Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome to the biggest class in CBU history!

The staff of Plough Library welcomes the biggest incoming Freshmen class in CBU history. We're here to help you whether you're researching a topic for your composition class, identifying peer-reviewed articles, evaluating the usefulness of a website, trying to figure out how to cite a reference, or just looking for something to read.

Come by and see us.

During the semester, we're open from 7:45 am to 11 pm Mondays through Thursdays; 7:45 am to 4:30 pm Fridays; 12 noon to 4 pm Saturdays; and 1 pm to 11 pm Sundays. Can't come in? Call us (901-321-3432) during business hours, or email us at We answer emails within 24 hours.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Research Guides - update your links

We're happy to announce new editions of our Research Guides. Here's the new Physician Assistant page as an example. The homepage of a guide will display various key resources. Connect to other types of resources (reference works or journals, for example) from the links in the left hand column. The Reference Books page for Physician Assistants is shown below.

Here's the list of currently available guides. If you link to any of our old guides in Moodle, you'll want to change your links. 

Most of the content from the old guides have been transferred into the new Research Guides, and some of the old guides have been merged into a single guide. If you miss a particular guide, or if you would like to have a guide developed for a specific course, let us know and we can create one specifically for you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Course Reserves

Faculty! Remember that you can place supplemental readings for your courses on reserve in the library: your personal copy of a book or the library's copy of a book are acceptable as are photocopies of journal articles or book chapters so long as they comply with copyright law. We'll keep the material at the circulation desk for students to check out for in-library use. Unless you let us know otherwise, the check-out period will be 3 hours. Items are cross-referenced in the library catalog by instructor name and course number.

It will take 24 hours for material to be processed for reserves, so be sure you bring it to us before you tell your students that we have it.

Reserve items can be held in the library for no more than one semester. 

Check out our Reserves page for more details.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Limited Hours this Week

We have limited hours this week, only being open between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. this week, and we will be closed Thursday morning until 2 p.m. for CBU's Community Convocation.

We'll be open this weekend to get the semester started:
  • Saturday, August 23: 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 24: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Welcome back, faculty

Welcome back faculty. With the incoming class, you're going to be busier than ever, but we're here to help.

So--bring in your Reserve items. Schedule your class for an information literacy session. Remember you can link to library resources in courseware (and many databases automatically generate links that let students proxy into library resources from on- or off-campus). If you need help with linking from other databases, ask us. If you're not sure if the required readings you're putting into your Moodle courses are within Copyright's Fair Use allowances, ask us. If you have any questions about the library, its online resources, or its services, ask us. Request your interlibrary loans. And check out the new book shelf.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Value Line user guides

Value Line has just released a set of user guides for their new interface. Guides cover navigation, charting, the Research Report, and the Stock Screener tool.

Download and print them out for future reference.

Monday, August 11, 2014

New in Films on Demand

Our Films on Demand subscription continually adds new titles to the database. Here are some recent additions:
As you can tell from sampling above, Films on Demand covers many subjects--science, technology, psychology, anthropology, and more. Over 6000 education titles are available for viewing--in whole or in part. Transcripts are also included.

Videos and video segments come with links that can be used in Moodle courses. See Linking from Films on Demand for instructions.