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#TipTuesday: Need Writing Help?

You know the writing tutors in Ellis Library can help with papers for your classes, but what if you need help with other kinds of writing?

You’re in luck–writing tutors can help with:

  • creative writing
  • scholarship essays
  • personal statements
  • cover letters
  • and more

Check this semester’s hours and instructions so you’re ready for your appointment.


Jennifer Gravley

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

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Where Can I Go for My Phone or Video Interview?

Looking for a quiet place to take your phone or video interview on campus? The library might seem like a great place, but our study rooms are for group study only. The MU Career Center is here for you instead.

First, check out this list to see if your school or college has its own career services office. If not, the MU Career Center will work with you to use one of their interview rooms. These rooms are in high demand, and only one room has a landline, so make your reservation sooner rather than later. (All rooms have computers with webcams and Skype.) For more information, email peiterL@missouri.edu or call 573-884-6317.

Now that you know how to find a quiet place to have your interview, do you have questions about how to do your best during the interview itself?

Here are a few best practices for online interviews:

  • Remove anything from the background you don’t want employers to see.
  • Test both the audio and video.
  • Look at the webcam, not the screen.

Read the rest of the list and tips for phone interviews on the Career Center website.

Good luck, Tigers!

Jennifer Gravley

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

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#TipTuesday: Scan for Free

You can scan documents for free at Ellis Library! The KIC scanners are located on the first floor of the library.

Place your materials in the middle of the document table, and use the touch screen to scan. An image of your materials will appear on the screen. There are several options to modify the image. When you are satisfied with your scanned image, use the touch screen to email the image to yourself or save it to a USB drive.

If you need help or have questions, just ask at the Research Help and Information Desk!

home Resources and Services Crafting on a budget – let Mizzou Libraries help!

Crafting on a budget – let Mizzou Libraries help!

Welcome to a new series where the library helps you find new hobbies and adventures you might not have considered before!

Paper quilling:

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewelry, mobiles etc. Quilling starts with rolling a strip of paper into a coil and then pinching the coil into shapes that can be glued together. There are advanced techniques and different sized paper that are used to create 3D miniatures, abstract art, and quilled flowers among many things.” – Wikipedia

Paper quilling is a great craft to take up when you’re on a budget.  The paper is inexpensive and available just about anywhere. You can create all kinds of projects, such as cards, jewelry, wall hangings, and more.  There are a lot of great books available through MOBIUS to get you started!




Wood Carving:

Wood carving is a form of woodworking by means of a cutting tool in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure.” – Wikipedia

Wood carving can be a great hobby for someone who is more detail-oriented.  Start-up costs are low, typically under $20, and the supplies take up very little room.

Wood carving
basics / David Sabol with Kam Ghaffari

Wood carving
: projects and techniques / Chris Pye

Design and Workmanship / George Jack



“A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work.  A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principle.  Sketches can be made in any drawing medium.” – Wikipedia

Sketching can be an extremely low-cost creative outlet, with help from books from the library!  All you need are some instructions, a pencil, and some paper!  You may think you aren’t able to draw, but with practice, you can really develop your skills, and it’s a good stress reliever.

Sketch Your Stuff : 200 things to draw and how to draw them / Jon Stich

Start Sketching and Drawing Now Simple techniques for drawing landscapes, people and Objects


Health Sciences Library New Books

Check out this month’s new books at the Health Sciences Library. You can use the drop down menu to see previous month’s additions.

Have a purchase recommendation? You can request a book for your teaching or research using this form.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is a graduate library assistant at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library!

#TipTuesday: Grad School Prep

Are you an undergrad interested in furthering your education? Have you thought about medical, law, or graduate school?

Mizzou Libraries have many resources for your use, including this guide featuring information on entrance exams.

We also offer links to practice tests and how to locate test prep books within the library.

Lastly, you can visit the LearningExpress Library database for practice exams and eBooks on exams such as the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, and more. Be sure to register with a username and password to gain complete access.

If you have any questions, visit our Research Help and Information Desk or ask us online.

Study away!


home Databases & Electronic Resources, Resources and Services Newly Digitized Book Will Help You Explore Your Own Backyard!

Newly Digitized Book Will Help You Explore Your Own Backyard!

A newly digitized treasure added to MOspace may just give you the inspiration you need for a fun road trip! Twenty Towns: Their Histories, Town Plans, and Architecture explores twenty towns throughout Missouri. Published by the University of Missouri Extension in 1985, this book takes a look at some forgotten, unique, and beautiful histories in Missouri though photographs, road maps, and architecture.

Take a look at Caruthersville, a town that settlers attempted to settle three different times! Or Independence, founded in 1827, that is full of American history – including being the hometown of President Harry Truman! Visit and catch a show at the historic Missouri Theater in Saint Joseph, exploring the massive columns and lavishly carved ceiling.

Even if a road trip is not in the cards, thanks to Digital Services, you can view these historic towns and more by visiting MOspace! Digitizing such items allows us to explore and appreciate our rich Missouri history.

Twenty Towns: https://hdl.handle.net/10355/62993

MOspace:  https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/

MU Remembers

This year’s MU Remembers ceremony, commemorating students who have passed away since last April, will be held on April 6 at 2 p.m. in Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union. A book in honor of each student will be added to the University of Missouri Libraries’ collection. Commemorative bookplates are placed inside the books, and students are listed as honorees on the books’ library catalog records.

Family and friends are invited to visit Ellis Library to view the books. They will be on display following the ceremony near the Research and Information Desk.

The students’ names and the books selected in their memory are listed below.

John (Max) Critchfield (College of Business):

The Social Function of Accounts: Reforming Accountancy to Save Mankind by John Flower

Nicholas Foster (College of Engineering):

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression–and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Logan Gilbert (College of Arts & Sciences):

Weightlifting Rules: Poems and Photographs by Jean Barrett Holloway

Naira Kuzmich (College of Arts & Sciences):

Paper Lantern: Love Stories by Stuart Dybek

Carolin Scherf (College of Veterinary Medicine):

Plague, Print, and the Reformation: The German Reform of Healing 1473-1573 by Erik A. Heinrichs

Ryan Stoll (MU Informatics Institute):

The United States Tennis Association: Raising the Game by Warren F. Kimball

Andres Velasco Davila (College of Engineering):

Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930 by Benjamin René Jordan

Richard Ward (College of Arts & Sciences):

Counseling Children and Adolescents by Victoria E. Kress, Matthew J. Paylo, and Nicole A. Stargell

Ryan Wilt (College of Business):

A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Life Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable


Jennifer Gravley

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

WARNING: Fake Library Email Messages

An Important Reminder About Phishing Scams

The University of Missouri Libraries will never send you an email asking you to click on a link to activate your library account. Your library account is activated automatically based on your status with either the Registrar (as a student) or in myHR (as an employee).

Unfortunately, phishing scams sometimes target university email accounts with false claims and links to gather users’ account information.  If you receive such a message about your library account, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.  If you have questions about your library account, you can contact a librarian at http://libraryanswers.missouri.edu

The Division of IT provides additional information on keeping your account safe from such attacks at MakeITSafe: https://www.umsystem.edu/makeitsafe/


Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Gateway Carousel HSL, Gateway Carousel Zalk Veterinary Medical Library, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services, Zalk Veterinary Medical Library Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans: Open Access Blog

Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans: Open Access Blog

This month’s open access article features Dr. Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Professor at the Schools of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction (ReCHAI). Her research shows that companion animals provide a unique source of social support and facilitate wellness-promoting behaviors. Most recently, she’s been testing the effects on physical activity levels and PTSD of veterans paired with shelter dogs and those participating in therapeutic horseback riding.

Dr. Johnson, and her research team, published in Military Medical Research (MMR) in January 2018. MMR is a completely open access, peer reviewed journal that publishes findings on basic medical science and clinical research related to military medicine. All articles published are made freely and permanently accessible online and all article-processing fees are paid for by the People’s Military Medical Press. It is also indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals. For more information on the journal, click here.

Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans focuses on the benefits of a 6-week long therapeutic horseback riding program for veterans diagnosed with PTSD. This randomized trial, with 29 participants, shows that those who participated in the program had statistically significant decreases in PTSD symptoms than those who were part of the controlled group who did not participate in the therapeutic horseback riding. Even those veterans who expressed initial reluctance to participate were found to enjoy the therapy in the end.