Library Newsletter: January 2022

Winter Tri Begins!

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What's New?

Table of Contents

  • Library Hours
  • COVID Policies
  • Grammarly EDU
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • LibCal (Study Room Signup)

We've had a cold start to the winter trimester but we can see students getting back into the swing of things.

This newsletter will cover what you need to know about the start of the Winter Trimester in the library and how we can help make your lives easier in your studies.

Winter 2022

The library is back to full time hours. We're open 7 days a week (minus holidays). Please look below to see those hours and find out which days we'll be closed.

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.


Monday Jan. 17th

Monday Feb. 21st

Homecoming: Feb 3-5

Check our website for any changes in hours

Masks Are Back

As you know, the university has reinstated an on-campus mask mandate while Omicron is surging.

This applies to the library as well. Here's a reminder of when you need to be masked in the library and when you can take off the masks.

  • Masks need to be worn in all general library areas (near the information desk, while using the computers and while using the study tables/desks in the main library area).
  • Masks need to be worn while using the library classroom (or library computer room if that's what you'd prefer to call it) even if the door is closed.
  • Masks may be removed in Study Rooms 1-14; although we strongly recommend mask wearing if you share the space with a fellow student.

This mandate will be in place until further notice.

Thank you so much for your cooperation. It is greatly appreciated.

Feeling Ill?

We'd also like to take this time to remind you of the university policy around COVID. Out of an abundance of caution, if you start to feel ill or are exhibiting COVID symptoms please go home.

Shape Up Your Writing

The writing lab is here to help you polish your papers, grad school admission essays, and other types of long-form writing.

But what about your emails or discussion forum posts, or quick assignments that are due in an hour? You probably still want those to be professional. That's where Grammarly EDU can help.

Grammarly EDU is the premium version of Grammarly for students. The university provides a free account while you are a student at NWHSU.

It doesn't just correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation; it also makes recommendations on polishing your writing for professionalism, tone, and clarity.

To learn more about Grammarly EDU, visit the library's Grammarly EDU guide.

While you're there, you can also learn more about writing resources, including the Writing Lab, in the Writing Guide.

Upcoming Workshops

The library has upcoming workshops for those looking to learn more about what the library offers or how we can help you.

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.

Thursday, January 13th, 2022 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,,282557130# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 282 557 130#


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 citations and bibliographies (or reference lists) for a number of common citation styles.

Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428,,395217617# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 395 217 617#

Writing A Paper: How To Get Started

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 an 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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428,,995814569# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 995 814 569#

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.

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428,,785358103# United States, Bloomington

Phone Conference ID: 785 358 103#

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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