Aug 26: Women’s Equality Day!

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day! Although celebrated since 1971, it was actually 95 years ago on this day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteed women the right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement labored for decades before Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, finally meeting the required ratification by three-fourths of the states. The Secretary of State certified the ratification on August 26th. How will you celebrate?

You can learn more online, from websites such as the National Women’s History Museum, National Women’s History Project, the Library of Congress American Memory site “Votes for women: Selections from the American Woman Suffrage Association, 1848-1921,” the National Park Service’s site “Signers of the Declaration of sentiments” (which also links to the document’s text), or the National Archives and Records Administration’s Treasures of Congress page “Progressive reform: Votes for women.” But Andersen Library has resources too!

cover of One WomanSearch the “Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater)” section of Research@UWW and find titles such as Votes for women: The struggle for suffrage revisited (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1896 .V67 2002, or online), Harriot Stanton Blatch and the winning of woman suffrage (3rd-floor Main Collection, HQ1413.B545 D83 1997) about Elizabeth Cady Stanton‘s daughter, One woman one vote: Rediscovering the woman suffrage movement (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1896 .O54 1995) which accompanies a PBS documentary (2nd-floor Browsing DVDs, Academic, JK1896 .O641 2005), and many more book titles.

Search Films on Demand for suffrage to find streaming videos, such as The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Failure is impossible and The oratory of women’s suffrage.

Search other databases provided by Andersen Library, e.g., America: History and Life, to find articles including “The Wisconsin press and woman suffrage, 1911-1919: An analysis of factors affecting coverage by ten diverse newspapers” (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 1996, vol.73:no.3, pp.620-634) and “Adversaries and allies: Rival national suffrage groups and the 1882 Nebraska Woman Suffrage Campaign” (Great Plains Quarterly, 2005, vol.25:no.2, pp.87-103).

Considering how long women have now had the right to vote, you may also be interested in research on related topics, such as how women are represented in political offices? For example, the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau periodically updates Wisconsin women legislators – A historical list, which in the one dated January 2015 says that 132 women have served in the Wisconsin Legislature since 1925, including 33 in the 2015 Legislature. (There are 33 members of the Senate and 99 members of the Assembly.) According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s quick facts for Wisconsin, female person represented 50.3% of the state’s population in 2013. And according to the Congressional Research Service’s Membership of the 114th Congress: A profile dated June 2015, “one hundred eight women (a record number) are serving in the 114th Congress.” The total number of members of the House and Senate? 541.

Please ask a librarian (chat, email, stop at the Reference Desk, or call 262.472.1032) if you’d like help with finding resources.

FDLP logo Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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Welcome Back Book Sale

To start of the fall semester we’re selling business, communication, psychology, and a wide variety of science books for the low, low price of $1 each. These include titles such as:

  • Argentina: Business
  • Bad Medicine: True Stories of Weird Medicine and Dangerous Doctors
  • CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace
  • Jarlibro 2012
  • The Joy of Signing
  • Literary Market Place
  • Physics & Everyday Thinking
  • Reading in America

The book sale is a continuous one located on carts near the circulation desk in the Andersen Library. New books are put out near the beginning of the month. Come on over and check it out!

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New Stuff Tuesday – August 25, 2015

Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive

Driven to Distraction at Work:
How to Focus and Be More Productive
by Edward M. Hallowell, MD
BF323.D5 H35 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Author of the 1994 classic, Driven to Distraction, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap, and Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People, brings us a new installment in time to help us focus our energies where they count for the upcoming academic year.

This title may just as well read “Driven to Distraction at Work – and School,” considering that regardless of our role on campus, many of us may relate to the most common distractions Hallowell describes. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Chapter 1: Screen sucking: How to Control Your Electronics so They Don’t Control You
  • Chapter 2: Multitasking
  • Chapter 3: Idea Hopping
  • Chapter 4: Worrying
  • Chapter 5: Playing the Hero
  • Chapter 6: Dropping the Ball

In part two, Hallowell offers sensible advice for training attention by drawing boundaries, such as creating pockets in the day reserved for screen time and avoiding the use of devices to alleviate boredom. For the person intent on multitasking, recognizing the neurological challenge of concentrating on two tasks at once is a start. Not surprisingly, the inability to say “no” contributes plenty to distraction, and his suggestions for confronting this behavior are practical. Each of these examples sound trite in summary, but in the context of Halloway’s discussion, are part of a sound strategy to begin reclaiming control of work life.

For more books and articles by Hallowell, visit Research@UWW.

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Friday Fun: Random Useful Websites

It’s Friday, classes haven’t started yet and you need a break from all the scurrying around getting ready. Let’s look for some random useful websites! Forget the targeted searching, open your mind and expand your horizons. Sometimes unplanned experiences are real delights.

Random Useful Websites will take you to many unexpected sites, things you’d not likely be trying to find but that just may become favorites! Just click “Let’s Go!” You can even get random useful sites sent to your email every week. Just remember to get back to work at some point.

screenshot of Random Useful Websites

On my first session I was taken to

  • an American Sign Language dictionary site — see words in ASL, slow down the video, and see sentence examples,
  • MyFridgeFood — check off what’s in your refrigerator and get recipes, except sometimes it’ll tell you to add one or two things,
  • — ok, probably not so unfamiliar
  • AccountKiller — providing instructions for removing your accounts or public profiles from many popular websites,
  • What Should I Read Next? — type in an author or title to get a list of reading suggestions,
  • Unsplash — high resolution photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (the site says you can “copy, modify, distribute and use” them for free), and
  • that showed me an image related to rain, played audio of rain and offered the option to add to the rain the music soundtrack of the day, or other soundtracks (The soundtrack of the day when I visited was Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, which I happen to really like! Apt bit of lyrics: “Let’s waste time…”).


P.S. This reminds me of The Secret Door, that randomly takes you to images of places all over Earth.

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Andersen Library @ Orientation Week events!

Welcome (back) to UWW! Come see us at various Orientation Week events! Here’s where we’ll be:

  • Thurs., Aug 20, 9am-noon: RA Resource Fair (UC Hamilton Room)
  • Thurs., Aug 20, 3-6pm: Children’s Center fall open house
  • Mon., Aug 24, 9:30-10:30am: Involvement Opportunity Fair for UWW employees (Kachel Center)
  • Mon., Aug 24, 1-2pm: Library Services & Online Resources for UWW faculty & staff (Library Instruction Lab, L2211)
  • Mon., Aug 24, 5-7pm: Graduate School & Nontraditional Student Orientation (UC Hamilton Center)
  • Tues., Sept. 1, 12:30-2:30pm: HawkFest!! for first year students (parking lot 11)

Andersen Library entrance photoDon’t see an event for you? Can’t make it? Well, c’mon in, or give us a call or an email and we’ll be happy to set up a time to meet with you! Call the Reference Desk at (262) 472-1032 or email

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New Stuff Tuesday – August 18, 2015

Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse

Sgt. Reckless:
America’s War Horse
by Robin Hutton
DS919 .H88 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

She was not much more than pony-size, she didn’t look anything like a war horse, and she wasn’t even born in the U.S.A. Yet this petite little mare who was born and bred in Korea became a decorated United States Marine during the Korean War.

For her courage under fire and her many heroics in combat, which are all chronicled in this book, Life Magazine included Sgt. Reckless in their 1997 Collector’s Issue, Celebrating Our Heroes.

Animal stories of just about any kind are endearing and this horse’s tale is no different. Reading about Sgt. Reckless will make you want to reach across time just to pat her nose and offer her a handful of carrots (though perhaps that isn’t a very dignified thing to do to a war hero).

Sgt. Reckless is also featured in a Youtube video, produced by the author.

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Summer Break! Andersen Library hours Aug 15-30

It’s summer break, that period between the end of summer sessions and the beginning of fall semester. Andersen Library’s hours from August 15-September 1 will be:

  • Mon-Fri*: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat-Sun: closed
  • *Tues, Sept 1: 7:30am-6pm

Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, September 2nd, but Andersen Library starts out with special hours for the first few days and the Labor Day holiday weekend:

  • Wed-Thurs, Sept 2-3: 7:30am-10pm
  • Fri, Sept 4: 7:30am-6pm
  • Sat-Mon, Sept 5-7: closed

Regular Fall Semester Andersen Library hours begin on Tuesday, September 8.

Of course, even when the Library is closed, online access to databases (including online articles), the library holdings listed in Books, media and more (UW Whitewater) (including ebooks) and Ask a Librarian online assistance via chat will be available.

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What’s that in the sky? A meteor shower!

What are you planning to do for the next couple of nights? You might try looking up at the night sky to see the Perseids meteor shower! This meteor shower appears every August around this time, when Earth crosses the debris-strewn orbital path of its parent, Comet Swift-Tuttle. Advice on how to watch (especially Wednesday night into the wee hours of Thursday morning) is available from the Washington Post.

NASA’s research indicates that the Perseid meteor shower is more likely to produce ‘fireballs’ (really bright meteors) than others. See NASA’s “Perseid Fireballs” web page.

Andersen Library can help you learn more, with resources from the ebook Patrick Moore’s practical astronomy: Field guide to meteors and meteorites (ebrary) to articles including “Properties of the lunar exosphere during the Perseid 2009 meteor shower” (Planetary and Space Science, 2014:June, vol.96, pp.90–98) and “Dark nights for fine Perseids” (Sky & Telescope, 2015, vol.130:no.2, pp.48-50).


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Library web site issues – links to databases, catalog

Yes, something is awry with the Library’s web pages at the moment. Until the tech people can resolve the issue, you can still get to online resources!

Research@UWW – Find “everything” (articles, books, & more)
This discovery tool searches multiple resources simultaneously (articles from many disciplines, books, ebooks, videos, digital resources, government documents, etc.), or you can change from searching “everything” to articles only or the local catalog only, i.e., UWW’s books, media, government documents, and more.

EBSCOhost databases, like Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, Education Research Complete, American History & Life, and more


ProQuest for databases like Sociological Abstracts, ProQuest Newsstand, or the New York Times and Chicago Tribune historical newspapers.


Go to online Library guides, then select a relevant subject area, for more links to resources. The “Articles” tab on many guides will link to relevant article databases.

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New Stuff Tuesday: August 11, 2015

Cool: How the brain's hidden quest for cool drives our economy and shapes our world

The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America:
the strange days of the united soccer association
by Dennis J. Seese
GV 944 .U5 S44 2015 New Arrivals, 2nd floor

In light of the recent victory of the U.S. Women’s National Team in the World Cup and the U.S. Men’s National Team playing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, it only seems appropriate to reflect on soccer and its tumultuous history in the United States. Seese’s book covers a revival of soccer in the United States that occurred in the late 1960s. This revival is remembered less for its passion of the sport, and more for a bitter rivalry between opposing factions. While capitalizing upon a rise in interest in soccer, two different leagues the United Soccer Association (USA) and the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) had different approaches to promoting the sport that ultimately separated fans rather than joining together to build a base. Seese’s book goes in depth to examine the history behind this rise in soccer popularity. This book focuses on events that happened almost exclusively in 1967 and show the quick rise and fall that was professional soccer in the United States. This book will be of great interest to young soccer fans who may be unaware of the history of U.S. Soccer prior to the foundation of the MLS in the mid-1990s.

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