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.

Exhibition Commemorating CUA’s First Original Musical

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Joan Stahl
Posted in Access Services, General, Library's Home page, Music, University Archives

Exhibition Title: When Yankee Doodle Came to Town

Where: May Gallery, Mullen Library

When: April – August, 2014

In 1939, CUA’s newly formed Department of Speech and Drama mounted an original musical, Yankee Doodle Boy.  The show portrayed the life of George M. Cohan, a legend of the American musical stage, and used for the first time the now standard device of telling a composer’s life through his own music.  Generating a photo spread in Life Magazine, inspiring the 1942 motion picture Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney; and bringing national attention to the university, CUA’s musical was a hit!

With photographs, memorabilia, and contemporary accounts, this exhibit, created by the CUA University Libraries, tells the little-known story of the production and the people who made it happen.

Keeping up: RDS reading

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in General

Big data is here to stay, as it should be. But let’s be realistic: It’s an important resource for anyone analyzing data, not a silver bullet.

The New York Times weighed in on data this week with Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis. There is great faith in statistical correlations and “big data” predictions leading to Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthroughs. “Big data”, while seen as an “adjunct to science inquiry”, may not be the revolutionary 4th Paradigm of Science – read more  The Fourth Paradigm : Data-intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey (

The Open Data initiative announced by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is bearing some fruit according to George Leopold of datanami. Read his April 9, 2014 article Survey Finds Open Data Boosting U.S. Economy.

On the Digital Humanities front, from dh+lib, there is discussion on the interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities in Defining Digital Social Sciences by Lisa Spiro  from Rice University.



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RDAP14 Research Data Access and Preservation Summit

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in General

RDAP14 is a three day conference – March 26-28 – being held in Dan Diego, CA  focusing on research data management. The next best thing to being at this conference – is being able to follow it via social media, Twitter and Facebook, and seeing the presentations via Slideshare. #rdap14

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dh+lib Post: The Red Herring of Big Data

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in General

Brian Croxall (Emory University) has shared text and slides from an August 2013 talk entitled, “The Red Herring of Big Data,” in which he offers an engaging overview of the ways that digital humanities scholars can use digital technologies to go beyond pattern recognition and into humanities interpretation. [From ]

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NISO April Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in General

NISO April Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge: Successful Techniques for Scientific Data Management

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

Date: April 23, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern

Event webpage:

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How to Discover Requirements for Research Data Management Services

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in General

Whyte, A and Allard, S. (Eds) 2014. ‘How to Discover Research Data Management Service Requirements’. DCC How-to Guides. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online:

“this guide is meant for people whose role involves developing services or tools to support research data management (RDM) and digital curation, whether in a Higher Education Institution or a project working across institutions.” – See more at:”

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Resources for Librarians

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman
Posted in General

DataONE has recently launched a new area of the public website ‘For Librarians’. As custodians of the scholarly record, and with well-established relationships to researchers within their institutions, DataONE recognizes the contribution of libraries and librarians as providers of discipline-specific expertise and research data management services. To support librarians in this role, DataONE has provided a Librarian Outreach Kit by way of introduction to some of the most relevant DataONE products, services and resources of value to institutional librarians. [From:]

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University Libraries Open @ 12:30 PM

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Joan Stahl
Posted in General

Due to the snow, the University Libraries will open at 12:30 PM on Monday, March 17.

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Newest in Popular Reading: Dangerous Women, Our Picnic in the Sun, and Innocence

Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel
Posted in General, Library's Home page, Religious Studies

We hope you are having a wonderful year so far at the Catholic University of America. If you are still in town over the break, and are looking for some wonderful reading material to distract you from your studies, then we invite you to come and relax with one of our popular reading books. The Popular Reading books are located in the Main Reading Room on the second floor of Mullen Library.

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
Dangerous Women Martin, George R. R. & Dozois, Gardner R.
The Death Trade Jack Higgins
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade Minter, Adam
Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage Delaney, Rob
Parasite Grant, Mira
W Is for Wasted Grafton, Sue
Uncharted: Big Data As a Lens on Human Culture Aiden, Erez & Michel, Jean-baptiste
Our Picnics in the Sun Joss, Morag
The Final Cut Coulter, Catherine & Ellison, J. T.
Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne Retribution, No. 13 (Jason Bourne) Lustbader, Eric
Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth-Century to Modern Times Lethbridge, Lucy
A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic – and How We Can End It Cohen, Deborah
Nine Inches Perrotta, Tom
Innocence: A Novel Koontz, Dean R.
Rosarito Beach Lawson, M. A.
Hazardous Duty Griffin, W. E. B. & Butterworth, William E.

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!

Looking for other free things to do this spring? There are plenty around Washington D.C. to take advantage of. Spring is a great time to meet that neighbor you haven’t spoken to yet, or to continue building and strengthening relationships with friends. From all of us at Mullen Library, we wish you a wonderful Spring.