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New App for Organizing Journals

October 28th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel  
Posted in Religious Studies

CUA Students now have access to a great app for organizing online journals accessible via CUA Libraries: BrowZine.

Outstanding CUA Alumni in Mullen Library’s May Gallery

October 28th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel  
Posted in Religious Studies

Come and learn about notable figures from the Catholic University of America’s history in our “Outstanding CUA Alumni” exhibit located in the May Gallery of Mullen Library. The exhibit will be up from October through December of 2014. Outstanding CUA Alumni include: Jon Voight, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Martin O’Malley, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and Paula A. Vogel.

Newest in Popular Reading: The Simpsons, Beyonce, Richard III, Jon Stewart, and You

October 27th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel  
Posted in Library's Home page, Religious Studies

Glad midterms are over? We are too! Now we can catch up on the latest Popular Reading books at CUA Libraries.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
Dear Committee Members Julie Schumacher
Heroes Are My Weakness Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine Maximillian Potter
The Simpsons Family History: A Celebration of Television’s Favorite Family Matt Groening
The Drop Dennis Lehane
How to be Parisian Wherever You Are : Love, Style, and Bad Habits Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Sophie Mas, Caroline De Maigret.
The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities Caleb Scharf
The sixteenth of June: a Novel Maya Lang
Edge of Eternity Ken Follett
Richard III: England’s Black Legend Desmond Seward
Lock In John Scalzi
Back Channel Stephen L. Carter
How Google Works Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, with Alan Eagle
Rickey & Robinson: The True, Untold Story of the Integration of Baseball Roger Kahn
Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success Shane Snow
Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart Lisa Rogak
You: a novel Caroline Kepnes
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” Lena Dunham
The Golem of Hollywood Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
The news sorority : Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour–and the (ongoing, imperfect, complicated) triumph of women in TV news Sheila Weller

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!

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Finding Aid/Guide for Thomas More Society of America records

October 27th, 2014 by William J. Shepherd  
Posted in University Archives

Finding Aid/Collection Guide for the records of the Thomas More Society of America. The society confers regularly with scholars, lawyers, judges, and other public figures. They believe that More,  immortalized in literature and stage as “A Man for All Seasons,” faced issues familiar in the twenty first century, including privacy rights, personal freedom, and public responsibility. Records include board of directors minutes, correspondence, financial reports, publications, and photographs.

Open Access Week conversations

October 23rd, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, General, Research Data Services

Are we ready to have conversations about Open Access?

Barbara Fister, from the library trenches, posts her response commenting on the recent court case ruling about e-reserves.

She asks if all of us are ready to talk about how the scholarly publication process – publishing and access – can be better at spreading knowledge.

Open Minds, Open Access by Barbara Fister

…if future publications are open access it could save us all a lot of anguish and (even better) knowledge could spread much more easily and widely. The money, and the future, is already here. It’s just distributed badly. We can do better, and we will, slowly but surely.

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Items from Semitics/ICOR Library on Display at Smithsonian

October 21st, 2014 by garrettt  
Posted in Library's Home page, Semitics/ICOR

Some 11 items from the Père Albert Jamme, M.Afr. Collection have been loaned to the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery for its upcoming exhibition, “Unearthing Arabia: the Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips,” October 11, 2014-June 7, 2015, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

See Unearthing Arabia ; Language and Writing

The Père Albert Jamme, M.Afr. Collection in CUA’s Semitics/ICOR Library brings together in one place 55 years of work (ca.1946-1999) by an eminent scholar of the languages and scripts of pre-Islamic Arabia.

Fr. Jamme (1916-2004) was a faculty member of CUA’s Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures between 1953 and 1997. He served as research epigrapher for important archeological expeditions to the Arabian peninsula.

The Jamme Library is a large ‘integrated’ epigraphic collection in which the evidence of inscribed stones, latex and paper squeezes or impressions, photographs, slides, rubbings, and line drawings of the inscriptions can be studied side by side with Fr. Jamme’s site maps, work notes and published studies, with the comparative lexical data of his Old South Arabian and Old North Arabian card indexes, and with his professional correspondence and research archives. Additional support is provided by his reference library of books and serials.

Work is underway to improve access to this important collection. It is the focus of a digitization project in Mullen Library. The collection, which has been in offsite storage, also is being rehoused in an epigraphic seminar room within the Semitics/ICOR library.

Qatabanian inscription

Jamme 483. Proscynema socle. Orange-steaked white alabaster. Qatabanian (Old South-Arabian) inscription: ´Aśabum [of the family] Farṣaṣum

Vatican Digitizes Manuscripts: Available free online

October 17th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel  
Posted in Religious Studies


The Vatican Library has digitized over 1000 manuscripts from their collection, and made them publicly available online.

Watch this video for more information on the Digita Vaticana project. (Heads up! It’s in Italian)

For more great stories, follow us on Facebook (CUA Religious Studies, Philosophy & Canon Law Library) and Twitter (@CUATheoPhilLib)

NIH and Big Data announcement

October 10th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

NIH Awards $32-Million to Tackle Big Data in Medicine by Paul Basken

NIH is funding studies to help researchers handle big data in medicine. The data collected and collated by the Human Genome Project was just the beginning.

“We see more and more the NIH as a digital enterprise,” said Philip E. Bourne, who this year became the agency’s first permanent associate director for data science.

NIH also recognizes the the problematic issues of big data in medicine: patient privacy, standards for data, and a commitment to sharing data.

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Tech Fair 2014 – October 23, 10 am – 2 pm

October 8th, 2014 by garrettt  
Posted in General, Library's Home page, Tech Tools and Tips

Tech Fair 2014 - Mullen Library - Thursday, October 23 - 10 am - 2pm

On Thursday, October 23 from 10 am to 2 pm, the University Libraries will host a Tech Fair. The entire CUA community is welcome to attend!


10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Vendor Fair (Reading Room, 2nd Floor)
Featuring:, Blackboard, Piktochart, BrowZine, The Sunlight Foundation, Tanya Gupta (, ArcGIS, QOMO, Extron, Epson, Panasonic, RTZ, Computerware, Audio Associates, and CUA Technology Services.

Breakout Sessions
10:00 am – 10:50 am – Sunlight Foundation (MERIC Classroom, 1st Floor)
10:30 am – 11:20 am – Blackboard (FYE Room, 2nd Floor)
11:00 am – 11:50 am – ArcGIS (MERIC Classroom, 1st Floor)
11:30 am – 11:40 am – Password Reset Tool – CUA Technology Services (FYE Room, 2nd Floor)
11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Adobe Connect – CUA Technology Services (FYE Room, 2nd Floor)
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm – (MERIC Classroom, 1st Floor)
12:05 pm – 12:20 pm – Panopto – CUA Technology Services (FYE Room, 2nd Floor)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – 3D Printing Demo (Digital Arts Lab, 2nd Floor)
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm – Google Docs Add-ons (MERIC Classroom, 1st Floor)
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm – 3D Printing Demo (Digital Arts Lab, 2nd Floor)

Giveaways and door prizes, including a free year of Piktochart Pro!

The purpose of the CUA Tech Fair is to provide members of the CUA community a chance to engage with cutting edge, interactive technology and showcase the university’s academic tools. Technology and software vendors will be on site to demonstrate their products and breakout sessions will be hosted by professionals. The goal of this University Libraries hosted event is to entertain and inform the greater CUA community about new electronic resources.

Data mining in action

October 6th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Can Big Data Tell Us What Clinical Trials Don’t?

Does a “learning health system” using mining of patient data in real-time lead to better outcomes for patients?

Using big data that already exists in patient records brings up matters of patient privacy; not to mention correlation and causation questions. However, doctors see data mining as a tool that could give them assistance beyond clinical trials.

Read the original article: Frankovich, J., Longhurst, C. A., & Sutherland, S. M. (2011). Evidence-based medicine in the EMR era. New England Journal of Medicine, 365(19), 1758-1759. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1108726

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