Monthly Archives: January 2015

Research Therapy: Digital Library Resources

If I got a nickel every time a student asks me at the reference desk for a “book or article” on their topic, I would have a lot of cents. But the warm, happy feeling I get when I show a student a useful resource he or she didn’t know we had is priceless.

Library databases contain so much more than scholarly articles that you can use to complement your research or for building your own knowledge: documentaries, speeches, streaming music, photography, decades-old newspapers, your professors’ professional work, the list goes on and on.

This session of Research Therapy will introduce you to just a few of the databases that contain resources that you may not think about when you think “research”:

In addition to the databases in the video, here is a list of other resources (free websites and library databases) you can use to build your Digital Library:

Digital Library Resources
Name Images Video eBooks Audio Ephemera
Internet Archive X X X X X
ScholarWorks X X X X X
Project Gutenberg X X X X
American Memory Project X X X X
Berg Fashion Library X X X
NBC Learn in Higher Ed X X X
Calisphere X X
Oviatt Library Digital Collections X X
Biography Index Past and Present X X
Great Speeches Video Series X
Films on Demand X
Theatre in Video X
Environmental Studies in Video X
LGBT Studies in Video X
Naxos Music Library X
Ebrary Academic Complete X
Safari Tech Books Online X
eBook Collection X

Wayback Machine

You know how websites change all the time? If only there was a way to see what the page looked like five years ago…

THERE IS!

The WayBack Machine on the Internet Archive has been capturing websites since the nineties. And these aren’t just screenshots, many of the links still work so you can click around like it’s 1999.

Wayback Machine screenshot

ScholarWorks

Did you just take a class that blew your mind and want to learn more from your professor?
Do you want to see what academic research looks like?
Are you considering grad school and want to know what a thesis looks like?

Check out ScholarWorks, CSUN’s institutional repository, where you can search by type of work, author, and department:

ScholarWorks screenshot

 

Need help building and organizing your digital bookshelf? Take a look at the Research Therapy session on Using Reference Managers to learn more about organizing your digital library.

And remember, you can Ask A Librarian about much more than books and articles. Let us know if you need help!

– Anna Fidgeon

Check Out the Oviatt’s Free Textbooks on Display

Textbook displayThe Oviatt Library is excited to be a part of OpenStax College’s efforts to save students money when buying textbooks. Please come by and check out our free textbooks display on the fourth floor of the Oviatt Library in the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform (RPM) Room. You may be able to use some of these free textbooks in your courses.

There are currently nine textbooks on display and 11 titles online:  Anatomy and Physiology; Biology; College Physics; Concepts of Biology; Introduction to Sociology; Introductory Statistics; Pre-Calculus; Principles of Economics; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; and Psychology. Two are coming soon: Chemistry and U.S. History.

CSUN Faculty can re-tool these open textbooks to meet course design needs. Faculty members are able to use or adapt these materials to their liking thanks to a Creative Commons Attribution license. The Oviatt Library invites CSUN faculty to review OpenStax College textbooks. These textbooks are free to download from http://openstaxcollege.org/ or check out a print copy on the fourth floor of the Oviatt Library. There is a sign in sheet at the RPM desk for this purpose. In addition, faculty members who would like to explore further the possibility of utilizing these free peer reviewed texts within their courses may visit https://openstaxcollege.org/faculty.

OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization that offers students free textbooks that meet the scope and requirements for most college courses. These textbooks are peer-reviewed and have been written by professional content developers. There is truly no fee for many textbooks and other texts are offered at a very low cost. OpenStax College is supported by foundations that would like to help alleviate the high cost of student textbooks.

Students who would like more information about free textbooks through OpenStax may visit https://openstaxcollege.org/students.

For more information please contact Oviatt Library Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian, Laurie Borchard at laurie.borchard@csun.edu.

– Coleen Martin

New Lab Printing @ CSUN service comes to the Library

printing at copy machineWelcome Matadors to the Spring, 2015 semester and the Oviatt’s new Lab Printing @ CSUN service! If you have printed in the Library before or if you are brand new to campus and have never printed here and you like free stuff – keep reading. The Oviatt Library is now a part of CSUN’s print management system called, GoPrint. Here’s how the new printing system works. Every CSUN student has been allocated $10 to go towards printing each semester. The funds can be accessed through your individual student GoPrint account. This means you will be able to print approximately 100 pages (black & white at 10 cents a sheet) per semester for free. And, if you happen to run out of funds, don’t worry; you will have the opportunity to add money to your GoPrint account at any time. GoPrint is available for CSUN students who are printing in the Learning Commons main area, Learning Commons west wing and in the RPM department on the fourth floor of the Library. Best of all, GoPrint is convenient since it requires no debit card and it helps the campus go “green” as double-sided printing is the default print setting. For more information about GoPrint in the Library, visit http://library.csun.edu//services/printing-copying. Happy printing!

– Coleen Martin

CSUN Students De-Stressed during Finals Week Fun at the Library

With all the pressures CSUN student face studying and preparing for finals, the Oviatt Library offered several de-stressing activities and events for students during the December 2014 finals week. Many students enjoyed taking a break and creating a work of art with the arts & crafts sessions that were available. For those students who were with us 24/7, we provided disposable pillows to make their long hours here with us a little more comfortable. Of course, the therapy dogs that came for a visit were a hit for all as many students streamed in and out of the Library just to pet and visit with the friendly pups. Finally, our graffiti board and board games rounded out the list of activities and events offered that week and provided students with another form of relaxation if only for a short time. Below are some photos that were taken of CSUN students who seemed happy to be a part of the Library’s de-stressing finals week programming.

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Grafitti Board with students

Therapy Dog with student

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Therapy Dogs with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

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Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with students

Therapy Dog with student