Database Upgrades

October 9th, 2015

CINAHL Complete and Philosopher’s Index now include full-text resources.

CINAHL Complete indexes articles from over 5,300 health care journals, health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, and now includes full-text articles from over 1,400 journals.  It also includes evidence-based care sheets, CE minutes, and over 300 research instruments.  Years Covered: 1997 to present.

Philosopher’s Index indexes articles from more than 1,100 scholarly journals and magazines on topics in ethics, aesthetics, philosophy, epistemology, language and more.  Full text is now available.

Find these resources on the Library homepage.  Go to >>Library Quick Links, click on >>Databases – Alphabetic and locate the resource you need.

Research on!

New Resource: RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

October 8th, 2015

Introducting RILM* Abstracts of Music Literature.  Compiled by the International RILM Center, this resource (covering 1967 to present) is the world’s largest, continuously updated bibliography of music literature, providing broad international coverage including records in 140 languages from 3,700 journals. There is no better single source for exploring the world of music, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz.

Over 400,000 abstracts are drawn from articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings and videos, reviews, etc. Sponsored by the International Musicological Society, the International Association of Music Libraries, and the International Council on Traditional Music, RILM documents the music scholarship of some 60 countries.

*RILM is an abbreviation of Répertoire international de littérature musicale.

Music Collection News

October 7th, 2015

Gisela Taeuber, wife of world-renowned conductor Haymo Taeuber, donated 750 music scores valued about $8,000 to Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University.

Haymo Taeuber was born Jan. 1, 1908, in Graz, Austria. He started his career as a staff conductor at opera houses in Graz and Vienna. Taeuber later rebuilt the Vienna Boys Choir after it had been taken over by Nazis during WWII. Taeuber was a frequent guest conductor with the Vienna Symphony and many European Orchestras for 20 years.

His specialty was building orchestras. He would start out with amateurs or small orchestras, then build them into world-class symphonies. Taeuber developed these orchestras in Turkey, Iran, Canada and the United States. He conducted the Monterey County Symphony Orchestra from 1968-1983 and continued guest conducting in the area. Taeuber retired in 1985 and passed away Feb. 19, 1995 at the age of 87 in Pebble Beach, California, according to Kristi Austin, ISU reference librarian.

Over the summer, Austin worked with Cheryl Sebold, the library gift program coordinator, with the Taeuber family regarding this gift. Sebold was also impressed with the collection.

“I see this as a gift to the faculty and the students and other members of the community who might want to use these,” said Austin.

Often students in the ISU music program have to look at scores and listen to the music for reference. Students also have to pick a piece of music and do research on that specific piece. Faculty will consult scores when deciding what symphony or opera to put on.

“We are very lucky we got them,” Austin said.

Source: ISU Headlines.   Please click here to read the entire article.

Willa Cather Archive

September 22nd, 2015

The Willa Cather Archive, sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, describes itself as “an ambitious endeavor to create a rich, useful, and widely accessible site for the study of Willa Cather’s life and writings.” And ambitious it is. Redesigned in May of this year, it states it is now “even mobile-friendly.”

The website is divided into six sections: “Writings,” “Life,” “Scholarship,” “Images & Multimedia,” “Community,” and “About.” The meat of the website is in the first four sections.

In “Writings,” there are eight first editions of her books and five Willa Cather Scholarly Editions. The first editions contain all images and page breaks, with a transcript of the page together with the page image. The short stories and essays that originally appeared in periodicals are scanned from the original periodical page. In addition, there are 33 interviews with Cather, eight speeches, and ten public letters.

“Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather, An Expanded, Digital Edition” is a version of the 2002 print volume, and the archive is currently working on a complete set of 3,000 letters. The user can currently search more than 2,000 letters by date, people to whom the letters were written, literary characters she created, and even keywords.

This site has a unique geographic chronology feature. Users can see where Cather traveled, when she traveled, and with whom she visited. Users can zoom in to an area and select a place she visited (notated by an icon); clicking on the icon gives the reader information on the location and why she was there (including a citation for the information). Users can also browse the map by time period or location.

The “Bibliography of Cather’s Readings” is an attempt to provide scholars with a “reference guide to the hundreds of direct references to written material Cather makes in her work and letters.” References range from Robert Burns to Mother Goose.

Whether one is new to her works and just wants to read My Ántonia or one is a scholar wanting to view a concordance of O Pioneers!, this site will satisfy all.


Source: College & Research Libraries News : Internet Reviews.  September 2015. Delores Carlito -  University of Alabama-Birmingham,

By JoVE!

September 18th, 2015

JoVE Biology 

JoVE Science Education

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a video database designed to teach laboratory fundamentals through simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. The Biology collection is focused upon biological experiments. The Science Education collection teaches laboratory fundamentals that are applicable across the sciences.

Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today; poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

Explore this new resource!  Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then >>Databases, Alphabetic.

New Resources

September 16th, 2015

Roper Center Archives iPOLL 

“The Roper Center is the largest archives of public opinion information and now, working from any workstation on your campus*, you may access these data.

Access is provided to iPOLL, a comprehensive database of 650,000 questions and answers asked in the US since 1935. Approximately 100,000 items also include standard subgroups–how groups (age, gender, region, political party, etc.) answered the questions.  All of the major polling organizations in the US are included in this system.

When logging on from a computer that hasn’t accessed iPOLL yet, Roper Center may require you to enter a password of your choice in order to access the iPOLL database.”

This resource was requested by a member of the faculty in the Political Science department, and it provides a ton of data and data sets that will be of use to our users across disciplines.

HeritageQuest Online

“HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources-rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources-with coverage dating back to the 1700s-that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

This resource provides users with access to primary sources, and is primarily geared toward genealogy, although history students will also be interested in using this content for their research.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

“Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.”

This database was a request from faculty in Linguistics, and it provides access to a lot of content that we were previously unable to get — at least in the form of a single, dedicated database.

Explore these databases!

Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then >>Databases, Alphabetic.

Artist Reception September 15

September 14th, 2015

Please join us for a reception with the Library’s  visiting  artist Lori Scoffield Beer on Tuesday, September 15,  2015 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Light refreshments will be served!

The artist is an Idaho native and has worked in oils, acrylics, watercolors as well as pencil.  Her favorite subject matter includes animals and birds.

Lori Scoffield Beer’s artwork can be seen in the first floor Art area of the Oboler Library through October 31, 2015 and may be viewed whenever the Library is open.  Click here for Library hours.

The Oboler Library is located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. 9th  Ave. in Pocatello.

Booker’s Dozen 2015

August 27th, 2015

The ISU Eli M. Oboler Library will host the biennial traveling exhibition of artists’ books, “Bookers’ Dozen 2015,” during the month of September.

Sponsored by Idaho Center for the Book, the exhibit includes 13 unusual books by Idaho artists as well as national and international artists.

The Oboler Library will hold an opening reception on Sept. 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with commentary by ISU faculty members Naomi S. Adams, represented in the exhibit by her book “Nine”, and Paula Jull, founder of the Pocatello Book Arts Group, art director of the Guild of Bookworkers Journal, and advisory board member of ISU’s own Pinyon Jay Press.

Jull was the initial creator of the “Book Arts Collection,” one of the Rare Books collections in Oboler Library’s Special Collections and Archives department. She will be presenting “Pilgrim,” a newly completed collaborative artist’s book, at this reception. Artist Paula Jull designed the book and created the images; poet Janne Goldbeck wrote the text. Both are senior faculty at Idaho State University and received a research grant from the College of Arts and Letters to support the project. A copy of “Pilgrim” has been acquired by Oboler Library for its permanent collection.

The unique collection of books that form the “Bookers’ Dozen” will be on display in the New Books area of the Oboler Library, and may be viewed at any time the library is open.

For more information about the “Booker’s Dozen” exhibit, please email Kristi Austin, at or call (208) 282-4073.

The Oboler Library is located on the corner of 9th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. 9th Avenue in Pocatello, ID.


August 25th, 2015

Our WestLaw computer (formerly on the first floor) is now located on the 3rd floor of the Library.  And a second WestLaw station has been added.  They are conveniently located next to the Arthur P. Oliver Law Library stacks.

Please note that you still need to register at the Circulation Desk for a log-in / pin number before you head up to the 3rd floor.

WestLaw databases available include:

Legal Research Library: A complete legal encyclopedia with more than 400 titles that collectively describe the entire field of American legal doctrine.
All Cases and Statutes with State Gold-Idaho: State and federal cases, headnotes, statutes, court orders, court rules, and administrative decisions.

Library Blood Drive August 27

August 25th, 2015

Sign up today!  The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to restock the shelves to prevent an emergency shortage.

Where: ISU Library Student Lounge, 1st Floor

When: Thursday, August 27, 2015 / 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Our sign-up sheet is at the Circulation Desk and we need approximately 33 more volunteers.  Stop by and sign up, or call 282-3248 to check on available appointment times.  Please consider saving a life today!

Fast Facts:

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.  Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

Donors with type AB blood also are urgently needed to help restock the plasma supply.  Type AB plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types.

Those who donated earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again.  Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.