Friday, September 21, 2012

BIG Search – A New Search Tool

If you have visited the library’s web page recently, you probably noticed a new, cleaner look and a more prominent search box. The search box is known as BIG Search, and it represents a new trend in libraries: Discovery. Discovery is a concept that aims to help researchers discover more relevant library materials through a simpler search interface.

The Millsaps-Wilson Library provides BIG Search for one-stop searching. Databases searchable through Big Search include EBSCO, JSTOR, and Project Muse, as well as many more. You’ll also notice that individual databases not included in BIG Search are listed and linked directly below the search box.

On top of the new search box, tabs are available to give you even more options:

Explanation of tabs:

  • BIG Search is just the first of five tabs you can select. BIG Search allows you to search a multitude of databases at the same time.
  • Articles & Databases Tab: This tab allows you to select one database at a time, and there may be times when this is the best option depending on your research. Click on a letter of the alphabet to find the database you need.
  • Catalog Tab: You can use this tab to search only the Millsaps-Wilson Library catalog or only the Worldcat catalog.
  • Journals Tab: Use this tab when you need to find out if the library subscribes to a specific journal or magazine. You can also browse for journals by subject or title.
  • Research Guides: These guides are developed by librarians to help you conduct research in specific subject areas. If you find yourself not knowing how to start your research, these guides can help you get that jump start you need.
Librarians are here to help you, and please ask us if you would like more information about any services the library offers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Library Databases: An Introduction

What Are Library Databases?

Library databases offered by the Millsaps-Wilson Library are intended to support student research, and students often use databases when writing research papers or completing projects.  Library databases often contain both scholarly and popular articles.  Most of our databases even offer full text.  If an article has full text, then this simply means that the full article is available to read instantly online.

Want to know more about which databases the Millsaps-Wilson Library offers?  

Click on this link to see a full list:  

As the library adds new databases, we will advertise them right here on our blog.  You can also see a list of our newest databases if you click on the link listed above.  You will see the Newest Databases box on the right hand side of the screen.

Wondering about the symbols on the Database List?  Below is a key to symbols:

more information icon = Click for more information about a database.Restricted Resource  = Campus Faculty, Staff & Students onlySome full text available  = Some full textResource includes images = ImagesResource includes video = Video filesResource includes audio = Audio files

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to:

- Come by the library's front desk for assistance
- Call us at x1073 or 601-974-1073
- E-mail us at

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lehman Engel and the Millsaps-Wilson Library

You may or may not know that the Millsaps-Wilson Library has a special room named for Lehman Engel, a Jackson-born musician, composer, conductor, author and teacher.  The library's Engel Room houses the collection that was once his personal library.

Recently, Jeffrey Sweet wrote "The Innovators:  Lehman Engel" about Engel and his work:

You will see images in this piece from the Millsaps College Archives and Special Collections.  To learn more about the Millsaps College Archives and Special Collections, visit this link:

For more information about the Lehman Engel Collection at the Millsaps-Wilson Library, click here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Finals Week - Open Extended Hours

We hope that Finals Week is going well for everyone.  Remember that the library is open extended hours through Saturday, May 5.  Below is the library schedule:

Thursday, May 3:   Open All Day and All Night
Friday, May 4:        Open All Day – 2 a.m.  (early Saturday morning)
Saturday, May 5:    7:50 a.m.  -  4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6:       Closed
Monday, May 7:      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For the full library calendar, visit the link below:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Facebook Timeline updated

We posted some historical facts and pictures about the library on the library facebook page.  Our favorite is the audio tape storage unit from the 1970's.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Follow us on Twitter!

The Millsaps-Wilson Library is now on Twitter! Are you interested in library news and updates? Click on the button below to follow us:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Millsaps-Wilson Library – On Your Smartphone!

Are you interested in accessing the Millsaps-Wilson Library’s online services from your Smartphone?  The Millsaps-Wilson Library’s mobile interface may be just what you need.  Click on the link below to view the mobile website:
Smartphone-friendly links on the mobile site include:
-        EBSCO databases
-        Library Hours
-        Library Catalog
-        JSTOR
-        Project Muse
A link to the mobile site is also on the library’s webpage.  Look for the link in the bottom left corner of the webpage.
What do you think of the mobile library site?  Please send your feedback to

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Titles - March 2012

The Millsaps-Wilson Library recently added new academic titles and also books by recent speakers in Millsaps College’s Visiting Writers Series to the collection.

New books are often displayed on the shelf in the hall just to the west of the front desk.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask for assistance at the front desk or e-mail us at

The titles below are arranged by title, author, and call number:

Recent Visiting Writers Series Authors:

The Night Swimmer: A Novel
Bondurant, Matt
PS3602.O657 N54 2012

The Wettest County in the World:  A Novel Based on a True Story
Bondurant, Matt
PS3602.O657 W48 2008

Gryphon:  New and Selected Stories
Baxter, Charles
PS3552.A854 G79 2012

Army Cats:  Poems
Sleigh, Tom
PS3569.L36 A88 2011

New Academic Books:

Alexander the Great and His Empire:  A Short Introduction
Briant, Pierre.
DF234.37 .B7413 2010

Beyond Fundamentalism:  Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization
Aslan, Reza.
BP182 .A65 2010

Building Brains:  An Introduction to Neural Development
Price, David J.
QP363.5 .B85 2011

Business Writing in the Digital Age
Canavor, Natalie
HF5718.3 .C365 2012

The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath
Gill, Jo
PS3566.L27 Z665 2008

The Civil War:  The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It
Sears, Stephen W.
E464 .S562 2012

A Companion to the Crying of Lot 49
Grant, J. Kerry
PS3566.Y55 C792 2008

A Concise History of Modern Korea:  from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present
Seth, Michael J.
DS907.18 .S424 2010

Deadly Choices:  How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
Offit, Paul A.
RJ240 .O38 2011

The Guns of August:  The Proud Tower
Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
D530 .T8 2012

International Business in the 21st Century
Keillor, Bruce David
HF1379 .I5674 2011 V.1

On Greek religion
Parker, Robert
BL790 .P37 2011

Rawls:  An Introduction
Maffettone, Sebastiano
JC251.R32 M34 2010

She-Wolves:  The Women Who Ruled England before Elizabeth
Castor, Helen
DA28.2 .C37 2011

Slavery in the Roman World
Joshel, Sandra R.
HT863 .J67 2010

The Solitary Self:  Darwin and the Selfish Gene
Midgley, Mary
B1647.M473 S65 2010

Unbeatable Résumés:  America's Top Recruiter Reveals what Really Gets You Hired
Beshara, Tony
HF5383 .B4335 2011

Thursday, February 9, 2012

eReference Quick Look

Many library users under utilize traditional Reference books, but new eReference options are a great way to access material online that was once only available on library shelves.

The following resources are just a small selection of eReference materials that can be found through the library’s web page by clicking on the “All Article Databases & Indexes” link in the second blue box in the center of the page:

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books plus an expanding range of key titles from the acclaimed Oxford Companions Series, plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
NOTE:  Maximum 1 simultaneous user. Please try later if busy.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

This is the newest eReference resource at the library, and it covers all areas of philosophy in the Middle Ages and part of the Renaissance, ranging from 500 to 1500 CE.

Britannica Original Sources

The site includes original or primary source documents, critical selections and acclaimed works across U.S. and World History, Literature, Social Science, Political Science, Law, Science, Mathematics, Religion, Philosophy, and Language.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

This resource can be used as a dictionary, thesaurus, and guide for historical usage of words in the English language.  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words, past and present, from across the English-speaking world. 

Just For Fun:

Do you enjoy trivia?  Oxford Reference Online offers the “Free Fact of the Day,” and this fun service is free to anyone.  Follow this link to sign up for this e-mail service:

Would you like more information about eReference resources?  Ask a Librarian!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Library Books

The Millsaps-Wilson Library is constantly adding new books to the library shelves.  New books are often displayed on the shelf in the hall just to the west of the front desk.

Below are ten new library books that we recommend.  You will find the title, author, and call number below:

Angola to Zydeco:  Louisiana Lives
R. Reese Fuller
F379.L16 F85 2011

Bury Me in My Jersey:  A Memoir of My Father, Football, and Philly
Tom McAllister
GV956.P44 M43 2010 

Clio & the Crown:  The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain
Richard Kagan
DP97.6 .K34 2009

Delta Empire:  Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agriculture in the New South
Jeannie Whayne
F417.M58 W47 2011

Making Catfish Bait out of Government Boys:  The Fight against Cattle Ticks and the Transformation of the Yeoman South
Claire Strom
SF967.B64 S77 2009

Medical Career Choice:  A Gender Study
Luiz Millan
R692 .M5513 2009

Open House:  Poems
Beth Ann Fennelly
PS3556.E489 O64 2009

St. Mark's and the Social Gospel:  Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, 1895-1965
Ellen Blue
BX8481.N46 B68 2011

Unmentionables:  Poems
Beth Ann Fennelly
PS3556.E489 U56 2008

Why America is Not a New Rome
Vaclav Smil
E169.1 .S5948 2010