Archive for February, 2008

Satisfy Your Curiosity Everyday @ the Library

Thursday, February 28th, 2008


By Annie Smith, Electronic Resources Librarian

A number of our databases offer daily doses of knowledge from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works. Here are a few daily features that you can use to learn more about history, chemistry, literature, physics, language, and more:

Classical Music Library Download of the Week : The Classical Music Library is a searchable database of classical music that you can listen to on your computer. They also offer a free download every week of a new piece of music. You can sign up for e-mail alerts every time a new piece becomes available.

Daily Encyclopedia Britannica : Sign up for daily doses of the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the world’s most trusted information sources. The e-mail and RSS versions include “Today in History,” biographies, and featured content from the encyclopedia. (more…)

Relax at the Library!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


In between classes or after a meal break, check out the library as a relaxing place to unwind. Many people enjoy watching the fish in the aquarium on the first floor. Others enjoy grabbing some magazines from the Current Display magazine area–there are over 100 titles, ranging from Architectural Digest to Time, from Consumer Reports to Discover. You’re sure to find a favorite on the shelves! You can also find a current display area with newspapers from major cities and many Idaho cities on the third floor. This includes the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. You can also enjoy an art or poster display, and interesting display cabinets on every floor. Check your e-mail on one of the computers or just relax in the Student Lounge. There’s plenty to do and friends to see in the library.


Stallings’ Congressional Papers Now Available to Researchers, Public at Oboler Library

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008


Richard Stallings display

The congressional papers of U.S. Representative Richard Stallings, who served Idaho in Congress from 1984 to 1992, are now available to the public and to researchers at the Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library. Read the rest of the story at:

Using the A to Z Journal List

Monday, February 11th, 2008

One of the most useful services offered by the ISU library is the A to Z Journal List. This entry exists as a how-to guide for those who may not know how to use this program. It can be accessed on the Library’s Home Page under the Library Quick Links… drop-down menu or on the Research & Resources page. Essentially, it connects researchers with full-text, electronic access to articles or to the catalog record, whenever either option is available.

Search for a journal title by keying/typing it into the Find box or pasting it in from another page and clicking the Search button. Full-text articles can be found by exploring the links returned from the search you conducted. (more…)

Web of Science Added to Online Databases

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

New for the Spring 2008 semester is the Library’s subscription to Web of Science. The subscription includes the Sciences and the Social Sciences editions and is made available with the assistance of the Office of Academic Affairs. Access to Web of Science is for ISU users and is provided through the Library’s web page,

Open Workshops @ The Library, March/April Schedule

Thursday, February 7th, 2008


 The Library has another exciting selection of workshops available in March and April. The schedule includes Genealogy on the Web, Photosharing, Audiobooks, Wiki, Copyright, Podcasts, and Facebook. The complete schedule, descriptions, and sign up information (more…)

Library Closed on President’s Day

Friday, February 1st, 2008

The Library will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the President’s Day holiday, along with the university. The library will be open regular hours on Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Poetry Readings: Pocatello Blends, final editions-Feb. 8

Friday, February 1st, 2008


This was recently reported on Pocatello Readings:

“Featured readers will be Rick Ardinger (of Limberlost Press) and William Studebaker (poet and kayaker), both well known in Idaho. The final two blend books are:#24 — BITTERSWEET BLEND, poems by Bruce Embree and ScottPreston and #25 –TO THE LAST DROP, poems by Rick Ardinger and William Studebaker.”

Oboler Library has many poetry books by these and other local authors (search by author name), including most of the Pocatello Blend series chapbooks (keyword search Pocatello and Blend).

Photo Sharing Pathfinder

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Spencer JardineRecently our instruction librarian, Spencer Jardine, taught a class on Photo Sharing. He created a pathfinder on his blog that is filled with information on these skills.

The following links may be useful in helping you to quickly learn how to share your photos with friends, co-workers, students, etc. A majority of these links were used in a Web 2.0 workshop on photo sharing, which was given in the Eli M. Oboler Library on December 11, 2007. A brief description and or title accompany each hyper link. (more…)

New Online Encyclopedias: Editors versus Wikipedia

Friday, February 1st, 2008

The Eli M. Oboler Library has subscribed to a number of new online encyclopedias in the last few months. Our new acquisitions, Encyclopædia Britannica Online and Oxford Reference Online, offer thousands of high-quality articles on all topics from mathematics to linguistics to fine art to astronomy. Both of these new services can be found on the main databases page on the library web site, along with our existing online encyclopedia Funk and Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online.

Encyclopædia Britannica Online: The Britannica Online is a keyword-searchable equivalent of the multi-volume print encyclopedia. (more…)