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Friday Workshop, Feb. 23

Preserving and Promoting Your Research: Theses and Dissertations in MOspace
February 23  1 – 2 pm
Ellis Library, Room 213 and online

Providing online access to your thesis or dissertation makes it more visible and available to fellow researchers around the world. But what about copyright and other publishing agreements? Do you need to get permission to include images? Learn about all the options, logistics, and complications of promoting your work with MOspace, the online repository for all MU theses and dissertations issued since 2006.

Felicity Dykas, Head of Digital Services
Anne Barker, Research & Instructional Services Librarian

Most workshops are offered simultaneously in two formats:
Face-to-face in Rm. 213 Ellis Library and live online.
To Register: tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops
(click on gold calendar entries for face-to-face workshops and pink calendar entries for live online)

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Gateway Carousel War, Peace, and Black Progress: Images from the Collections of The State Historical Society and the University Libraries

War, Peace, and Black Progress: Images from the Collections of The State Historical Society and the University Libraries

Ellis Library Colonnade
February 5 – March 31

War, Peace, and Black Progress is a collaborative exhibit between The State Historical Society of Missouri and the University Libraries Special Collections. Visitors will see illustrated books dealing with the African American experience in World War I and II and contemplate images of black soldiers fighting during the Civil War. Also on display are editorial cartoons related to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s opposition to the Vietnam War and cartoons from the 1980s and 1990s responding to the quest for liberty and regime change in South Africa.

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Friday Workshop, Feb. 16

February 16 1-2pm
Ellis Library, Room 213 (in person only)

EndNote is a powerful program for storing citation data and producing in-text citations and bibliographies in thousands of standard and journal-specific formats. Learn how to put this tool to work for your academic writing.

Michael Muchow, Research & Instructional Services Librarian

To Register: tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops


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.

home Workshops LibWIS Wednesday: Research Strategies, Part 1

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.

Black History Month Exhibit: These New Giants

Celebrate Black History Month in Ellis Library with our display of University Libraries materials “These New Giants.” The display celebrates Black activism in the 20th century, from the First World War through the Civil Rights Movement. These new giants, as Lorraine Hansberry named them, began to reshape America by fighting for justice in war, in protest, and in art. As she concludes in her photo essay “The Movement,” “It is for us, now, to create an America that deserves them.” On display through February in the Ellis Library Colonnade.

home Gateway Carousel, Resources and Services New Research Guide: Negro, Black and African-American Census Reports

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.

home Cycle of Success, Ellis Library, Gateway Carousel Cycle of Success: Roots N Blues Musician Finds Time for Research

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.



Jennifer Gravley

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

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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.

home Events and Exhibits, Staff news 2018 Black History Month at Mizzou

2018 Black History Month at Mizzou

This year’s Black History Month theme is “War, Peace & Black Progress.” The University Libraries are proud to sponsor the following exhibit and event.


Feb 5 – Feb 28 Exhibit: War, Peace and Black Progress

Images on display at Ellis Library from the State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri Libraries. Sponsors: University Libraries and Missouri State Historical Society.

Join local celebrities at the Columbia Public Library for a fun and competitive evening of history, culture and prizes. Sponsors: BHM Committee; Columbia Honda; Daniel Boone Regional Library; University Libraries; Paramount Marketing Group.


Check out missouri.edu/blackhistory/ for information about all of the events happening this month.


home Workshops Friday Workshop, Feb. 9

Friday Workshop, Feb. 9

February 9  1 – 2 pm
Ellis Library, Room 213 (in-person only)

Zotero is a free, simple, open-source tool for organizing, managing and formatting bibliographic citations. Learn to extract citations from PDFs and web pages at the click of a button, and create in-text references and bibliographies.
Rachel Brekhus, Research & Instructional Services Librarian

To Register: tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops
(click on gold calendar entries for face-to-face workshops)