Archive for November, 2011

Study in the Library

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

With “closed week” and finals coming up, places for studying alone or with a group are an important priority. There are many different study areas available on all floors of the library. Here is some additional information on Library study spaces.

studyroomsThe Library offers four group study rooms, three on the second floor and one on the first floor, for use by two or more University affiliated patrons. Rooms may be reserved for two one-hour blocks per person, up to one week in advance. Reservations can be made in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone at (208) 282-3248.

studycarrelsCarrels for individual study and tables for group study are available throughout the library. Specific areas of the Oboler Library have been designated as quiet study spaces. The Law Library, the Periodicals stacks, and the Government Document stacks are intended for quiet study only. The outer areas of the second and third floors tend to be the quietest. Talking is discouraged in this area so that students can study. There is also a new, large quiet study room on the 3rd floor.  The areas near reference desks, classrooms and other common areas are more noisy. The student lounge on the first floor isn’t quiet, but many people find it a comfortable place to study, and vending machines are right there.


Citation Help

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Since papers are coming due, you might need the Citing Sources 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 in Spring 2011.

JSTOR Database

Monday, November 21st, 2011

As you begin working on your end of the semester papers, the JSTOR database is one you may want to use, especially if you are in American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Biological Sciences, Business, Ecology, Dance, Economics, Education, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theatre, or related fields. Oboler Library has the Arts and Sciences I-IX, and the Ecology and Botany collections. These include 1,200 journal titles, and 28 million pages. It also includes a lot of the older articles, as well as some new ones. Combined with Academic Search Complete, you can find a lot of research.

You can get to JSTOR through the alphabetical list of databases, the Resources by Subject   pages of the subject areas mentioned above, or on the handy Reference, Electronic Journals and EBooks section. You can also get to the articles through Google Scholar , limiting the publication to JSTOR. Muse may be another database you might want to use for research.

One of my favorite features on JSTOR was the Citation Locater. If you have a partial citation, put in what you know, and you may be able to come up with the correct citation, and even a link to full text of the article.

If you have questions, you can ask the staff at the reference desk when you are in the library, call the reference desk at 282-3152, or email your question through Ask a Librarian.

Philip Homan Presents Program on Kittie Wilkins

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Philip A. Homan, a catalog librarian at Oboler library and an Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau scholar, presented the program “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company” for the Hagerman Historical Society on November 9, 2011. 48 people attended the program, and nine more had to be turned away for lack of space. The slide presentation was held in the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Park Service Visitor Center in Hagerman. Homan is an associate professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello. The free program was made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The boss of the Wilkins Horse Company in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County and owner of 10,000 range-bred horses, all branded with the famous Diamond brand, the Queen of Diamonds was the only woman at the turn of the twentieth century whose sole occupation was as a horse dealer. The Wilkins herd was the largest owned by one family in the West.

Wilkins made the largest horse sale ever in the West. In 1900, she sold 8,000 horses to a buyer in Kansas City, one of America’s largest horse markets. In August of that year, 540 horses in 21 cars were shipped from Mountain Home to Kansas City—the first of a regular twenty-car train of around 520 horses to be sent every two weeks. The following June, a shipment of 30 carloads was made from Mountain Home to Kansas City to complete the transaction. Great Britain was shipping the Diamond-brand horses from New Orleans to South Africa for its soldiers in the Boer War of 1899 to 1902.

The San Francisco Examiner first introduced Wilkins in 1887 as the “Idaho Horse Queen,” and her interviews in the Denver, Sioux City, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Chicago newspapers were re-run in papers across the country, such as the Boston Advertiser, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore American, Washington Post, and Atlanta Constitution. Most of the over 500 newspaper articles Homan has identified about Wilkins, her family, and her friends and associates so far are news reports, feature stories, and interviews from newspapers in most of the lower 48 states, as well as the District of Columbia, plus Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand.

Homan believes that Wilkins—who made Idaho a household word in America—was the most famous Western woman of her generation, becoming for Americans the very model of the West.

Personal Hygiene Item Drive in the Library

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

This time of year you can find food, clothing, toy, and other donation boxes around campus. An ISU student group has placed a box for personal hygiene products for Aid for Friends in the lobby of Oboler Library, near the circulation desk. They are looking for any kind of toiletry products, including: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, baby diapers, baby wipes, combs, brushes, etc. Help those in need this holiday season! For more information about Aid for Friends, click here.

Book Review: Leaving Parma

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Last month the ISU English Department had Angie Sarich here as a visting writer. She did a reading, talk, question and answer period, and signing of her book. Leaving Parma. Oboler Library ordered her book and I recently had the pleasure of reading it. It is now available for check out.

Angie Sarich grew up in Parma, Idaho in the “big yellow house”, graduated from high school there, and went on to Seattle Pacific University and then Eastern Washington University for her creative writing degree. The memoir covers her growing up in Parma, her uncle Craig who was killed in Vietnam in 1970, and many other explorations in loss and the effects on the human spirit, like her parents’ divorce and her struggles with Graves’ disease. Read more about her here, and find a lot more information about her and the book on her publisher’s web page.

The book is interesting on many levels, including Idaho life, psychological adjustment to loss, life as a writer,  some historical background on the Vietnam war and a lot more. The writing style is beautiful, starting with the opening lines: “I am haunted by beginnings, whether they are important or trivial, and I wonder at their difference.” If you’re looking for good reading for Thanksgiving or Christmas break, check out this book! Marshall Public Library in Pocatello also has a copy of the book.

This book review was written by Joan Juskie, Library Assistant in Serials, and editor of Library News. 

Gale Virtual Reference Center

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Oboler Library has been getting more online reference books, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library is a comprehensive new collection of encyclopedias and reference sources. You can access them 24/7 from either your home or the library. There are 1,053 titles included in it!

You can get to the database from either the alphabetical list of databases on our web page,  or from the Resources by Subject page,  (in the General—Multidisciplinary Databases heading  at the top of the page.) Once there, you can select a publication from the subject list on the page (arts, biography, business, education, environment, etc.), or just do a general search from all the databases. There is also an option for advanced search, plus a help section for getting more information about using the databases. If you have any questions, you can ask the staff at the reference desk when you are in the library, call the reference desk at 282-3152, or email your question through Ask a Librarian (link)

In addition to the many multidisciplinary titles, The Gale Virtual Reference Center has been supplemented with numerous literature titles, so if you are researching for an English class, you should find a great deal of material. For more reference book databases, you will also want to look at Oxford Reference Online and Credo Reference. You can also find them on the alphabetical database list or from the Resources by Subject page.   Credo Reference also has Topic Pages, organized alphabetically  or by topic, which can be very helpful when you are working on getting more information and  ideas on your topic.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Monday, November 14th, 2011

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

Starting Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, the library will be closed.

Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 21-23, the library will be open 7:30 a.m. -6:00p.m.

Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 24-26, the library will be closed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Sunday Nov. 27, 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.


New Displays in the Library

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

The Privilege of Voting, Veteran’s Day, The FOOL’s Collection of Censored Books,  Information Literacy, Books and Libraries, The Berlin Wall , and Fall Into Health for the Holidays are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Some of the displays are going to be changed soon, and this article will be updated with the changes. Paintings by Ella Rast are in the Current Display Art Area. Read more about her art here.



First Floor:

The Privilege of Voting in case 1 covers a lot of information about politics and contains a sampling of books by candidates and about politics on both sides. It includes definitions the terminology of voting: Democratic party, Republican party, liberalism, conservatism, primary elections, and caucus. “Voting is an integral part of American citizenship. It is a fundamental right and privilege of democracy that quite often is neither appreciated or understood. Paul McCaffrey stated.

 Veteran’s Day is in case 2A and 2B. Veterans Day is celebrated November 11, and this year ISU has many activities for it in both Idaho Falls and Pocatello, like the Veteran’s Memorial Dedication. The display in case 2A and the surrounding area covers the activities, the Veteran’s Club, Veteran’s Sanctuary, Veteran’s Memorial Dedication and Celebration, and more. Two library staff members are showing memorabilia from family members who are veterans. This includes a flag, photographs, news articles, and other items.


Case 2 B is on the Vietnam Medical Shield received by a library staff member’s husband. Read about Don Roth’s experience in Vietnam and the symbolism and meaning of the shield in this display. Don Roth happened to be in the library while I was writing this article and mentioned: “It’s been carried at opening flag ceremonies at Pow Wows. It’s been a treasure for me, and one of the nicest gifts I’ve ever received.”


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, is teaching a class titled Information Research (ACAD 1199, 1 credit). Learn how to “locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.”  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 “Libraries and Reading.” Library Assistant and Library News editor,  Joan Juskie, is retiring at the end of 2011 and this will be the last display she does, unless something urgent comes up. She wanted to do something inspired by her love of learning, books, and libraries. The display contains many favorite quotations.

“A great library contains the diary of the human race.” (George Mercer Dawson)

“I find that a great part of information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way.” (Franklin Adams)

Come here to find some inspiring quotations, and you may also leave with some reading ideas for Thanksgiving or Christmas break. The display is accented with book covers from an earlier display on University Reading Programs, where many people on campus participate in reading the same book, discussing it, having the authors come and speak, watching movies about it, etc. Some of the titles include The Kite Runner, Into the Wild, Three Cups of Tea, The Devil’s Highway, and many more.



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
Fall into Health for the Holidays is the new Idaho Health Sciences Library Display. It has attractive fall decorations and interesting facts like “Turkey is listed among the top 10 foods for your eyes because it is rich in zinc.” Find more facts on their web page for Fall Health,   which contains information on Holiday Food Safety, Mom’s Roast Turkey Recipe, Joy of Giving and Receiving Food Safely, and much more.


Library Workshop for Undergraduate Students

Friday, November 11th, 2011

With research papers starting to come due, you’ll want to attend one of these workshops offered Nov. 15th through Nov. 18th.

They will cover:

* Searching the databases

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

* The Resources by Subject pages; searching the catalog: title, author, keyword, quick searches, etc.

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

* Finding a book on the shelves

* Evaluating sources

* Citing sources and resources available to cite sources

Make your term papers this semester better than ever! Get more information out of the time you spend researching! Click here for more information, including time and location schedules. For any questions or comments, please contact Spencer Jardine at 282-5609.