Archive for February, 2013

Mini Golf in the Oboler Library

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Take a study break!  Play the 18-hole miniature gold course that begins on the 3rd floor of the library.  Play down the back stairwell to the  2nd floor and finish on the 1st floor!

Saturday, March 9, 10 am – 3 pm

Bring the family and come join in on the fun!

For more information about the event, please call Sue at (208) 282-2997



Speech Classes (COMM 1101) Mar. 7th – 13th

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Graduate Student Workshops Mar. 6th & 7th

Monday, February 25th, 2013


Archive of Americana

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Oboler Library now offers electronic access to the Archive of Americana database.  This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries. It includes American State Papers (1789-1838),  the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1994), covering the 1st through 103rd Congresses.

Our Documents Librarian, Beth Downing shares the following information  with us:

The variety of information  in the House and Senate committee reports might surprise you.  Almost any topic you can think of is covered, from raising silk worms to the sinking of the Titanic.   The early research on the American West is especially interesting  and includes  the reports of the original surveys made by Hayden,  Fremont, and Powell as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs documents.  The early maps can be found in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set Maps database.  Find these databases on the Resources by Subject / Government Documents page.

From The Writing on the Stall February 2013 newsletter


David L. Combs Art Show

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

February – March


The Eli M. Oboler Library of Idaho State University is pleased to host the art exhibit of Idaho Falls artist David L. Combs.

Please join us as we honor the artist at a reception on Thursday, March 7,  from 7-8:30 pm.

The paintings in this show are primarily his private work and consist of watercolor landscapes of the Norwegian coast and local mountain scenery garnered from years of hiking.   Also included in this show is a group of never-before-exhibited caricatures created as gifts for his retiring colleagues.

Please click here to learn more about this talented artist! 

The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours now through the end of March.  For library hours please call 282-2958.  The artist may be contacted at or (208) 523-3847.

Library Closed Monday, February 18th

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Oboler Library hours for Sunday, February 17th will  be noon to 6:00   pm.  We are closed on Monday, February 18th in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Enjoy the 3 day weekend!

Tax Forms Available

Friday, February 8th, 2013

For taxpayers who can file their individual income tax returns beginning January 30, all forms and instructions needed have been posted to   Note that some 2012 tax forms are not yet available.

Printed federal and state tax forms available at this time are in the display stands near the circulation desk.   Note that the Library has not received all of the materials yet as some of the publications needed to be reprinted.



BE Informed!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

 February 14th  is “BE” Day at the Oboler Library!

BE Resourceful!  BE Inflamed!   Find your Passion at the Library!  The Oboler Library is participating in  “BE Week: A Week of Discovery” sponsored by Academic Advising and Student Success Center.  We have a lot of fun activities planned on Thursday, Feb.14, from 11 am – 1 pm.  There will be free stuff, a scavenger hunt, and a drawing for prizes.

Learn more at: – NEW FEATURES

Monday, February 4th, 2013 contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. The archive includes more than 3,100 foreign, national, as well as a number of historic Idaho newspapers.  The Idaho State Journal is included for October 2, 1949 through December 30, 1977 with some missing issues throughout. This database includes pdf scans of the original newspapers, and is a prime source for historical and genealogical research.
There are 2 new features to explore: 
Browse Newly Added Content. The database is updated daily as they load approximately 5 million new pages each month. Check this often to see what’s new.

Create Free Account. Create an account and save searches and articles. Remember that it is only free when logging in on the Pocatello campus.

Access Newspaper Archive is one of many historical and current newspaper databases available.  Click here and learn more about these resources!

Open Graduate Workshop Saturday February 2

Friday, February 1st, 2013

If you missed the online Graduate Workshop offered earlier this month, then plan on attending the one offered tomorrow, February 2nd, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, in Library room 212 (located on the 2nd floor across from the restrooms). Learn how to conduct comprehensive research for your papers, theses, and dissertations.  Topics to be covered include:

Finding full text articles

Accessing dissertations & theses

Conducting a literature review

Searching the best databases

Enhancing search strategies

Managing and organizing citations

You do not need to register for this session!