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The Bill Of Rights Turns 225

In December of 1771 the final version of 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States was adopted. The Bill of Rights, as the first ten amendments are known, is our most important document for balancing the rights of individual citizens and the government. The Bill of Rights has endured through many tests during those 225 years. It shapes the way Americans view our own freedom as well as inspires others  around the world who seek individual liberty and democracy.

Each generation must recommit to the values presented in the Bill of Rights and interpret them against the issues of the day. But in order to do this, each American generation must learn about and understand the Bill of Rights. Can you list the rights safeguarded in these amendments? Do you know some of the landmark cases when these rights have been put to the test?

Come in and see the  National Archives display Celebrating the the Bill of Rights and see some of the many books we have that touch on the Bill of Rights in action!

Display from the National Archives and made possible by  South Carolina Humanities.

Winner! Scholar of the Month!

Congratulations to Austin (’18)!  He is the lucky winner of the Scholar of the Month contest.  As Scholar of the Month, Austin wins a private, upgraded study room in the library for the month of April through the last day of exams (May 3rd). Perks of the Scholar of the Month room include:

  • floor to ceiling dry erase wall
  • super-duper comfy chair
  • large study table with 4 chairs
  • bookcase to store your belongings
  • access to a mini-fridge and microwave

Look for chances to enter next semester.  And to all of our Seniors, thanks for participating! Past winners of the Scholar of the Month room include:

September 2015 – Yangbo

October 2015 – Meg

November 2015 – Megan

December 2015 – Sun

January 2016 – Gabrielle


February 2016 – Thomas


March 2016 – Jada

April/May 2016 – Joe

September 2016 – Daniel

October 2016 – Ann

November 2016 – Catherine

December 2016 – Kristine

January 2017 – Sean

February 2017 – Allen

March 2017 – Chandler

Plastic China CLP: 4/4

Chinese independent documentary director Jiu-Liang Wang first gained international attention with his film, Beijing Besieged by Waste, which traveled the international film festival circuit and created changes to the landfill policies in the area surrounding China’s capital. His second film, Plastic China, has caused quite a controversy in China, though the film has still obtained thousands of page-views.

The CLP will include a brief introduction by Asian Studies Assistant Professor Tami Blumenfield, the 82-minute film screening, and a Director Q&A after the film.

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30-9:30 pm
Patrick Lecture Hall
Reception with the director will follow the screening.
Sponsored by the Humanities Development Fund, Asian Studies, Film Studies, and Furman University Libraries

Artstor Celebrates Women’s History Month

Hartsook Photo; Group portrait of eight women holding a sign listing the planks to be presented by the National League of Women Voters to the Democratic Platform Committee; 1920. This image is made available by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

March is Women’s History Month, and Artstor Digital Library is celebrating women who shaped the political and social landscape of America by highlighting The Schlesinger History of Women in America, an expansive photographic collection from the archives of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.

Documenting American women’s experiences from the 1840s through the 1990s, the Schlesinger archive houses 36,000 professional and amateur photographs. It features photos of, and by, exceptional women like Maud Wood Park, the first president of the League of Women Voters, Edith Spurlock Sampson, the first African American woman to become a delegate of the United Nations, as well as candid shots of women at work and leisure.

Artstor is a database consisting of more than one million images covering art, architecture and archeology. Collections can be searched as a whole or individually. Made up of 10 distinct image collections: The Image Gallery; The Art History Survey Collection; The Illustrated Bartsch, The Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection, The Huntington Archive of Asian Art; The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive; The Museum of Modern Art Architecture and Design Collection; Native American Art and Culture, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution; and Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection.  Artstor can be found in the library’s list of All Databases.

United States Information Service; Untitled [Mrs. Edith Sampson gives press conference 1951 on May 11 at the Bristol Hotel in Vienna]; 1951. This image is made available by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Boston Globe; Untitled [Florence Luscomb]; 1974. This image is made available by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

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):