Archive for April, 2013

Between the Lines Spring 2013 Issue Available

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

This edition’s articles include: 

*The James Aho Collection on Right-Wing Extremism

*Dean’s column “Flat is the New Increase”

*Web of Science includes access to Arts and Humanities

*Hidden Treasurers: the Oxford University Press e-Resources

*The U.S. Congressional Serial Set (documents of the first 14 Congresses)

*The Edward Stevenson Drawings in D. N. Landis’s book Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration

*The Library’s course on Information Literacy

*New Health Sciences Librarian in Meridian

Plus read about Friends of Oboler Library Miniature Golf Tournament held Mar. 9.  More than 100 golfers registered to play the 18 hole course which began on the 3rd floor of the Library, played down the back stairwell to the 2nd floor, through the stacks and finished on the 1st floor.

Click here to  read these articles!

Free Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate During Closed and Finals Weeks

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The studying will be a bit easier with something warm to drink while you prepare for those finals!  The Library will have hot beverages available the next 2 weeks to help keep you going.  And we’ll have a few baked goodies to buy for snacking.   And let us help with your final research needs at the Reference Desk.  We have the print citation guides and online resources within easy reach!

During Closed and Finals Weeks, the Library is open until 1 am Monday – Thursday (click here for Friday and weekend hours)


Closed Week/Finals Week Hours

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Closed & Final Exam Weeks

April 29 – May 12, Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
May 3, Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 4, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 5, Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
May 6 – 9, Monday – Thursday 7:15 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
May 10, Friday 7:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Our Winners Are….

Friday, April 26th, 2013

My Favorite Book Drawing

Winners of the Amazon $25 gift certificates are:

Stephanie M., Mass Comm

Andrew Y., Auto Tech
The Giver

Jodi M., Bio Medical
Playing for Pizza

Craig A., Audiology/CSED
I Want My Hat Back


Catherine Reinhardt – New Artist

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library is exhibiting the artwork Catherine Reinhardt, graduate student in the ISU Department of Art, through May 31.

Reinhardt, who will graduate in May, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University in Alabama and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Virginia. A native of Alabama, Reinhardt lives in Pocatello with her husband and son.








In these works, deepwater memories, and deepwater migration, vibrant colors, imagery of home and the natural world are juxtaposed with the diagrams, charts, and trappings of the scientific, in an attempt to present the complexity of experience.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours now through the end of May.  For library hours please call 282-2958.  The artist may be contacted at

National Library Week

Monday, April 15th, 2013

National Library Week, April 14-20,  is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

Enter our “My Favorite Book” contest and tell us about your favorite book.  Submissions are being accepted from April 7 – 20.  Four winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to  Many of the “favorite books” will be added to the Library’s collection as well.  Fill out an online entry by clicking here, or come into the Library and get a printed form to turn in.

Sponsored by Friends of Oboler Library.


What’s Your Style?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Citation style that is!

Since papers are coming due, you might need the Library’s  Citation Style web page.  It covers APA Style, MLA Style, Chicago Style, and contains links to many others.  The 1st floor Reference Desk has print copies available for you to consult and the IHSL Wiki Style Manual page has information, including a link to the DOI Finder.

For one-on-one assistance, please see the Writing Center.  The Writing Center is part of the Student Success Center.  Check out some of their awesome resources including their handouts.  Call ahead to make an appointment!


Location: Rendezvous, Room 323
Phone: (208) 282-3662

Writing Center Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fri: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Location: CHE 220
Phone: (208) 282-7925

Writing Center Hours:
Mon/Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tues: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. &
7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Wed: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.,
2:30-3:30 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m.



My Favorite Book Contest

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

What’s the title of your favorite book?

Why do you like it? 

These are the questions ISU Oboler Library is asking during National Library Week, April 14 – 20.

My Favorite Book submissions are being accepted from April 7 through April 20.  Come on in to the Library, fill out the form, and drop it into one of the drop boxes at the Circulation or Reference counters.

4 winners will each  receive a $25 gift certificate to

All submissions will be entered in a drawing held on Monday, April 22.

ERIC Documents: Status Update

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

In the 6 months since ERIC removed the the full text of ERIC Documents from the Internet, there have been a lot of questions about what is going on and when we’ll get the documents back.

We now have some clearer answers from ERIC about what is happening, what the wait times are like, and what you should do if there’s a document you need.

As of early February, 2013, more than 6,000 documents have been returned to the Internet (out of a total 350,668 documents under review). Other documents have been released, but the PDFs are low quality, so ERIC is working to get higher quality copies before placing them online.

ERIC is focusing on requested documents. This means that they are only examining documents that have been requested via their request form. Starting in the Summer they will also start releasing PDFs for new items along with the requested older items.

ERIC is working on a search that would ignore items that are not yet released. If they are able to create an effective search function for this, it should be released sometime this Spring or Summer. This would allow searchers to employ a full text limit that includes ERIC Documents that are currently available in PDF form. If you are currently searching ERIC with the full text limit checked, you’ll get results that are in full text as well as results that should be available in full text, but have been removed as part of this ERIC document review.

Requested documents should be returned to the Internet within 6 months to a year. All documents are expected to be released within the next 5 years. As you can see, this is a project with a very long timeline.

What should you do as a student or faculty?

If you want a specific document, REQUEST IT! You may not get it in time for you to use it for your own research, but ERIC is focusing on the requested items exclusively right now. If you want something, chances are good that someone else does as well.

Keep using the ERIC database. This project has affected hundreds of thousands of ERIC documents, but the ERIC database still has hundreds of thousands of full-text articles you can use for your research. If you leave the full text limit checked, your results will include some unavailable ERIC documents. The only way to know which items are available is to click the link to the “Full Text in ERIC.” If you see a PDF link, that is something you can access in full text right now.

Use Google to find alternative sources of Full Text. Many ERIC Documents are posted elsewhere on the Internet. Since so many of these documents come from organizations that want to disseminate their research, they may be in several locations online. ERIC is just one of many sources.

Limit to ERIC Journals to avoid full-text removals. While it’s a shame to miss out on some of the great resources that are available as ERIC Documents, you do have the option of limiting your search to only ERIC Journal items. Since ERIC Journal items are not affected by this project, you will not have full-text access issues. ERIC Journal items are typically published journal articles. If you limit to Peer Reviewed articles when you search, the vast majority of your results are ERIC Journal items.  In your list of citations, the ERIC citation number will begin with an EJ instead of an ED.

From Walden Library News, February 15, 2013 blog post.