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Learn, Explore, and Perform Text and Data Mining Research With Constellate

The University of Missouri Libraries currently have Beta access to a new text and data mining service from JSTOR and Portico. This is a new, free tool that enables TDM access to over 30 million journal articles, book chapters, and research reports in the JSTOR and Portico databases. The tool provides online access to a computing environment (Python, jupyter notebooks) for building and analyzing datasets, along with extensively-documented tutorial notebooks and additional learning resources for beginning Python and TDM techniques.

Our access to the beta allows for larger datasets and additional computing resources over the free tier, so to get started visit our guide for up-to-date information, access links, and workshop information.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommedations

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and at Mizzou Libraries we are celebrating Asian and Pacific American stories and authors! Join us in celebrating these stories and authors by picking up one of these books at your Mizzou libraries!


The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan:

The Joy Luck Club is a story that focuses on the relationship between mothers and daughters and the deep feelings that connect us all. We follow four Chinese women in 1949 after their recent immigration to San Francisco. As these women begin a routine of meeting up to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk with one another, the reader and the women see how between their shared history, loss, and hopeful optimism, these women share a connection and, through this connection, they create the “Joy Luck Club”. Amy Tan writes a tender and immersive story that highlights the beauty and deep feelings that connect all mothers and daughters that will hopefully leave everyone feeling understood by these characters and stories. 



A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki:

In this unforgettable novel, we follow two stories: the first takes place in Tokyo, where we meet sixteen-year-old Nao, who, after being bullied by her classmates, contemplates taking her life. However, before she does anything drastic, she wants to document her great grandmother’s eventful life as a Buddhist nun. Recording everything in her diary, Nao writes without understanding how important her words will eventually become. Across the ocean on a remote island, a novelist discovers a washed-up Hello Kitty lunchbox containing a collection of artifacts and believes it to be debris from the 2011 tsunami. However, as the story develops and these artifacts’ contents are uncovered, we learn how these two characters overlap and how their stories can hopefully help each other. http://merlin.lib.umsystem.edu:80/record=b9598306~S1



American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang:

In this action-packed graphic novel, we follow the lives of three very different characters: Jin Wang, the new kid in town, who quickly realizes he is the only Chinese-American student; a character named “Monkey King”, who is the subject of one of the oldest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of negative Chinese stereotypes, who ruins his cousin Danny’s “popular” image every year when he comes to visit. This modern fable is filled with twists and turns perfect for young adult readers or anyone curious to see how these three characters’ stories unfold. http://merlin.lib.umsystem.edu/record=b5854219~S1




Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri:

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth consists of eight stories that range from Seattle to India to Thailand. In these stories, we follow a diverse cast of characters as they navigate different relationships in their lives. In the titular story, a mother has just moved to a new city and watches the bond between her father and son grow, but is unaware of her own father’s secrets. In “A Choice of Accommodations,” a husband attempting to turn a friend’s wedding into a romantic getaway finds the night taking dark and surprising turns. In “Only Goodness,” a sister eager to give her younger brother the picture-perfect childhood she never had must now wrestle her guilt and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family. Filled with rich stories and stunning writing, Unaccustomed Earth is a powerful piece of work you have to check out! http://merlin.lib.umsystem.edu:80/record=b6304064~S1


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong:

Author Cathy Park Hong, daughter of Korean immigrants, didn’t understand why she grew up feeling ashamed, suspicious, and sad. Later in life, she would coin these feelings as “minor feelings” that often occur when American optimism deeply contradicts and affects your realities. Using her own story, Hong examines racial consciousness in America and unpacks each of her relationships, from her family to her feelings towards the English language. Minor Feelings is a unique and eye-opening memoir that will blow you away with Hong’s honest and critical writing! You can request a copy here: http://merlin.lib.umsystem.edu:80/record=b13651982~S1


Danielle Gorman / English Intern / Spring 2021

MU Libraries & the Research Lifecycle

From discovering new resources to tracking your impact, MU Libraries is here to support you every step of the way!

We offer a range of services covering all aspects of the Research Lifecycle, such as:

Contact your Subject Librarian for services in your area!

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Cambridge University Press: “Read & Publish” Agreement

MU Libraries is excited to announce a transformational “Read & Publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press! 

This agreement greatly expands your electronic access to Cambridge journals (the “Read”)and it waives Article Processing Charges (APCs) to make your work Open Access (the “Publish”). 

  • In 2021, the agreement waives 10 APCs. Because of this limited number, MU Libraries has decided to support Assistant Professors on a first come, first served basis. 
  • If there are any remaining waivers at the end of 2021, MU Libraries can retroactively make other articles OA with the approval of the author. 
  • The MU author must be the corresponding author. 
  • The original research must be published in an eligible gold or hybrid journal. List of eligible journals by subject (2021-05-06)

Read more about the MU Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press 

Questions? Contact your Subject Librarian or Corrie Hutchinson, Associate University Librarian for Acquisitions, Collections, & Technical Services. 

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Library Curbside Pickup Service Ending on May 13

The MU Libraries curbside pickup service will end on Thursday, May 13. The service is ending because of construction projects occurring this summer near the patron pickup location.

Questions? Call 573-882-3362 or email MULibraryCircDesk@missouri.edu

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Ellis Library Open Extended Hours for Finals Study

Starting April 25, Ellis Library will be open even longer, including some Saturday hours. For a complete listing of hours, including for all specialized libraries, visit library.missouri.edu/hours.

Finals Weeks
(April 25–May 14)
Sun 10am–Midnight
Mon–Thu 7:30am–Midnight
Fri 7:30am–8pm
Sat 10am-8pm
Sun 10am-Midnight

Faculty: What Workshops Would You Like To See From MU Libraries Next Year?

MU Libraries is committed to supporting the professional development of all faculty. We are developing a new series of workshops for 2021-22 focusing on library resources and services that benefit faculty who are new to MU, approaching tenure and promotion, or exploring new ideas for teaching and research.

We value your input in this process, and are eager to learn which of the following workshop topics you find most worthwhile.

The survey linked below outlines potential topics and themes. Please take a minute or two to let us know which ones you would like to see offered.



Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

MU Remembers: Honor with Books

This year’s MU Remembers ceremony, commemorating students who have passed away in the last year, was held virtually on April 16. A book in honor of each student will be added to the University of Missouri Libraries’ collection. Commemorative bookplates are placed inside the books, and students are listed as honorees on the books’ library catalog records. For more information about our Honor with Books program, click here.

The students’ names and the books selected in their memory are listed below.


Miriam Sekyere (MU Online): Wright, Michael T. (ed.). (2018). Participatory health research: Voices from around the world. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Jillian Robinson (MU Online): McLeish, Simon (ed.). (2020). Resource discovery for the twenty-first century library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment. London, UK: Facet Publishing.

Miles Barnhardt (College of Engineering): Kobayashi, Kenji. (2018). Miniature Japanese gardens: Beautiful bonsai landscape gardens for your home. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing.

Emily Kirk (School of Nursing): O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth. (2021). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Andrew “Drew” King (School of Health Professions): Renshaw, Ian, & Annott, Peter, & McDowell, Graeme. (2021). A constraints-led approach to golf coaching. New York, NY: Routledge.

Justin Lee (College of Arts & Science): Ley, Christopher, & Dominicy, Yves (eds.). (2020). Science meets sports: When statistics are more than numbers. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Joseph Pedrotti (College of Engineering): Lesuik Grzegorz, & Correia, Jose A.F.O., & Krechkovska, Halyna, & Pekalsi, Grzegorz, & de Jesus, Abilio M. P., & Student, Oleksandra. (2021). Degradation theory of term operated materials and structures. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Faculty and Staff

Shane Bader (Campus Facilities): Brown, Gabe. (2018). Dirt to soil: One family’s journey into regenerative agriculture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Gwendolyn Bailey (Hospital Nursing Services): Sole, Mary Lou, & Klein, Deborah G., & Mosely, Marthe, & Makic, Mary Beth Flynn, & Morata, Lauren T. (2021). Introduction to critical nursing care (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Barry Cardwell (School of Medicine): Honeck, Mischa. (2018). Our frontier is the world: The Boy Scouts in the age of American ascendency. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Rhonda Chamberlain (Campus Facilities): Brooks, Daphne A. (2021). Liner notes for the revolution: The intellectual life of black feminist sound. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Chelsea Deroche (School of Medicine): Hirsch, Robert P. (2021). Introduction to biostatistical applications in health research with Microsoft Office Excel and R. (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Michael Edmund Domanoswki (Hospital Support Services): Joy, David & Rickstad, Eric (eds.). (2019). Gather at the river: Twenty-five authors on fishing. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press.

Ameia L’Kay Ferguson (College of Veterinary Medicine): Lepore, Jill. (2014). The secret history of Wonder Woman. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Jim Hall (Information & Access Technology Services): Miley, Mike. (2019). Truth and consequences: Game shows in fiction and film. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press.

Raynolde Pereira (College of Business): Schuster, Peter, & Heinemann, Mareike, & Cleary, Peter. (2021). Management accounting. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Phyllis Rice (School of Medicine): Steuernagel, Marcell Silva. (2021). Church music through the lens of performance. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Joan Tapp (Hospital Based Clinics): Quallich, Susanne A., & Lajiness, Michelle J. (2020). Nurse practitioner in urology: A manual for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and allied healthcare providers. (2nd ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.



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Take a Mental Break: Finals Week Edition

You made it and we couldn’t be prouder. To help get you through the finals week finish line, we have some virtual study breaks for you to try.

Send a Pet Gram!- Feeling stressed? Need a pick me up or know someone else who needs a a dose of serotonin? Send yourself, a friend, a coworker, or whoever else a pet gram to make them smile.

Color our Collections– for the past few years, Special Collections participated in a week long, social media coloring fest. You can print out and color items from our special collections and archives. And to get you in the Mizzou spirit, there’s a homecoming edition featuring drawings, cartoons, and images from the Savitar, the yearbook of the University of Missouri, published from 1894 to 2004.

Library Ambiance– miss the sounds of the library while studying? One of our favorite things to do is pull up some videos on youtube that mimic the sounds of the library, coffee shops, or our house common room. We’ve curated a list of our favorites to share with you.

Finals Jam Playlist– need a playlist to help you study? We got you covered. This is a list of some of our favorite songs. If you have a suggestion let us know!

Virtual Puzzles– If puzzles are your thing, virtual puzzles can be a nice break from studying. You can even work on the Ellis Library Grand Reading Room.

Animal Cams at the St. Louis Zoo– Animal therapy is backed by science and instantly  makes you feel better.

Stop, Breathe, Think– This website and app help us get into the right frame of mine and we hope it helps you as well.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Arab American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Did you know that April is National Arab American Heritage Month? This month, we celebrate and recognize Arab American heritage and culture and pay tribute to contributions made by Arab Americans. Join Mizzou Libraries in celebrating this month by supporting Arab American voices and stories with these books!


Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz

This novel is the first novel in the Cairo Trilogy written by Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz. The Cairo Trilogy follows the family of a tyrannical patriarch, who keeps a strict ruling household while he lives a secret life away from those pressures and expectations. Throughout this novel, we follow the stories of Amina, his oppressed wife, Aisha and Khadija, his sheltered daughters, and his three sons, Fahmy, Yasin, and Kamal. As you turn each page, you begin to see how the family’s own struggles mirror the world around them, as we follow their stories through two world wars and a changing country. 



The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine, Yousef Bashir

In this candid memoir, author Yousef Bashir details his life growing up next to an Israeli military base and his childhood in Gaza during the Second Intifada. Bashir expresses his commitment to peace in the wake of devastation and brings insightful stories to the reader that highlight the importance of moving past anger, fear, and prejudices. http://merlin.lib.umsystem.edu:80/record=b13062042~S1



Amreekiya: A Novel, Lena Mahmoud

This novel follows the story of twenty-one-year-old Isra Shadi, who, after the death of her mother, is forced to move to California with her uncle and aunt. Remaining an outcast in her house, her family strongly encourages Isra to get married and move out. She believes it is hopeless among the multiple suitors she rejects until she finds Yusef, a man she loved from her past, and marries him. Amreekiya switches between the two storylines of Isra’s adolescence and her present-day married life as we watch her struggle between two cultures and how she can define herself. 



Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Laila Lalami

In her debut novel, Laila Lalami tells the gripping story of four Moroccans illegally crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in a boat heading to Spain. We follow the characters of Murad, an educated man who has been forced into hustling tourists for money; Halima, a woman fleeing her alcoholic husband; Aziz, a man forced to leave behind his wife to find work in a new country; and Faten, a young, religious student who finds herself at a crossroads between her faith and an influential man who is determined to destroy her future. This novel has the reader on the edge of their seat, as you wonder will they survive this risky journey, and if they do, will it have been worth it?



Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women’s Intimate Lives in the Arab World, Leila Slimani

In this eye-opening and heartbreaking expose, Slimani documents the lives of Moroccan women and the struggles they face toward sexual liberation. In Morocco, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, and sex outside of marriage are punishable by law, which creates a difficult standard for the women who live there. Women must decide between being a wife or remaining a virgin. Sex and Lies shines a light on the best-kept secrets of women’s sexual lives in Morocco and makes a strong case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world. This book isn’t yet available to check out from MU Libraries, but you can request it here: http://merlin.lib.umsystem.edu:80/record=b13695020~S1


Danielle Gorman / English Intern / Spring 2021