Study Room Reseravations

Finals are just two weeks away and the demand for study rooms rises even higher than normal.  There will be room reservations back to back to back, so please remember when your time is up and vacate the room.  Have you ever waited at the desk for someone to return the key because they forgot their time was up?  Don’t be that someone.

The conference rooms policy is here.  Some timely gems from the policy are:


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Attend the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning

Make plans to attend the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works,
and Academic Service Learning this Thursday, April 10 in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in LRC 235B. Presentations will start shortly thereafter at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. In addition, posters and other creative works will be on display in the main concourse of the lower level of the LRC. For further details and a complete program listing, visit the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning web site.

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ARTstor, 1,000,000+ images for teaching, learning, and research

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ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. In addition to traditional images in art and architecture, ARTstor includes ornithological paintings, political cartoons, sheet music covers, and anatomical drawings.

ARTstor collections consist of contributions from museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives.



ARTstore offers copyright clearance for students, faculty, and staff to use images and text for presentations and lectures, course reserves, classroom handouts, student presentations and papers, and research projects.


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ARTstor can be browsed by geography, type of work, or collection (Detroit Institute of Arts, etc.). Additionally, you can search by keyword, title of work, or by creator.


ARTstor info smallAll images have an information link that provides details on the artist, title of the work, type of work (painting, sculpture, etc.) date created, and more.

Once you create a free account, you can save and organize images into image groups, export entire image groups in batches, through the export to PowerPoint feature, access the ARTstor Mobile site, download the free Offline Image Viewer software, and more.

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Fire Alarm Testing: Friday March 7th

There will be fire alarm testing this Friday March 7th in the afternoon.  This is a floor-by-floor test at a reduced noise level.  Staff will be present to assure you that yes, this is a test and not the real deal.

And as we said in the navy, please regard all further alarms.

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Spring Break Hours

The Olson Library will be closed a few days and have reduced hours during spring break.

Saturday, March 1:  Closed
Sunday, March 2:  Closed
Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 7:  8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, March 8:  Closed
Sunday, March 9:  12 noon – 12 midnight

The library will return to normal hours Monday, March 10 when classes resume.

View the library calendar for a complete list of library hours throughout the semester.

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Lost something (Lost and Found)?

As in a textbook or printed term paper or an iphone or flash drive or keys or ID or a water bottle or coffee mug or an item of clothing? The lost and found at the library just might have it. There is a continual arrival of things left behind. Happily, many items are returned to their owners.  Sadly, many items are not.

If there is any way to contact you when we find a lost item, we will send you an email.

If a computer is left behind accidentally, that is taken to Microrepair.

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Need basic info on a topic? Don’t use Wikipedia, try Britannica Online!

britannica_homepageThe Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopedia; first published between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Although no longer in print, the newly redesigned Britannica Online Academic Edition delivers fast, high quality, comprehensive information to students and faculty.

One of Britannica’s benefits over Wikipedia is their extensive network of reputable contributors, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, former U.S. presidents, world-renowned scholars, and other experts. Together, they ensure that Britannica is current, accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, relevant, engaging, and international in scope.

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Fully taking advantage of the online environment, encyclopedia entries incorporate links to relevant journal and magazine articles, ebooks, and primary sources, videos, and images.

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In addition, you can also browse these types of resources separately, independent of any entry.

Check out Britannica Online today, and make the start of your research process a little easier and your product of a higher quality.

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Taking Another’s Print Job (accidentally)

Lots of activity at the printer?  Mammoth comings and goings?  A flurry of papers due in a few minutes?  Please be careful that you don’t accidentally take someone else’s print job.  It’s really easy to grab whatever comes out of the printer and run off.

Check what you have before you leave the print station.

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Spotlight On: Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States is a great collection of historical statistics from over 1000 sources, including 37,000+ data series.  Topics range from migration and health to crime and justice, manufacturing and agriculture to elections and politics.  Depending on the topic, data can range back to the 1700s.

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Create and download colorful charts, graphs, and plots, along with the  option of making customized tables and spreadsheets.


Data can be found via a keyword search or browsing topics under five main categories: Population, Work and Welfare, Economic Structure and Performance, Economic Sectors, and Governance and International Relations.

For comprehensive statistics that focus more on the past three decades, make sure to check out the companion source, Statistical Abstracts of the United States.

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“Check Out” Fresh New Titles Today

Here are the latest editions to the New Book shelf, located between study room 212 and the periodicals on the main floor:

-”A Curious Madness; An American Combat Psychiatrist, a Japanese War Crimes Suspect, and an Unsolved Mystery From World War II,” -Eric Jaffe, 2014

-”The Price of the Ticket; Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics,” -Fredrick C. Harris, 2012

-”Indian Vistas,” -Lakhan Mehrotra, 2012

-”Racisms; From the Crusades to the Twentieth Century,” -Francisco Bethencourt, 2013

-”Ding Dong the Wicked; a Play,” – Caryl Churchill, 2012

-”Posession,” -A.S. Byatt, Everyman’s Library Edition, 2013

-”J.M. Coetzee & the Limits of Cosmopolitanism,” -Katherine Hallemeier, 2013

-”The Stories of Frederick Busch,” -Edited by Elizabeth Strout, 2014

-”The Mind of an Outlaw; Selected Essays,” -Norman Mailer, 2013

-”Norman Mailer; a Double Life,” -J. Michael Lennon, 2013

-”Collected Poems of Ron Padgett,” -Coffee House Press, 2013

-”Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario; Volume 144,” -December 2013

-”Graphis Photography Annual; Best in Photography 2013,”-Graphis Inc., 2013

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