Use Library databases—not Wikipedia—for medical research.

Don't use Wikipedia for medical research.

Don’t use Wikipedia for medical research.

OK, let’s be honest: If you came home from a walk in the woods and discovered a tick on your skin, where would you turn first for information? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably Wikipedia. By doing so, however, you could be placing yourself at risk. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that “most Wikipedia articles representing the 10 most costly medical conditions in the United States contain many errors when checked against standard peer-reviewed sources.”1 Moreover, the report’s lead author, Dr. Robert Hasty, concludes that “from a public health standpoint, patients should not use it as a primary resource because those articles do not go through the same peer-review process as medical journals.”2

Use the Library's medical databases.

Use the Library’s medical databases.

So where should you turn? The Library subscribes to two databases with authoritative medical information: Consumer Health Complete and Alt HealthWatch.

Consumer Health Complete provides “the single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content… covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.”3

Alt HealthWatch “focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness… with full-text articles for 200 international, and often peer-reviewed, journals and reports.”4

While Dr. Hasty cautions that “the best resource when looking for a diagnosis is to speak with your physician,”5 the Library’s medical databases can provide you with the information you need to be an informed patient. To try Consumer Health Complete, click here; to try Alt HealthWatch, click here.


1Robert T. Hasty et al., “Wikipedia vs. Peer-Reviewed Medical Literature for Information about the 10 Most Costly Medical Conditions,” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 114, no. 5 (2014): 368,

2Mike Campea and Nicole Grady, “Caution Prescribed When Researching Medical Conditions on Wikipedia,” American Osteopathic Association, May 2, 2014,

3“Consumer Health Complete: Informing Patients on Important Health Related Topics to Foster an Understanding of Health,” EBSCO, 2014,

4“Alt HealthWatch: An Extensive Resource for Alternative and Holistic Approaches to Health Care and Wellness,” EBSCO, 2014,

5Campea, “Caution Prescribed.”












Library Book Club announces new schedule.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

One of the most famous openings in literature is the beginning of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Because Tolstoy is one the supreme writers of all time, readers have tended to accept his claim about families as a kernel of aphoristic wisdom. Reader and essayist David P. Goldman, however, argues that Tolstoy got it exactly backwards: “…unhappy families are all unhappy in the same way. It is happy families that are different, because every child is radically unique, such that raising children is the one human activity that is sure to surprise.”*

Goldman’s riposte to Tolstoy brings to mind three reasons on why it is essential that we read literature throughout our lives:

  1. To gain new perspectives, to see the world through other people’s eyes.
  2. To “converse” with the great authors through engagement with their works.
  3. To understand ourselves better.

The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our eighth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, four highly acclaimed contemporary works of literature, and one work of non-fiction. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2014 – 2015

Month Author Title Data & Time
September Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima September 25 at 12:00
October Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger Jews and Words (with guest
moderator, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman)
October 30 at 1:00
November Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) November 20 at 12:00
December Alice Munro Runaway (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) December 11 at 12:00
January Patrick O’Brian Testimonies: A Novel (Dr. Eric
Patterson, discussion moderator)
January 29 at 12:00
February Leo Tolstoy Hadji Murat  February 26 at 12:00
March Marilynne Robinson Lila: A Novel (Dr. Michael
Palmer, discussion moderator)
March 26 at 12:00
April Haruki Murakami After the Quake: Stories  April 23 at 12:00
June Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (Dr. Peter
Fraser, discussion moderator)
June 25 at 12:00
July Louisa May Alcott Little Women (Dr. Susannah
Clements, discussion moderator)
July 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

Unless otherwise posted, Book Club meetings take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

Distance students and faculty welcome

Distance students and faculty may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events:

For more information about the Book Club, see our website or contact Harold Henkel at


*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, Accessed July 18, 2013, (accessed July 18, 2014).

Book Club reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

On Thursday, July 31, the Library Book Club will discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s timeless novel of boyhood set in the 1840s in the author’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, which includes Tom Sawyer on its list of Big Read titles, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know.”*

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room at 12:00 and is open to all readers, age 10 and up. Off-campus readers are invited to join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. For more information, please contact Harold Henkel at


*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

What’s so great about the Library Virtual Tours?

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

We invite you to tour the beautiful Regent University Library through our new Virtual Library Tours. Here are just a few things that make them worth a view:

  1. They’re fresh and delightful.
  2. They feature friendly faces you may recognize.
  3. They’re short and have happy music.
  4. They will show you the basics of what the library has to offer and maybe even a thing or two you didn’t know.

So whether you have been at Regent for a day or a decade, we have a tour for you.

Here is our tour for on-campus folks:

And here is another especially for distance students and faculty:







Regent Reads starts July 1

This July the Library will be hosting our fourth annual Regent Reads, a summer reading program for children ages five to nine. Each Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will feature two illustrated books: one about a Biblical hero and one about a modern-day hero (such as a military veteran or teacher), read by members of the Regent and local communities. There will also be an interactive time with music and movement. Each program will conclude with snacks and coloring activities. For more information and a schedule of books, see the Regent Reads webpage.

In addition to the Regent Reads series for young children, The Library Book Club invites children 10 and up as well as adults to join us on July 31 at 12:00 for a discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . For more information about this event, see our website, or contact Harold Henkel at

All summer literature events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.