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Primary and Secondary Sources in the Sciences

You may be familiar with the distinction between primary and secondary sources in the humanities. There, a primary source is an account from someone who experienced the event – a first-person account. A secondary source is written by someone who was not there. Likewise, a science primary source is written by someone who experienced the […]

The Birth of Emoticons: 1881

The first use of emoticons in print came in the March 30, 1881 issue of Puck magazine. You can see the faces of joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment in a short piece about ‘Typographical Art’. Puck was an American magazine of political satire and other humor, published in English and German editions in the 19th and early […]

New Database: Ethnic NewsWatch

Ethnic NewsWatch is a collection of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The database includes the module Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989. This hard-to-find content provides primary source […]

Rare Book Acquisitions in 2018

The following rare books, letters, and tracts were acquired by Furman’s Special Collections and Archives over the past year.  

A Librarian in Your Pocket

A Librarian in your Pocket Got a question and a cell phone? Text your librarian at (864) 214-7172.

Truncat*

Truncation is a search technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings. Adding an asterisk to the root of a word commands your keyword search to return results with all possible endings of the word.  So, instead of trying to brainstorm all the ways you can say “sustainable,” you can just […]

The CRAAP Test

  Evaluating Your Sources: The Basics Learn to look critically at everything. Determining the quality of your resources is ultimately your responsibility, so if you have any doubts (and you should often doubt!) investigate it further. Some criteria are essential to consider for all types of sources you consider using. These include CURRENCY, RELEVANCE, AUTHORITY, ACCURACY, and […]

How to Successfully Surf a MeSH Pit

No, sorry, your librarians are not experts in surfing mosh pits. However, we can offer helpful tips for searching PubMed using MeSH terms. This video demonstrates how to use the MeSH, or Medical Subject Headings, database to create a targeted PubMed search. MeSH is the controlled vocabulary used for indexing PubMed citations. If you have questions or […]

US Navy Vessel Captured by North Korea

Over the last few months, tensions between the United States and North Korea have been high. Fifty years ago, the two countries faced a crisis that found nearly half of the US public expecting war. On January 23, 1968, the US Navy intelligence-gathering vessel Pueblo was fired upon and captured by North Korea, which claimed it had […]

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