Joseph W. Drake Fund

Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Joseph W. Drake Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.

Established in 1981 by The Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, Inc., of New York, NY, in honor of Joseph W. Drake, father of Joseph W. Drake, Jr., class of 1941 and Philip M. Drake, class of 1943, for purchase of reference materials for the library. Income generated is used for reference materials for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.

In addition, the following electronic resources are funded.

Access Science: Gathers and synthesizes vast amounts of information, and organizes it to give you fast, easy and accurate access to authoritative articles in all major areas of science and technology.

CQ Researcher: 1923 to the Present: Created and hosted by CQ Press, the CQ Press Electronic Library (CQEL) is the definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs.

Journal Finder: A list of the journals available in the OWHL’s e-resources, print, and microform holdings.


  • 616.89 F43W
    Fields, R Douglas
    Why we snap : understanding the rage circuit in your brain
    Summary:We all have a rage circuit we can’t fully control once it is engaged. The headlines are filled with examples of rational people with no history of violence or mental illness suddenly snapping in a domestic dispute, barroom brawl, or road-rage attack. We all wish to believe that we are in control of our actions, but the truth is that the right trigger in the right circumstances can unleash a fit of rage in almost anyone. Neurophysiologist R. Douglas Fields reveals and details for the first time the nine triggers that cause us to snap and how we can defuse them. But there’s a twist: the same pathways in the brain that can result in violent outbursts also enable us to act heroically and altruistically before our conscious brain realizes what we are doing. A stranger dives into a frigid winter lake to save a drowning child, or a man fights off a group of muggers to protect his family … Dr. Fields shows that the rage circuit is a doorway into the amazing abilities of human cognition and the greatest mysteries of human behavior. Ultimately, what does this science mean for how we can all get along better than we do? Readers will find a groundbreaking new perspective, riveting stories, and practical advice, making this book an essential tool in the pursuit of social harmony in our troubled world.–Adapted from book jacket.


  • 128.2 G35T
    Gelernter, David Hillel
    The tides of mind : uncovering the spectrum of consciousness
    Summary:An “exploration of the human psyche that shows us how the very purpose of the mind changes throughout the day. Indeed, as Gelernter explains, when we are at our most alert, when reasoning and creating new memories is our main mental business, the mind is a computer-like machine that keeps emotion on a short leash and attention on our surroundings. As we gradually tire, however, and descend the ‘mental spectrum,’ reasoning comes unglued. Memory ranges more freely, the mind wanders, and daydreams grow more insistent. Self-awareness fades, reflection blinks out, and at last we are completely immersed in our own minds”–Dust jacket flap.


  • 371.3 H28V
    Hattie, John
    Visible learning into action : international case studies of impact
    Summary:This book is aimed at any student, teacher or parent requiring an up-to-date commentary on how research into human learning processes can inform our teaching and what goes on in our schools.


  • 294.3 K46SI
    Kingsland, James
    Siddhartha’s brain : unlocking the ancient science of enlightenment
    Summary:Looks at the science behind the ancient practices of Buddhism through the story of the spiritual life and teachings of Siddhartha, the man who would become the Buddha, and how his discoveries anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. –Publisher


  • 371.3 SA2P
    Sackstein, Starr
    The power of questioning : opening up the world of student inquiry
    Summary:Teaching and learning cannot happen without questions. Inquiry is the offspring of curiosity and creativity. Questions are incredibly powerful tools that open the world up. In the age of Google, the way we teach needs to change and students need to be reconnected with their early childhood curiosity. Let’s put that control back into kids’ hands by teaching them to question better. The Power of Questioning will help you to make students partners in their own learning.





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