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Open Access Workshops

Open Access Publishing
Open Access options are appearing in journals and books across disciplines. This workshop will introduce various types of Open Access, address benefits and potential drawbacks to Open Access publishing, and discuss special considerations when considering Open Access options. The new Furman University Libraries Open Access Fund will also be addressed.

Where: James B. Duke Library Room 041
When: Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Open Educational Resources
A recent study found that college textbook costs have increased a staggering 945% between 1978 and 2014. Moreover, research indicates that if students cannot afford course materials, 65% of them will avoid renting or buying texts even though they know it may possibly impact their overall success in the course. Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer a solution to this problem. Come learn more about what OERs are, evaluation considerations, and where to find them.

Where: James B. Duke Library Room 041
When: Thursday, Oct 27, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Open Access Open House – Monday!

Open Access Open House
What’s better than food, games, and free stuff? Open Access food, games, and free stuff! This is a casual edutainment drop-in for students, faculty, and staff.
Where: James B. Duke Library Front Porch
When: Monday, Oct 24, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Are you interested in making your research openly accessible online? Come to the Open Access Open House sponsored by the Furman University Libraries. Enjoy free snacks, chat with librarians, explore Open Access materials available in the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE), win fee prizes, and play games.

Can’t make it to the Open House? The experts will come to you! Send an e-mail to and set up an appointment today.

Learn more at:

Reality Bites: CLP!

On Thursday, October 20th, at 7 pm The Friends of the Furman University Libraries, the Environmental Action Group, and the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society are co-hosting a guest speaker.  The title of the CLP is, “Reality Bites: Cultural Challenges in Conservation.”  This event focuses on current threats to the world’s endangered crocodilians and turtles and the influence of different cultures on associated conservation efforts.  The speaker, Dr. Thomas Rainwater, a Furman graduate, has spent over 20 years conducting field research on the biology, ecotoxicology, and conservation on crocodiles and turtles in a diversity of habitats and localities, including Belize, Costa Rica, India, South Africa, and the U.S. Dr. Rainwater will highlight some of these projects to illustrate the plight of certain species and provide a personal perspective on how culture can both hinder and aid in wildlife conservation.

We hope you will join us at 7:00 pm in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center for this special event.

Downtime Notification: Get It Now

Due to upgrades, Get It Now will be briefly unavailable from Saturday, October 22 at 12:00 PM through Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 PM

The Get It Now service apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and they have assured us that they will do their very best to complete the upgrades faster than anticipated.

What is Get It Now?
Some journals and books are only accessible through ScienceDirect. While we have access to these materials, it’s on an individual basis.

If you are a student and you need the full-text to a journal article or book chapter in ScienceDirect, you can now make a direct request in Get it Now. Just add the citation information to the Known Article Search and select the “Get the full-text from Get it Now” link. Enter your Furman email address and a color PDF of the article will be sent to you directly, usually within a few hours. Even at night and on weekends!

If you’re a faculty member, you can use the Known Article Search as well. If you would like to get a Furman account to ScienceDirect to download your own articles directly, contact Caroline Mills for instructions.

Win a study room for a month!

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own private study room in the library?  For an entire month?  To share with 3 friends?!  SUCH A ROOM EXISTS!  The library has created a private, VIP study room reserved for the “Scholar of the Month” and their friends. 

Perks include:

Say goodbye to hunting for vacant study rooms. Say hello to privacy, comfort, convenience, and storage space!

Want to become the Scholar of the Month? Entry forms (one per person) and a submission box are available on the entry level of the James B. Duke Library. All entries for November’s drawing must be made by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 31st. 

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on November 1st. This lucky student will be named Scholar of the Month and awarded exclusive use of the private, VIP study room during the month of November. 

The Scholar of the Month will be notified via their Furman email and announced on the library’s blog, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

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Fall Break Hours

The James B. Duke Library will be operating under an altered schedule during Fall Break.

October 15  Saturday  1:00pm-5:00pm
October 16  Sunday  1:00pm-5:00pm
October 17  Monday  9:00am-5:00pm
October 18  Tuesday  9:00am-1:00am

Meet Browzine!

BrowZine is an online tool that lets you browse, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available through the Furman University Libraries. 
• Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
• Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
• Be alerted when a new issue of a journal is published
• Save articles in your personal library
• Sync My Bookshelf between BrowZine Web and the BrowZine app

Click here to use BrowZine Web on your computer.

For mobile use:
1.  To download the BrowZine app (it’s free) for your phone, tablet, or Kindle Fire, go to the appropriate app store:



2.  When you open BrowZine for the first time, you’ll see a list of schools – select Furman University

3.  Enter your Furman network username and password when prompted.

4.  Select a subject area and begin browsing!

If you are interested in learning more about BrowZine, take a few moments to watch this two minute video.  If you need additional information or guidance, just ask a librarian.

browse by subject:

select journals from a shelf display:

browse most recent issues of journals:

access back issues:

create a personal bookshelf of your favorite journals:

read, share, and save individual articles:

create a file of saved articles:

Database Trial: U.S. Political Stats

The U.S. elections are almost upon us. With the race to The White House heating up and 469 seats in the U.S. Congress up for election this year, now, more than ever, people need to be able to collect, analyze and interpret data covering all three branches of the United States government.

Furman University Library is offering a trial to U.S. Political Stats. This trial will be available through Friday, November 4, 2016. To discover and access trial databases, visit Electronic Resources Trials.

U.S. Political Stats is a data download and visualization tool covering all three branches of the United States government. Bringing together content from sources like CQ Roll Call and CQ Press, users have access to information on election returns, congressional floor votes, Supreme Court decisions, presidential performance, economic indicators, and demographics. By converting diverse data into the same format it allows for quick downloads, comparisons, and visualizations.

We would like your feedback about our trials.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 2 minutes to complete.

Hurricane Matthew Suspends PASCAL Delivers

Due to Hurricane Matthew, PASCAL Delivers requesting has been temporarily suspended. If you’ve recently placed a request, please expect delays with deliveries. For any questions please contact Elaina Griffith at, 864-294-2198. In the interim, we recommend using Interlibrary Loan to request books not owned by the Furman University Libraries.

What is PASCAL Delivers?
PASCAL Delivers is a rapid book-delivery service provided by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries which enables students, faculty and staff across the state to request and receive books from academic libraries in South Carolina. Over 9 million items are available in the catalog and books usually arrive within a few days!

CLP and Corresponding Library Resources

Good White People – CLP
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 4-5:30pm
McEachern Lecture Hall

Dr. Shannon Sullivan has written about well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as “white middle-class goodness,” an orientation she critiques for being more concerned with establishing anti-racist bona fides than with confronting systematic racism and privilege. Sullivan untangles the complex relationships between class and race in contemporary white identity and outlines four ways this orientation is expressed, each serving to establish one’s lack of racism: the denigration of lower-class white people as responsible for ongoing white racism, the demonization of antebellum slaveholders, an emphasis on colorblindness—especially in the context of white childrearing—and the cultivation of attitudes of white guilt, shame, and betrayal. To move beyond these distancing strategies, Sullivan argues, white people need a new ethos that acknowledges and transforms their whiteness in the pursuit of racial justice rather than seeking a self-righteous distance from it.

Shannon Sullivan is Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Health Psychology at UNC Charlotte. She teaches and writes in the intersections of feminist philosophy, critical philosophy of race, American pragmatism, and continental philosophy.

You can find the following works by Dr. Sullivan in the James B. Duke Library:

  • Living Across and Through Skins: Transactional Bodies, Pragmatism and Feminism (2001 – print and ebook)
  • Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege (2006 – print and ebook)
  • Good White People: The Problem with Middle Class White Anti-Racism (2014 – print)
  • The Physiology of Sexist and Racist Oppression (2015 – ebook)

She is co-editor of four books including:

  • Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance (2007ebook)
  • Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems (2009 – ebook)