Subject of the Month

A monthly display featuring resources on specific thematic subjects.

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All the Subject of the Month Guides from 2015.

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 2015

Selector: Monique Oldfield

Click to read! How does that sound? Pretty good right? The Wayne State University Library System has mobilized to provide you with eBook content. You can easily locate eBooks from our library catalog and other library web site search functions. We have over 800,000 eBooks for you to access and read. The library procures eBooks from a variety of sources. In addition to reading eBooks on the computer some can be downloaded and our eBook models are constantly evolving. This is a very exciting time for libraries. Join us and read online!

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Black History Month Feb 2015

Selector: Anne Hudson

This year's annual Black History Month Theme is:  A Century of Black Life, History and Culture. The print books on display in the Purdy Library and the electronic resources provided in this guide have been selected to provide information about the people and organizations involved in promoting African American History over the last 100 years. Certainly a focal point of the online guide will be a study of Carter Woodson who founded the Association for the study of African American Life and History in 1915.

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Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives poster for March 2015

Selectors: Anne Hudson and Elissa Zimmer

The theme for this year's annual Women's History Month is:  Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives.

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Zoos and Aquariums sign

Selector: Lori Rinaldi and Rachael Clark

Zoos and aquariums have been drawing visitors for thousands of years. The predecessor of the zoological garden is the menagerie which has a long history from the ancient world to modern times. The oldest known zoological collection was revealed during excavations at Hierakonpolis, Egypt in 2009, of a ca. 3500 B.C. menagerie. The exotic animals included hippos, hartebeest, elephants, baboons and wildcats.

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History of Medicine sign for Subject of the Month display

Selector: Alexandra Sarkozy

History of Medicine is this month's Subject of the Month. Broadly considered, history of medicine as an academic discipline covers not just the story of medical breakthroughs and medical practice throughout the centuries, but includes sets of questions about our selves, our bodies, our minds, the way we conceive of sickness and health, normalcy and abnormalcy, and the way historical actors, events, and ideas interact to produce stories about medicine and medical care. Changing interpretations of ideas and events from new theoretical perspectives make the history of medicine a vibrant, fascinating, interdisciplinary pursuit filled with strange stories, and provide new insights into our conceptions of sickness, health, and the current state of medical care delivery.

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Photo of Paris street with bistro

Selectors: Nancy Beals & Rachael Clark

Think of France and you think of beauty, elegance, delicious food, the Beaux Arts and Belles Lettres, too.  Please enjoy this tour of things French!

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July-December 2015

Summer Bounty Sign for Display

Selectors:  Robin Darling and Paula Tobianski


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Inventors and Inventions August 2015 Subject of the Month

Selectors: Marilyn Weiss and Emily Brush

"I believe that dreams - day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing - are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization.”

- L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz

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Sign for Display on Movie Adaptations of Books

Selector: Richard Buboltz

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.”
~ Stephen King 

"When books and plays are made into movies, they frequently want to cut out the valleys and just show the peaks."
~ Tracy Letts

"Watching an adaptation of your novel can be a violent experience: seeing your old jokes suddenly thrust at you can be alarming. But I started to enjoy 'Money' very quickly, and then I relaxed."
~ Martin Amis

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National Bullying Prevention Month

Selectors: Veronica Bielat & Emily Brush

"Bullying touches so many lives and it often inspires the generous spirit in people who want to make a difference, support the cause, and change something that has happened to too many for too long. Every day students, parents, schools, and community members ask us, “What can I do to help?” Every contribution—whether it’s hosting a community event, standing up for someone, or giving a donation to an organization that addresses bullying—makes a difference and changes lives."

-PACER's National Bullying Preventon Center, "Get Involved!"

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Vintage automobile for Nov 2015 Subject of the Month

Selector: Rhonda J. McGinnis

"I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object."


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Peace and Love Tie Dye Sign

Selectors: Mike Hawthorne and Emily Brush

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

- Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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