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4/19: problem with Web of Science “FindText” button

1 p.m., Thursday, April 19. There is currently a problem within Web of Science: FindText buttons are not retrieving articles properly in OneSearch (the Libraries’ online catalog/discovery tool). If you encounter this problem, please copy and paste the article title directly into OneSearch. The vendor is aware of the issue and working on a fix.

We know it is crunch time, so here are some alternate ways to get to the full-text articles:

For further help, you are welcome to open a Chat session with a librarian or to send an email to

Please email us at if you encounter a similar problem with databases other than Web of Science.

Student Winners of UT Creative Writing Prizes to Read April 23

Student winners of the University of Tennessee’s graduate-level writing awards will read from their winning works on Monday, April 23. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series.


Readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.

Each spring, the Creative Writing Program awards first-, second-, and third-place prizes for the John C. Hodges Award for Fiction Writing and the John C. Hodges Award for Poetry Writing. Awards are made possible by the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


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SGA Open Education Award winners to be announced April 23

Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching and learning. Open textbooks can be read online for free. By adopting open textbooks in their courses, UT instructors have saved students hundreds of thousands of dollars this past year.

Last year, the Student Government Association worked with the UT Libraries to launch an award recognizing instructors who use open educational resources, including free and openly licensed textbooks.

This year’s SGA Open Education Awards will be presented on April 23. Here is an open invitation from SGA and the Libraries:

The 2018 SGA Open Education Award winners will be announced at a reception on Monday, April 23rd.

Student Government leaders invite you to the celebration! Students will recognize faculty and instructors who are using openly-licensed, free educational resources.

Instructors from the following subject areas were nominated for the awards: Biology, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Three courses and/or instructors will receive awards.

Please join us:

Monday, April 23rd
3:30 p.m.

Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room (room 258, across from the Main Public Services Desk)

Beverages and light fare will be available. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 19, 2018, and please share this message with your colleagues.

The UTK Student Government Association and the reception hosts, UT Libraries

We want your feedback on Mango & Rosetta Stone language tools

The library currently has a trial for Mango Languages, an interactive learning tool that covers many languages and dialects for students, staff, and faculty to learn at their leisure. From Arabic to Yiddish, learners will be taken through the basics of conversation in the given language for a quick and simple way to learn. The UT Libraries already subscribes to Rosetta Stone, another language learning database focused on language fluency rather than conversation.

In order to ascertain the needs of our users, we have created a user survey for those who have tried either Mango Languages, Rosetta Stone, or both. We will use this data to decide on future purchasing decisions. We encourage everyone to try out our new Mango Languages Trial and explore your language learning desires. Please note: first-time users will need to set up an account while ON CAMPUS before exploring. Those who wish to participate are also invited to take our survey regarding the two databases at

Attention faculty and staff:

Join our webinar on how to use Mango Languages, an online language learning software, in your teaching. View a demonstration that showcases the features that can make Mango useful for you and your students.

3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26
Conference ID: 306-711-700 #
Join the webinar.
Prefer to phone in?

The UT Libraries is offering Mango Languages on a trial basis until June 5, 2018.

Facts about Mango:

Mango offers online learning in the following languages — including, in some instances, several dialects:
American Sign Language, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Iraqi), Arabic (Levantine), Arabic (Modern Standard), Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Cherokee, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Dzongkha, English (United States), English (Shakespearean), Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek (Ancient), Greek (Koine), Greek (Modern), Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew (Biblical), Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish (Standard), Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Malay, Malayalam, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Pirate, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Punjabi (Pakistani), Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Shanghainese, Slovak, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin American), Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Tuvan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Yiddish

You can watch foreign films online via Mango. Once you have set up a Mango account (from on-campus), you can watch from anywhere. Switch on English subtitles or read along in the film’s original language.

Paper Due Soon? Join Our “Writing Blitz” April 19

Writing papers got you down? Not sure how or where to start your research? Join us for a “Writing Blitz” in Hodges Library on Thursday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., in Room 213.

Work surrounded by others with the same goal in mind: FINISH THOSE PAPERS!

From pencils to laptops to citation guides — resources will be readily available to help you tackle those papers. Free-roaming librarians will be on hand to assist with reference questions. Writing Center tutors will be on site to help you through the writing process. Refreshments and take-a-break activities will also be available to keep you energized and motivated.

Webinar: Open Access Publishing & Avoiding Predatory Journal Publishers

“Open Access Publishing & Avoiding Predatory Journal Publishers”
(A Zoom webinar with Rachel Caldwell, UT’s Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian)
April 12th, 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Whether you’re looking for journals in your field, receive a solicitation to submit work from a publisher, or are wondering which Open Access journals are trustworthy, this workshop will teach you how to investigate a journal’s reputation before you submit your work to a publisher.

The workshop/webinar will be held online via Zoom. The session is intended for UT faculty as well as graduate students who are, or will be, publishing in scholarly journals. Details on the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants.

Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 2-6

Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week is April 2-6, 2018. UT organizations and units across campus have teamed up with the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School to show appreciation for all that our graduate students do. There are events both to celebrate graduate students and to help them in achieving their goals.

Following are events that are either sponsored by the UT Libraries or are taking place in Hodges Library:

Monday, April 2
• 11 a.m. – noon / Research Poster Workshop / 128 Hodges Library
• noon – 4 p.m. / HABIT Animals / Veterans Resource Center, ground floor, Hodges Library
• 1-6 p.m. / Massage Day for Graduate Students / 213 Hodges Library

Tuesday, April 3
• noon – 1:15 p.m. / Plagiarism, Copyright, and Avoiding Research Misconduct in the Publication Process / 128 Hodges Library
• 2:10 – 4: 10 p.m. / Developing Teaching Philosophy and Diversity Statements / 213 Hodges Library

Wednesday, April 4
• 1-3 p.m. / Norway International Coffeehouse / Mary Greer Room (258 Hodges)
• 2:30-4 p.m. / Dissertation Formatting Workshop with Vincent Price / 213 Hodges Library

Thursday, April 5
• 9-11 a.m. / Professional Headshots / 235 Hodges Library
• noon-1:30 p.m. / Lunch & Learn: What is “Consent”? / Mary Greer Room (258 Hodges)

Friday, April 6
• 3-5 p.m. / Professional Headshots / 235 Hodges Library

View the full schedule for Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week.

Share Your Response to “Station Eleven”

The UT Libraries is collecting essays and other creative responses to Station Eleven, last fall’s Life of the Mind reading, for a book to be published by Newfound Press, the UT Libraries’ online imprint.

The Libraries welcomes all submissions that can be represented in a printed publication — essays, poems, works of art, even humor. Our copy deadline is May 25, 2018.

The excerpt, below, is from an essay that will appear in the upcoming book.

Back when I was first reading Station Eleven, I commented to a colleague that it reminded me of The Road. In my superficial reading of things, they both depicted people on a journey in a world in which everything had collapsed. My colleague correctly noted that Station Eleven was nothing like The Road, that it had a completely different theme and message. I believe she meant that the former had a message of optimism and preservation of culture, while the latter was simply about survival in a world in ¬which nature itself has failed to function. At the end of Station Eleven, they see lights in the distance, indicating that someone has started up a power plant. At the end of The Road, I believe there is a sense that a small cadre of people will re-start humanity, assuming the sun will shine through the clouds at some point and start photosynthesis.

. . . We are fortunate to have many horrific futures to choose from in our literature. The Hunger Games series has a particular resonance for our times, in that it shows an aristocracy living off the sweat of the serfs in a neo-feudal police state. Soylent Green had a similar resonance in the years before environmental awareness. Mad Max and its ilk appeal to me less, since they seem less rooted in our realities. But they share with Station Eleven the notion that, in a vacuum, leadership will be grabbed by evil people. This starts us thinking about cults and other instances in which we see this now and through history. In this sense, these futures share more than we’d like to think with our present and past. . . .

(excerpted from “What Will I Do in the Coming Dystopia?” by Brooks Clark)

Read more here about Station Eleven and how to submit your essay or other creative response.

FYS 100 Students Invited to Submit “Station Eleven” Essays

Want to see your work in print? The UT Libraries invites FYS 100 students to submit the assignments they created last fall in response to Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven.

The UT Libraries is collecting essays and other creative responses to Station Eleven for a book to be published this coming fall by Newfound Press, the Libraries’ online imprint. The Libraries welcomes all responses that can be represented in a printed publication — essays, poems, works of art, even humor. The call for creative responses is open to all UT students.

During the fall semester of 2017, Station Eleven was the focus of UT’s Life of the Mind freshman reading program, as well as Knoxville’s Big Read. Hundreds of Knoxville citizens and thousands of UT students read and discussed the novel. The UT Libraries’ book will commemorate their responses and continue the conversation.

This is not the UT Libraries’ first such publishing venture. Last year, the Libraries published a book of essays in response to Knoxville’s Big Read of Ernest Gaines’s book A Lesson Before Dying.

The copy deadline for submissions to the Libraries’ Station Eleven book is May 25, 2018. So, dig out that assignment and send it in today!

Submissions and inquiries should be directed to Robin Bedenbaugh, coordinator of marketing and communication, University of Tennessee Libraries, at

Writers in the Library: Brenda Hillman, April 16

Brenda HillmanOn Monday, April 16, poet and editor Brenda Hillman will read as part of the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library reading series. Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry, and her most recent Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days.

In 2016 Brenda Hillman was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor. Among other awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Included in their list of “50 of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World,” Poets & Writers states, “[Hillman] reminds us that the language we use when ordering a sandwich is also the language we use to make art. Her environmental concerns prove writers can offer more than just aesthetic pleasure.”

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


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