National Black Business Month

August is National Black Business Month


2019 marks the 17th year of National Black Business Month, and the Fielding Graduate University Dr. Dianne Kipnes Library would like to observe this important month by highlighting a selection of our resources:




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Saeed, I. Poggi, N. (Director). (2016). She Started It.  Grasshopper Film from Kanopy.



Lough, A. J. L. (2015). Success factors for african american entrepreneurs in north carolina: A qualitative study.

Miller, M. (2016). How do the leadership styles of african american women entrepreneurs influence their ability to lead successful businesses?

Hardin, Floyd H., I.,II. (2016). African american gay male entrepreneurs: A study of enabling and inhibiting factors impacting entrepreneurial success.

Muron, A. D. (2017). African american women entrepreneurs.


Awadzi, C. (2019). African american female entrepreneurs: What keeps them successful? The Journal of Business Diversity, 19(1), 10-14.

Wade, C. L. (2010). African-American Entrepreneurs: Integration, Education, and Exclusion. Western New England Law Review, 32(3), 483–496.





Web resources:

Forbes article: 4 Black Women Entrepreneurs Share The Business Of “Buying Black”

HuffPost: 10 Ways To Support Black Businesses During Black Business Month

National Black Business Month website

We Buy Black website





LGBTQ Pride Month

We observe this commemorative month in order to recognize and honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.¹

Of the hundreds of resources in the Fielding Library collection, we would like to highlight the following sample of books and journals:



Journal of gay & lesbian mental health




Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
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Journal of gay & lesbian issues in education
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Gay and lesbian issues and psychology review
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Books – Education:



LGBTQ Issues in Education : Advancing a Research Agenda



Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Issues in Education: Programs, Policies, and Practices , James Sears, 2005. 

When the drama club is not enough : lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students, Jeff Perrotti, 2001.

Gender and sexual diversity in U.S. higher education : contexts and opportunities for LGBTQ college students, Stewart Dafina-Lazarus, 2015. 

Books – Psychology:



Teaching LGBTQ psychology: Queering innovative pedagogy and practice



Casebook for counseling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families, Sari Dworkin, 2012.

Intersectionality, sexuality, and psychological therapies : working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual diversity, Roshan Das Nair, 2012.

Books – Human & Organizational Development:



Authentic leadership : discussion of LGBTQ work as culturally relevant 




Changing Corporate America from Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay Workplace Rights, Nicole Raeburn, 2004.

Audio & Video:

Check out the Library of Congress website for free online resources, including video archives and LGBTQ-related digitized recordings.

Legal & Political Information:

The Library of Congress LGBTQ Pride Month website, including Executive Branch documents such as public laws, Presidential Proclamations and Congressional resolutions.


  1. Library of Congress website.


Publishing, predatory

Warm greetings to the Researchers.  I hope all is well and trust you are doing splendidly.”

“For researchers to collaborate in a hot area of CNS & Neurological Disorders”

“This journal aims to publish quality manuscripts within the scope, hence we are seeking your support to develop the journal in organized way.”

“We do charge Article processing fee(APC) for accepted articles, the actual handling cost of the journal is 1819$, but considering your eminence and previous published articles history in the field of ………….., we are charging only 519$ towards Journal Formatting Services, The said fees are required to meet Web page maintenance, PDF and Full text.”

If you’ve published in the academic arena, chances are that you receive email with similar publishing offers.

Predatory publishers exploit the open access model of publishing for profit; not to further the scholarly conversation.  Publishing in one of these dubious journals can harm your reputation and your career.

To learn more about how to identify and avoid predatory publishers, as well where you can find legitimate publishing opportunities, take a look at our Predatory Publishing Library Guide.

3 New Features in FASTsearch

The makers of FASTsearch have recently released three new features. We’ve briefly summarized these enhancements below and hope you will enjoy them!

Feature 1: Citation Trails

What is this? Citation trails allow you to explore a topic and collect materials by following a chain of articles that cite each other

How does it work?

First, run a search as you normally would.

While scrolling through the results list pay attention to the ‘cites’ and ‘cited by’ links:

Screenshot of the cites and cited by links.

Cites: clicking this link will display a list of works that this article cites

Cited by: clicking this link will display a list of works that cite this article

When you click either the ‘cites’ or ‘cited by’ link, a new tab will open next to the search tab allowing you to view either the ‘citing’ or ‘cited by’ works (depending on what link you clicked on).

FASTsearch will keep track of the cites/cited by links you follow in what they call a ‘citation path’

Screenshot of search tab and cites tab on the results page

Click on ‘view your citation path’ to see the running list from where you started to the most recent work you clicked on:

Screenshot of the citation path display

From the path, you can return to a previous citation in the trail by selecting its link. To display your original search results, select the Search tab.

Feature 2: Books & Related Items

What is this? When you are viewing a record for a book in FASTsearch it will link you out to the records for any related book reviews or individual chapters it can see.

How does it work?

When viewing a book’s record look for the ‘Reviews and chapters’ link below the description:

Screenshot of reviews and chapters link

Clicking on the link will open a new pane on the right side of the screen which will list out any reviews or chapters related to the book title:

Screenshot of new pane displaying reviews and chapters

Note: This link might not be available for every book title you discover in FASTsearch.

Feature 3: Glanceability 

What is this? FASTsearch is trying to make it easier for you to know more about a work without having to connect to the full-text. This feature will tell you how long an article is and if FASTsearch thinks it is original research.

How does it work? 

If the information is available, you will see it displayed just above the article’s title:

Screenshot of FASTsearch result with glance-ability feature

Important note: This is not an exact science and FASTsearch is doing its best to make the determination about ‘original research’. You will still need to read the abstract or skim the work to confirm.

FASTsearch includes the ‘original research’ label when any one of the following is true about the article:
• Subject_terms contains Original Research.
• Subtitle equals Original Article.
• Title equals Review Article.
• Is_peer_reviewed

We hope you enjoy these new features. Please feel free to reach out with feedback, comments, or suggestions any time.

Happy Searching!

Free free free!!

We like to make sure our Fielding Graduate University students are aware of the great open access resources that are available to them.

This week we’d like to highlight MyJSTOR.

JSTOR is a subscription database that offers a program called MyJSTOR.  This allows registrants to access 6 free articles per month that may not be accessible from our regular subscription.

Click here to get more information and sign up.

Click here to learn how to use your free reads in MyJSTOR.

How it works:

If you are looking for a resource that is indexed in JSTOR, but the full-text is not available with our Fielding Library subscription, you may see a result like this:


Once you are registered, you can access the article by clicking on “Read Online (Free).”

Things to know:

Not all JSTOR articles are available through this program.

MyJSTOR articles may be read online (it is possible to copy and paste into a word processing document), but you cannot download them.


FASTsearch–now with saved searches!

We are delighted to announce that you can now save searches run in FASTsearch to a Google account.  This functionality will work with your Fielding student email, or with any other Google account. Learn a few easy steps to take advantage of this new feature below.

How to permanently save a search in FASTsearch

  1. Run a search in FASTsearch and apply any filters you wish to use.
  2. When you are ready to save the search (including applied filters) click on the small star symbol inside the search box at the top of the screen:Screenshot of FASTsearch results page
  3. A pop-up window will appear giving you two options: A) sign in to Google to permanently save your search or B) press save to  temporarily save the search.  We highly recommend permanently saving, otherwise you will lose the search at the end of your session.Screenshot of pop up window prompted sign in
  4. After selecting ‘Sign in with Google’ a new window will appear.  From here you can choose a Google account if you’re already signed in, or you can sign into an account of your choosing.Screenshot of sign in prompt
  5. After you sign in, you’ll be taken back to the original pop-up window.  Now you can press ‘save’ to permanently save the search.
  6. After you’ve saved your search you’ll return to the results page.  Now that you’ve signed in you can either:
    • Run new searches and use the small star symbol to save those
    • Click on the large star symbol to the right of the search box to view previously saved searches.
    • Use the ‘sign out of Google’ link along the top of page to un-link your Google account.

Screenshot of FASTsearch page after signing in

There you have it.  Whenever you want to access and view your saved searches, you need to do so directly in FASTsearch.  Just connect to the results page and click on one of the star symbols to log into your account.

When viewing saved searches, you can click on the search terms to run the search again in FASTsearch.  You can also rename the search if you want to use a designation other than the search terms themselves:

Screenshot of how to interact with saved searches


We hope you will enjoy this new feature!  Remember you can always contact the library with questions or comments.

Happy Searching!

We hope to see you at session!

Greetings Library Users!

Just a friendly reminder that Abby will be at Summer Session in a few short weeks teaching classes and staffing our reference desk.  Please feel free to stop by the reference desk–in the registration area–to say hello, ask questions, or sign up for an appointment.

If you know your schedule now feel free to email us in advance to coordinate an appointment time:

reference desk

Image by ACPL. CC license here.

No time during session?  No worries! Remember you can always email us to request a Zoom meeting. Or, check out the Quick Tip pages of this blog for more help.  We recently created a Mini Search Tip Cheat Sheet ideal for printing out and taping up in your work-space for easy reference.

Happy Searching!  We hope to see you in July!

New Zotero Video Tutorial Series

Your friendly Fielding librarians are proud to announce the creation of a new video tutorial series about all things Zotero.  This 9-part series walks through everything you need to know to get up and running with Zotero 5.0, from downloading the application to using it with Microsoft Word.

If you’re already using Zotero, you might want to check out Video 5 which reviews some known issues and workarounds that will make life a little easier.

You can access the playlist directly in YouTube here. You can access each video individually from the Quick Tip Videos page of this blog (under the ‘Other Tools & Resources’ heading).  Here’s what’s included:

  • Video 1: Download.  A walk-through of how to download the desktop application and browser connector tool.
  • Video 2: Preferences. Reviews how to set up your preferences in Zotero including: aesthetic changes, miscellaneous preferences, syncing, a PDF indexing tool, and the MS Word add-in.
  • Video 3: Adding Items from the Web. A walk-through how to add items to the library from these sites: Fielding’s FASTsearch, Google Scholar, individual Databases, Amazon, YouTube, and news outlets.
  • Video 4: Adding Items Manually. How to add items into your Zotero library manually by: storing a copy of a file, creating a record from scratch, or adding by identifier.
  • Video 5: Tips and Quirks When Adding Items. This video will discuss some known issues when adding items to your library including: when your Zotero connector always looks like a gray box; issues with FASTsearch/Google Scholar links; and what happens when you save to Zotero from an open PDF.
  • Video 6: Organizing Your Library. How to create collections and sub-collections and how to add items to each.
  • Video 7: Notes, Tags, and Related Items. How to use the notes, tags, and related items feature to add further context and organization to your library.
  • Video 8: Generating Citations and Bibliographies in Zotero. A walk-through how to create citations and bibliographies from within your Zotero library. It will also show a brief overview of the ‘generate report’ function.
  • Video 9: Zotero and MS Word. How to use Zotero within MS Word to generate in-text citations and bibliographies.

Happy Searching!

LexisNexis Academic transition to NexisUNI

The LexisNexis Academic database has received a major overhaul and has been re-branded as NexisUNI.  While the content therein remains the same, the interface, features and capabilities have been enhanced!

Image of fireworks

Photo by Rich. CC license here.

In order to learn more about the new features check out the great documentation created by LexisNexis:

You can access NexisUni by following the ‘Databases’ link from the library homepage and selecting it from the alphabetic list.

We hope you enjoy the enhancements and changes they’ve made!

Happy searching!

Library at Winter Session!

Greetings All,

Your friendly librarians will be at Winter Session ’18 to offer reference assistance as well as some course offerings.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to take a look at our course offerings and feel free to contact us with any questions about courses and/or appointments: 

What do we have in store for you?

SLS Week:

Lit Reviews and the Fielding Library: Join your reference and instruction librarian for a workshop designed to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with conducting your lit review (or just doing dissertation research)! This workshop will consist of two parts. During the first section, we will discuss a number of strategies and techniques that will help you utilize the Fielding Library to complete your literature review.  Topics discussed will include: organizing your research, brainstorming/determining search language, identifying resources, 4 search tips to help you retrieve relevant results, and additional strategies, such as cited reference searching, as time allows.  The second section of the workshop will be a chance for you to implement these new skills and conduct library research related to your topic of interest.  You will be able to focus on whatever strategies best suit your needs with a librarian available to answer questions and assist you.  Please note, some of the content in this course will overlap with the content of the Advanced Library Research course offered at previous sessions.

  • Thursday, January 11th from 1-3:30pm –> Focus on IECD content
  • Friday, January 12th from 1-3:30pm –> Focus on HD/ODC content
  • Students are welcome to join either section as the tips and strategies discussed are still applicable across subjects

Intro to Zotero: This session will offer students an introduction to the citation management tool, Zotero.  We will discuss setting up Zotero preferences, adding documents to your Zotero library, organizing your documents, and using the Microsoft Word Plug-In to generate citations and bibliographies.  Students who wish to download Zotero in advance of the session are advised to download version 5 as it is the most recent version. There will be some time at the end of the session for questions and practice.

  • Thursday, January 11th from 9:30-10:30am


PSY Week

Intro to Zotero: please see description of course just above.

  • Monday, January 15th from 5-6pm

Locating Psych Tests & Measures: This one hour session will review the library resources available for retrieving and/or learning about various psych tests and measures. We will review the use of the PsycTESTS database, navigating PsycINFO to find studies which use particular tests, and searching for sample dissertations which involved the development of a test or measure. Time will be reserved at the end of the session for Q & A. Students who have questions in advance may email them to for inclusion in the workshop.

  • Tuesday, January 16th from 6-7pm


We look forward to seeing you there soon!