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The OhioLINK Central Catalog has a new interface!

The refreshed interface for the OhioLINK Central Catalog has been released today. The changes to the catalog are concentrated on its look and feel.  No changes have been made to the fundamental functions of the catalog.

Some interesting features to note:

  • The Library Holdings and Table of Contents boxes may now be minimized by clicking on the Hide link in the upper right of the box
  • When possible, a link to the electronic version of content appears on the results list.  To see examples of this you can do a keyword search on Hathi Trust, or journal american history.
  • Action oriented buttons have been given different colors to make them stand out to the user.

We hope you like the new interface. Let ODU Library know if you have any questions!



EBSCOhost has gone mobile!

You can now search ODU Library’s EBSCO databases from your mobile device. EBSCOhost Mobile Interface provides a menu of databases that are available on EBSCO Publishing's platform, utilizing an interface maximized for use on smartphones and other mobile devices. You can get more information about how to use the interface from EBSCOhost Mobile Frequently Asked Questions. EBSCO is also developing a free application available from the iTunes App Store that will provide an optimized EBSCOhost search experience for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch users. If you have any questions, just ask a librarian!


Join us for refreshments while you're studying for finals!

Join us for hot beverages and snacks this week while you're studying for finals! Monday-Wednesday nights Dec 13-15 8pm-midnight in Spangler Lobby. This treat comes to you courtesy of Sharon Reed, Dean of Student Life!

And don't forget you can still drop off a book donation for our Annual Children's Book Drive to benefit the Focus Learning Academy through January 6.



Annual Children’s Book Drive

ODU Library is sponsoring its Annual Children’s Book Drive to benefit the Focus Learning Academy Monday, November 29 through Friday, January 7. Drop off a new, unwrapped children’s book in the boxes near the entrance to Spangler Learning Center.



Changes to Theology Databases

ODU Library has acquired a new theology database, ATLASerials, which is an enhancement to ATLA Religion Database. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 575,000 article citations from more than 1,679 journals (506 currently indexed), more than 239,000 essay citations from over 16,800 multi-author works, and more than 530,000 book review citations. Full text is provided for more than 294,000 electronic articles and book reviews. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Also, please be aware that our subscriptions to New Testament Abstracts and Old Testament Abstracts will expire February 1. For more information about options in online theology research, please explore ODU Library's theology databases. If you have any questions about these changes or anything else at the library, just ask a librarian!



New Materials at the Library!

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here



Changes to the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary has a new interface! Search results are now more like visualizations or timelines and can be filtered according to a number of categories. Other new features include pages on the OED's most-cited authors and texts, plus links to other online resources. To learn more about these and other changes, read the Chief Editor's welcome letter. If you have questions about these changes or about any other resource offered by the ODU Library, just ask a librarian! 



The National Geographic Maps Have Moved

The maps from National Geographic Magazine have been moved! While the magazines remain available in the Reading Room and the Periodicals section, the maps have moved to the Circulation area. If an issue has an accompanying map there is a sticker on the issue letting you know this. The maps may be checked out for 2 hours but may not be taken from the library. You can find them in the ODU Library Catalog. If you have any questions about this or anything else, please feel free to ask a librarian! 



Annual Book Sale

The ODU Library Annual Book Sale is going on now through November 23. We have a variety of items for sale. Items are located near the main entrance of Spangler Learning Center, and prices start at $0.25. Shop early! Shop often! Sale selections change frequently, but when they're gone, they're gone!  



New Materials at the Library!

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here



Know How has moved

Know How is ODU Library's online interactive research tutorial, where you can learn the basics of research, how to use the library's online catalogs & databases, and how to find the resources you need. If you link to Know How, please take a look and make sure that your information is up to date!



October is Food for Fines Month!

This October, you can pay off your library fines AND contribute to help those in need all at the same time! The ODU Library is participating again in Campus Ministry’s Canned Food Drive during the month of October 2010. Acceptable items include any size cans, glass containers or jars, packages such as pasta or sauces, or boxed items such as rice or cereal. Items that are not acceptable include perishable items or items marked “Not Labeled For Retail Sale.” For each can or package of non-perishable food items donated, you can take $1.00 off your total library fines (including OhioLINK fees). The total number donated may cover the total amount of your fines OR any part of the total. We will also accept items for donation if no fines are owed, but will not apply that amount “on credit” toward future fines. Contact Circulation Services for more information.



Mental Measurements Yearbook has merged with Tests in Print

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) and Tests in Print (TIP) are now a single database that focuses on education. MMY provides the full-text reviews or tests, whereas TIP provides current information and availability. EBSCOhost has traditionally presented these products as separate databases, a system rooted in the print editions of these resources. However this approach had inherent limitations.  

To alleviate these limitations, EBSCO Publishing, in collaboration with the Buros Institute, re-engineered these products into a single database, called Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print. Furthermore, they have combined the Tests in Print citations with the Mental Measurements Yearbook full-text reviews, into a single, more comprehensive record. There are several advantages to this approach, including:

  • Full access to all search options will be provided for these products
  • All information for a given test will be available in one concise record
  • Direct access to MMY full text will be available through a single TIP/MMY citation
  • Users will no longer see two results for the same test

Be sure to check out ODU Library's recommendations for education databases. If you have any questions regarding this change, just ask a librarian!


New Materials at the Library

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here



Library Resources for Cancer Information & Research

You probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do you have questions about cancer? We have put together a guide to library resources for cancer information and research. If you would like assistance, ODU Library Reference Services would be happy to help you find particular information. Just ask a librarian!


New Art Display at Spangler

Ohio Dominican University is very fortunate to have a very fine collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century art glass which was given by a St. Mary of the Springs alumnae, the late Elizabeth Gordon. Pieces from the Elizabeth Gordon Art Glass Collection are now on display near Spangler's main entrance. This case is but a sampling of the collection which is also displayed in the President’s Office Suite and Guzman House.

The Art Glass Movement in the United States developed from the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris. Ruskin, a professor of Art at Oxford University and his student, William Morris, called for an artistic practice which embraced handicraft, the so-called "craftsman aesthetic," and rejected the poorly designed objects produced by the industrial revolution. Their ideas resulted in the highly influential Arts and Crafts Movement which was more visible and successful in the United States than in its native England.

More information on the development of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the US can be found in Dr. Janette Knowles article "In Pursuit of Beauty: The Development of the Craftsman Aesthetic in the Midwest" in The Encyclopedia of the Midwest (May 2006, Indiana University Press) sponsored by The Ohio State University Institute for the Collaborative Humanities.

Stop by and see the pieces that are now on display!



STAT-USA Closes September 30

The STAT-USA database will close Thursday, September 30. This database provides information about economics, business, and international trade. There is no replacement planned at this time. To find other relevant databases, please select a subject area from Articles & Databases. If you have trouble finding information on these or any other topics, please contact ODU Library's Reference Services


New Materials at the Library

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here


JSTOR has a new Interface

The JSTOR Digital Archive has a new interface! Take a look at JSTOR's search tutorials for more information about searching for materials in JSTOR. If you would like further assistance, don't hesitate to ask a librarian.


Chat with a Librarian 24x7!

Do you have a question for a librarian? Do you need help with finding resources? You can chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! The service is called KnowItNow and is staffed by a mixture of ODU librarians, other academic librarians, and public librarians. You can access it from the red button that says "Live Help"on the ODU Library website. If you would like more information about this or any other reference service, please contact ODU Library's Reference Services.



Library System Upgrade & Downtime

The ODU Library will be upgrading its online catalog on Thursday, August 12. The upgrade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to last approximately 2 hours. Some access may be available during this time, but expect interruptions. Please know that the catalog may be unavailable for a longer period due to unforeseen problems during the upgrade. Access to the OhioLINK Library Catalog should not be affected. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. With these upgrades in place, we look forward to serving you better throughout the new year! 


New Materials at the Library

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here


EBSCOhost Default Setting Changes

There will be important changes to two default settings which will take effect August 1st on the EBSCOhost database user interface:

1) The Result List sort will be defaulted to Relevance, from the current Date Sort.  For more information on EBSCO's relevancy ranking and its impact on search results, please see EBSCO's FAQ.

2) To accommodate the new Result List sort default, the default search option will be changed from phrase indexing (all terms entered in the Find field are searched as though enclosed by quotation marks), to W5, which means that all results that contain the terms entered in the Find field within five words of each other will be returned.

EBSCO's customer feedback has expressed support for this approach to results. If you have any questions about finding materials, please contact ODU Library's Reference Services. You may also make a suggestion.


You can now email articles from the EJC!

You now have an option to email individual articles from OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center.  This short video will show you the very easy steps. Please be aware that you can only email one article at a time. Also, the article will not be attached, but a link back to the content is provided along with an unformatted citation. We hope this will make it much easier for you to electronically manage the articles found in the EJC!


New Mergent Interface

The Mergent database has a been reorganized! Take a look at some tips for using the new interface. If you would like more personal assistance, don't hesitate to ask a librarian.


See the Digital Library of the Week!

Every week,, an initiative of the American Library Association, features a different digital library. This week, take a look at the University of Arizona Library Digital Collections, which include the Morris K. Udall Oral History Project, the Correspondence of the Secretary of the Arizona Territory, 1864–1893, and the Arizona, Southwestern, and Borderlands Photograph Collection.


Criminal Justice Abstracts moves to EBSCO!

ODU Library is pleased to announce that EBSCO Publishing has acquired the Criminal Justice Abstracts database, which will bring this database to users through the EBSCOhost  platform.

Criminal Justice Abstracts is a highly-refined, specialized collection in its subject area. Now that it is on EBSCOhost, more than 270 publications are presented with Full-Text coverage, and there are searchable references for more than 130 titles. With this move, Criminal Justice Abstracts has increased its records to over 235,000. The additional records come from the most relevant, core journals in these areas of study. Users will also be able to cross-search these resources with other EBSCO databases. 

Take a look at Criminal Justice Abstracts on Ebscohost, at an overview of the database contents, or at some of our other databases!


See the Digital Library of the Week!

Every week,, an initiative of the American Library Association, features a different digital library. This week, take a look at Commonwealth College Fortnightly, the 14-volume run of the newsletter of Commonwealth College, a controversial labor college that operated near Mena, Arkansas, from 1924 to 1940. 


Multidatabase Quick Search Fixed

The multidatabase Quick Search service from OhioLINK is available again, but still being monitored for further trouble. This embedded search feature can be found on ODU Library's homepage as well as several database pages. For more information about these searches you may read our Multidatabase Search Tips or contact Melissa Hill, ODU Library's Electronic Services Librarian. Research databases can also be accessed directly from the links on the ODU Library website. We apologize for any inconvenience this may haved caused. 


Multidatabase Quick Search Down

The multidatabase Quick Search service from OhioLINK is temporarily unavailable. This embedded search feature can be found on ODU Library's homepage as well as several database pages. OhioLINK estimates that this service will be available again on Monday, July 12. Research databases can still be accessed directly from the links on the ODU Library website, and the ODU Library Catalog remains unaffected. We apologize for any inconvenience.


New Materials

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here.


Spangler Learning Center Closed for the Holiday Weekend

Spangler Learning Center will close at noon July 2 for the holiday weekend. Please note that the library will be closed through Monday, in accordance with the university calendar. Spangler will reopen Tuesday, July 6 at 7:30 a.m. Please see the building calendar for more details.


New Materials

Ohio Dominican University Library is constantly adding materials to its collection. An alphabetical listing of materials added to the library collections in the past month can be found here.


Spangler Learning Center Will Be Closed June 4.

Spangler Learning Center will be closed Friday, June 4 for staff development. The building will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday and will reopen Saturday morning at 9 a.m. View Spangler's monthly calendar for more information about the building hours.


ODU Library Has a New Website!

As you can see, ODU Library has a new website! You may see some areas continue to improve throughout the summer. While the look is quite different, the structure and navigation are very similar to the old website. What do you think about it? Please submit your feedback!


NetLibrary's E-book of the month for May

Every month OCLC's NetLibrary offers access to a featured e-book. In May's e-book, The End of Time, award-winning astronomer and Maya researcher Anthony Aveni explores these theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers. You can access the e-book of the month from the link on the right side of NetLibrary's homepage.


ODU Library's Digital Archive in JSTOR has expanded!

A very generous donation in honor of Drs. Barbara Finan, Leo Madden, and Mary Ann Fatula, O.P. has allowed ODU Library to add another collection to our subscription to the JSTOR digital archive. This will provide the ODU community with access to greatly expanded content. Take a look atoverviews of the Arts & Sciences III and our new Arts & Sciences V collections for more information about the content now available to you.


Envisioning a new Spangler Learning Center/Library

How would you "re-do" Spangler? Tell the architects what you think! Return this simple survey to the suggestion
box in Spangler by May 7, 2010. (View the survey) 


Celebrate Earth Day's 40th Birthday!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22! Would you like to know more about Earth Day and find ways to observe it? Take a look at the official Earth Day 2010 Action Center or check out resources from the Environmental Protection Agency or NASA. Would you rather get involved? Find volunteer opportunities from ODU or Green Columbus. You might also like to attend ARTillery Earth Day Art Market the following weekend. Visit ODU Library on Facebook to let us know how you plan to celebrate Earth Day 2010! 


EndNote Citation Management Subscriptions Available!

Would you like to have access to a citation management system? As an ODU Library patron, you can set up a personal subscription to EndNote Web! EndNote Web is a Web-based service designed to help students and researchers through the process of writing a research paper, primarily by allowing the collection, organization, and formatting of citations. You can establish your personal EndNote Web account by going to ISI Web of Science and clicking on the "My EndNote Web" tab in the upper right corner. Please visit for more information about
EndNote Web, or contact Melissa Hill for assistance with setting up your EndNote Web account.


Find online information about Haiti!
Would you like to know more about Haiti, the evolving situation there, or how you can help? Check out these guides from the University of Massachusetts and Boston Public Library for more information. The University of Texas at Austin provides a collection of maps of Haiti in their Maps of Current Interest. Finally, the Library of Congress offers information about Emergency Preparedness: Earthquake Response and Recovery.


Chat with a librarian online!
Do you ever wish that you could ask a librarian for help without going to the reference desk? Beginning Tuesday, January 19, there is a new way to do just that! ODU Library now offers reference services via instant messaging. This will allow you to get immediate help by chatting online with an ODU reference librarian. You can access this service from the IM Reference webpage Mondays through Thursdays 11am-2pm. The service will be provided on a trial basis throughout the Spring 2010 semester, so be sure to tell us what you think about it!



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