Happy New Year

Happy holidays, everyone! Andersen Library is closed Thursday-Saturday, December 31-January 2. Online resources like ebooks and article databases, and the Ask a Librarian chat service, remain available if you need them (see the Break & Winterim Libary Hours blog post for links)! See you on Sunday, January 3 at noon!

And if you are looking for a different way to end the year, why not look for brightening effect of Monday’s solar coronal mass ejection (CME) on the aurora today, which may make the Northern Lights visible as far south as Illinois, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)? See the web page from Discovery News, “Sun Blasts Flare at Earth: New Year’s Eve Storm?” Also see NASA’s stunning images of the same thing happening in July 2015, “CME Arrival Results in Aurora Show.”

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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Wounded Knee massacre, 1890

It was 125 years ago, on December 29, 1890, that U.S. Army soldiers killed numerous Lakota Native Americans, including many women and children, near the Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. This is sometimes referred to as the last major event in the “Indian Wars” period. The Lakota were no longer living free, mostly confined to reservations and depending on the U.S. Government for support due to drought and crop failure. They had suffered war, diseases, loss of game and land, and reduced rations. The buffalo herds had been decimated. Any land found to have value was taken. Even the Black Hills, acknowledged as belonging to the Sioux by the Treaty of 1868, was coveted–and encroached upon–for gold, which, in addition to pressures for settlers and railroads, resulted in additional agreements that reduced the Sioux reservation land further. There had been many broken promises and treaties. The Ghost Dance, part of the spiritual vision of a Paiute “messiah” named Wovoka, had been adopted by some of the Lakota. In this vision, if Natives lived appropriately and performed the Ghost Dance, ‘whites’ and their effects would disappear from Native land; Native Americans’ ancestors would be resurrected; and the buffalo herds and other game would be restored. Because of concerns that the dancing might be a war dance leading to an uprising, reservation agents were ordered to stop it. Unable to do so, the recently-assigned and inexperienced agent at the Pine Ridge Reservation, Daniel Royer, sent a telegraph to Washington, D.C. on November 15 asking for military support:

Indians are dancing in the snow and are wild and crazy. I have fully informed you that employes and Government property at this agency have no protection and are at the mercy of these dancers. Why delay by further investigation? We need protection, and we need it now. The leaders should be arrested and confined in some military post until the matter is quieted, and this should be done at once.

Some of the newspaper coverage also supported fear of the Ghost Dance. Finally, several Army units were ordered to the area, the largest massing of soldiers since the Civil War. Chief Big Foot (aka Spotted Elk) was moving a group of less than 400 to the Pine Ridge agency, but the move was thought to be an attempt to join up with other hostile Natives by the Army. Army units surrounded them and sought to disarm them. After several weapons had been surrendered, a shot was fired, although it is not clear by whom, and it resulted in the massacre, which for some time was called a battle for which several soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Due to the placement of the Army units, the soldiers also injured or killed each other in crossfire. Those that saw the scene later found the bodies of women and children who had been fleeing and were chased down. In 1990, for the 100th anniversary, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution that expressed “deep regret” for the Wounded Knee massacre and supported the creation of a memorial.

cover of American Carnage bookYou can learn much more, and Andersen Library can help. Read books such as American carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 (3rd-floor Main Collection, E83.89 .G74 2014) and Wovoka and the ghost dance (3rd-floor Main Collection, E99.P2 W617 1997). The Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1891 (volume 1) is available online, and in addition to the section “Reports of agents in Wisconsin, pp. 463-475″, read “The ‘Messiah Craze,’ pages 123-127″ and pages 127-145 for more about the “Troubles Among the Sioux.” Read articles such as “Wounded Knee: Healing the Wounds of the Past” (Indian Country, December 29, 2015), “In memory of the Chief Big Foot massacre: The Wounded Knee survivors and the politics of memory” (Western Historical Quarterly, 2015, vol.46:no.1, pp.31-51), and “The evolution of a massacre in newspaper depictions of the Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee, 1876-1891″ (Atlanta Review of Journalism History, 2015, vol.12, pp.38-64).

Please ask a librarian (via email, chat, phone 262.472.1032 or visit the Reference Desk) for assistance with finding materials.

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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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Thesauri! Oh, My!

Did you know that the Oxford English dictionary updates four times a year? Yes way!  Find out what was added in December 2015 here –http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/december-2015-update/new-words-notes-december-2015/

There are many dictionaries, encyclopedias, and thesauri available to you at UW-Whitewater. For a complete list, visit our guide at http://libguides.uww.edu/dictionaries. Access to many of the resources listed are restricted to UW-Whitewater students, faculty, and staff only. For a few free resources available to all, see below.

Dictionaries –

Encyclopedias –

  • Encyclopedia.com – http://www.encyclopedia.com

Thesauri –


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New Stuff Tuesday – December 29, 2015

Lombardi Dies, Orr Flies, Marshall Cries

Lombardi Dies, Orr Flies, Marshall Cries:
The Sports Legacy of 1970
by Brad Schultz
GV583 .S38 2016
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

With this solidly researched work, veteran sports journalist Brad Schultz deftly weaves together sports history, political history, and social issues, appealing to readers of wide interests. He identifies 1970 as a defining year in sports, including stories such as Vince Lombardi’s death; Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup winning goal; and the tragic plane crash that killed 36 of the Marshall football team along with coaching staff and boosters. He provides the details in its historical and social context for each event. Organized chronologically, a chapter for each month, Schultz highlights a wide variety of sports events and themes. He discusses Jerry Smith, the first openly gay retired NFL player. While Smith achieved career numbers that compare favorably to players who have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Schultz wonders what life would have been like if he had come out during his NFL days. Even the debate over hair length and facial hair earns attention. Fueled by the 1960’s counterculture movements and rebellious college and professional athletes, the notion that athletes with short hair were somehow more disciplined and would win more championships fades when teams with the likes of fumanchu-sporting Joe Namath prove as capable as their clean cut competitors.

Some stories tell as much about the spectators as the athletes. 65-year-old Karl Wallenda’s tight wire walk across the Tallulah Falls in Georgia, is watched by 35,000 paying spectators. The South African golfer, Gary Player, endured constant heckling for the country he represented, and endured harassment long after calling for the Masters to open up to blacks and taking quiet action to support equal access to professional competition. Brazil’s 1970 World Cup performance with Pel at the head of the class, and his subsequent work with the NY Cosmos while it may not have had a lasting impact on professional soccer and its spectatorship in the United States, but Schultz contends that it did inspire a new generation of kids to play the game. Schultz’ successfully makes this an engaging read for those interested in overarching themes of the time period and for sports readers alike.

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Happy Holidays

Happy holidays, everyone! Andersen Library is closed Thursday-Sunday, December 24-27. Online resources like ebooks and article databases, and the Ask a Librarian chat service, remain available if you need them (see the Break & Winterim Libary Hours blog post for links)! See you on Monday, December 28 at 8 a.m.!

And if you are missing snow, please enjoy this YouTube video:
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New Stuff Tuesday – December 22, 2015

The Temple of Perfection

The Temple of Perfection:
A History of the Gym
by Eric Chaline
GV403 .C43 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

The New Year will soon be upon us. Although you may be basking in the glow of surviving finals — or scrambling to prepare for the holidays — it’s not too early to resolve to be a better you in 2016.

If your new year’s resolutions center on some of the usual themes of getting more exercise or spending extra time in the gym, this book could provide inspiration. We may think of working out as a modern pursuit, but the ancient Greeks were just as obsessed as millennials with being buff. The gymnasium has a long and storied history, starting thousands of years ago, and the author uses that story to shed light on our contemporary fixation on fitness and physique.

And if your resolutions run more to the cerebral than to the corporeal, you may just want to lounge on the sofa and contemplate the fascinating historical, social and cultural aspects of the gymnasium.

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Break & Winterim Library Hours

Library hours during the break (Dec. 22-28) are:

  • Tues-Wed Dec 22-23: 8am-4:30pm
  • CLOSED Thurs-Fri Dec 24-25
  • CLOSED Sat-Sun Dec 26-27
  • Mon Dec 28: 8am-4:30pm

Winterim (Tues Dec 29-Fri Jan 15) Library hours are:
Mon-Wed: 7:30am-6pm, Thurs-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, Sat: CLOSED, Sun: noon-8pm
However, because of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there are some adjustments:

  • CLOSED Thurs-Fri Dec 31-Jan 1

The Food for Thought Café is closed until Spring Semester, so pack a sandwich or plan other dining options.

Please plan ahead! Remember that even when the physical Library is closed, you can:

  • Search the article databases (login when prompted with your campus Net-ID, same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search for Andersen Library’s holdings of Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater) and use links to online titles, including ereserves for classes,
  • Renew checked-out books, DVDs, etc. (once) through your Account,
  • Consult online guides for help, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and course assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat (UWW librarians respond to the emails when the Library is open, but chat is covered 24/7 by non-UWW staff).
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New Stuff Tuesday – December 15, 2015

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World book cover

Harnessing Science to Change the World
by Bill Nye
QC903 .N94 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Maybe you are like me. You have read several articles about how serious climate change is. The next logical step in addressing a problem is drawing up a plan and taking action to fix the problem. In Bill Nye’s Unstoppable, we receive deliverance in the form of manual in tackling this big picture problem of climate change. Bill does a great job at explaining what we are currently doing (or should be doing) and what we may be able to do in the near future to tackle these issues. Most importantly though, he tackles these issues with a basket full of analogies to scientific problems with examples from our every day life. Bill believes we are capable when we put the right effort to come up with solutions to climate change. Each chapter is framed in a similar way. Outlying the issue at hand, what we can do right now to fix the problem, and hypothesizing on what we will be able to do in the near future to help the problem further after proper research and technological investment. But don’t take my word on it, read the Science’s Guy’s own words on the topic today by picking this book up from the Andersen Library.

Like this post? You can also check out Bill Nye’s previous book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

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Friday Fun: Soothing Websites for Stress Relief

Pickle Cat

Are you stressed? Need some soothing visuals and sound to make it all better? Gaze upon these websites and feel the tension leave your body. In addition, remember that our Relaxathon continues today with therapy dogs coming in from noon to 2pm. They will also be here Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.

  • Pickle Cat
    A cat, some pickles, synth music. So relaxing!
  • Leekspin
    A little animated girl spins a leek. How long can you spin?
  • The Thoughts Room
    Type your thoughts into the box and watch them float away and break up into points of light.
  • Stress Ball
    Smash, bounce, and roll your stress away.

Add your favorite stress relief website in the comments.

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Reminder: Save Your Work!

Cloud Storage

Remember to save your work to Google Drive, begin your work from within Google Drive, or save it to an external flash drive! Almost every week students ask the librarians at the Reference Desk how to recover files from computers. While we, and iCIT, can sometimes help students recover their lost work, there isn’t always a way to get the file and the work back. The main way to prevent this from happening to you is to use cloud-based tools like Google Drive to help you save your work automatically.

Text documents, slideshows, spreadsheets, and other files automatically save every few seconds on Google Drive. You don’t have to remember to save and you can always revert back to previous versions of the file if you need to view them.

See a detailed explanation of all the benefits of Google Drive at iCIT’s website.

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