Archive for November, 2014

Library Holiday Hours

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The Library will be closed this weekend, November 22nd and 23rd.

Remember though, you can still access many full-text articles and eBooks.  Go to the Library homepage, locate Find & Explore, click on >> Research Guides  and search your topics using our LibGuides.  And don’t forget OneSearch where you can locate the articles and books you need with a single search.  Note that we will be open with shorter hours Nov. 24 – 26, Monday through Wednesday, 7:00 am – 5 pm.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: November 22 – 29

Nov.22 – 23   Sat – Sun CLOSED
Nov.24 – 26   Mon – Wed 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nov.27 – 29   Thurs – Sat CLOSED

Regular building hours resume Sunday, November 30.

Trial Statistics Database: Sage Stats

Friday, November 14th, 2014

SAGE StatsFind, Visualize, and Export Social Science Data

SAGE Stats provides extensive social science data covering geographies within the United States and spans topics such as healthcare, crime, education, employment, religion, and government finances. Find the hard-to-locate data points you need to support your research. Visualize and compare thousands of normalized data sets to create new and interesting research avenues. Export data for greater analysis or combine with your own data to create new insights.

To explore Sage Stats, go to our homepage and click on: >>Library Quick Links >>Databases – Alphabetic >> then click on >>Trial Databases under the main heading.

Sage Stats will be available as a trial until 9 December.

New Artist: Scott Berger

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Oboler Library is excited to present an exhibit of oil paintings by Scott Berger.  Included are portraits, landscapes, street scenes, and maritime subjects in vibrant hues and startling clarity.  The exhibit is free and open the public during regular library hours from November 4, 2014 through January 31, 2015.

From the artist:

I enjoy capturing “moments in time,” people, places and objects that will never be exactly the same again.  Whether I am painting a landscape, a Maritime scene, or a portrait, I strive to depict the beauty of light and shadows.

You are invited to meet the artist at a reception in the Oboler Library on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 5:00 until 6:30 pm.

The Oboler Library is located at 850 9th Avenue in Pocatello.  For more information about the Library and the reception, please contact Kristi at (208) 282-4073 or

COMM 1101 Library Workshop – Makeup Sessions

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

2 COMM 1101 Library Workshop makeup sessions are scheduled!

If  you were unable to attend the sessions offered earlier this semester, plan on attending!

Wednesday   Nov. 12  -  6:00-7:30 pm

Thursday  Nov. 13  -  3:00-4:30 pm

Classes meet in Library Room 212 on the 2nd floor (across from the rest rooms)

To sign up for a class:


Call: 282-3152

or stop by the Reference Desk on the main floor of the Library.

Find Theses and Dissertations

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Library homepage Find & Explore now includes a Theses and Dissertations resource page.

On the Library page, go to >>Find & Explore, click on >> more… and scroll down to >>Find Theses and Dissertations.

Learn how to find ISU theses and dissertations, when you need to use WorldCat, ProQuest, Interlibrary Loan and much more.  Useful links and tutorials are easily accessible as well.  Information is organized in the following categories:

Locate Theses and Dissertations at Idaho State

  • University Thesis and Dissertations 2014-  present
  • Theses and Dissertations through 2013

Need help locating theses and dissertations?

Locate Theses and dissertations at other universities

Helpful Links

Samuel Johnson Prize 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

For the first time in the prestigious award’s 16-year history, the Samuel Johnson Prize has gone to a memoir. Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk, an account of how falconry helped Macdonald grieve for her father’s death, beat out a slew of histories and biographies to earn this year’s honor. Historian Claire Tomalin presented the award to Macdonald at a ceremony Tuesday night in London.

Tomalin, who chaired the judging panel, congratulated Macdonald for having “written a book unlike any other, about an obsession with a wild creature, brought to life in prose sometimes technical and always striking, and set in English landscapes observed with a visionary eye.”

Macdonald, for her part, told Reuters that the win was an “astonishing emotional experience.” And she offered something of a falconer’s metaphor for her joy in hearing readers’ responses: “One of the things I really like about this process of writing is once you’ve finished, once you’ve released the book into the world, then the people make it their own.”

The selection, which packs a purse of about $32,000, may have been unprecedented, but it wasn’t entirely a surprise. Bookmakers called the pick early, and The Bookseller reports that some are predicting the memoir could go on to become “the strongest selling Samuel Johnson Prize winner so far.”

Head to the prize’s website to read an excerpt.

Source: NPR Book News:  Colin Dwyer

New Databases Added to OneSearch

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Readex holdings have been added to the OneSearch discovery results. You should now retrieve results from:

U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817–1994

and the:

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800)

The  American State Papers, 1789–1838 will be available shortly.

These  comprehensive historical collections  allow researchers to discover and explore the United States in unprecedented depth and detail. The unique primary source materials offer opportunities for students and scholars to make original discoveries and new findings on nearly every aspect of the United States over nearly three centuries.