January 29, 2016

Not just for scientists: Search ScienceDirect

Most students and faculty at TWU soon become familiar with Academic Search Complete (ASC), our largest and easiest to use multi-disciplinary database. However, it's not the only multi-disciplinary database we have. ScienceDirect is another large, full-text database that's worth becoming familiar with. It covers areas such as - Agriculture, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Sciences
It's not quite as easy to use as Academic Search Complete, but this brief video tutorial will give you all the information you need to get started.
(Duncan Dixon via Alloway Library's Facebook page)

January 26, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: More to C!

Nearly 120,000 ebooks were added to Alloway Library’s collection since December 6.  That’s like adding a whole new library to our existing collection – and certainly more than we can fit on our New Titles shelf! These new additions will be among the search results when you  use the library catalogue.
To give you an idea of the scope of material added, here is a selection of titles that start with the letter C.  To view these titles online click on the link or search for the title in the catalogue. (TWU username and password may be required.)
To view more new titles visit the links at the New Titles page.

Public policy & social sciences

Languages, linguistics and literature



January 25, 2016

10 Recommended Reads from TED talkers

Looking for a good read to get you through the dreary days of mid-winter?  Here are ten titles recently recommended by TED speakers all available from Alloway Library.

Click on the title for information about the item in our library. (TWU Login may be required to access eBooks)


Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Print)
“Asimov was a masterful fringe thinker, and this first book in the Foundation series shows just how attuned he was to possible and plausible future scenarios. Although it’s 50 years old, Foundation is especially provocative reading given our current state of world affairs — in order to save humankind and the vast knowledge we have accumulated, the main character gathers the smartest thinkers and forms a secret society. But that doesn’t go exactly as planned, either.”
— Recommended by Amy Webb

The Essential Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks (Print)
“It’s a book of poetry by a 13th-century Sufi poet who talks in most honest and transparent ways of all human emotions. The poems never failed to bring perspective in my daily life. And it always creates an immediate connection when I meet someone who has read it.”
— Recommended by Zainab Salbi

Fugitive Pieces: A Novel by Anne Michaels (Print)
“Anne Michaels’s poetic collage about love and loss and escaping the wounds of Europe to construct a fresh future in the New World remains one of the novels I’m always thrilled to recommend to friends — in part because I’m fairly sure they’re about to recommend it to me. It’s moving and beautiful and ageless, and nothing quite like it has ever been written.”
— Recommended by Pico Iyer

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (Print and eBook)
“This is cheating, because it’s a series of novels! Like so many great novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries, very little actually happens, but the characters and their world are painted so well, and so truthfully, that every page becomes a thing of almost unbearable beauty.”
— Recommended by Simon Anholt

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Print, eBook and video)
“I read this when I was eight. And I’ve read it a few times since, and watched it onscreen too. Nothing dulls it or stops me loving small, plain Jane, a Yorkshire lass like me, who had more spirit and fire in her 150 years ago than I probably do today, with all my modern freedoms and privilege. I love the story because it is a tale of a woman becoming free, while still being a classic love story. I mean, there’s even a madwoman in the attic. But I love Jane because I love Charlotte too: a woman who triumphed in a deeply patriarchal world, getting published and getting famous, while living in a cold, glum vicarage on the edge of the moors. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is seen as a trickier, better book by many, because they are fooled by the romance of Jane Eyre. Look behind that, and you find a character as complex and wonderful as any Cathy or Heathcliff, in little, plain Jane, who would always ‘rather be happy than dignified.’”
— Recommended by Rose George

Silence by Shusaku Endo (Print)
“Set in 17th-century Japan, this stark, impeccably structured novel revolves around a haunting question: How can God remain silent in the face of human suffering? Endo’s work traces the journey of Sebastian Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit sent to minister to local Christians under violent state persecution — and to investigate reports of another priest’s apostasy. This deeply ambiguous work refuses to provide any easy answers to its central inquiry — it just raises another that readers, regardless of belief, will grapple with long after: How much are we willing to suffer to end the suffering of others?”
— Recommended by Noy Thrupkaew


After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre (Print)
Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality by Michael Walzer (print and eBook)
“I’d offer two books. They are masterful works of moral philosophy that have changed the way I think about justice, work and virtue. MacIntyre is not an easy read, but these two books changed my life.”
— Recommended by Barry Schwartz
Art as Experience by John Dewey (Print)
“I love that he pulls the aesthetic out of the rarified and into the everyday. He makes the point of art as absolutely accessible and essential.”
— Recommended by BJ Miller

Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed by Frances Westley
“Westley was my instructor in a conflict resolution course many years ago, and I have read this book multiple times. I learn something new each time. However, the main message I got from it when I read it the first time was that when trying to change the world (in whatever field you work with), it’s important to stop every once in a while and really think about what you are doing. It is OK to change plans, it is OK to change strategies, it is OK to revamp. Sometimes we are so deeply involved with what we do and the methods we use to reach our goals that we do not even see when it is not working.“
— Recommended by Patricia Medici

My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (eBook)
“‘No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.’ To me, this quote perfectly illustrates the effect that slavery had on those who were raised to uphold its tenets. That a system can be a detriment even to those that may benefit from it I find incredibly poignant even in today’s society. It’s so important that we recognize the implications of our beliefs both in how they affect ourselves as well as others. My Bondage and My Freedom not only taught me about the cruel reality of slavery but also showed that in the most depraved systems humanity will seek to reach its potential no matter what obstacles are placed in its path.”
— Recommended by Zak Ebrahim

January 22, 2016

Down on Sunday night

Following the recent upgrade of the library's SirsiDynix integrated library software system, a few more tweaks are required to improve performance of the eLibrary and staff functions.

On Sunday January 24 at 5:30 PM PST our web catalogue will be unavailable for an estimated 6.5 hours. During that time, searches at library.twu.ca will be unavailable as well as online renewals and holds.
All other online resources including ebooks will be available via the Articles(Databases) link at twu.ca/library

January 19, 2016

New Title Tuesday: the B-List

Nearly 120,000 ebooks were added to Alloway Library’s collection since December 6.  That’s like adding a whole new library to our existing collection – and certainly more than we can fit on our New Titles shelf! These new additions will be among the search results when you  use the library catalogue.
To give you an idea of the scope of material added, here is a selection of titles that start with the letter B.  To view these titles online click on the title or search for the title in the catalogue. (TWU username and password may be required.)
To view more new titles visit the links at the New Titles page.

Arts & Letters

Health Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Public Policy

January 18, 2016

Improved Access to Statistics Canada historical publications coming...

Statistics Canada, in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Publishing and Depository Services Directorate, is pleased to announce forthcoming changes that will improve access to its historical publications.

Beginning in November 2015, Statistics Canada and Dominion Bureau of Statistics official publications that were originally published exclusively in print format will be available as full-text PDFs through their associated catalogue records. 

Over the next two years, links to approximately 120,000 documents will be added to the Government of Canada Publications catalogue and the Statistics Canada Library catalogue. After a link has been added, it will be listed in the Government of Canada Publications Weekly Acquisitions List

Making this significant collection of historical materials available online will facilitate research on Canada and Canadians of the 19th and 20th centuries.

January 15, 2016

Try streaming videos on Kanopy this month

Alloway Library is pleased to announce a special, limited-time trial of an on-demand video streaming service starting now until  February 15.

Kanopy is used by over 1,500 educational institutions providing 12 million students and faculty with access to more than 26,000 films each year.  It provides access to one of the largest collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable.

Just like Netflix, Kanopy provides a dedicated and customizable website for users to watch films any time, any where, on any device, but Netflix Canada has a library of about 4,400 titles compared to the 26,000 in Kanopy. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.

TWU students and employees can access all of Kanopy's collection during the trial period.  There is no charge for viewing any of the material during the trial period.

Kanopy's unique patron-driven acquisition model ensures institutions only pay for the films their students and faculty actually watch. If  Alloway Library purchases a subscription to Kanopy - based on input from our users -  the library pays only pay for the films our users actually “trigger.” (To trigger a film, it must be played 4 times within a 12-month period). If no films are triggered,  there's nothing to pay because there are no other associated fees.  If a film is purchased, it becomes part of the library's collection for a year and is available for unlimited viewing.
The layout is visually compelling through its use of beautiful stills spotlighting feature films, as well as its visual browsing below, which features pop-up synopses. After creating a personal account through one's institutional subscription, individual users can create their own clips and playlists and embed them into Moodle or Blackboard course pages. Arlis/NA  
Use this link to view Kanopy and tell us about your experience.

January 14, 2016

Down for an upgrade UPDATE

On Friday, January 15 starting at 7AM Alloway Library's online catalogue will be unavailable while our system is upgraded to a new version of the library's operating software.  That means that searches as well as online renewals at library.twu.ca will be temporarily unavailable and some circulation functions will be unavailable..

We should be back online by Friday afternoon.

Please feel free to contact library staff if your require more information or assistance about this downtime.

January 12, 2016

New Titles Tuesday! The A-List

Nearly 120,000 ebooks were added to Alloway Library’s collection since December 6.  That’s like adding a whole new library to our existing collection – and certainly more than we can fit on our New Titles shelf! These new additions will be among the search results when you  use the library catalogue.
To give you an idea of the scope of material added, here is a selection of titles from the first 6,000 titles on the list.  To view these titles online, search for the title in the catalogue. (TWU username and password may be required.)
To view more new titles visit the links at the New Titles page
Arts and Letters

  • Agatha Christie: the finished portrait / Andrew Norman.
  • The Age of Grace: Charis in Early Greek Poetry.
  • Alexander Pope and the traditions of formal verse satire / by Howard D. Weinbrot.
  • The analogy of The Faerie queene / James Nohrnberg.
  • Ancient Greek novels: the fragments : introduction, text, translation, and commentary / edited by Susan A. Stephens and John J. Winkler.
  • The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy .
  • Ancient scripts & modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700 / by Bruce R. Smith.
  • Architectural Inventions : Visionary Drawing of Buildings.
  • Art deco  : a mode of mobility / Michael Windover ; foreword by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe.
  • The Art of Place in Literature for Children and Young Adults  : How Locale Shapes a Story.
  • Audiovisual Translation Subtitles and Subtitling  : Subtitles and Subtitling: Theory and Practice.

  • Automated essay scoring  : a literature review / Susan M. Phillips.
Enivonmental Issues

  • 11 million litres a day  : the tar sands' leaking legacy / [author, Matt Price].
  • Adaptation to sea level rise in metro Vancouver  : a review of literature for historical sea level flooding and projected sea level rise in metro Vancouver / Patrick Forseth.
  • Assessing the risks of Kinder Morgan's proposed new Trans Mountain pipeline.
  • Axed  : a decade of cuts to BC's Forest Service / by Ben Parfitt.

  • The 1916 Diaries of an Irish Rebel and a British Soldier .
  • Advertising at war  : business, consumers, and government in the 1940s / Inger L. Stole.
  • Afghanistan  : a cultural and political history / Thomas Barfield.
  • Another City upon a Hill  : a New England Memoir.
  • Arming the nation  : Canada's industrial war effort, 1939-1945 / a paper prepared by Dr. J.L. Granatstein for the Canadian Council of Chief Executives on the occasion of the Council's Roundtable on Foreign Policy and Defence at the Canadian War Museum.
  • The axe and the oath  : ordinary life in the Middle Ages / Robert Fossier ; translated by Lydia G. Cochrane.

  • Alien landscapes? : interpreting disordered minds / Jonathan Glover.
  • Animal models in cancer research and human disease  : applications, outcomes and controversies / Sean A. Murray, editor.
  • Assisted reproduction after death : parentage and implications / Alberta Law Reform Institute.
  • Authorizing dried cannabis for chronic pain or anxiety : preliminary guidance / the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Social Sciences

  • The 99% solution  : how globalization makes everyone's income a little more equal / Don McIver.
  • The aftermath of the Rwandan genocide : a study of the crisis of children born of rape committed during the genocide : report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development / Dean Allison, chair ; Subcommittee on International Human Rights ; Scott Reid, chair.
  • Alcohol  : a history / Rod Phillips.
  • American hardcore  : a tribal history / by Steven Blush ; edited & designed by George Petros.
  • Anecdotal report on the incidence of forced marriage in western Canada / submitted to Justice Canada by Indo-Canadian Women's Association ; prepared by Zohra Husaini, Jagjeet Bhardwaj.
  • Anti-spam laws in western countries  : a comparison / Alysia Davies.
  • Apartheid, Canada's ugly secret .
  • The Arab Avant-Garde  : Music, Politics, Modernity.
  • The art of censorship in postwar Japan  / Kirsten Cather.
  • Assessing cyber threats to Canadian infrastructure / report prepared for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service by Angela Gendron and Martin Rudner.
  • Assessment of the outcomes for Habitat for Humanity home buyers  : final report / Maureen Crawford, Jane Londerville.
  • Avoiding the precipice : an evaluation of Aunt Leah's Link program in supporting youth from foster care : final report / prepared by Deborah Rutman, Carol Hubberstey, Sharon Hume.

January 11, 2016

Big update to our online catalogue

During the Christmas break some 50,000 new titles were added to Alloway Library's online catalogue. These e-resources are part of the library’s Canadian Electronic Library’s Documents Collection and include Canadian Health Research publications and the Canadian Public Policy publications.

Users have had access to the collections by going directly to eBrary’s homepage but now the resources will also be found by simply searching Alloway Library's online catalogue. The resources will appear among the results for via both keyword and browse searches so that it is now easier for library users to find resources using library.twu.ca

What are these resources?

Canadian Public Policy Collection

Publications from Canadian public policy institutes and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

Canadian Health Research Collection

Monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. The organizations included in this collection are active publishers of primary research in the field. Many of these publications are of a specialized clinical or technical nature.

Talk to a librarian for more information or assistance with these resources.

Alloway Library News will be highlighting new titles from this collection and other sources on New Titles Tuesdays, a weekly post starting tomorrow!

January 07, 2016

New Music Resource now available

As of January 2016 the Alloway Library has added a new online resource for our Music students and faculty.

Grove Music Online is the leading online resource for music research, a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship drawing from the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, and also includes new and updated articles and bibliographies exclusively available online.

Grove Music Online is a living resource, with scholars and specialists from around the world continually reviewing and updating existing content and contributing new articles. In addition to the vast number of entries on music history and culture, Grove Music features a host of exceptional learning resources such as timelines and subject guides that organize content for use in the classroom, making Grove Music an essential resource for scholars and students alike.Features more than 50,000 articles written by over 6,000 leading international experts

Click here to access this resource (authentication required)

Click here for a guided tour of Grove Music Online (the link downloads a 6.4 MB PowerPoint file).

Or, watch the YouTube video below:

January 06, 2016

New in print titles

180 print titles were added to Alloway Library's print book collection in the past 30 days. Here's a selection that includes new publications as well as classics gifted to the library.

Click on the title to be connected to the catalogue listing. To borrow any of these books, place a hold. For a list of all 179 print additions, contact us.

History & biography

On the eve of Valentine's Day, 1950, an American Strategic Air Command B-36 bomber-loaded with an atomic bomb-flew into the frozen night on a simulated bombing run from Alaska to San Francisco. The engines suddenly failed and the crew, before parachuting into the rugged terrain of northern British Columbia, set the autopilot to take the aircraft far out to sea.

Years later, the wreckage of the bomber was accidentally discovered on a remote northern British Columbia mountaintop hundreds of miles from its presumed location deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. Did an atomic bomb lie undetected for a number of years in coastal northern British Columbia?

The riveting, never-before-told story of one of World War II's most compelling and unresolved mysteries -- the disappearance of the loot on the Hungarian Gold Train

With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity - his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candour - while elegantly explaining his work and its implications.

Soviet Princeton revisits the volatile winter of 1932-34 when coal miners in Princeton BC, felt they had no other recourse other than to import labour organizer Arthur “Slim” Evans from the Workers Unity League to help them unionize. Town fathers predictably denounced “outside agitators” and the “Communist menace.” In fact, the most menacing force was the mounted police and the Ku Klux Klan who assaulted and threatened workers.

Narváez was the first European to investigate a Russian fur- trading outpost in the Gulf of Alaska in 1788. The following year he became the first Spaniard to reconnoitre Juan de Fuca Strait. In 1791, he charted the interiors of three large inlets on Vancouver Island's West Coast, discovered a vast inland sea to the east (today's Salish Sea), mapped the entire gulf, made first contact with Aboriginal peoples in the area, and found the site of what became western Canada's largest city – Vancouver, British Columbia.

 Relgious Studies & Christian Ministry

Beyond Bultmann : reckoning a New Testament theology / Bruce W. Longenecker, Mikeal C. Parsons, editors.
Thirteen contemporary New Testament scholars subject Bultmann's Theology to a comprehensive new reading. This fresh, critical examination of Bultmann not only places his magisterial work in a new context but also reveals the enduring features of Bultmann's achievement. 

This reception history of the story of Noah as it appears in children's Bibles provides striking examples of the multivalence and malleability of biblical texts, and offers intriguing snapshots of American culture and American religion in their most basic forms. Dalton demonstrates the ways in which children's Bibles reflect and reveal America's diverse and changing beliefs about God, childhood, morality, and what must be passed on to the next generation.

Dismissing Jesus : how we evade the way of the Cross / Douglas M. Jones ; foreword by Peter J. Leithart.
This book aims to examine the deeply cherished assumptions that hinder us from hearing Jesus's call. When we do that, we'll see that the gospel of Christ is not primarily about getting into heaven or about living a comfortable, individually pious, middle-class life.

Watts moves the Gospel of Mark to just after the destruction of the Temple, sets it within Roman educational models, and begins to read the ancient work afresh. Watts builds upon the historical criticisms of the past, but brings out a new way of reading the ancient stories of Jesus, and attempts to establish the literary sources of the Evangelist.

Black's book is the only resource of its kind on the market today. In it we have decades of Willard's thought expertly distilled. The Theology of Dallas Willardwill lead back to where it should—to Willard's own writing, and to his vision of Christlike transformation.


Social Sciences:

Economics and the art of controversy / John Kenneth Galbraith.
“Certain numbers of our political figures always achieve their distinction by being negotiators, brokers, and architects of comprise … But the more typical political career requires controversy; political recognition or notoriety is won by participation in argument and dispute. If such a politician cannot argue over one thing, then he must pick a quarrel over something else.”

Named by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most influential books since the end of World War II, The End of Ideology has been a landmark in American social thought, regarded as a classic since its first publication in 1962.


Health for all : the Vanga story / Daniel E. Fountain ; foreword by David Stevens.
Health for All tells the story of an ever-increasing vision—from curative care to community health, from a barely functioning hospital to a network of successful health services, from a lack of qualified workers to a local residency-training program, from biomedical reductionism to whole person care, from cultural stalemate to worldview transformation.
 Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice provides a synthetic overview of landscape ecology, including its development, the methods and techniques that are employed, the major questions addressed, and the insights that have been gained.


After killing her mother with a carving knife, Mary Lamb spent the rest of her life in and out of madhouses; yet the crime and its aftermath opened up a new life. Freed to read extensively, she discovered her talent for writing and, with her brother, the essayist Charles Lamb, collaborated on the famous Tales from Shakespeare. This narrative of a nearly forgotten woman is a tapestry of insights into creativity and madness, the changing lives of women, and the redemptive power of the written word.

Shabby and lumbering, with a face like a Norfolk dumpling, Father Brown makes for an improbable super-sleuth. But his innocence is the secret of his success: refusing the scientific method of detection, he adopts instead an approach of simple sympathy, interpreting each crime as a work of art, and each criminal as a man no worse than himself.