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Natural Standard at WKU Libraries


New! Natural Standard integrative medicine database is now available through WKU Libraries. Natural Standard lets you find comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Sections include color photographs, history, dosage, interactions, adverse effects, allergies, efficacy, pregnancy/lactation data and mechanism of action. Available evidence is collected from a variety of scholarly sources, summarized, and graded.  Patient handouts in English & Spanish & CE/CME programs included.

Natural Standard was founded by clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and University of California in response to widespread use of complementary and alternative therapies and lack of reliable sources of information.  Monographs undergo blinded review by clinical and research faculty at academic medical centers.

Natural Standard is available on or off campus. You can find it in the Databases list on the Library website, or through the TOPCAT online catalog.

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March Reference Area Book Display


The month of March is all about the Irish in the Reference area. This month’s book display features books on Celtic culture and folklore, as well as information on modern Ireland.


Books on Display

  1. Encyclopedia of Irish history and culture / James S. Donnelly Jr., editor in chief ; Karl S. Bottigheimer … [et al.], associate editors.  DA912 .E53 2004 (Vol. 1 of 2)
  2. Celtic culture : a historical encyclopedia / John T. Koch, editor. CB206 .C45 2006 (Vol. 1 of 5)
  3. Medieval Ireland : an encyclopedia / Seán Duffy, editor ; associate editors, Ailbhe MacShamhráin, James Moynes. DA933 .M43 2005
  4. A dictionary of Irish mythology / Peter Berresford Ellis. BL980 .I7 E45 1989
  5. Lane’s English-Irish dictionary / compiled from the most authentic sources by T. O’Neill Lane. PB1289 .L3 2010x
  6. An atlas of Irish history / Ruth Dudley Edwards ; with Bridget Hourican. G1831.S1 E3 2005
  7. The encyclopedia of Celtic mythology and folklore / Patricia Monaghan. BL900 .M66 2004
  8. Ireland : a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present / John P. McCarthy. DA911 .M34 2006
  9. The Blackwell companion to modern Irish culture / edited by W.J. McCormack. DA925 .B47 1999
  10. Irish America : the historical travel guide / Richard Demeter. E184 .I6 D46 1997x

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February Reference Area Book Display

February's Display Quote

This month’s book display comes to us from the age of romanticism and mysticism, England’s Victorian Period. The Victorian period, named after Queen Victoria , consists of the years of her reign, from 1827 to 1901. Supplementing the books on display are books on the Gilded Age, in America, which ran concurrent to the latter half of the Victorian era.  Despite its reputation for being stodgy and stuffy (in line with Queen Victoria’s own strict personal morality), the Victorian era was actually a period that valued emotion, particularly in artistic and literary works.

Books on Display

  1. Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era / edited by John D. Buenker and Joseph Buenker.  E661 .E53 2005 (1 of 3 Volumes)
  2. Kings, queens, bones, and bastards : who’s who in the English monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II / David Hilliam. DA28.1 .H55 1998
  3. Encyclopedia of the romantic era, 1760-1850 / Christopher John Murray, general editor. NX452.5.R64 E53 2004 (1 of 2 Volumes)
  4. Historical dictionary of the Gilded Age / T. Adams Upchurch. E661 .U66 2009
  5. The Brontës A to Z : the essential reference to their lives and work / Lisa Paddock and Carl Rollyson. PR4168 .P28 2003
  6. A companion to Charles Dickens / edited by David Paroissien. PR4588 .C636 2011
  7. Cambridge companion to Victorian culture / edited by Francis O’Gorman. DA533 .C36 2010
  8. The Gilded Age / Judith Freeman Clark. E661 .C575 2006
  9. The Cambridge companion to English literature, 1740 to 1830 / edited by Thomas Keymer and Jon Mee. PR441 .C36 2004
  10. Victorian Britain : an encyclopedia / Sally Mitchell, editor; Michael J. Herr, editorial and research assistant ; advisory editors Josef L. Altholz . . . [et al.] DA550 .V53 1988

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January Reference Area Book Display


The reference desk may have moved to its new home in the Commons at Cravens, but the reference collection and book display remain where they have always been, and this month’s display is brand new, with a hobby theme. January is National Hobby Month. The books on display cover a wide range of hobbies, from cooking, to martial arts, to woodworking and more. Find a new hobby or rekindle an old passion with the books in reference!


Books on Display

Hobbyist sourcebook. GV1201.5 .H63

Classic American cars / by Quentin Willson. TL23 .W583 1997

Chef’s companion : a culinary dictionary / Elizabeth Riely ; illustrations by David Miller. TX349 .R48 2003

Martial arts of the world : an encyclopedia / edited by Thomas A. Green.  GV1101 .M29 2001

The video game explosion : a history from PONG to Playstation and beyond / edited by Mark J.P. Wolf. GV1469.34.S52 V52 2008

Crossword puzzle dictionary / Andrew Swanfeldt. GV1507 .C7 S85 1990x

The encyclopedia of the sword / Nick Evangelista, foreword by William M. Gaugler. GV1143.2 .E93 1995

Dictionary of photography : pocket companion. / Richard Ehrlich. TR9.E37 1984

Reader’s digest complete do-it-yourself manual. TT155.R4

Wood : identification & use / Terry Porter. SD536 .P67x 2006

The illustrated encyclopedia of musical instruments / general editor, Robert Dearling. ML102 .I5 I55x 1996

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December Reference Area Book Display



You’re in the home stretch! Winter break is just around the corner, and with it, holidays and celebrations for one and all.  Our December book display covers a wide range of typical holiday symbols and customs; there are book on the events themselves, as well as plants (including the ubiquitous poinsettia), food, drink, presents, and tips for entertaining. Even if all you are celebrating is the end of the semester and a break from papers and exams, we in Helm Library Reference wish you a happy, safe and enjoyable Winter Break!

Books on Display

  1. The Cultural history of plants / Ghillean Prance, consulting editor ; Mark Nesbitt, scientific editor.   SB71.C86 2005
  2. One planet, many people : atlas of our changing environment / UNEP ; Ashbindu Singh, team coordinator.  GE149.O53X
  3. Quotations for special occasions, by Maud Van Buren.    PN6084.O3
  4. The master dictionary of food and wine / Joyce Rubash ; illustrations by Benchmark Productions, Inc.   TX349.R83
  5. Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl : an encyclopedia / edited by Melitta Weiss Adamson and Francine Segan.  TX731.E5824
  6. Difford’s encyclopedia of cocktails : 2600 recipes / Simon Difford.  TX951.D54
  7. Encyclopedia of holidays and celebrations : a country-by-country guide / Matthew Dennis, editor.  GT3930.E53
  8. Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America / Gary S. Cross, editor in chief.  ( 2 vol.) GV53.E53
  9. Chase’s … calendar of events. GT4803.C48 2013
  10. Toys and American culture : an encyclopedia / Sharon M. Scott. GV1218.62 .S37 2010

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October Reference Book Display

October is National Arts and Humanities Month. WKU offers more than 30 degrees in the Arts and Humanties, in 10 departments. (Potter College of Arts and Letters also includes several social science departments).  Stop by the Reference Area to see a collection of books about research and practice in the Arts and Humanities.


Books on Display

1.  Timeline book of the arts / George Ochoa and Melinda Corey.  NX447.5 .O24x 1995

2.  Visual & performing arts. NX303 .P52

3.   Peterson’s graduate programs in the humanities, arts & social sciences. L901 .P443x

4.    History highway : a 21st century guide to Internet resources / edited by Dennis A. Trinkle and Scott A. Merriman. D16.117 .H55 2006

5.    Research guide for undergraduate students : English and American literature / Nancy L. Baker and Nancy Huling. PR56 .B34 1996

6.    Choral music : a research and information guide / Avery T. Sharp and James Michael Floyd. ML128.C48 S53 2002

7.    A research guide for undergraduate students : English and American literature / Nancy L. Baker and Nancy Huling. PR56 .B34 1996

8.   Reference sources in history : an introductory guide / Ronald H. Fritze, Brian E. Coutts, Louis Vyhnanek ; with the assistance of Walter Bell and Jimmy Bryant.  D20 .F75x 2004

9.   Music reference and research materials : an annotated bibliography.  ML113 .D83 1997

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September Reference Area Book Display

abc-notepaper-back-to-school-backgrounds-wallpapersIt’s that time of year again! New classes have begun and, as the class of 2016 enters their very first semester, many student have not yet declared a major or already thinking that their chosen major is not right for them. The Reference Area wishes to help those who are lost or unsure with a book display showcasing career information for some of Western’s most popular majors.

Books on Display

1.    Career opportunities in education / Susan Echaore-McDavid.  LB1775.2 .E33 2001

2.    College majors and careers : a resource guide for effective life planning / by Paul Phifer. HF5382.5 .U5 P445 1993

3.    The top 100 : the fastest-growing careers for the 21st century. HF5382 .T59 2009

4.   Sociology : a guide to reference and information sources / Stephen H. Aby. HM585 .A29x 1997

5.   Health care careers directory / American Medical Association. R847 .D57

6.   A student’s dictionary of psychology / Peter Stratton and Nicky Hayes. BF31 .S69 1993

7.  Ferguson career resource guide to apprenticeship programs / edited by Elizabeth H. Oakes. HD4885.U5 F47 2006

8.  Career opportunities in journalism / Jennifer Bobrow Burns ; foreword by Janice Castro.  PN4797 .B87 2007

9.  Career opportunities in theater and the performing arts / Shelly Field. PN1580 .F5 1999

10.  Career opportunities in the sports industry / Shelly Field. GV734 .F545 1999

11.  Career opportunities in conservation and the environment / Paul R. Greenland and AnnaMarie L. Sheldon. S945 .G74 2008

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August Reference Book Display

It may seem early to think about it, with summer session classes not ending until August 9th, but the academic year of 2012-2013 will soon be upon us. M.A.S.T.E.R  Plan will begin August 19th,  with class sessions beginning the following week. To that end, Helm Library’s Reference display for August focuses on information about campus, community, and county, for all the new students attending our university, and any who might have forgotten us over the break!

Books On Display

1. Architecture of Warren County, Kentucky, 1790-1940 / Alice Colvard and Kevin Hunter.

F457.W2 C64x 1984

2. Bowling Green / Jonathan Jeffrey and the Kentucky Library. F459.B7 J35x 2003

3. Western Kentucky University : the first 100 years, 1906-2006 / by Nancy Disher Baird, Carol Crowe Carraco, Sue Lynn Stone McDaniel.  LD5941.W5 B34x 2006

4. 2011 Western Kentucky University Fact Book/ Western Kentucky University. LD5941.W5 A2

5. Faces & places : Warren County.  F457 .W2 F32x 1996

6. Bowling Green, a pictorial history / Nancy Disher Baird, Carol Crowe-Carraco, and Michael L. Morse. F459 .B7 B34x 1983

7. 60 hikes within 60 miles, Nashville / by Johnny Molloy.  GV199.42.T22 N376 2002

8. A FalconGuide to Mammoth Cave National Park : a guide to exploring the caves, trails, roads, and rivers / Johnny Molloy. GV200.655.K42 M256 2006

9. Robert Penn Warren : a documentary volume / James A. Grimshaw, Jr. PS221 .D55x v.320


From the Maps Collection:

Bowling Green City Map

Bowling Green Visitor’s Guide and Map

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July Reference Book Display

This month, the reference area is celebrating Claire Donahue, the WKU alumna who qualified for the 2012 US Olympic swim team. Please stop by the reference area for books on swimming, sports, and the Olympics, as well as the 2010 Talisman, featuring an article on Ms. Donahue from her junior year at Western, entitled “Olympic Bound.”

Books on Display

1.         Historical dictionary of the modern Olympic movement / edited by John E. Findling and Kimberly D. Pelle. GV721.5.H546

2.         Great athletes / edited by the editors of Salem Press ; special consultant Rafer Johnson.  GV697.A1 G68 2010

3.         Encyclopedia of women and sports / Victoria Sherrow. GV709 .S44 1996

4.         Encyclopedia of international games / Daniel Bell. GV721 .B45 2003

5.         United States Olympic Book/ United States Olympic Committee. V721.5 .U6

6.         Historical dictionary of competitive swimming / John Lohn. GV836.3 .L65 2010

7.         The women’s sports encyclopedia / Robert Markel, executive editor. GV709 .W589 1997

8.         The Olympic record book / Bill Mallon. GV721.8 .M34 1988

9.         2010 Talisman

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June Reference Book Display

Come in to the reference area at Helm Library for all things British! This month’s book display features a variety of books on jolly old England, both from its present and its past. This month, Britain celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of Elizabeth II’s reign. Please visit for more information on the event. In addition, June is also the month of the Royal Ascot, and Wimbledon.


Books on Display

  1. Atlas of medieval Britain / Christopher Daniell. G1812.21.S1 D3 2008
  2. Tudor England : an encyclopedia / Arthur F. Kinney and David W. Swain, general editors. DA315 .T73x 2001
  3. The Oxford handbook of Anglo-Saxon archaeology / edited by Helena Hamerow, David A. Hinton, and Sally Crawford. DA152 .O94 2011
  4. Great Britain/ David Else. DA650 .G74x 2007
  5. The Cambridge companion to modern British culture / edited by Michael Higgins, Clarissa Smith and John Storey. DA110 .C253 2010
  6. Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture / edited by Peter Childs and Mike Storry. DA589.4 .E53 1999
  7. The Oxford companion to British history / edited by John Cannon. DA34 .O93 2002
  8. Frommer’s best day trips from London : 25 great escapes by train, bus or car / by Stephen Brewer & Donald Olson. DA650 .B74x 2010
  9. The Cambridge companion to Victorian culture / edited by Francis O’Gorman. DA533 .C36 2010
  10. Routledge atlas of British history / Martin Gilbert. G1812.21.S1 G5 2007x

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