Say it with pictures!

Google searches for Girl Scout cookies

Buchholz, K. 2019, January 7. Girl Scouts Head into Cookie Season [Digital image]. Retrieved January 11, 2019, from

Need some interesting graphics to make your presentations and reports more visually appealing?  Many of our databases offer infographics or data visualizations on a variety of topics.  The chart above is from Statista, an excellent source of statistics from many sources over a wide range of topics.  Other databases that are particularly helpful for business subjects are Mintel Reports, which provides marketing data and analyses primarily for consumer products, and eMarketer, which contains data and reports on e-commerce, consumer use of electronic products, social media, and related topics.

Early bird or night owl?


Study week begins Sunday, and many students will be looking for just the right quiet, comfortable, safe environment to get their work done.  The University Libraries are the place for you!

Bruno Library will be open regular hours most of the week, but on Friday, Dec. 7, we’ll begin our extended hours. We’ll be staying open extra late for the night owls from Friday through the end of finals week. If you’re an early bird, you’ll appreciate our opening early Monday through Friday of finals week. Details:

Friday, Dec. 7: 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. the next day
Monday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 13: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. the next day
Friday, Dec. 14: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Whatever your avian category, also remember that Rodgers Library and Gorgas Library will be open 24/7 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, through closing on Friday, Dec. 14.

OneSource becomes D&B Hoover’s

Many researchers have discovered that the OneSource database is an excellent source of data on companies and industries.  What we once knew as OneSource is now owned by Dun & Bradstreet, the company that also owns Hoover’s Online.  The data and information from both databases have been merged into a new-and-improved database called D&B Hoover’s.  When you pull up a company record in D&B Hoover’s, you will find the same wealth of information that was previously available in OneSource, but in an updated format.  Additional features and tools for exploring companies and company news are also available from the new home page.  For now, you can find D&B Hoover’s in the library’s databases list either under its new name listed under the letter D or under the former OneSource name listed under the letter O.

Visit D&B Hoover’s to explore the new interface!

D&B Hoover's home page

Fill your water bottle!

Sales of bottled water at supermarkets, discount stores, and similar retail establishments reached a total of $23,000,000,000 in 2017 in the US.  That’s 23 billion dollars.  We’re happy to announce that you can refill your water bottle with free filtered water at our new Bruno Library water fountains, each of which now features a built-in water bottle filling station.

Read more about the bottled water market in the US and around the world using the Passport database, available in the databases list at the library’s website.

Water fountain

Soccer by the numbers

If the World Cup has you excited about soccer, you’re certainly not alone.  Over 30 million Americans viewed or attended a soccer game in 2017, and over 14 million played in a game, with participation split nearly equally between children and adults.  In 2016 (latest year available), Americans purchased 5.8 million soccer balls, mostly at sporting goods stores or discount stores.

Want to see the numbers behind your favorite sport? Check out Sports Market Analytics (formerly SBRnet), one of the many databases brought to you by the University Libraries.


Business Source Complete becomes the Ultimate database

The Business Source Complete database was recently upgraded to Business Source Ultimate.  Business Source Ultimate is the most comprehensive business database offered on the EBSCOhost platform.  It adds the full text of more than a thousand international journals and magazines to the already-robust amount delivered in Business Source Complete.  Other types of data included are case studies, industry profiles, SWOT analyses, market research reports, country reports, news videos, and detailed company profiles.  Look for Business Source Ultimate in the library website’s list of databases.

Spirit of invention in Alabama has long history

Many important inventors of the past had ties to Alabama.  Did you know that one of the first patents for windshield wipers was awarded to a Birmingham woman named Mary Anderson in 1903?  Unfortunately, while her product was the first to be effective, it was never produced commercially.  Alabama inventors produced the Klaxon horn (“ah-OO-gah!”) and the first electrical hearing aid, explored motorized flight, designed early submarines, created a particle accelerator, introduced crop rotation, and developed numerous practical plant-based products.

Learn more about the history of invention and innovation in Alabama in this article from Alabama Business magazine:

Ah-oo-gah and Other Alabama Greats


New hours for fall semester

The Bruno Library has new hours for fall semester 2016!  We have adjusted our opening and closing times for your convenience.   We are opening a little earlier on weekdays to give you more time to come by and use the computers or make printouts before your 8:00 classes.  We’re also opening earlier on Sunday so you can get an earlier start on all those assignments due on Monday.  And we’re staying open a little later on Friday and Saturday evenings for the busy folks who use those hours as study times.

Here is the new schedule, with the changed times marked in red:

Sunday: 11:00 am to 1:00 am

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am to 1:00 am

Friday: 7:30 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Let us know what you think about the new schedule!

Finals activities in Bruno Library

This year the Bruno Library is offering students a chance to take a short break from their studying and have a little fun!  Inside the library on the main floor is a table with adult coloring sheets and colored pencils for some quiet relaxation time.  A nearby whiteboard offers students the opportunity to display their artwork.  Next to the coloring table is a photo booth with fun accessories.  Students who post their photo on Twitter with the hashtag #BrunoFinals16 are entered to win a prize!

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons the fun continues outside.  Activities include ring toss, blowing bubbles, and a hula hoop contest!  Free freezer pops are also being given away.

We know our students are working hard, and we invite them to maintain healthy habits while they work by eating right, getting plenty of rest, and taking a fun break now and then.

Outdoor activities

Group of students enjoying library-sponsored outdoor activities



Software on Bruno computers

Need just the right software to complete your project?  The Bruno Library offers fifty software packages on its collection of Windows desktops and laptops and Mac laptops.  From Adobe Acrobat to Wolfram Mathematica, we provide the software you need to produce documents, analyze data, prepare presentations, animate web content, construct web pages, design graphics, and otherwise be productive and creative.

Check out the complete list of software available on Bruno Library computers on the Libraries’ website.