The Lives of Rich Heiresses

Ever wonder what it’s like to be wealthy? Laura Thompson knows. Her new book, Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies, uncovers the lives of such heiresses as Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American “Dollar Heiress,” Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress and Patty Hearst, the notorious heiress to a newspaper fortune turned terrorist. Check out our other historical works in our Popular Reading collection. Titles range from commentary, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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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
Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies Thompson, Laura
Fake Katz, Erica
Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits Acho, Emmanuel
Life Without Children: Stories Doyle, Roddy
Margaret Truman’s Murder at the CDC Truman, Margaret & Land, Jon
Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior Prado, Ric
I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir Fierstein, Harvey
The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure Werb, Daniel
Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now Yang, Jeff; Yu, Phil; & Wang, Philip
Race to the Bottom: Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education Rosiak, Luke
The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953 Frank, Jeffrey
French Braid Tyler, Anne
Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power Bluestein, Greg
Drop Acid: The Surprising New Science of Uric Acid—the Key to Losing Weight, Controlling Blood Sugar, and Achieving Extraordinary Health Perlmutter, David
The End of Getting Lost Kirman, Robin
Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age Duncan, Dennis
The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees Aikins, Matthieu
Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything Weill, Kelly
Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It Abramson, John
The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird Davis, Jack E.
Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire Elkins, Caroline
Scorpica Macallister, G. R.
Shadowman: An Elusive Psycho Killer and the Birth of FBI Profiling Franscell, Ron
The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty Thompson, Neal
The Midnight Ride: A Thriller Mezrich, Ben
Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free Weinman, Sarah

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University Research Day is almost here!

As you may already have heard, Research Day 2022 will be our first in-person and online event featuring more than 175 oral and poster presentations by students, faculty and staff plus a selection of musical performances. These represent the great enthusiasm for research shared by our students, faculty and staff at Catholic University.

Universty Research Day logo

When is it?

The day will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 7th, in the Della Ratta Auditorium (Maloney Hall) with our keynote speaker, Dr. Hieu Bui, presenting on “Progress in Bringing DNA Computers to Life.” The Research Day program on the website lists where all the in-person events will take place and will have links to the virtual presentations. The lunch hour features live musical performances in the Pryz and a variety of food trucks.

When is the awards ceremony?

As in past years, awards will be given for the best student oral and poster presentations at the awards ceremony in Heritage Hall (Father O’Connell Hall). Finalists will be listed on the Research Day website by 4:00 on April 7th. Annual Faculty Research awards and the First Year Experience Essay award will also be announced at the ceremony. All are invited to attend.

Share University Research Day with Others!

In addition to celebrating the great and inspiring research going on at Catholic University, the online format of this event enables family and friends from outside the University to participate! Feel free to share this post with your friends and family.

Thanks to the Research Day Planning Committee, the Web Services Department, and all in the University who have helped to plan this event. We are looking forward to having everyone join us on campus and online for an exciting University Research Day!

Becky Robert and Elizabeth Edinger
Co-Chairs, University Research Day 2022 Planning Committee

If you need accommodations, please email researchday@cua.edu as soon as possible.

De Gruyter Complete Trial Access until May 30th

De Gruyter Complete Trial Access until May 30th
Catholic University Libraries has a trial subscription to the De Gruyter Complete platform until May 30th. The trial includes access to more than 55,000 eBooks, 400 journals, and articles across the humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Coverage includes the content of De Gruyter’s eight imprints: Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Saur, Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV), Düsseldorf University Press, and Jovis Verlag.

We seek your input in determining the practicality of the platform and the relevancy of the content to your research. Please send your comments to Joan Stahl, Director of Research and Instruction (stahlj@cua.edu).

 

How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question

If you have seen the Netflix series, The Good Place, you may appreciate the ethical dilemmas that the main characters face while reaching, well, the good place. Michael Schur, creator of The Good Place and the cocreator of Parks and Recreation, gives us a funny guide to living an ethical life in How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question. Check out our other thought provoking works in our Popular Reading collection. Titles range from commentary, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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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
How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question Schur, Michael
It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable—and How We Can Stop It Greenblatt, Jonathan
Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again Hari, Johann
Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking Mlodinow, Leonard
Righteous Troublemakers: Untold Stories of the Social Justice Movement in America Sharpton, Al
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? Smith, Julie
God: An Anatomy Stavrakopoulou, Francesca
Worn: A People’s History of Clothing Thanhauser, Sofi
How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them Walter, Barbara F.
Money Magic: An Economist’s Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life Allende, Isabel
The Last House on the Street Chamberlain, Diane
Fuccboi Conroe, Sean Thor
Devil House Darnielle, John
Strangers I Know Durastanti, Claudia
Greenwich Park Faulkner, Katherine
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Jurczyk, Eva
Wahala May, Nikki
A Previous Life White, Edmund
Fear of Black Consciousness Gordon, Lewis R.
The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy Leonard, Christopher
Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas Raff, Jennifer
Baby Steps Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth, and How You Can Too Ramsey, Dave
Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland’s Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World Reid, Eliza
Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments Thompson, Erin L.
The Arc Hoen, Tory Henwood
Cleopatra and Frankenstein Mellors, Coco
Nightshift Ladner, Kiare

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Spring Break Reading: SETI, a librarian, and aliens, oh my!

Seriously? Three of my favorite interests in one book! Gregory Benford’s Shadows of Eternity involves a SETI librarian–on the moon–deciphering and interpreting alien messages; need I go on? Check out our other interesting selections to occupy your time over spring break. Titles range from fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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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
Shadows of Eternity Benford, Gregory
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern Beard, Mary
A History of the Index: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age Duncan, Dennis
Orwell’s Roses Solnit, Rebecca
Everyone You Hate Is Going to Die: And Other Comforting Thoughts on Family, Friends, Sex, Love, and More Things That Ruin Your Life Sloss, Daniel
The Book of Mother Huisman, Violaine
Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World Goodman, Peter S.
Longshot: The Inside Story of the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine Heath, David
You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays Hurston, Zora Neale; Gates, Henry Louis; & West, Genevieve
Money Magic: An Economist’s Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life Kotlikoff, Laurence
The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade Rooks, A. E.
The Echo Chamber Boyne, John
The School for Good Mothers Chan, Jessamine
Seasonal Work: Stories Lippman, Laura
Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind a Raisin in the Sun Shields, Charles J.
The Good Son Mitchard, Jacquelyn
Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen Chance, Zoe
When a Killer Calls: A Haunting Story of Murder, Criminal Profiling, and Justice in a Small Town (Cases of the FBI’s Original Mindhunter) Douglas, John E. & Olshaker, Mark
Brown Girls Andreades, Daphne Palasi
The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss O’Connor, Mary-Frances
The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System Opoku-Agyeman, Anna Gifty. Intro by Tressie Mcmillan Cottom
Recitatif: A Story Morrison, Toni. Intro by Zadie Smith
Taste for Poison, A: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them Bradbury, Neil

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Thinking about Fair Use

This week is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week (Feb. 21-25), a celebration of the concepts of fair use and fair dealing. As the Association of Research Libraries states, “Fair use (in the US) and fair dealing (in Canada and other jurisdictions) is a right that allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.” The events during the week are for educating students, staff, and researchers on fair use/fair dealing doctrine, offering opportunities to participate in activities, and hearing successful stories of fair use in practice. The week is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and there are events scheduled by many institutions.

How much do you know about Fair Use Doctrine?

The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries has created a fun, interactive quiz titled ‘Is it Fair Use? It Depends!‘ The quiz walks you through a number of scenarios based on what you selected previously.

Fair Use Myths and Facts Explained

Other infographics include: Fair Use Fundamentals, Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student; Fair Use Promotes the Creation of New Knowledge; and How Fair Use Helps in Saving Software.

Fair Use Myths and Facts

 

Fair Use Myths and Facts

 

Breakfast with Seneca: Living a Stoic Life

Whoops! Wrong Seneca! Anyway, you can pick up Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living from our Popular Reading shelves. For other interesting selections to occupy your time, see our books below ranging from fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, to current affairs, social issues, and politics.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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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
Breakfast With Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living Fideler, David
King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King De Vise, Daniel
The Black History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Olusoga, David
In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes With Anthony Bourdain Vitale, Tom
Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine Subin, Anna Della
Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving Herman, Amy E.
American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History Michel, Casey
Boy Underground Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Bright Burning Things Harding, Lisa
Call Us What We Carry: Poems Gorman, Amanda
Harsh Times Vargas Llosa, Mario
A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind Burgess, Ann Wolbert
Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home Warzel, Charlie & Petersen, Anne Helen
The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better Wine, Thatcher
Fight Night Toews, Miriam
I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness Watkins, Claire Vaye
My Monticello Johnson, Jocelyn Nicole
The Survivors Schulman, Alex
The American Art Tapes: Voices of American Pop Art Jones, Nicolette & Jones, John
Cokie: A Life Well Lived Roberts, Steven V.
The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III Roberts, Andrew
Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes Faye, Lyndsay

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Love Data? We do! Learn about Love Data Week

Don’t we all love data? Love Data Week (Feb. 14-18) is an international celebration of data hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Love Data Week is a project to raise awareness of the importance of data in our daily lives. This is an opportunity to engage the larger community through such topics as data analysis, preservation, curation, dissemination, sharing, and reuse. This year’s theme is “Data is for Everyone.” You can follow LDW on social media with the hashtag #LoveData22. Check out the events happening internationally. There are some useful website links on working with data at the end of this blog.

About the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

This is the second year that ICPSR is sponsoring Love Data Week. The ICPSR is an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations that provides “leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.” You can find data, share your data (for free!), use their resources to teach about data, and take courses in their summer program (Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research).

Adopt a Dataset

Part of the Love Data Week festivities is for participants to get involved in adopting a dataset. You can choose from a list of datasets curated by ICPSR. Some of the datasets include: Census of Governments, 1962 and 1967; Slave Sales and Appraisals, 1775-1865; Charleston Heart Study, Charleston, South Carolina, 1960-2000; Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS); COVID-19 Disruptions Disproportionately Affect Female Academics, Global, 2020; TransPop, United States, 2016-2018; Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Survey (CMPS), United States, 2016; National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems (NALSYS), [United States], 1998-2018; Latino National Surveys 2006; Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry, Everyday Itinerary, 1950-1953; Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS), North Carolina 2016-2018; and The Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project: The Future of Governance.

Once you have found a dataset that interest you, fill out the Dataset Adoption Form. You can choose to download the dataset, analyze it online, or review the the summary information for it. Your task is to learn about the dataset and share your findings through email or social media. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information on managing data, take a look at Catholic University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship services.

Useful Links

The Open Data Handbook

Love Data Week – Brown University Library

Love Data Week @ JHU

U.S. Government (Data.gov)

Google Dataset Search

 

University Research Day Abstracts due date extended

There is still time! The deadline for submitting your abstract for University Research Day has been extended to February 3rd.

University Research Day

University Research Day (URD) at The Catholic University of America is a day when students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate, share and learn about the innovative and exciting research taking place at the University.

URD showcases the work of hundreds of students, faculty, and staff. This year, URD will take place on April 7, 2022.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts. Abstracts will be due February 3, 2022.

We would like to encourage ALL members of the Catholic University community to submit abstracts. This includes both campus-based students, staff and faculty, and those at other locations (e.g. Rome campus, online programs).

URD 2022 includes opportunities for oral presentations, posters and interactive research demonstrations (e.g. architectural model, short dramatic performance, etc.). Research includes anything that falls under “scholarly work”; for example, a project you worked on with a faculty member, a recent presentation you gave at a professional meeting, scholarly paper, dramatic or musical performance, or display of art, etc.

At URD, participants present their scholarship in a way that ensures engagement with everyone — even those unfamiliar with the subject matter.

Abstracts should reflect this and be written with clear, non-technical language that is geared toward ALL people. Examples of abstracts are available on the URD Abstract Submissions page. Members of the URD Planning Committee judge the submitted abstracts and selected presenters will be notified by email in March.

Look for more information on the URD website. You will find important dates, the link to the abstract application form, presentation formats and more. Follow us on social media at #CUatResearchDay.

Questions? Reach out to us at researchday@cua.edu or to any of the current URD committee members.

Submit your abstract by February 3, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Thank you. We look forward to another exciting University Research Day!

–Kevin Gunn, Member, 2022 University Research Day Committee

Enjoy some books from our Popular Reading collection

Sorry, Jean-Luc, but spring is less than three months away. Button that shirt, grab a jacket, and check out our Popular Reading shelves for some interesting selections to occupy your time. Categories include fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, social issues, and politics. Something for everyone.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. Enjoy the hurly-burly of January.

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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
All About Me: My Remarkable Life in Show Business Brooks, Mel
Black Nerd Problems: Essays Evans, William & Holmon, Omar
E.R. Nurses: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes Patterson, James; Eversmann, Matt; & Mooney, Chris
Rule of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything Ford, Martin
Harlem Shuffle Whitehead, Colson
Late City Butler, Robert Olen
Water: A Biography Boccaletti, Giulio
Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury Osnos, Evan
Career and Family: Women’s Century-long Journey Toward Equity Goldin, Claudia
Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes Samaha, Albert
The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature Greene, Robert
Silverview Le Carre, John
Time for Socialism: Dispatches from a World on Fire, 2016-2021 Piketty, Thomas
To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876 Baier, Bret & Whitney, Catherine
The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing Mukwege, Denis
Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success Vaynerchuk, Gary
Honor Bound: An American Story of Dreams and Service McGrath, Amy & Peterson, Chris

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