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Thursday, August 25th, 2005

OhioLINK offers additional renewals

Students, faculty and staff at Cleveland State University and across Ohio can now keep the books they borrow from other OhioLINK libraries for up to 15 weeks, as long as another user has not requested the materials.

"Users statewide have been asking to keep OhioLINK books longer than six weeks," Tony Maniaci, chair of OhioLINK's Inter-Campus Services Committee, which sets OhioLINK borrowing policies, said. "But OhioLINK has to carefully balance the needs of researchers who wish to keep an item for an extended period of time with those who have short timeframes to meet a deadline or complete a class assignment. Recent improvements to the software used for online borrowing checks for holds before allowing a renewal. This new functionality allows us to extend the maximum borrowing period for items and better meet the needs of all OhioLINK users."

OhioLINK books may be checked out for three weeks and renewed up to four times, as long as another user has not placed a hold on the item, for a total maximum borrowing period of 15 weeks. Users can request and renew OhioLINK books and local library materials online via the library's Web site at www.ulib.csuohio.edu

**This does not apply to media materials. This type of material will continue to check out for 7 days with no renewals.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-25 09:23:30. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography has a new look!

OhioLINK is now making it available through the EBSCOhost interface. This makes it a lot easier to use, especially for students. Here's a brief summary of the new enhancements:

-Default search is a "keyword" search.
-A superior display of "subject" terms and "General subject areas," with cross-searching (clickable).
-Useful limits for Genre and Period
-Multiple-database searching is easy! Combine your search with any other EBSCO database, e.g. Academic Search Premier, American Humanities Index, or Religion and Philosophy Collection. (Select "Choose Database" option)
-The valuable MLA Directory of Periodicals is easily accessible. This Directory provides bibliographic identification for thousands of publications indexed by
MLA.

Click here to see the new look.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 14:12:28. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Changes to some OhioLINK databases

Many OhioLINK library databases have changed their search interface from Dataware to the new OSearch. While the basic functionality of OSearch remains the same, improvements have been made, the most noticeable of which is a dramatically simplified default view. On the Library's homepage, the terminology has been simplified by changing the category "Indexes and Abstract" to the broader "Research Databases."

Click here to access the list of Library databases.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 14:05:03. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

New OhioLINK resource: American National Biography Online

American National Biography Online is a biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. The ANB Online features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select Web sites, and powerful search capabilities.

Access American National Biography online here.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 14:00:57. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Study for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and more online

LearningExpress Library offers unlimited, 24/7 access to targeted skill-building interactive courses in math, reading, and writing, as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests that prepare you for several types of exams including the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, and civil service positions. Complete answer explanations accompany each response to help you understand why a particular answer is correct or incorrect.

Click here to access the LearningExpress Library.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 13:57:20. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

New resource allows users to analyze countries and regions online

World Data Analyst Online is a resource from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. that lets users analyze countries and regions at a glance. It offers detailed statistical comparisons of countries around the world, using both the most recent statistics and historical figures. Users can create tables, charts, and even export the information to a spreadsheet for printing and data crunching. Highlights include: country snapshots, comparative statistics, historical statistics, and ranked statistics.

Access World Data Analyst online here

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 13:53:26. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

The Writing Center has moved to the Library

The Writing Center, formerly located in Main Classroom 321, has moved to the library RT 105. The Writing Center provides assistance to all members of the university community, from first-year students to full professors. Through tutoring and workshops, the Writing Center can answer any questions about writing, including generating ideas, drafting and revising your papers, improving your writing style, and handling technical details of grammar, documentation, and formatting.

Click here for more information on the Writing Center

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 13:45:26. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Audio reserves now available online

The University Library is very pleased to announce the availability of selected audio course materials through the Electronic Course Reserve system. The system allows audio materials from a variety of sources (CDs, cassettes, LPs) to be digitized and then accessed by CSU students via the Library's Electronic Course Reserve System from any computer in the Library, on campus, or from home. Headphones for use in the Library are available at the 1st and 3rd floor service desks.

For instructions on accessing audio ECR and on downloading the necessary software for use on non-Library PCs visit: ECR User guide

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-22 13:43:10. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

University Archives has a new home

Formerly located inside Special Collections, the Cleveland State University and Fenn College Archives has moved to its new location in Rhodes Tower 319. The CSU Archives serves as the repository for the University's permanent records and also maintains copies of publications by CSU and its predecessor, Fenn College. This new area includes an exhibition area and state-of-the-art archival storage.

For more information about Archives, visit: University Archives

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Grand Opening--Library Connection Lounge

The Cleveland State University Library, in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library, will hold a grand opening of the Cleveland State University Library Connection Lounge on Tuesday, August 30. The grand opening reception and ribbon cutting begins at 12:30 p.m. on the first floor of the University Library. Michael Schwartz, President of Cleveland State University, and Andrew A.Venable, Director of Cleveland Public Library, will be featured speakers. Guests can explore the new area and sign up for a Cleveland Public Library card after the program and ribbon cutting ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.


The new Library Connection Lounge will provide the campus community with contemporary and popular books, courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library. Anyone with a Greater Access Card can check out these titles using the CPL self-checkout station located near the Lounge.


The Lounge will provide library users with a place to relax, read the latest books, and meet with friends. It will include comfortable lounge furniture, electricity, and LAN connections for students with laptops, and eventually a large screen TV with continuous news coverage (captions only, no sound).

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-08-17 11:08:16. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

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