Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Is it the right foot or the best foot?

The old saying of "starting out on the right foot," or "putting one's best foot forward," means to, "try for the best possible impression, or to make a good start".* People sometimes say this phrase when talking about a job interview, but it also applies to how one begins a new quarter at school.

Kandace Rogers, Wendell Barnett, and Hilary Writt, the librarians at the Lexington campus, welcome Spencerian and Sullivan students, whether this is your first quarter or your eleventh, and we want to share some tips and tricks to help you put your best foot forward this quarter.

Library Hours for Spring 2016

Monday-Thursday, 8am-9pm
Friday, 8am-6pm *
Saturday, 8am-12pm*
*(There are extended hours during weeks 1, 5, and 8)

Online resources:

The following library pages are designed to help you with the APA citation format, studying and
test preparation, and conducting research. Click on the link to go to the page of interest.

APA @ Sullivan University

How to Do Research

Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Articles

Study Skills and Test Preparation

Book resources: 

101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students by Susan Roubidoux; 371.3028 R853o

The Adult Student's Guide to Survival and Success by Al Seibert;  378.198 S571a

If you have a question, please ask. We are here to help you as best we can, and you can reach us several ways.

In person: We are here during the hours listed above.
Phone: 859-514-3359
Email: liblex@sullivan.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SullivanLex
Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatsthebook

*Source: Ammer, C. (2013). The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms: American English Idiomatic Expressions and Phrases. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 365.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Women's History Month-Reading Recommendation

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives. Theresa Brown, RN, author. 2015. 616.028 B881s

Brown, a former English professor and a current contributor to the New York Times, is drawn to the nursing profession after the birth of her twins, and she uses her command of the English language to tell five compelling stories, her own and those of her four oncology patients. Framing the book within the confines of her shift, Brown articulates each facet of her work day without being tedious. Whether it involves contacting housekeeping for a new shower curtain in a patient’s room or talking with a surgeon about a patient’s treatment, she articulates the complexities nurses face in an engaging way. She interlaces her own self-doubts and frustrations with details about each patient’s care, and readers come away with a sense that they know Candace, Dorothy, Sheila, and Mr. Hampton as if they had spent time with each of them in person. This well-written book humanizes an already sympathetic profession, and it needs to be shared with health-care professionals.

If you are interested in reading more books like The Shift here are other recommendations.

Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon by Kathy Magliato, MD; 617.412 M195h. You can check out our blog post on Healing Hearts to find out what we think about the book. 

Even though his book isn’t related to women or women’s history, Dr. Damon Tweedy tells a compelling story about what it is like to be an African-American doctor in Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine; 610.92 T971b. 

Please ask one of the librarians if you need help locating any of the featured books or if you want any other recommendations.We will be glad to help you!