Archive for November, 2010

Tis the Season for Citations!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Since 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, including a link to the DOI Finder.

Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction, has created a tutorial on Citing Sources.  (You don’t need to move the mouse during the tutorial; the program will move to show you the material being discussed.) The library has many tutorials on research and using the library–find the tutorial page here.

Library News did an article several 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 style, including APA Style, Changes to 2009 APA 6th edition, MLA Style, and Changes to MLA 7th edition.

This Library News article was completed by Joan Juskie, Spencer Jardine, and Kent Kearns.

Anne Merkley Art Display At the Library

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Anne Merkley will be exhibiting her photo collage show “End of an Age” at the Idaho State University Eli M Oboler Library during November and December. Her work is located in the current display area of the Library’s first floor near the reference desk.

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This show of photo collages explores the symbolism and emotion of Mayan culture in a visual format. “End of an Age” is a sequel to “The Art of Illusion,” Anne’s show which recently closed in Idaho State University’s Transition Gallery. Both consist of new work never seen before. Come by the library and read the Artist’s Statement to find out more about the history behind the show.

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Anne Merkley is an artist of national recognition who has painted, taught, exhibited, garnered dozens of prizes, taken commissions, and sold her work out of Pocatello for most of her adult life. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts. She also holds master’s degrees in Anthropology, Education, and Political Science, with Native American and Mesoamerican emphases. She has traveled widely and worked with several programs for environmental conservation and cultural preservation in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador. All of Anne’s degrees are from Idaho State University.

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The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, including schedule changes due to the holidays, contact the library at 282-3248. See more of her art on her web page , or on our Library News story on the current displays in the library.

New Books in Our Library

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Most academic libraries buy books. Yes, they often buy lots and lots of books in order to support ongoing research. Depending on the discipline, some fields of study publish more books than others. For example, hundreds of titles get published in English, history, art, philosophy, political science, and so on. Generally speaking, the hard sciences, such as biology, medicine, engineering, mathematics, do not publish quite as many books. These disciplines tend to publish their research findings predominantly in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals.

In many cases, patrons of academic libraries can browse some of the new books in a reading room. (Admittedly, not all new books go onto the “New Books” shelf. Typically, the most attractive or eye-catching titles go on the “New Books” shelf.) Some professors like to view the recent acquisitions in the Library, especially if they have helped with the selection of the titles.

New books can also be browsed online in many library catalogs. Below is a link to a tutorial that shows how to browse new books with the Eli M. Oboler Library’s catalog:
New Books in ISU’s Oboler Library. Another link to this tutorial can be found on the Eli M. Oboler Library Tutorials site.

The tutorial suggests that students can browse new book titles to discover potential research projects. It seems that deciding on a topic remains one of the biggest problems students face in the research process. If they wait too long, then they will not have enough time to research the topic, they will not become as interested, and they final result may not be quite as polished.

On the other hand, browsing the new books might introduce them to a subject that piques their interest. If they go and check out a new book, then they may only need to go and find a few more sources, thus saving them time. This strategy could save them time, especially if they utilized the list of references (the bibliography) within the book. A simple title search could save time, where a keyword search might take a bit longer. Additionally, like I often express in teaching situations, if they find a “new” book they like, they can go to the shelf where that book will be located after it is no longer “new” and look around to see other books on that same topic, thus expediting the search process even further.

This article was submitted to Library News by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library. It first appeared in his blog, Information Literacy at ISU.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The library will have special hours for the Thanksgiving break week.

Starting Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, the library will be closed.

Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 22-24, the library will be open 7:30 a.m. -6:00p.m.

Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 25-27, the library will be closed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Sunday Nov. 28, normal library hours will resume (12:00 p.m. to midnight.)

You can still do extensive research from home with the library web page, unless there are power or computer outages. Over 200 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 112,590 electronic journals, books and reports. Call, e-mail, or come into the reference desk during open hours if you have questions. Or look at some of the Library Tutorials, which may answer your questions.

If you need internet services that you usually get with the computers at Oboler library, you could try your local public library. Check with your local library for their open hours and internet policies. They are usually not open on Sunday or holidays.


Food Drive at the Library! Reduce your Library fines, too!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

CAN YOUR FINES! Trade cans of food for overdue book fines at Oboler Library, November 13 through 20! If you have a fine, you can pay it off by trading one can of food for each $1.00 off library book fines up to a maximum of $10. If you don’t owe a fine, bring food anyway! Cash donations will also be accepted. All donations will be sent to the Idaho Food Bank.


Most Horrible & Shocking Murders

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

A new website, “Most Horrible & Shocking Murders: Murder Pamphlets in the Collection of the National Library of Medicine” has been launched by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library. The site features a selection of murder pamphlets from the late 1600′s to the late 1800′s, from a treasure trove of several hundred owned by the library.

These pamphlets have been a rich source for historians of medicine, crime novelists, and cultural historians, who mine them for evidence to illuminate the history of class, gender, race, the law, the city, crime, religion, and other topics. The murder pamphlets in the NLM’s collection address cases connected to forensic medicine, especially cases in which doctors were accused of committing–or were the victims of–murder.


The website, based on a 2008 exhibition at the NLM, is curated by Michael Sappol, PhD, Historian in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division. Click on the drawing to enter the website.

See some related books from the ISU collection on this display. See it soon–before it is taken down right before the Thanksgiving break– on the 3rd floor, in the Idaho Health Sciences Library.

New Displays in the Library

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Helping Others, Veteran’s Day, Wars, Saving Energy and Saving on Heating Bills, Earthquakes in Idaho, U. S. Poets Laureate, and Finding Magic @ the Health Science Library are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. The Current Display Art Area has art by Anne Merkley.

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First Floor:

helpingDisplay case 1: On the 1st floor, there is a display titled “Helping Others: Volunteering with Time or Donations.” There are so many opportunities to help others during the holidays through volunteering time or donating items, money, or food. The U S News and World Report Nov. 2010 issue featured a section on “Giving Back: A Citizen’s Guide to Public Service.” These articles included information on finding the right volunteer opportunity, how volunteering helps your mind and spirit, and much more. Opportunities to help the Idaho Food Bank, SEICAA’s drive for personal hygiene, food and school supplies, the current two United Way weekly columns on volunteer opportunities, and more are all included in the display, which is updated when we hear of something new. You can also pick up a copy of the Library’s handout “Helping Others in Pocatello,” on the nearby handout rack.

warWars the U.S. Has Been Involved With fills case 2. Looking back over the past hundred years, the U.S. has been involved with seven wars. Find a chronology in this display that shows the years of each war: World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. Also find books and government documents written about each war.

tall vetDisplay Case 3 and a nearby floor case have displays on Veteran’s Day. They cover the history of Veteran’s Day, photos, memories, flags, government documents, and a map of the Middle East countries. the other case includes information on the ISU Veteran’s sanctuary, photos, caps, news articles, and other memorabilia.

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The Current Display Art area has art by Anne Merkley, a photo collage show titled “End of an Age.” This show of photo collages explores the symbolism and emotion of Mayan culture in a visual format. Ann Merkley has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts. See more of Anne Merkley’s art on her web page, and read the extended Library News story on her art.

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Second Floor:

energy economyDisplay Case 4 has information related to Saving Energy and Saving on Your Heating Bill. Find many tips here on how to make your utility bills lighter. For example: change to fluorescent bulbs, turn off computers at night, turn off everything not in use, change furnace filters regularly,be careful not to block heating registers, and many more.

earthquakesDisplay case 5 is titled “Earthquakes and Idaho.” It includes a map showing the Idaho fault lines, information on the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake, the article about the new fault line discovered by ISU professor Glenn Thackray, Earthquakes in Idaho Facts, an earthquake videocassette, and some books on the topic.

Third Floor:

Poet laureateDisplay case 6 is on The U.S. Poets Laureate. The display covers newly appointed Poet Laureate W S Merwin. It provides information about the position, spines of many book titles of current and past poet laureates, details about how to find out more on the internet, and other items of interest. If you enjoy poetry, you’ll want to see this display. Also see the previous Library News articles on the subjects of W.S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate and Idaho Writer in Residence.

IHSLHealth Science display case— The new display is Finding Magic @ the Health Science Library. It includes information on the mission, databases, the new feature of a Wiki, and contact information. Check out their web page, or email them at, or call them at 282-4686 with your Health Science questions. They have a handy link to Medline Plus, the consumer health information site, right on their front page! If you haven’t seen Medline Plus before, check it out–it is loaded with health topics and news on all health topics, for everyone, from infants to teenagers to seniors.

Doing a Speech?

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Doing a speech….or just writing a paper? Everyone needs to know about the library’s Resources by Subject page. Go to it, and you can find resources for any subject area, from American Studies to Economics, from Sociology to Mathematics—any subject offered at ISU should be covered.

A few weeks ago we had an Education Hour for library staff that covered the Speech page, which has recently been revised.
It now has sections on:
Articles: Databases and Indexes
Citation Guides
Techniques and Writing—American Rhetoric, Preparing Speeches, Speeches
Topics and Research—Controversial Issues

I found the American Rhetoric site above to be extremely interesting with videos of the top 100 speeches, movie speeches, and speech of the week (find via speech bank.)

Right after I wrote this article, I had a question at the reference desk that we used the Pro/Con section of CQ Researcher with. You can get solid background on an issue, and then use CQ Researcher for pro/con details

So, whether you’re doing your informative, argumentative, or persuasive speech, be sure to check the Speech page for all your research needs, and ask at the Reference desk if you have questions.

And continue to watch Library News for future classes and workshops on library research.

Finding Fun Videos

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Would you like to watch an interesting movie? Are you tired of or uninterested in the current and popular movie titles? Take a look in our catalog to see what kinds of interesting and entertaining films that you can check out. Choose from more than 2,200.

First, go to the catalog. Search with the keyword “videorecording.” This will grab all the videocassettes (needs VCR) and all the DVDs (needs a DVD player) and put them into the results list, so you can browse. Of course, if you do not have a VCR, you can further limit your search to just the DVDs by searching “videorecording dvd” in the Quick Search.

Second, browse the results in the catalog to see titles that might interest you. If you want to look at the newest ones first, then use the “Sort results by” feature and select “Publish Date Descending.” As you browse, you will see many educational titles. Typically, the more entertaining titles may be found in the PN 1990’s call number range, since that is where the film history titles can be found. It might even be worth browsing these titles on the shelves.

To narrow your results add another keyword to “videorecording.” Examples: videorecording charlie chaplin; videorecording war; videorecording mgm; videorecording comedy; videorecording twentieth century; videorecording romance; etc.

Finally, look for the film on the shelves with the call number. Remember to verify the status to see that it is not already checked out. Take it to the circulation desk and check out the movie for a week.

Consider the following motion pictures:

· Pride and prejudice [videorecording] / screenplay by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin ; produced by Hunt Stromberg ; directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PR4034 .P7 1985 (Videocassette) The vicissitudes of a British mother faced with the task of marrying off five daughters in a limited market.

· Raise the red lantern [videorecording] = Da hong deng long gao gao gua. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.F67 D33 2005 (DVD) An international film about China in the age when concubines were common. Originally produced as motion picture in China in 1991. Based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong.

· The deliberate stranger. 2nd Floor (Main Collection) PN1997 .D455 2009 (DVD) No one really knew him. Not local politicians awed by his ” Kennedy-like” presence. Not the coeds he charmed. And when the nation found out who Ted Bundy was, it was too late to save the lives of innocent young women nationwide.

· Adio kerida [videorecording] = Goodbye dear love / a film by Ruth Behar. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .A356 2002 (Videocassette) Anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba to profile the island’s remaining Sephardic Jews and her family’s ties to them. Her grandparents were Jewish emigrants to Cuba and hoped it would be their promised land. But like most Cuban Jews, they left Cuba after the revolution and resettled in the United States, with only a small number of Jews remaining on the island.

· The great Gatsby [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PS3511.I9 G7 2000 (DVD) On Long Island in the early 1920s the mysterious Jay Gatsby tries to rekindle his romance with Daisy, a young woman who has married another man, the wealthy and cruel Tom Buchanan.

· Almost a woman [videorecording] / WGBH Educational Foundation ; produced by Ronald Colby ; screenplay by Esmeralda Santiago ; directed by Betty Kaplan. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) F128.9.P85 S267 2002 (Videocassette)

· The films of Sydney Pollack. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1998.3.P65 F5 1999 (DVD)

· The films of Robert Zemeckis . Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1998.3.Z44 F54 2001 (DVD)

· [En passion] [videorecording] / en film av Ingmar Bergman. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.F67 P37 2004 (DVD) In this stark drama, Max Von Sydow plays Andreas, a loner who, despite himself, becomes involved with three of his island neighbors: a Machiavellian architect, his formless wife and the beautiful widow Anna (Liv Ullmann), a moralist who sustains herself with illusion. One of Bergman’s first films to be photographed in color.

· Modern times [videorecording] / written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.C55 M63 (DVD) A devastating satire on the effects of mass production on the lives of factory workers. Shows Charlie as a factory worker, jailbird, night watchman, and a singing waiter. Primarily a silent film with music and sound effects, but voices emanate from TV sets and radios.

· Gold rush. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor). PN1995.9.C55 G64 1980 (Videocassette) The little tramp on the loose during the Klondike goldrush of ’98.

· All the President’s men [videorecording] / Warner Bros. ; a Wildwood Enterprises production ; produced by Walter Coblenz ; screenplay by William Goldman ; directed by Alan J. Pakula. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.P6 A45 2006 (2 DVDs)

· The Manchurian candidate [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .M2564 2004 (DVD) A U.S. Army platoon, captured in the Korean conflict, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced conditioning to carry out the orders of the enemy upon release. When a decorated Korean War veteran who has been brainwashed starts to commit political assassinations, his old military commander begins to suspect and must stop him.

· The Nutcracker [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) M1520 .N87 1977a (Videocassette) On Christmas Eve, after a day of festivities, a young girl on the verge of growing up sleeps and dreams about the transformation of her toy soldier into a handsome prince, his battle and victory over a wicked Mouse King, beautiful puppets, a giant Christmas tree and a kingdom of sweets.

· Battle of Algiers [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .B37 1988 (Videocassette) A dramatic re-enactment of Algeria’s fight for independence from France, covering the period from 1954-1962.

· Midway [videorecording] / a Universal picture. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997.M5365 M5 2001 (DVD) Dramatic personal stories of the men who fought the courageous battle that was to be the Pacific turning point for the United States.

· The Navajo code talkers [videorecording] / a film by Tom McCarthy. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor). D810.C88 N38 1986 (Videocassette) Navajo Indians relate their experiences as “code talkers” during the U.S. Pacific campaign against Japan in World War II. Includes 1940s archival footage and interviews with Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald, artists Carl Gorman and R.C. Gorman, and a Presidential commendation by Ronald Reagan.

· Patton [videorecording] / Twentieth Century Fox presents ; screenstory and screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North ; produced by Frank McCarthy ; directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .P38866 2006 (DVD). A dramatization of the experiences of General George S. Patton during World War II.

· The true story of the Bridge on the River Kwai [videorecording] / The History Channel. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor). D767.6 .T78 2005 (DVD) Made famous by a Hollywood movie, the bridges of the River Kwai emblematize one of the most misunderstood events in history. Contrary to the film version, the structures represent a period of terror, desperation, and death for 16,000 POWs.

· The world at war [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) D743.23 . W67 2004 (11 DVDs)

· Son of the ocean [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) DS712 .S6 (Videocassette) Presents a riverboat journey on the Yangtze River from Chungking to Wuhan. Shows some of China’s most beautiful, fertile, and underdeveloped regions as well as some of its poorest and most populous areas.

· The directors. The films of Barbra Streisand [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.P7 E439 2000 (Videocassette)

· Waiting for Godot [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PQ2603.E378 E53 2001 (Videocassette) A key work in modern theater and acknowledged throughout the world as a classic, Beckett’s most famous play is shown here in a definitive film version starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith. They play two remarkable tramps who wait for the perhaps mythical personage, Godot, and through their suffering, patience and often hilarious wit, transcend themselves to become a portrait of the suffering of mankind itself.

· 1776 Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) M1500.E268 S42 1985. (Videocassette) A delightful musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production by Stuart Ostrow. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence which leads to the Declaration, signed July 4, 1776.

This article was contributed by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction. It is second in a two part series on films in the library. Read the first one here.