Library Newsletter: September 2021

Welcome Back To Campus!

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What's New?

Table of Contents

  • Library Hours
  • New Study Room Signup
  • New Website Design and Subject-Specific Guides
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Faculty Corner (JoVE)

We teased that there would be a lot of new changes this trimester. This newsletter will go over what is new for the library in 2021.

After almost 20 months of either being closed or having reduced hours, the library is going to be open seven days a week again and we'll be open later on four of those days. Please check the schedule below to see when you can come and study.

The library's website has a brand new look. Everything we used to offer is still there but we hope it's easier to find. We've also developed some additional guides to supplement the services and training we offer.

We've also implemented a new study room sign up experience. This online signup is even better than our previous systems. You can now start your reservation on the hour or half hour and you can reserve the room in 30 minute slots instead of one or two hours.

To learn more about the library and research, we're offering our workshops at the beginning of this trimester again. Look below to read the descriptions and when they'll be offered.

Finally, we've brought back JoVE per faculty request.

I hope everyone has a great trimester and stays safe!

Fall 2021

The library will be open approximately 90 hours a week except for holidays and breaks.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

With LibCal

The new study room sign up is now live.

Some of the benefits include:

  • An ability to sign up for 30 minutes to 2 hours (or 4 hours for bigger rooms)
  • Start times can be on the hour or half hour
  • You get a confirmation email and a reminder
  • Easy to cancel
  • No need to wait for a new signup to be posted every week
  • A check in/check out process which will help us monitor use

The link to the signup is on the library's website but you can also bookmark the page once you're there for easy access in the future.

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New Website

The website got a makeover but don't worry, everything that was there before still exists. Some pages are the same. There are also new guides.

Read about the new sections down below. We're continuously developing new guides so look for more in the future.

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Search For Resources

Searching for books, electronic journal access and accessing our databases are now done by tabs.

If you'd like to search our catalog, use the search bar under the "Books" tab. If you'd like to see which e-journals we have available, search for the journal's title under the "e-journals" tab. And to access one of the more popular databases, use the drop down menu to find the database you're looking for.

If you'd like a description of the databases or would like to see all of the databases we have available, click on "All Databases" in the drop down menu.

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Curated Links

We've put links to information that is most pertinent to Students, Faculty and General users in their sections but they may be useful to all.

For instance, the library has a new Writing and Citing guide which was created with students in mind but faculty might find it helpful as well when issuing assignments. In the guide, you can find:

  • Links and quick guides for APA and AMA Citation styles
  • Information about the writing lab
  • Information about using inclusive language in writing
  • ESL Resources

We have a Belonging guide that supports the Belonging at NWHSU initiative with resources to help you expand your knowledge of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

And there's a Library Orientation guide that will walk you through how to take full advantage of all the library has to offer.

Upcoming Workshops

The library has some upcoming workshops for those looking to learn more about what the library offers.

If you'd like an invitation sent to you for any of the webinars, please email and one will be sent to add to your calendars.

Library Orientation

This lunchtime webinar will go over how to use the services the library has to offer. Learn about finding full text, what databases we offer, how to sign up to use the study rooms and you can ask any questions you have.

September 14th, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428,,232267126# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 232 267 126#


Mendeley is a citation management software that allows you to import references into a library and then use those references to create citations as you write a paper. The software can create in-text and bibliographies for a number of common citation styles.

September 16th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

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+1 952-686-6428,,185500294# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 185 500 294#

Writing A Paper: How To Get Started *NEW*

More classes are requiring paper writing on campus but so many students haven't written a paper in years. This webinar covers the very basics of writing a paper such as

  • Why is citation important? What is in-text citation vs. a reference list.
  • Where can I find information on formatting a paper?
  • Where can I find information for my paper?
  • How do I even start writing a paper?

This webinar is new and we won't have time to go in depth in each of these areas but we hope to help students focus on the process, learn where you can go to get more depth on writing topics and learn how to set up more individualized assistance with a librarian or writing lab professional.

October 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

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+1 952-686-6428,,924775123# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 924 775 123#

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The Advanced Searching Workshop

This workshop is more of a conversation. The librarian will show you commonly used databases as well as those you'd like to get to know better. We can discuss how to search, how to find certain article types like systematic reviews. Be sure to bring any searching questions you might have.

October 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

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Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428,,959277931# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 959 277 931#


The library has subscribed to JoVE again. You may remember JoVE from last year when they gave a trial to schools who had to suddenly close because of the pandemic. It was popular enough that we've decided to get a regular subscription which we encourage you to check out.

JoVE is a Science Education and Video Library. It's dedicated to teaching the practice and theory of scientific experiments through engaging and easy-to-understand visual demonstrations.

Let us know if you have any questions.