Subject of the Month

A monthly display featuring resources on specific thematic subjects.

Daisy, Open book

Royalty free image from Pixabay

All the Subject of the Month Guides from 2020.

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.

Diary, Notebook, Calendars, Bibles

Royalty free image from Pixabay

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

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January-June 2020

Squirrel with tree branches

Selector: Chell Robinson, GSA

 Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21st. Take some time as classes start to appreciate the smaller things in life!

Image of Protest for African American Voting Rights

Selector: Brooke Lowe

Selectors: Chelewa Gant and Jan Bissett

"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand."

-Susan B. Anthony

We wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the centennial of the constitutional right to vote for women in the United States.  In this presidential election year, it’s vital that you exercise that right.

quote: "hey girl, sometimes it snows in April, that's why we wait for tomato plants"

Selector: Alexandra Sarkozy & Lori Rinaldi

April is a great month to get gardening! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, each new spring brings a fresh set of gardening possibilities and challenges. There are as many ways to grow a garden as there are gardeners: growing vegetables in pots, tending a bed of flowers, and constructing larger landscaping projects are all fun and relaxing ways to strengthen our relationships with the natural world and to discover the wonder of plants in the human environment. We hope this guide will provide some resources for your gardening adventures in Southeast Michigan.

image sourceDreer's Garden Book, 1904, p. 8 


Selector: Maria Nuccilli

"The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake. It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator"

Derrick May, techno pioneer, quoted in 1988

Slideshow photo: Movement 2010. Credit

Pride, Pride Day, Rainbow Flags

Royalty free image from Pixaby

Selectors: Cassidy Ulsh and Meghan Courtney

June 28, 1970, one year after Stonewall, a number of activists launched the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, later known as the NYC Pride Parade. The idea caught on, and today LGBTQ communities across the world celebrate Pride Month in June.

We hope this guide will help you explore resources on LGBTQ history, culture, and advocacy.

July-August 2020

comic logo, pow, history

Selector: Cassidy Ulsh

。・:*:・゚★。・:*:・゚☆ Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups ☆・゚:*:。★・゚:*:・。

 -Stan Lee