February Featured Resource: Politics in America

Politics in America offers comprehensive, nonpartisan commentary and data about members of Congress. Detailed member profiles provide concise insight and candid analysis of personalities, political styles, legislative agendas, political ambitions, and reputations at home and on the Hill.

Coverage includes:

  • Editions 2000 (106th Congress) – 2016 (114th Congress)

Member profiles include:

  • Biographical data, committee assignments, election results, CQ Key Votes, interest group ratings, CQ Vote Studies, and contact information
  • Detailed descriptions of each member’s congressional district as drawn for that term of Congress, including updated maps and voting trends

Advanced Search users can limit results by:

  • Edition (Congress)
  • State
  • Political Party
  • Chamber

Need additional resources for political science? Use our LibGuides, http://clayton.libguides.com/subject/politicalscience, as a starting point.


January Featured Resource: Something About the Author

Something About the Author is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. It covers the children’s classics like Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Matilda by Roald Dahl, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Read about the lives and works of authors and illustrators of literature for children and young adults.

Entries typically cover personal life, career, writings, adaptations, and additional sources. Autobiographical essays discuss the author’s career, interests and motivation, among other topics.

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September Featured Resource: Dictionary of Literary Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography offers biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Trace the development of an author’s canon and the evolution of his/her reputation.

To broaden or narrow your search:

Keyword – searches the entire collection for a match within the author’s name, work titles and section headers
Full Text – searches the entire collection for a match within the entire text of the article including keyword fields
Named Author – searches the entire collection for entries about a specific author and his/her works


May Featured Resource: Supreme Court Yearbook

The Supreme Court Yearbook provides valuable in-depth coverage and analysis of every decision from the nation’s highest court since the 1989-1990 term. Users will find:

  • Year-end overviews of Supreme Court terms
  • Case summaries of every opinion written during each term
  • Essays on the most significant cases from each year and the trends in each term
  • Useful tables and figures on voting patterns and trends in constitutional law
  • Biographies of justices
  • Reference documents for understanding how the Supreme Court works

Browse/Search by Topic:
Business Law
Courts & Judicial Procedure
Criminal Law & Procedure
Election Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
Federal Government
First Amendment
Immigration Law
Individual Rights
International Law
Labor Law
Property Law
State & Local Governments
Term Overviews
Tort Law


February Featured Resource: African American Archives

African American Archives provides over one million pages of original historical documents pertaining to the African American experience over several centuries. Collections include the Essential Records Concerning Slavery and Emancipation from the Danish West Indies (1672-1917) and Records of the Southern Claims Commission. Highlights of the collection are:

  • Government records
  • Original muster and hospital rolls
  • Lists of deserters
  • Notational cards
  • Enlistment papers
  • Casualty sheets
  • Death reports
  • News clippings from the American Colonization Society
  • Prisoner of war papers


November Featured Resource: Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy covers all areas of philosophy in the Middle Ages and part of the Renaissance, ranging from 500 to 1500 CE. It contains general entries on medieval philosophers, medieval philosophies, and on the key terms and concepts in the subject area. The Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy also provides more in-depth details and analyses of particular theories. In order to gain an insight into the social and cultural context of the material, entries are included on the teaching of philosophy, the career of philosophers, and the place of philosophy within the universities.


September Featured Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia

bruce(historicga)Recently Bruce traveled to Savannah and when he got home, he wanted to know more about Yamacraw Bluff the most historic site in Georgia and the early years of the colony. The librarian recommended he try  the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Recently the New Georgia Encyclopedia launched a newly redesigned site. This collection includes over 2,000 articles and 6,000 images related to the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia. Users can search the collection directly or browse the following categories of interest: arts & culture, business & economy, counties, cities & neighborhoods, education, geography & environment, history & archaeology, science & medicine, sports & outdoor recreation and people. The destination feature includes art across Georgia, 10 major Civil War sites, 7 natural wonders of Georgia and north GA in the fall.


Popular Reading Collection: New Titles

Our Popular Reading Collection is a combination of best sellers, popular fiction, non-fiction and biographies. This collection is located near the University Center entrance and books are available for a 28-day check out. Highlights of latest titles added to our Popular Reading Collection:









Daddy’s gone a hunting / Mary Higgins Clark

All you could ask for / Mike Greenberg

A Dying fall / Elly Griffiths

12th of never / James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Unintended consequences / Stuart Woods

Big data : a revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think / Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor

Your survival instinct is killing you : retrain your brain to conquer fear, make better decisions, and thrive in the 21st century / Schoen, Marc

In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America / Laurie Edwards

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother / Julia Sweeney

Jumpstart to skinny : the simple 3-week plan for supercharged weight loss / Bob Harper

Fast metabolism diet : eat more food and lose more weight / Haylie Pomroy

It’s all good : delicious, easy recipes that will make you look good and feel great / Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen

The wow factor: insider style secrets for every body and every budget / Stafford, Jacqui

Liberace extravaganza! / Connie Furr Soloman and Jan Jewett

American story : a lifetime search for ordinary people doing extraordinary things / Bob Dotson

The Girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II / Denise Kiernan

Let me tell you something : life as a real housewife, tough-love mother, and street-smart businesswoman / Caroline Manzo

Instant mom / Nia Vardalos

May Featured Resource: Today’s Science

Science news written especially for students. Today’s Science gives in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology, and features interviews with the scientists doing the research. It presents the latest scientific discoveries and draws on major scientific journals, magazines and newspapers in the United States and abroad.

Features include:
a glossary of scientific terms
biographies of important figures in science
searchable Science Encyclopedia
image and diagrams gallery
editorial cartoons
Need a Research Topic?
Issues & Controversies in Science


April Featured Resource: Literature Criticism Online

lcoprintHave you used any of these print titles from our Reference Collection? These 9 criticism titles plus Children’s Literature Review, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Something About the Author are now available in an electronic format. Simultaneously search across all titles to discover essays, commentary, criticism and biographical information related to literature, history and culture representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works.

Primarily used for literature research, Literature Criticism Online can be useful for history, philosophy, political science and other topics.