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Featured Database: EconLit

May 4th, 2021

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring EconLit, brought to you by EBSCO Industries, Inc.


Produced by the American Economic Association, EconLit is the primary research tool in economics: economic development, forecasting, and history; fiscal and monetary theory; business and public finance; international, health care, regional and urban economics, and more.


The List of Business Databases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue Career Account.


Click Getting Started with EconLit to see the basics of using the EconLit database. 

Why Should I Know About This?

EconLit provides bibliographic citations, with selected abstracts, of journal articles, books, dissertations and working papers, articles in collective works, conference proceedings, collected essay volumes and full text book reviews.

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Books for Boilermakers, 50% off all Purdue Books

May 3rd, 2021

To celebrate Purdue’s 152nd anniversary and the graduation of the class of 2021, Purdue University Press will be having a 50% off sale on all Purdue related books from May 6-May 20. All you need to do to is enter code 21PURDUE50 when ordering from our website to redeem the discount. You can find the full list of eligible books below.

The most recent additions to our collection of books on Purdue include the two most comprehensive histories of the university to date. In Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University author John Norberg deftly covers 150 years of Purdue history, a task he equates to trying to fill a thimble with water pouring out of a fire hydrant. The book is filled with stories of the faculty, alumni, and leaders that make up Purdue’s distinguished history. In Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life authors and archivists David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris pored over decades of student papers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, newspapers, historical photographs and memorabilia to create a stunning pictorial history of Purdue.



The list also includes selections on Purdue’s history in space & flight, many from our series Purdue Studies in Aeronautics & Astronautics. You can find biographies on some of Purdue’s most distinguished alumnus flyers like Jerry Ross and Gus Grissom, as well as two collections of letters to Neil Armstrong curated by his official biographer James R. Hansen, sourced from a collection of Neil Armstrong’s papers housed in the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections.

The rest of the books in the sale cover a wide swath of all things Purdue, from five legendary women deans with a secret bond to the popcorn king himself. Whether you are a current student, alumni, or even a Boilermaker enthusiast this sale will have the perfect choice for you. All books on this list make a wonderful gift for the Purdue Class of 2021 graduates as well. Hail Purdue and read up!

Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University by John Norberg
Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life by David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris

Dear Neil Armstrong: Letters to the First Man From All Mankind edited by James R. Hansen
A Reluctant Icon: Letters to Neil Armstrong edited by James R. Hansen
Wings of Their Dreams: Purdue in Flight, Second Edition by John Norberg
Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom by George Leopold
Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer by Jerry Ross and John Norberg
Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars by Jerry L. Ross and Susan G. Gunderson

The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality by Angie Klink
Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home by Angie Klink
Slow Ball Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune by Tony Garel-Frantzen
For the Good of the Farmer: A Biography of John Harrison Skinner, Dean of Purdue Agriculture by Frederick Whitford
Just Call Me Orville: The Story of Orville Redenbacher by Robert W. Topping
Ross-Ade: Their Purdue Stories, Stadium, and Legacies by Robert C. Kriebel
Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue by Irena McCammon Scott
The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith by Frederick Whitford, Andrew G. Martin, and Phyllis Mattheis
The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: The Biography of William Carroll Latta by Frederick Whitford and Andrew G. Martin
Midas of the Wabash: A Biography of John Purdue by Robert C. Kriebel
Letters of George Ade edited by Terence Tobin
Edward Charles Elliott, Educator by Frank K. Burrin
The Hovde Years: A Biography of Frederick L. Hovde by Robert W. Topping
Richard Owen: Scotland 1810, Indiana 1890 by Victor Lincoln Albjerg
My Amiable Uncle: Recollections of Booth Tarkington by Susanah Mayberry
The Dean: A Biography of A. A. Potter by Robert B. Eckles

A Purdue Icon: Creation, Life, and Legacy edited by James L. Mullins
A University of Tradition: The Spirit of Purdue, Second Edition by Purdue Reamer Club
Force for Change: The Class of 1950 by John Norberg
Heartbeat of the University: 125 Years of Purdue Bands by John Norberg

Purdue University Finalizes Contract with Elsevier

May 3rd, 2021

West Lafayette, IN – After a monthslong negotiation process that included extensive input from faculty, staff, and students, Purdue University and its regional campuses have now finalized a one-year contract with academic publisher Elsevier. At a cost of $1.86 million, the new deal reduces Purdues total spend with Elsevier by close to $1.5 million. Purdue deemed the new title-by-title contract necessary after years of increased subscription fees.

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies has diligently worked to preserve access to a large number of Elsevier titles while promoting the importance of shifting the cultural needle away from ownership of academic scholarship towards a cost-effective, sustainable model of access. 

You can find the new list of subscribed titles online in the Libraries’ Sustainable Scholarship libguide, along with a guide to alternative access methods for obtaining articles no longer subscribed to by Purdue University. Transition to the new reduced title list will begin on May 11, 2021. All members of the Purdue University system may request articles via Interlibrary Loan at no charge to users. Additional access information for West Lafayette campus can be found here. 

In addition to the 578 subscribed journals, Purdue will continue to have access to past articles from several hundred other journals to which Purdue University has perpetual access rights. 

Dean of Libraries Beth McNeil worked closely with Elsevier during the negotiation process. She said of the adjustment to reduced Elsevier titles: My hope is that faculty, staff, and students across Purdues campuses will come to understand that though we are reducing subscriptions with Elsevier, we are increasing our ability to help you access the scholarly information you need, when you need it. With extensive input from faculty, we have developed alternative means to access journals that are not part of the core Elsevier contract.  Our goal has been to reduce the large and increasing cost of the contract, with the least possible impact on convenient access to journals.” 

The contract will be revisited for 2022 and adjustments to the subscribed title list may change. It is a one-year contract,” McNeil said. That means we have flexibility in the future to adapt and change to best fit the needs of our campuses. This year will tell us more about what titles are most in-demand by our faculty, staff, and students. Our ultimate goal is to make scholarship more sustainable at Purdue while maintaining access to the information resources that help our scholarly community thrive.” 


April 28th, 2021

For Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Purdue University Press is featuring excerpts from Lianna Marie’s book The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones. 

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is as disorienting as it is devastating. The Complete Guide helps those suffering from the disease, their family, and friends make sense of what comes next. Its companion volume Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving for Parkinson’s Disease provides an essential resource for all caregivers of those with Parkinson’s disease.

A trained nurse, author Lianna Marie served as her mother’s caregiver and advocate for over twenty years through the many stages of Parkinson’s disease. She also founded, an online community that has connected and helped thousands of people with the disease, their families, and their caregivers.


Parkinson’s has been a part of my life for the past 30 years. Throughout that time, I’ve been sharing my mom’s story about her experiences with the disease, as well as my own as her caregiver and advocate.

Her name was Val and she had the disease for 22 years before she developed dementia as well. Along her journey with Parkinson’s she learned a lot, both about how to live and cope with the disease, and about herself.

As her daughter and caregiver, I learned a lot too.

When she was diagnosed, there wasn’t a lot of information available to help us understand what it meant to have Parkinson’s. We found a couple of medical books, but it was hard to find anything written by someone who’d actually lived with the disease. So instead, we learned about Parkinson’s by living with Parkinson’s

In 2005 when I wrote Everything You Need to Know About Parkinson’s Disease, Mom had been living with Parkinson’s for 15 years. She told me back then she wished there were more information available to help her understand and deal with her disease as it was progressing, and written in a way that she could understand. At that point no one had told us how powerful music could be in helping her mobility, or that there are reasons not to join a support group (there are definitely pros to joining one, but there are also cons), or that sometimes symptoms could disappear just by being really happy. We discovered these and many other useful nuggets on our own.

Together we came up with the idea of asking people with Parkinson’s, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers, the most important questions they had about the disease. We received a lot of questions, both general and specific, and then answered them in the book.

Now, 20 years later, there’s so much available to us online. You can pretty much Google anything you want and be inundated with information. The problem is, how do you know where to go? With so many websites out there (not to mention the ones whose main goal is to sell you some kind of drug therapy), it can be overwhelming.

In The Complete Guide, I’ve answered new questions and updated old answers and tried to keep the information as succinct as possible. Each chapter begins with a tip or observation from one of my readers — one of the many I’ve received over the years. Whether you have Parkinson’s or you know or care for someone who does, I hope this book will help you get the most important information in a way that you can understand.

Though Mom has now passed, my reason for writing the book remains the same: I want everyone who is affected by this disease to be as informed as possible so they can continue to lead happy, hopeful, and meaningful lives.

21. Don’t Stress

Did you know that stress can make Parkinson’s symptoms worse? It’s true. Stress and chronic illness go hand in hand. Stress can have a very negative impact on PD symptoms, sometimes increasing tremors and reducing mobility, so it’s important to manage the stress in your daily life and find ways to relax.

The first step is identifying the source of your stress. You may feel pressure from your social responsibilities, from managing your daily duties, or dealing with unexpected problems or emergencies. However, simply adjusting to life with Parkinson’s is a huge stressor in itself. There is anxiety and frustration that comes along with having to accept your new limitations and make adjustments to your lifestyle that you might not want to.

Regardless of where the stress is coming from, implementing relaxation techniques and prioritizing stress management can make a huge difference in your quality of life.

Mom learned very early on in her journey with PD how debilitating stress can be (it could cause her body to basically shut down) and avoided it if at all possible. Of course that was sometimes easier said than done. But the more she focused on doing what was best for her instead of worrying or stressing about the things that were going on around her, the better she was able to prevent her body from shutting down.

Below are some basic relaxation techniques. Choose those that work best for you. You might have to experiment with several techniques before you find an effective routine you are comfortable with. If you can, incorporate multiple practices into your schedule — and keep it up. Consistency and practice are crucial to successful stress management.

Deep breathing

Take slow, deep breaths from your diaphragm. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Count to five as you breathe in and five as you breathe out. Do this several times until you begin to feel more relaxed.

Progressive relaxation

Get in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and slowly relax different parts of your body, one at a time. Start from your head and work your way down to your feet. If you feel like you need more direction, search for progressive relaxation routines and guided meditations online.


It took almost 15 years of living with Parkinson’s for my mom to discover the power of music. She said it was a total surprise when she discovered how effective it was in getting her mobilized the first time she tried it.

When Mom was having an off period (reemergence of symptoms), she would play some favorite upbeat music and in a matter of a few minutes (and sometimes a few seconds) she would be upand moving. It was amazing to watch!


You can find many good books and recordings for meditation in bookstores and online. You may also find classes offered in your community.


Receiving a massage is a fantastic way to relax both body and mind. In addition to its soothing nature, a good massage may help to reduce any muscle tightness or pain you are experiencing. Mom loved massage, and she got one as often as she could.


Lucky for us, the importance of relaxation is widely recognized. Most bookstores and music retailers have a section on relaxation, and there are a multitude of resources available online that provide audio recordings and books that teach relaxation practices. There is also a booming industry of smartphone apps that provide guided meditations and relaxation tips and tricks. Try out a few and pick those that work best with your lifestyle.

59. Caring for Someone with PD

Caring for someone with Parkinson’s can be both rewarding and challenging. Throughout the process you will most likely learn a lot about yourself and the person you’re caring for. Just remember throughout your caregiving journey to not forget about YOU. It’s imperative that you care for yourself to avoid burnout.

There are many ways caregivers can help make the life of a person with Parkinson’s easier. To start, my mom’s advice was to be supportive, encouraging, and positive. Providing your loved one with reassurance, especially in the early stages right after diagnosis, can really help. Remind them that PD progresses slowly in most people and that they can still live a full life.

Avoid stressful situations if at all possible. Also, try to talk in a “happy voice,” Mom would say, because people with Parkinson’s can hear (yes, not just see, but hear as well!) when you are stressed, and this stress really affects them negatively.

Because depression is so common with PD, it never hurts to offer a hug or two, or any kind of physical touch. Mom really appreciated these, I know.
Another thing is to be accessible. Ask if you can help, but don’t just assume they want help because they may not. Allow your loved one to do things for themselves, even if it takes longer. You may need to break tasks down into easier steps if they are having trouble. Just remember to focus on their successes, not their failures.

One very important thing to keep in mind as a caregiver for someone with Parkinson’s is that patience goes a long way. You need to remember that things will often take longer than they might have before, and trying to rush someone with PD will only get them frustrated and stressed and slow them down even more.

Always PLAN AHEAD and allow extra time for things. Mom loved to shop, and some days we could get ready in 15 minutes to go to the mall, while other times it took an hour. “It’s okay,” we’d
tell her, “’cause the mall ain’t goin’ nowhere!”

And speaking of planning ahead: If your loved one is no longer able to drive, you may want to help them plan alternative means of transportation. There are several options out there, including public transportation, ride sharing, and community shuttle services.

Scheduling is also important, especially when it comes to medications and meals. Because some PD meds need to be taken at specific times before and after meals, it’s very helpful to establish a medication and meal schedule so it becomes routine.

One thing with regard to mealtimes, especially if your loved one has trouble with chewing or swallowing, is that you may want to learn the Heimlich maneuver. This is used to dislodge food stuck in the throat if a person is choking and could be a lifesaver.

Finally, you may want to consider exercising with your loved one to help them stay motivated. Exercise is very important for the health and state of mind of both of you.

There are many resources available for caregivers, but the best place to start is with your national Parkinson’s foundation or society. You can find them online, and they can also direct you to your local chapter, where you can find out about any support groups that may be in your area. The next place to try is your local newspaper for community announcements of meetings for caregivers.

You can find more information on caregiving for people with Parkinson’s in the companion to this book, Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving for Parkinson’s Disease.

You can get 30% off of The Complete Guide and Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving by ordering from our website and entering the discount code PURDUE30.

National Library Week Follow-Up: Favorite Books of Our Faculty, Staff, Students, and Supporters (Full List)

April 27th, 2021

Earlier this month, Libraries faculty, staff, students, and supporters shared their personal favorite books for National Library Week. If you would like to add some of our favorites to you own reading queue, we’ve compiled the whole list here, including whether or not each book is currently available in our catalog!

Author’s Name (Last, First) Title  Publisher Pub. Year   In Purdue Libraries Catalog?
Atwood, Margaret The Year of the Flood  Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2009 Yes
Bach, Richard The Bridge Across Forever W. Morrow 1984 Yes
Carbonell, David A. The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You Into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2016 Yes
Cassidy, Kyle This is What a Librarian Looks Like Black Dog & Leventhal 2017 No
Chaplin, Charlie My Autobiography The Bodley Head 1964 Yes
Cline, Ernest Ready Player Two Century, 2020 2020 No
Crow, Michael M. and Dabars, William  B. The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education Johns Hopkins University Press 2020 Yes
Dalal, Tarla Mithai Sanjay & Co. 2002 No
Diaz, Monica From Intent to Impact Networlding Publishing 2020 No
Dunn, Katherine Geek Love Knopf : Distributed by Random House 1989 Yes
Edwards, Julie Mandy HarperTrophy 2006 No
Gaiman, Neil and Pratchett, Terry Good Omens BBC Audiobooks 2019 No
Hugo, Victor Les Miserables Heritage Press 1938 Yes
Issacson, Walter Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Simon & Schuster 2003 Yes
Jemisin, N.K. The Fifth Season Orbit 2015 Yes
Josey, E.J. The Black Librarian in America Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press 1970 Yes
Kainan, Noga and Reuter, Adam Israel: Island of Success CreateSpace Independent Publishing platform 2018 No
Kamphoff, Cindra Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge Wise Ink 2018 No
Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be An Antiracist One World 2019 Yes
Kendi, Ibram X. and Blain, Keisha N. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 One World 2021 Yes
Kotb, Hoda This Just Speaks to Me G. P. Putnam’s Sons 2020 No
Kuhn, Madisen Eighteen Years CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2015 No
Larson, Erik The Splendid and the Vile  Harper Collins UK 2021 No
Leloup, Roger Yoko Tsuno: le trio d l’etrange J’AI LU 2001 No
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Macmillan 1950 Yes
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia Macmillan 1951 Yes
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Macmillan 1952 Yes
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Silver Chair Macmillan 1953 Yes
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, the Horse and His Boy Macmillan 1954 Yes
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Magician’s Nephew Macmillan 1955 Yes
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia, the Last Battle Macmillan 1956 Yes
Loftis, Larry The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones  Atria Books 2021 No
McKinley, Robin Sunshine Jove Books 2004 No
Morgenstern, Erin The Night Circus Doubleday 2011 Yes
Mosley, Walter The Long Fall Riverhead Books 2009 Yes
Mumford, Russell E. and Keller, Charles E.  The Birds of Indiana Indiana University Press 1984 Yes
Nelson, Thomas and Lee, Richard The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America Thomas Nelson 2012 No
Noble, Safiya Umoja Algorithms of Oppression New York University Press 2018 Yes
Pacifico, Michele F. and Wilsted, Thomas  P. Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers Society of American Archivists 2009 Yes
Palahniuk, Chuck Fight Club W.W. Norton & Co. 1996 Yes
Putnam, Cara Deadly Secrets on Mackinac Island Whisper Valley Press, LLC 2012 No
Rosling, Hans  

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Flatiron Books 2018 Yes
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press 1999 Yes
Sanchez, Alex Rainbow Boys Simon Pulse, division of 

Simon & Schuster

2003 No
Schwab, V.E. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Titan Books 2020 No
Smith, Laurence C.  

Rivers of Power: how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world.

Little Brown Spark 2021 No
St. John Mandel, Emily Station Eleven Alfred A. Knopf 2014 Yes
Stephenson, Neal Cryptonomicon New York : Harper Perennial 2000 Yes
Stevenson, Bryan Just Mercy Spiegel & Grau 2014 Yes
Stratton Porter, Gene  Her Father’s Daughter Project Gutenberg 1997 Yes
Sutherland, Jeff and Sutherland, J.J. SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Random House 2019 No
Tatum, Beverly Daniel Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria  Basic Books 2003 Yes
Thomas, Rhys  The Ruby Slippers of Oz RCT Publications and 2018 No
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit Ballantine Books 1981 Yes
Vester, Katharina  A Taste of Power: Food and American Identities University of California Press 2015 Yes
Wilkerson, Isabel Caste: the Origins of Our Discontent Random House 2020 No
Wilkinson, Philip Lego Architecture: The Visual Guide Dorling Kindersley 2014 No
Worobiec, Tony The Complete Guide to Digital Night & Low-Light Photography David & Charles 2010 No
Zimmerman, Elizabeth Knitting Around Schoolhouse Press 2000 No

The Philosophers Index – HSSE Featured Database

April 26th, 2021

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring the Philosopher’s Index, brought to you by Ovid.


Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: This database is an Ovid resource, which provides informative author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in the fifteen fields of philosophy, published in journals and books since 1940. Records cite journal articles, books, contributions to anthologies, and book reviews.


Why you should know this database: This is a bibliographic database designed to help researchers easily find publications of interest in the field of philosophy. It contains over 650,000 records from publications that date back to 1940 and originate from 139 countries in 37 languages.

Quick tip: On the search page at the top of the screen, you will see a section that lists all of the terms and limits you searched. If you would like to save any of your searches, you can click on those items, then click on the save button. It will next ask you to choose a name to save your search. If you want to access this search later, you can click on the view saved button and select the search you would like to use.

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Celebrating with Parkinson’s: Guest Post from Lianna Marie

April 22nd, 2021

This is a guest blog post by Lianna Marie, the author of The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones and Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving for Parkinson’s Disease.

This month we celebrate Parkinson’s awareness month, and that got me thinking. It’s weird to put the words “celebrate” and “Parkinson’s” in the same sentence, isn’t it? The truth is, in my experience, those two words can exist together, and the attached photo proves it.

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Not only had I never seen Mom so happy, but she was also dancing—like, really dancing-—with no sign of that pesky Parkinson’s that had been invading her life for the past ten years.

It was amazing to witness because that same morning, Mom had needed her cane to assist her in moving around while we were prepping for her big day. Nerves had crept in (even though she was excited to be marrying Dave), so it was normal for her PD symptoms to show up and her mobility to be compromised. But once the ceremony started, Mom’s symptoms completely vanished. It was as though her disease didn’t exist!

Mom had always loved to dance, and for as long as she had Parkinson’s, she did her darndest to keep this favorite pastime in her life. She met Dave at a singles dance, and I remember her very happily reporting to us the following day about how great he was at cutting a rug.

It wasn’t unusual for Mom’s symptoms to disappear during times of extreme joy and excitement. We had witnessed this phenomenon at other celebrations, her retirement party being one of them. However, anytime stress or anxiety entered into the equation, she was snookered.

Most folks who have had Parkinson’s for any length of time have probably realized how much their emotions play a part in helping alleviate or exacerbate their symptoms. When we realized this to be true for Mom, our family made a very concerted effort to keep stress levels as low as possible in her house.

Mom also took any opportunity to celebrate whatever life had to offer. Weddings and birthdays seemed to be her favorites, but she’d take you up on celebrating anything if you presented it to her. My favorite celebrations with Mom came in the form of my post- swimming and pentathlon competition dinners out. She loved taking me to my favorite eatery and listen to me reflect upon the day’s events.

I treasure those times with her.

If you or your loved one has Parkinson’s, I challenge you to look for more ways to celebrate in your life. It doesn’t have to be as extravagant as a wedding or retirement party, either. Sometimes the simple act of getting together with an old friend can be just what your spirit needs to push PD to the back seat.

In closing, I want to point out that this picture of Mom, Dave, my sister, and me dancing was taken during the playing of Travis Tritt’s song, “It’s a Great Day to be Alive.” It was one of Dave’s favorites and an excellent reminder for all of us—with or without Parkinson’s—to celebrate every day we are given.

You can get 30% off Lianna Marie’s books by ordering from our website and entering code PURDUE30 at checkout.

Totally Stumped Crowned Libraries Trivia Tournament Champions

April 6th, 2021

By: Ayn Reineke

Meet Totally Stumped, reigning champs of the Libraries’ first-ever all staff trivia tournament! Comprised of powerhouse trio Amy Childress (Office of Undergraduate Research), Matt Mudd (Purdue University Press) and Stephanie Schmitz (Archives and Special Collections), Totally Stumped beat out fourteen other randomly assigned teams of Libraries employees to win the coveted PULSIS Trivia Champion Trophy. 

Conceived by Libraries Clerical Service Staff Advisory Committee (LCSSAC) (with special thanks to organizers Ashley Fawcett and Dan Rotello) as a fun way to virtually connect across Libraries divisions in a year without in-person social events, the trivia tournament grew into the highlight of the year for Libraries staff, with dozens of people tuning into Zoom to watch each match unfold. With categories ranging from “Literature and Library Stuff” to “History and Geography” to “Animals and Nature,” there was a category for every participant to shine. But what was the category that generated the most wrong answers and blank stares? Sports! (Okay, okay…so maybe some of those stereotypes about us indoorsy librarian-types are true.) 

Speaking of Sports, when asked if any questions still haunt him, Matt said “I got a couple of sports questions wrong in the final. I feel like that was my best subject going in and I wouldn’t have forgiven myself if we lost.” Matt’s Sports advantage definitely helped give Totally Stumped an edge, but Amy and Stephanie were equally quick with correct answers across a broad range of categories, even if they are modest when speaking about their success. Stephanie says “Most of my answers were guesses, and plenty of them were wrong. I didn’t prepare before matches and I would have moments of panic prior to each with the thought “Oh no, I didn’t study.” Amy credits “lots and lots of reading” with helping her make it to the end of the tournament. 

In one particularly tense match, the game ended with a tie and Totally Stumped had to answer a playoff question for the win. Of that nerve wracking moment, Matt said “I think we were all holding our breath!” But together, the team persevered and now have special trophies to honor their victory. Stephanie keeps hers on a bookshelf, while Amy and Matt both plan to display theirs “front and center on my desk!” Though they earned trophies, bragging rights, and applause, all three teammates agree that their favorite memories of the tournament are the interactions with colleagues across Libraries, the opportunity to see a different side of everyone, and lots and lots of laughs. 

Congratulations, Totally Stumped! And thank you to everyone who participated, moderated matches, and cheered for our teams! Until next year! 

trivia tournament winners

Featured Database: D&B Hoovers

April 6th, 2021

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring D&B Hoovers, brought to you by Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.


D&B Hoovers is an aggregate database of company, business news, and industry information.


The List of Business Databases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.


Click Getting Started with D&B Hoovers to see the basics of using D&B Hoovers.

Why Should I Know About This?

D&B Hoovers includes a One Stop Report feature that allows users to create custom reports based on the information they need.

Related Resources

Some other resources you might want to explore are:

  • Reference Solutions, offers searchable database modules containing detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and employers.
  • UniWorld, up-to-date multinational business contact information with listings in over 200 countries.

Featured Database comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this, or future Featured Databases.

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Five Books on the Past and Present of Veterinary Science

March 22nd, 2021

From gripping stories on the history and application of veterinary medicine to important conversations about the state of the field, Purdue University Press publishes important work on veterinary science for practitioners and enthusiasts alike.

Pioneer Science and the Great Plagues: How Microbes, War, and Public Health Shaped Animal Health

by Norman Cheville

In one century, animal health care in North America evolved from farriers and itinerant cow leeches to science-based veterinary medicine. Pioneer Science and the Great Plagues covers this century of progress fighting infectious diseases and plagues, focuses on the scientists and institutions that pioneered veterinary education and research and made conquering these plagues possible.



Leaders of the Pack: Women and the Future of Veterinary Medicine

Julie Kumble and Donald F. Smith

Leaders of the Pack explores key themes in leadership and highlights women in veterinary medicine whose stories embody those themes. By sharing unique stories that illuminate different paths to leadership and reflecting on best practices through commentary and research, Leaders of the Pack seeks to allow more female leaders to create wider pathways to the top of their profession.

That Sheep May Safely Graze: Rebuilding Animal Health Care in War-Torn Afghanistan

by David Sherman

That Sheep May Safely Graze details a determined effort, in the midst of war, to bring essential veterinary services to Afghanistan, an agrarian society that depends day in and day out on the well-being and productivity of its animals, but which, because of decades of war and the disintegration of civil society, had no reliable access to even the most basic animal health care.



Exploring the Gray Zone: Case Discussions of Ethical Dilemmas for the Veterinary Technician

edited by Andrea DeSantis Kerr, Robert “Pete” Bill, Jamie Schoenbeck Walsh, and Christina V. Tran

Exploring the Gray Zone explores difficult situations veterinary technicians face on a daily basis through the use of case examples and dialogue. The case format of the book lends itself to discussion and can be utilized in veterinary technology courses that focus on ethics, communications, management, and leadership, and the real-life case examples make the book an enjoyable read for practicing veterinary technicians as well.


Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

Lisa M. Greenhill, Kauline Cipriani Davis, Patricia M. Lowrie, and Sandra F. Amass

Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine addresses the continued lack of the diversity in veterinary medicine, the least inclusive of all medical professions. System-wide commitment, planning, execution, and continuous assessment will position the profession to better suit the population of the nation and the world that will be served. This book is a call to action for consistent championship and cohesive approaches, and it provides a road map to building a sustainably inclusive future.

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