Farewell Gourmet

October 14, 2009

Gourmet magazine announced earlier this month that the November issue will be its last.  Publisher Conde Nast has decided to pull the plug on the iconic magazine after months of falling ad revenues.

The magazine has been in publication since December of 1940 and has approached the subject of food as culture ever since.  The magazine has featured such writers as Junogourmett Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer  Prize for The Brief Wondrous  of Oscar Wao, David Foster Wallace and Anthony Bourdain.

The Johnson & Wales North Miami Library retains Gourmet magazine from 1964 to the last issue.


Employment Articles in Business Source Complete

May 14, 2009

Looking for a job?  Did you know that you can use the library databases to find articles that offer guidance in your job search?

Here are three recent articles that can be accessed though the Business Source Complete database:

Title:  How to Land a Job in an Economic Downturn
Author: Thompson, Kimberly
Source:  Phi Kappa Phi Forum; Spring2009, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p26-27, 2p

Title:  Writing a Recession-Proof Resume
Author:  Hosking, Rob
Source:  Office Pro; Apr2009, Vol. 69 Issue 3, p5-5

Title:  The Interview That’ll Bag a Job
Author:  Needleman, Sarah, E.
Source:  Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition; 4/14/2009, Vol. 253 Issue 86, pD4

You can find these in Business Source Complete by searching the title and author from each article, or you can find them by using these related job hunting subjects:

EMPLOYMENT interviewing
ENTRY-level employment
JOB hunting
RESUMES (Employment)

To access the Business Source Complete database, go to the library’s website:

…then click on Databases
…then scroll down until you see Business Source Complete (Business Source Premier) in the alphabetical listing.

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.

Taste 2009: Q&A

March 5, 2009

Last week’s Miami New Times (Feb 26 – Mar 4) included an insert (Taste 2009) that featured interviews with six local chefs:

Jonathan Eismann – chef/owner of Pacific Time
Cindy Hutson – Ortanique on the Mile
Clay Conley – Azul
Michael Schwartz – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Allen Susser – Chef Allen’s
Kris Wessel – Red Light

If you missed the opportunity to grab your own copy of Taste 2009, you can download it using the link below (please note that the document is 32mb — 28pgs, so it may take a while to load for you):


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.

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?

DiscoverPolicing.Org: Law Enforcement Career Tool

February 2, 2009

The January, 2009 issue of The Police Chief magazine describes a new web site (http://discoverpolicing.org) 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.

Trade Magazine Update: Pastry Arts & Design & Chocolatier

December 17, 2008


Recently Pastry Art & Design, Chocolatier and Frozen Desserts magazines combined to create Dessert Professional magazine.  The magazine is a valuable resource for Baking and Pastry Arts students.  Readers will find a wide array of information from news, trends, business profiles, equipment reviews, featured chefs and recipes applicable for the pastry and dessert professional. The magazine is published six times per year and can be found alphabetically in the magazine and journal display under “Dessert.”


The magazine also offers a Social Networking web site with forums, blogs, event postings, group and personalized pages, and a photo gallery, among other tools, for those interested in the Arts of Desserts.  An embeddable web banner application that can be added to your web site, Facebook or Myspace page is offered as well.  The site can be found at http://www.dessertprofessional.com/