Archive for February, 2012

Need a Research Strategies Refresher?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Could you use a refresher on searching the library databases?  Do you need help finding useful articles for your assignments?  Check out some of the Library Tutorials.  Two new tutorials just added to the page come from the folks at EBSCOhost.  Many of our databases are owned and managed by them.  Viewing these tutorials would help you understand how to search a large number of our article databases:

EBSCOhost Basic Searching 

 EBSCOhost Advanced Searching

If you need to know how to search the Web of Science, these resources would be useful for you:

Web of Science Quick Reference Card

Web of Science Recorded Training

 Web of Science Search Tips

Searching in many databases requires a knowledge of Boolean logic.  This deals with the usage of the words AND, OR, NOT between search terms.  One of our library pages discusses these useful operators in straightforward term, including images to illustrate the concepts.   

Additionally, the Colorado State University Libraries have created a useful tutorial titled “Boolean Searching.”  It is not a video, allowing learners to advance from slide to slide, but the flash component keeps it from being bare and boring.  It will assess your learning to check for comprehension of the material.  Their “Advanced Boolean Searching” tutorial follows the same pattern, only it goes into greater specificity on Boolean searching.  These two tutorials do not take long to complete.  Take a look at them. 

Many Boolean videos have been created and posted on YouTube.  Some of them are amusing, others may be obnoxious, but most of them are informative on the topic. 

For brevity, this “Boolean Logic” tutorial takes the cake.  It is only 27 seconds.  During that short time frame it quickly introduces George Boole, then it displays Venn diagrams that illustrate how AND, OR, and NOT work.

This entry was submitted by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction,  Assistant Professor, Eli M. Oboler Library.

President’s Day Holiday Hours

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Oboler Lbrary will observe the Presidents Day Holiday by being closed on Monday Feb. 20, and open reduced hours on Sunday Feb. 19, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

On Tuesday,  February 21, we will be open regular hours again.

You can still do extensive research from home with the library web page.  Over 200 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 112,590 electronic journals, books and reports.

Call,  email, or come in to the reference desk during open hours if you have questions.  You can also look at some of the Library Tutorials, which may answer your questions.

Library Workshops – Comm. 1101

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


It’s time to start thinking about research for your COMM 1101 speeches!

Learn to support your arguments!  High quality and reliable sources improves the strength of your presentation. Library workshops will 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.  Openings are limited.  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.

Workshop #1  Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Workshop #2  Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Workshop #3  Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop #4  Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Workshop #5  Saturday, February 25, 2012, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Workshop #6  Monday, February 27, 2012, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop #7  Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3:00 pm – 4:30

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


Openings are limited!  We recommend that you sign up as soon as possible!


Readers’ Theatre in the Library

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

This Thursday, February 9th, the Oboler Library is hosting a Readers’ Theatre as presented by Sherri Dienstfrey.  Also performing will be Angeline Underwood, Jamie Romine-Gabardi, and Jason Reed.  Click here for more complete information.

This presentation is part of our continuing celebration of the traveling exhibit, A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965. 

The performance will start at 7:00 pm at the Library.  Light refreshments will be served.

Open Graduate Student Library Workshops

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Find the books, articles, and journals that you need to conduct a literature review. Understand how to locate theses and dissertations already published and 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. Finally, manage your growing list of references with Endnote Web and other free database account programs.  Click here to learn more!

Come and discover the great resources and services available to you.  This will also include 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.


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


Tuesday, February 7th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Wednesday, February 8th, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 9th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library

Call: 282-3152