Archive for October, 2011

Library Workshops for Undergraduate Students

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Undergraduate Library Workshops!

Topics to Discuss:

* Searching the databases

* Finding the full text to an article when you have the citation or reference

* Resources by Subject pages

* Searching the catalog: title, author, keyword, quick searches, etc.

* Limiting to collection, time frame, language, etc. in the catalog

* Finding the book on the shelves

* Evaluating Sources

* Citing sources & resources available to help you cite sources

Where: Oboler Library Room 212

Sections: Date, Time Instructor:

Tuesday November 8th, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Instructor Beth Downing

Thursday November 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Instructor Kristi Austin

Friday November 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Instructor Jolene Barnett-Stephens

For any questions or comments, please contact Spencer Jardine at 282-5609

Open Graduate Student Library Workshops

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Find the books, articles, and journals that you need to conduct a literature review. Know where to go to find theses and dissertations already published, which will help ensure you do not replicate research that has already been done. Learn which databases will direct you to the most relevant articles. Discover how to look for books not in the Library’s collection. Find out how you can manage your growing list of references with Endnote Web and other free database account programs.

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 and upper-division students as well as advanced researchers in the ISU community.

Where: Library Room 212 (2nd floor, across from the water fountain)

When: Monday, Oct. 24th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

and Friday, Oct. 28th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library

or Call: 282-3152 


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

Moreover, if you would like to organize a workshop specifically tailored to you and your colleagues, you may certainly do that. Just fill out the Library Instruction Request Form. For interested instructors, we can even schedule a librarian to come to your class, though the Library’s instruction room allows for hands-on searching practice, so your class could also come to the Library for this type of workshop or one customized to your students’ research needs. For questions or comments, please contact Spencer Jardine at 282-5609

Web of Science and BIOSIS Citation Index Training Oct. 20

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

A representative from Thomson Reuters will visit the Oboler Library this Thursday, October 20, to conduct a training session focusing on Web of Science and BIOSIS Citation Index, databases that are part of Web of Knowledge. The session will offered twice: from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in room 266 in the Oboler Library.  For more information, please contact Regina Koury, 282-4582, or Kristi Austin, 282-4073. Web of Science® and BIOSIS® Citation Index SeminarAudience: researchers, faculty, students, information specialists.  Are you interested in discovering who is citing your work or the work of others? Learn how to use the Web of Science (Science Citation Index ExpandedTM, Social Sciences Citation Index®) to utilize your research time more efficiently. This seminar covers:

  • The publication selection process
  • Using the search interfaces for topic, author, source title, and address searching
  • How to expand your literature search using the unique Related Records® search
  • How to use cited reference searching to navigate the literature and discover who is citing your research and the research of others
  • How to use Refine, Analyze Results, and Citation Reports
  • E-mailing, saving, printing, or exporting your results
  • Saving a search history so you can use it later to find new information
  • Creating alerts to automatically run your profile against database updates

Whether you are interested in traditional biology (botany, ecology and zoology), interdisciplin-ary topics (biochemistry, biomedicine and biotechnology), or biology-related areas such as instrumentation and methods, BIOSIS Citation Index provides worldwide coverage of biological information.  Using BIOSIS Citation Index via the Web of Knowledge platform to search for bibliographic information on items ranging from journal articles and meeting abstracts to books and government reports will be covered. Specific features of BIOSIS to be addressed include:

  • Developing simple to complex topic, author, source or address searches
  • Using unique BIOSIS Citation Index fields such as Super Taxa, Major Concepts and Biosystematic Codes to refine your search

Connect With Us On Facebook

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Did you know that Idaho State University and Oboler Library are both on Facebook? Here’s how to quickly find all the different ISU social software sites; some of them are also listed on the ISU home page.

If you’re reading this, it’s from the library’s blog, Library News. You can get to it right from the Library Web Page. Library News will update you on what’s new in the library.

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New Displays in the Library

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Judge Smith’s Lecture, Banned Books Week, The FOOL’s Collection of Censored Books,  Ernest Hemingway, Information Literacy, Are You Interested in Sociology?, The Berlin Wall , and Welcome Back Orange and Black are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Watercolors by Augusta Sheetz are in the Current Display Art Area. Read more about her art here.


First Floor:

Judge N. Randy Smith’s upcoming lecture is in case 1. The Friends of Oboler Library present the Honorable N. Randy Smith speaking about “Judicial Independence” on Thursday, Oct. 5th. The Reception will be at 6 p.m. and tickets for it are $20.. The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. and is free–you can pick up free tickets at the Library Circulation desk or call 282-2997. Both events will occur at the Bistline Theater at the Performing Arts Center. The display gives information on the three kinds of courts: Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and District Courts. There is also a biography of Judge Smith and further information about the role of circuit courts. You can find more information on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit here. Today the 9th Judicial Court covers Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana.


Banned Books Week is in case 2A. The last week of September  Banned Book Week is celebrated. Find out more about this event here. The display defines what a banned book is, lists the top ten irrational reasons to ban a book. and includes many examples. Some of the books that have been previously banned or challenged include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Kite Runner, the Twilight series, The Color Purple, Snow Falling on Cedars, Nickel and Dimed, and more. Nearby there is a shelf of banned books that you can check out. You can also pick up a Banned Book Week bookmark there and on other library information stations.


Case 2 B is on Ernest Hemingway. He “died 50 years ago on July 2 1961. His death was arguably the most newsworthy event to ever occur in Idaho,” according to an article from Idaho Humanities on him. The display includes a number of his books, including: The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and many more. 


   Case 3 is “The FOOL Collection of Censored Books FOOL is Friends of Oboler Library, the Friends of the Library Group. Find out more about them here.  The display contains a selection of books that were mentioned in the Spring 2011 article in Foolscap newsletter. The “collection of censored books contains many titles once considered scandalous.” It shows an example of pages with words blackened out, and contains books such as Operation Dark Heart, Fair Game, and Gulliver’s Travels.


Second Floor:

Display case 4 has a display on Information Literacy. “The information literate student [is] one who accesses information efficiently and effectively, critically evaluates the information, and uses it accurately and creatively.” This fall  Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library, will teach a class titled Information Research (ACAD 1199, 1 credit). Learn how to “locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.” There is still space available in this eight-week class that begins on Oct. 18th. Sign up today. For more details about the class go here. Check out this display for more information on how to improve your research papers.

information literacy

Display case 5 has a display titled “Are You Interested in Sociology?” ISU offers both BA and MA degrees in sociology. Classes offered at ISU include: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Diversity, Women Crime & Corrections, The Community, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, and more. 35 colorful sociology book and journal covers add interest to this display. For more information check with the Sociology Department. If you would like your program or major to be featured in a library display, contact Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library.


Third Floor:

perennialsperennialsDisplay Case 6 is titled The Wall 50 Years Later. Aug. 13, 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the initial construction of the Berlin Wall, which cut off West Berlin from East Berlin and East Germany until its fall on Nov. 9 1989. There are many books on this topic on a nearby table, and available for checkout. The display also mentions an online government document The Berlin Wall 20 Years Later that you can connect with from our catalog.


Health Science display case

There is a website, “Most Horrible & Shocking Murders: Murder Pamphlets in the Collection of the National Library of Medicine” 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 on the 3rd floor, in the Idaho Health Sciences Library.

Newspapers in the Library

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Whether you want to catch up on national news, or see the news from your old Idaho hometown, the library can help. Oboler library has subscriptions to a number of print newspapers, in addition to online databases.  All of the current display newspapers are on the 1st floor current display shelves. We have many Idaho newspapers, some national papers, plus a few international. There are 35 titles on the bottom shelves, below the magazines. Find out more about our newspaper collections here.

If you’re here from another Idaho city or town, catch up on news at home! We carry papers from these cities: Aberdeen, Arco, Blackfoot, Boise, Buhl, Challis, Cottonwood, Emmett, Homedale, Idaho Falls, Ketchum, Lewiston, Moscow, Mountain Home, Rexburg, Rigby, Salmon, Soda Springs, Twin Falls, Weiser, and more. We have the Idaho Business Review, Jackson Hole Guide, and Sho-Ban News.

The current display shelf also has Le Monde (Paris, France), New York Times, People’s Daily (Beijing, China), Salt Lake Tribune, Statesman Weekly (Calcutta, India), Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

If you’re doing historical research, you can find many Idaho newspapers on microfilm. Also check the Newspapers: Current and Historical research page.

ISU Library Exhibits Watercolor Art by Augusta Scheetz

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Augusta Scheetz is exhibiting her artwork at the Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library during September and October. Her work is located in the current display area of the library’s first floor near the reference desk.

Augusta was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and moved to Pocatello in the mid 1970’s. She pursued her passion for art in the late 1990’s by enrolling in drawing classes. She later became a member of the Pocatello Art Center where she began her endeavor with watercolor and other mediums such as pastels, oils, and drawing.

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 and summer hours, contact the library at 282-3248.


Relax in the Library

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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. There is a school of tetras, a plecostomus (“sucker fish”), and a catfish.

You can look for some recreational reading on the 2nd floor: cookbooks, art books, crafts, poetry, or travel. Others enjoy grabbing some magazines from the Current Display magazine area–there are over 145 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 current newspapers from major cities and many Idaho cities. This includes the New York Times, Washington Post, 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.


COMM 1101 Workshops in the Library

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

It’s time to start thinking about research for your COMM 1101 speeches. High quality and reliable sources can improve the strength of your argument. Library workshops can help you save time, find good resources, and locate statistics.

Would you like help with research for another class project/paper? These workshops are open to all students, though they do focus on meeting the needs of COMM 1101 students. Look at the schedule below and be sure to sign up in advance.

Come to the Library workshop to learn and get help. Each workshop will take place in Library Room 212, on the 2nd floor near the water fountain. Don’t miss it!

Workshop #1 Monday, October 10th 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Workshop #2 Tuesday, October 11th 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Workshop #3 Wednesday, October 12th 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Workshop #4 Thursday, October 13th 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Workshop #5 Friday, October 14th 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Workshop #6 Saturday, October 15th 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Workshop #7 Saturday, October 15th 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Workshop #8 Monday, October 17th 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

To sign up for a workshop:
Call:  282-3152
Or 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 instructors. All classes will meet in Room 212 on the second floor of the Library.