Finals Survival Guide

It's that time in the semester again: FINALS.

Never fear! From research help to stress relieving activities, Mizzou Libraries have your back! Check out our Finals Survival Guide with details on all the end of semester resources that we have to offer.

And remember, when in doubt, Ask a Librarian!


Fridays @ the Library: What’s in the Archives?

What's in the Archives?

April 28th 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

With final projects and assignments approaching it's goood to know what all your resources are! Learn about the print and digitized resources that are held in University Archives. Recieve advice on the best ways to use these resources as primary sources. 

Gary Cox, Public Service Archivist

This workshop is both available face-to-face in room 159 in Ellis Library and as an online workshop.

Register for the In-Person Worshop here.

Register for the Online Workshop here.

Cycle of Success: Gwen Gray, Kate Anderson, and Supporting Entrepreneurship

Gwen Gray
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.

Gwen Gray, Business, Economics & Public Poloicy Librarian, spearheads the libraries’ involvement with a variety of programs. Through her work with Entrepreneurship Alliance students, Gwen promotes the libraries as an integral resource for teaching and research. Greg Bier, Director of the Entrepreneurship Alliance, indicates her positive impact. “I just wanted to thank you for working with my Entrepreneurship Alliance students Tuesday,” Bier said. “I think it is very important that they understand the tools right at their fingertips on campus. Unfortunately, not many of them think of Ellis as one of them. I also think you change their opinions. Thanks for being a great help!”

Gwen strives to integrate library resources and services into MU’s entrepreneurship programs. One such program is the Biodesign & Innovation Program. Through her work, Gwen assists Biodesign Fellows as they seek out information and research. The Fellows she works with speak highly of the assistance she provides. “Our Biodesign Filtering presentation tonight was a great success,” one Fellow said. 

Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson is the head of the Zalk Vetinary Medical Library and works with Gwen on a number of projects, including that Biodesign Program and the Coulter Translational Partnership. In Coulter boot camps, teams of physicans and engineeers build their case for funding from the Coulter Foundation. The goal of the Coulter Foundation is to accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into products the improve patient care.  

Because entrepreneurs need expertise and resources from multiple disciplines, Gwen and Kate collaborate extensively. The biodesign fellows and the boot camp participants often acknowledge Gwen’s and Kate’s teamwork.

  • “I wanted to say a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to both of you for getting us all the information we needed in such a short period of time. You both made the success of [our] presentation possible!”
  • “Thank you so much for checking in with us. It really means a lot to know we have your support!"
  • “Many thanks for your kind help in award.  Really appreciate [Gwen’s] help and Kate’s timely support.”

This active collaboration enables the Libraries to have a positive impact on the biotech entrepreneurial climate not only on campus but in the greater mid-Missouri region as well.

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


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Staff Picks Book Display

It’s Friday and you may be looking for a way to relax and unwind this weekend. Head on over to the Health Sciences Library and check out a book from our Staff Picks display! On a variety of topics, all health related of course :), our books on display have all been previewed and recommended by your helpful library staff. Enjoy!

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear: What Doctors Say, What Patients Hear

Calculating Risks: How to Know when Numbers Deceive You

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Fever Season: the Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City

The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Bread: A Memoir of Hunger

Almost Perfect

Still Alice: A Novel

Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information, and Knowledge Transfer

Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery

Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

House of God





Reference Display: Dictionaries

Head over to the Reference Desk at Ellis Library for a weekly display of reference or other non-circulating materials.

This week, we have dictionaries on display. Sure, dictionaries are great for finding the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of words, but stop by to look up colloquialisms, words that originate from names, collective nouns, cliches, and more. These specialized dictionaries will give you new insight into the words we use every day.

To find out more about dictionary resources, go to this guide.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Virtual Reality at the J-Library

VR Sandbox all day Monday and Tuesday April 17 & 18th.

Come by the Journalism Library in room 102a and check out all our new VR equipment that will be available for checkout on April 19th!


Homido – V2 Virtual reality headset

Use your smartphone to create a virtual reality experience with this Homido VR headset. A 100-degree field of vision delivers a fully immersive viewing experience, and the focus adjustment feature means you don't have to remove your glasses to enjoy your games or movies

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard 

Bring virtual reality to life with Google Cardboard. Using your smartphone and VR apps,¹ this quality viewer puts the world of VR right in your hands.

Rico Theta 360 camera

You can capture your entire surroundings with the simple press of the shutter button. Enjoy a new world of images you have never experienced before.

Unbound Book Festival Display

Stop by Ellis Library to take a look at books by authors visiting Columbia for the Unbound Book Festival on April 22nd. MU is the presenting sponsor of this free local literary festival that features authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's books. The display is near the Reference Desk, and all books on display are available for check out. Try a mystery by Sara Paretsky, essays by Lisa Knopp, poems by Meg Kearney, or a picture book illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Lights, Camera, Action!

Green Screen Rooms are now available in 2E21 and 3E21 located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Ellis Library.  To reserve these rooms for up to 2 hours, go online to the room reservation calendar on the library’s homepage. 

You can use the green screen wall to replace the background of your photography and video projects with different settings.  Then, use Adobe Photoshop or Premiere on one of the Mac computers in the Digital Media Commons Lab to edit your work.

Equipment is available for checkout at the Circulation Desk with a student ID.  We have cameras, camcorders, tripods, microphones, portable green/blue screens, and many other items that will help you complete your project.

Go to to learn more!

Featured Article from Medicine and Related Fields: April 2017

Each month we feature one recent article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

This month’s article, entitled SENP1 regulates PTEN stability to dictate prostate cancer development , was co-authored in part by Dr. Feng-Ming Yang, Dr. Joan Ritho, and Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh of the Department of Internal Medicine. The article was published in Oncotarget (impact factor 5.008 in 2015).

For the list of University of Missouri publications in medicine and related fields published this month, view results here (in Firefox or Chrome). 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: April 2017

See below for University of Missouri authored articles added to Scopus in the last 30 days from medicine and related fields. Click here for an explanation on how these searches are run monthly to identify articles and how the lists are compiled. 

View the rest of the list in Scopus, or view recent MU authored articles from other disciplines (in Firefox or Chrome). 

Recent University of Missouri Publications- Medicine and Related Fields:

  1. Hawks, Z., Shimony, J., Rutlin, J., Grange, D.K., Christ, S.E., White, D.A. Pretreatment cognitive and neural differences between sapropterin dihydrochloride responders and non-responders with phenylketonuria
  2. Tran, T.M., Hampton, C.S., Brossard, T.W., Harmata, M., Robertson, J.D., Jurisson, S.S., Braun, D.M. In vivo transport of three radioactive [18F]-fluorinated deoxysucrose analogs by the maize sucrose transporter ZmSUT1
  3. Conn, V.S., Ruppar, T.M. Medication adherence outcomes of 771 intervention trials: Systematic review and meta-analysis 
  4. Fung, C.K., Moore, M.M., Karcher, N.R., Kerns, J.G., Martin, E.A. Emotional word usage in groups at risk for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: An objective investigation of attention to emotion
  5. Mastren, T., Radchenko, V., Bach, H.T., Balkin, E.R., Birnbaum, E.R., Brugh, M., Engle, J.W., Gott, M.D., Guthrie, J., Hennkens, H.M., John, K.D., Ketring, A.R., Kuchuk, M., Maassen, J.R., Naranjo, C.M., Nortier, F.M., Phelps, T.E., Jurisson, S.S., Wilbur, D.S., Fassbender, M.E. Bulk production and evaluation of high specific activity 186gRe for cancer therapy using enriched 186WO3 targets in a proton beam
  6. O'Daniels, S.T., Kesler, D.C., Mihail, J.D., Webb, E.B., Werner, S.J. Functional visual sensitivity to ultraviolet wavelengths in the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), and its influence on foraging substrate selection
  7. Gamal-Eldeen, A.M., Moustafa, D., El-Daly, S.M., Abo-Zeid, M.A.M., Saleh, S., Khoobchandani, M., Katti, K., Shukla, R., Katti, K.V. Gum Arabic-encapsulated gold nanoparticles for a non-invasive photothermal ablation of lung tumor in mice
  8. Khalilpour, S., Latifi, S., Behnammanesh, G., Majid, A.M.S.A., Majid, A.S.A., Tamayol, A. Ischemic optic neuropathy as a model of neurodegenerative disorder: A review of pathogenic mechanism of axonal degeneration and the role of neuroprotection
  9. Li, Y., Allen, J., Casillas, A. Relating psychological and social factors to academic performance: A longitudinal investigation of high-poverty middle school students
  10. Hossain, M.S., Kawakatsu, T., Kim, K.D., Zhang, N., Nguyen, C.T., Khan, S.M., Batek, J.M., Joshi, T., Schmutz, J., Grimwood, J., Schmitz, R.J., Xu, D., Jackson, S.A., Ecker, J.R., Stacey, G. Divergent cytosine DNA methylation patterns in single-cell, soybean root hairs
  11. Maxfield, M., Pyszczynski, T., Greenberg, J., Bultmann, M.N. Age Differences in the Effects of Mortality Salience on the Correspondence Bias
  12. Su, H., Liu, Y., Dong, Q., Feng, C., Zhang, J., Liu, Y., Birchler, J.A., Han, F. Dynamic location changes of Bub1-phosphorylated-H2AThr133 with CENH3 nucleosome in maize centromeric regions
  13. Liu, S., Kandoth, P.K., Lakhssassi, N., Kang, J., Colantonio, V., Heinz, R., Yeckel, G., Zhou, Z., Bekal, S., Dapprich, J., Rotter, B., Cianzio, S., Mitchum, M.G., Meksem, K. The soybean GmSNAP18 gene underlies two types of resistance to soybean cyst nematode
  14. Franklin, C.L., Ericsson, A.C. Microbiota and reproducibility of rodent models
  15. Walters, E.M., Wells, K.D., Bryda, E.C., Schommer, S., Prather, R.S. Swine models, genomic tools and services to enhance our understanding of human health and diseases
  16. Jaffey, J.A., Williams, K.J., Masseau, I., Krueger, M., Reinero, C. Vasoproliferative process resembling pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis in a cat
  17. Jing, L., Guo, D., Hu, W., Niu, X. The prediction of a pathogenesis-related secretome of Puccinia helianthi through high-Throughput transcriptome analysis
  18. Hiestand, M., Abdel Jalil, A., Castell, D.O. Manometric Subtypes of Ineffective Esophageal Motility
  19. Huang, P., Lee, M.W., Jr., Sadrerafi, K., Heruth, D.P., Zhang, L.Q., Maulik, D., Ye, S.Q. MC-PPEA as a new and more potent inhibitor of CLP-induced sepsis and pulmonary inflammation than FK866
  20. Kuhlmann, P.K., DeLay, K.J., Anaissie, J., Hellstrom, W.J.G., Yafi, F.A. Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum in the treatment of peyronie’s disease: Patient selection and perspectives

View the rest of the list in Scopus, or view recent MU authored articles from other disciplines (in Firefox or Chrome).


Top Ten Journals by Impact Factor

Journal Title

Impact Factor

Journal Of The American Chemical Society


Nature Communications


New Phytologist


Plos Pathogens


Human Molecular Genetics




Human Reproduction


Journal Of Lipid Research


Frontiers In Microbiology


Genome Biology And Evolution


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.