Monday, September 15, 2014


The Sawyer Library has recently contracted with EBSCO's Discovery Service, to offer a 'OneSearch' option to identify library resources. As described by EBSCO, the OneSearch function strives to provide:

  • "A fast, single search of your [library's] collection
  • Comprehensive content
  • Highly-refined relevancy ranking
  • Elaborate indexing (subject headings, etc.)
  • The inclusion of high-end indexes
  • Enhanced catalog treatment & handling of repositories
  • A full-featured discovery layer user experience
  • Instant access to full text (whenever available)."
Google has been the ultimate catalyst for libraries to re-visit their methods of presenting their resources. Traditionally, content has been organized by subject (business, literature, social sciences, etc.), and to a certain extent format (books vs. articles; print vs. online). A 'Google-like' single search interface, such as OneSearch, intermingles all of the above, and then displays a variety of limiters along the margin of the screen, to enable users to narrow down their results.

"OneSearch" is the default option in the center widget box of the Sawyer Library homepage. (The 'classic' online catalog, and the periodical databases are all still available as before.) Since there is a good deal of behind-the-scenes effort that must go into to making such a system function seamlessly, we currently have our OneSearch labeled as being in 'beta.' Afterall, Google, having been founded in 1998, has a 16 year headstart.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Library Copiers Scan to your USB Drive.

Quick Start: How to Scan-to-USB Drive:

1. Insert USB drive into copier.

2. Document face-down on upper left corner of glass.

3. Touch-screen button: SCAN

4. Touch-screen button (lower left of screen): SEND FILE TYPE / NAME

5. Choose unique title for saving document to USB.

6. START button to scan. Continue placing pages on glass as prompted.

7. Press # to finish and save document to USB.

8. WAIT to remove USB until document saving is complete.

For more information, check out our LibAnswers entry on scanning in Sawyer Library.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"New Books" Display

Here is an alphabetical list of the titles currently in the New Book display. Click the hyperlink to see if the item is available, or already checked-out. Please be assured that the books in the display case are not the actual books!

Bees : a natural history | Christopher O'Toole; featuring photographs by Edward Ross

Christopher Tolkien

Between Pagan and Christian | Christopher P. Jones

Boston : a visual history | Jonathan M. Beagle, Ph.D

Collective genius : the art and practice of leading innovation | Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, Kent Lineback

Congo : the epic history of a people | David van Reybrouck ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

The divide : American injustice in the age of the wealth gap | Matt Taibbi ; illustrations by Molly Crabapple

GPS declassified : from smart bombs to smartphones | Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier ; foreword by Rick W. Sturdevant

Histories of victimhood | edited by Steffen Jensen and Henrik Ronsbo

The impacts of lasting occupation : lessons from Israeli society | edited by Daniel Bar-Tal and Izhak Schnell

Richard Wagner : a life in music | Martin Geck ; translated by Stewart Spencer

The roots of cognitive neuroscience : behavioral neurology and neuropsychology | edited by Anjan Chatterjee and H. Branch Coslett

The soft edge : where great companies find lasting success | Rich Karlgaard ; foreword by Tom Peters ; afterword by Clayton M. Christensen

Titian | edited by Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa

What is chemistry? | Peter Atkins

Why hell stinks of sulfur : mythology and geology of the underworld | Salomon Kroonenberg ; translated by Andy Brown

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PrivCo Trial

According to the vendor, PrivCo "is the premier source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies." The PrivCo database’s coverage focuses on U.S. Major Private Companies (MPCs) but also provides coverage on what PrivCo considers to be smaller but high-value private companies.   Financial data includes revenue, sales growth rates, total employee size, ownership structure, bankruptcies and restructurings.   Try it out!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4th Holiday Weekend Hours

Thursday July 3rd: The library will CLOSE at 4:00 p.m. (The University closes at 2:00 p.m.)

Friday July 4th: CLOSED

Saturday July 5th: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday July 6th: CLOSED

Friday, June 27, 2014

Recent Reference Question:
Where can I find the Global Market Information Database (GMID)?

Just because they can, sometimes the publishers of databases decide to 're-brand' and change the name of their product. What follows is a recent example that is causing confusion to some of our Library's users:

Euromonitor, the publisher of the Global Market Information Database (GMID), has changed the name of the database to "Passport."

The name on the lists of databases has been changed accordingly to:

Euromonitor International. Passport.

From the Sawyer Library home page, choose: Find Databases > Browse > Business > International Business.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Video-Streaming Databases: Try Them Out!

Do you struggle to queue up a clip on your classroom DVD player?

Are you drowning in Overdue Notices for several "course reserve" educational films?

Help us help you.

Evaluate the streaming video content in both Kanopy and Films on Demand. Let us know which database you like best! See links after the jump.

Current trials run from Jun 9 - Jun 27th  


Kanopy includes Mental Health Education, HBO, Media Education Foundation (producers of the Killing Us Softly series), and more.


Films on Demand includes PBS, BBC, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, California Newsreel, and more.

What you can do with a FREE personal account in either Kanopy or Films on Demand:

- Queue up videos - or specific video clips - and show them in class.
- Create custom playlists of selected and annotated clips.
- Share custom playlists and notes with a class or group.
- Send out permanent URLs for selected clips or entire films.
- Allow students to browse your Favorite Content lists.