Archive for August, 2009

Open Graduate Workshop

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Find the articles and journals that you need. Know where to go to find theses and dissertations already published, which will help ensure you do not duplicate research that has already been done. Learn which databases will direct you to the most relevant articles.

Come and discover the great resources and services
available to you, including how to request a book through the Interlibrary Loan Services

This workshop is open to all graduate students and advanced researchers in the ISU community.

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library
OR Call: 282-3152
OR Email:

If you cannot attend this workshop, you may find some of our tutorials to be useful, such as the one on finding dissertations or finding full-text access to a specific journal article. You may come to the Reference Desk in the Oboler Library most any time for any of your research needs Reference Desk hours For individual research consultations, call the Reference Desk to set an appointment: 282-3152.

EndNote Web Workshop

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Do you need help organizing your citations? ISU researchers at any level may find this workshop to be useful in providing an easy method of organizing and formatting citations for bibliographies and works-cited pages. EndNote Web software can be used freely by the ISU students, staff, and faculty. It allows you to input your citation information as well as import citations from many of the Library databases, including many of the EBSCOhost databases, PubMed, and Web of Science.

Endnote Web allows you to input reference manually and share your references with other individuals or groups. Come learn about the many things you can do with this online application and find an easier way to format your papers and create bibliographies.

This workshop is open to all interested individuals in the ISU community.

Where: Library Room 212 (2nd floor, across from the restrooms)
When: Tuesday, Sept. 1st from 3-4 pm
Thursday, Sept. 3 12-12:50 pm
AND Saturday, Sept. 12th from 11-11:50 am

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library
OR Call: 282-3152
OR Email:

Library’s Catalog, Databases, ILL, Etc. Not Available

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The Library’s Catalog, Databases, ILL, some web pages and all related services will not be available from Friday 8:00 PM (8-28-09) through Saturday 9:00 AM (8-29-09) due to a planned power outage for the entire building!

Author of Grizzly Wars, David Knibb, to Speak at ISU

Friday, August 21st, 2009

David Knibb, author of Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear, will be speaking at ISU on Aug. 25, 7 p.m. in the Salmon River Suite at Pond Student Union according to the ISU Headlines news page. I checked for his book in our catalog, and noticed it is still on the shelf! The call number is QL737.C27 K595 2008. It is always interesting when authors visit ISU to do a reading or talk. See the publisher’s web page for more information about the book.

Learn Something Quick: Mini Workshops

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Advanced Tricks with Google, New APA, New MLA, Bloglines, Blogger, WordPress, Delicious, Facebook, eBooks, Funding for Student Research, Scholarships & Funding, Online Radio with Pandora, Google Books, Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Scholar, Gmail, Moodle, Endnote Web, Flickr, Picassa, Twitter, Math XL….these are just a few of the many 15 minute workshops that will be offered at the library.

The library in conjunction with the CTL, Tigeri & Office of Research are hosting an array of 15 minute workshops Tuesday the 25th – Monday the 31st. There are 46 different subject workshops being offered!

The workshops are open to everyone so if there’s something you’d like to attend please feel free. The schedule in a variety of formats is available at:

Welcome to Fall Semester

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Welcome to Fall Semester at ISU! As you begin or continue your college experience, come by the library for your information needs!

You don’t need to have a computer account to use library computers for research, books, periodicals, internet, and e-mail–just your Bengal ID! Printing is 10 cents a page (duplex–both sides.) If you have a computer account, you will be pleased to know that the computer lab on the 2nd floor of the library will be staying open for the 2009- 2010 academic year.

The library will be open shorter hours the first few weeks of the semester (August 24-Sept. Sept. 8, 2009), and then resume general library hours. For a complete listing of the hours and the exceptions, check the Library Hours page.

If you are new to ISU or unfamiliar with the library, you may want to check the Oboler Library Tour on this page, under the right hand column, “Pages”. Also you can attend one of the numerous library tours that will be offered during Week of Welcome, plus mini workshops on a variety of topics.

A few changes occurred over the summer. Interlibrary Loan pickup moved to the Circulation desk, and Copy Center moved to the first floor near the student lounge. Click above to read the entire story, and check previous entries of Library News to see other things that happened at the library over the summer.

Have a wonderful Fall 2009 semester!

Oboler Library

Library Open This Weekend: Aug. 22 and 23

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

After being closed on weekends during the interim session, the library will be open this weekend for those wanting to do a little more research before fall classes begin. The library will be open Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, from 1:00 p. m. to 5:00 p.m., right before Fall Semester begins, to assist you with preparation for fall classes.

You can also do extensive research from home with the library web page: 171 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 90,317 electronic journals, books and reports. Call, e-mail, or come into the reference desk if you have questions.

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Free Trial Sharpe Online Reference History Databases

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The Library has a free trial of Sharpe Online Reference through September 18, 2009. The trial consists of seven reference titles relating to American History covering from 1492 to the present. The titles included in the trial are Colonial America, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Jazz Age, Postwar America, American Folklife, American Social Movements, and Social Issues in America. The trial can be accessed from the following site:

Any comments concerning the contents of Sharpe Online Reference can be sent to Karen Kearns, Head of Special Collections at

Rendezvous Residence Housing and Library Tours–Aug. 21

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

August 21st: Rendezvous Residence Housing from 8 am until 3 pm. Welcome students and invite them to take a tour of the library. Free candy available. Tours will be given every half hour throughout the day. Bengal paws inside the front entrance will direct you to the tour’s starting point.

For a complete listing of all Week of Welcome events at the library, read the complete story.

Three Cups of Tea–ISU Reading Project

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I noticed that there is a new post on the ISU Bulletin Boards that includes a Reading Guide for the Reading Project Fall 2009 book, Three Cups of Tea. Read the post about it here. If you want to read the book, the library has several copies at the Reserve Desk (Circulation). Due to the high popularity, they only check out for one week. Monday morning, as I write this post, there are still copies available! Read it before the rush starts!

Here is the Reading Project Home Page which contains more information.