Television Show Read Alikes

By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

For fans of popular television series, there’s never an episode long enough to satisfy, and the wait between seasons can feel like an eternity. To bide your time until then, you might be interested in reading some similar stories. Here’s our list of read alikes for a few of your tv favorites:

If you like The Bachelor, you might like…



The Selection by Kiera Cass.

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“America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.”


If you like Once Upon a Time, you might like…



The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley.

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“Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.”



If you like Hannibal, you might like…



Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

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“Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats.”



If you like The 100, you might like…


The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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“Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.”


You can find all of these suggestions at McLure. Let us know in the comments if there are any other tv show/book comparisons you think we’re missing.

Midnight Snack: Where to Eat on Campus

By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

WImage courtesy of Bama Dininghile you’re studying and finishing up those last minute papers and projects, you might choose to take advantage of the library’s extended hours. If those late night hours work up an appetite, you’re in luck! Many dining locations on campus will be staying open later. For those studying at McLure, you might be interested to know that the Alston Bistro & Subway (located in the business courtyard behind the library) will be staying open until 2am during finals week. To find out about other locations and hours, check the Bama Dining website. Also, our library is food-friendly, so feel free to bring in outside food or drink as a study snack. You can even order food and have it delivered here, just don’t expect us to pay for it! : )

Longer Library Hours

McLure will be open longer hours starting next week to provide more time for studying during dead week and finals.

Here is our schedule for the next two weeks ( April 20th-May 2nd):

  • Sunday:
    1:00pm – 12:00am
  • Monday:
    7:00am – 12:00am
  • Tuesday:
    7:00am – 12:00am
  • Wednesday:
    7:00am – 12:00am
  • Thursday:
    7:00am – 12:00am
  • Friday:
    7:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday:
    10:00am – 6:00pm

For more information, including exceptions and other library hours, click here.

Also, you may want to note that McLure will be opening two hours earlier than the rest of the libraries on campus this Sunday, April 2oth.

The Praxis: What to Expect on Test Day

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By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

Many College of Education students will soon be taking the Praxis. In order to help you be more prepared on test day, we would like to share some Praxis resources. For more about the Praxis and how to find library study aids, read our previous post on the topic here.

The Praxis is currently is the process of moving to a completely computerized version of the test. For those of us used to paper and pencil standardized tests, this can add a level of uncertainty to an already stressful situation. Luckily, the Praxis has released some guides that will ease the process.

First, you can check out their Computer-delivered Testing Demonstration. This site shows you what the test will look like and how to navigate through it. It even includes a demo version where you can practice with log in and sample questions. By practicing with this demonstration, you can feel more comfortable with the format of the test because you have seen and used it before.

You can also watch a Computer-delivered Test Center Tour. This will guide you through computer testing procedures, including proper identification, how to store your belongings, and entering and exiting the testing area. The video shows what to expect on test day, and I found it very similar to my own experience with ETS computerized testing. It’s a great resource to get an idea of what the testing facility will look like, especially for those who have never been to one before.

For those taking the computer-delivered test, I would highly recommend spending the time to look over these websites to get more familiar with the test format and testing centers. You can also find additional help with studying on the Preparation Materials page of the Praxis website.

Best of luck!

What is Manga?


By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

If you’re ever perused the shelves of our graphic novel section, you might notice that some of the books appear to be printed backwards. The cover illustration appears on the back, rather than the front of the book. You may know this already, but these books are called manga. For those unfamiliar with the genre, we thought it would be good to provide a short explanation.

Manga originates from Japan. The word itself means comic or cartoon. Manga is a style that developed in the late 19th century, and the stories can be about a wide range of topics. It has risen in popularity in Europe and North America, especially after the influx of Japanese animation.

The reading direction in a traditional manga (image from Wikipedia)

Rather than a being misprint, manga only appears “backwards” if you’re used to reading from left to right. This is because manga is usually written from right to left. Some publishers choose to flip the images to accommodate western readers. However, this inversion can cause other problems by changing the illustrations and directions within the text.

The image to the left demonstrates the direction in which the story is read within traditional manga. You can also see a more detailed explanation with examples by following this link.


Now that you understand the basics, we have several series to get you started, including:

  • Vampire Knight
  • Oh My Goddess!
  • Hikaru No Go
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Gravitation
  • Someday’s Dreamers: Spellbound

You can find all of these and more by browsing the graphic novels downstairs at McLure or searching the catalog. Enjoy!

Simplifying Citations with RefWorks

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By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

It’s the night before the big assignment is due. You’ve finished writing, and the only thing standing between you and your pillow is the bibliography.  Despite that fourth cup of coffee, you’re fighting a losing battle with your eyelids, and the source notes from this afternoon suddenly resemble ancient hieroglyphs. That’s where RefWorks comes in.

RefWorks is a tool for organizing references and creating citations. Through the website, you can produce a list of cited works, either by entering the bibliographic information manually or importing it directly from a database or webpage. You can also save these references in a folder, letting you access and share them later. Once you’ve finished adding your sources, RefWorks allows you to generate a bibliography from the list. Simply add it to the end of your work, give it a quick proofread, and you’re done!

If you have not used RefWorks before, there is a wonderful guide on the University Libraries’ website with instructions on creating an account and using its different functions. This libguide can be found here. Also, by creating an account now, you will be able to use RefWorks even after you graduate.

Now go get some sleep, and don’t forget your promise not to wait till the last minute next time. : )