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Kallie & Michelle’s Infinite Playlist: Thanksgiving

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I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


 

Kallie and Michelle are back with tunes for your Thanksgiving cooking! Follow the link below or click the turkey for a YouTube playlist of fifteen songs that remind us of home, warmth, and gratefulness.

Tunes for Thankgiving

 

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I think it’s so groovy now
That people are finally getting together
I thinks it’s wonderful and how
That people are finally getting together

 

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Foto Wednesday: From a Railway Carriage

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From a Railway Carriage

 Faster than fairies, faster than witches,

Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;

And charging along like troops in a battle

All through the meadows the horses and cattle:

All of the sights of the hill and the plain

Fly as thick as driving rain;

And ever again, in the wink of an eye,

Painted stations whistle by.

Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,

All by himself and gathering brambles;

Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;

And here is the green for stringing the daisies!

Here is a cart runaway in the road

Lumping along with man and load;

And here is a mill, and there is a river:

Each a glimpse and gone forever!

 Robert Louis Stevenson

1913

Safe Travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

Photograph: Bob Bardsley

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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“Very Short Introductions”: Concise Information, Perfect for the Train Ride Home

GIRL TRAIN trThis time of year, every minute counts – especially with finals less than two weeks after we return from Thanksgiving holiday – hashtag: for real, dude! Fortunately, the Library has resources designed to pack a lot of information into a little bit of time. So instead of perusing Buzzfeed on the train ride home, buzz through one or two Very Short Introductions to get a head start on crunch time!

Sometimes we need background information for a speech or project. Maybe, we need to become more familiar with a subject before seeking more, in-depth, scholarly information. Sometimes, we just need a very short introduction. That’s where Oxford University Press’s “Very Short Introductions,” published since 1995, can help. Over 200 of these concise, pithy “pocket-portable introductory lectures” (Guardian Review) covering such topics as archaeology, arts & architecture, biography, business & management, economics & finance history, language & linguistics, law, literature, mathematics & sciences, medicine & health, music, sociology, philosophy, politics, psychology & neuroscience, religion & bibles and the social sciences can be found at Falvey.

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Noted authors in many fields have contributed to these short successful volumes about the world. This series has spawned literary events and lectures on both sides of the Atlantic. So, are you game? Just seeking leadership, or logic? Seeking the more spiritual leadership? Try short introductions to the New TestamentAugustine, or IslamKant, you say? We’ve got that too. Everything from the mystical to the mind bending, consciousness to Christian ethics, from American politics to chaos theory, from relativity to Tocqueville. And we’d bet nine of out ten of you would want to shorten statistics!

However, as a prominent reviewer described one of the series titles “The brevity of this volume is both its strength and its weakness.” Judge for yourself. Find out more about “Very Short Introductions” (VSI) at You Tube. Or learn more from one of the VSI study guides at Oxford University Press.  Better yet, check one out at Falvey.

SteinMerrill Stein is team leader of the Assessment team and liaison to the Department of Political Science.

 

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Alert: Library Closing at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26

UPDATE: The Library will close at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

We wish the entire Villanova community a very happy Thanksgiving!

 

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The Highlighter: For Faculty—Designate a Grad Student as a Proxy Borrower

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Dear Villanova faculty member,

To choose a student who could come to Falvey to check out library materials on your library record, please do the following:

1. From Falvey Memorial Library’s homepage, click “Services.”

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2. From the “Services” page, click “Request Forms.”

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3. From the “Request Forms” page, click “Designate a Proxy Borrower.” 

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4. Complete and submit the “Designate a Proxy Borrower” request form.

Proxy-borrower links are established usually in one to two business days.

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Taking Pumpkins From Farm to Table

How many Halloween pumpkins have I thrown over the fence through the years? Sure, the raccoons and squirrels loved them, but at some point, I decided it was a waste. I bought pumpkins for Halloween and then bought canned pumpkin for Thanksgiving pies. It was like paying for the pumpkins twice.

Once I arrived at this realization, I started shopping for Halloween pumpkins with an eye toward pie. The owner of a small local farm suggested small sugar pumpkins, goose neck pumpkins, or small white pumpkins.  As long as they are in good shape and not carved as jack-o’-lanterns, they can be used for pie.

I don’t know about you, but I like to multi-task. Combining cooking projects with reports and statistics seems to improve my results on both. It could be an example of brain lateralization, if you believe in that sort of thing. Hey, what if baking pumpkin is good for your brain?

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Avoid using carved pumpkins, like the one pictured here in the middle.

Okay, let’s cook pumpkins. Preheat the oven to 350°.

Cut off the top of the pumpkin (as you would for Halloween carving) and scoop out the seeds and mush.

pumpkin seedsSave the seeds! They’re brain food!

Cut pumpkin into manageable sections.

Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.

Place the pieces of pumpkin, cut side down, on the sheet.

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You can fill the pan without leaving too much space between pieces. It doesn’t affect the baking time.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until fork-tender.

When the pumpkin is ready, take the tray out and let the pieces cool while you prep another tray (for those of you making big batches for freezing).

The skin can be peeled away or the pumpkin can be scooped out of the skin and placed in a food processor. Puree the pumpkin and use right away in your favorite recipe or store in plastic freezer bags. I measure 2 cups per plastic bag, which is enough for most recipes. Two sugar pumpkins and one goose neck pumpkin results in 4 freezer bags (8 cups) and one extra cup that comes in handy for a quick bread recipe.

Here’s a little trick I learned from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. After filling a freezer bag, lay the bag on its side, making sure the pumpkin puree sits firmly in the bottom of the bag, smooth the pumpkin out toward the seal, pushing air out as you go. When it gets near the top, seal the bag. The bags will lay flat in the freezer and the pumpkin will thaw faster when you need it.

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Instead of making a traditional pumpkin pie, I made Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Squares using a recipe from the Canadian Food Network.

I won’t repeat the steps here, but I will share a photo of the results.

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“The Cookery now goes on, the baking’s laid,

And many a mammoth pie and pudding’s made,

Roast meat and gingerbread and custards rare,

Are seen and smelt and tasted every where…”

(Verse excerpted from Thanksgiving: a poem in two parts by Henry Bliss, 1815.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Article & photos by Luisa Cywinski, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader of Access Services.

Jack-o’-lantern carved by Michael Miller-Cywinski.

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Foto Friday: Morning sky

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View from the SAC parking lot – looking up.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

 

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‘Cat in the Stacks: (Un)helpful Tips for Thanksgiving Break

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I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


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All of the mashed potatoes.

Thanksgiving is in exactly one week. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited. I, like you, have a ton to be thankful for this year, and as much as I’m tempted to make this a gooberfest of a grateful post, I’ll keep that to the Tweeter Tweety Twitter bird world (where you can hashtag #NovaSaysThanks and keep that feel-good thankfulness flowing throughout the week)!

So instead of sap, I give you:

Five Very Unhelpful* Strategies for Being Productive on Thanksgiving!

Look, everyone knows we have three weeks until finals. We’re trying to pretend it’s not true, but it is, and every cell of our sleep-deprived bodies are cringing with dread because projects and deadlines and exams are suddenly so scary and so giant and looming, and perhaps we can’t spare every hour of Thanksgiving for holiday activites. And maybe that’s okay, because you can…

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read article PDFs on your phone! You’ll fit right in at the dinner table, because your Aunt Betty just got a new iPhone and has discovered how to send cat gifs in texts, and your cousin Brad is checking his Fantasy scores, and really, every one of your family members’ faces are glowing blue this year, so what’s the harm? It’s not like anyone is talking!

But if that doesn’t cut it, you can study by osmosis during your turkey coma!

Step 1: Face-plant on the nice, cool pages of your biology textbook.

Step 2: Line up your frontal lobe on top of the juicier paragraphs.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Profit!

No naps allowed? Use family debates to test your theses. People love arguing about things they don’t know much about, right? Free consultations!

And, worst-case scenario: you’ve been tasked with cooking. Buy 25 sides of green beans from KFC, write papers instead. Flawless plan.

*Don’t take any of this advice. It is terrible advice.


Some actually helpful tips for Thanksgiving break:

How to access databases through Villanova at home:
http://library.villanova.edu/help/faqs/offcampusaccess/

Subject Guides:
http://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides

Feel inefficient when using library resources? Check out our Highlighter blog posts:
http://blog.library.villanova.edu/news/category/highlighter/

Have fun, relax, and be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats!


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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The Economics of the Great War

The economic challenges wrought by the First World War were many and wide ranging, if not structurally lasting, spanning agriculture, employment and labor, manufacturing, transportation, trade and public finance. Scholarship on these topics is robust, presented in several formats, and written from various national viewpoints and scholarly approaches.

Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952. Fight or buy bonds : Third Liberty Loan.. Boston, Mass.. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc325/. Accessed November 18, 2014.

For interesting artifacts highlighting the role the liberty and victory bonds played in financing the war in the United States, see the University of Texas Digital Collection of posters or the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs. If you prefer an auditory approach, you can check out the sheet music for jingles written to encourage sales for the Library of Congress.

An example of a primary source in our collection is a book by John Maynard Keynes. Keyes is an important macroeconomic theorist who was in attendance at the Paris Peace conference, and argued against harsh reparations in the Economic Consequences of Peace, which is available as an open source ebook on Project Gutenberg or – for those who long for the tactile pleasures of the printed page – in our Special Collections.

Remember the glad of libertyLeading economic scholars are in the process of compiling a collection of essays on the economics of the Great War for its centennial. To date, the VOX:  WWI site has articles on how economic factors influenced the outcome of the war, opining that the economic policies that worked  during the war lead to later policy missteps, exploring the fallout the economic crisis of 1907 had on the initiation of hostilities in 1914 and measuring the economic cost of the war for Great  Britain. A nice succinct summary of the economic history of WWI is posted by Hugh Rockoff al leading economic historian on the Economic History Associations’s website.

Airplane, Possibly World War I Fighter Plane, 1916. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-D418-407 DLC.

For an understanding of how industry ramped up during the First World War to manufacture needed munitions, trucks, and tanks and planes for the Allied forces, turn to the War Industries Board publication, American Industry in War. Another insider perspective is provided by Grosvenor B. Clarkson, a civilian member of the Council of National Defense, in the book Industrial  America in the World War:  The Strategy Behind the Line, 1917-1918. If you prefer historical perspective, pick up Conner’s  The National War Labor Board: Stability, Social Justice and the Voluntary State in WWI or  Cuff’s The War Industries Board:  Business Government Relations During WWI.

Any examination of the role of labor in the United States has to include readings from Marxist historian Philip Foner. Volume 7 of his History of the Labor Movement in the United States covers Labor and World War I, 1914-1918. For a counterpoint read Larson’s Labor and Foreign Policy:  Gompers, the AFL and the First World War, 1914-1918  Army, Industry and Labor in Germany: 1914-1918 by Feldman provides insight into the labor and industrial policies of the enemy. For an interesting thematic discussion of the labor and home fronts around the globe see Civilians in a World at War by Proctor.

To find additional resource on economic aspects of WWI, search our catalog, Historical Abstracts, American History & Life and EconLit.


Images used in order of display:

Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952. Fight or buy bonds : Third Liberty Loan.. Boston, Mass.. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc325/. Accessed November 18, 2014.

United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Publicity Bureau. Remember! the flag of liberty, support it! : buy U.S. government bonds, 3rd. Liberty Loan.. New York. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29409/. Accessed November 18, 2014.

Airplane, Possibly World War I Fighter Plane, 1916. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-D418-407 DLC.


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The Highlighter: Use the Catalog’s Filters to Quickly Find Journals

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Use the catalog’s filters to quickly find every journal of a particular topic, genre or language in Falvey’s collection. This video shows how to perform this advanced searching technique.

(Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.

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Last Modified: November 18, 2014