Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome back! Here's what you missed


Welcome back Muskies! Hope you had a great summer. We were very busy while you were gone. The first thing you might notice when you come into the Library is that there is a lot more space on the main floor by the computers. We took down a bunch of shelves. Stop by and check out the view.

We added/changes some databases...

Philosopher's Index
The primary research tool for philosophy. Index, abstracts, and some full text from 570 journals covering 15 philosophical research areas.

Biography Reference Bank (replaces American National Biography)
Biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present. This is a great resource for education majors. Your K-12 students have access to this database through INFOhio.

Consumer Health Complete
Health information written for the general public. This would be a great resource if you are looking for current authoritative information for a speech, paper, or health education project.

Science Online (replaces AccessScience)
Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments. A great resource for K-12 science education majors. Another database available to all K-12 schools through INFOhio.

World Book (replaces Encyclopaedia Britannica online...we still EB in print)
Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and other research tools. Yet another great resource available to K-12 schools through INFOhio. We have it set to go directly to Word Book Advanced for college level information, but there is another interface you can use when working with early childhood students.

Finally, three new libraries joined the OhioLINK family. You can now request books from Ohio Christian University, St. Mary Seminary, and the University of Northwestern Ohio through the OhioLINK Catalog.

Those are the big things that happened over the summer. We didn't get to take much of a vacation, so there aren't any beach pics. We did attend the OPAL conference at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. Here is a snap of the closing session of the conference.

Let us know if you have any questions. Use the Ask Us live chat box on our main web page or stop by the Reference Desk.

Hope you have a great year!

The Library Staff

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