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Newly Activated Database Trials

The Furman University Libraries are offering a selection of database trials through February 9. To discover and access trial databases, visit the library’s guide for Electronic Resources Trials.

Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies is a listing of publications created by presidential advisory bodies, and will be useful to researchers interested in U.S. history, political science, and law. Presidents have created advisory groups (also called committees, commissions, boards, blue ribbon panels, or task forces) to advise them on particular problems or issues such Pearl Harbor, civil rights, the status of women, the assassination of JFK, the 1967 riots, Iran Contra, HIV/AIDS, the Challenger Space Shuttle accident, and 9/11. The bibliographic listings of more than 6,000 reports and other documents from the administrations of Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama are indexed by commission/advisory body name, report title, report subject and presidential administration. Links to the full text of the reports are provided whenever possible.  This trial will be available through Friday, February 9, 2018.

PolicyMap is a U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography. Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies. This trial will be available through Friday, February 9, 2018.

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

No Water in Duke Library

Due to a water main break, the James B. Duke Library will be without water today Tuesday, January 9, 2018 until this afternoon. As a result, the Library Cafe will be closed, however cafe seating will still be available for use.

Please use bathroom facilities and water fountains in Johns Hall, Riley Hall, or Hipp Hall. The Sanders Science and Maxwell Music Libraries will not be affected by this issue and are available for study and research.

Libraries opening at 10:00am Monday, 1/8

James B. Duke in the snowDue to forecasted weather conditions Furman University has delayed opening the campus until 10:00am on Monday, January 8th.  The Furman University Libraries will open at 10:00am on Monday, January 8th.

Graduate School Scholarship

The application is now open for the Ethel Carlisle Southern Librarian Scholarship. Applications will be received until March 2, 2018.

The scholarship is given annually to a senior or a Furman graduate who has been accepted into, or is enrolled in, an American Library Association accredited graduate program.

Please see the website for more information about applying.

The Ethel Carlisle Southern ’27 Scholarship was established in 1985 by her husband, J. Albert Southern ’27, and their children, Tom and Janet Southern ’62 Huskey and John L. Southern, in recognition of her service as a librarian at Greenville Woman’s College.

Ethel Dunn Carlisle (Mrs. John Albert Southern)

Photo courtesy of Furman University Special Collections and Archives.

Mrs. Southern received her B.A. degree from Greenville Woman’s College and an M.S. in Library Science from Pratt School of Library Science in New York. She worked at a number of libraries including the New York Public Library, Samford University, Greenville Woman’s College and Furman. She also served as an elementary school librarian for the Greenville County School District.

Theft: The History of Music Piracy

A new display in the Maxwell Music Library called “Theft: The History of Music Piracy” highlights bootlegs, mixed tapes, Napster, and copyright infringement.  Titles include:



New Content in Artstor

New Content in Artstor

If you are curious at all about the new content that Artstor adds on a regular basis, be sure to check out the Artstor blog.  A quick review reveals amazing treasures:

  • restoration projects of Mexican architectural landmarks
  • Japanese and South Korean contemporary architecture
  • new images from the Corning Museum of Glass
  • collections of maps
  • Webinars!

Earlier this month approximately 5,850 photographs from the Minor White Archive (Princeton University Art Museum) were released. Minor White (1908–1976) was one of the most important photographic artists and teachers active during the 30 years following World War II, and a key figure in shaping a distinctly modern American photographic style in thousands of works that fused a precise and meticulous technique with allegory and poetry.

“Photography is a language more universal than words.” – Minor White

If you want to keep up with the newest additions,  sign up for the Artstor blog using your email address.

Artstor is accessible from library’s list of All Databases.

Winter Interim Hours

While Librarians are sleeping

While Librarians are sleeping (Or at least the library is closed)

Did you know that for some research-related questions, you can get library help in the middle of the night? The library has a collection of answers to some of the most frequently asked research assistance questions, like “how can I find peer-reviewed journal articles?” and “how do I get the full text of articles I find in Google Scholar?”

Just click the “Get Help” link from the library header on every library page:

Then type your question in the “Search our FAQ” box:

If your search terms match any of our FAQ entries, the results will show up in a list. Just pick the one that seems most relevant:

No matches? If your search results list says “This question has not been asked yet” please click the Submit your Question button!


We’ll review it, and if it seems like something that more students will want to know in the future, we’ll add it to the FAQ.

And remember – the library will be open in a few hours. Contact us by chat, phone, or in person then and we’ll be happy to help.

Have suggestions for the FAQ list/service? Please contact

Special Collections Pop-Up Exhibit

Special Collections Pop-Up Exhibit, Just for Study Day!

Stop by the Special Collections table in the Rinker Research Commons of James B. Duke Library to see some highlights from our collections, including: newly-acquired medieval manuscripts, a first edition of Thoreau’s Walden, historic campus photographs, 1960s Furman underground newspapers, and more!

Today only, 12:00-2:00.