News & Notes

By: weavered on: September 11, 2015 1:05 pm | weavered

Abstract hip hop (also called alternative hip hop) is a genre that simultaneously reaches back to '80s turntablism while inventively incorporating influences from rock and jazz, sound effects, and absurdist poetry. Lyrically, the songs reach beyond our everyday, material concerns and consider more existential or sociological issues. Take a listen here:


Or, try some of Amos Music Library's other lists:

Guide to Art Pop

A Song a Year: 1915-2014

​The Infinite Symphony


By: weavered on: September 03, 2015 4:56 pm | weavered

If you're looking for some of the most interesting and inspiring new artists in pop, rock, and hip hop, look no further than this playlist from Amos Music Library. The tracks are by artists whose debut album was released between 2010 and today. The tracks are in alphabetical order and range from the probably-familiar (CHVRCHES, Tame Impala) to the wonderfully obscure (Shabazz Palaces, Oryx & Crake). Take a listen:

2010-2015 Debuts

​And here are some of our other lists:

Lesser-Known 60s Singles:

Guide to Radiohead

Guide to Hard Bob Jazz

By: weavered on: August 27, 2015 3:30 pm | weavered

In celebration of the beginning of the great times and great achievements of the 2015-16 school year, enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring the first tracks from over 40 noteworthy rock, pop, and hip hop albums:

First Impressions -

​Ad-supported Spotify is free to all users; an ad-free version is available for a monthly fee.

Need more? Here are some of our past lists; check back next week for more!

Move-In Miami -

​Take a Breath -

​Guide to the Early Blues -

Guide to the 1960s -

By: sullive4 on: August 25, 2015 8:35 pm | sullive4 @muElibrarian

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 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 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 2 - 5pm
Tuesdays 2 - 7pm
Wednesdays 3 - 6pm
Thursdays 2 - 7pm
By: Anonymous (not verified) on: September 25, 2015 10:41 am | Anonymous

Are you in need of a notary public?  Look no further than King Library!

Notary public services are typically available through the 1st floor circulation desk Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, as well as through the ground floor circulation desk Sunday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

For questions or to arrange a specific time, call King Library Circulation (1st floor) at (513)529-2433 or King Library IMC/GIL (ground floor) at (513)529-2116.

By: micheljp on: August 19, 2015 11:47 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries is having a bunch of events during the first couple of weeks of classes for our incoming class!

Please join us for one or all of these great events. Check out the schedule here.

By: sullive4 on: August 10, 2015 1:20 pm | sullive4 @muElibrarian

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.

By: crosbylm on: August 10, 2015 8:08 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Our New Catalog is Live!

As of today, the new catalog interface is up and running!

With this change, the Miami University Libraries replaced the homegrown catalog with a new public catalog interface.

The catalog is the tool users search using the Books & More tab on the Libraries’ homepage to find library items such as book, videos, and ebooks. As you’ll notice, the Libraries’ website as a whole did not visually change. The interface change only impacted the format of your search results when using the Books & More tab.

To ensure that this transition runs smoothly, we will continue to post tips and strategies here on our blog as needed. We’ve put together a useful guide to the basics of the new interface, complete with screenshots and instructions. Check it out!

Click here to download the guide.


Questions or Comments?

These first few weeks prior to the start of fall semester are our chance to work out the bugs that come with any change. Please know that we are continuing to refine the functionality of the new catalog and interface in order to maximize user satisfaction. If you have any questions or comments about the new catalog, submit them via the Feedback link at the bottom of our homepage.

By: crosbylm on: September 16, 2015 5:07 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

August 10, the Miami University Libraries’ will rollout a new public catalog interface to replace our current homegrown catalog. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting tips and strategies here on our blog to help ease the transition. If you have utilized the folder feature of our current catalog, you’ll need to export this content before August 10 as it will not transfer to our new catalog system. Here’s how:


Export Saved Records

Access to records saved in the current catalog will be lost as of August 10. To view your saved records, please visit Here you will find a list of all items that you have added to your folder. You may choose to export your records to your screen. Please be aware that unfortunately the export records to email or EndNoteWeb features on this page are not functioning at this time.

However, utilizing the classic catalog, it is possible to email and export saved records to EndNoteWeb. Please view the following videos for instructions detailing this process:


Export to Email:

Export to EndNoteWeb:



Submit any questions about this transition via the feedback link at the bottom of the our homepage.

Feedback link

By: messnekr on: June 25, 2015 1:53 pm | messnekr

A building power outage has been scheduled in Laws Hall for Saturday, June 27.  B.E.S.T. Library will be open with limited service that day from 1-5pm.  Computing and other electrical-dependent services will be unavailable.

As a safety precaution, access to materials in the basement book stacks will be available by staff retrieval only.

The power outage has been scheduled by Physical Facilities to replace equipment and upgrade electrical service in the building.