Archive for February, 2010

Makeup/Final Comm. 101 Workshops in the Library

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Did you miss the first round of library workshops?

Would you like help with research for your speech or for another class project/paper?

Come to the Library workshop to learn and get help.

Don’t miss it.

Makeup #1
Monday, March 1st
3:30-5 p.m.

Makeup #2
Tuesday, March 2nd
3:30 – 5 p.m.

To sign up for a workshop:
Call: 282-3152
Visit: The reference desk on the main floor of the library.

Openings are limited, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. An attendance sheet will be passed around at each workshop and then sent back to the department.

Free Trial History Databases–Ends Soon!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Oboler Library has a free trial to two databases: America: History & Life with Full Text AND Historical Abstracts with Full Text. The trials will run through the end of February, so hurry to try these excellent databases and send in your comments!

Here are the linked URL’s for both resources.

America: History & Life with Full Text.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text

If you would like to make comments on either database, you can contact our Electronic Resource Librarian, Regina Koury. 

Literary Events of Interest to Library Users

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Since many library users are interested in literature, I wanted to mention that Pocatello’s big literary event, Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival, is coming up March 10-13. You can find more information on the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival web site, and also on the related Pocatello Readings site.

Keynote writer will be Janet Holmes, and library has three of her books, if you are interested in reading more of her work either before or after her reading. If Rocky Mountain Writers Festival inspires you to read more poetry, check our catalog because Oboler library has an excellent collection, including local writers.

Comm. 101 Workshops in the Library

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Are you taking a Comm.101 Class this semester? Do you need some help finding facts and information to support your speeches and research papers? Come to the Library’s Speech Workshop. Each workshop will take place in Library Room 212 on the second floor near the water fountain.

Note: You do not have to be taking a Comm.101 class to attend these workshops. It’s a great way to learn how to find and access the Library’s resources. Come!

Day 1
Tuesday, February 16th
3:30-5 p.m.

Day 2
Wednesday, February 17th
4:30-6 p.m.

Day 3
Thursday, February 18th
9:30-11 a.m.
AND 2-3:30 p.m.

Day 4
Friday, February 19th
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Day 5
Saturday, February 20th
10-11:30 a.m.

Day 6
Monday, February 22nd
3:30-5 p.m.

Day 7
Tuesday, February 23rd
3:30-5 p.m.

To sign up for a workshop:
Call: 282-3152


Visit: The reference desk on the main floor of the library.

Openings are limited, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. An attendance sheet will be passed around at each workshop and then sent back to the department.

Remote Access to the Library’s EBSCOhost Databases

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Remote access to the Library’s EBSCOhost databases continues to be problematic.

Firefox seems to fail the most with Internet Explorer also having intermittent problems. We have discovered that Google’s new “Chrome” browser seems to currently work the best for remote access with little or no problems as experienced within the other browsers.

As a temporary workaround, please try downloading and installing Chrome
if you are experiencing intermittent remote access problems.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience, as we pursue a permanent solution.

Free Trial: Elsevier’s Freedom Collection

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

ISU Library has an indefinite trial to Elseviers Freedom Collection, which is an e-access to all Elsevier journals back to 1995 (does not include some health sciences, society presses, or Cell Press titles.) To see which journals are available for access, browse by title or by subject from the ScienceDirect/Elsevier home page. Subjects covered include Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Access the trial content on campus or off campus, through ISU Library Database page under Freedom Collection (Elsevier).

This article was submitted to Library News by Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian.

New Displays at the Library

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Black History Month, Presidents Day/JD Salinger/Haiti, Rendezvous 40 Year Anniversary Issue, The ISU Writing Center, Ideas for Term Papers and Speeches, Multicultural Literature, and Be Heart Healthy are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. Elise Erlandson has pictures in the Current Display Art Area. A sign at the library entrance lists the displays that are currently up, and the floor that they are on.

display list

First Floor:

black histDisplay case 1: Black History Month This decorative display of colorful books and government documents covers February’s Black History Month theme. It includes a poster about Celebrating Black Women’s History

pres dayDisplay Case 3 has a display on three topics: presidents Day, the Earthquake in Haiti, and J D Salinger.. The top shelf has some books about Haiti, the middle two have a sampling of books about U S Presidents, including Abe Lincoln and George Washington, and includes some pictures of Abe Lincoln’s house.

RendezvousThe 40th Anniversary of ISU’s Rendezvous Magazine is the topic of display case 2. This display shows past issues, covers, photos and essays from past issues of ISU’s magazine of Arts and Letters. Find more information on the Rendezvous web site, including the Table of Contents of the 40th Anniversary issue.

Pictures by Elise Erlandson occupy the Current Display Art Area. Her art will be up until Feb. 12th. Here are three chalk pastels: Seeds, Stems, and Skunk Water.


And here are three oil pastels: Jimmy, John, and Sid.



Second Floor:

writing centerDisplay Case 4 has information about the “ISU Writing Center”. It covers what the Writing Center offers: working individually with undergraduate and graduate students on writing assignments for courses in all subjects. The display includes some of their writing handouts on topics like the process and the paper, editing, apostrophes, capitalization, colons, commas, passive voice, run on sentences, etc. Also there is information in APA Style, MLA style, and more. Find their Online Handouts here. I was very impressed with how many different handouts they offer. Make this your best semester ever by using the Writing Center services

term paper ideasIdeas for Term Papers and Speeches is the subject of display case 5. If you’re stuck trying to decide the subject you want to write about, this display will give you a lot of ideas to choose from. In addition to showing some popular ways to find topic ideas, it also refers you to other books and web sites that will help you decide your topic. Make your term paper writing experience this semester more interesting! Find more term paper ideas on Spencer Jardine’s Information Literacy at ISU blog.

Third Floor:

multicultural litDisplay case 6 is on Multicultural Literature. The display contains books from a multicultural America and about our the literatures of our diverse cultures. Examples include Multicultural Autobiography, Latino Literature in America, Writing America Black, Multicultural Detective Fiction, West of the Border, Against Borders, and more.

heart healthyHealth Science display caseBe Heart Healthy. The Idaho Health Science Library, located on the 3rd floor of the library, offers many research services. This display gives information including 10 Commandments for a Healthy Heart, Heart Attcek Warning Signs, Stroke Warning Signs, a Quiz on Your Risk of Having a Heart Attack, and more.

Study at the Library

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Usually near the end of the semester Library News has an article about studying in the library. Read the studying in the library article. It’s about study carrels and group study rooms that the library has.

I recently found a new area on the 3rd floor that looks like such a pleasant place to sit and read that I wanted to mention it now. It’s amazing what a little furniture rearranging will do! Maybe some weekend you’ll find me up here with a book or magazine.

Behind this bookshelf of new books in the Idaho Health Science Library is a comfortable place to sit.

behind shelves

Here’s a closer view of one of the areas.

ihsl area

And the other nearby area.

another IHSL sitting

Citation Style Manuals

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Since some papers are coming due, you might need the Citation Style web page that the library has. It covers APA Style, MLA (Modern Language Association) Style, Chicago Style, and contains links to many other styles also. The IHSL Wiki Style Manual page some information. Library News did an article a couple months ago about the revisions in APA and MLA style manuals that should be helpful too. The Reference Desk has paper copies of some of the style manuals also.

For one-on-one assistance, please see the Writing Center and their handouts:

Look for their handouts on tyle, including APA Style, Chnges to 2009 APA 6th edition, MLA Style, and Changes to MLA 7th edition.

‘Tis the Season for…Taxes

Monday, February 1st, 2010

And the library can help with some of the common tax forms. Near the circulation desk there is a shelf for the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ booklets and forms, plus the Idaho tax booklets. Nearby there is a shelf for some of the other common forms: Schedule A, B, L and M, as of this writing.

If this doesn’t provide the all the forms you need, you can also go to the web site and download the form: click on the appropriate link: Internal Revenue Service, Idaho State Tax Commission, and here for other states tax form list, if you were a part-year resident in another state.