Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Access e-Book Collections From One Location

The CSP Library's e-Books can now be accessed from one location! Look for the e-Books link on the library's home page under the "Books, Media, & More" section.

Two of Concordia's e-Book resources, Oxford Reference Online and Gale Virtual Reference Library, focus on reference, while the other two focus on regular books like you would check out from the lower level of the library. NetLibrary is our largest collection, and covers a wide array of subjects with current titles. The ACLS Humanities E-Books collection also covers a wide array of subjects, but focuses more on historically significant titles.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Reading the Book of the Year?

If you're reading (or planning on reading) the CSP Book of the Year, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, here are a few things you should know.

-There are 3 copies available on 2-hour reserve at the library.
-As of this writing, there are 5 copies available in CLICnet, one at CSP and 4 requestable from other CLIC libraries.
-The Book of the Year has a Website. Discussion this year is encouraged on the Team of Rivals One-Stop Blog, which is maintained by history and political science professor Dr. David Woodard

Dr. Woodard will be leading Convocation on Wednesday, October 21st, offering a primer in American History. There will be another Convocation on a date yet to be determined in March for a Team of Rivals inspired art show.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Free Literature Resources During Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 was the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared independence on September 16, Chile on September 18, and Belize on September 21. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, Alexander Street is offering free access to select full-text, online collections for libraries. Explore poetry, short stories, folk tales, novels, memoirs, non-fiction, and plays in both Spanish and English from Latino writers around the world.

Latino Literature | Caribbean Literature | Latin American Women Writers

Username: eviews
Password: hispanicheritage

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

American History in Video Trial Extended

Our originally short trial for database American History in Video has been extended through October 14th. It no longer requires a username or password for Concordia users. If you are attempting to access it off-campus, you will be asked to authenticate through our EZproxy server. This is the same login info as your main network login.

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 1479 titles, including new documentaries from PBS and archival footage, equaling approximately 462 hours.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

TechTalk @ the LTC: Using the New CLICnet Library Catalog

On Monday September 14, @ 4:00 pm in LTC 218 (upstairs from the library), CSP Librarians will be holding their first "Tech Talk" (formerly known as "Brown Bags") of the year, talking about and giving tips on how to use the new CLICnet library catalog. We'll be saying a few words about the catalog's new look, how searching works, navigating and limiting your results, the tagging function, making requests, saving lists, the fate of the old CLICnet, and more. Bring your laptops and come with questions.

Are there any topics you'd like covered in a "TechTalk"? If so, let us know in the comments or email us at

New Style Manuals for MLA and APA

The newest editions (released in August) of the style manuals for both MLA (7th ed.) and APA (6th ed.) are now available On Reserve at the Reference Desk. If you'd like to see one of them, just ask a library staff member. They are filed under LIB001 on the Reserves shelf.

You can also access style and formatting guides on the new editions of the MLA and APA style manuals at the Purdue Online Writing Lab's Website: MLA and APA

Friday, September 4, 2009

Yes, You Can Request Videos From CLICnet

Students and faculty alike can request videos found in the CLICnet catalog. Augsburg and the Bethel Seminary Library are the only CLIC members (besides Concordia) who allow their videos to be requested directly through CLICnet using the "Request It" button. For videos from other libraries, you need to send the request directly through Amity Foster ( or by using the Video Request Form found on the CSP Library Website. It takes around 2 days for videos to arrive via the courier service.

Two caveats:

1. Some of the videos owned by Macalester show up in CLICnet with a "Request It" button because of an error in coding their records. This is misleading. If you try to use that button your request will be denied.

2. Not all videos you request will necessarily be lent. AV sharing is full of idiosyncrasies based on licenses and each library's policies. Still, most videos can be lent, so it is worth the small effort needed to send your request to Amity or fill out the Video Request Form.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Lower Level is the Quiet Area

The bottom floor of the library is the designated Quiet Area. Please keep noise to a minimum down there. If someone is being disruptive, please come tell a library staff member.

This doesn't make the rest of the library a designated Loud Area. If you need to have an extended phone conversation (anything longer than 2 minutes), please do so outside the library. Don't be surprised if you are asked to take your conversation elsewhere.

Always use headphones for audio inside the library.

If you are working in groups in the library please do so in the group study rooms. If no study rooms are available, the Pearson Commons is a better place to have a group meeting than the library.

The library is just sort of naturally louder between 10 and 12 every morning because of higher traffic. Be prepared for that, and consider a location downstairs if you need to concentrate during that time frame.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Try the Assignment Calculator! It is Free, Easy-to-Use, and Requires NoRegistration

The University of Minnesota offers a free web application called the Assignment Calculator which helps students schedule their research and writing activities for specific types of assignments over the course of a semester. It breaks your assignment down into steps, each with a deadline. Each step includes helpful tutorials only a click away when you need them. Here's a screenshot of part of an assignment guide:

Library Printing Tips

Here are some common problems and solutions to library printing problems:

-Choose printer Library1 or Library2 from the Print Menu.

-Getting an error message? First, make sure you're connected to the wireless network. Still nothing? Ask us for help!

-You can print on both sides by changing your settings in the Print Menu by choosing Properties, and then under settings for "Duplex", choose either "Long Edge" or "Open to Left".

-There are other ways you can customize your printing, like printing multiple power point slides per page. With Library1 or Library2 selected, look through your printing menu to familiarize yourself with your options.

-If you accidentally print a hundred page document, let someone at the Reference or Circulation Desk know ASAP so we can try to stop the job.

-Each student is credited with 500 printouts at the beginning of each semester. If you try to print something and nothing comes out of the printer, you should check your Printing Balance here: You can pay to have more credit added on at the Copy Center.

Also, please let us know about all paper jams and errors, and when they have run out of paper. We can't keep track of the printers 100% of the time and rely on you to let us know when they need maintenance.