Friday, December 9, 2011

Library News & Notes: Holiday Edition

Need a Gift?  Try our Book Sale!
Are you interested in giving books for gifts this season?  You may just find the perfect gift in the Library’s Book Sale located in the library basement.  The Book Sale is open during library hours, and you can pay for selected books at the front desk.  You may just find a unique book for a great price!

Library Survey
If you haven’t already, please take the time to give us your feedback in the library survey.  These surveys help us to better serve the Millsaps community.  Click on the link below to take the short survey:

Library Hours
Over the holidays, the library’s hours will be reduced to 8-5 Monday through Friday.  Keep in mind that the library and college offices will be closed starting December 22.  The Library will reopen on January 3 at 8:00 a.m.  Visit the link below for the complete schedule:

Books for the Holidays
The semester is quickly coming to a close, Finals are almost over, and it is now time to think about your holiday reading list.  New books are added to the library weekly, and there are many new books to enjoy.  The newest books are on display on top of the shelving area to the west of the front desk.  On the lower shelves are books appropriate for light reading. 

Have any questions?  Ask a librarian!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Finding Books Using Call Numbers

Using Call Numbers

Have you searched for books in the Millsaps Library Catalog? If you have, then you have seen LC call numbers displayed in your results list.  You may be asking yourself, “what is a LC call number”?  LC is short for Library of Congress, and it is the type of classification system used by most academic libraries.  Call numbers help you locate a book.
Most people are more familiar with the Dewey Decimal classification system, as this is the type of classification used in most public libraries.  The most obvious difference is that Dewey Decimal call numbers begin with numbers, and LC call numbers start with an alphabetic code (letters).

LC vs. Dewey Decimal
Below is an example of how LC and Dewey call numbers differ for the exact same book.  The book used in this example is Conversations with Eudora Welty.
Millsaps-Wilson Library using a LC call number:
    PS 3557.R5355 C57 1993  
Jackson-Hinds Library System using a Dewey Decimal call number:
    813.52 W464YPR

Reading LC Call Numbers
If you would like more information about how to find books in the Millsaps-Wilson Library using call numbers, click on the following link:

Browsing by Subject
Besides finding the particular book you need, the LC classification system is useful for browsing books in a particular subject area.  Similar books are grouped together based on this system.  For instance, you will find books about world history in the D section.  You will find books about the social sciences in the H section.
If you would like to know which codes correlate to which subjects or topics, click on the link below for more information:

Using the Library Map to Find Books
The Library Map helps you find the specific location of the books you need, and it is posted throughout the library.  Click on the link below to view the Library Map:

As always, if you have any questions, ask a librarian!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Sale: 10/29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Millsaps-Wilson Library will hold its Annual Homecoming Book Sale on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Find fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, and much more.  The sale is located in the basement of the library and is open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Books & DVDs

The Millsaps-Wilson Library continuously adds new materials to the library’s collections, and we will start sharing a selection of the newest titles in this blog.

If you have any trouble locating these items in the library, please ask for help at the front desk.  Also, the library showcases the newest books on a bookshelf to the west of the front desk and across from the Digital Media Lab (DML).  Check this display area often for interesting reads.

New DVDs are listed separately at the bottom of this post. 

Of special note, the DVD Murderabilia (DVD-664) is a short film written and produced by Millsaps alumnus and Public Services Librarian Ryan Roy.  Two other Millsaps alumni with books on this list are Gaston Hall’s As the Days Draw In and Jack Boettcher’s Theater-State.

New Books

The titles listed below include the following information:

Call Number

The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America
By Jerome Dean Mahaffey
BX 9225.W4 M33 2011

As the Days Draw In
By H. Gaston Hall
PS 3558.A34 A95 2011                     

Big Bets:  Decisions and Leaders that Shaped Southern Company
By Dub Taft
HD 2796.S78 T1 2011                      

The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs
By Ambrose Bierce
PS 1097 .A1 2011                      

The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy
Edited by Regina S. Axelrod, Stacy D. VanDeveer, David Leonard Downie
K 3585 .G58 2011                         

Harlem Renaissance:  Five Novels of the 1920s
Edited by Rafia Zafar
PS 508.N3 Z34 2011                       

Harlem Renaissance:  Four Novels of the 1930s
Edited by Rafia Zafar
PS 508.N3 Z343 2011                      

Harvard business review on communicating effectively
HF 5718 .H2918 2011                      

Infinite Jest:  Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine
Constance C. McPhee
NC 1315.N49 M486 2011                    

The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Thomas Fleming.
E 302.5 .F54 2009                        

The Polyvagal Theory:  Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation
By Stephen Porges
QP 401 .P67 2011                 

Selected Writings
George Washington with an introduction by Ron Chernow
E 312.72 2011                            

A Second Course in Statistics:  Regression Analysis
By William Mendenhall and Terry Sincich
HF 1017 .M46 2012                      

By Jack Boettcher
PS 3552.O44 T43 2011               

Writing Guides and Stylebooks

Easy Writer:  A High School Reference
Andrea Lunsford
Reference PE 1408 .L85 2010

A Short Guide to Writing about Biology
By Jan A. Pechenik
QH 304 .P43 2010

A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry
By Holly B. Davis, Julian F. Tyson, Jan A. Pechenik
QD 8.5 .D38 2010                      

A Short Guide to Writing about History
By Richard Marius and Melvin E. Page
D 13 .M294 2012
Writing Papers in Psychology
By Ralph L. Rosnow and Mimi Rosnow.
BF 76.7 .R67 2012                       

2011 stylebook and briefing on media law
Edited by Darrell Christian, Sally Jacobsen, David
Reference PN 4783 .A83 2011  


Note:  Ask for DVDs at the front desk.  Some DVDs are for In Library Use Only.  TVs and DVD players are available for use in designated library study rooms.

Duck Soup (1933)

Modern Times (1936)

Macbeth (2010)

Inside Job (2011)

Murderabilia (2011)

The National Parks (2009)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Find Books Fast! Introducing Quick Check Computers

The Millsaps-Wilson Library provides a convenient way to look up books in the library:  The Quick Check Computer. The newest Quick Check Computer is a laptop located at the library's front desk.  This station is designed to provide an easy way to search for books using the Millsaps Library Catalog.

In addition to the new Quick Check station, a second station is located on the 3rd Floor-West area of the library.

These computers require no personal logins, as they are logged in and ready to search our online catalog.  If you have any questions or need help finding a call number, ask a Librarian for assistance.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

All About Library Workshops [Revised: 10/19/2011]

Are you required to attend a library workshop for one of your courses this semester? If so, then you will soon be visiting us at the Millsaps-Wilson Library.

Below are Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] about these workshops:

How do I sign up?

You have several options to sign up for a workshop:

- Ask a librarian at the front desk
- E-mail us at
- Call us at x1073 or 601-974-1073

Where are the workshops held?

The Library Workshops are held in the Millsaps Room, which can be found on the top floor of the library on the east side. If you are unsure where to find this room, you can always ask at the front desk

When do the workshops meet?

The workshops meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week of the Fall semester, except for weeks when there is a holiday. Each workshop meets for approximately 30 minutes.  [Revised:  10/19] 

Click on the link for the full schedule:

What will I learn?

The workshops are designed to give new Millsaps students an introduction to the library and library resources. The two sessions currently offered are: "Finding Books at Millsaps and Beyond" and "Finding Scholarly Journal Articles."   [Revised:  10/19]

I would like more information. Can you help?

Sure! Check out our Instruction webpage for more information, or come by the front desk for details.

Click on this link to see the Instruction page:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Discover New Databases at the Millsaps-Wilson Library

In 2011, the Millsaps-Wilson Library added new databases to help support student research, and below are introductions to two of them. At the end of this post are instructions on how to access these new databases through the library’s website. We hope that you find these databases useful, and if you have any questions please let us know.

Education Research Complete – EBSCO

Students in education, psychology, social work, and biology, just to name a few, can find full text journal articles through this EBSCO database. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Westlaw Campus Research

Westlaw Campus Research covers thousands of publications, most of which are available in full text. It is especially useful for legal research, as well as for current news coverage and business. Many newspapers from major cities are available through this database, and regional newspapers include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

How to Access Library Databases:

From the library’s homepage []:

On the library’s homepage, find the second (middle) blue shaded box in the center of the screen. Find the link for “All Article Databases & Indexes.” You can either click on this link to see a complete listing of all library databases, or click on the appropriate letter if you know the name of the database you would like to use.

In the Subject Guides/Topic Guides:

The Subject Guides and Topic Guides can be found in the bottom blue shaded box in the center of the library’s homepage screen. These drop down menus offer you the option to browse resources for a specific subject, major, or class.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask a librarian in person, by phone (x1073 or 601-974-1073), or by e-mail:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Interested in eBooks? Check out Project Gutenberg

The popularity of eBooks continues to grow, and there are more choices in eBook readers and ways to access eBook content than ever before. With the rise of smart phones and tablets, eBook enthusiasts are gravitating toward products that provide good readability along with features such as Wi-Fi and apps.

One website that offers free eBook content is Project Gutenberg:

Due to the expiration of copyright on many of the books on the site, the books are able to be freely reproduced and downloaded. Project Gutenberg offers content in a variety of file formats, and eBooks are available for devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android, and others.

In addition to device specific setup, Project Gutenberg offers a mobile site:

This simplified site is a user friendly way to browse and search for eBook content on a mobile device.

There are also eBooks available in the Millsaps-Wilson Library through the Millsaps Library Catalog. If you have any questions about the eBooks available through the Millsaps-Wilson Library, ask a Librarian or e-mail us at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Millsaps Alum Jack Boettcher will be reading from his debut novel, Theater-State, at Lemuria on August 9

Millsaps Alum Jack Boettcher will be reading from his debut novel, Theater-State, at Lemuria on August 9.  For those of you who haven’t heard, he was commissioned to write the novel by the company that publishes his poetry.  This a big achievement for Jack, so come out to support him if you can.

Here's a link to the reading details:

And here's a link to the press' site for the book:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Millsaps College yearbook and other campus publications now available online!

The Millsaps College publications below are part of a digital collection that exhibits the history of the college through student and alumni publications and course catalogs. All material is from the collection of Millsaps-Wilson Library. These works reflect the time of their creation and as such provide historical and cultural information. They may contain content that is no longer representative of the attitudes and policies of Millsaps College. Millsaps College holds the rights to all volumes not in the public domain. 

Millsaps-Wilson Library is making the publications available online in a collaborative project partially funded by LYRASIS, a library cooperative supported in part by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and with additional help from alumni and friends.  If you would like to help support this project please contact the Millsaps College Office of Institutional Advancement or the Library

Millsaps College Catalogue, 1895-
The Millsaps Collegian, 1898-1909

The Bobashela, 1905-
Major Notes, 1960-

Tuesday, May 31, 2011