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Improve your grade with a better paper

In order to provide students with additional research and writing assistance during the second half of the semester when papers are due, the CSU Library and the Writing Center are offering the following workshops in the LCLC back lab on the first floor of the Library in Rhodes Tower:
Wed Oct. 2912 p.m.IMPROVE Your Research Strategies
Thur Oct. 305 p.m.IMPROVE Your Research Strategies
Wed Nov. 512 p.mIMPROVE How you Select Sources
Thur Nov. 65 p.m.IMPROVE How you Select Sources
Wed Nov. 1212 p.m.IMPROVE Your Research Strategies
Thur Nov. 135 p.m.IMPROVE Your Research Strategies
Wed Nov. 1912 p.m.IMPROVE Your Academic Writing
Thur Nov. 205 p.m.IMPROVE Your Academic Writing
Wed Dec. 312 p.m.IMPROVE your MLA/APA Citations
Thur Dec. 45 p.m.IMPROVE your MLA/APA Citations

If you are unable to attend one of the workshops, please feel free to visit the Reference Center or the Writing Center on the first floor of the library for more help.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2008-10-23 14:50:08. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

In Memoriam

Preston White
Preston White

Preston H. White, coordinator of the Library Computer Learning Center, passed away unexpectedly on October 23. He was 45 years old.

Preston began his career at the University in 1983 as a student employee. In 1986 he began working as a Library Media Technical Assistant 1 in the Law Library. He then joined the University Library in 1992 as the Current Periodicals/Microforms Unit Coordinator.

He served the Library in various capacities over his 14-year career here. Most notably, he was integral in establishing and maintaining two cutting-edge labs in the Library--the Adaptive Technology Lab for students with disabilities and the Library Computer Learning Center for training students in computer software use.

Preston was known for his exemplary customer service and unwavering dedication to student learning.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CSU in June 1992 and his Master of Arts in History from CSU in December 2000.

Preston will be missed by library staff, family, and friends.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2007-11-02 15:34:26. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

In the News: League Park

Postcard of League Park
Postcard of League Park, ca. 1911.

by Vern Morrison, Digital Production Assistant, Michael Schwartz Library

Mostly demolished and long neglected, historic League Park, at E. 66th St. and Lexington Avenue, has been refurbished. Built in 1891, the park was the home of the Cleveland Indians until the 1940s, and was also used by the Cleveland Rams football team and by teams from baseball's Negro Leagues.

In recent years, the city of Cleveland has been restoring the park, which now hosts an artificial turf baseball field which will be used by Cleveland high school teams. On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the city had a ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the park.

For Further Reading:

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-08-25 10:10:13. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

India Experience on Display at the Library

The India Experience, including authentic Indian artifacts and literature, is on display on the first floor of the Library through April.

The following India Experience lectures and field visits are free and open to the campus community (sponsored by the CSU Division of Institutional Diversity and India Scholar Program, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences).

April 15 (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Main Classroom 405
Engaged Learning - India Experience

April 21 (Monday) 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Chester Building 147
Reflections on India Culture by an American Anthropologist

April 21 (Monday) 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Chester Building 147
Science, Spirituality and Healing Across Cultures: Indian Context of an American Professor

April 29 (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Main Classroom 405
South Asia Experience of a CSU Fulbright Scholar

Field Visits

April 23 (Wednesday) 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Visit to a Hindu Family Residence and Indian Lunch
RSVP and direction call Professor Nair at 216-687-4570

April 24 (Thursday) 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Visit to Buddhist Community Center
Tzu Chi Foundation, Buddhist Women Group, 1541 East 38th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

For more information, contact Professor Murali Nair at 216-687-4570 or

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2008-04-14 10:11:45. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

India Experience: a Month Long (April) Celebration at Cleveland State University

Global Learning is an ongoing activity at Cleveland State University.
April is designated as India Experience Month.
Major highlights include:

India Experience display in LibraryApril 1 - April 30:
A month long Indian Experience exhibit on the first floor of the main library including books, artifacts, and photographs pertaining to Indian culture and CSU's Study Abroad in India.

April 6
Healing Across Cultures: Learning from Traditions Day long Symposium lead by traditional healers including an expert from India and researchers of modern medicine.
Free registration and free lunch - Mather Mansion. To register, please call 216-687-4656.

April 15 - April 23
Indian Music Festival, Waetgen Auditorium, University Auditorium, and other locations on campus. Free program.

Other programs include:
  • A visit to Cleveland based Buddhist temple, Hindu temple, and an Indian family's home for a free lunch.
  • Attend a yoga and meditation demonstration session, mendi (temporary hand tattoo) demonstration; learn to wear Indian dress (dhothi and saree), and attend a series of colloquiums on different aspects of Indian culture.

More information on any of these India Experience programs, contact Professor Murali Nair who is the Director of CSU India Experience program and the Chairperson of CSU Global Learning Advisory Committee.
Telephone: 216-687-4570 or e-mail:

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-04-05 14:00:28. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Instagram Library Photo Contest

Image of cellphone taking a picture

Instagram Library Photo Contest

Follow us at @CSULibrary and post a photo on Instagram of yourself somewhere in the Michael Schwartz Library with the hashtag #myCSUlib for a chance to
win a $25 Viking Outfitters gift card!

Creative photos are encouraged, but please no nudity or inappropriate images.

The contest ends September 1st, and the photo with the most likes wins, so get out your selfie stick and start snapping some pictures!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2015-08-26 08:03:13. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Institute for Scientific Information Citation Databases Unavailable 1-3 pm Sat. Aug. 26th

OhioLINK will be migrating accounts for the Institute for Scientific Information Citation Databases (also known as ISI Web of Science) and, as a result, the three databases involved will be unavailable to users between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday, August 26th.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-08-24 07:29:15. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

International Year of Chemistry 2011 Presentations Available Online

Dr. Jerry Mundell
Dr. Jerry Mundell from the CSU Chemistry Dept. provides a
moment of "enlightenment" during his chemistry demos.

If you missed any of of the programs held in the Michael Schwartz Library for the International Year of Chemistry 2011, you're in luck. You can view these presentations, given by experts in the field field of chemistry, online via Mediasite.

Now Showing on Mediasite:

  • Chemistry is for the Birds - with Dr. Dwight Chasar, American Chemical Society Tour Speaker, Research Scientist, and Ornithologist. From the simplicity of bird poop to the complexity of bird DNA analysis, find out how chemistry is playing a big role in understanding bird dynamics.
  • 100 Years of Chemistry in Cleveland - with Dr. Helen Mayer, Research and Development Manager for Applied Sciences Group, GrafTech International; Archivist/Historian for the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society discusses the state of the chemical industry in Cleveland in 1909, the advancements the industry has made and the chemical historical landmarkes of ACS-Cleveland Section over the past 100+ years.
  • Chemistry Demonstrations - Dr. Jerry Mundell from the CSU Chemistry Department demonstrates different chemical and physical reactions in a very entertaining and educative presentation.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2011-03-17 14:19:18. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

International Year of the Periodic Table

New Library Display

Dmitiri Mendeleev discovered the periodic system in 1869 making 2019 the 150thanniversary of his discovery. As a result, 2019 has been designated the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.

"The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. It is a unique tool, enabling scientists to predict the appearance and properties of matter on the Earth and in the rest of the Universe." The Periodic Table groups the elements according to their chemical properties and electron configurations, in increasing order of atomic number and atomic weight.

The Michael Schwartz Library has created a display to celebrate IYPT2019. Books and items will be on display through the end of May and some of the books may be checked out at the User Services Desk. Stop by the first floor of the library to see the display, located across from the CPL Connection Lounge.

Further information about IYPT2019:

by Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences & Engineering/Nursing Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library

Periodic Table

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-03-27 14:30:30. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Introducing the Michael Schwartz Library eBook Collections!

Get easy, online access to some of the library's specialized materials by visiting the new Michael Schwartz Library eBook Collections. Using eBrary's interface, readers have many options for searching and navigating the collections and can highlight text, take notes, and add eBooks to a personal bookshelf.

The Michael Schwartz Library eBook Collections currently offer eTexts in the following categories:

A sample of books in the collection
  • The Cleveland State University Scholarship Collection consists of texts authored by the Cleveland State University community. Many of these eBooks carry the Michael Schwartz Library's own imprint, MSL: Academic Endeavors. Cleveland State University faculty, staff, and students who are interested in including their books in this collection should contact the library for more information.

  • Cleveland Memory Project eBooks feature texts that document the history of Cleveland and the Western Reserve region of northeastern Ohio.This collection explores the region's rich history with a focus on its people, communities, industries and urban landscape.

Through eBrary's "QuickView," no special plug-in is required. It is also compatible with any computer operating system, mobile computing platform or web-enabled device (Apple iPad) as long as it uses an up-to-date web browser.

Take a moment to browse through the Michael Schwartz Library eBook Collections.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2010-06-23 09:32:10. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Introducing: Your Personal Librarian!

New and returning CSU faculty and students might not know that the librarians in the Michael Schwartz Library are all subject specialists and are available to help you with your subject-specific research or instruction — you could even think of your subject specialist as your Personal Librarian.

Screen shot of scheduler

So, who exactly is your Personal Librarian? To find out which subject specialist is right for you, visit our new Ask Your Personal Librarian web page. There you will find a listing of subject specialists, their areas of expertise, and several ways to contact them.

And to make it even easier, you can automatically schedule an appointment with your Personal Librarian, by clicking on the blue "Make an Appointment With..." button and opening up the online appointment scheduler. Available appointment times will be noted by a green square in the scheduler.

  • Click on the available time that's convenient for you.
  • Complete the short form.
  • Click on "Schedule Appt." button at the bottom of the form...
  • ...and then you're good to go!

Soon you will receive an email confirming your appointment. If you find that you need to cancel the appointment, use the cancellation link supplied to you in the confirmation. It's that simple.

Be sure to look for the link to "Ask Your Personal Librarian" in the green navigation bar at the right of every page on our website. We hope you take advantage of this service and let your Personal Librarian help you with your research or library instruction needs.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2012-08-24 16:09:20. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

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