Subject of the Month

A monthly display featuring resources on specific thematic subjects.

Book, Old, Used, Old Book, Book Pages

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All the Subject of the Month Guides from 2012.

January thru April pre-date the online version of SOTM and are left up to make note of the subjects. Enjoy!

Why Have a Subject of the Month Guide?

For years, the display in the Purdy/Kresge Library highlighted books from the print collections on a unique topic every month.  However, the WSU Library System has a rich collection of eBooks, Online Journals, and Databases, too.  In addition, there is an electronic universe of high-quality, freely available online resources that includes websites, videos, and blogs.  This Research Guide for the Subject of the Month was developed in an effort to gather these resources together and make them available to a wider audience -- reaching students, faculty, and the online community at large.

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Interested in other Subject of the Month Guides throughout the years?

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2012                                               2018

2013                                               2019

2014                                               2020

2015                                                      2021

2016                                                       2022



January-June 2012

Selector: Rhonda McGinnis

(Pre-dates online component.)

Selector: Damecia Donahue

(Pre-dates online component.)

Social Work Sign

Selector: Monique Andrews

(Pre-dates online component.)

Selector: Suzan Alteri

(Pre-dates online component.)

Ethics, "Do the right thing"

Selector: Joshua Neds-Fox


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Ancient Cultures Sign

Selector: Rachael Clark

"Featuring books on the more familiar Ancient Cultures of Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, but also included are the cultures from the Far East, as well as frequently overlooked areas including: Africa, the Americas, the Celts and the Scythians.  The array of subjects covers history, politics, economics, sex, art, literature, drama, mythologies, and women's issues."

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July-December 2012

Biographies July 2012

Selectors: Camille Chidsey & Paula Tobianski

Featuring books on well-known historical figures, as well as those who have made distinct contributions to history, but have received little fanfare.  Included are books on world leaders, writers, artists, actors, musicians, and a variety of compilation books.  These feature, for example, information about male pioneers in radio, Medici women, Roman history, and juvenile biographies.

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Medieval Cultures Sign

Selector: Anna Franz

This month explores the dynamic cultures of medieval Europe through history, spirituality, literature, arts, and music.  This display will also feature some of how the Middle Ages have been interpreted in popular culture, beginning with J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, whose medievalist scholarship informed their well-known fiction.  With the exception of one online resource, all materials selected are in English.

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Sign for Science Fiction Display

Selector: Richard Buboltz

“I think Dr. Willis McNelly at the California State University at Fullerton put it best when he said that the true protagonist of an sf story or novel is an idea and not a person. If it is *good* sf the idea is new, it is stimulating, and, probably most important of all, it sets off a chain-reaction of ramification-ideas in the mind of the reader; it so-to-speak unlocks the reader’s mind so that the mind, like the author’s, begins to create. Thus sf is creative and it
inspires creativity, which mainstream fiction by-and-large does not do. We who read sf (I am speaking as a reader now, not a writer) read it because we love to experience this chain-reaction of ideas being set off in our minds by something we read, something with a new idea in it; hence the very best since fiction ultimately winds up being a collaboration between author and reader, in which both create and enjoy doing it: joy is the essential and final ingredient of science fiction, the joy of discovery of newness.”
~ Philip K. Dick

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Detroit Poetry Sign

Selectors: Judith Arnold and Diane Sybeldon

Guide Page: Diane Sybeldon and Lisa Phillips

The poetry books selected for the display include works by Detroit poets, WSU faculty, and friends of the Detroit poetry community, with an emphasis on established poets of the 1960s to 1980s.

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Folklore Myth and Legend November 2012  Sign

Selector: Rhonda McGinnis

November's Subject of the Month display explores the myths, legends and folklore of cultures around the world.  While the myths of the Olympian gods, the legend of King Arthur, and the fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm are at least relatively familiar to most people, there is a wealth of lesser known folktales and legends.  In every culture, folktales and legends helped to explain the world's origins and phenomena, define appropriate behavioral norms, inspire heroic deeds, and entertain listeners around campfire and hearth.

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Sign for Sculpture Display

Selector: Matt Mustonen

“Standing in real space, sculpture defies time. Many moving examples of it have come down to us from the past—moving, because this art always focuses directly on the image and work of man, who carved and modelled even before he took to building and painting. For many periods of history, statuary constitutes the sole remaining testimony of man’s awareness of himself and his world.

Yet, of all forms of artistic expression, sculpture remains even today the least understood, the least appreciated. Often set in a public space, often of considerable size and weight, it does not stir the imagination as the other arts do. Nor can it arise and expand with the ease, independence and spontaneity of drawing or painting, for it is closely connected with architecture and needs a social setting in order to reach its full, monumental dimension.”

Excerpt from; Sculpture- From Antiquity To The Present Day – Taschen Books.

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