Monday, March 30, 2009

More Free Database Trials -- Limited Time, Try Them Soon!

Besides the Springer E-books, Kimbel Library currently has several other database trials ongoing. The library may or may not subscribe to these resources in the future, and your input into whether or not these resources would be helpful to you is welcome. Here are links to the current trials (you will have to be using a computer on campus for the links to work, and the trials will only be available for a very limited time, so be sure to test them out soon!):

Proquest Central:


CSA Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts


Please leave us a comment to this post and let us know if you would like Kimbel Library to consider subscribing to any of these databases (especially include why they would help you with your classes, etc.). Thanks so much for your help!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring Break Library Hours

Yes, the library IS open during Spring Break, but we will have reduced hours. Here they are:

Saturday, March 14th -- Closed
Sunday, March 15th -- Closed
Monday, March 16th -- Open 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 17th -- Open 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 18th -- Open 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 19th -- Open 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Friday, March 20th -- Open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Also, please note, the library's server will be offline starting Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00 am while the library switches over to a new server. Estimated downtime is 6 hours, but check the library's webpage at for updates. During the upgrade, the library's online catalog, interlibrary loan services, PASCAL requesting, MyLibrary, and off-campus access to databases will be unavailable, so please plan ahead. You can still use databases from on-campus and you can still check out materials in the library.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Resources to help with end-of-semester projects. Free ebook trial!

It is that time of the semester when we are all feeling the demands of papers and research coming due! We have access to a great resource that could help you out, but you will need to take advantage of this before April 30, 2009!

We have trial access to 12,000 of SpringerLink's extensive collection of ebooks. These books cover subjects from ranging from the Humanities to Sciences. Please take some time to browse the books in your subject area to look for helpful resources for your research.

To access the database, go to this link.

Navigation help:

  • To browse a subject area, choose Subject Collections from the top of the screen.

  • The original search results include articles as well as ebooks. To see only books, choose Content Type of Books or Book Chapters on the list at the right side of screen.

  • After choosing a book, chapters appear as separate PDF files.

  • To search within the books, you can find more by choosing the Content Type of Book Chapters.

Please send us your feedback. Simply reply to this blog post to tell us what you think of the content. Would you like to see these books as a permanent part of our collection?

Thank you and best of luck in your research!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Daylight Savings Time!

Don't forget, Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend at 2:00 am Sunday, March 8th. Be sure to spring your clocks one hour ahead!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Big Read 2009

Did you know? The Big Read book for Fall 2009 will be Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard. Read more about the book and make your book recommendations for the Big Read 2010 at the First Year Experience website, here:

National Library Week - Worlds Connect @ Your Library

We will be celebrating National Library Week next month from April 12 to 18, 2009.

The theme this year is "Worlds Connect @ Your Library". Special events, including contests with great prizes, are being planned, so stay tuned to the blog for updates on National Library Week!