Book Highlight: Greentailing and Other Revolutions in Retail

February 27, 2009

The library has just purchased a new book title: Greentailing and Other Revolutions in Retail. This book examines green trends in the retailing business. “Greentailing” focuses on the growing demand for sustainable, organic, and environmentally conscious products and business practices. For anyone in or planning on going into the retail business, this book is definitely worth checking out!

Greentailing and other revolutions in retail / Neil Z. Stern, Willard N. Ander HF5429 .S734 2008

To find articles on “green” retailing, you can search the database, GreenFiles, on the JWU Library website at: > Databases >> Scroll to GreenFiles


Getting to Know LexisNexis

February 27, 2009

Many times students will use Academic Search Premier as their primary database when starting research due to its multi-disciplinary scope.  Our campus also subscribes to LexisNexis, another multi-discipline database that provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications.  Apprehension of use by students may stem from the unfamiliar format that the database defaults to when accessed.  By learning how to navigate through the interface using a few tricks, students will have yet another powerful database to access for their research.

LexisNexis defaults to a “general search” form, which is geared toward a simple query and searches across the most popular content.  You may want to start your research here if you are not sure which sources to use. The “general search” automatically incorporates terms and connectors (Boolean operators such as “and” and “or”)   based on what was entered.  Simply type in a few words or short phrases that describes your topic, then click the search button. Using this feature will often yield hundreds of results.

The “power search” has many advantages, and I urge students to view the tutorials available on the left hand side of the screen to learn more. One main advantage of the “power search” is that you can choose between terms and connectors or natural language. Select terms and connectors to retrieve more specific information such as a relationship between the search words entered, comprehensive coverage of an issue, or specific information in a document. It is best to select natural language when the topic is more conceptual than specific or when a search is complex and you are uncertain which terms to use.

LexisNexis offers a variety of search options. At the top of the search page there are several category tabs, each designed to search a particular type of content.  There is a news tab which can be used to search within a specific source, the New York Times for example.  The legal tab allows you to search search within law review journals, federal and state cases or codes, tax law, and international legislation. Under the business tab you can  search for information such as corporate news, financial and business information for specific companies. Finally, use the people tab to search for biographical information about individuals using the biographical search form.

I’ve have just briefly touched on a few of the basic features of LexisNexis. I suggest that you experiment with some of the options I have discussed above to get familiar with LexisNexis, then take the tutorials. Over the next several weeks I will highlight specific features within LexisNexis. If there is a specific feature you would like me to discuss, please add a comment or question. LexisNexis is just another powerful tool the library offers that can empower you to effectively access the information you need to succeed in the academic and professional world.

Cybercrime Research: Keywords and Subject Headings in Academic Search Premier

February 24, 2009

Sometimes a term for a topic may have variations in how it is spelled out.  For example, “Cybercrime” shows up in various forms:

cyber crime

In this brief tutorial, you’ll see how to see an easy way to use the word “or” to search these variations in one search, and you’ll see how to use subject terms in Academic Search Premier:

To access Academic Search Premier, go to our library site:

…and click on the “Databases” link.
…then click on “Academic Search Premier”

Starting out with keywords:

It may be useful to search all of the keyword variations to find what you need.  For a quick search, you could search cybercrime (and each variation) as a keyword in the title.  An easy way to do this in one step is to insert the word OR between your terms to enter them in the same search (and for phrases, it’s often beneficial to use quotation marks to keep your terms as phrases).

Here’s an example of how to use Academic Search Premier to find articles that contain cybercrime, cyber-crime or cyber crime in the title (of the article).  To search for articles with these keywords in the title, select “TI Title” in the dropdown box to the right.  See the example below; the terms and drop-down item have been underlined in red:


Revising your search with relevant subject terms:

After looking at your results, it may be useful to redo the search by using Subject Terms that are relevant to the topic.  Here are a few of them listed in Academic Search Premier:

COMPUTER crimes — Investigation
COMPUTER hackers
CREDIT card fraud
INFORMATION technology

To search for articles by subject, choose “SU Subject Terms” in the dropdown box on the right:


Here are some additional subjects that you might consider.  You can search them individually (if they’re closely related to your main topic), or use them to narrow your search by adding them to the row below:

ACCESS control
COMPUTER security
COMPUTER viruses
CONFIDENTIAL business information
DATA protection
DATA security
SWINDLERS & swindling
UNITED States. Dept. of Justice
UNITED States. Secret Service


Military & Government Collection:

Another database you may want to use for this topic is Military & Government Collection.  It comes from Ebsco, the same company that gives us Academic Search Premier, and you can use the same subjects listed above to find more articles on your topic.

Please note:
Subject terms used in one database often may not be the same in another, especially if the databases are from different vendors.  The best strategy in searching is to use keywords that relate to your topic, and then revise your search using relevant subject terms. 

Also, if you are ever in a database and don’t see “subject” as a searchable field, don’t stress out…some databases use the term “descriptors” or “topics” instead of “subject” as a searchable option.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask…

-by using the instant message feature (meebo) in the upper-right pane of this blog.

-by phone:  305-892-7043

-or stop by, we’re happy to help.

Food Protection Trends

February 8, 2009

Recent headlines warning of salmonella poisoning and the recall of various peanut products have once again raised our consciousness concerning foodborne illnesses and food safety. Food Protection Trends is published by the International Association for Food Protection. The scope of this journal states that it is targeted toward persons working in industry or regulatory agencies, individuals teaching in the field of food science, or anyone interested in food safety and food protection. Your JWU North Miami campus Library has electronic and print formats available from 2003 to the present.

The January, 2009 issue contains an article describing a study of several cooking shows on the Food Network. “A Content Analysis of Food Safety Measures on Television’s Food Network” by Erica Goss Irlbeck, Cindy Akers, and Mindy M. Brashears, critiques the programs by rating how well the shows conveyed common consumer food safety measures. The article points out that the Food Network is a very popular cable network (it is distributed to over 85 million households) and that over the past five years, many people have learned cooking preparation techniques by watching the programming on this network. The article also states that food safety experts believe that instances of foodborne illnesses that are contracted in the home are far more common than what is reported in the media.

Although all the shows reviewed by the researchers provided food safety information from time to time, such as washing fresh produce and proper hand washing, the conclusion is that the amount of food safety information available on the Food Network could be improved. Recognizing that time constraints prevent TV cooking show hosts from showing all food safety steps, the researchers suggested that graphics or “pop-ups” be used and food safety discussions and instructions, such as always using a meat thermometer when preparing meat, be included. Adding a section to the Food Network’s web site to educate consumers on food safety is also recommended.

If programming executives from the Food Network are aware of this research, they may be looking for different ways to present culinary arts and food safety techniques. The researchers suggest that a follow-up study be conducted in a year or two to see if any improvements in food safety practices were made on the shows they studied.

So many talk shows include a food preparation segment in the programming. What shortcuts have you noticed that could result in transmitting a foodborne illness?

Black History Month: Events and Resources

February 5, 2009

You’ll see some links to events in this post (below), but first, here are a few resources you may find useful:



Biography Resource Center offers an easy way to find background information on notable African-Americans.


You can search by name of a specific individual, or you can browse through a list of African Americans that have been added to the database.


To access Biography Resource Center, go to


…and follow these steps:


1. click on the “Databases” link.

2. scroll down and click on the link for “Biography Resource Center”

3. under “Category Browse” (in the left pane), click on “African Americans”



To find JWU Library books and videos, you can search our library catalog for specific individuals, or you can use “African Americans – Biography” as an LC Subject to browse the collection.  Here are a few titles under that subject:


Make it plain : standing up and speaking out / Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ; with Lee A. Daniels

Popular   E185.97.J78 A3 


Finding Oprah’s roots : finding yours / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Popular   E185.96 .G383 2007 


Condoleezza Rice : an American life : a biography / Elisabeth Bumiller

Popular   E840.8.R48 .B86 2007 


Ace of spades : a memoir / by David Matthews

Popular   E184.A1 M32 2007 


Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance / Barack Obama

Popular   E185.97.O23 A3 2007 


In remembrance of Martin

[VHS] E185.97.K5 I56 2001


The African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our country / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West

E185.96 .G38 2000 


Martin Luther King, Jr. / Thomas Siebold, book editor

E185.97.K5 M288 2000 


Thurgood Marshall: justice for all

[DVD] KF8745.M34 T47 1997



Web Resources


The Library of Congress hosts two sites with fantastic collections of images, audio, and video:


African American History Month


African American Mosaic



Additionally, there are two excellent resources within the Florida Memory site:


Images of Florida’s Black History


The Black Experience: A Guide to African American Resources in the State Library and Archives of Florida




Events and Activities


Black History events listed at the Miami-Dade Public Library:


Events listed at the Broward County Library:


From (statewide):

DiscoverPolicing.Org: Law Enforcement Career Tool

February 2, 2009

The January, 2009 issue of The Police Chief magazine describes a new web site ( that was officially launched in November, 2008, as a joint venture between the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The site is designed to provide clear and accurate information on law enforcement careers, while offering hiring agencies and law enforcement job seekers a central platform where meaningful career information is shared. The article explains that 70 percent of respondents to a recent IACP survey indicated that hiring officers has become more difficult over the last five years. Public misperception, coupled with uncomplimentary misrepresentations by the media, has influenced the career choices of young people away from law enforcement.

A real benefit of this site is that it is information rich. Along with the various types of agencies and sworn law enforcement careers that are represented, resources concerning civilian law enforcement careers are also included. The scope is nationwide and international.

The Police Chief is published monthly and is the official publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. Your JWU North Miami campus Library has print copies from 2002 to the present.