Library Instruction: Humanities IV

By - Systems Librarian April 3rd, 2017


Our Humanities IV students were treated to an invigorating library instruction session this morning in the reference room.

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Ohrstrom Library on Twitter

By - Systems Librarian September 19th, 2016


Ohrstrom Library is now on Twitter! Find us there @OhrstromLibrary and follow along to see the latest in library events, news, resources and fun. We are very excited to launch this new online presence and we hope you will be too!


See you in Canvas!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 12th, 2016

Research question?


Ask me in Canvas!


Look for the discussion board in your course page titled ‘Research Questions’ (or something similar).


We can learn as a collective at the digital Harkness table.  🙂



Google Scholar? Holler!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 4th, 2016

Google Scholar

What?  A subset of Google that searches for scholarly literature on the web. A mix of full-text, citations and abstracts.


New: Three of the library’s digital collections are now indexed in Google Scholar: JSTOR, Ebsco, and Proquest.


Meaning? When searching Google Scholar, freely available citations, abstracts and full-text are retrieved, AND now, content from the three library providers named above.


“Adolescents and Sleep.” Search results page.  Google Scholar. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

Quick note: While an exciting and valuable tool, Google Scholar is a non-discerning aggregator, in that it includes questionable and even possibly predatory open-access titles.  When using Google Scholar, consider consulting Beall’s list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers” as well as this guide from Berkley’s Science Center for the Greater Good to help assess the quality of an academic source: “10 Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies.”

For a little look into predatory journal practices, here’s a 2013 New York Times article titled: Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)


Another Quick note:   Retrieval of full-text articles, from these three library providers, using the links in Google Scholar, is only available while on-campus. Off the grounds?  Please log in to and locate the article directly from the named database.

Hello Anatomy and Physiology,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 28th, 2016

Working on the annual heart conditions and treatments project?


Need some scientific journals?  Research trials?


Your research guide contains links to several library-purchased scientific journal collections as well as the freely available from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


Research-y questions?  Can I help? Do let me know.




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