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Newly Activated Database Trials

The Furman University Libraries are offering a selection of database trials throughout Spring Semester. To discover and access trial databases, visit the library’s guide for Electronic Resources Trials.

The most recently added trial is to Roper Center iPOLL and will be available through Monday, April 17, 2017.

This trial provides access to iPOLL, a comprehensive, text-searchable database of over 650,000 polling question results from the US since 1935. Approximately 100,000 items also include responses by standard demographics, like age, region, gender and income. All of the major polling organizations in the US are included in iPOLL.
Trial restrictions:  While not part of the trial, a subscription to this resource will provide access to the datasets and documentation required to conduct bivariate and multivariate analyses on archived surveys using RoperExpress.
You can browse the catalog of dataset holdings at:
A subscription will also include access to RoperExplorer, where several thousand studies from 2000-2015 are prepared for use with an online analysis tool—meaning crosstabs are available without programming. Just point-and-click the variables you wish to analyze, and tables are generated.This trial will be available through Monday, April 17, 2017.
We would like your feedback about our trials.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 2 minutes to complete.

Tame Wild Textbook Prices!

Open Education Week 2017. March 27-31Did you know:

  • Furman students spend an estimated $1,270 on textbooks each year (1)
  • the cost of college textbooks has increased 88% in the last 10 years (2)
  • there are free online open textbooks written by scholars in most academic disciplines
  • there are Furman faculty who are using and creating open textbooks for their classes

The Furman Libraries are celebrating Open Education Week (March 27-31) in the hope of raising awareness about free and open educational textbooks and other resources that “exist for everyone, everywhere, right now” (3).

It is possible to tame wild textbook prices, but we need your help!

What can Furman students do?

  • Talk to each other about how textbook costs impact you.
  • Talk to student government about ways to address textbook costs together.
  • Talk to your faculty about how they can facilitate immediate, low or no cost access to the materials you need to take full advantage of the Furman experience.
  • Visit the Open Education display in the Duke Library from March 22 – March 31.

What can Furman faculty do?

  • Learn more about what open educational resources (OER) are available in your discipline.
  • Visit our Open Education display in the Duke Library from March 22 – March 31.
  • Review existing resources that might be incorporated into your classrooms.
  • Participate in the OER Review Program.
  • Consider remixing or writing your own education resources with licenses to open them to students across campus and around the world.

Questions? Comments? Contact us at



1. “Cost of Attendance” (2016-2017) by Furman University.

2. “College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. “What is Open Education Week?”.



March Database Madness


The first match-up in our March Database Madness is Factiva vs. LexisNexis, two sources for news and business information.

Let’s take a look at Factiva:
– Owned by the Dow Jones Corporation, Factiva provides access to thousands of premium news and information sources
– 600 continuously updated newswires
– Information and stock quotes on over 22 million public and private companies
– Over 100 industry snapshots
– News from around the world, in English
– News in 28 languages

– What is the slam dunk, crowd-pleasing feature of Factiva?   Factiva Pages!  Under the News Pages menu, choose Factiva Pages from the drop down list.


Factiva Pages gives you the front page of the top major publications – The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. You can see today’s front page or use the drop down to view the past two weeks of these papers. Not only can you view the front page articles from these newspapers, but you can use the drop down list to select other sections of the paper such as Letters to the Editor, Sports, Style, Arts & Entertainment, and Business & Finance.

Next up we have LexisNexis:

News searches
– over 400 newspapers

– 800 wire services
– 1723 magazines
– 1300 foreign language newspapers
– 650 college and university newspapers (including the Furman Paladin!)

Legal searches
– all federal and state cases 
– over 750 law reviews
– all federal statutes and federal regulations
– International Legal searches
– Canadian law
– Canadian cases
– EU cases through 2013
– Hong Kong, New Zealand, and South Africa cases

Company searches
– almost 300 business publications and reports
– over 2200 market and industry new sources

– What is the slam dunk, crowd-pleasing feature of LexisNexis?   Easy access to landmark Supreme Court cases!

Once you click on the “Cases” link, you will be directed to a page which lists a few of the landmark Supreme Court cases. If you click on “All Topics,” you will see a much longer list.

For help becoming a Factiva or LexisNexis expert user, please visit the Research Assistance Desk.

On Display: Object Lessons

“The Object Lessons series achieves something very close to magic: the books take ordinary—even banal—objects and animate them with a rich history of invention, political struggle, science, and popular mythology. Filled with fascinating details and conveyed in sharp, accessible prose, the books make the everyday world come to life. Be warned: once you’ve read a few of these, you’ll start walking around your house, picking up random objects, and musing aloud: ‘I wonder what the story is behind this thing?'”

—Steven Johnson, bestselling author of How We Got to Now

Titles on display include:

Blasts from the Past

An interesting selection of books about volcanoes is currently on display in the Sanders Science Library. Titles include:

American Musicological Society

Furman will be hosting the American Musicological Society-Southeast Chapter for their Spring Meeting on this Saturday, March 18. The meeting will be held in the Pitts Room of the James B. Duke Library, beginning at 9:15am with a welcome from Dean Peterson and concluding around 5pm after the final paper session.

At 11am, Maureen Carr of Pennsylvania State University will deliver the keynote on Stravinsky and his use of Baroque models. In addition, Dr. Carr will be in residence at the Music Department on Friday the 17th and teaching classes, including our Music History III students at 11:30am in Harper Hall.

You may read more about the meeting here (including an abstract of Dr. Carr’s talk as well as her bio):



Libraries Celebrate Faculty Scholarship

Student looks at table containing faculty scholarshipOn February 24, the Libraries and the Office of the Provost hosted Furman’s first Faculty Scholarship Reception to recognize and celebrate the scholarly publications and creative works of Furman faculty members.  The reception, held in the Blackwell Atrium of the James B. Duke Library, showcased over 170 examples of scholarship published by 87 faculty members during the 2015 and 2016 calendar years.  Guests included members of the faculty, staff, senior administration, and the Board of Trustees. Attendees mingled, sampled hors d’oeuvres and sipped on wine while browsing through displays of the faculty works. The following faculty provided four-minute presentations on their scholarly or creative works:

Scholarship from the reception will remain on display in the Blackwell Atrium until March 31st. Learn more.

View the Faculty Scholarship Reception program online.

Grad School Scholarship

Have you ever considered being a librarian or working in an information field? Did you know a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) is the educational route to this career?

Each year The Ethel Carlisle Southern Scholarship is given to a graduating Furman student or Furman alum who is continuing his/her education in the field of library and information science.

This year’s deadline for the scholarship is coming up on Friday, March 17. You can find more information and the application online.

If you are intrigued, for the future, then read about some Furman alumni, from a variety of majors, who are now librarians or in the information field. Each issue of the Fulcrum has an interview with an alum who found a career home in the library or information world.


Our Republic … For Which It Stands

Furman University professors will address issues democracy,  civil behavior, ethical conduct,  the power of scientific discovery and more when they participate in a series of panel discussions that will take place on and off campus during March and April. All of the six events for “Our Republic … For Which It Stands,” are free and open to the public.

Conference 1: Democracy: A Process, Not an Accomplishment

March 14, 7 pm: American Laws and American Values. Triune Mercy Center, Sanctuary.

Steve O’Neill, Lane Harris, Savita Nair, Diane Vecchio, Lloyd Benson (Department of History)

March 15, 7 pm: Aspects of Domestic and International Politics: A Discussion with Political Scientists. Triune Mercy Center.

Liz Smith, Kate Kaup, Don Aiesi, Mike Bressler, Jim Guth (Department of Politics and International Affairs)

Conference II: Morality and Ethics in Times of Uncertainty

March 26, 3 pm: Is “Civil Discourse” Overrated?  Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Deference and Respect for Authority. Greenville First Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall).

David Fink, Tim Wardle, Roger Sneed, Bryan Bibb (Department of Religion)

March 30, 7:30 pm: When Is It OK to Punch a Nazi? A Panel Discussion on Symbolic Violence and Civil Disobedience. Furman University, Furman Hall 214 (McEachern).

Sarah Worth (Philosophy), David Fink (Religion), Melinda Menzer (English), Erik Anderson (Philosophy)

Conference III: Understanding the Value of Science in an Uncertain World

April 19, 7 pm: Think You Know What You Know?  Understanding Constraints on Human Perception and Reasoning.  Furman University, Daniel Recital Hall.

Gil Einstein, Cinnamon Stetler, Beth Pontari (Department of Psychology)

April 20, 7 pm: Seeing the Science in Our Lives: The Value of Basic and Applied Research. Furman University, Daniel Recital Hall.

John Quinn (Biology), Adi Dubash (Biology), Ruth Aronoff (Earth and Environmental Sciences)


Painting of a Choctaw woman with long black hair and sad eyes

“The Choctaw Belle” a painting by Phillip Romer

“Our magazine bears the name of one who is indeed famous in tradition for her perseverance and heroism in bearing such important news to her friends” writes Louise Scarborough, student editor of the Isaqueena, the literary magazine of the Greenville Woman’s College first published in 1906.

Over 90 issues of the Isaqueena have been scanned and are now available free online in the University’s institutional repository FUSE. View collection here. During its run, the Isaqueena was home to hundreds of poems, stories, essays, and reviews, all penned by the female students of Greenville Woman’s College.

But who was Isaqueena and why was she famous for her perseverance and heroism? Scarborough recounts a rather flowery story of “brave Choctaw maid” Isaqueena whose legend was popularized in the 1898 poem “Cateechee of Keeowee” penned by J.W. Daniel. According to tradition, Isaqueena fell in love with a white trader named Allan Francis. One night she overhears the plans of the Cherokee to conduct a sneak attack on the white settlement, so she stole a horse and rode through the night to warn her lover. On this daring ride, she named Six Miles Creek, Twelve Miles Creek, and the town of Ninety Six along the way (see The Legend of Issaqueena).

It is unlikely that Isaqueena, the Choctaw maid, is anything more than myth, but thanks to the industrious and creative students of Greenville Woman’s College her legend lives on in the pages of the Isaqueena literary magazine which are now available free online.