Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dr. Tom Trapp Book Signing Party

The Department of Religion and Theology will host a book-signing party for Dr. Tom Trapp on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at noon in the library, for his recently published translation of Martin Luther's Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation by Oswald Bayer.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Student Response System--'Clickers'

A Turning Technologies representative will be on campus July 9 at 9 am in LTC 219. If you can make time, please join us!

This student response system is designed to help engage the computer generation. It can be used for everything from taking attendance, checking if students understood the reading, verifying if students understood the main concepts, giving you a sense of students' base knowledge, etc. The two Semester Research project managed by the Reed Group, LLC in partnership with Thomson Learning, Turning Technologies and the University of Illinois found that 87% of students were more likely to attend class and 72% more students were likely to participate in class.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


2 New Trials:
CQ Global Researcher and IBISWorld

Access these new trials directly from our trial databases page.

CQ Global Researcher: Modeled after the award-winning CQ Researcher, CQ Global Researcher provides students with definitive, in-depth coverage of global affairs from a number of international viewpoints. Available exclusively online, CQ Global Researcher offers focused, readable, single-topic reports on vital world issues.  During this trial CQ Global reports are available through our CQ Researcher platform, check the right hand sidebar.

IBISWorld: "...provides independent, accurate, comprehensive, and up to date research on over 700 industries, including statistics, analysis and forecasts. We also have reports on  8000 companies, as well as Risk Rating Reports on every industry."

Thursday, June 19, 2008

June 23, Monday

On Monday, June 23 the library will open at noon, not 9.  Due to a power outage, we will be opening later.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New library hours

Beginning July 7, the library will have new hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9-6

Friday: 9-5

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Monday, June 9, 2008

New library toolbar

Instead of having to go back and forth on the Virtual Library page, you can install a toolbar in your web browser. This allows you to search straight from your home page. Right now it works with IE and Firefox (both pc and Mac versions).


Monday, May 12, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

RSS and ProQuest

Do you prefer to use a feed reader to keep up with your web reading?

ProQuest now offers RSS in addition to it's original Alert option.

Just look for these icons (at the top of your ProQuest search results page) to set up either service:


New trial: Marketline

Access the new trial directly or from our trial databases page. Please contact the reference desk for the password.

"Marketline provides industry and company profiles (for both domestic and international businesses), as well as advanced navigation (for example, from a company overview page, link to competitors, financial deals, analyst updates, relevant industries, and industry lists) and additional, powerful geographical, political, business and market research and analysis tools:

- The Financial Deals tool allows users to research all acquisitions, IPOs, mergers, etc., as well as their status (Announced, Rumoured, Completed or Terminated), and in depth information about the nature of the deal and the involved companies.

- The Latest News tool is a live feed of articles from our analysts about late-breaking industry and business news. Roughly 70-100 new articles are added weeks, so one every few hours.

- The Country Quick View tool is a quick reference point for geographical, historical and political data for all countries in the database. This view is designed to provide context to the database by offering an overview of any country or geo-political grouping. Additionally, you can view the country profile reports for the top 60 global economies.

- The Country Dynamics tool allows users to select geographies and industry drivers (across a huge variety of indicators, such as disease prevalence, technology use, agriculture, etc.) and create and compare statistical tables and graphs which can be manipulated and downloaded into a number of different formats (Excel, Word, Powerpoint).

- The Consumer Markets tool also allows users to create informational and statistical tables and graphs covering historic market values, volumes, distribution channels, company, and brand shares for food, beverage, personal care, pet care, and tobacco industries worldwide."

Monday, April 14, 2008

Happy National Library Week!

In celebration of National Library Week (13-18 April), Gale is offering free access to some of its electronic databases. Take a look and let us know what you think!Gale's free National Library Week access includes the following resources: Academic OneFile, Biography Resource Center, British Library Newspapers, Gale Directory Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, General OneFile, Health & Wellness Resource Center, History Resource Center: U.S., History Resource Center: World, Literature Criticism Online, LitFinder, Literature Resource Center, Nursing Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking, Popular Magazines, PowerSearch, Science Resource Center, Small Business Resource Center, Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution, Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War, Sources in U.S. History Online: Slavery in America.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Fun, new trial: Books and Authors (GALE)

Books and Authors (GALE): Offers browesable menus and advanced visual search technology that can help you discover authors and literature to match your interests! Be sure to try the who/what/when/where browse option! You can access it via the link above or also go to our Trial Databases page.

Monday, March 31, 2008

National Archives partners with Footnotes.com to make more documents available digitally

"The National Archives and Footnote.com are working as partners to bring unprecedented access to selections of the vast holdings of the National Archives. Learn More.

This non-exclusive agreement, beginning with the sizeable collection of materials currently on microfilm, will enable researchers and the general public to access millions of newly-digitized images of the National Archives historic records on a subscription basis from the Footnote web site. By February 6, the digitized materials will also be available at no charge in National Archives research rooms in Washington D.C. and regional facilities across the country. After an interval of five years, all images digitized through this agreement will be available at no charge through the National Archives web site."

The two organizations also worked together to develop the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You can search or browse for names on the wall. Linked to each image, is information about the person's service. The site is web 2.0 capable in that it allows members (there is a free level of membership) to attach comments or tributes to a particular person's record.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Looking for a general list of available foreign language materials?

If you are looking for a general list of foreign language materials available through CLICnet, try this tip:

In the keyword search box enter "lang***" with the *** being the appropriate language code from this page. Take a look at the screenshot below for an example using the code "spa" for Spanish language materials.

clicnet spanish language search example

For a limited number of foreign languages, you can use the dropdown box of choices on the advanced search screen. This method works only in combination with other search terms (i.e. when you are looking for foreign language materials on a specific topic or when you are looking for a specific item).

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

. . .coming to CSP Tuesday, April 8th!

Traveling Exhibit Tells Unknown Story of German-American
Civilian Internment in the United States during World War II

The Traces Center for History and Culture will bring their traveling museum to Concordia University on April 8th.  The Bus-Museum will be open for viewing between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The bus will be parked outside the theatre building in the parking lot on Hamline Avenue. 

At 12 noon in the Buetow Auditorium (music building), Michael Luick-Thrams, who was interned in a camp along with other Germans and Japanese for 4 years and was almost deported, will present his powerful story. 

Both the Bus-Museum and the Presentation are free and open to the public.Â

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Minnesota Reflections collection now allows user comments!

The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce that people may now comment on the images in our “Minnesota Reflections” collection. The MDL designed a wiki site that allows us to provide this resource. Look at a photo, map or document, click on the “comment on this item” and leave your comments.

We are looking for public support in providing information on the items in our collection and we would like people to ask questions and share stories.

Here’s what you need to do:

• Visit Minnesota Reflections ( http://reflections.mndigital.org/ )

• Search for items you want to view.

• When you are looking at an individual photo, document or map, you will see a button in the blue menu bar above the image. The button is red with yellow type.

• Click on that button and you will go to a wiki page. From there, comment as you like on that particular object.

No registration is required. We do ask people to focus their comments on the item in the collection.

The Minnesota Digital Library will monitor comments. This is still a prototype service. We are still designing it and answering questions about how to share the information people provide.

If you have general comments, suggestions or insights to offer regarding the Social Side of Reflections, please send them to Marian Rengel, MDL outreach coordinator (mrrengel@stcloudstate.edu).

Thanks for helping the MDL with the project and have fun.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New APA style supplement for electronic resources!

APA has recently published a supplement to the 5th edition of the Publication Manual. The supplement is called the APA Style Guide to Electronic References. The library has purchased an electronic copy available for Concordia use. This new supplement is available here. From this page, choose "Concordia access" and sign in using your network username and password (the same information you would use to access our databases).