Jumpstart the new Semester with Helpful Library Resources and Services

Two students working at a computerHello Matadors! Welcome to the 2017 spring semester! We at the Library are here to help you get off to a good start and to be successful with your studies. Here’s a reminder about some of the Library resources and services you can take advantage of in the weeks and months ahead.

Ask a Librarian – Please visit the reference desk in the Learning Commons on the 1st floor for help with your research questions. You also can access our 24/7 Online Virtual Reference Chat Room Service, Text or Email your questions. Appointments may be made with a librarian for lengthier consultations on a topic for a research assignment or paper.

Textbooks on Reserve and Course Reserves – Some textbooks are available through the Campus Quality Fee program. You can search for a textbook by your professor’s last name or course number by visiting http://library.csun.edu/CourseReserves. These and other Course Reserve books are located in the Reserves, Periodicals, and Microform Room on the 4th floor, east wing of the Library.

Library Computing – The Learning Commons Technology Office provides checkout for laptop computers as well as tablets. Desktop computing, black and white and color printing, and a technology help desk are some of the resources available in the 1st floor Learning Commons.

How-to Guides & Tutorials – Numerous online guides and tutorials can help introduce you to finding articles in our databases and books in our collection. Additional online guides and tutorials can support you from the beginning to the end of your research process.

Creative Media Studio – The Creative Media Studio provides Matadors with the equipment needed to create first-rate, multimedia projects. iMac workstations; cutting-edge software; a soundproof recording studio; video cameras; audio recorders; scanner and 3D printer are available. Workshops for using certain technologies are available during different times in the semester.

Group Study Rooms – Group and individual study areas and rooms are available on all floors of the Library. You can reserve a study room online at http://csun.libcal.com.

Freudian Sip Coffeehouse – Local and certified organic brewed coffee, organic teas, baked goods, sandwiches, and other snacks are available in the coffeehouse located on the 1st floor lobby of the Library.

We look forward to seeing you and helping you navigate a successful new semester!

Take a Finals Study Break (with therapy dogs!)

Matadors, Oviatt Library is here for you during finals! We’ve got lots of study breaks and opportunities to recharge.

buttonmakingStarting on Saturday, pick up a finals survival kit: a pillow or earplugs, a fresh pen or highlighter, and a little something sweet to keep you going. Available at the Guest Services desk while supplies last.

Monday afternoon (Dec. 12, 1-4pm) we’ll have arts & crafts in the ASRS Viewing Room on the main floor.  Make a custom button badge, color with crayons, or just smush some Play-Doh to let the stress out.

If you can’t join us, you can download some library coloring pages to unwind on your own.  Try coloring some medieval manuscripts, botanical drawings, and more.

Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 13, noon-4pm), join us for guided meditation in room 251 (second floor, inside Music & Media).  Give yourself a few minutes to breathe deeply, sip some tea, and be present.  You’ll have more focus when you resume studying.

If you’d rather meditate on your own – or right now! – try some online guided meditations. Even five minutes can bring more mental clarity.


Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 13, noon-4pm) will also bring everyone’s favorite study break – therapy dogs!  Join these friendly pups for some cuddles in the ASRS viewing room.

Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 14, 1-4pm) we’ll have more arts & crafts in the ASRS viewing room.

All week, you’ll be able to check out board games from Guest Services, and the Media Wall will be showing fun, calming videos – everything from kitten cams to a roaring log fire in a hearth.

When you’re ready to get back to the books, you can get research and citation help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Oviatt Library is open 7AM-3AM all this week.

Good luck! You can do it!

How do you use Oviatt Library tutorials?

Hey Matadors!

Do you use tutorials to help you with your research? The Oviatt Library has over 30 video tutorials available for students and we want to know more about how or if you use them. Your feedback will help us plan future initiatives to ensure that you get the help you need.

Please fill out this short survey and if you’re interested in participating in more in-depth usability testing and you like donuts then provide us your email at the end of the survey and one of our researchers will contact you.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Borchard or Melissa Rassibi.

Streaming Media at the Oviatt

Oviatt Library offers you over a dozen streaming video databases such as the Media Education Foundation Video Collection, Theatre in Video, Great Speeches, and more.


As a faculty member, you can embed educational clips and full-length films into your Moodle class. To find titles, check out our guide to streaming video or search by subject or title in the catalog. Most of our streaming titles have closed captioning or transcripts available. Not finding what you are looking for? Ask your subject specialist librarian, or recommend a new title. To learn more about how to find a title or how to use video in your instruction, check out the Music & Media Streaming Video Open House.

Music and Media Streaming Open House Nov 2-3, 2016


As a student, you can watch any of our streaming titles anytime, even if your professor did not assign one. If you are watching a clip or a video for a project and you need to cite it, most of our databases have guides to citing.


Finally, whether you are a faculty member or a student, the Oviatt also has thousands of DVDs and Blu Rays. Take advantage of our new viewing carrels and watch an Oscar-winning title. As always, ask a librarian if you’d like help.

Getting Informed and Getting out the Vote

four people working in computer lab

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon for Election 2016

Over 40 CSUN students, staff, and faculty members came together on Tuesday to make Wikipedia a useful tool for Californians considering the ballot measures this November. The group editing session was part of Oviatt’s contribution to InnovateLA.

New Wikipedians learned about Wikipedia markup, citation style, and editorial standards. Together we created and fleshed out 16 entries in Wikipedia, linking the free encyclopedia to authoritative sources, and enriching it for any reader world-wide.

But encyclopedia basics aren’t always enough.  On Friday, October 21, Oviatt Library will host an in-depth panel discussion about the ballot measure with the most undecided voters: Proposition 60.

assortment of condoms in wrappersThe Proposition on Porn (Plus Pizza): What’s at Stake this November

Proposition 60 would require the use of condoms in pornography.  It raises questions about sexual autonomy, and the risks to and rights of adult performers.  We’ll hear from a public health expert, and from one of the performers who would be affected by the measure. Plus we’ll share free pizza with everyone who attends!

Featured Panelists

RSVP to join us for this important discussion.