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Hospitality and Tourism Complete – New Online Resource

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August 27th, 2014

Students will find scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism in a new database, Hospitality and Tourism Complete, now available on the popular EBSCOhost platform. The Libraries added the resource to support the Hospitality and Tourism Management major, offered for the first time this fall by the College of Business and Economics.

The collection contains more than 828,000 sources, with full text for more than 480 publications, including periodicals, company & country reports, and books. For more information or to access Hospitality and Tourism Complete, visit the databases page on the Libraries web site.

New Online – Historical Black Newspapers

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August 18th, 2014

The Libraries recently acquired a new collection of digitized newspapers to support research. Proquest Historical Black Newspapers offers outstanding primary source documents for the study of African-American history, politics, and culture.

The collection contains full text of 9 important African-American newspapers: Chicago Defender, The Baltimore Afro-American, New York Amsterdam News,Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, The Norfolk Journal and Guide, The Philadelphia Tribune, and Cleveland Call and Post. Dates of coverage vary by newspaper, but taken together the collection covers from 1893 to 2005.

The 9 newspapers may be searched as a group through a listing on the Library web site at: Proquest Historical Newspapers – Black Newspapers. They may be cross-searched with other Proquest databases, such as the historical New York Times, as well.

For more information or questions contact or Penny Pugh at

Learn Non-Profit Fundraising in Summer Service Class

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April 10th, 2014

This summer, the Libraries are partnering with the WVU Center for Service and Learning and Milan Puskar Health Right to offer ULIB 200, a summer service class on grantseeking for non-profits. Students will learn grantseeking research while they prepare a fundraising plan to help Health Right purchase technology.

ULIB 200 will not only give students hands-on experience with non-profit fundraising, but also teach them how to identify funding sources for non-profit organizations using specialized databases and how to prepare a professional research portfolio. The course will be offered May 19 through June 26.

For more information, visit the course webpage or contact Social Sciences Research Librarian Alyssa Wright at

Try SAGE Research Methods in April

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April 3rd, 2014

Students and faculty have month-long access to an award-winning new database, SAGE Research Methods. Try it for free and tell the Libraries how you would use it to support your own research projects or teaching.

SAGE Research Methods contains content from journals, books, and reference sources, including The Little Green Books. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help design research projects, understand particular methods, identify a new method, conduct research, and write up findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it will be useful across many fields of study, including the social sciences, business, and health sciences.

To access SAGE Research Methods visit the listing on the library web site.

To learn more, sign up for an online training session. Heather Dray, a trainer from SAGE will conduct a webinar on Monday, April 14th, from 10-11 AM. Contact Penny Pugh,, to register for the training.

Download BrowZine

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February 28th, 2014

Now you can easily read and follow favorite scholarly journals from your iPad or Android tablet.

The WVU Libraries are providing access to journals from many major publishers in a format specially designed for tablets, through the BrowZine app.

BrowZine allows you to save journals to a bookshelf, browse tables of contents, download articles and set up alerts when new articles are published.

It is easy to get started. Download the free app from, launch the app, and select West Virginia University from the list of schools. Login with your WVU MyID credentials and begin browsing.

Mountaineer Week Film Event

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October 31st, 2013

Join Jo Brown, Research Librarian and Appalachian Bibliographer, for a screening of The Last Mountain, a moving and controversial documentary about the battle to save Coal River Mountain. The film will be shown at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, November 6th, in the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre, as part of Mountaineer Week. The Last Mountain takes an unflinching look at the practice of mountaintop removal mining and the environmental, health, social, and economic effects of the using coal to meet America’s energy needs. A discussion will follow the screening.

BrowZine! Your Journals in a Browsable Format

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September 27th, 2013

The Libraries are sponsoring a trial of BrowZine, the new iPad and Adroid application that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals right on your iPad or Android tablet!

To get started, just search for BrowZine in your app store, download the free app, and select West Virginia University from the list of schools. BrowZine will be available for testing until October 31st.

Do you like BrowZine? Please send feedback to

The Library in Your Pocket

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July 19th, 2013

The Libraries offer a variety of services designed for phones and tablets. Here are three things to try right now.

    Read an e-book. Download one of 90,000 e-books from ebrary. Apps are available for Android and iOS devices. Details at ebrary.

    Find research articles for a paper or project. EBSCOhost and Web of Science mobile editions are mobilized at

    Get answers. Text your library questions to 304-220-0919 and get real-time answers.

New Civil War Research Collection

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June 18th, 2013

With support from generous donors, the Libraries have acquired The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction, a unique resource for researching and teaching this critical period of 19th-century American history. The new digital collection features more than 150 newspapers from all regions of the United States—plus approximately 50,000 government documents and 4,000 rare broadsides and pieces of ephemera. Together, this diverse collection of primary materials provides remarkable local and national coverage of American culture, politics and society from 1840 through 1877—a tumultuous time that redefined a nation. Connect to the collection at The Civil War. For more information, contact Penny Pugh:

Workshop for Grant Seekers

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April 4th, 2013

The Downtown Campus Library of West Virginia University will host a free workshop on grant seeking for nonprofit organizations from 9:30am to noon on April 13th.

The session will highlight the electronic and print resources available for free use at the Downtown Campus Library, which recently became a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. In its new role, the Library serves as a hub for the Foundation Center’s resources, making them available to nonprofits and social service agencies, as well as the University community.

The workshop, led by Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center (, will provide an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. It will detail the grant-seeking process, the world of grantmakers, and available tools and resources. It will include instruction on the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Participants will learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that match an organization’s funding needs.

To register, contact Penny Pugh at (304-293-0334) or Alyssa Wright at (304-293-0337).
For more information, visit

Banned Book Read-In

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October 3rd, 2012

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. On Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:30 PM, Dr. Elizabeth Dooley will read from The Color Purple as part of the campus events for Banned Books Week. The Read-In will be held in the Wise Library Robinson Reading Room.

Banned Books Week is an annual event, sponsored by the American Library Association to draw attention to the problem of censorship. Each year hundreds of books are challenged by groups that want the books removed from schools and libraries. Books that have been challenged in the past include such classics as The Grapes of Wrath, Catch 22, and Lord of the Flies.

To learn more, visit the Downtown Campus Library to see an exhibit featuring some of the classic titles that have been targeted by would-be censors.

Grad Student Workshops This Week

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September 24th, 2012

Learn the basics of two library citation managers, EndNote Web and RefWorks, at a workshop offered in two locations. The first session will be held in the Downtown Campus Library (Room 136) on Tuesday, September 25, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. The session will be repeated on Thursday, September 27th, at the Evansdale Library in the electronic classroom (Rm 130) from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Advance registration is suggested, but not required. Please email:

New Password for Access to Library Resources

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May 13th, 2011

To prepare for the campus-wide changes in identity management that will occur over the summer, the Libraries have changed the password for access to electronic resources. Beginning on May 13, access from off-campus locations will use the WVU Master ID username and password for logon.

Changing to Master ID for library authentication is an important step in reducing the number of passwords needed for access to campus resources.  Library resources available by Master ID password include databases, e-journals and e-books. Materials on e-Reserve (electronic reserve) and library computers will also use Master ID as the method of login. Instruction and links to help are included on the logon screens. 

WVU students, faculty, and staff may activate their WVU Master ID online at  Those who need to reset their passwords can phone the OIT Help Desk at 304-293-4444.

Library help is available online at or by phone at 304-293-3640.

New! Full-Text Dissertations Available

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January 19th, 2011

The WVU Libraries now offer dissertations from Proquest Dissertations and Theses Fulltext  (PQDT), providing access from the Library web site at to over one million full-text dissertations, downloadable in PDF format. 

PQDT is an invaluable resource for graduate students and faculty, who until now had to borrow copies of dissertations through the Interlibrary Loan Service.   It includes dissertations from 700 academic institutions, with full-text available online for those added since 1997. 

More than 70,000 new dissertations and theses are added each year.  In addition to full-text, the database includes listings for dissertations from 1861 to the present day, with abstracts for those from 1980 to the present.

Improved eReserve Services Launched

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August 25th, 2010

The Reserve section of Access Services is pleased to introduce new software for processing and delivering eReserve and Reserve materials. While we believe that the new software is faster and easier to use, faculty should notice only minor differences – mainly a change in password log in procedure.

Benefits to faculty:
• Won’t have to provide password/logon information to students – so you don’t have to wait until passwords are issued to finalize a syllabus
• Items can be placed on reserve for a limited time using a time-based system, i.e., if you want sample tests made available to the class from 10/1-10/15, you can tell us that whenever you submit the materials and we can set the calendar so that they are only available during the specified time. You do not need to wait to provide them just prior to the allotted time.
• Should no longer have students contacting you for forgotten passwords
• Please note: submitting materials for eReserves/Reserves has not changed. Use the same form(s), which have been slightly updated, and submit as before. The forms now ask you to provide the CRN and section numbers for each class being added to reserve.

Benefits to students:
• Can log into their reserve materials with the standard library logon (username = Mix logon; password = 2-digit DAY of birth and last 4 numbers of their WVU ID#)
• Will not have to remember a password and logon for each class
• Won’t have to contact faculty to get forgotten passwords
• Every class for which they have reserve materials will be listed when they log on into one place

Streaming Music to Your Desktop

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March 1st, 2010

The WVU Libraries now offer over 40,000 albums from the Naxos Music label online. From Gregorian chant to 21st century classical, from jazz to folk, this music is available from the WVU Libraries’ web site.

Visit the Naxos Music Library to begin listening. Find your favorites and create a playlist, or expand your listening horizons with the new releases. Off-campus access is available to current faculty, staff, and students.

For questions or help with Naxos Music Library, contact Beth Royall at the Evansdale Library –

Try ebrary Electronic Books This Month

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October 6th, 2009

The Libraries invite you to try electronic books from ebrary during the month of October. More than 44,000 books in 16 key subject areas are available for reading online through the Library web site during the trial period. The ebrary interface makes research easy, with tools that allow for highlighting, annotating and personal bookshelves.

Connect to ebrary from the Libraries trial database web site.

And please let us know what you think. Use the Feedback Form on the web. Your comments are always welcome.

Speak. Read. Know. Celebrate Banned Books Week.

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September 25th, 2009

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 26th through October 3rd. An annual event since 1982, Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and other professional organizations for authors, journalists, publishers, and booksellers. The celebration is an on-going effort to raise awareness of censorship attempts in the United States.

Each year, groups around the country seek to ban books from library shelves for reasons such as violence, sexuality, and profanity. In the past, classic works of literature like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Grapes of Wrath have been targeted by book banners. In 2008, more than 500 titles were challenged.

Visit the Downtown Campus Library’s Banned Book Week exhibits to learn more about banned books. And read a banned book this week. For suggested titles, visit Challenged or Banned Classics.

To see where book censorship occurred in 2008, visit:

Free Tutoring in the Downtown Campus Library

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August 25th, 2009

Get a jump on the new semester. Free tutoring, offered by the WVU Academic Resource Centers, begins on August 25th. Tutors will be available in the Reference Department of the Downtown Campus Library from 7 pm until 11 pm each evening, Sunday through Thursday. The tutors can help students with chemistry, physics, biology, math, and statistics. Students should bring their ids, textbooks, and assignments to tutoring sessions.

Additional services for students are coming soon. The Library’s Term Paper Clinic will resume on September 21st. The WVU Writing Center will be joining the tutoring service later in the semester.

Extended Hours Begin Sunday

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April 23rd, 2009

The Downtown Campus and Evansdale Libraries will open at 9 am on Sunday, April 26th, and remain open 24 hours for most of the next two weeks. See Library Hours for details.

Study hard.

Good luck and best wishes from librarians and library staff.