February Featured LibGuide: American History to 1877

The American History to 1877 guide introduces students to U.S. history resources covering the Colonial Period through Reconstruction. Researchers will find suggestions for historical documents and other primary sources. In addition, recommendations for books, journals, and multimedia resources are offered. Each time period provides suggestions for historical figures; forts, battles & landmarks; topics; Presidential terms; and web resources.

February Featured Resource: MathSciNet

MathSciNet is a searchable index of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications from 1940 to the present. Mathematical Reviews provides timely reviews or summaries of articles and books that contain new contributions to mathematical research. Researchers can search publications by author, title, MSC Primary, or anywhere in the citation record. The MSC Primary is the unique Mathematical Subject Classification system which groups certain math topics together. Explore this classification system by selecting Free Tools from the navigation heading at the top of the page. Browse author profiles for links to publications and MR numbers. A Citations Search will list the top ranked cited articles by author, subject or year.


Take Care Before You Share: Issue #1 Digital Content

Introducing a new blog series from your Clayton State University Library. Take Care Before You Share is inspired by Fair Use Week 2015. Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, Fair Use Week honors the “doctrine of fair use and the important role this limitation on copyright plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts.” The scope of fair use, copyright, and intellectual property, though, is too broad to cover in one week, so we will continue this conversation throughout the academic year, because, like the ARL, we believe that every week is Fair Use Week. Our first post focuses on digital content in the classroom. In the future, we will discuss other topics related to copyright, fair use, plagiarism, and academic integrity as they relate to the classroom, both face-to-face and online.


The growth of technology has dramatically altered the landscape of academic scholarship worldwide. In recent years here at Clayton State the availability of electronic resources and resource sharing services has allowed our academic community to supplement course material with articles, multimedia, unique digital collections, book chapters, and other subscription content not readily available to individual researchers and students. While this is an overall positive thing, care must be taken when sharing this rich content with others, even within the Clayton State community. As stewards of information, the Clayton State Library faculty supports the ethical sharing of content that enriches the teaching and learning experiences of our patrons.

To kick things off properly, we’ll start with a quiz

For the following examples, select which are A-OK and which are Big NO-NO’s.

Ready? Let’s go!

  1. You find an article in a library database that you’d like your students to read. You post a PDF of the article in your D2L course.
  2. You scan the 10th and final chapter from your favorite book that is no longer in print and post it on your faculty webpage.
  3. You create a reading list for your students using permalinks to articles in library databases.
  4. You digitize a personally owned film that you show in your face to face classes and post it in D2L for your online students to view.
  5. You use 30 seconds of your favorite jam for the intro to your recorded lecture shared in D2L.

Click here to check your answers, and come back for explanations.

When determining whether something falls under the doctrine of fair use, we need to use our best judgment guided by the following principles. First we need to consider where the content came from, or who owns it. Digital content refers to anything accessible using a computer such as a webpage or an electronic file, even if it started out in the physical realm. This content can be library-owned or licensed, owned by you, or borrowed from another library. Next, we consider how you plan to share the content. Different methods include direct email of a file, uploading a file to a webpage or course site, or sharing a link to the content. Lastly, we look at how much you are sharing of the original content.

Generally speaking, Clayton State Library owned and licensed content may be shared with anyone within our academic community. However, there are right and wrong ways to share this content. Consider Question 1 above. In this example, the content is licensed for access and use by authorized users. But, posting a PDF is a NO-NO based on the license agreement. Rather, you should use the permalink provided by the database. Therefore, Question 3 is A-OK. For instructions on how to copy and share permalinks, please see: http://clayton.libguides.com/electronic-resources/sharing

The second quiz question concerns how much to share. As long as the chapter is less than 10% of the total work, it is probably A-OK to share out-of-print material. This is the same whether it is a library owned book or a personal copy. However, this is only permissible for one semester. Use over multiple semester requires permission from the publisher. For instructions on requesting publisher permission, please see: http://copyright.columbia.edu/copyright/permissions

Question 4 is a Big NO-NO. Converting a DVD to an electronic video file format, such as an .mp4 or .wmv file, violates Copyright law. If you wish to convert multimedia formats, you must downgrade rather than upgrade. For example, converting a DVD to VHS is A-OK, but not the other way around. Similarly, you may convert a CD to a cassette tape, but you may not convert a CD to .mp3 or .wav file. Extra credit: what if you purchase a video from iTunes or a service like Amazon Instant Video? Is it A-OK or a Big NO-NO to share this content in D2L? Answer: Even if you paid for the content, it is a Big NO-NO to share it in your course site. Instead, look for multimedia in the public domain or in library collections. For tips on finding and sharing digital multimedia licensed for authorized users please see: http://clayton.libguides.com/electronic-resources/sharing

Last but not least, Question 5 is probably A-OK. As long as your clip is 30 seconds or less and used for only one semester, you do not have to request permission from the copyright holder.

These are but a few examples of sharing scenarios that you might encounter when selecting support materials for your courses. If we sound unsure of ourselves with the use of the word probably, this is because while copyright law is exhaustive and complex, it is not prescriptive. The Fair Use guidelines, are just that, guidelines. They are not hard and fast rules. Most sharing scenarios need to be evaluated on a case by case basis. For  best results, consult a copyright professional or a librarian who can direct you to appropriate resources.

Here are some helpful resources to start with:




ANSWERS: Q1: NO-NO; Q2: probably A-OK; Q3: A-OK; Q4: NO-NO; Q5: probably A-OK. So, how did you do? Let us know in the comments!

Look for Take Care Before You Share Issue #2 where we’ll discuss academic integrity in the classroom.

Issues & Controversies: Debate Videos

The Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts has been added to Issues & Controversies. A searchable, interactive transcript is available for each debate and allows viewers to navigate to specific points in the debate using the predefined segments. Player controls (play/pause, volume, closed-captioning, and full-screen) are located beneath the player window.


Videos are grouped by subject: (1) Crime, Law & Justice, (2) Economy, Money & Business, (3) Education, (4) Energy & Environment, (5) Families & Youth, (6) Global Issues & World Affairs, (7) Government & Politics, (8) Health & Medicine, (9) Race, Rights & Liberties, (10) Science & Technology and (11) Society & Culture.

Issues & Controversies explores hot topics in business, politics, government, education and popular culture. It offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates.

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Top 5: Films on Demand, January 2015


Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Racial Stereotypes in the Media (42 mins)
Although demeaning and offensive racial stereotypes were pervasive in popular media of every kind during the 20th century, most observers would agree that the media is much more sensitive to representations of race today. But the pernicious effects of that stereotyping live on in the new racism arising from disparities in the treatment of stories involving whites and people of color in a ratings-driven news market, media-enhanced isolationism as a result of narrowcasting, and other sources. This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of race from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences.

4. Black Panther/San Francisco State: On Strike (34 mins)
This two-part program begins with the actual film the Black Panther Party used to promote its cause. Shot in 1969 in San Francisco, it’s an exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking, featuring an interview from jail with Black Panthers cofounder Huey Newton, as well as footage of cofounder Bobby Seale explaining its Ten Point Program and Eldridge Cleaver discussing the Panthers’ appeal to the black community. The program’s second part, shot by students and their supporters during the San Francisco State University strike of 1968–1969, documents the groundbreaking protest that led to the establishment of the first ethnic studies department at an American university.

3. The Constitution and Foundations of Government (26 mins)
Why do written documents figure so prominently in the early history of the United States? There are plenty of explanations, but they all boil down to the philosophical ideas that drove the American colonies to declare their independence—and a profound awareness that those ideas should be inseparable from the rule of law. This program explores the origins, outbreak, and outcome of the American Revolution, the major political texts which grew out of that struggle, and their ongoing significance today. Topics include the heavy British taxation that helped spark the Revolution; the spirit and structure of the Declaration of Independence; the short-lived Articles of Confederation; the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and their implications for U.S. government as we know it today. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online.

2. Explaining Globalization (56 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for January is:

1. The Great Depression (31 mins)
A part of the series America in the 20th Century. From the collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929—Black Tuesday—to the many federal initiatives designed to revive the faltering U.S. economy, this program offers an insightful overview of life during the Great Depression. The presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover and FDR; the New Deals and their effects on labor, conservation, and cultural life; the Dust Bowl; and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act are discussed.

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Tax Season: Forms and Assistance

taxes-smallTax season has officially started, so it is time to gather together those important documents. We have collected helpful resources for filing both your state and federal taxes. Needing more tips? Subscribe to Tax Tips from the IRS to receive a tip via email each business day during the tax-filing season.

The College of Business sponsors VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which provides free tax preparation on a first come first serve basis. The service is offered on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm in the College of Business building. Contact 678-466-4527 for more information.

Clayton State University Resources
Facebook – VITA @ Clayton State

Georgia Resources
Georgia Department of Revenue

Federal Resources
IRS.gov – Internal Revenue Service
USA.gov – File Your Taxes
Tax eFile
Tax Information for Students — Higher Education
Tax Benefits for Education
Publication 501: Do I have to file a tax return?

Social Media and Apps
IRS2Go: IRS-developed app for Android and iOs designed to help taxpayers check on the status of their refund, sign up for helpful tax tips or get the most recent IRS Twitter feeds
Twitter – IRS News: news, guidance for the public
Facebook – IRS: tax information and news
Tumblr – IRS: tax tips, videos, podcasts and more

Resources for 2015 MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr.Are you looking for ways to celebrate the MLK Day of Service on January 19, 2015? In addition to the many titles we own, you can enjoy several streaming videos about Martin Luther King, Jr including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday from our Films on Demand collection. The Civil Rights Digital Library delivers engaging online articles and multimedia related to the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s and of course GALILEO has articles, images, videos and the full text of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Clayton State Annual Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration is a collaborative effort between the Department of Campus Life, AmeriCorps, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators, the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, CSU NAACP, Interfaith Council and the Student African American Sisterhood to commemorate the life of Dr. King and significant events that occurred during the Civil Rights movement.

Jan. 16 — Selma movie night at Tinseltown 17
Jan. 18 — King’s Sunday Supper at SAC Ballroom (4pm)
Jan. 19 — MLK Day of Service

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Eyes on the Prize Series


The landmark PBS series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985 has been added to the Films on Demand collection. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. It traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates.

1. Awakenings 1954–1956: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

2. Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts—and integration is carried out.

3. Ain’t Scared of Your Jails 1960–1961: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. “Freedom Riders” also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.

4. No Easy Walk 1961–1963: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King’s leadership, shows a mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

5. Mississippi—Is This America? 1963–1964: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Mississippi’s grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.

6. Bridge to Freedom 1965: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know they have new challenges ahead.

7. The Time Has Come 1964–1966: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from “Freedom Now!” to “Black Power!” as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.

8. Two Societies 1965–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago’s civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their efforts pit them against Chicago’s powerful mayor, Richard Daley. When a series of marches through all-white neighborhoods draws violence, King and Daley negotiate with mixed results. In Detroit, a police raid in a black neighborhood sparks an urban uprising that lasts five days, leaving 43 people dead. The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming “two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.” President Lyndon Johnson, who appointed the commission, ignores the report.

9. Power! 1967–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books, breakfast programs, and guns, is born in Oakland. Substandard teaching practices prompt parents to gain educational control of a Brooklyn school district but then lead them to a showdown with New York City’s teachers’ union.

10. The Promised Land 1967–1968: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) embarks on an ambitious Poor People’s Campaign. In the midst of political organizing, King detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he is assassinated. King’s death and the failure of his final campaign mark the end of a major stream of the movement.

11. Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More 1964–1972: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., fight to bring the growing black consciousness movement and their African heritage inside the walls of this prominent black institution. Black elected officials and community activists organize the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, in an attempt to create a unified black response to growing repression against the movement.

12. A Nation of Law? 1968–1971: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon’s call to “law and order,” stepped-up arrests push the already poor conditions at New York’s Attica State Prison to the limit. A five-day inmate takeover calling the public’s attention to the conditions leaves 43 men dead: four killed by inmates, 39 by police.

13. The Keys to the Kingdom 1974–1980: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case challenges that policy. This film contains offensive language.

14. Back to the Movement 1979–Mid 1980s: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
Power and powerlessness. Miami’s black community—pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment— explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city’s Democratic political machine, reformers install Harold Washington as Chicago’s first black mayor.

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