Monday, February 28, 2011

Resource of the Week: OhioLINK

Looking for a book that is not part of Miami University Libraries' collection? Don't get discouraged, try OhioLINK. OhioLINK is a consortium of the libraries of 88 Ohio colleges and universities, and the State Library of Ohio. Search the millions of books in the OhioLINK catalog, find the book you are looking for and request a copy be sent to you here at Middletown. We will e-mail you when your book is available to pick up.

Monday, February 21, 2011

RefWorks will be gone, but easy bibliographies live on!

You may have already heard that RefWorks will be discontinued at Miami on June 30. This tool for gathering and citing sources does have a variety of possible replacements that can be used as a new home for your RefWorks citations or a fresh start for you to collect citations. Three possibilities provided by University Libraries are pasted below:

EndNote Web:  The program that is most similar to Refworks in functionality. Can import citation information directly from select databases, create a bibliography and format a paper.

Zotero: A [Firefox] browser plug-in with web accessibility. Offers ability to organize items via tags and folders, take notes, and share libraries with collaborators.

Mendeley: Features similar to Zotero but with a social aspect - connect to others with shared research interests via the web version. Also offers a mobile app.

A handout to help you move your citations from RefWorks to these services is available here.

If you have other questions about citing sources, you may wish to consult the resources on our Citing Your Sources page, or contact us directly.

Resource of the Week: Biography in Context

In honor of Presidents' Day, this week's Resource of the Week is Biography in Context. This database contains full-text articles with biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. A perfect database when looking for information on any of our past Presidents.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gardner-Harvey Library Mural Painting Competition

How would you like to be part of the new Library Look? Gardner-Harvey Library is having a Mural Painting competition to add some new color and art to the library. The competition is open to all Miami University Middletown students, faculty and staff. Participants have the option of submitting an individual or group design.

Artwork will be judged based on color scheme, design, originality, and ability to express a theme associated with libraries or Miami University Middletown.

Gardner-Harvey Library will begin accepting submissions for our Mural Painting competition on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. All submissions must be returned to the Info Desk in the Gardner-Harvey Library or e-mailed to by April 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. The winner will be notified by email no later than Friday, April 8, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Rules and entry forms may be downloaded or found at the Gardner-Harvey Library Info Desk.

*Please note that by entering the contest, you certify that your design is original and does not infringe on copyright laws.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from Your GHL Staff

Happy Valentine's Day, Miami University!





Go Study @ Your Library

24/7 Electronic Access to Resources? Sweet!

Treat Yourself to a Research Consultation!

Libraries are lovely places that have much to offer!

  • Talk with a librarian about starting your research paper.
  • Checkout a laptop, voice recorder, or digital camera to record memorable moments.
  • Connect to loved ones near and far via the Internet! Email, Facebook, or Skype?
  • Meet with your study buddies to prepare for exams.
  • Collaborate on group projects or practice group presentations in STAR Lounge 1 or 2.
  • Interact with minds of today or yesteryear in the pages of books and journals.
  • Sit in silence; read, research, and reflect on world issues.

Visit the Gardner-Harvey Library this Valentine's Day and enjoy a candy reminder of
our heartfelt appreciation for your support.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Resource of the Week: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Looking for background information on a person, an event, a culture, a religion, a country or a continent? Why not check out the Gale Virtual Reference Library, our resource of the week. With over 100 reference books, covering a range of topics from biography to religion to technology, which can be searched individually or as one combined source.

Friday, February 04, 2011

In the UK, Save our Libraries Day

February 5, 2011 is Save our Libraries Day in the United Kingdom, which seeks to gain support from across the globe for public library services in the UK, which are in danger of being cut. To see the actions being taken in support of public libraries, check out You may also want to check out the work of Phil Bradley, who asked the question, "what if the #savelibraries campaign had taken place between 1914-18?" The answer comes in his use of old wartime posters, adapted to show support for saving the libraries.