Posts by Fatima DeMelo

Talking Back To The Body: Starter Resources On Body Image

January 16, 2018 • Written by

Between Instagram filters and Photoshop, people have no idea the storm a psyche takes to merely look in a mirror and think hey, I look pretty good today. Girls begin dieting at younger ages, often listing the fear of being fat above the death of a parent. It starts as a passing remark (“You would have a prettier face if you lost weight.”) or hearing more about appearance than accomplishments makes a person think having a more acceptable outside will make a more worthy human being.

The Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative, represents one way to take on the negative voices or to find help dealing with eating disorders. If upcoming group sessions are not your thing, make an appointment to see a counsellor either here or off campus. In between talking about body image issues, get empowered with these resources in *print, digital or video.

*Note: Visit our Information Desk for help refining your search for body image as it relates to men, nursing, LGBT, community services, or another topic.


Am I Thin Enough Yet?: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity
BF 697.5 .B63 H47

Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs and Sex
RC 569.5 .B65 .B38 2009 c. 2

Preventing Eating-Related and Weight-related disorders: Collaborative research, Advocacy, and Policy change
RC 552 .E18 P78 2012

When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence
HQ 798 .F75 1997

Body image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children
BF 697.5 .B63 G76 1999

Articles of Interest (Login Required)

Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image23183-187. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.002

Body Image’s Effect on Smoking and Drinking. (2017). USA Today Magazine146(2869), 7.

CLARK, N. (2017). Social Media and Body Image: #Fitspiration at Its Worst. American Fitness35(2), 66.


AV services have a display near the entrance, with a list of titles on the subject.







THRIVE with Red River Library: Stress-Related Resources

November 6, 2017 • Written by

Red River College Library wants students and staff to succeed both academically and with regards to their mental health. Look for our resources as part of THRIVE Week (November 6-10) as the Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative showcases activities to help people navigate shorter days and incoming deadlines. For more resources, check out our new Library Guide.



Believe it or not, stress does serve a purpose for humans. At some point, we needed the combination of cortisol and adrenaline to either find something to eat or risk starving or run away as something wanted to eat us or it will risk starving. These days the Sabre Tooth Tiger has gone extinct while our to-do lists sadly can’t find itself on the endangered species list. While none of us want to make friends with stress, it’s worth understanding what happens to the body under the constant stresses in day-to-day life like assignment deadlines, grading papers for feedback, all while dealing with family or loved ones.

The key to understanding stress? Finding information on what it does, how to keep it under control, and applying it to our everyday life. Red River Library has a number of resources to tackle a vast subject, some might say stress-inducing, but a few key titles may help to make stress work for as a benefit than as an impediment.

Two Notable Streaming Videos

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Stress Portrait of a Killer [Video on Demand]


Stanford University neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky, has been advancing our understanding of stress – how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. Research reveals that the impact of stress can be found deep within us, shrinking our brains, adding fat to our bellies, even unraveling our chromosomes. Yet understanding how stress works can help us figure out a ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague.


The Joy Of Stress[Video on Demand]: How To Prevent a Hardening of the Attitude


Stress is an individual reaction; it can be fantastic or it can be fatal! The choice of how we respond is ultimately up to each of us. In this program, you will explore the concept of stress and how it affects your body, mind, and spirit. You will learn how you can use humor to break the negative and irrational thought patterns that cause stress and reframe them into positive, powerful and productive tools for change.




The titles below deal with stress and stress management. Click on the call numbers to take you directly to the record in the online catalog.  For subjects related to stress, or to take the stress out of research in general, talk to library staff about book and database searches.


Is Work Killing You?: A Doctor’s Prescription For Treating Workplace Stress
Author: David Posen
Call Number: RC 963.48 .P68 2013




Controlling Stress and Tension
Authors: Daniel Girdano, Dorothy Dusek, George S. Everly, Jr.
Call Number: RA 785 .G57 2009




Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Call Number: QP 82.2 .S8 S266 2004





Preventive Stress Management in Organizations 
Author: James C. Quick
Call Number: HF 5548.85 .P762 2013





Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anxiety, Fear and Panic
Author: Jeffrey Brantley
Call Number: BF 575 .A6 .B73 2003





Daring Greatly At Red River: A Short Introduction to Brene Brown

October 17, 2017 • Written by

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”-Brene Brown

In June 2010, a Texas researcher took the stage at TEDx Houston to deliver a talk about vulnerability, an abstract concept with huge applications as well as implications. The talk that gave Brene Brown a ‘vulnerability hangover’ at first, now numbers over thirty million views in addition to her bestselling books, the latest Braving The Wilderness explores the sticky concept of belonging in an increasingly divisive world.

From its beginnings as hours of qualitative research, with each response meticulously coded to find connections, her findings apply to the world of business, education, police, and military. Red River College Library is pleased to add her work to our collection, to help students ‘dare greatly’ in the arena of their chosen career.


Gifts of Imperfection [electronic resource]: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are

I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame
Call Number: HQ 1206 .B765 2007

Daring Greatly: How The Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Call Number: BF 575 .A85 B76 2015

Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution
Call Number: BF 637 .S4 B8118 2017


Articles from Library Databases 

Below are some articles about/by Brene Brown in APA format, with hyperlinked titles requiring a login for access. Not sure how to do it? Library staff would happily lend you assistance.

BROWN B. The Unreliable NarratorO, The Oprah Magazine [serial online]. September 2015;:114. Available from: MasterFILE Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed October 17, 2017.

NAASEL, K. R. (2015). Wallow in your failureFast Company, (198), 32.

Brown, B. (2016). Brené Brown Encourages Educators to Normalize the Discomfort of Learning and Reframe Failure as LearningAbout Campus20(6), 3. doi:10.1002/abc.21224

Ted Talks

Her speaker profile also includes an excellent Q & A plus a link to her website and more. Her talks can also show English subtitles for the hearing impaired or in a selection of other languages.

Prime Cuts: Books About Meat

January 18, 2017 • Written by

Last week, Jill Wilson wrote about a renewed interest in butchers and locally-sourced meats in a Free Press article entitled Riving an Art. In addition to talking to butchers from the newly opened Bouchée Boucher and established businesses like Denny’s Meats, the college’s Culinary Arts gets mentioned for expanding their repertoire by using whole animals in meat cutting courses, plus a brand-new second year course.

As usual, the library continues to support this, and other programs, with our collection. Below are selected titles from our collection yet these ‘prime cuts’ represent a fraction of culinary titles with topics already profiled in past posts. (What can we say, we like food as much as books.)




Butcher’s Apprentice: The Expert’s Guide to Selecting, Preparing, and Cooking a World Of Meat
Authors: Eliza Green and Steve Lagado (Illustrator)


The masters in The Butcher’s Apprentice teach you all the old-world, classic meat-cutting skills you need to prepare fresh cuts at home. Through extensive, diverse profiles and cutting lessons, butchers, food advocates, meat-loving chefs, and more share their expertise. Inside, you’ll find hundreds of full-color, detailed step-by-step photographs of cutting beef, pork, poultry, game, goat, organs, and more, as well as tips and techniques on using the whole beast for true nose-to-tail eating.–From the Online Catalog

Eat This Book: A Carnivore’s Manifesto

Author: Dominque Lestel

If we want to improve the treatment of animals, Dominique Lestel argues, we must acknowledge our evolutionary impulse to eat them and we must expand our worldview to see how others consume meat ethically and sustainably.–From the book jacket




Meat: Everything You Need To Know

Author: Pat LaFrieda

Pat LaFrieda, the third generation butcher, and owner of America’s premier meatpacking business presents the ultimate book of everything meat, with more than seventy-five mouthwatering recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry.For true meat lovers, a beautifully prepared cut of beef, pork, lamb, veal, or poultry is not just the center of the meal, it is the reason for eating.–From the Simon and Shuster Website


Meat: Identification, Fabrication, Utilization
Author: Thomas Schneller

Kitchen Pro Series: Guide to Meat Identification, Fabrication, and Utilization is the definitive guide to purchasing and fabricating meat cuts for professional chefs, foodservice personnel, culinarians, and food enthusiasts. Part of the CIA’s new Kitchen Pro Series focusing on kitchen preparation skills, this user-friendly, full-color resource provides practical information on fabricating beef, pork, veal, lamb, game, and exotic meats. Helpful storage information, basic preparation methods for each cut, and recipes are included to give professional and home chefs everything they need to know to produce well-primed cuts of meat. For anyone who believes that butchery is a lost art, The Culinary Institute of America’s Chef Thomas Schneller counters that notion by providing a close examination and explanation of the craft in this clear and concise book.–From

Streaming Videos

Meat [Video on Demand]
Author: Cordon Bleu

Meat Technology[Video on Demand]
Author: Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture

Braising and Stewing[Videon on Demand]
Author: California Culinary Academy

Need something more specific? Try searching by subject for things like “charcuterie”, in our online catalog. Not only will your search term show up in a title or subject line of a record, but it might also be part of an item’s table of contents. Contact the library for more search tips, help with streaming video or one-one help to support your career path.



Cooking Up Culinary True Stories Well Told

December 9, 2016 • Written by

Every year, Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential comes in and out of the library like a popular restaurant dish, causing the library to add a second copy to keep up with the demand. It’s not surprising considering he has a charisma to go with his knowledge, both displayed on CNN’s ‘Parts Unknown.’

Many believe Bourdain’s book ushered in the era of the ‘celebrity chef’, but his story provides a peek into the workings of a busy restaurant kitchen, something students and staff in the Culinary Arts Program experience with enough stories of their own to fill entire shelves. However, this book represents one part of a vast world and the library offers a few suggestions for those wanting to explore the world of chefs and their kitchens, a place of innovation and a reflection of the world in general.


Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen
Author: Deborah A. Harris and Patti Guiffre

A number of recent books, magazines, and television programs have emerged that promise to take viewers inside the exciting world of professional chefs. While media suggest that the occupation is undergoing a transformation, one thing remains clear: being a chef is a decidedly male-dominated job. Over the past six years, the prestigious James Beard Foundation has presented 84 awards for excellence as a chef, but only 19 were given to women. Likewise, Food and Wine magazine has recognized the talent of 110 chefs on its annual Best New Chef list since 2000, and to date, only 16 women have been included. How is it that women the gender most associated with cooking have lagged behind men in this occupation?–Back Cover



The Making of a Chef : Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America
Author: Michael Ruhlman

In the winter of 1996, journalist Michael Ruhlman donned a chef‘s jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students at the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s oldest and most influential cooking school. But The Making of a Chef is not just about holding a knife or slicing an onion, it’s also about the nature and spirit of being a professional cook and the people who enter the profession. As Ruhlman– now an expert on the fundamentals of cooking– recounts his growing mastery of the skills of his adopted profession, he propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great food. — Back cover.

Michael Ruhlman also wrote a follow-up entitled The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen also available at the library.



Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Author: Marcus Samuelsson

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister–all battling tuberculosis–walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up–Back Cover



Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food
Author: Colman Andrews

Ferrari Adria is arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Hailed as a genius and a prophet by fellow chefs, worshipped (if often misunderstood) by critics and lay diners alike, Adria is imitated and paid homage to in professional kitchens, and in more than a few private ones, all over the world.
In his lively close-up portrait of Adria, award-winning food writer Colman Andrews traces this groundbreaking chef’s rise from resort-hotel dishwasher to culinary deity, and the evolution of El Bulli from a German-owned beach bar into one of the world’s best restaurants. With a new afterword revealing the future of El Bulli, Perron brings to life the most exciting food movement of our time and illuminates the ways in which Adria has forever altered our understanding and appreciation of food and cooking.–Back Cover


Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-To-Table Meal
Author: Kurt Timmermeister

To support his endeavors, Timmermeister prepared weekly dinners from the farm’s bounty. With the menus designed to reflect the changing seasons on Vashon Island, the Cookhouse dinners brought people out fo the city and onto the farm to share a locally grown, home-cooked meals. Growing a Feast tells the story of a Kurtwood Farms Cookhouse dinner, from farm to table.–Book Jacket

Cultivating An Idea: The Green Wall at The John And Bonnie Buhler Library

April 20, 2016 • Written by


A project management assignment planted a seed that bloomed at the Roblin Centre’s John and Bonnie Buhler Library. Library Technician Rosemary Woodby with the support of a Program Innovation Fund (PIF)  was able to procure two six foot tall, self-watering planters. A partnership with the Greenspace Horticultural students and their instructor, Ruth Rob, supplied the plants. Using the knowledge they have acquired as part of the Horticulture Practice course, the students planned the design and layout; chose and grew the plants and on a bright sunny Apr 13th installed them in the planters. The Reading Room’s trademark sunlight takes care of the rest.

Living Walls, sometimes called Green Walls, have sprung up in a variety of settings, both Florafelt-Vertical-Garden-How-It-Worksinside and out. Some of the larger interior walls are physically connected to the HVAC system to actively pull air in for better circulation. Our wall isn’t quite so complicated however, using a ‘passive system’ as illustrated by the Florafelt system (Pictured right). While the project is not without risks ranging from plant to pump failure, but the gains far outweigh them and we can expect:

  • Noise reduction
  • Optimizing humidity
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • And the Horticulture students gaining an opportunity to work in a vertical format that is gaining popularity with both interior and exterior landscaping.

Last but not least, the greenery provides some welcome relief for staff and students from the stressful periods during the academic year. Woodby and Rob hope to apply what they have learned from installing this wall and add a second next year.



Image: Rosemary Woodby



Image: Rosemary Woodby


Image: Fatima DeMelo

Image: Fatima DeMelo

With contributions by Rosemary Woodby

Expand Your EBSCO Knowledge: Setting Up and Using My EBSCOhost Folder

March 23, 2015 • Written by

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.  – Zora Neale Hurston, author

The feasibility study, the information report, the literature review, and the research paper may come from different areas, but the process feels the same. I write ‘feels’ as gathering information tends to overwhelm people trying to management their time at school. EBSCO can look daunting with thousands of results, or redoing search terms to get to the items needed for a project.

EBSCOhost provides a way to personalize the experience called My EBSCOhost Folder.I began using mine two years ago to keep tracks of articles of interest relating to college programs, or professional development:

My EBSCO Screen Shot

Before searching in EBSCO, I sign into my account. It’s best to create an account, or sign in, soon after logging into EBSCO from the library homepage.

For details about My EBSCOhost Folders, this YouTube video outlines the process:

Still not sure? Want some one-on-one assistance? Come to the library and we can connect you with My Folder, and much more.

Expand Your EBSCO Knowledge: EBSCOhost Ebooks at Red River College Library

March 12, 2015 • Written by

Everyday Red River students log into EBSCO, unaware that in addition to databases with thousands of articles, it also has a library of books waiting for future readers. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4:

  1. Go to our library homepage
  2. Under our sidebar asking ‘What Would You Like to Do?’ click on ‘Search EBSCOhost’
  3. Login with your username and password
  4. Choose EBSCOhost eBooks (See picture below)


A number of new collections have joined our EBSCO package in areas ranging from clinical, business, and education. (That’s only a small sampling.)  From this list, a user can search for eBooks on certain topics.

Selection: Taking It All In, or Focus The Search

For example, I wanted to browse the eBook collection for entrepreneurship books. After logging in, I chose EBSCOhost ebooks, and put a check mark on the Business eBook Collection (Click the image to see a detailed view of this image):

EBSCO Ebook List

In the search box I typed ‘entrepreneurship’ as my search term, but I also know some people like to use the term ‘start ups’. I decide to use the Boolean operator ‘or’ to get ebooks on either ‘entrepreneurship’ or ‘start ups’ (click image for a detailed view):

Ebook Search

The results, all 388 of them, appear by ‘relevance’. In other words it finds the ebooks, much like physical books or articles, with the terms I used somewhere in the record. It’s great for browsing, but I want to see what’s new or what just got added to the collection? (click image for a detailed view):

Sorting Results

As the image shows you can sort results from newest to oldes. Slide the time bar to the left to adjust the publication timeline.  In this instance, the results for Entrepreneurship gave me results going as far back as 1978. It’s great as an historical overview, but not so great if you need something specific like financing, or taking an idea from concept to reality. (Click image below for a detailed view.)

Result List

What Would You Like to Do Next?

 What Can You Do?: Using Your Selection

Click on any of the results, and your relevant terms appear as pages in the full record. You can view the pages, or see the full text PDF. The best part involves skipping the preface/introductions to get to the book itself (click image below for a further looks):

Full Record

As stated earlier, downloading is not an option. However, n PDF mode you can cite, email pages, and even save a limited number of pages. However it means looking through the eBook with a purpose to save important pages for your business plan, report, or paper. The option looks like this :

Saving Pages

This mode also works across all the major browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome etc.) insuring the page needed for the end result.

When in Doubt…Ask

Still not sure? Got to a point in your search and wondered what next? Come to the reference desk to ask Library staff your questions. Staff can sit with students for one-on-one instruction on searching EBSCO ebooks, or learn about any of our services.


Movember: Changing the Face of Men’s Health

November 14, 2014 • Written by
Image Credit: Movember Canada

Image Credit: Movember Canada

The Canadian Cancer Society website reports some startling estimates for the third leading cancer among men:

  • 23,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 24% of all new cancer cases in men in 2014.
  • 4,000 men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2014.
  • On average, 65 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

From its modest beginnings in Australia, Movember continues to grow as an event across the word. As more and more countries join the cause, Canada continues to add to the 574 million dollars raised since 2003. From milk moustaches to wispy bristles to a full handle bar, Movember continues to raise money and awareness about Prostate cancer.

The library carries a number of resources related to Prostrate cancer. Ask us how to search for this, or any other, topic.


American Cancer Society’s complete guide to prostate cancer
Call Number: RC 280 .P7 A47 2005 (Notre Dame Campus)

Dr. Peter Scardino’s prostate book : the complete guide to overcoming prostate cancer, prostatitis, and BPH
Call Number: RC 899 .S28 2005  (Notre Dame Campus)


Prostate cancer [DVD] : your treatment options
Call Number: RC 280 .P7 P76 2007

Articles From EBSCOHost

Nicks, D. (2014). The 17 Most Influential Mustaches of All Time. Time.Com, N.PAG.

Waxman, O. B. (2014). Ask a ‘Stache: The 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Growing a Mustache for Movember. Time.Com, N.PAG.

CHARNOW, J. A. (2014). Prostate Cancer AS Safe Long Term. Renal & Urology News, 13(5), 1-5.

Window Display

Look for a “Movember” window display just outside the Notre Dame Campus Library.

A Revolutionary Idea: Reading for Fun

April 28, 2014 • Written by


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen.

“The man who never reads lives only one.”

―     George R.R. Martin,   A Dance with Dragons


From the Recreational Reading Book – Exchange District Campus Library

At first glance it seems a Recreational Reading Book Exchange located in an academic library might cause some confusion.  There are already books therefore why have a place for potboilers, romances, and fantasy?  Besides already drawing you into the library after noticing book four in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Marin, why not stay for the crash-course on how to search a database at the reference desk.  It’s not an outlandish idea, in fact many colleges and universities have developed their own leisure reading programs for students.

While Red River finds itself only minutes from the Millennium Library, some students may not be eligible for a library card.  If time is tight, money for students feels even tighter, to the point that $12.99 paperback looks like a splurge.  For others, myself included, it’s a case of books taking up space in personal libraries.  Perhaps it’s time to part with a copy, and hope it ends up as someone’s latest discovery.  The Recreational Reading Book Exchange may fulfill all those needs, and also enhances academic achievement in ways like:

  • increase your reading skills
  • increase vocabulary
  • help your writing skills
  • broaden reading horizons and cultural literacy

(-From Library Stocks Up on Leisure Reading, University of Guelph)


Some comfy places to sit
Periodical Reading Room,John and Bonnie Buhler Library, Exchange District Campus

On April 24th the library solicited donations as part of the Red River College EcoFair proving donating gently used books also helps support the environment as well.  However, we take donations year round at both campuses, in any genre, for that one moment a reader wants a break from textbooks for a quick trip to New York, Northern Ontario, or Westeros.

Related Reading

At Your Leisure: Establishing a Popular Reading Collection at UBC Library
by Bailey Diers & Shannon Simpson

Why Your Academic Library Needs a Popular Reading Collection Now More Than Ever
By Pauline Dewan (EBSChost Database-Login Required)

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