DSM IV or maybe V

Ever heard of the DSM IV? If you are in psychology or nursing, you probably have or will. This book is THE book used in diagnosing mental disorders. DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and it is published by the American Psychiatric Association.  Well, the APA is going to updating the 4th edition with the 5th edition in the next couple of years.  The DSM is very important, and (naturally) it is has also been very controversial over the decades.  I wanted to share a couple of pieces about the DSM, its edits, and its uses.

(Click here for availability of the DSM in the MVCC library: http://library.morainevalley.edu/record=b235692~S0)

Fear the Boom and Bust Hayek Keynes Rap Anthem

Rap and hiphop continue to teach us valuable lessons about our world. Here rap teaches us about two of the greatest economists of all times. Their theories are central to the political and economic divides that battle to influence our economy. You can visit YouTube to view this video at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk&feature=player_embedded”

Historian Howard Zinn From the Ground Up

On Wednesday, historian Howard Zinn passed away at the age of 87. He was a historian who served in WWII, was active in the Civil Rights Movement, and was a vocal activist on a range of issues. Importantly for students of history, Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States helped to transform the ways we think about history. Instead of looking at history from the top through the eyes of presidents, generals, and political leaders, Zinn looed through the eyes of those at the ground level. These were people who were generally left out of the history books. For more information on Zinn, visit:

Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and NY Times

The library has added broader coverage of some key news sources that are not freely available on the Web. We have added the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and broader coverage of the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. We have also added historical coverage of the NY Times and Chicago Tribune. To access these databases you need a valid MVCC ID and then visit:

Barbecue and Oroonoko

Today, we helped a student who was doing research on Aphra Behn’s 1688 text, Oroonoko, for a literature class. This work is notable for the following:

  1. It is an early form of the novel, which was a new form of writing at that time.
  2. It is one work from that time about an African slave (and slave revolt) written by a women.
  3. It has a pretty gruesome scene where a slave is pretty much barbecued over a fire.  (See page 208 of the text)

This got us looking at the use of the word barbecue.  We discovered that the way we (in 21st century America) think about barbecue is different than they way the word was thought about in the past.

The Oxford English Dictionary notes that the term is originally from the Spanish word barbacoa which is derived from the Haitian word barbacòa.  This refers to “a framework of sticks set upon posts.”  There is also evidence that this was related to the French term babracot, which came from the Indians of Guyana.  If you want to know more, take a look at the OED.

Anyway, the word Barbecue actually refers to the physical cooking structure and not to the style of cooking or to a particular sauce.

Decade in Music

I wanted to pass along this cool timeline from NPR.  It highlights the highs and lows in music during the decade of the 00s.  Click on the link below to check it out.  It includes NPR stories about many of the key events.

Decade in Music

Description From the NPR Site: “NPR Music highlights some of the most significant musical moments of the ’00s in culture, business and technology using our archival news coverage.”

You Were Always on My Mind

 The library has just added Joe Nick Patoski’s book Willie Nelson: An Epic Life to our collection.  This book can be found at call # ML420 .N4 P38 2008.  Here is the book’s description:

From his first performance at age four, Willie Nelson was driven to make music and live life on his own terms. But though he is a songwriter of exceptional depth – “Crazy” was one of his early classics – Willie only found success after abandoning Nashville and moving to Austin, Texas.

Red Headed Stranger made country cool to a new generation of fans. Wanted: The Outlaws became the first country album to sell a million copies. And “On the Road Again” became the anthem for Americans on the move. A craggy-faced, pot-smoking philosopher, Willie Nelson is one of America‘s great iconoclasts and idols.

Now Joe Nick Patoski draws on over 100 interviews with Willie and his family, band, and friends to tell Nelson’s story, from humble Depression-era roots, to his musical education in Texas honky-tonks and his flirtations with whiskey, women, and weed; from his triumph with #1 hit “Always On My Mind” to his nearly career-ending battles with debt and the IRS; and his ultimate redemption and ascension to American hero

Find TV and Movie Scripts

Looking for TV scripts?  The library’s Newspaper Source database has transcripts from news shows.  Yes, I know it is called a newspaper database, but it has newspapers and TV shows.  For instance, here is a link to ABC’s Goodmorning America (MVCC ID requried from off campus).  If you are looking for non-news scripts.  Here are a few sources to try:

  • TV Scripts (TWIZTV): Description: “TWIZ TV.COM – Free TV Scripts and Television Transcripts. Listing of more than 200 shows. Including Alias, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, The OC, One Tree Hill, Smallville and more.”
  • Television Transcript Project : TVTP 1000 Description: “Transcripts to TV shows, commercials, and a few interviews. Has some links to more and background, including how-to.”
  • Simply Scripts Descritption: “1000s of free, downloadable movie scripts and movie screenplays on the ‘net. Searchable database of movie, television, radio, anime scripts, transcripts and plays. A screenwriter’s resource.”
  • Movie-Page.com: Scripts A-M: Description: “The movie script section features new, old and rare movie scripts.”
  • Drews Script O Rama: Description: “#1 free screenplay site for movies and television”

These descriptions are provided by Infomine: Scholarly Internet Source Collections.

Machinal By Sophie Treadwell

What drives a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder? Based loosely on real-world events, Machinal by Sophie Treadwell seeks to answer this question.  The Moriane Valley Theater will be presenting Machinal in the Spring semester.  In honor of this event, we wanted to post some resources to help students who are interested in conducting their own research:

Here is the blurb from the Moraine Valley Theater page:

  • Machinal By Sophie Treadwell April 29-May 1Sunday, May 2John and Angeline Oremus TheaterDirected by Dr. Craig RosenA 1928 Broadway hit, Machinal is a modern age tragedy of isolation turned to murder. The play, Sophie Treadwell said, is about “a young woman, ready, eager for life, for love…but deadened, squeezed, crushed by the machine-like quality of the life surrounding.” Loosely based on the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Treadwell uses this scenario as a springboard for her own speculations about what circumstances might drive a seemingly harmless stenographer to commit murder.

Private Lives

In February, the Moraine Valley Academic Theater will be performing the Noel Coward play Private Lives. Want something subversive? He wrote, I think very few people are completely normal, really, deep down in their private lives. Coward digs into this abnormality in this play. There are many facets suggested by the play, so want to offer some resources to students dig a bit deeper.

Here is the blurb from the MVCC Theater page:

  • Private Lives By Noel CowardFeb. 25-27 and March 5-6 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.John and Angeline Oremus Theater, Directed by Dr. Craig RosenElyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. A unique play with four successful Broadway runs.