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Welcome to UNK!

Posted by sudrland on August 26, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

A warm welcome to all returning and new UNK students!  We hope you find Calvin T. Ryan Library an excellent resource for your study and research needs during the fall semester.  Need assistance locating an article or book?  The librarians are here to help you out! You can reach us in a number of ways.  Are you on campus? Stop by the reference desk on the first floor of the Library.

If you would like some extra attention, you can make a one-on-one appointment with a librarian in your academic area.  Aren’t able to make it to the Library? No problem!  You can email us, call the reference desk at (308) 865-8586 or, new this summer, you can text us at (308) 210-3865.

Remember, we can’t help if you don’t ask and we love to help!


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Learn more about the new, online Statistical Abstract

Posted by sudrland on July 31, 2014

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

One method for enhancing your research papers and oral presentations is to use statistical data to raise awareness and build emotional investment. In other words, providing a “hook” that motivates a reader or listener to heed what will follow.

First published in 1879, the Statistical Abstract of the United States provides key demographic, economic, and sociological data for the United States. Although the Census Bureau discontinued this print publication in 2011, this data is now accessible online through the UNK Library’s Articles & Databases alphabetical and subject listings (e.g. “Statistics”).

Here are just a few of the many questions the Statistical Abstract can address:

  • How many hate crimes were reported in 2012, by race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability?
  • Where does Nebraska rank among the states in farm income from corn, soybeans, and cattle ranching?
  • What was the longest time period between increases in the minimum wage?
  • How do today’s current college tuition, residence hall, and board fees compare to 1989? To 1970?

More information about using Statistical Abstract is available at A free webinar will also be offered Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. This webinar will demonstrate how to search and browse for content, and how to personalize the spreadsheet files available for every single table.

To attend this free webinar from your home or office, please register at:

If you would like to join other librarians in attending this August 12 webinar, or if you have additional questions about Statistical Abstract, please contact Jon Ritterbush at or 308-865-8585.

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Independence Day Holiday

Posted by sudrland on June 25, 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library will be closed July 4-6, 2014, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. Regular Summer session hours will resume on Monday, July 7th.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!

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Memorial Day

Posted by sudrland on May 23, 2014

Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Falling on the final Monday in May, Memorial Day honors all Americans who have died while in military service. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. Not to be confused with with Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day is a day to remember the courageous women and men who have died while serving, while Veteran’s Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Memorial Day has been an official federal holiday since 1971.

It also typically marks the beginning of summer and many traditional events take place over the weekend, such as parades, concerts, and swimming pool openings. One longstanding tradition, for instance, is the running of the Indianapolis 500 on the preceding Sunday, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Many Americans visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died with wreath laying ceremonies and to mark grave sites with American flags, such as the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, attended by ceremonial units from the uniformed services and sometimes the President or his designee.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Calvin T. Ryan Library will be closed for the weekend, May 24th through the 26th. The library will reopen Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. for regular summer hours. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

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New Resource – Modern Genocide Database

Posted by sudrland on May 12, 2014

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has recently acquired a new online database, Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences, which explores ten genocide events in recent history. This resource features over 1,200 reference items, 300 primary source items, and hundreds of photographs, maps, and videos, all in an attempt to educate readers about the perpetration of these crimes against humanity (Jaeger, 2013).

Initial funding for this resource has been made possible by a grant from the Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund, received through the efforts of Dr. Kurt Borchard of UNK’s Sociology Department. Access to this resource is available to all users on-campus, and to UNK students and employees off-campus.

“What sets this project apart from others is not only the quality of the writing but the willingness to address areas of controversy surrounding these various genocides, especially the question of denial,” said board member and contributing scholar Steven Leonard Jacobs (Vnuk, 2013).

This new database is listed in the alphabetical and subject listings of the “Articles & Databases” webpage:

  • Ethnic Studies
  • History (World)
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  •  Primary Sources
  •  Sociology

Additional resources on the history and concept of genocide may be found using the library’s LOPERSearch database, and research assistance is available all summer – online, by phone, and in person – by asking a librarian.

Jaeger, J. (2013, September). Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 51(1), 56+. Retrieved from

Vnuk, R. (2013). Modern Genocide. Booklist, 109(15), 40. Retrieved from

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