further materials about human trafficking.

Who would use this book? Well, it definitely is a place to start if you are working on your MIOP (my informed opinion paper) paper. Students also taking communications or speech classes will also find the book useful. Other students studying political science, international relations, and even business will also find the book helpful when beginning research on the topic of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is also a hot button issue locally, Florida ranks third in the nation when it comes to human trafficking. Take a look at this story  from WUSF – you can read or listen to it. The article also notes that while Florida’s numbers are high in human trafficking, the state is working just as hard at combating the problem.

Of course, you can also find even more information on human trafficking on the library’s databases. Clearly there is much out there on this topic, making it a research project that is doable and with a local tie in. If this seems like something that interests you, the book Human Trafficking is on the New Book Shelf across from the Reference Desk, call number: HQ 281 .H832 2013.

New Arrivals: The Irresistible Fairy Tale

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Although fairy tales remain an enduring part of human culture they are currently experiencing a resurgence. Many of the most familiar fairy stories and characters are being resurrected, re-imagined, and retold on television (Once Upon a Time, Grimm) and in film (Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk). Just as vampires, witches, or zombies emerge periodically in popular culture to capture the collective imagination, fairy tales continue to hold sway with no indication that they will lose their relevance.

University of Minnesota professor emeritus Jack Zipes has published extensive scholarship on folklore and fairy tales. Zipes’ research reveals much about the fairy tales role in human culture and his newest book The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre is no exception. According to the publisher’s description:

“If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread–or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes presents a provocative new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold–and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world.

Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and other fields, Zipes presents a nuanced argument about how fairy tales originated in ancient oral cultures, how they evolved through the rise of literary culture and print, and how, in our own time, they continue to change through their adaptation in an ever-growing variety of media. In making his case, Zipes considers a wide range of fascinating examples, including fairy tales told, collected, and written by women in the nineteenth century; Catherine Breillat’s film adaptation of Perrault’s “Bluebeard”; and contemporary fairy-tale drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that critique canonical print versions.

While we may never be able to fully explain fairy tales, The Irresistible Fairy Tale provides a powerful theory of how and why they evolved–and why we still use them to make meaning of our lives.”

Read Japan Day Thursday, April 4

NipponFoundationLogoJoin us on Thursday, April 4 between 3:30 and 5:30 pm as we celebrate our NEW Bento Books.

We’ll have two special guests.

At 3:30, near the main library entrance, stop, watch, and learn about Origami: An Artistic Gift from Japan with special guest, origami artist, Mr. Mikio Kato.

At 4:00 pm on the 2nd Floor of the library in AV-2 join us for an informal talk from guest speaker, Dr. Liv Coleman, UT Assistant Professor of Government and World Affairs for a discussion about contemporary Japan.

After Dr. Coleman’s talk we will finish out the afternoon with Japanese refreshments, also in AV-2.

In Japan a quick and easy meal can be packed in a “Bento Box” or one can purchase a bento meal at a corner store. In Japanese bento literally mean convenient. At The Macdonald-Kelce Library at the University of Tampa we are happy to announce the recent acquisition of what we are calling “Bento books.”

What are Bento books? Bento Books are a collection of new books found at the Macdonald-Kelce library. This past fall the Nippon Foundation awarded the Macdonald-Kelce Library a Read Japan grant. Through the Read Japan program the Nippon Foundation donates books about contemporary Japan to libraries overseas from their catalog of the “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan.” We received books on manga, Japanese social policy, Kabuki, the Japanese car maker Toyota, Tokyo neighborhoods, and more.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come and a take a closer look at the new Bento books on display on tables found near the library’s main entrance. Your Spartan Card serves as your library card.

The Macdonald-Kelce Library: the perfect place for a BENTO meal for your mind any time!

New Arrivals: Our Punitive Society and Race to Incarcerate

As of 2010 the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated 2,266,800 persons were incarcerated in jails and state and federal prisons with another 4,887,900 on parole and probation.  While that number represents a small decline from previous years the United States continues to lead the world in the amount of people it imprisons.  If you are interesting in exploring this issue further check out these new arrivals to the library’s collection:

From the Publisher: “In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system…Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the over reliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development…”

From the Publisher: “This brand new text identifies the macroeconomic forces relevant to imprisonment—poverty and political powerlessness—and explores viable and humane alternatives to our current incarceration binge.”

New Arrivals: Women in Politics and Medicare, The Current Controversies Series

 

 

 

 

 

An assignment that frequently brings students into the library involves researching a controversial topic and presenting either a pro or con position. Current Controversies is an anthology series that explores a variety of such topics ranging from police brutality, assisted suicide, to alternative energy.  According to the publisher’s fact sheet:

“The series expertly introduces the reader to all sides of contemporary controversies in an objective and comprehensive way. Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields; the authors represent leading conservative, liberal, and centrist views. This unique approach provides readers with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included.”

To find out which issues the library has in the series search the library’s catalog. Go to utopia.ut.edu and follow the Online Catalog link. Search for “current controversies” using a Keyword Relevance Search and the Quick Limit function to restrict the search to Main. Limiting your search to Main will restrict the results to only those items located in the Main section on the 2nd floor of the library where the majority of non-reference books, both fiction and nonfiction, are located.

See this Reference Question of the Week post about finding information on controversial issues.

New Arrivals: Advertising and Societies: Global Issues, second edition

Advertising and Societies: Global Issues is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners.  Gender, race, and children are some of the categories used to analyze international advertising. The authors further examine global advertising as it relates to cultural, economic, political, and regulatory issues. The text contains an abundance of illustrative examples, supportive data, and extensive references.

From the Publishers Description: Now in its second edition, Advertising and Societies: Global Issues provides an international perspective on the practice of advertising while examining some of the ethical and social ramifications of advertising in global societies. The book illustrates how issues such as the representation of women and minorities in ads, advertising and children, and advertising in the digital era have relevance to a wider global community. This new edition has been updated to reflect the dramatic changes impacting the field of advertising that have taken place since publication of the first edition. The growing importance of emerging markets is discussed, and new photos are included. The book provides students and scholars with a comprehensive review of the literature on advertising and society and uses practical examples from international media to document how global advertising and global consumer culture operate, making it an indispensable research tool and invaluable for classroom use.

New Arrivals: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Is space exploration an enterprise worth pursuing? In Space Chronicles, astrophysicist at large Neil deGrasse Tyson answers this question with a resounding yes. In the wake of severe cuts to the budget of NASA and growing concerns over American deficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, Tyson comments on why space exploration is fundamentally tied to American prosperity. In his uniquely witty and accessible style Neil deGrasse Tyson urges consideration of the potential power of space exploration to stir the imagination, spur innovation, and create new possibilities.

You can also check out Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson which chronicles the controversy that ensued when the Hayden Planetarium (of which Tyson is Director) demoted Pluto from planet status to dwarf.

Still want more? The Films on Demand database (available through the library databases) has free streaming episodes of the PBS series NOVA hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Remember to log in through Esearch.

New Arrivals: A History of Reading

A book I recently read and very much recommend is A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel. Manguel integrates personal experience with scholarship to create 22 essays that are at once intimate, historically enlightening, and compulsively readable. It would be difficult to come away without a deeper appreciation for the written word and a re-evaluation of one’s own relationship to books and reading.

From the publisher’s description:  “At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a bookthat string of confused, alien ciphersshivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel lingers over reading as seduction, as rebellion, as obsession, and goes on to trace the never-before-told story of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.”