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Newest in Popular Reading: Sookie Stackhouse, Symbiont, Ugly Girls, Revolution, Churchill, Navy SEALs

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel
Posted in General, Humanities, Library's Home page, Religious Studies

The fall semester is almost over at The Catholic University of America. We hope that you had as wonderful a time as we did this year. If you are looking for an entertaining read over the Christmas break, look no further than our Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room. Just remember, classes resume on Monday January 12th.

Popular Reading Collection 12.09.2014

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
Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse edited by: Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner
Revolution Russell Brand
Symbiont Mira Grant
You Can’t Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television Al Michaels, with L. Jon Wertheim
The Churchill Factor: How one man made history Boris Johnson
Sins of Our Fathers Shawn Lawrence Otto
#Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny
Ugly Girls Lindsay Hunter
Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon Kim Zetter
Revival Stephen King
The happiest people in the world Brock Clarke
Navy SEALs: Their Untold History Dick Couch and William Doyle
The Voices F.R. Tallis
@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex Shane Harris

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!

LYNDA is a great opportunity to learn something new over the breaks. CUA University Libraries has provided access to over 2000 video courses available through LYNDA’s self-paced training courses. If you need assistance setting up an account let us know; we are more than happy to help.

CUA Libraries is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at:

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Met Opera on Demand: Free Trial of Database

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by weinstel
Posted in Library's Home page, Music

Until January 5, CUA Libraries has a free trial to the database Met Opera on Demand.  The database delivers streaming audio and video of more than 500 full-length Metropolitan Opera performances from the ‘Live in HD’ series, the classic Met telecasts from 1977-2011, and over 250 radio broadcast performances that dating back to 1936.

Librarians are evaluating the usefulness of these resource.  Try it out and let us know what you think.  Email your comments to Maurice Saylor, Music Librarian at saylor@cua.edu

Newest in Popular Reading: Does Santa Exist?, The Steampunk User’s Manual, Adventure Time, The Onion Magazine

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel
Posted in Humanities, Library's Home page, Religious Studies

Hope you are having an awesome semester at The Catholic University of America. If you are looking for an entertaining read over Thanksgiving recess, then look no further than our Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room. Just remember, classes resume on December 1st and end on December 5th. Final exams run from Tuesday, December 9 – Saturday, December 13.

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
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us Nicholas Carr
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us Diane Ackerman
Goodbye, Piccadilly: War at Home, 1914 Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Festive in Death J.D. Robb
Perfidia James Ellroy
The Secret Place Tana French
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Chris McDonnell
Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation Eric Kaplan
The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers that Transformed an Undeserving World Cole Bolton
You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs From the International Space Station Chris Hadfield
The Steampunk User’s Manual: An Illustrated Practical And Whimsical Guide To Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams Desirina Boskovich and Jeff VanderMeer
So Anyway… John Cleese
The QB: The Making Of Modern Quarterbacks Bruce Feldman
The Georgetown Set: Friends And Rivals In Cold War Washington Gregg Herken
Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating A New Generation Of Superathletes–And What We Can Learn From Them Mark McClusky
First Impressions: A Novel Of Old Books, Unexpected Love, And Jane Austen Charlie Lovett
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Bill Nye
The World Of PostSecret Frank Warren

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!

LYNDA is a great opportunity to learn something new over the breaks. CUA University Libraries has provided access to over 2000 video courses available through LYNDA’s self-paced training courses.

CUA Libraries is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at:

Mullen Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAlibraries
Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUATheoPhilLib
CUA Science Libraries Facebook; Twitter: @CUAScienceLib
CUA Architecture & Planning Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUArchLib
CUA Music Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAMusicLib

Popular Reading Collection 11.19.2014

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

Monday, 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!

CUA Libraries is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at:

Mullen Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAlibraries
Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUATheoPhilLib
CUA Science Libraries Facebook; Twitter: @CUAScienceLib
CUA Architecture & Planning Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUArchLib
CUA Music Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAMusicLib

Items from Semitics/ICOR Library on Display at Smithsonian

Tuesday, 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

Newest in Popular Reading: “The Mockingbird Next Door,” “The Girl in 6E,” “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference,” & “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy”

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel
Posted in Humanities, Library's Home page, Religious Studies

Welcome back friends and students to another year at The Catholic University of America. If you are looking for an entertaining read between your studies, then look no further than our Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room.

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
My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football Paul Finebaum and Gene Wojciechowski
Act of War Brad Thor
Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War Karen Abbott
The end of absence : reclaiming what we’ve lost in a world of constant connection Michael Harris
Blue mind : the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do Wallace J. Nichols
What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions Randall Munroe
What Makes This Book so Great Jo Walton
Feminism unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee Marja Mills
Eisenhower: A Life Paul Johnson
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It Ian Leslie
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents Ronald Kessler
The fortune Hunter Daisy Goodwin
The Eye Of Heaven Clive Cussler and Russell Blake
The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court Anna Whitelock
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician Sandeep Jauhar
The Equalizer Michael Sloan
The Girl In 6E A.R. Torre

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!

Have you checked out lynda yet? CUA University Libraries has provided access to over 2000 video courses available through lynda’s self-paced training classes.

New Libguide: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel
Posted in Humanities, Library's Home page, Religious Studies

The Religious Studies and Humanities Services department has created an information guide on the canonization process for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  In the guide you will find biographical sources, information on the canonization process, prayers, unique CUA material, a collection of Fulton Sheen videos, works on and by Fulton Sheen, and a selection of news articles. We invite you to join us in excitement and anticipation as Archbishop Sheen moves through the process to become the first American born priest to achieve sainthood.

Post-Graduation Research Resources

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by weinstel
Posted in General, Library's Home page

CUA graduates have continued access to some library resources through the Alumni home page, in disciplines ranging from religious studies and philosophy to government affairs.   Resources available include:  RefWorks, ATLASerials, Annual Reviews, CQ Almanac, Project Muse, SAGE Journals, and POIESIS: Philosophy Online Serials .   To access these resources, go to Alumni Relations/Alumni resources/Benefits+Services.  Under Services, you will see “Access Library Databases Online.”  You will need to login and activate your account before you proceed.

New in Popular Reading: Duty, First Love, A Religion of One’s Own

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel
Posted in Library's Home page, Religious Studies

Summer has begun for the Catholic University of America! Why not start your summer right by grabbing one of Mullen Library’s new Popular Reading books? There are a wide selection of materials from light leisure novels to fashion to creating your own spiritual style. So come hang out with us in the library or borrow one of our books and take it out to the pool.

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
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew Lightman, Alan
Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth Robin, Vicki
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Gates, Robert M.
Eggs in a Casket Childs, Laura
The Investor’s Paradox: The Power Of Simplicity In A World Of Overwhelming Choice Portnoy, Brian
Glamorous By George: The Key To Creating Movie-Star Style Kotsiopoulos, George
First Love James Patterson and Emily Raymond
Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby Churchwell, Sarah
Still Life With Bread Crumbs Quindlen, Anna
Mercy Snow Baker, Tiffany
A Religion Of One’s Own: A Guide To Creating A Personal Spirituality In A Secular World Moore, Thomas
Andrew’s Brain Doctorow, E. L.
The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way, And It Wasn’t My Fault, And I’ll Never Do It Again O’Rourke, P. J
Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA Rizzo, John
Cell Cook, Robin

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!

New Database: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Kevin Gunn
Posted in Library's Home page, Religious Studies

CUA Libraries is happy to report the acquisition of the online version of the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature contains citations to monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published from 1920 onward. Some material has been retrospectively indexed back to 1892. ABELL covers the time periods from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.

Subject areas covered by ABELL include:
English language – including syntax, phonology, lexicology, semantics, stylistics and dialectology
English literature – including poetry, prose, fiction, films, biography, travel writing, literary theory and studies of individual authors
bibliography – including manuscript studies, textual studies and the history of publishing
traditional culture of the English-speaking world including custom, belief, narrative, song, dance and material culture

Please send any questions to Kevin Gunn, gunn@cua.edu.