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November 2003 Issue:
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Message from the Editors

Welcome to CUA Libraries Online, a new electronic newsletter keeping you up to date on the latest The Catholic University Libraries have to offer. With search tips from the librarians, database descriptions, book reviews, and highlights of what's new in the world of Web and print research, CUA Libraries Online will guide you to the information you need.

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Mullen Renovation News

This fall a new Mullen Library opened its doors to the CUA community. Here are a few important changes you should know about:

The Information Desk, where librarians can answer your research questions, has moved to the first floor lobby.

The Circulation Desk, where you can check out books, find course reserves, pick up books delivered to you from other libraries, update your ID, and ask about borrowing policies, has moved back to the first floor lobby.

Parts of the reference collection have been moved from the Main Reading Room (second floor) and the Humanities Reading Room (third floor) to the new Reference Room on the first floor.

Visit the Information Desk on the first floor with any questions about using the new and improved Mullen, or browse our detailed renovation page for information about other reading rooms and collections.

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Virtual Librarians Help You Find What You Need

Ever wished you could conjure a genie to help you find books and articles online from your dorm room, office, or home? The CUA Libraries don't have genies, but we do have the next best thing -- virtual librarians.

The new Ask-A-Librarian service lets you chat online, in real time, with a WRLC reference librarian. Here's how it works:

  • Visit and click on Ask a Librarian.
  • Log on to the service.
  • To communicate with the librarian, type messages in the text box that both of you see on your computer terminals.

You can also see the same Web pages, catalogs, and databases as the librarian, who shows you how to find information quickly and easily. Ask-A-Librarian is available Monday-Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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SFX: Find Full-text Articles with a Single Search

Late last semester, many ALADIN databases began using SFX.

With SFX, if you find an article in a database but the complete text is not available, you can click on the SFX link to check for the full-text article in other databases.

Using SFX is simple.

In CINAHL, ERIC, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, Journals@Ovid, Medline, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO, and SocioFile:

Once you have the detailed article information on the screen, click on "External Link Resolver."

In America: History and Life, Art Index, ArticleFirst, Arts and Humanities Search, BasicBIOSIS, Biography Index, Biological and Agricultural Index, Book Review Digest, Business and Industry, Contemporary Women's Issues, EconLit, Electronic Collections Online, FactSearch, General Science Index, GPO Monthly Catalog, Historical Abstracts, PAIS International, PapersFirst, and ProceedingsFirst:

Once you have the detailed article information on the screen, click on "Find It."

Each of these links opens a new window with further links to the full-text article, if available in other databases, or the print journal, if found in the WRLC Libraries Catalog.

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New and Notable Books at CUA Libraries

The Age of Sacred Terror. By Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon. New York: Random House, 2002. (HV6431 .B46 2002, Mullen Stacks)

Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin. By John Beldon Scott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. (NA2765 .T823 S36 2003, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220. By D.H. Green. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. (PN671 .G74 2002, Mullen Stacks)

Being and Some Twentieth-century Thomists. By John Knasas. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003. (B839 .K65 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Biological Threats and Terrorism: Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities: Workshop Summary. Ed. by Stacey L. Knobler, Adel A.F. Mahmoud, and Leslie A. Pray. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2002. (RC88.9.T47 B54 2002, Nursing Library) Read it online ...

Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in an Impoverished Age. By Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath, and Bruce S. Thornton. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2001. (LC1011 .H257 2001, Mullen Stacks)

Bullying: The Bullies, the Victims, the Bystanders By Sandra Harris and Garth F. Petrie. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003. (LB3013.32 .H37 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings. By James M. Goode. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2003. (NA735.W3 G66 2003, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

Defense of Hume on Miracles. By Robert J. Fogelin. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. (B1499.M5 F64 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages. Edited by Mary C. Erler and Maryanne Kowaleski. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. (HQ1143 .G46 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Field Instruction: A Guide for Social Work Students. By David Royse, Surjit Singh Dhooper, and Elizabeth Lewis Rompf. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2003. (HV11 .R67 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990. By Sandra Morgen. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002. (RG103 .M67 2002, Nursing Library)

J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth. By Bradley J. Birzer. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2002. (PR6039 .O32 Z565 2002, Mullen Stacks)

Main Street: Some Lessons in Revitalization. By Louis Lopilato. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003. (HT170 .L66 2003, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

Moral Catechesis and Catholic Social Teaching: A Latin American Approach. By Joaquim Parron Maria. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003. (BJ1249 .M183 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Peter Bruegel. By Phillipe Roberts-Jones. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002. (ND673 .B73 R62513 2002, Mullen Stacks)

Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability. By Peter Kornbluh. New York: New Press, 2003. (F3101.P56 K67 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Poor Latino Families and School Preparation: Are They Doing the Right Things? By William A. Sampson. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003. (LC2670 .S36 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Public and Private Spaces of the City. Madanipouri. London: Routledge, 2003. (NA2765 .M25 2003, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

Redesigning Cities: Principles, Practice, Implementation. By Jonathan Barnett. Chicago: Planners Press, 2003. (HT151 .B37 2003, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual EthicsBy John S. Grabowski. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2003. (BXZ 1795 .S48 G73 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Talk about Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States. By Janice M. Irvine. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. (HQ57.5 .A3 I78 2002, Mullen Stacks)

Technology: Taking the Distance out of Learning. Edited by Margit Misangyi Watts. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003. (LC5803 .T4 T42 2003, Mullen Stacks)

Walter Benjamin: Self-Reference and Religiosity. By Margarete Kohlenbach. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. (B3209 .W584 K64 2002, Mullen Stacks)

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Book Notes: Brief Reviews of New Titles

Byte Wars: The Impact of September 11 on Information Technology. By Edward Yourdon. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR, 2002. (TK5105.59 .Y68, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

Written by an information technology professional for a broad audience, this book takes a look at issues surrounding information technology and society, such as privacy, computer network security, and risk analysis. Although September 11 has brought new attention to these concerns, the author talks about a "paradigm shift" in the uses of information technology that had already begun to take shape. Jill Lagerstrom, Engineering/Architecture/Math Library

The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive. By Mary Ann Doane. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002. (PN1995.9.T55 D63 2002, Mullen Stacks)

Doane's most recent book examines modernity's rationalized idea of time in relation to the rise of cinema and recording devices. According to Doane, there is a connection between this rethinking of time that occurred during the era of industrialization and the ephemerality associated with the motion picture, a product of mechanization itself. From the enormous influx of pocket watches, signaling the desire to "wear time," to the mass production methods that equated time with money, rationalized time is juxtaposed with the ideas of chance encounters, temporality, and contingency implicit in early cinema. The author focuses on the paradoxical relationship between industrialization's rationality and the cinema's element of chance. Doane illustrates contemporary notions of time across disciplines such as statistics, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and physics, which will interest many outside the realm of cinema studies. Matthew Harrington, Mullen Reference & Instructional Services

Neighborhoods and Health.Edited by Ichiro Kawachi and Lisa F. Berkman. Oxford University Press, 2003. (RA427 .N454 2003, Nursing Library)

Neighborhoods and Health attempts to answer an intriguing question: Can certain social and physical characteristics of residential neighborhoods make a difference to a person's well-being, over and above an individual's intentions and actions to maintain healthy habits?

The editors note that researchers in public health and the social sciences have lately focused on the effects of one's neighborhood on health, especially in the context of explaining social inequalities in health. Deftly divided into three parts, the book explains its research methodologies; covers health outcomes with relation to one's neighborhood; and tackles some of the major crosscutting themes in contemporary neighborhood research. With graphs and tables as well as complete references, this book will prove useful to students of nursing and social services, while filling a perceived void in health literature. Angela Bellardini, Nursing Library

A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals from Leading Architects. By Max Protetch. New York: Regan Books, 2002. (NA2695 .N7 P76 2002, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

This volume covers over fifty project designs, from simple memorials to megalithic skyscrapers, for the site of the former World Trade Center. Well illustrated with drawings and computer-generated graphics, the book also describes the architects' visions for the site. Jill Lagerstrom, Engineering/Architecture/Math Library

Peeking through the Keyhole: The Evolution of North American Homes. By Avi Friedman. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002. (NA7203 .F75 2002, Eng/Arch/Math Library)

Peeking through the Keyhole chronicles changes in housing since World War II. The authors not only look at developments in terms of design, materials, and demographics, but also examine the shift in what "home" means in North America. Jill Lagerstrom, Engineering/Architecture/Math Library

The Violence Within/The Violence Without: Wallace Stevens and the Emergence of a Revolutionary Poetics. By Jacqueline Vaught Brogan. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2003. (PS 3537 .T4753 Z619 2003, Mullen Stacks)

In her essay, Brogan challenges readings of Wallace Stevens that dismiss his work as sexist and racist and nourished by an imagination detached from his political and social context. Her argument begins with Stevens' early work, what she labels his private, "masculine rhetoric," which created his fraught relationship with William Carlos Williams and the objectivist project. Through close readings, Brogan claims that Stevens evolved into a supremely "ethical" poet, who constructed a "revolutionary" poetics in response to the violence of world war and against his earlier "rage to order." For students of modern and contemporary poetry, this study outlines, however arguably, one poet's struggle with political violence and its imagined, as well as very real, consequences. Cathy Eisenhower, Mullen Reference and Instructional Services

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Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-century Catholic/
Irish Newspapers Now Available to Researchers

Rare Books and Special Collections has just made available approximately one hundred titles of newspapers published during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In American cities and a few foreign countries, local Catholic and/or Irish communities published most of these papers, including:

Connecticut Catholic ("Published in the interest of the Catholic population of the Diocese of Hartford"); and

The Irish American Advocate ("A Weekly Paper of Irish News and Miscellany, and Devoted to the Business, Social, Athletic and Political Doings of the Irish-American Population of Greater New York").

The collection contains multi-year runs of some papers, but one or only a few issues of many of the titles, which makes this collection unusual. For example, only the December 21, 1872, issue represents the Celtic Weekly ("A Journal of Fiction, Poetry and Historical Romance"), and a sampling of issues from 1903 to 1924 represents Gaelic American ("A journal devoted to the cause of Irish independence, Irish literature, and the interests of the Irish race."). Further analysis of the newspapers may help us determine why and how CUA acquired the collection.

Currently researchers may use any available issues, which are cataloged in a database accessible in Rare Books and Special Collections.

These newspapers offer insights into local religious, social, and political concerns, and the illustrations and advertisements bring the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to life. For more information about the newspapers or Rare Books and Special Collections, please visit us in Room 214, Mullen Library, give us a call at 202-319-5091, or visit our Web site at

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Looking for Primary News Sources Online--from 1851 and on?
Look No Further . . .

View the past online with the Historical Newspapers database. Now find The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post online, from 1851 onward. The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 also provides electronic access to this important London daily. See for yourself how the public reacted to great events in world history.

Not only can you view photographs, but you can also:

  • search the newspapers by keyword, type of article, date, and many other ways.

  • browse entire issues with thumbnail pages.

  • view and print the PDF of a single article or an entire page, including photos.

Historical Newspapers and The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 make scrolling through rolls and rolls of microfilm a thing of the past. For more information on how to search the databases, try Ask-A-Librarian, the WRLC's virtual reference service. You can also visit the Information Desk at Mullen Library or call 202-319-5070.

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Stump the Librarian: Searching with Bad Information

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a Master's student in Social Work doing a research project on forgiveness and I am looking for a 1984 unpublished CUA doctoral dissertation that I would like to reference. I found the reference to it in a paper I was reading. It was written by J.A. Stresser. The name of the dissertation is "The relation of general forgiveness and forgiveness type to reported health in the elderly." If you can help direct me toward this work, I would be MOST appreciative.

Thank you in advance,


Here's how Mary Agnes Thompson, Reference Librarian at Mullen Library, found the dissertation:

  • She searched Dissertation Abstracts for author "Stresser" and found nothing.
  • Thinking the author might be misspelled, she searched for keyword phrase "relation of general forgiveness." Nothing.
  • She did the same searches in OCLC WorldCat (a database of materials at libraries nationwide). Nothing.
  • She searched for the keyword phrase "forgiveness type" and after plowing through more than twenty hits in OCLC she found it.

Results? It turns out the author is "Strasser" and the title begins "The relationship" instead of "relation." The correct title and author are Strasser, Judith Ann, "The Relationship of General Forgiveness and Forgiveness Type to Reported Health in the Elderly." In this case, the author was cited incorrectly in the paper where the student found the reference.

This is a VERY common search problem and can be solved fairly easily by searching for various keyword phrases. In this case, "forgiveness type" is an uncommon phrase and so worked well.

In other cases, you may try aGuided Keyword searchin the WRLC Libraries Catalog, which allows you to search for keywords simultaneously with publisher information, author, subject headings, etc., or use the Guided or Advanced search features in ALADIN databases.

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Online Dictionaries and Thesauri -- Try the New Visual Thesaurus Oxford Reference Online. Search over one hundred reference sources, including language and subject dictionaries from architecture to science. You can access this dictionary in the Articles and Other Databases section of ALADIN. Merriam Webster Online: includes dictionary and thesaurus. Meta-search of online dictionaries. Just type in a word and search online dictionaries, both general and subject-specific. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language online, as well as many reliable reference sources, such as the Columbia Encyclopedia, Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, English usage guides, and more. /index.jsp Thesaurus that presents "the interrelationships between words and meanings as spatial maps." Have fun and learn about language. The Grove Dictionary of Art online, featuring articles, biographies of artists, bibliographies, and images of visual art. You can access this dictionary in the Articles and Other Databases section of ALADIN. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II online, featuring articles, biographies of musicians, bibliographies, and lists of musical works. You can access this dictionary in the Articles and Other Databases section of ALADIN. The Oxford English Dictionary online, a comprehensive work that details word histories and usage. You can access this dictionary in the Articles and Other Databases section of ALADIN.

The CUA Libraries offer print versions of many more dictionaries of the English language, of languages from Algonquin to Timucua, and of subjects from archaeology to money. Just ask your reference librarian for help finding them in the reference collection.

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New Searchable Finding Aid for Catholic Scholars

CUA's American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives recently completed a guide to the archival records of the Executive Department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The guide covers 1919, the year the conference was founded, to 1966 and is searchable online at

Researchers may also visit the Life Cycle Institute, Room 101, to use the guide. For more information, or to make an appointment during regular hours (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), call William J. Shepherd, Associate Archivist, at 202-319-5065, or e-mail him at

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