New Shelving Noise today: September 15th

Library regulars will know that the north corner of the 2nd floor is devoid of shelves. This is being corrected today with the installation of new, low-height shelving.  The K-12 collection (also called the Juvenile, or “juvies” collection) will be moved here once these shelves are installed.  So for the time being, there might be some clanging and banging and drilling as these are being installed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week.  Visit the Banned Books Week web site where they celebrate graphic novels and comics, join in on a virtual read-out of a banned/challenged book, or consult the list of events going on across the country that celebrate the freedom to read.

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Spotlight On: Oxford Companion to American Literature

OCALThe Oxford Companion to American Literature has been a premier reference source for over fifty years.  This Sixth Edition has been entirely revised, with 181 full new entries, and several hundred more which have significant revisions.

Arranged alphabetically, the work includes short biographies and brief bibliographies of American authors, with information regarding their style and subjects.

Also included is over 1,100 full summaries of important American novels, stories, essays, poems , plays, biographies and autobiographies, tracts, narratives, and histories.

Other subjects receiving substantial treatment include definitions and historical outlines of literary schools and movements, literary awards (in many instances with lists of winners and their works), literary societies, scholarly organizations, and a wide variety of other matters related to writing in America.

OCAL inside
As part of our online Oxford Reference collection, the Oxford Companion to American Literature, is one of the many e-reference sources the library provides students, faculty, and staff.

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New to the Library? Here’s where to start.

Coming to college for the first time can be overwhelming. There’s new people to meet, dorm living to adjust to, and a course load that requires solid time management skills. A university library is often much larger than your local public library and provides its own challenges of where to get started.

Your first foray into the library might be for a quiet study space.  Did you know you can reserve a study room (rooms in green at the bottom of the map) on the 3rd floor?  There is a link to reserve a study room on our main page.



Eventually you may need to find resources to write a paper.  On the library homepage there is a search box labeled  OneSearch. OneSearch is the place to go for finding online magazine, journal, or newspaper articles on a topic.  It will also help you locate print and e-books.

search box


By putting terms in the search window and clicking the search button you will retrieve results that you can narrow via search refinements (left hand side of screen).  If the resource is available online it will indicate that in the citation via a yellow star that says “online.”



If you get a book, it will list the call number and location in the library.   Our library map provides more detail on the organization of the library.  Note, the main floor is actually considered the 2nd floor, yet most, but not all of the books are located on the 3rd (upper floor on the map).  As you can see below the first book, “The Frog Scientist,” is located on the main floor in Pre-K-12 Collection (left hand side of the map), while the second one is on the 3rd floor.



The call number for items in the library vary by location, and can be very confusing to students used to only the Dewey Decimal system.  No worries! Simply take the call number and break it down into parts.  For example, the second book above has the call number RC 346 E28.  It also says it is on the 3rd floor of the library.  Looking at the map for the 3rd floor shows the call numbers and the direction they are going.  You want to find the RCs first, which as the map shows, are on the right side of the floor.  Once you find the RCs, look for any books starting with 346.  Once you find books that start with RC 346, look for those that follow with the letter E.  Once you find those, look for the one that has E28. Simple!



Another thing that may be useful are our style guides.  Once you write a paper you will have to indicate the sources for your information.  Your instructors will likely require you to format these sources in a particular style. The four main styles are APA (American Psychological Assocation) for education and disciplines in the social sciences, MLA (Modern Language Assocation) for English, and The University of Chicago and Turabian for history.

The librarians have created quick guides to the most commonly cited sources in each of these styles.



Finally, if you ever get confused, come ask for help at the Public Services desk.  A librarian is often on duty to answer research questions, and if not staff can assist you with even the simplest of questions like “How do I print?


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Having trouble accessing databases via Wi-fi? Try VPN

Some users are having difficulty getting in to some of our databases. It appears that some information companies’ remote database servers aren’t recognizing all of NMU’s computers. Until the problem is fixed, one workaround is to run the VPN (Virtual Private Network) software. On university-issued Windows computers, it should already be installed; look for it via Start > Programs > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. If it’s not there, or if you’re using your own machine, you can download it at If you’re using a Mac, see instead

Using VPN makes your wireless connection more secure, and more important for this problem, it routes your connection in a way that we know those remote servers are recognizing. This kind of issue usually takes a few days to resolve with the many companies that provide our numerous databases, but in the meantime, using VPN will get you the information you need.

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AIS Offices are Open

The testing is over for the most part (there is a little here and a little there at times–follow-up testing. Quick) and the AIS offices in the LRC are open for business once again.

Thank you for your patience.

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Reserving LRC 235A and 235B

These two classrooms at the back of the main floor of the library are no longer able to be scheduled through the library service desk as they have been in the past.  The library will still check out the keys and whiteboard markers and chalk to you, but the rooms are no longer scheduled by library staff.  All scheduling is now done via Mike Truscott over at the Registrars Office.  His email is:


The library has access to what group has reserved the room, so no verification is needed from Mike.

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AIS Offices Closed 9:00-9:30 Friday August 22nd

That’s today, this morning, just over an hour from now. The final test of the fire alarm in the LRC will take place and it will be on for such a long time that it was decided we should close up all AIS offices in the building (the Archives, the Computing Helpdesk, Instructional Design and Technology/Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Library).


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UPDATED: Fire Alarm Testing in the LRC: Week of August 18th

UPDATED AGAIN Wednesday August 20th

There will be a few tests of the fire alarm this week–three of them.

Public Safety will notify building occupants–via the new building intercom mass notification system installed as part of this fire alarm system–just prior to and the completion of the fire alarm system testing.

Wednesday at 3pm, NMU Facilities will be testing the alarms briefly.

Thursday (the 21st) at approximately 9am is an electrical inspection of the fire system. This will be brief.

And on Friday (the 22nd) at 9am is the State Fire Marshall inspection. This will be a long one.  So long, in fact, that the following entities in the LRC will be closed from 9 to 9:30:

  • Center for Teaching and Learning/Instructional Design & Technology
  • Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives
  • Computing HelpDeskk
  • Olson Library

Thank you for your patience.

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Library Catalog Back Online

The Library Catalog is back online! The system was planned to be down for a couple days but upgrades went quicker than expected.  If you notice any problems with the catalog please let us know.

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