JSTOR – another way to find articles

Sometimes you need information on a subject that may be very specific, and you don’t want to be overwhelmed with the total number of results you get from OneSearch, the library’s main search engine. We offer very many databases specific to all areas of study. Perhaps you’re a secondary education major with a math focus and you need to learn the history of multiplication tables.

First, begin by going to our home page and finding the subject specific link under the OneSearch tab.

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This will take you to a selection of subjects to pick from. I have chosen Mathematics because I want to know about multiplication tables.


After you have chosen a subject, you are directed to a page with databases that are appropriate for the subject you are searching. JSTOR is a great resource for a multitude of subjects, including mathematics


After we have selected the database we’d like to use, in our case JSTOR, it will take us to a page like this. I have entered the title “multiplication tables” into s the search field as shown by the red rectangle. If you want your search to find the term “multiplication tables” together as a phrase it is imperative that you put it in quotation marks.  Otherwise the search will retrieve results that have the two words, but not necessarily together as a phrase.

You may also choose what kind of materials you’d like to search as marked by green X’s. You can also choose a range of dates to get the most recent articles.


Underneath the search fields, there are subjects. You can check any of the boxes to make your search subject specific. In our case, as showcased by the purple arrow, I have chosen mathmatics.


Once you enter your search, you can choose if you want relevancy, newest, or oldest, for your order. I have chosen the first article shown by relevancy.

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After choosing my article, I have lots of choices. It’s very convenient to read articles on JSTOR because they are organized well. You can down load the PDF version of an article for easy reading as shown by the blue arrow. The PDF version appears exactly like the print copy of the article. It also makes it easier to access and gives you the ability to print. It’s easy to flip to the previous article or the next one as shown by the lime green rectangle. With JSTOR, citations just become the easiest thing in the world. With the click of a button, you can have a citation made up for you. The article appears below the review as shown by the black arrow. The articles vary on length.

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JSTOR is just one of our many data bases that we offer for research. Depending on the subject, there may be a more specific data base for your research. JSTOR is a good database for subject specific or general information. If you ever need help with research, be sure to chat, email, call, or stop by the library.

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Spring Break Hours

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

Saturday, February 28:  Closed
Sunday, March 1:  Closed
Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6:  8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, March 7:  Closed
Sunday, March 8:  12 noon – 12 midnight

The library will return to normal hours Monday, March 9 when classes resume.

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

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Library Closed Thursday, February 19, Due to Inclement Weather

Northern Michigan University and the Olson Library are closed due to inclement weather. Evening classes have also been cancelled so the library will remain closed 2/19/15.

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Criterion Collection DVDs Moving to Reserves

We have moved all Criterion Collection DVDs to the Reserves area behind the Circulation Desk because they’ve been disappearing–a quarter of them (14 out of 56) have walked away. We’re in the process of replacing them, and they’ll be on the usual three-day checkout for media, unless an instructor requests a two-hour Reserves checkout. While we don’t like making materials harder to obtain or use, these DVDs clearly need closer monitoring if we’re to keep them available for as many people as possible. Check the online catalog for the location of a video you need, and don’t hesitate to ask at the desk for anything on reserve.

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Helpful Tips for Tax Season.

taxclockAs tax season quickly approaches, the Olson Library is ready to help.  To file your federal income tax return, you can use IRS Form 1040A, Form 1040, or Form 1040EZ.

The 1040A is a shorter version of 1040. The 1040EZ is the easiest form to fill out. It is used for single and joint filers with no dependents. This means single people or couples with no children. Each of these forms have specific purposes. If you would like more information on them, visit our website’s tax resources. We offer all online versions of all the IRS forms you could need as well as instructions for each one. These instructions are to help distinguish which form is the right form for each individual.

If you need a general guide to getting the most out of your taxes, check out Publication 17. It offers a wide range of tax saving credit for college students and parents alike. If online forms aren’t your cup of tea, we offer the forms in front of the circulation desk as well as our Federal Depository Library guide to taxes.

State tax forms will arrive mid February so keep an eye out for those while getting a head start on your federal forms.

The NMU Accounting club, Beta Alpha Psi, will be preparing taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program this year. This is an IRS program with IRS certified preparers. The program prepares tax returns for individuals that have income less than $53,000 per year. The club will be preparing returns every Sunday from noon- 4 p.m. Feb. 8 – April 12 excluding March 1 and April 5, in the study lounge of the the Learning Resource Center’s lower level. Questions should be directed to Laura Podolske at lpodolsk@nmu.edu.

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Hiking, Climbing, Backpacking: For Whatever’s Next!

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Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend downstate, planning your summer backpacking adventure, or looking for something to do inside this winter, we have a wide range of outdoor themed activity books in the GV call number section on the third floor of the Library. We offer tips and tricks to almost any activity you can think of including magic, basketball, jogging, and you guessed it, hiking!

50 Hikes in Michigan ( Call number GV 199.42 .M5 D84 1999)

  • This hiking guide offers a wide variety of hikes in the lower peninsula. From Cat Head Bay to Mt. Randel Trail, this comprehensive guide will get you to a beautiful remote location in no time. With distances ranging from 1.5 To 35 miles, there’s something for everyone. So whether if you’re looking for a down state adventure, this is the book for you!

Gym Climbing: Maximizing Your Indoor Experience ( Call Number GV 200.2 .B87 2004)

  • When hiking isn’t an option, why not try mastering the indoor rock wall at the PEIF. This book can help you look like a pro in no time. Gym Climbing is a guide to everything you need to know to climb your best at any indoor climbing wall. From what to look for in an optimal climbing gym, to how the equipment works, this book will help improve your climbing skills all winter long.

The Backpacker’s Handbook ( Call Number GV 199.6 .T69 2005)

  • Planning next summer? Want to go on an adventure? We offer a large selection of books on backpacking. The Backpackers Handbook provides you with everything you need to know before heading off into the wild. Grab your tent and put your pack on, this book offers how to live off the land at any skill level. From food preparation to where to set up camp, this guide is for any skill level.

For all your adventure needs, head on down to the library to mark your trail and learn about the sport!

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News from Detroit? Not so much (for a little while)….

We’ve just learned that our long-time supplier of the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press no longer delivers daily to Marquette (Sunday editions are still arriving). We’re working on solutions, the most likely of which will cost about three times what we’ve been paying. We apologize for the inconvenience and the temporary lack of current Detroit news. Watch this space for updates once we know more.

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Try our Juvies section!



The Olson Library offers a wide variety of books, but not many people know about our juvie section (e.g. juvenile and young adult). It is located on the left side of the second floor in short yellow shelves. Here is the perfect place to find books for all ages. We have everything from young adult novels to children’s picture books to works of nonfiction, all in one convenient place.

From 2005 onward, the library has been growing this collection to over 20,000 books. Most of them serve as resources for education majors to write lesson plans. The records have been improved so that you can search in our catalog for books winning notable awards such as the Newbery (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children) or Caldecott (most distinguished American picture book for children). Reading levels have been added so you can find books suitable for specific ages. The juvie section receives a few hundred new books a year.

If you’re an education major or just an avid reader, check out our juvies section!  There will be a grand opening of this collection sometime this semester.  Stay tuned!

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MelCat Back Online

MeLCat is back online and all services are available again. If you have any problems please let us know.

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New Year Resolutions


It’s still January and New Years Resolutions are on people’s minds. Most resolutions require a kick start to give you a chance. Here are a few resources at NMU that could help you.

For getting fit

We offer a wide selection of books on all kinds of exercise. From skiing (GV854 .C549) to yoga (RA 781.7 .H49 1978), these books can offer you ways to implement these activites in your daily life. One book that might be helpful to the masses is “Fitness Motivation” by W. Jack Rejeski and Elizabeth A. Kenney (GV481.2 .R45 1988). This book is designed to prime you for all aspects of getting fit, beginning with working out and developing better eating habits. “Performance Nutrition for Runners” by Matt Fitzgerald (TX 361 .R86 F58 2006)  is not only for runners, but anyone active. It provides information on how to fuel your body for stronger workouts, faster recovery and the best race times ever. This comprehensive guide offers tips for eating out, eating in, and eating right.

Kicking bad habits

Every time we turn around there seems to be some kind of bad habit following us. Making a New Years resolution to kick these is a great idea. Our library offers options for specific habits such as smoking (ebook) and a guide to breaking any habit (ebook). If you happen to bite your nails and would like to stop, I’d reccomend checking out “Fingernail biting: theory, research, and treatment” by Norman Hadley. (RC569.5.N35 H3 1984). It gives you reasons why nail biting is seems to be such a pesky habit and offers ways to break it.

Reducing Stress

This is a hard one. Being in college means feeling stressed. “101 Ways to Make Every Second Count: Time Managment Tips and Techniques for More Success with Less Stress” by Robert Bly (eBook) is an online resource that can help you eliminate time wasters, get more done in less time, and offers other ways to keep up productivity.

Whatever your resolution may need, we have books on every subject to help you be the best you can be! Have a safe and happy new year!

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