Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Reading Between the Oscars

Slumdog Millionaire swept the Academy Awards, including the award for best picture. As compelling as audiences have found the film, did you know that its genesis was the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup? In fact, many of the films represented by winning cast and crews have their roots in text—the following (below) to be found in campus library collections.

Use the MadCat catalog or speak with your favorite librarian to confirm availability. Should one these titles be checked-out to other library users, do consider a UW-System search or visit one of our area public libraries. Again, campus librarians are happy to help you find available copies.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button (short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Title: Before Gatsby: the first twenty-six stories / F. Scott Fitzgerald; edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli with the assistance of Judith S. Baughman.
Location: College Library Main Book Collection, 3rd Fl. West, Rm 3191
Call Number: PS3511 I9 A6 2001

Location: Memorial Library Stacks Regular Size Shelving
Call Number: PS3511 I9 A6 2001

Author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Title: Novels and stories, 1920-1922 / F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Location: Memorial Library Stacks Regular Size Shelving
Call Number: PS3511 I9 A6 2000

Doubt (play by John Patrick Shanley)

Author: Shanley, John Patrick.
Title: Doubt: a parable / John Patrick Shanley.
Location: College Library Main Book Collection, 3rd Fl. West, Rm 3191
c.1 Temporarily Shelved at College Library Reserve Collection, 1st Fl. Center
Call Number: PS3569 H3337 D68 2005

Location: Memorial Library Stacks Regular Size Shelving
Call Number: PS3569 H3337 D68 2005

The Reader (novel by Bernhard Schlink)

Author: Schlink, Bernhard.
Title: The reader / Bernhard Schlink; translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
Location: Memorial Library Stacks Regular Size Shelving
Call Number: PT2680 L54 V6713 1997

Location: College Library Open Book Fiction, 1st Floor, Room 1250
Call Number: PT2680 L54 V6713 1998

Slumdog Millionaire (based upon the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup)

Author: Swarup, Vikas.
Title: Q & A: a novel / Vikas Swarup.
Location: Memorial Library Stacks Regular Size Shelving
Call Number: PR9499.4 S93 Q13 2005

Undergraduate Research Awards (Deadline: April 1)

College Library invites students to apply for its annual Undergraduate Research Awards. The awards celebrate excellence and creativity in using the library to complete an undergraduate research project.

(Examples may include a literature review for a lab study, the use of primary sources in a historical research paper, or the background research for a creative arts project).

Up to three Library Research Awards and one Research in Progress Award will be presented at the Undergraduate Symposium. (The Research in Progress Award is intended for projects that will not be completed before the award deadline).

Winners of Library Research Awards receive a cash prize of $300. The winner of the Research in Progress Award receives a cash prize of $150.

(Please note: The Financial Aid Office may need to modify your aid package if you were to receive outside aid, such as this cash prize).

Applications are due on April 1, 2009

How to Apply—the process:

  • Meet with a librarian or attend a drop-in information session to review and discuss your research.
  • Reflect on the various tools and strategies used to locate relevant materials.
  • Write a 600-800 word essay describing your research strategies and reflecting on your experience, noting the successes, difficulties, and surprises you encountered.
  • Submit an application, a statement of faculty support, a final version of your project, and the essay.

Drop-in information sessions will be held at College Library (1193D):

Tuesday, March 3 (5:00-6:00 PM)

Tuesday, March 24 (5:00-6:00 PM)

For more information, contact College librarian Kelli Keclik or College Library Director, Carrie Kruse.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Go Big Read!

Is there a book that you would love to have others read—one that may appeal to a wide audience and generate interesting discussion? If so, then submit your recommendations to the “Go Big Read” committee. The deadline for making a book recommendation is March 6, 2009.

Go Big Read” will be UW-Madison’s first common book program where students, staff and the community will be invited to read the same book then participate in a variety of related programs in-and-out of the classroom.

In the interest of building community, Chancellor Martin will welcome your participation during the fall semester 2009.

Monday, February 16, 2009

CALS Career Fair (February 19)

The CALS Spring Career & Internship Fair will be held on Thursday, February 19, from 3:00-7:00 PM in the Engineering Centers Building (atrium). Undergraduate and graduate students in agriculture, agribusiness, general sciences, food sciences, natural resources and applied social sciences should find this a good opportunity to visit with employers regarding career opportunities.

The CALS Career Services staff is available to assist students with finding career and internship opportunities and with preparing resumes and cover letters.

See the CALS Career Services Web site for more information about the Career Fair and its respective services.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tax Time

While campus libraries do not distribute pre-printed forms and instructions, the IRS Web site supplies most federal forms and guides required.

Similarly, the state of Wisconsin makes forms and instructions available online.

Federal and Wisconsin state tax forms can be picked up at Madison Public Library branches. Branch hours and locations.

The Madison Public Library also hosts tax information and assistance opportunities, see its tax information page for details.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Garden Expo (February 13-15)

What with the warmer temperatures, of late, it hasn’t been too hard to imagine that spring could really be just around the corner. If that thought energizes you to plan for that future garden, consider taking in the Garden Expo.

The 16th annual Garden Expo will be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center, February 13-15, 2009. The Expo features exhibits, seminars and hands-on workshops for the gardener and landscaping enthusiast. Many of the speakers are staff with UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

Ticket prices, on-site, are $7.00 for a single day or $10.00 for two days. Admission proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

Of related interest, Steenbock Library receives seed catalogs that can be found and browsed near the first floor vending area. Additionally, the library maintains an extensive collection of books about gardening, organic gardening, landscape design, composting, floriculture and pest management, among other related topics. Consult with your library staff for assistance locating these collections.

Friday, February 06, 2009


Stay timely with the research literature by using ticTOCs. ticTOCS is a journal tables of contents (TOCs) service, developed by a consortium of university libraries and publishers, made freely-available online. Search for journals by title, subject, or publisher. The service brings together, as RSS feeds, the Tables of Contents to scholarly journals from more than 300 publishers.

By registering with the service, you can save a set of selected journals (MyTOCS) to view upon logging in. While you may browse these TOCS at the site, you can also export selected journal RSS feeds to a preferred feed reader (Bloglines or Google Reader) or particular article citations to RefWorks (by clicking on the RefWorks icon). Clicking on the article title will initiate a search for full-text as library (institutional) and personal subscriptions or Open Access publishers can accommodate.

As need be, do consult with campus librarians or use the Find It form to confirm subscription access to journals.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Google Scholar Preferences

Set your Google Scholar Preferences to include a link to Find It at UW-Madison and a link to export your records to a preferred Bibliography/Citation Manager (EndNote, RefWorks, etc.)

The Find It at UW Madison link will map you to local holdings for particular articles—either in full-text online or as available in print from campus libraries. (When using Google Scholar on-campus, you should see this Find It at UW-Madison link).

If you are using Google Scholar from off-campus, select Scholar Preferences from the Google Scholar search page, and search for the name of your library in the Library Links section (for example, enter UW Madison).

Select boxes for your campus library system and the Open WorldCat Library Search.

Select your preferred Bibliography Manager from the drop-down menu near the bottom of the Preferences page. Once selected, links will appear with your retrieval to enable you to export citations to that manager.

Click to Save Preferences.

(Do note that selecting a link to a full-text article from off-campus will require you to login with your UW-Madison NetId).

Monday, February 02, 2009

Darwin Day (February 7)

“There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
--Charles Darwin

2009 marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of his seminal work, On the Origin of Species. Come celebrate this life and hallmark in our scientific understanding of how life on Earth evolves with a day of thought-provoking lectures and stations for interactive exploration.

Darwin Day events, which begin at 9:00 AM and are free and open to the public, will be hosted in the Microbial Sciences building (directly across from Steenbock Library). The UW-Madison Darwin Day web site supplies the schedule of events, speakers and themes, and a list of recommended reading. Speak with your librarian to find available copies from campus and public libraries.

Of related interest, visit the Darwin Today and Darwin 200 sites.