Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies News

Announcing the Launch of PurdueBorrow

January 10th, 2022


Libraries is proud to announce that their new fulfillment network, PurdueBorrow with Purdue Northwest and Purdue Fort Wayne, is now live in Library Search. PurdueBorrow allows easier requesting and borrowing of physical materials across all three campuses from their respective online catalogs. If a user performs a search from the main Libraries webpage using the Search All option, PurdueBorrow materials will now be included in the results. Requested materials may be checked out and returned to any library on the three campuses.

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To assist new users, Libraries has created a helpful library guide that includes more information about PurdueBorrow. Libraries is extremely excited for this new contribution to world-class education and research for all Purdue students, staff, and faculty.

Note: Libraries plan to assess PurdueBorrow later in the spring semester. If you encounter any issues while placing requests or searching for PurdueBorrow materials, please submit a ticket so that staff can make note and investigate.

Libraries Must Have Made Santa’s “Nice” List This Year: Professor Emerita’s timeless Night Before Christmas Collection Gifted to Archives and Special Collections

December 22nd, 2021

Judith M. Nixon, Professor Emerita of Library Science, has decided to donate her collection of illustrated versions of Clement C. Moore’s Night Before Christmas to Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections, and to provide a generous endowment for the care and development of the collection. Fittingly, the first nine editions of the donation were delivered to the library on St. Nicholas Day, December 6, 2021. There, Nixon personally passed these treasured volumes into the hands of Archivist for University History Adriana Harmeyer for preservation, safekeeping, and the enjoyment of generations of Boilermakers to come.

Nixon, a longtime Libraries faculty member and recent retiree, frequently shared the joy and wonder of this personal collection with the Libraries staff during her tenure at Purdue, often bringing select editions into the library and giving presentations during the holiday season; long considered a highlight for many who work in Libraries. The staff’s enthusiasm for these books was one of the main reasons Nixon decided to donate her collection to the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections unit.  

Nixon and her husband Bob have been collecting both old and new editions of Night Before Christmas since 1977 when they bought Elisa Trimby’s newly published illustrated edition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for $5.95. Today, the Judith Nixon Night Before Christmas Collection includes illustrated editions by famous artists such as Thomas Nast, W. W. Denslow (the first illustrator of the Oz books), Jessie Wilcox Smith, Arthur Rackham, Grandma Moses, Reginald Birch, Tasha Tudor, Tomie de Paola, and hundreds of others. 

About Judith M. Nixon: Nixon received her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa in 1974 and her B.S. degree from Valparaiso University in Education in 1967.

Nixon and her husband Bob served in the U.S. Peace Corps as English language teachers from 1968-69 in the Kingdom of Tonga. After completing her M.A. in Library Science, Nixon worked as a reference librarian and business specialist from 1974-1984 at various institutions: Cedar Rapids Public Library, University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Arizona before coming to Purdue in 1984 as the Consumer & Family Sciences Librarian.

At Purdue, Nixon held several positions spanning nearly four decades: Consumer & Family Sciences Librarian, Head of the Management and Economics Library, Head of the HSSE Library, and since 2009 as the Education Librarian. A prolific researcher, she has mentored many scholars in the field of Information Science through her work as co-editor of the Collection Management journal. She retired from Purdue on January 2, 2021, and was subsequently honored by the American Library Association for her lifetime of “achievements to the world of librarianship.” 

Professor Emerita Judith Nixon presents her rare editions of Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, to Dean Beth McNeil (left) and Archivist for University History Adriana Harmeyer (right).       
Professor Emerita Judith Nixon’s 1883 Illustrated Edition of Night Before Christmas
by Clement C. Moore, bound in purple velvet. Nixon considers this edition one of her favorites from the Judith Nixon Night Before Christmas Collection, now endowed through her generosity in Archives and Special Collections.




2021 Winter Gift Sale

November 30th, 2021

Purdue University Press is offering a 50% discount on ALL TITLES published in 2021 and our ENTIRE BACKLIST through January 10, 2022. All you need to do is enter code 21GIFT50 when ordering directly from our website.

From gorgeous coffee-table books on Purdue & Indiana to stirring biographies on some of the most important figures in the space race; books for green thumbs and naturalists to stories of survival in times of war, persecution, or health crises; Purdue University Press has plenty of books that would make wonderful gifts for your loved ones or yourself!

Here’s a guide to just a few of our favorite gifts:


New in 2021


Space & Flight


Indiana & the Midwest


Purdue University


Gardening & the Outdoors


Memoirs of Hope and Survival


Health & Aging


Featured Database: MRI Simmons Insights

November 30th, 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 MRI Simmons Insights, brought to you by MRI Simmons.


MRI Simmons Insights, formerly known as Mediamark Internet Reporter, provides information on demographics, lifestyles, product and brand usage, and advertising media preferences reported by a sample of over 25,000 United States consumers.


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 MRI Simmons Insights to see the basics of using this database.

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Some other resources you might want to explore are:

  • Mintel, includes market research reports for Europe, the UK, and the US, that discuss market drivers, market size & trends, market segmentation, supply structure, advertising and promotion, retail distribution, consumer characteristics, and market forecasts.
  • SimplyAnalytics, contains demographic, housing, employment, consumer spending (CEX), D&B business points-of-interest files, and marketing data from Mediamark Research (MRI).

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.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to

Social Sciences Full Text – HSSE Featured Database

November 24th, 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 Social Sciences Full Text database, brought to you by EBSCO.


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

Focus: This database provides access to more than 150 important journals published in social sciences, with full text access dating back to 1972. This includes the latest concepts, theories, and methods in both applied and theoretical aspects of social science.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the Social Sciences Full Text database.

Why you should know this database: This database provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the U.S. and elsewhere with full text and page images from scores of key publications, plus abstracting and indexing of hundreds of others.

Quick tip: On the preview window, there is a link for the Detailed Record. If you click on this link, to the left side of the page, you will see a link for find similar results. You can use this to generate a new results list that share similar keyword and subjects as the article you selected originally. This is a great way to expand your research.

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Sociological Abstracts:

Combining Evidence Synthesis, Infodemic Management, and Participatory Design Practices to Understand How Health (Mis)Information Spreads in African American Communities

November 1st, 2021

Professor Bethany McGowan

In July 2021, Libraries Professor Bethany McGowan was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) planning grant to conduct research that seeks to understand how health information, including misinformation and disinformation, originates and spreads in African American communities. The planning grant will lay the foundation for a larger project grant proposal that will focus on developing an OER course or series of courses that teach library workers and information professionals to develop health literacy interventions that are culturally sensitive, inclusive, and equitable. Throughout the grant’s two-year timeframe, Professor McGowan will work with researchers from Howard University and Carnegie Mellon University to conduct a systematic review, carefully analyzing and synthesizing evidence from published literature. Her team will also execute a participatory design study to actively involve and listen to project stakeholders. The results of the systematic review, combined with those of the participatory design study, will inform the later design of the OER course(s).

This IMLS award follows McGowan’s acceptance into and completion of the highly competitive World Health Organization Infodemic Management Training in November 2020. Infodemic management is the systematic use of evidence-based analysis and interventions to manage mis/disinformation campaigns, mitigating the harmful effects of health misinformation on health behaviors during acute health events. During the training, McGowan upskilled her ability to respond to and deploy interventions that protect and mitigate misinformation and its harmful effects, evaluate the design and effectiveness of health communication interventions, and design health literacy interventions and health communications campaigns that strengthen the resilience of individuals and communities to misinformation and disinformation. Elements from the training are carefully threaded throughout her project’s action plan.

Though this IMLS-funded planning grant marks Professor McGowan’s first time leading a systematic review, systematic analysis and evidence-based practice have long been integral to her research, instruction, and outreach. In 2016 she helped launch the Libraries’ systematic review service and in 2019 she co-developed and co-taught a graduate-level course on systematic review methodology, an experience documented in a recent JMLA case report. She has co-authored several systematic reviews and meta-analyses alongside health sciences researchers and has co-taught an evidence-based practice Nursing course. And, she has worked with the non-profit Evidence Aid, helping to collate and summarize evidence that emergency responders and decision-makers use to prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies

Gale Literature – HSSE Featured Database

October 28th, 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 Gale Literature database, brought to you by Gale.


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

Focus: This database brings together several resources, including Gale eBooks, Gale Literature Criticism, Children’s Literature Review, and many others. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, book reviews, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the Gale Literature database.

Why you should know this database: Using this database will allow user to search across various premier Gale literature resources to discover and analyze content in new ways.

Quick tip: To the top right side of the screen, there is a button called Cite. If you click on this button, another window will appear with the full citation in several different citation styles. Select the one you need to copy and paste to your bibliography. However, do double check the citation. Occasionally, there are errors.

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Literary Reference Center Plus:

Dr. Kristina Bross Receives the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award

October 26th, 2021

Provost Akridge and Dean McNeil with Dr. Kristina Bross, recipient of the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award

Libraries is pleased to announce that Associate Dean for Research and Creative Endeavors in the Honors College and Professor of English Kristina Bross is the recipient of the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award. Dr. Bross is a staunch supporter of scholarly dissemination and open access, as demonstrated by her many projects completed in collaboration with Libraries.

Dr. Bross has always been eager to innovate and think creatively in order to provide exemplary learning experiences for students. As a member of the faculty advisory board for the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR), Dr. Bross is strongly invested in the journal’s success as an open access platform for undergraduate research endeavors. In collaboration with Purdue University Press and Archives and Special Collections, Dr. Bross edited a special collection of essays by Purdue undergraduates. Each participating student began their journey by exploring Archives, where they discovered, researched, and then wrote an essay about a piece of Purdue history that illuminates the student experience a century ago. The resulting book, More Than a Memory: Exploring Purdue University’s History Through Objects, was published by Purdue University Press in 2017, and is openly available to all.

During the summer of 2020, in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Bross again turned to Libraries for collaboration in developing new engagement opportunities for students in remote learning environments. Together, Libraries and Dr. Bross sought to answer the question, “What do we do when face-to-face engagement is impossible?” The result of this latest open access collaboration is IDEAS Magazine: Exhibit Catalog for the Honors College Visiting Scholars Series

Dr. Bross sums up IDEAS Magazine this way: “The inaugural issue of Ideas Magazine was created as a way to open up the Visiting Scholars series to more people—to offer contextual material about our visitors and their work and provide links to the recorded interviews. The pieces included in the issues of the magazine were created by students—members of the Visiting Scholars seminar and a talented team of student editors. Volume 1 is an experiment. A draft. A collaborative pilot project. A pandemic-driven pivot from in-person forms of learning to online, asynchronous learning. We built the plane while we were flying it…No doubt we’ll have to open up the engine again to tinker with it to get it really soaring. But it’s off the ground!”

Libraries is honored to recognize Dr. Bross for her creativity, leadership, and ongoing commitment to open access projects like these, and is proud to be a collaborative partner in her remarkable story of student engagement, opportunity, and success.

Welcome to International Open Access Week 2021

October 25th, 2021


International Open Access Week begins today. For many working in open scholarship, this is a time to reflect on Open Access and the role it plays in the dissemination and access of scholarly works. Open Access refers to the free, immediate, online availability of scholarly works, including rights to re-use that content. Open Access scholarly works are free from requirements that readers or libraries pay to read, otherwise known as paywall restrictions. 

Paywalls restrict access to scholarship, creating inequities in information access. Scholars at institutions that can afford to pay have access to cutting edge scholarship and research. Scholars at less advantaged institutions, those in the developing world, and K-12 educators and learners, experience limited access if they have access at all. What’s more, the cost of access to scholarship and research continue to rise at rates that exceed university budget increases. In the end, everyone experiences less and less access to scholarship.

Across the wider scholarly communication system, there is a growing awareness that the current system of paywall restrictions and rising subscription costs is financially unstable. Consequently, we are seeing a global shift towards transparency and openness in the dissemination of research. Key stakeholders are using collective bargaining and collaborative efforts to move towards openly sharing scientific discoveries. What’s more, scholarly publishers are responding to pressure from key stakeholders and offering more paths to open. 

There are many benefits to publishing scholarship using an open model. Open scholarship can be more easily accessed, and is more readily used. Open scholarship is more likely to be used by policy makers as well as practitioners and technicians in the field. It is more highly cited. In addition, since educators cannot teach scholarship that they cannot afford to read, open works are more likely to be used in teaching and learning.

While open access works are free to read, they are not free to publish. With open access, the costs of scholarship have been moved away from consumers to other places. Often, the costs of publishing are moved to authors, in the form of article processing charges (APCs). This is commonly known as Gold Open Access. For many researchers, the fees associated with open access publishing offer an impassable barrier to publication. For others, this means diverting precious research funds to publication fees. Fortunately, Purdue Libraries continues to provide support for open scholarship, including funds for payment of fees as well as building new relationships with publishers that allow free Open Access publishing for Purdue scholars.

Nina Collins, Scholarly Publishing Specialist

Kanopy – HSSE Featured Database

October 14th, 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 Kanopy database, brought to you by Kanopy.


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

Focus: This database is offers over 50,000 films from thousands of leading producers. These titles include many genres, including documentaries, movies, and training videos.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the Kanopy database.

Why you should know this database: This streaming service offers thousands of titles, including videos by PBS, Criterion, and Media Education Foundation. If our subscription does not offer access to title needed for a course or other learning opportunity, you can request that we gain access to that title. Also, there are many titles available through Kanopy that have public viewing rights.

Quick tip: Kanopy offers a list of related videos based on title you are viewing.

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Ambrose Video: