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Supercharge your semester with tools and resources from the Libraries

Supercharge your semester

Spring workshops offer tips, resources for success

As the spring semester enters its second week, the Libraries are back with a fresh series of free workshops designed to support student success. With sessions covering everything from citation styles to 3D printing, the series introduces a wide range of resources and tools and teaches essential academic skills. Several workshops are co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center, and pre-registration is available but not required. Students are welcome to drop in to any session..

The remaining schedule of workshops follows:

Using Genealogical Resources for Academic Research

Monday, Feb. 25

5-6 p.m.  •  King 110 (Kamm)

Beyond finding family members, genealogy techniques and resources can also be used for academic research. Learn how to use different kinds of sources commonly used by genealogists to find primary source documentation about people, places and time periods.

MLA格式引用中文讲座 (Citing in MLA Style -- Chinese language)

Monday, Feb. 25

5:30-6:30 p.m.  •  CDS Workshop (King Library 3rd floor)

New to using the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style? Join us for the Libraries' Citing in MLA Style (Chinese language) workshop.
This workshop will be taught in Chinese. Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Research for Creative Writers

Wednesday, Feb. 27

4-5 p.m.  •  King 134 (AIS)

This workshop will introduce those interested in creative writing to key information resources to help with finding, creating, and publishing fiction, poetry and other creative writing.

APA格式引用中文讲座 (Citing in APA Style -- Chinese language)

Wednesday, Feb. 27

5:30-6:30 p.m.  •  CDS Workshop (King Library 3rd floor)

New to using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style? Join us for the Libraries' Citing in APA Style (Chinese language) workshop.
This workshop will be taught in Chinese. Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Citing in APA Style

Tuesday, March 12

5-6 p.m.  •  B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)

New to using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style? Join us for the Libraries' "Citing in APA Style" workshop.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Citing in MLA Style

Wednesday, March 13

5-6 p.m.  •  King 134 (AIS)

New to using the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style? Join us for the Libraries' "Citing in MLA Style" workshop.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Power Tools: Business Resources for Engineering Careers

Tuesday, March 19

5-6 p.m.  •  B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)

Being successful in today's engineering careers involves not only technical skills but also a grounding in business research tools. This workshop is an introduction to those resources, including tools for evaluating potential employers, finding patents, understanding industries and more.

Poster Prep and Design

Monday, April 1

5-6 p.m.  •  King 320

Creating a poster for the Undergraduate Research Forum, a conference or a class but unsure how to get started? Join us for stress-relieving tips and step-by-step guidance.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Zotero Basics: Citation Solutions for the Hard-Working Student

Tuesday, April 2

5-6 p.m.  •  B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)

Learn how you can cite your references with just one click! This free citation management software helps you quickly and accurately cite resources in the most common styles including APA, MLA, Chicago and more. Learn how to download citations, manage resources, cite in-text and in reference section, and more. Bring your laptop and be ready for hands-on practice. Please have your software fully up to date prior to class.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas

Wednesday, April 3

5-6 p.m.  •  B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)

If you are studying anatomy, you will want to check out this resource! Visible Body—Human Anatomy Atlas is a 3-dimensional computer graphics (3DCG) resource that provides you with the opportunity to interactively study highly detailed and accurate representations of the human body. You can dissect the body, access definitions and common pathologies, and even view in augmented reality! Best of all, you can access the app anytime and anywhere for free. Come and see this useful and exciting technology for learning human anatomy. Bring your mobile device and be ready for hands-on learning.

Poster Prep and Design

Tuesday, April 9

5-6 p.m.  •  King 110 (Kamm)

Creating a poster for the Undergraduate Research Forum, a conference or a class but unsure how to get started? Join us for stress-relieving tips and step-by-step guidance.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Preserving your Miami Memories: Creating Digital Scrapbooks with Free Scrapbook Software

Monday, April 22

5-6 p.m.  •  King 320

In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience using various freeware such as Canva and Scrapbook Flair to create engaging and impressive digital scrapbooks. The digital preservation of your photos is important! Learn fast, fun, and simple techniques to preserve your Miami memories today.

Game Nights return for spring semester beginning Feb. 9

Library Game Nights

The University Libraries are opening up the games collection and supplying free food for four Library Game Nights this spring. Join in the fun with your fellow Miamians and choose from a large variety of board, tabletop and card games from classic to contemporary. No experience is required, and all students, faculty, staff and families are welcome.

The full schedule follows:

Saturday, Feb. 9 – 6-10 p.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library (7 Alumni Hall)

Saturday, March 9 – 6-10 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall)

Saturday, April 6 – 6-10 p.m.
Amos Music Library (120 Center for Performing Arts)

Saturday, May 4 – time TBA
King Library

Undergraduate research award opens for submissions Feb. 15

2018 LAURE winners, pictured left to right: Dr. Wietse de Boer, Caroline Godard’s faculty adviser, who accepted on her behalf as she currently studying abroad in Paris, France; Sydney Chuen; Abigail Culpepper; Emily Mendenhall; with Miami University President Dr. Greg Crawford
2018 LAURE winners, pictured left to right: Dr. Wietse de Boer, Caroline Godard’s faculty adviser, who accepted on her behalf as she currently studying abroad in Paris, France; Sydney Chuen; Abigail Culpepper; Emily Mendenhall; with Miami University President Dr. Greg Crawford

Undergraduate students who are conducting research using the Miami University Libraries are eligible for special recognition and a cash prize through the Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE).

A partnership between the University Libraries and the Dean of the Libraries Student Advisory Council, LAURE seeks to recognize undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in library research. First place earns a $1,000 cash prize, with additional cash prizes awarded for second place ($500) and honorable mention ($100).

Submissions for the third Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE) are being accepted through March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the award, evaluation criteria and how to submit an entry, visit the University Libraries’ LAURE webpage.

Libraries open for winter term with special hours

Winter Term Hours

Jan. 3 - Jan. 26

King Library

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - midnight
Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - midnight


B.E.S.T. Library

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Amos Music Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday Closed

Next Game Night set for Dec. 1 at Art & Architecture Library

Library Game Nights

4 reasons you should check out a Libraries Game Night

The University Libraries are opening up the games collection and supplying free food for five Library Game Nights this fall. Join in the fun with your fellow Miamians and choose from a large variety of board, tabletop, and card games from classic to contemporary. No experience is required, and all students, faculty, staff and families are welcome.

The schedule of remaining Game Nights follows:

Saturday, Dec. 1 – 6-10 p.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall)

In case you need convincing, here are four reasons to check out a Library Game Night:

  1. Game Nights travel to each Miami University library
    Miami University is home to four library locations, all with their unique features and specialties. As you visit for a Game Night, you might end up finding your new favorite study spot.
  2. There’s great – and free – food
    Every proper game night features great food, and the Libraries’ Game Nights are no exception. To fuel your gaming session, we’re providing a variety of free food and snacks.
  3. Everyone’s welcome
    These laid-back events are great for both beginners and experienced players – just pull up a chair and join the fun. Libraries staff will be happy to help set up and explain games.
  4. You can continue the fun after the night is over
    If you find your new favorite game at a Game Night, chances are you can check it out from the Library. The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) in King Library maintains a collection of games available for checkout.

GIS is everywhere: highlighting the Libraries' GIS resources

GIS is everywhere

by Eric Johnson, numeric and spatial data librarian

You cell phone tells you how to get to where you want to go. Google Maps can give you a picture of any place on earth. Your web searches sometimes seem to know where you are and give local results. All these are examples of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at work.

For your classes, you may want to give your research paper more punch by adding a map or graphic that illustrates a point. How can you do that?

Two resources for mapping provided by the Miami University Libraries are SimplyAnalytics maps and ArcMap software.

With SimplyAnalytics (available from the library website’s A-Z resources list), in a browser you simply click on the data you want to map and zoom to your desired location. The map is automatically created and can be downloaded for use in papers and reports. Data available includes all current census data as well as a large variety of marketing and lifestyle data.

A more sophisticated program that the library supports is ArcMap and its cloud-based cousin, ArcMap Online. With these programs, you can drag and drop spreadsheets of your data into the program and create dynamic geographic visualizations. If you want to plot a heat map by color-coding every house by distance from a fire station or shopping mall, it can be done in ArcMap. The process is somewhat more complicated than SimplyAnalytics, but Library staff are happy to help you with your project. 

ArcMap is available on 67 library computers in B.E.S.T. and King Libraries. Additional computers with ArcMap are available at Shideler hall. You may install the student version for free on your own laptop. 

Miami University also offers courses in creating geographic visualizations – GEO 242, 340, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 448, 451. The four hundred level courses are also cross-listed as graduate level courses. At least nine faculty in geography actively use GIS in their research. Faculty in biology and other disciples also use the GIS resources available at Miami University.

Library resources are available to all students, no matter your department or major. Contact Eric Johnson or the Center for Digital Scholarship (513-529-2871) for more information.

Creating maps in Simply Analytics


Creating a Story Map

Libraries offer complimentary subscription to DailyChatter newsletter

DailyChatter: The World in 2 Minutes. Brought to you courtesy of Miami University.

In partnership with Miami University Global Initiatives, the University Libraries have recently added DailyChatter, an international daily email newsletter, to its array of resources offered free of charge to students, faculty and staff.

Miamians can now enjoy a complimentary subscription to the newsletter, which curates some of the most interesting and important global developments and prepares a conversational, easy-to-read report designed to be read on a smartphone or any other digital device. Students, faculty and staff can sign up at by entering their name and email address, and the newsletter will start arriving the next weekday morning.

Should you decide you don't wish to receive DailyChatter any longer, simply unsubscribe with the link provided at the bottom of every edition.

DailyChatter further enhances the Libraries' free offerings to the Miami community. Students, faculty and staff can also receive free subscriptions to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal through the Libraries.

Open Access Week celebrated with film screening

The Miami University Libraries invite you to celebrate Open Access Week 2018. Celebrated Oct. 22-28, Open Access Week promotes the creation and use of resources made accessible through the open sharing of research, scholarship and data.
You can learn more about Open Access during one of these events:
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Advocacy for Scholarly Communication
10-11 a.m.
King Library Lobby
Scholarly Communications is increasingly important to academic institutions, and this session offers a basic exploration of the issues and how they impact libraries.  
Friday, Oct. 26
Film Screening
King 320
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join us for a screening of the film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, which explores the need for open access to research and science, and questions the rationale behind for-profit academic publishers and their $25.2 billion in annual profits. A facilitated discussion follows the screening, and refreshments will be served.
Questions about any of the University Libraries' Open Access Week events can be directed to Carla Myers, coordinator of scholarly communications, or Jennifer Bazeley, coordinator of collection access & acquisitions.

What is Open Access, and how do the Libraries support it?

Guest blog post by Jody Perkins, digital scholarship librarian and metadata specialist

According to SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) “Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Providing OA to research is achieved primarily via deposit of a preprint to an OA repository or through publication in an OA journal. OA journals are a rapidly growing segment of the scholarly publishing market covering research in nearly every discipline. Content is openly available without most of the financial or copyright restrictions of traditional publications.  

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently includes entries for:

  • 12,187 Journals
  • 3,424,818 Articles

OA publishing can provide researchers with exposure to a large international audience that is beyond the scope of any single subscription based journal, increasing the impact of their work and advancing scholarship while also raising the research profile of the university. It also has the potential to provide students with unrestricted access to resources for their own research beyond the constraints of shrinking library budgets. In addition, it gives citizens timely access to research that was funded in whole or in part through tax dollars and which may also help community groups address pressing local issues.

How to get involved:

  • Sponsor an OA-related event in your department
  • Publish your research in an OA Journal
  • Deposit a copy of your research article or dataset in an OA repository
  • Start or sponsor an OA Journal
  • Schedule a consultation with a librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship

The Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University helps faculty and students collect, preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of the Miami University community as well as assist them with fair use and copyright retention. The Scholarly Commons repository includes faculty research articles, technical reports, honors theses and conference papers and proceedings. CDS can also assist faculty in developing and publishing open access e-books using open e-book standards like epub and mobi. Additionally, CDS can host, setup and manage an open access scholarly journal, with or without peer review, using the Open Journal system.


Open Access Journals published or hosted by Miami University Libraries

Miami’s Open Access Institutional Repository

Learn more:


Libraries harmonize music and copyright in second annual Copyright Conference

Attendees listen to a presentation during the Music Copyright Conference at Miami University's Shriver Center on September 26, 2018.

Miami University Libraries recently held a first-of-its-kind two-day conference exploring the intersection of copyright law and music. On Sept. 26 - 27, librarians, musicians, legal counsel, educators and administrators from across the country gathered in Shriver Center to discuss the unique challenges higher education institutions face in navigating music copyright law.

“We had 53 people from 17 states. We had a really broad perspective: the group was large enough to have some great discussions, but also small enough to have direct conversations about what we’re dealing with at our institutions,” said conference organizer and University Libraries’ coordinator of scholarly communications Carla Myers.

After hosting a more general copyright conference in 2017, the Libraries focused 2018’s conference specifically on music copyright, a topic many find difficult.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say that copyright law for music is their ‘kryptonite’ – it can be more complicated for people,” said Justin Bonfiglio, copyright specialist at the University of Michigan Library and conference attendee. “It’s very nice to talk to a community of people who grapple with the same layers of confusion that I grapple with on a daily basis.”

In addition to its complexity, music copyright law has far-reaching implications for libraries and higher education.

Carla Myers“This topic affects so many services that we as libraries provide our academic institutions: our music collections, musical performances on campus, student recitals, and even advertising and marketing if we have music playing in the background,” said Myers.

Conference presenters included Kenneth D. Crews, Kathleen DeLaurenti, Eric Harbeson, Nazareth Pantaloni, Carrie Russell, Maria Scheid and Ty Turley Trejo, bringing expertise from a diverse array of fields and experiences. Jason Sloan, a representative from the United States Copyright Office also joined the conference provide additional information and perspective.

“People either have deep expertise in music or deep expertise in the law, but there’s a small subset that has both, and a lot of the people that have those features are here,” said Bonfiglio.

Attendees heard presentations on a number of different topics, from ways in which music copyright law impacts libraries, to navigating music usage and licensing for campus events, teaching, recitals, entertainment and more. Other discussions centered around recent legislation that proposes significant revisions to music copyright law and its potential implications for higher education.

The conference represents the Libraries’ continued development of copyright consultation services to the Miami community. Myers has provided over 100 one-on-one consultations with students, faculty and staff since January 2017, and has taught several workshops on copyright. Through a number of different initiatives, such as supporting the adoption and development of open educational resources and providing guidance in applying Fair Use for copyrighted materials, the Libraries provide expertise to Miamians in navigating the ways in which higher education and copyright law interact.

The conference’s sponsors included Miami University Libraries, OhioNET, OhioLINK, the Music Library Association and the American Library Association.


University Libraries to host three Ohio Archives Month lectures

The history of Miami University, Western College for Women and the Oxford community comes alive in October-November, as the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives welcome a trio of Ohio Archives Month lectures to King Library.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9, the annual series seeks to enhance public awareness of archival materials and archival centers through highlighting research and materials with broad appeal. This year’s lectures focus on the history of women’s baseball at Miami and Western College for Women (Oct. 9), a collection of historic envelopes and letters that cover more than a century of Oxford history (Oct. 25), and longtime Miami professor and historian Walter Havighurst (Nov. 2).

Each of the lectures takes place from noon-1 p.m. in King Library room 320. Those who cannot attend in-person can view the lectures live or recorded via Facebook Live on the University Libraries’ Facebook page. All lectures are free and open to the public.

1921 Women's Baseball Team“With motion full of gentle charm: Women’s baseball at Western College and Miami University” leads off the series on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The lecture, presented by Callie Batts Maddox, Ph.D., assistant professor in sports leadership and management, reveals early 20th century baseball as more than a men’s sport. Through stories of early college women athletes, the lecture draws important connections between sport, physical activity and gender in higher education.

Top: Miami University is hand-written on faded paper in script. Below: mail seal being the name "Oxford Female College. Oxford, Ohio" and the seal of the Western College for Women stamped in wax.On Thursday, Oct. 25, Richard Oertel, Ph.D., a local historian and retired Procter & Gamble chemist, presents some of his discoveries as a philatelist – one who collects and studies postage stamps.“Old Mail and Oxford’s Early Academic Community”focuses on a collection of envelopes that members of Oxford’s academic community sent or received between 1835 and 1940, including the sometimes surprising stories of students, faculty, administrators and benefactors of Miami University, Oxford College and Western College for Women.

Walter Havighurst

Bill Modrow, head of Steward & Sustain within the University Libraries, closes out the series with “Walter E. Havighurst: A look at his life and legacy” on Friday, Nov. 2. The lecture explores the impact of the writer, historian and longtime Miami faculty member on Midwestern Culture as well as his connections to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives and Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives, located in 321 King Library, are open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Havighurst Special Collections include more than 95,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts and special subject collections. The Archives include manuscripts, photographs and publications from Miami University, Western College for Women and Oxford College.