Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Trial Statistics Database: Sage Stats

Friday, November 14th, 2014

SAGE StatsFind, Visualize, and Export Social Science Data

SAGE Stats provides extensive social science data covering geographies within the United States and spans topics such as healthcare, crime, education, employment, religion, and government finances. Find the hard-to-locate data points you need to support your research. Visualize and compare thousands of normalized data sets to create new and interesting research avenues. Export data for greater analysis or combine with your own data to create new insights.

To explore Sage Stats, go to our homepage and click on: >>Library Quick Links >>Databases – Alphabetic >> then click on >>Trial Databases under the main heading.

Sage Stats will be available as a trial until 9 December.

New Artist: Scott Berger

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Oboler Library is excited to present an exhibit of oil paintings by Scott Berger.  Included are portraits, landscapes, street scenes, and maritime subjects in vibrant hues and startling clarity.  The exhibit is free and open the public during regular library hours from November 4, 2014 through January 31, 2015.

From the artist:

I enjoy capturing “moments in time,” people, places and objects that will never be exactly the same again.  Whether I am painting a landscape, a Maritime scene, or a portrait, I strive to depict the beauty of light and shadows.

You are invited to meet the artist at a reception in the Oboler Library on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 5:00 until 6:30 pm.

The Oboler Library is located at 850 9th Avenue in Pocatello.  For more information about the Library and the reception, please contact Kristi at (208) 282-4073 or

COMM 1101 Library Workshop – Makeup Sessions

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

2 COMM 1101 Library Workshop makeup sessions are scheduled!

If  you were unable to attend the sessions offered earlier this semester, plan on attending!

Wednesday   Nov. 12  -  6:00-7:30 pm

Thursday  Nov. 13  -  3:00-4:30 pm

Classes meet in Library Room 212 on the 2nd floor (across from the rest rooms)

To sign up for a class:


Call: 282-3152

or stop by the Reference Desk on the main floor of the Library.

Find Theses and Dissertations

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Library homepage Find & Explore now includes a Theses and Dissertations resource page.

On the Library page, go to >>Find & Explore, click on >> more… and scroll down to >>Find Theses and Dissertations.

Learn how to find ISU theses and dissertations, when you need to use WorldCat, ProQuest, Interlibrary Loan and much more.  Useful links and tutorials are easily accessible as well.  Information is organized in the following categories:

Locate Theses and Dissertations at Idaho State

  • University Thesis and Dissertations 2014-  present
  • Theses and Dissertations through 2013

Need help locating theses and dissertations?

Locate Theses and dissertations at other universities

Helpful Links

Samuel Johnson Prize 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

For the first time in the prestigious award’s 16-year history, the Samuel Johnson Prize has gone to a memoir. Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk, an account of how falconry helped Macdonald grieve for her father’s death, beat out a slew of histories and biographies to earn this year’s honor. Historian Claire Tomalin presented the award to Macdonald at a ceremony Tuesday night in London.

Tomalin, who chaired the judging panel, congratulated Macdonald for having “written a book unlike any other, about an obsession with a wild creature, brought to life in prose sometimes technical and always striking, and set in English landscapes observed with a visionary eye.”

Macdonald, for her part, told Reuters that the win was an “astonishing emotional experience.” And she offered something of a falconer’s metaphor for her joy in hearing readers’ responses: “One of the things I really like about this process of writing is once you’ve finished, once you’ve released the book into the world, then the people make it their own.”

The selection, which packs a purse of about $32,000, may have been unprecedented, but it wasn’t entirely a surprise. Bookmakers called the pick early, and The Bookseller reports that some are predicting the memoir could go on to become “the strongest selling Samuel Johnson Prize winner so far.”

Head to the prize’s website to read an excerpt.

Source: NPR Book News:  Colin Dwyer

New Databases Added to OneSearch

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Readex holdings have been added to the OneSearch discovery results. You should now retrieve results from:

U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817–1994

and the:

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800)

The  American State Papers, 1789–1838 will be available shortly.

These  comprehensive historical collections  allow researchers to discover and explore the United States in unprecedented depth and detail. The unique primary source materials offer opportunities for students and scholars to make original discoveries and new findings on nearly every aspect of the United States over nearly three centuries.

Unpublished Pablo Neruda Poems Found In Chile

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A trove of 20 unpublished poems by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda has been discovered among his papers in Chile. The poems were found as the Pablo Neruda Foundation was cataloging manuscripts by the writer who died in 1973. The foundation says that six of the poems are love poems, and the other 14 are on “different themes from the Nerudian universe.” One of the poems, printed in El Pais, features rich nature imagery and the tenderness he is famous for (“Oscura es la noche del mundo sin ti amada mía” / “Dark is the night of the world without you my love”). Read the full poem (in Spanish) here. The poems will be published this year in Latin America and next year in Spain, but there’s no news yet of an English translation.

Source: NPR Annalisa Quinn

Search Tip: Retrieving More Relevant Results

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Sometimes a database search retrieves a lot of articles that aren’t relevant to your research topic.  If this happens, consider using the proximity search option available in many databases.  It lets  you specify how close to one another the search terms are in the resulting records. EBSCOhost databases use w# (within) or n# (near) as connectors between search terms.  Replace # with a number.  Here are some examples of Boolean  and proximity: connectors:

oil and disaster = 2,680 results

oil w5 disaster = 305 (within 5 words of each other in the order typed)

oil n5 disaster = 431 (within 5 words of each other in any order)

Check the Help in other databases for the proximity options and operators available.

From: Writing on the Stall, October 2014, CS

ISU Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative works 2014

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 7-9 p.m., Marshall Rotunda, Stephens Performing Arts Center

A reception to honor the scholarly and creative works of ISU faculty published, presented, or exhibited during 2013. For more information on how to participate contact (208) 282-2997.

The event is a reception and recognition program for ISU authors and creators of works published or performed in 2013. The program will include recognition of these authors/creators as well as speakers Maria Wong and Erika Kuhlman, who have received the distinguished researcher and outstanding researcher of the year awards, respectively. There will be a large display of all books, book chapters, journal articles, and selections of creative works by these accomplished faculty. The University has earned a research-high Carnegie designation, and we want to acknowledge faculty responsible for ISU’s research success. We believe that this author program will be of interest to ISU researchers and creative artists and will celebrate the diversity and success of ISU’s very own faculty.

The event is free and open to the public. All university faculty and staff have been invited to the event, as well as other interested community members. Students have also been invited. This is an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to gain awareness of the research and publishing efforts of their instructors or professors, and, possibly become more motivated as students.

This event is sponsored by ISU Library, Office for Research and Economic Development, Office of the Provost, and Friends of Oboler Library.

Library Archivist Publishes Case Study

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

In September, Ellen M. Ryan, Head of Special Collections and Archives published a case study entitled: Identifying Culturally Sensitive American Indian Material in a Non-tribal Institution.    The study was submitted for peer review, accepted and published by the Society of American Archivists as part of their Case Studies in Archival Ethics series.

The case study focuses on culturally sensitive American Indian archival material held by a non – tribal institution, and working with the Native American community to identify best practices.  It involves balancing the Protocols for Native American Archival Material with SAA Code of Ethics.

Ellen noted that writing it was interesting because it was required that it be written in the third person.

Congratulations Ellen!