In this issue:
Library Renovation Updates
Small study rooms are now open!
The two small study rooms off the ground floor lobby are now furnished and available for use. No reservations are required at present—if a room is vacant, it’s yours. Please do not leave your things in the rooms to hold them for later. Any unattended belongs left for more than 20-30 minutes will be removed to make the rooms available for others.
Work continues in the 1st floor stacks. The workmen are now installing new lights, and new carpeting comes next. Since this area remains under construction, continue to use the 1st floor stacks book paging form to request books from this floor; these are being brought out for requesters several times a day.
Work has also picked up in the enclosure that will be the new staircase between the main lobby and the new reference room on the ground floor. The giant steel stair pieces were dropped into place last week.
The echo chamber
You may have noticed that the Large Reference Room is a little louder than it used to be. The ceiling panels in the room previously absorbed a lot of sound, but these have been removed during the renovation. Sound now echoes around the room and into adjoining spaces. Please try to keep conversations low to keep the general noise down.
The little things you’ve been missing
Permanent trash cans are now in place on the ground floor. There is one in the outer hallway and one inside the library near the metal stacks stairs. The library is excited to offer recycling for paper and bottles/cans finally!
There are again two operational pencil sharpeners in the library. You will find one in the Small Reference Room on the atlas case and the other in the 2nd floor stacks (hanging on the side of the stacks by call number PA).
Over the summer Buhl Library added a new package of eBooks to our EBSCO eBook collections. It includes thousands of scholarly books, all of which are open access. The library is proud to promote open access publications, which are part of a growing initiative to eliminate access barriers to research publications by cutting costs and use restrictions. These new open access titles, from publishers such as Taylor & Francis, De Gruyter, and several university presses, are now seamlessly included in searches in EBSCO eBooks and our Discovery search tool.
One of the key features of these open access titles from an eBook user’s perspective is that they do not have the usual restrictions on use that you will encounter with most EBSCO eBooks. There are no limits on how many pages you can print, save, or copy/paste, and you will not need a special software for using the downloaded eBook. Downloading is very simple, and that downloaded copy will never expire from your machine. We in fact have almost 100,000 eBooks with these less restrictive permissions on them available in our collection. You cannot search for them specifically, but it is increasingly likely you may hit on them in your research as more and more publishers embrace the open access initiative.
Here are some of the most-used resources from the library last school year!
Did you wonder what all those red books are down in the new quiet study area on the lower level? There are so many of them, and you’ve never seen them around before!
These are volumes of the series Landmark briefs and arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States, which were in storage but now finally have a place in the newly redesigned library. This series contains petitions and briefs filed in major constitutional law cases. A court case that is studied because it has historical and legal significance is considered to be a “landmark” case. Our set has coverage from 1793 to 2015 and so includes such landmark cases as Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), Brown v. Board of Education (1954,1955), Miranda v. Arizona (1966), and Roe v. Wade (1973)
“A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.”
With these words, Chief Justice John Marshall established the Supreme Court’s role in the new government. Hereafter, the Court was recognized as having the power to review all acts of Congress where constitutionality was at issue, and judge whether they abide by the Constitution.
Recently Added Pedagogy Books
Below are some titles added to the Buhl collection in the past year or so that will be of interest to educators.
Discovery vs. Henry - Getting to know the library’s search tools
There are two great tools available to help you find the resources you need in the library collection. Which should you use when?
Discovery allows you to search across most of the library’s resources, both what’s on the shelves and what’s in our online databases. It’s like Google for the library.
Best for when you are
Access Discovery through the search box in the middle of the library home page.
Henry is our traditional library catalog, focusing on the library’s physical collection of books, DVDs, journal titles, etc. It also includes many eBooks that are part of our permanent online collection.
Best for when you are
Access Henry from the “Books (Library Catalog)” link under “Find” on the library home page.
MEDLINE with Full Text is a valuable tool for medical research, providing full-text access to articles from over 600 active subscription-only medical journals. This database offers the very latest in research--some articles are available here even before they are published in print! If you are studying or researching topics in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or health care administration, this database is a good one to know.
You can search the contents of MEDLINE with Full Text through Discovery, but in some cases you may prefer to search directly in the MEDLINE database in order to use its specialized search features that are designed specifically for medical research. For example, you can focus your searches on just evidence-based medicine or review articles. You can also limit searches by age group, gender, or animal if searching for non-human topics. Please see the attached flyer for more information on using MEDLINE with Full Text.
Here is a sampling of new resources in Buhl Library. Be sure to also check out the new book display in the library lobby.
Hover over a book's title to view a summary.
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