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How much stuff does the library have in its collection?

by Cary Cline 5/30/2008 9:13:00 AM

Q:  How much stuff do we have?

A:  Here’s the scoop. As of April 2008, our current holdings in books and other formats is:    

563,470   physical books in the DePaul General Libraries*
3,659   physical books in the Vincentian Studies Institute collection
22,799   electronic (i.e. Internet) books, mostly accessible through aggregator services like NetLibrary and Books 24x7
5,700   volumes on microforms (microfilm, microfiche)

Serials / Periodicals:
146,871   bound volumes   

95,003   volumes on microforms representing 9,373   journal titles that we currently receive or received in the past. 
Note: This figure for journal titles is tricky.  If a periodical changes its name, say from “Miller GAAP Guide” to “Miller GAAP Guide Level A” to “GAAP Guide Level A” this counts as 3 titles even though it’s essentially the same periodical.
25,779  electronic journal titles, accessible through aggregator services like ABI Inform

Visual images:
50,016   digital images in the joint database of the Library’s Digital Collection and the DePaul Art Gallery
88,792    film slides
5,253    digital images in the joint database of the Library and the Vincentian Studies Institute’s web-based metadata collection

Non-print media:
DVDs     2,597 items representing 2,059 titles (i.e. some titles have 2 or more discs, or we have more than one copy)
VHS     8,809 items, 6,118 titles
CDs   12,301 items, 9,403 titles

Older media formats:  
342   titles on CD-ROM and software discs (remember them?)
14   titles on 12” laser disc  (But we have dumped all our Beta tapes!)
1,098   items representing 278 titles on audiocassette tapes (mostly music)
4.974   items representing 3,489 titles on vinyl LPs

I Heart LibX

by courtney 5/29/2008 3:20:00 PM

Do you ever find yourself thinking...

'Does the library subscribe to this journal my professor wants me to use?'

'This book on Amazon looks like it might be useful - I wonder if the library has it so I don't have to buy it?'

'Sometimes finding the full text of an article from Google Scholar isn't as easy as it should be.'

If any of those sound familiar, I've got a browser plug-in for you: LibX. Available for Firefox and Internet Explorer, this plugin is customized especially for DePaul, and pops a handy little search bar across the top of your browser window so you can quickly and easily search the library catalog, or check on whether the library has the journal you need online or in print.

Even better, do this from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or many other sites -  you'll see a little DePaul icon next to book titles. Highlight any word or phrase in a web page and right click to search the library catalog for that item, or drag-and-drop onto the 'Scholar' button in the toolbar to generate a search in Google Scholar. Speaking of Google Scholar, results will have shiny 'find full text' buttons, so you're only one click away from finding out whether the library has what you're looking for.

Give it a try!

For Firefox:

For Internet Explorer:

(More general information at:

Memorial Day 2008

by Brian DeHart 5/23/2008 5:44:00 PM

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. To read more about the history of this national holiday, click here.

All DePaul Libraries will maintain normal hours on Saturday and Sunday; Only the Lincoln Park Campus Library will be open on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


We're #1, We're #1! (In construction and mining equipment wholesalers!)

by Heather Jagman 5/22/2008 10:52:00 AM

The 2002 Economic Census ranks states by their top industries. Per capita, Illinois is first in "construction and mining (except oil well) machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers," which may seem a little boring.  But we are second in “beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers”, third in “nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing” and fourth in “Mayonnaise, dressing, and other prepared sauce manufacturing”.  Mmmm, red licorice and jelly beans with a side of  French dressing please!  Should I pair that with a red or white wine?  (We suspect either is fine as long as you are of age and refrain from jumping on a bulldozer afterwards.)

Rounding out our top five is “office machinery and equipment rental and leasing.”  

To see industries in which Illinois ranks first in terms of total sales or receipts, or to check out other information from the 2002 Economic Census, visit Top Ranking Industries Organized by State.  (And yes, per capita,  Wisconsin is still number one in cheese.)

Image Collection Content Update

by Michael Donovan 5/19/2008 4:04:00 PM

More content has been added to the Image Collection website. Rest of the Flight Into Egypt

Artists include:

  • Lucas Cranach, the elder   
  • Andy Warhol
  • Joseph Cornell

Over the next few weeks, look for additional images of Islamic art, African art and Latin American art of the 20th Century to be added to the collection.

For more information about the Image Collection, or for assistance in locating images, contact the Image Collection staff.

How do I cite a journal article?

by Brian DeHart 5/16/2008 5:18:00 PM

One of the most frustrating tasks about college-level writing is documenting your sources using correct citation style. The two most common styles are APA (American Psychological Association), used primarily in natural science and social science disciplines, and MLA (Modern Languages Association), used mostly in the humanities. There are several other styles, too. If your instructor does not specify which style to use, choose either APA or MLA accordingly.

Although some free Websites and research databases offer to format your citations automatically with the click of a mouse, be careful. This formatting is not always done correctly. It’s to your advantage to have a working knowledge of how properly formatted citations should look, so that you can make adjustments as needed.

Without the actual APA or MLA style manuals at hand, you can turn to the many basic citation examples that exist online to help you format your own bibliography. A listing of some of the most helpful sites appears here. If you have a source for which there is not a good example or are otherwise stuck, use the "Ask a Librarian" button located at the top of this screen.

Crossword Puzzle: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

by Alexis Burson 5/15/2008 9:00:00 AM

Test your kBurson, Alexis. Borobudur: Indonesian Buddhist Temple. 1994. nowledge of Asian/Pacific word heritage and inventions with a crossword!!!!! 


crossword_Asianpacific.pdf (9.38 kb)

Don't peek yet, but here's the solution:

crossword_Asianpacific_solution.pdf (10.76 kb)


Burson, Alexis. Borobudur: Indonesian Buddhist Temple. 1994.

I Heart the Reverse Dictionary

by missy 5/14/2008 2:14:00 PM
Got a case of tip-of-your-tongue syndrome? The Reverse Dictionary might be an effective remedy, allowing you to describe a concept and get results about it. Let's say you're telling someone about the penalty Tomas Holmstrom got in the Stanley Cup playoff game the other night for interfering in the ... the ... you know, that part of the ice right in front of the goal. Reverse Dictionary to the rescue: entering "hockey goalie area" nets me (pun fully intended) the word "crease" and 100 other related terms that I can browse.

For your academic work, there are other tools the library offers that can help with this kind of thing, too: a thesaurus (Roget's and lots of other options at R. 423.1), a visual dictionary (R. 423.1 M167C1992), a thematic dictionary (Descriptionary, LPC R. 423.1 M133D), or a reference e-book collection like Credo for more substantial research.

But when you're trying to think of a term that you might not have dropped into casual usage since that philosophy class two years ago, it's nice to type in "German worldview" and be pointed to multiple definitions of "weltanschauung". And while I can neither confirm nor deny that it may be useful for crossword puzzles (a seven-letter word for hungry: p??ki?h) and Scrabulous, this may be a tip you want to keep to yourself.

fun with the O.E.D.

by Alexis Burson 5/13/2008 6:33:00 PM

Check out 2 of the recent additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, a recognized authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.

girlcott, v.

Of a woman or group of women: to boycott.

1884 Argus (New Philadelphia, Ohio) 3 Apr. 3/7 The young women..have resolved to girlcott any young man that smokes or goes out of the theatre between acts. 1943 Kingsport (Tennessee) News (Electronic text) 12 July, The Cabinet wives girlcotted Peggy and lobbied at Jackson until the Secretary was forced to resign. 1987 K. LETTE Girls' Night Out (1989) 215 Julia wears no make-up, always meets her journalistic deadlines, girl-cotts products from South Africa. 2001 F. POPCORN & A. HANFT Dict. Future 192 Female tennis players have considered, but have not yet girlcotted, Grand Slam events that award more prize money to men.

hellzapoppin, adj.

Hectic, chaotic; extremely eventful, action-packed, exciting; ostentatious, flashy.

1945 Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune 27 Dec. 5/8 The Detroits floundered hilariously into the world championship in seven hellzapoppin' games. 1982 K. A. MARLING Wall-to-wall Amer. ii. 120 Their fields fairly crackle with the hell's-a-poppin' energy of great machines that reap and grind. 1994 Sight & Sound Oct. 49/2 As dull-witted and straitjacketed by cliché as it is visually hellzapoppin, the film may be a watershed moment. 1998 Time 23 Feb. 94/1 Bratby, the Kitchen Sink school leader of the 1950s, had a hellzapoppin love affair with a much younger Diane Hills, to whom he wrote letters.

The Oxford English Dictionary can be located in the DePaul Libraries' A-Z database list.

I found articles using the data base but I am not sure whether or not they are scholarly

by Alexis Burson 5/9/2008 9:25:00 AM
I'd be happy to help! Once you've found articles in a database, you can determine if they are scholarly through a number of means. The first way is to take a look at the articles to determine if they are scholarly. They should meet the specific criteria of a scholarly article. For example, scholarly articles are written for an academic audience, not the general reader. They tend to be lengthier than magazine articles and list references. Scholarly sources often cite studies, statistics, or include other types of data. For a more thorough list of identifying features of scholarly publications visit:

If you're still not sure if an article is from a scholarly journal, you can look it up in Ulrich's, a periodical directory available online in the library's A-Z database list.

I hope this helps and follow up if you have other questions.



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