News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: September 05, 2012 3:20 pm | crosbylm

The library now has access to New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present. Currently, the database offers a collection of 182 full-length independent feature and short films, totaling 207 hours of video. Films from 1990-present are included. Many of these films have been presented at major film festivals and have been nominated for or won awards.

Faculty and students will find useful the classroom performance rights that come with the database, as well as the ability to create playlists of videos, clips, or images, and annotate sections of film. These features allow for use of database content in classroom lectures and presentations.

Search by title, actor, award, language, and more, or browse the database by director, actor, genre, country of origin, award, clip, or genre.

Access this database through the A-Z Databases list on the libraries website, or through the following link:

By: hurstsj on: August 29, 2012 3:09 pm | hurstsj

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) is now available as a FREE app for iOS and Android Devices. Access 42,000 economic data series from 38 regional, national and international sources on your phone or iPad. Users can also email data series or graphs or post them directly to Twitter or Facebook. A great resource for economists and anyone needing data just got easier and more convenient to use.

By: micheljp on: August 26, 2012 9:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Neil Armstrong, American astronaut famous for being the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday, August 25th, in Cincinnati.  He was 82 years old.  After you've read the news articles and the Wikipedia entry, discover more about his life and work with a few books! 

  First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

  One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey      by Leon Wagener

By: crosbylm on: August 20, 2012 9:15 am | crosbylm

The MU Libraries now offer access to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1941-1996). This database contains the FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974, and the FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996. Full-text, transcribed, and translated radio broadcasts make up the content of this database. These broadcasts have been intercepted from foreign governments and official news services. This database also contains covert broadcasts from occupied territories.

Search database content using phrases in quotation marks and/or use connectors AND, OR, or NOT. Limit by Countries and Political Entities, Article Types (Text, Excerpts, Summary, Highlights/Reviews, Speeches, Interviews), Publication Series Title, or by Events (listed by year). For more about basic and advanced searching, use the Help Index to find answers to your questions. This index also includes helpful Hints for using this database.

This database can be accessed on-campus from this link:

You can also get to the database from this link:

By: bazelejw on: August 20, 2012 9:13 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Beginning August 15, 2012, Miami University Libraries is offering users a new search box on the library's front page. Called OneSearch, the box searches more than 150 library resources across many disciplines and formats from a single search box. Users can search for books, articles, multimedia and more using this search tool.

OneSearch is hosted by EBSCOhost, which offers the familiarity of the EBSCOhost interface and search technology while exposing many more of our online resources to users. After entering search terms, the OneSearch interface will return search results with options to limit and refine your results using facets. The personalized account functionality in OneSearch is the same as that found in all EBSCOhost databases. If you already have an EBSCOhost account set up, you can log in to OneSearch using the same user name and password.

The "Books and More" and "Journal Titles" tabs are still available on the library website for searching the library catalog.

By: crosbylm on: August 18, 2012 2:05 pm | crosbylm

It’s the time of year for back to school shopping. New pens and pencils, brand new bookbags and binders, and… new textbooks. You take a look at your syllabus – or five – and discover that your classes list a bunch of expensive textbooks as required reading. Adding up the cost in your head, you realize the price tag for all of your books this semester is almost $1,000. That’s over 120 hours of pay from your on-campus job!

"There has to be a way to save some of that hard earned money", you think. "What are my options? I have no idea where to start…"

The Textbooks Guide is the perfect place to begin your search.

Designed as a solution to the common problem of pricey textbooks, this guide serves as a roadmap finding books and eBooks through the MU Libraries Catalog or the OhioLINK Library Catalog, checking out Reserve Textbooks, or requesting an inter-library loan. Beyond libraries, this guide lists useful links to resources for open access eBooks, buying, selling, and renting textbooks or eTextbooks online and locally, and price comparison websites.

So, before you make a trip to your local bookstore, take some time to explore your options. You, and your wallet, may be happy you did!

Access the Textbooks LibGuide here:

By: hartsea on: August 26, 2013 3:54 pm | hartsea

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education are sponsoring a writing contest for first-year students this year. They are offering 16 prizes of $100 a piece for the best compositions by incoming first-year students that are based on the book selected for this year’s Summer Reading Program, Jess Goodell’s Shade It Black. Your entry may be in written, digital, or other form. Written submission are to be 350 to 500 words. Audio and videos up to three minutes long. The deadline is midnight, October 2, 2012. You can find out more details here.

If you're interested in reading the book, we have multiple copies here at Miami University Libraries (DS79.766.G63 A3 2011). You can also request a copy through OhioLINK.

We have displays about this summer reading program selection on the first floor of King and in our Special Collections. You can find out more details about the Special Collections materials here.

By: kromerjd on: August 13, 2012 9:07 am | kromerjd @kromerjd

With NASA's successful landing of the Curiosity rover earlier this week, our minds wander once again to the cosmos, and specifically to our red neighbor. Below are some items in our collection that may be of interest to the amateur astronomer or anyone curious about Curiosity. Most of our astronomy books are in the basement of B.E.S.T. Library in the QB section. Books specifically about Mars can be found under QB 641.

Anthony H. Young (2007). Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for MarsOhioLINK eBookA complete history of the Lunar Roving Vehicle used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17, drawing on many photographs never before published. It also tells the story of the robotic rovers used on Mars, and concludes with a description of the new designs of rovers planned for The New Vision for Exploration now underway at NASA.Jim Bell (2008). Mars 3-D: A Rover's-Eye View of the Red PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .B445 2008A collection of 120 color and 3-D images captured by the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. The book includes a built-in 3-D viewer, so no need for your own pair of red-and-blue glasses!Jeffrey S. Kargel (2004). Mars: A Warmer, Wetter PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .K23 2004This book discusses NASA's discovery of water beneath Mars's surface, something that Curiosity is setting out to explore. Anyone interested in geology should find this book fascinating.William Sheehan & Stephen James O'Meara (2001). Mars: The Lure of the Red PlanetBEST Library, Basement | QB641 .S4838 2001A nice history of Mars, from humans' early perceptions and mythology to modern explorations and the discovery of liquid water beneath Mars's surface.David J. Shayler, Andrew Salmon, and Michael D. Shayler (2005). Marswalk One: First Steps on a New PlanetOhioLINK eBookExplores questions of why humans should travel to Mars, and progress made in human space exploration. The book also discusses what types of experiments humans would do if they reach Mars.Carl Sagan (1980). CosmosBEST Library, Basement | QB44.2 .S235If you're looking for a broader view of the skies, I can't recommend a better place to start than Carl Sagan's Cosmos, which gives us such famous quotes as "We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars."

By: gibsonke on: August 03, 2012 10:03 am | gibsonke

New graduate students are invited to an orientation by the Miami University Libraries.
When: August 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where: BEST Library, Laws Hall

Join us to learn more about library services and resources and to meet with liaison librarians.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Katie Gibson ( with your questions.

By: gibsonke on: August 09, 2012 9:54 am | gibsonke

New faculty, please join us for the Miami University Libraries' New Faculty Orientation on Monday August 13, 2012. Join us in 320 King Library for lunch and to learn about the resources and services the Libraries provide. A complete schedule is available on the registration page.

All new faculty are invited to this event - even if you are not completely new to Miami we'd love to have you.

Please register at the following URL prior to August 13:

Thank you and we hope to see you there!