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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. Dr. Kevin Armitage served as Gust’s project sponsor.

 

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.

Stats Help Desk Returns Monday, February 1!

In a class that has you using some statistical software? Completely confused? Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! Beginning Monday, February 1, the desk will be staffed during the following hours this semester:

Mondays : 2:30p - 6p

Tuesdays : 2p - 3:30p

Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p

Thursdays : 2p - 3:30p

No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!

Stats Help Desk is back at B.E.S.T. Library!

The Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) returns this semester with new hours. This is a free service available to any Miami student seeking assistance understanding statistical theorems or using statistical software for your coursework, including:

  • JMP
  • Matlab
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Minitab
  • R
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • ​STATA
  • StatCrunch

This is a first come, first served service; we do not take appointments. Drop by and visit the Stats Help Desk located behind the stained glass wall near the printers during any of the times below to take advantage of this service.

Mondays 12 - 4 pm
Tuesdays 2 - 6 pm
Wednesdays 12- 4 pm
Thursdays 2 - 6 pm
Sundays 3 - 7 pm
 

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.

Having trouble with statistics? We can help!

Beginning Monday, March 2, B.E.S.T. Library will be offering a Statistics Help Desk. This is a free service available to any Miami student who is seeking assistance using statistical software for your coursework, including:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Minitab
  • R
  • SAS
  • SPSS

This is a first come, first served service; we do not take appointments. Drop by B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) and visit the Stats Help Desk located behind the stained glass wall near the printers during any of the times below to take advantage of this service.

Mondays 6-8pm

Tuesdays 2-5p

Thursdays 3-6pm

Charlie Sheen: Drug addict, Bipolar, or Tigerblood? You decide!

Charlie Sheen has made the news in the past few months for a variety of controversial comments prompting an interview with ABC that sparked further concerns about the actor's health.

So what do you think? Is Charlie Sheen a drug addict? Is he bipolar? Or is his behavior the result of pure, unadulterated Tiger Blood? You decide!

You can find the American Psychological Association's official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) in King's Reference section. Want to learn more about the effects of cocaine use and bipolar disorder? Check out the titles below:

More titles about cocaine

More titles about bipolar disorder

Watch Charlie Sheen in his younger days in films such as Hot Shots! Part Deux, Wall Street & more. You can find most of these movies by asking at the desk in the IMC on the ground floor of King, but be sure to check the location field to be sure.

Salinger: a voice of adolescence

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It may be cliche for librarians to talk about their favorite books, but I don't remember having a favorite until I read J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as a junior in high school. Like a lot of teenagers, I related to Holden's frustration of being caught between childhood and adulthood - wishing for innocent eyes like those of his sister Phoebe but having experienced too much of the corrupt adult world to ignore. It's this state of inbetween - of adolescence - that attracts so many teens to this book.

J.D. Salinger died last week at the age of 91, nearly 60 years after The Catcher in the Rye was first published. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to pick up a copy. If you have read it, try picking up one of his other books or checking out some of the copies we have in Special Collections on the 3rd floor of King.

Need a book that is checked out or Miami doesn't own? OhioLINK it!

Here at Miami, we're connected to dozens of academic and public libraries throughout the state of Ohio which means if you're looking for a book that's not on the shelf and another library in the state has an available copy, you can request to borrow theirs and pick it up at any of Miami's libraries.

Watch the video to learn how:

How to Request an Item from OhioLINK from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

Note that it takes 2-4 business days for your item to arrive and checkout is generally for 3 weeks.

Interracial couple denied marriage certificate

A justice of the peace in Louisiana denied a marriage license to an interracial couple last week, citing concern for any children the couple may have. Read an article about it. Check out some of the library’s resources below to learn more about interracial marriage.
Interracial relationships in the 21st century King Library | HT1521 .I58 2009 White/black race mixing : an essay on the stereotypes and realities of interracial marriage King Library | E185.62 .G37 2000 Interracialism : black-white intermarriage in American history, literature, and law King Library | HQ1031 .I8 2000 See a full list of items available on Interracial marriage here

Personalized Research Help!

Your professor just assigned a paper requiring scholarly citations, and you have no idea where to begin.  Or you’ve looked around and can’t seem to find anything on your topic. Where can you go? Who can you ask for help?

Schedule an appointment with a subject librarian! With the new webpage, the Libraries have implemented a research consultation program.  It’s as easy as clicking on the “Research Consultation” link under Services on the Library’s homepage.  Fill out the form, and a librarian will contact you to arrange a meeting.  Get help from one of the best resources at your disposal!