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LAURE Winners Announced!

Photograph of LAURE Winners

Three Miami students won the Miami University Libraries’ inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project.

This year’s LAURE winners are:

 

  • First Place: Mahaley Evans, a senior History major, submitted a project examining the discourse surrounding women in East Germany and Eastern Europe and analyzing communism’s effect on their Cold War and post-war lives. Ms. Evans completed the project for History 480, taught by Dr. Matthew Gordon, and her project sponsor was Dr. Erik Jensen.
  • Honorable Mention: Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior majoring in Architecture, presented a project entitled Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology, based on her research in Architecture 406 taught by Dr. Mary Ben Bonham.
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Gust, a senior Individualized Studies major, submitted his project Tapped: An Insider Look at the Craft Beer Movement, conducted in part for WST 421 taught by Dr. Hays Cummins.

 

Ms. Evans, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Gust will be honored at the Miami University Libraries Student Recognition Dinner on April 24. In addition to this recognition, LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000.00, and honorable mention winners each receive $100.00.

Award-winning projects will be submitted to Miami’s Scholarly Commons in a special collection designed to showcase exceptional undergraduate work. A second award cycle, designed for students who are currently completing first year research, will take place in the Fall. For more information about LAURE, please visit the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE.

Finding and accessing journals in the new catalog

Many users (including some of us!) are lamenting the disappearance of the Journal Titles tab on the library's homepage. We know that a title search for certain journals (e.g. ScienceThe Sun) can seem virtually impossible in the general catalog after we've been spoiled with a fairly robust journal-specific search for so long. To help you find precisely what you're looking for without blowing a whole Saturday searching the catalog, we've put together 3 recommended ways to go about finding access to specific journals:

 

1. Search by ISSN

If you have the ISSN for a journal (or do a quick Google search to find it), you can search that number and select the ISSN option from the dropdown menu to locate the catalog record and gain access.

 

2. Search the journal title in quotes

If the title is fairly unique, you can search the title in quotes and select 'Title' from the dropdown options to locate the catalog record and view access options.

 

3. Search using Online Resources A-Z

Clicking the Search button on the Books & More tab without anything in the search field will take you to the catalog interface on the Ebsco platform. In the top red banner, there is a link titled "Online Resources A-Z". 

This link will take you to an extensive list of our online resources. Be sure to select the "Journals only" radio button prior to searching. Additionally, the dropdown menu include "Title contains", "Title begins with" and "Title exact match" options.

 

If you have trouble finding or access journals, please feel free to ask us for assistance. For immediate help, contact us via chat. You can also email your subject librarian or ask at any Information Desk in the libraries.