Greetings from your Research & Instruction Librarian

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome back to campus, or in the case of new faculty, welcome to campus!

What’s New?

  • The biggest of these changes is the need to log into the library using your network password in order to access online resources.

  • We have also recently implemented a Discovery Search that will search the library catalog and databases at one time.

  • We are starting a scaffold / tiered platform for information literacy instruction within the departments attempting to give students what they need at the level they need it, with information increasing as the students move forward year after year. This does not mean we will be unavailable to conduct instruction sessions for individual classes outside the major research classes we have identified. We are always available for instruction sessions!

  • We have added to the online collection over the summer and have expanded our JSTOR holdings and the holdings within Web of Science to include an expansion of the original database which includes: Social Science Citation Index (1900-present); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present); and the Book Citation Index - Social Sciences and Humanities (2005-present). Of use to the Humanities and Social Sciences would also be the Data Citation Index (1900-present) which includes, “research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation.”

  • Below are links to spreadsheets of the new titles added to the library’s circulating collection since April. They are organized by call number beginning with A.


  • If you would like to schedule an instruction session, please let me know!

  • If you have space on your course syllabi, could you please include the following statement (or some variation of it) for your students:

“Your librarian for this course is Beck Richardson. She is able to assist you with developing search strategies and finding material on assignments you will be completing in this course. You can reach her at rrichardson5@murraystate.edu or 212B Waterfield Library.”