Archive for September, 2013

Tomcat OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Searching the online catalog has just gotten easier thanks to Tomcat.  Using the Tomcat search option offers a cleaner, more modern web interface to the Library’s holdings. It provides a link to Google Books (if a link exists) and search limits are obvious on the results page.  And by using the “log-in option”, saved searches are retrievable.

Click here to go to Tomcat, or find it on the Library website by going to Find Resources / Resources by Subject  / Trial Databases.

Please share your comments about Tomcat and send an email to

Banned Books Week

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Win a $25 gift card by entering the ISU Library’s Banned Books Week poetry contest!

Go to this link for contest details and helpful resources:

Idaho Health Insurance Literacy Week Sep.16-22

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Find answers to your questions relating to the Affordable Care Act and Idaho Health Insurance Exchange at the Idaho Health Sciences Library the week of September 16 – 22. 

Starting October 1, there will be new options for buying health insurance.  The Idaho Health Insurance Exchange is an online site where you’ll be able to apply for the new monthly premium tax credit and compare qualified health plans side by side to choose the plan that fits you.

More information is provided by the Idaho Library Association & Blue Cross of Idaho website: Get Covered Idaho.

Questions about the law in general can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services’ website: Affordable Care Act – Health Insurance Marketplace

Visit the Idaho Health Sciences Library on the 3rd floor of the Oboler Library to pick up useful handouts to take home with you!

And from an article in the Idaho State Journal newspaper this week, there are workshops on September 18, 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Marshall Public Library, and September 21,  10:00 am to noon at Portneuf Library.



Changed Hours for IHSL

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

From Writing on the Stall:

The service desk for the Idaho Health Sciences Library (3rd floor, Oboler Library) has new hours this Fall:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm / Mon. – Fri. /  Closed Sat.  &   Sun.

As always, IHSL staff are available for appointments: (208) 282-4686.



New Health Science eBook Collection

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The ISU Library now has access to Doody’s Core Titles Collection.  This eBook collection  includes over 200 full-text books in the areas of clinical medicine, basic science, nursing, and allied health.  These titles are considered the ‘must have’ books in each healthcare specialty. A core title is a book or software title that represents essential knowledge needed by professionals or students in a given discipline and is highly recommended for the collection of a library that serves health sciences specialists.

These are just a few of the titles we have access to:

  • 5-minute Sports medicine Consult / 2nd ed.
  • AWHONN High-Risk and Critical Care Obstetrics / 3rd ed.
  • Abrams’ Angiography: Interventional Radiology / 2nd ed.
  • Atlas of Foot and Ankle Sonography / 1st ed.
  • Bethesda handbook of Clinical Oncology / 3rd ed.
  • Cardiac Nursing / 6th ed.

You will find Doody’s on the Library’s homepage under Library Quick Links / Databases Alphabetic.


Resource Spotlight: Statistical Abstract of the United States

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world. You’ll find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries as the authoritative go-to source. As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people.

In the spring of 2011, the Census Bureau announced that the edition that year would be the last one produced at government expense. Despite protests from librarians and journalists and despite petitions to Congress, the Census Bureau unit that published the Statistical Abstract was eliminated in November. Its elimination resulted not from a decline in popularity or perceived value, but from the need to reduce agency spending while supporting new and existing data collection efforts.

ProQuest has now taken on responsibility for updating and releasing this publication, the most used statistical reference tool in U.S. libraries. They bring to this task 35 years of experience in acquiring, abstracting, and indexing Federal Government statistical publications and tables.

39 new tables include information on same-sex couple households, student loan debt, mortgage loan application and denials, negative equity mortgages, electronic device ownership, childhood obesity and employment in the “green” sector.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is located at the Reference Desk in the Library.  Stop by and take a look at this amazing resource!


Discover New Subject Guides

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Our bibliographers have selected the top databases and resources in each area so you can efficiently locate and effectively use the resources you need.  Browse by subject area (biology, history, etc.) to find resources you have come to rely on and possibly discover some others you haven’t used yet.

To find the guides, select the Resources by Subject link on the main Library page.

Guides are based on the LibGuides system from Springshare.  As of Monday morning, 26 subject page links now take you to their new LibGuides pages, with more being published daily.   Please keep in mind that these are works in progress and we welcome your feedback.  Stop by the Reference Desk, or call 282-3152 if you need assistance locating and using them.

Content specific resources in one-click!  It’s easier than ever to Inquire, Explore, and Discover here at the Library!

Library Extended Hours Begin Sept.9

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The Library is extending hours this semester!  STUDY ON!

General Library Hours

Beginning September 9

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.