COVID-19 Update: Limited access to Mullen Library

In order to focus more of our efforts on online support, access to the print collections within Mullen Library will be only by appointment at this time and limited to faculty and graduate students with the approval of their advisor. Please see our COVID-19 Information Guide for instructions on arranging an appointment.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to support your research and teaching needs, while also promoting the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff through social distancing and supporting those staff who need to care for loved ones during this period.

New Database Trial:

Through April 9, the University Libraries has a trial of, the largest online catalog of classical music, opera, and dance videos, including 3,500 musical works from the 1940s to the present day, 2,500 films (concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and master classes), and editorial content including synopses, casts, and performers’ biographies.  Take a look and enjoy!

Spring Break Reading Extravaganza

Heading someplace warm? Take one of our Popular Reading books with you! Our most recent additions by Thomas Picketty, Jon Meacham, and works on George Washington, lost diaries, and football, are listed below. You can browse the rest of our collection 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
Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership Larson, Edward J.
The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage Hvistendahl, Mara
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington Coe, Alexis
The Lost Diary of M Wolfe, Paul
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis Figueres, Christiana & Rivett-Carnac, Tom
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Zapata, Michael
The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century Goldblatt, David
The Opposite of Fate McGhee, Alison
Weather Offill, Jenny
The Storm Before the Calm: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond Friedman, George
Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults Weiss, Mitch & Mohr, Holbrook
The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross Meacham, Jon
Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country Murdoch, Sierra Crane
Capital and Ideology Piketty, Thomas. Trans by Arthur Goldhammer
1774: The Long Year of Revolution Norton, Mary Beth

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Learn about Fair Use / Fair Dealing this week

Welcome to Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week (Monday, February 24 – Friday, February 28). This week is an annual event devoted to the doctrines of fair use and fair dealing, important components of scholarly research. From the Association of Research Libraries:

Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.

Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.

While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories, and explain the doctrines.

What is Fair Use?

Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use) provides four factors in determining fair use as you balance your needs with that of the copyright holder:

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Determining Fair Use

CUA students, faculty, staff, and librarians should be aware of the concept of fair use and its many applications to creating, building, and writing original works. There are a number of sites that can walk a person through the quagmire of determining fair use:

Fair Use Evaluator:

The Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office at the Penn State Libraries has a checklist for balancing the pros and cons of fair use.

The Copyright Advisory Services at the Columbia University Libraries has a roadmap for determining fair use.

How one obtains permission from an author to use a copyrighted work can be daunting. The Library of Congress has provided a handout to address some concerns. Also, there is a great post on knowing when to use a copyrighted work.

Fair Use and Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) is a growing trend in education. Students can save money by using open access textbooks and faculty can create books for courses using OER. Consequently, having a solid grasp of fair use practices is essential for conforming to the law. One way to evaluate whether something is fair use or not is to use the Fair Use Evaluator mentioned above. The evaluator will walk the instructor through the process and provide an explanation at the end. This explanation can be put in the OER to notify everyone that a fair use evaluation took place. For background information on OER, check out our recent blog posts here and here.

Association of College & Research Libraries webinar

The U.S. Copyright Office has an index that follows judicial decisions on fair use. ACRL is offering a free webcast celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. Join the webinar on Tuesday, February 25, at 2:00 pm EST, for “Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law,” presented by Sandra Aya Enimil, Assistant Professor and Copyright Services Librarian, and Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Coordinator, both at The Ohio State University.


Fair Use Fundamentals Infographic.

How Fair Use Helps In Saving Software Infographic.

Fair Use Week on Twitter.

Fair Use Week blog.

Winterize your Reading

No snow outside? We have you covered with this lovely picture!  Stay warm, dry, and inside with one of our books from the Popular Reading Collection. Our most recent additions are listed below.  You can browse the rest of our collection 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
The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: a Memoir Rosenberg, Justus
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition Carl, Polly K.
All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success Baker, Wayne
Highfire Fenster, J. M.
You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters Murphy, Eleanor Kate
Stateway’s Garden: Stories Drain, Jasmon
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives Diamandis, Peter H. & Kotler, Steven
Father of Lions: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo Callaghan, Louise
Martha Stewart Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines Stewart, Martha
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America Chatelain, Marcia
Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains Chambers, Cassie
Blue Flowers Saavedra, Carola
House on Endless Waters Elon, Emuna
The Tenant Engberg, Katrine
Arguing With Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future Krugman, Paul
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different Palahniuk, Chuck
Agency, No. 2 (The Peripheral) Gibson, William
F*ck No!: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t, or You Just Don’t Want to Knight, Sarah
999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz Macadam, Heather Dune
Processed Cheese Wright, Stephen
The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives Yates, Kit
Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness Perlmutter, David & Perlmutter, Austin, with Kristin Loberg
Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice From Aristotle to Zinsser Clark, Roy Peter
A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II Parkin, Simon

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Digital Scholarship Workshops Spring 2020 Schedule

The Catholic University Libraries are offering a number of Digital Scholarship Workshops this semester. Can’t make it? We are available for individual consultations (students and faculty) and we can provide in-class workshops on a variety of tools and methodologies that can be tailored to your particular course needs. Come have a conversation with us! The workshops are co-sponsored by the Department of Library and Information Science.

Location: Mullen Library Instruction Room
R.S.V.P. for all workshops: Kevin Gunn,

Text Analysis with Voyant Tools and AntConc Thurs., Feb. 13, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Computational analysis of textual data can aid in reading and interpreting large corpora. Exploring a large number of texts can uncover linguistic patterns for future exploratory analysis. Participants will gain hands-on experience analyzing textual data with AntConc and some Voyant Tools. No coding experience necessary. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Data Cleaning with Excel Wed., March 4, 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm
Continuing with our series on manipulating data, we will do some basic data cleaning using Excel. We will show you some tricks, formulae, and tools in working with datasets in Excel. Identifying and treating blank cells, removing duplicates, identifying errors, removing formatting, and converting data into more flexible formats, are just some of the skills imparted. Basic Excel experience is recommended. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Amplifying Your Research Impact Mon., March 23, 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Learn how to effectively promote and share your research online. We will discuss best practices for using social media, depositing research in disciplinary repositories, and working with tools and platforms that can help authors expand their readership. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Visualizing Network Data with Gephi Fri., April 3, 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm
See your data from a fresh perspective through network analysis and visualization. Using Gephi, we will create some network graphs from sample datasets. Basic concepts of network analysis will be covered while we learn to use Gephi to explore, analyze, and visualize network data. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Introduction to the Open Science Framework Tues., April 7, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a platform for research project management and collaboration. Come and see how to use the OSF for your entire project lifecycle (e.g. discovering research, work with other researchers at other institutions, and share your research and datasets). Humanities and Social Science researchers are welcome. Instructors: Lea Wade, STEM Librarian and Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

The New 222: Expanded Group Study

At the heart of Mullen Library, room 222 has been improved to restore original continuity, both visual and circulatory, between the front of the building and the Stacks. With views of the Stacks and both courtyards, this re-unified room provides a unique intellectually inspiring and flexible group work space. 

Looking for the carrels? We’ve moved the carrels down to the first floor Reference Room. You can also find many more carrels on the third floor in the Greek & Latin and Religious Studies/Philosophy reading rooms. 

Kevin Gunn named 2019 Belanger awardee

Kevin Gunn, the Libraries’ Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2019.

One of his nominations cited his accomplishments and collegiality:

During the Fall 2019 semester, he planned and carried out a successful series of workshops on data science, visualization of data and GIS storymapping. He also hosted and moderated a panel discussion on open access journals and the business of scholarship following a film on the topic. His cheerful, positive nature makes it easy to learn from him. He has taken on multiple responsibilities over the years, most recently as Coordinator of Digital Scholarship. He is currently co-editor for the journal College and Undergraduate Libraries, and has been a peer reviewer for several years. He has continued to maintain his scholarship by reading professional literature on his own time, and willingly provides advice to his colleagues on their own scholarship.

Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor. Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.