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LibWIS Wednesday, Feb. 21: Open Lab

LibWIS Open Lab
February 21
3:15-4:15 pm
Ellis Library Room 4D11

This open lab is a come-and-go session to help you with any library or research questions you have.

Bring in your assignments and questions, and library staff will be on hand to assist you as needed.

For more information on LibWIS, see the Spring 2018 schedule.

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Photos by Notley Hawkins on Display in the Bookmark Cafe

Photos by Notley Hawkins are now in display in the Bookmark Cafe. Subjects include our very own Columbia, Missouri, as well as rural scenes and natural vistas.

Notley Hawkins has lived in Missouri his whole life. Born and raised in Columbia, he studied painting and drawing at Columbia College with Sid Larson, a student of Thomas Hart Benton. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for his Master’s degree where he worked with noted artist and cartoonist Frank Stack (Foolbert Sturgeon). Notley did additional studies at the prestigious Skowhegan School in Maine.

Chainsaw Shrine Redux
Chainsaw Shrine Redux

He has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Ucross Foundation, and his work is in the collections of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, as well as many private collections. Notley he took up photography in 2005 after growing disinterested in painting and is now a full-time fine art photographer specializing in rural and bucolic images.

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LibWIS Wednesday: Research Strategies, Part 1

Research Strategies, Part 1
February 14
3:15-4:15 pm
Ellis Library Room 4D11

Learn how to find books in our library and how to request books from other libraries. Learn how to do basic research to find peer-reviewed journal articles.

For more information on LibWIS, see the Spring 2018 schedule.

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LibWIS Wednesday: Open Lab

LibWIS Open Lab
February 7
3:15-4:15 pm
Ellis Library Room 4D11

This open lab is a come-and-go session to help you with any library or research questions you have.

Bring in your assignments and questions, and library staff will be on hand to assist you as needed.

For more information on LibWIS, see the Spring 2018 schedule.

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New Research Guide: Negro, Black and African-American Census Reports

Did you know that the Census Bureau completed a census on Negro newspapers in the 1930s? Are you curious about the population, income, and housing of Black farmers in the 1950s? Interested in learning more about childcare arrangements in the 1980s? The Census Bureau does much more than the decennial census. Reports cover agriculture, poverty, insurance, government, education and a host of other topics.

Our new guide to Negro, Black and African-American Census Reports provides resources for statistics, analysis and demographics on African-Americans from 1790 to the present.

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Cycle of Success: Roots N Blues Musician Finds Time for Research

When lifelong musician Murry Hammond came to Columbia with his band of twenty-five years, Old 97’s, for the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend a few days conducting research in Ellis Library. In addition to being a musician, Murry describes himself as a “lay historian with a lifelong passion for preservation and writing history, specializing in transportation and industrial history of primarily Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.” He has digitized and published thousands of images to his website Texas Transportation Archive over the past two decades and is the author of East Texas Logging Railroads.

How did Murry find out that Ellis Library had a wealth of resources in his areas of specialty? The answer is WorldCat, the online catalog that searches the collections of libraries worldwide. Old 97’s had been a Blue Note regular for years, but Murry never had enough time in Columbia for any real research. When they performed at Roots N Blues, however, he flew in several days early and had a “dream visit.”

Eric Cusick, Murry Hammond, Karen Eubanks

Eric Cusick, Karen Eubanks, and Burt Fields were the key staff members who helped make Murry’s time at Ellis Library a successful one. Karen describes her colleagues at the Circulation and Help Desk as the “face of the library” as students and visitors often ask their very first questions there–and the questions vary widely. Students may need anything from directions to the research help desk to a band-aid, and visitors may be curious about events on campus or downtown. Because each circulation team member has different strengths and experiences, they are able to help people find the information (or bandages) they need.

Murry initially corresponded with Eric about the materials he needed before his arrival, and Karen set him up in a location conducive to using his scanner and safely handling fragile materials. She says, “When Murry arrived early one morning at the circulation desk ready to begin his work, I was able to locate a quite study space in our offices that was suitable for his research as he had brought his own scanner and needed a large desk area to accommodate the many large volumes he had requested through Eric from the depository,” the off-campus storage facility. Burt worked with library staff at the depository to help Murry retrieve additional materials as needed during his visit. Murry spent three days, one clocking in at 16.5 hours, conducting research in Ellis Library and was back in December to work with more library materials.

“Mizzou Libraries helped significantly cut down my time at the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress,” Murry says. “I’ve been in literally dozens of the major archives and special collections in most of the lower 48 states, and Mizzou Libraries is in easily in my top ten, at least for what I research. Thank you!”

Cycle of Success is the idea that libraries, faculty, and students are linked; for one to truly succeed, we must all succeed. The path to success is formed by the connections between University of Missouri Libraries and faculty members, between faculty members and students, and between students and the libraries that serve them. More than just success, this is also a connection of mutual respect, support, and commitment to forward-thinking research.

Although the Cycle of Success typically focuses on the relationships among the Libraries, faculty, and students, the Libraries also contribute to the success of all the communities Mizzou serves. The Libraries are an integral part of Mizzou’s mission “to produce and disseminate knowledge that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation and the world.”

If you would like to submit your own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or work, please use the Cycle of Success form.

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Writers’ Room Meetings for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student looking for camaraderie while you work on your academic writing projects? Join your peers for weekly Writers’ Room meetings.

Ellis Library is once again collaborating with the Graduate Student Association to provide space for their Writers’ Room meetings, Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m. in room 4F51A. The Writers’ Room is a free program for graduate students to work on their academic writing in a supportive environment. The Writers’ Room will meet every Thursday from February 15th through April 19th (excepting March 29th during Spring Break).

At the beginning of most meetings, librarians will provide ten-minute information sessions on various library services and resources.

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Book Display: Noms de Plume

February 13th is “Get a Different Name Day.” Celebrate by checking out our book display near the Research Help and Information Desk at Ellis Library.

Take home a book penned by an author who used a pen name or a book about a musician or actor who used a stage name.

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I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

home Workshops LibWIS Week, Spring 2018: Library Workshops for International Students

LibWIS Week, Spring 2018: Library Workshops for International Students

What is LibWIS?

LibWIS means Library Workshops for International Students. These no-registration sessions are open to anyone, but international students are particularly encouraged to attend. All workshops will be in Ellis Library, Room 4D11 during the week of January 29 – February 2, from 3:15-4:15 pm. The workshops, along with open labs, will also be offered throughout the semester (see the LibWIS Wednesdays schedule for dates). Come to one or all of the workshops! You may bring your own laptop or use the desktops located in the classroom.

LibWIS Week

Research Strategies, Part 1
Monday, January 29
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Learn how to find books in our library and how to request books from other libraries. Learn how to do basic research to find peer-reviewed journal articles.

Using Google for Research (New in the LibWIS series!)
Tuesday, January 30
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

How is the best way to use Google for research purposes?  What is Google Scholar, and how does it differ from the various research databases in the Libraries? What are other features in Google that can assist me as a student?

We encourage you to bring your own laptop to this session. We will show you how to adjust your Google settings to locate Mizzou resources more easily.

Plagiarism: What Is It & How to Avoid It
Wednesday, January 31
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Your class syllabus has a statement about “academic dishonesty” and “academic integrity.” What does this mean at MU? Plagiarism is an important—but sometimes confusing—issue for domestic and international students alike. Many people unknowingly commit plagiarism when writing their papers. Join us to learn how to identify and avoid plagiarism in your academic writing. We will look at common errors in citing resources, paraphrasing, and summarizing research as well as how to correct those errors and prevent plagiarism in your academic work.

Research Strategies, Part 2
Thursday, February 1
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Discover which library resources are best for YOUR specific research. Learn time-saving tips for effective searching to find the research articles, reports, and other materials you need.

Zotero  
Friday, February 2
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Zotero is a free, open source computer program that provides space to store your citations and then formats them in hundreds of different citation styles as you write your paper, article, or dissertation. Join us as we discuss how to use Zotero in your writing.
We encourage you to bring your own laptop to this session and have Zotero downloaded on your laptop before coming. (Ask for assistance downloading Zotero at the Research Help and Information Desk.)     

 

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LibWIS Wednesdays, Spring 2018: Library Workshops for International Students

What is LibWIS?

LibWIS means Library Workshops for International Students. These no-registration sessions are open to anyone, but international students are particularly encouraged to attend. Be sure to check out the workshop descriptions. Bring your research problems and questions to the Open Labs, where librarians will be available to assist you. You may bring your own laptop or use the desktops located in the classroom, Ellis Library, Room 4D11.

LibWIS Wednesdays
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

February 7: Open Lab
February 14: Research Strategies, Part 1
February 21: Open Lab
February 28: Using Google for Research
March 7: Open Lab
March 14: Research Strategies, Part 2
March 21: Open Lab
April 4: Plagiarism: What Is It & How to Avoid It
April 11: Open Lab
April 18: Zotero*
April 25: Open Lab

*We encourage you to bring your own laptop to this session and have Zotero downloaded on your laptop before coming. (Ask for assistance downloading Zotero at the Research Help and Information Desk.)