Study Day Recharge!

The green monster smoothies, the fresh local strawberries AND the chair massages are all back for Study Day Recharge!  Wednesday, April 29.  Healthy refreshments will be served at 5:00 pm in Room 041, lower level of the James B. Duke Library. Chair massages run from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Room 043, lower level of the James B. Duke Library. Brought to you by the Furman Libraries, Furman Culinary Club and Department of Health Sciences.

The Menu:

2015 Study Day

“Free” Book Sale

The Library is offering for free withdrawn K-12 textbook materials from our Curriculum Collection. These materials are either older or being replaced by a later edition and cover a wide range of subject matter. The free books will be available Wednesday, April 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the library porch. Don’t forget your book bag!

If you have questions, please contact: Nancy Sloan, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Ext.2197,

Pearls of the Czech New Wave

Among new DVD additions this week is this group of four films from the Czech New Wave 60s:

Along with the following award winning mix:

  • Interstellar – 2015 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
  • The skeleton twins –Winner of 2014 Sundance Film Festival  for Screenwriting; 2014 Women Film Critics Circle for  Best Equality of the Sexes-10 other nominations
  • Whiplash –2015 Academy Award Winner of 3 Oscars- Best Supporting Actor, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
  • Poziţia copilului (Child’s Pose)– Winner at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival for Best Picture(Berlin Bear Award) and the The International Federation of Film Critics Award.
  • Le feu follet (The Fire Within) – Director Louis Malle’s 1963 classic took the Special Jury Prize, at the 1963  Venice Film Festival
  • Fiend without a face – (Criterion Collection) Probably the most disgustingly effective of all 1950s horror films. Building towards the finale, “With its effective camerawork and revolting sound effects, it has merely set the stage for the goriest, grossest climax of the fifties, an outrageous gun battle against flying, splattering brains.” — Bruce Kawin, Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – 2009 Best Animated Film award at over 20 film festivals

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Work Smart Workshop

Introduction to Citation Managers

Tuesday, April 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm  James B. Duke Library, Room 041

Wednesday, April 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:20 pm  James B. Duke Library, Room 041

Friday, April 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm  Sanders Science Library

Big projects often involve lots of research and complex bibliographies. Citation management tools and bibliography generators can help you organize the literature, share information with  collaborators, and quickly create bibliographies. Find out more about these tools and how they can benefit your next research project.

Open to students, faculty, and staff. No RSVP required. Attend one of three sessions.

Poetry Creation Station

April is National Poetry Month, and the James B. Duke Library is encouraging you to discover your inner poet.  We have set up a Poetry Creation Station using a magnetic white board and inspiring words.  Express yourself!

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CLP: Poetry Reading

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, the Library’s Special Collections and Archives and the English Department will co-sponsor South Carolina poet and internationally celebrated performer, Kurtis Lamkin. He will recite his poetry while accompanying himself on the kora, a twenty-one-stringed West African harp-lute. Kurtis Lamkin is a contemporary American embodiment of the ancient West African griot tradition, which blurs the boundaries between poet, singer and storyteller. Lamkin will also share the history and provenance of his kora.

Attendance for this event is capped at 225. Once the venue has reached capacity, no additional attendees will be allowed to enter. Students must present their student ID in order to attend.

Cost: None

Q&A: Yes

Kurtis Lamkin

Frivolous Tax Arguments

Each year the Internal Revenue Service issues a detailed publication, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments, which describes and responds to some of the common frivolous arguments made by individuals and groups who oppose compliance with the federal tax laws. The first section groups these arguments under five general categories, with variations within each category. Each contention is briefly explained, followed by a discussion of the legal authority that rejects the contention. The second section responds to some of the common frivolous arguments made in collection due process cases brought pursuant to sections 6320 and 6330. These arguments are grouped under ten general categories and contain a brief description of each contention followed by a discussion of the correct legal authority. A final section explains the penalties that the courts may impose on those who pursue tax cases on frivolous grounds. The court opinions cited as relevant legal authority illustrate how these arguments are treated by the IRS and the courts.

Database Trial: 60 Minutes

A trial for the 60 Minutes: 1997-2014 collection has been activated.  This trial is available on our Trials LibGuide through Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  The 60 Minutes collection provides 350 hours of video from 17 years of broadcasts, including hundreds of segments not available anywhere else in the world. Each news segment within the collection serves as a standalone short documentary on a specific news topic. Let us know what you think about this trial by completing our feedback form.

60 Minutes


Wii Can Help

As the semester winds down, work loads and stress levels invariably begin to ramp up. Here’s a reminder of the various resources the libraries offer to help you manage your stress:

  • A Wii game console is available for checkout in the Sanders Science Library.
  • The database Films on Demand provides access to videos such as Pilates Essentials.
  • The Current Periodicals Collection includes popular magazines such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Essence, Elle, Southern Living, and Entertainment Weekly.
  • Art (N-NX) and photography books (TR) are great fun to browse.
  • FitDesks are located near the Reference Collection.Onward!