Find Success at the Start of a New Semester

Photo of the Choose Success Display at McGraw-Page Library.Are you looking to start the new semester off on the right foot?  Look no further, the McGraw-Page Library has a fresh display to help support your pursuit of academic and personal success.  Featuring both e-books and print books, below is a selection of 5 books from the display that will help get you on the right track.  For more selections, come down to the Library and check out our display!

 

Infographic Guide to College
by Adams Media
Cover of the book The Infographic Guide to CollegeCollege survival just got graphic! There’s so much more to college than course guides and picking your dorm. From doing your own laundry to making friends to scoring a job and staying healthy, there’s no shortage of things to figure out! No need to panic. The Infographic guide to college has you covered with illustrated, realistic advice on how to: avoid the freshman 15, ace your exams, declare a major, master study habits, get around town, get along with your roommate, apply for a loan, and so much more!
Call Number: LB2343.32 .G345 2017
Catalog Link – Infographic Guide to College


Kickstarting your Academic Career 

by Robert Ostergard
Cover of the book Kickstarting your Academic Career.Taking a skills-building approach, Kickstarting Your Academic Career is a primer on the common scholastic challenges first-year social sciences students face upon entering college or university. Based on the challenges that instructors most often find students need help with, the authors offer practical advice and tips on such topics as communicating with instructors, note taking, how to read a textbook, writing exams, and researching and writing papers. The succinct writing and clear organization make this an essential reference for first-year students as they encounter post-secondary work for the first time, and a useful refresher for upper year students looking to refine their skills.
Call Number: E-Book
E-Book Link – Kickstarting your Academic Career


15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

by Kevin Kruse 
Cover of the book 15 secrets successful people know about time managementWhat if a few new habits could dramatically increase your productivity, and even 5x or 10x it in key areas? What if you could get an an hour a day to read, exercise, or to spend with your family. New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, presents the remarkable findings of his study of ultra-productive people. Based on survey research and interviews with billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs—-including Mark Cuban, Kevin Harrington, James Altucher, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes—-Kruse answers the question: what are the secrets to extreme productivity?
Call Number: HD69.T54 K78 2015
Catalog Link – 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

Maximize your Memory
by Ramón Campayo
Cover the book of Maximize your MemoryEach of us has the ability to develop and improve our minds in amazing ways. All you need is motivation, an effective method, and an expert guide. Ramon Campayo’s method shows you the fastest, easiest and most effective way to: -Drastically and almost immediately increase your memorization capacity and reading speed.-Enhance your learning methods, study techniques, and psychological preparation.-Improve your study habits and prepare for exams. Maximize Your Memory is for students who want to reach their best potential, as well as anyone else who dreams of increasing his or her mental capacity. As Campayo himself declares, “It is possible to learn the things I can do. And everyone can learn. I am the world champion in speed memory, but my wife is second and my brother is eighth. After one hour of training with my methods, my students can triple their reading speed.
Call Number: E-Book
E-Book Link – Maximize your Memory 

Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond
by C. M. Gill

Are you ready to improve your writing skills? Most college students will be tasked with writing a term paper, assessment, or thesis sometime during Cover of the book Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyondtheir academic career, even when their chosen concentration isn’t English or Literature. While there are countless textbooks dedicated to the subject, there are virtually no books dedicated to providing practical, down-to-earth advice that will allow the college student to write concisely, coherently, and successfully. Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond is a refreshing take on college writing instruction for students in any major.
Call Number: PE1408 .G55837 2014
Catalog Link – Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond

Three on the Third – May

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we are featuring several exciting new additions to our POP collection.

The Promise of Wholeness 
by Eric Ehrke
Cover of the book the Promise of Wholeness.Henosis is the Greek word for oneness/unity. Since time immemorial this universal concept has been championed within traditional wisdom, ancient philosophy and theology. The psychoanalyst, Carl Jung referred our shared human experience with the phrase “collective unconscious,” while physicists use the term “quantum entanglement” to describe how every particle is inherently connected to the whole. The missing links between the wisdom of ancient philosophy and the startling insights within modern psychology to transform suffering, transcend circumstances, and increase our capacity for love are explored in The Promise of Wholeness.
BF161 .E385 2019
Catalog Link – The Promise of Wholeness


A Heart in a Body in the World

by Deb Caletti
Cover of the book A Heart in A Body in the WorldWhen everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run? From Seattle to Washington, DC, Annabelle is running through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how – muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person – The Taker – that haunts her. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that. Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keep running to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face the miles of love and loss behind her…and what still lies ahead.
PS3603.A43 H4 2018
Catalog Link – A Heart in the Body in the World

 

Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
Cover of the book Dear Evan HansenEvan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it. He has a chance encounter with Connor Murphy–just before Connor commits suicide. Evan’s life suddenly gets turned around, and suddenly he isn’t invisible anymore to the girl of his dreams–Connor’s sister, Zoe, who believes Evan was Connor’s only friend. As Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone’s hero and a social media superstar, Evan is filled with confidence … until things start unraveling.

PS3605.M565 D43 2018
Catalog Link – Dear Evan Hansen

Social Explorer: A New Mapping Database for Social, Demographic, Economic, Environmental, and Health Data

Logo for Social Explorer

Social Explorer is an exciting new database that allows easy creation of maps and tables using a variety of data sources. Social Explorer includes social, demographic, economic, environmental, and health data covering a wide range of time periods, which vary by data source. The data comes from both public groups, such as government agencies and international organizations, and from private organizations, and is updated regularly as new information is released. Much of the data is for the United States, but there is also international data from the European Union, the World Bank, and others. Unlike most of the statistical and data sources to which we have access, this database’s strength is its mapping function, which allows you to easily create a visualization of the data rather than just viewing the data in tables, although it does that as well.

image of map depicting public pre-school enrollment in Virginia

Maps can be created at larger geographic points such as nations and states, or at small points such as census tracts and zip codes, with several selections in between. You can create multiple maps for side-by side comparison; for example, to illustrate changes over time for a single variable or compare a difference in geographic locations.

By setting up an account and logging in, you can save maps, develop presentations, create reports from the data, and customize the displays.

You can customize the maps in many ways, including changing the colors to preset selections or selecting your own custom colors, turning various display options on and off, displaying a map using satellite imagery, annotating the maps with your own labels, and even uploading your own data to create or alter maps.

The “Tell a Story” option allows you to put together a series of map or data slides and export the content to PowerPoint for easy use in presentations or on posters.

This database currently has a limit of 3 simultaneous Randolph-Macon users, so if you can’t get in to use it, try it again later!

Three on the Third – March – The Arts

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection. Summaries of the books will be provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.

Kehinde Wiley: a New Republic
Published by the Brooklyn Museum
Copy of Kehinde Wiley: A New RepublicThe works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures. Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The subjects in Wiley’s paintings often wear sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps, gear associated with hip-hop culture, and are set against contrasting ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and a range of cultures. Through the process of “street casting,” Wiley invites individuals, often strangers he encounters on the street, to sit for portraits. In this collaborative process, the model chooses a reproduction of a painting from a book and reenacts the pose of the painting’s figure. By inviting the subjects to select a work of art, Wiley gives them a measure of control over the way they’re portrayed.
ND1329.W545 A4 2015
Catalog Link – Kehinde Wiley: a New Republic

 

Seeing Slowly
by Michael Findlay
Cover of Seeing Slowly Looking at Modern ArtWhen it comes to viewing art, living in the information age is not necessarily a benefit. So argues Michael Findlay in this book that encourages a new way of looking at art. Much of this thinking involves stripping away what we have been taught and instead trusting our own instincts, opinions, and reactions. Including reproductions of works by Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Joan Miro , Jacob Lawrence, and other modern and contemporary masters, this book takes readers on a journey through modern art. Chapters such as “What Is a Work of Art?” “Can We Look and See at the Same Time?” and “Real Connoisseurs Are Not Snobs,” not only give readers the confidence to form their own opinions, but also encourages them to make connections that spark curiosity, intellect, and imagination. “The most important thing for us to grasp,” writes Findlay, “is that the essence of a great work of art is inert until it is seen. Our engagement with the work of art liberates its essence.” After reading this book, even the most intimidated art viewer will enter a museum or gallery feeling more confident and leave it feeling enriched and inspired.
N6490 .F534 2017
Catalog Link – Seeing Slowly

 

Cy Twombly: the Printed Graphic Work
by Cy Twombly
edited by Heiner Bastian

Cover of the book Cy Twombly: the Printed Graphic Work Cy Twombly was one of the most fascinating and remarkable artists of our time. His ceuvre, the paintings sculptures, drawings, photographs, and prints have been widely exhibited, both in America and Europe. His worldwide recognition is still growing. Twombly’s art reconciles grand themes of the memoriae of ancient topographies as well as modernism with the individual, personal experience of contemporary life. Seldom has an artist achieved such a distinctive, broad range of an ever new, surprisingly unique language, exploring and celebrating the poetic possibility of painting and drawing.
NE539.T86 A4 2017
Catalog Link – Cy Twombly: the Printed Graphic Work

 

Info-to-Go

 

The McGraw-Page Library hosted the first annual Info-to-Go session for faculty in December. It introduced new resources and services the Library developed and organized to facilitate teaching, learning and research. The slides in the file INFO to GO cover the resources and services.

Resources at Your Fingertips

Canvas Integration of Learning and Research Resources

The new “Library Resources” link in Canvas courses is specific to the subject. For instance, in HIST_100 course site, “Library Resources” points to resources for researching in the field of History. Within a Canvas site, the instructor and students can search databases, eBooks, catalog and Special Collections/Archives items … All at once!

Also integrated are textbook publishers’ online resources. When the link is activated by the instructor, students can access McGraw-Hill Connect and Cengage Mindlinks from within Canvas; the student’s grades from taking quizzes in the publisher’s site will be automatically “pushed” into the Canvas gradebook.

G-Suite
G-Suite is R-MC sponsored service you may use for saving and sharing instructional and professional materials. This Google cloud-based service, which includes most Google Apps except Gmail, offers the user unlimited storage space.  Tools such as Google Forms and YouTube are particularly useful. Google Forms allows one to easily create surveys and signup forms. YouTube generates closed-captioning for uploaded videos. Closed-captioning is important for instructional videos for ADA-compliance. To start using G-Suite, go to www.google.com, and use your R-MC email username and password to log in. Details of G-Suite is at the R-MC instranet (R-MC login required for access). Contact Lily Zhang for questions and assistance.

Three on the Third – January 2018 – Draft

I Was Told to Come Alone
by Souad Mekhennet
Cover of the book I Was Told to Come Alone.The journalist who broke the “Jihadi John” story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism. Souad Mekhennet has lived her entire life between worlds. The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, she was born and educated in Germany and has worked for several American newspapers. Since the 9/11 attacks she has reported stories among the most dangerous members of her religion. When she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. In this book, Mekhennet seeks to answer the question, “What is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it?” She has unique and exclusive access into the world of jihad and sometimes her reporting has put her life in danger. We accompany her from Germany to the heart of the Muslim world — from the Middle East to North Africa, from Sunni Pakistan to Shia Iran, and the Turkish/ Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in Paris and Brussels, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Too often we find ourselves unable to see the human stories behind the headlines, and so Mekhennet — with a foot in many different camps — is the ideal guide to take us where no Western reporter can go.
HV 6433 .I722 I8562 2017
Catalog Link – I was told to come alone

 

Boys Among Men
by Jonathan Abrams
Cover of the book Boys Among Men.When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college — as young basketball prodigies were expected to do — but instead enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year. Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era — Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable “busts” who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.
POP GV 885.514 .A37 2016
Catalog Link – Boys Among Men

 

I Can’t Make This Up
by Kevin Hart
Cover of I Can't Make This Up.Actor and comedian Kevin Hart grew up in North Philadelphia. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself. “Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”
POP PN 2287 .H26 A3 2017
Catalog Link – I Can’t Make This Up

Four on the Fourth – December – Graphic Novels

This month our Four on the Fourth series focuses on Graphic Novels.  All items are brand new to our collection.

Cover of the graphic novel Billie Holiday.

Billie Holiday
Carlos Sampayo
Born in Philadelphia in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz.
ML420.H58 S26 2017
Catalog Link – Billie Holiday

Hostage
Guy Delisle
Cover of the graphic novel Hostage.
In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world. Close to twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle… recounts André’s harrowing experience in Hostage, a book that attests to the power of one man’s determination in the face of a hopeless situation.
HV6604.C282 D5413 2017
Catalog Link – Hostage


Audubon: On the Wings of the World

Fabien Grolleau
Cover of the book Audubon.
At the start of the 19th century, John James Audubon embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America with nothing but his artist’s materials, an assistant and a gun. Driving him on through terrible storms, encounters with ferocious bears and dangerous people, Audubon’s all-consuming passion for birds came to define his entire life – but what would the world make of his expressive and distinctly unscientific illustrations upon return?
QL31.A9 G7613 2016
Catalog Link – Audubon


Poppies of Iraq
Brigitte Findakly
Cover of the novel Poppies of IraqPoppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly’s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. In spare and elegant detail, they share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein’s state control, and her family’s history as Orthodox Christians in the arab world. Poppies of Iraq is intimate and wide-ranging; the story of how one can become separated from one’s homeland and still feel intimately connected yet ultimately estranged. Signs of an oppressive regime permeate a seemingly normal life: magazines arrive edited by customs; the color red is banned after the execution of General Kassim; Baathist militiamen are publicly hanged and school kids are bussed past them to bear witness. As conditions in Mosul worsen over her childhood, Brigitte’s father is always hopeful that life in Iraq will return to being secular and prosperous. The family eventually feels compelled to move to Paris, however, where Brigitte finds herself not quite belonging to either culture. Trondheim brings to life Findakly’s memories to create a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile.
DS70.62 .F56 2017
Catalog Link – Poppies of Iraq

September 4 on the Fourth – Welcome Back!

Welcome back!
For the month of September we’re highlighting books that will help make you more successful this school year.  You can find them in the McGraw-Page Library at the Information Desk book display.

The Infographic Guide to College
by Diane Garcia
Infographic Guide to College book cover
College survival just got graphic! There’s so much more to college than course guides and picking your dorm. From doing your own laundry to making friends to scoring a job and staying healthy, there’s no shortage of things to figure out! No need to panic. The Infographic guide to college has you covered with illustrated, realistic advice on how to: avoid the freshman 15, ace your exams, declare a major, master study habits, get around town, get along with your roommate, apply for a loan, and so much more!  Summary provided by publisher.
LB 2343.32 .G345 2017
Catalog Link – The Infographic Guide to College

Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond
by C. M. Gill
Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond book cover
Every student knows that writing a successful college paper is no small undertaking.  To make the grade, you need to express your ideas clearly and concisely.  So how do you do it?  In Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond, you’ll learn down-to-earth strategies for organizing your thoughts, researching the right sources, getting it down on paper … and earning an A.  Summary provided by publisher.
PE 1408 .G55837 2014
Catalog Link – Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond 

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management
by Kevin Kruse
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management book cover
Too many people think working hard leads to greater productivity. However, managing one’s time better is what gives us the energy to succeed in both our personal and work lives. This book provides advice from successful people on managing your time more effectively.  Summary provided by publisher.
HD 69 .T54 K78 2015
Catalog Link – 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

 

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (while studying less)
by Thomas Frank
10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades book cover
Becoming a more effective learner and boosting your productivity will help you earn better grades – but it’ll also cut down on your study time. This is a short, meaty book that will guide you through ten steps to achieving those goals: Pay better attention in class, Take more effective notes, Get more out of your textbooks, Plan like a general, Build a better study environment, Fight entropy and stay organized, Defeat Procrastination, Study smarter, Write better papers, Make group projects suck less, Whether you’re in college or high school, this book will probably help you. But not if you’re a raccoon. I want to be very clear about that; if you’re a raccoon, please buy a different book. This one will do absolutely nothing for you. How did you even learn to read, anyway? Summary provided by publisher.
LB 2395 .F68 2015
Catalog Link – 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades

 

R-MC now participating in the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program

VIVA consortium logo

Randolph-Macon College is now participating in the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program, which allows our faculty, students, and staff to travel to participating Virginia college and university libraries and borrow materials directly from them. Some participating institutions include Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, Washington and Lee University, and the University of Virginia. The complete list is available at the VIVA website.

When members of the R-MC community travel to any of these institutions, they will need to verify your affiliation to the college by looking you up in a faculty/staff directory, or asking you to login to MyMaconWeb. Then you will need to follow their guidelines for borrowing, which determine how many items you can check out concurrently and how long you can keep them. Each institution provides its borrowing guidelines on the website above. Items you borrow should be returned directly to the library from which you borrowed them.

Participation in this program expands access that faculty have had through the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC), and makes getting materials from other libraries significantly easier for students and staff.