Book Discussion: The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks

SecretChordGeraldine Brooks is one of the great living writers of historical fiction. Having published acclaimed novels set during the 1666 plague in England, the American Civil War, and Puritan Massachusetts, Brooks’ latest work takes on the daunting challenge of bringing the United Monarchy of King David to life.

Expanding on the spare Biblical narrative, The Secret Chord traces the arc of David’s journey from shepherd to soldier, from hero to betrayer, from beloved king to murderous despot, and into his remorseful old age. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his old age.

The Library owns four copies of The Secret Chord. The book is also widely available from public libraries in print and audio form. Our discussion of will take place on Tuesday, September 27 at 12:00pm in the Library Conference Room. A Biblical snack will be served.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Google Hangouts. For a complete schedule of 2016-2017 book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Global Issues Database: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

opposingViewpointsOpposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier comparative database for critical national and global issues. This cross-curricular research tool supports all disciplines at Regent, including the sciences, social sciences, religion, and humanities. The database provides researchers with assurance that that they have considered their topic and thesis from multiple points of view.

Some of the content in Opposing Viewpoints in Context includes:

  • More than 20,100 pro/con viewpoints.
  • More than 19,200 reference articles, including topic overviews.
  • Interactive maps show statistical trends in a readily understandable way.

Opposing Viewpoints also provides citation tools for all documentation styles used at Regent and provides seamless integration with Google Drive, allowing users to save articles directly to their accounts. Click here to begin using the database.

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to let us know what you think of Opposing Viewpoints.

ProQuest Central: 39 Databases in One

ProquestCentralThis summer, the Library added ProQuest Central to its database collection, significantly enhancing the breadth of research available to Regent users.

ProQuest Central is the one of the largest multidisciplinary scholarly databases in the world. The resource provides access to 39 of ProQuest’s complete databases covering more than 175 subjects. Researchers will find millions of full-text, peer-reviewed articles in all disciplines taught at Regent. ProQuest Central features a familiar, user-friendly platform optimized to provide deep subject access.

A complete list of all 39 databases in Central as well as tutorials for searching them are located on the ProQuest Central Libguide. Regent users can access Central databases individually on the Library database homepage or search them all at once by clicking here.

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to send feedback about Central.

New Discovery Tool: Summon

SummonLogo1The Library has a subscription to a premium discovery tool from ProQuest.

Summon® gives you the power to search nearly all of the Library’s print and online resources at once, including items such as:

  • Print and electronic books
  • Scholarly journals
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Streaming videos
  • Open access collections

Summon’s filters and limiters allow you to search millions of items on your topic and zero in on the most relevant books, articles, and videos in the Library’s collections.

Summon is a great place to begin any research project because it searches easy-to-overlook databases and e-book collections. Ready to get started? This video from ProQuest will explain the basics of searching for content, refining the results, and saving citations:

After watching this short tutorial, you will be ready to take Summon for a test drive. Click here to get started.

After trying a few basic searches in Summon, you may want to watch this “beyond the basics” tutorial:

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to send feedback about Summon or any of our databases.

Library Book Club Reading Schedule 2016-2017

Read literature, and argue the great questions of life with the likes of Leo Tolstoy.

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 piece of incontrovertible 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 tenth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, one acclaimed historical novel about the life of King David, a selection of modern Hebrew poems (our first foray into poetry), a history monograph, and a contemporary memoir. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2016 – 2017

Month Author Title Date & Time
September Geraldine Brooks The Secret Chord t.b.a.
October John Allembillah Azumah The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa (Dr. Joseph N. Kickasola, discussion moderator) t.b.a.
December Edith Wharton Ethan Frome t.b.a.
January Primo Levi The Periodic Table t.b.a.
February Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me t.b.a.
March John Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress t.b.a.
April Yehuda Amichai The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman, discussion moderator) t.b.a.
June Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre t.b.a.
July Thomas Hughes Tom Brown’s School Days t.b.a.

Time & Location

Book Club meetings usually take place at noon during the final week of each month in the Library Conference Room. The day of the week depends on the availability and preference of readers. To request a day, send an e-mail message to Harold Henkel (harohen@regent.edu). Check the events tab on the Library Facebook Group 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 are invited to join discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

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

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*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/OA29Aa01.html.