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LinkOut and PubMed

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 26th, 2005

The Morgantown WVU Health Sciences Library is pleased to announcement the implementation of the LinkOut feature of PubMed. PubMed is a database of citations and abstracts to health sciences journal articles developed by the National Library of Medicine.

LinkOut provides direct access from article descriptions in PubMed to full-text articles owned by WVU Libraries Morgantown. LinkOut also shows which articles are available in print journals at the WVU Health Sciences Library in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. To utilize the LinkOut feature, connect to PubMed through the the Health Sciences Library, SOLE, or WVU Libraries websites.

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Read Lecture Notes at the Pool!

Posted by ppugh@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 18th, 2005


Sign up for MDS 103 (Introduction To Library Research); it’s entirely online!
Read Lecture Notes at the Pool!
Do Assignments in a Hammock!
Take a Quiz at the Beach!

What you need to know to register:
Course: MDS 103
Name: Introduction to Library Research
Session: Summer I (Begins May 23rd and lasts 3 weeks)
Section: 7D1
CRN: 51044
Credit Hours: 1

Also available in Summer II!
What you need to know to register:
Course: MDS 103
Name: Introduction to Library Research
Session: Summer II (Begins July 5th and lasts 6 weeks)
Section: WEB 001
CRN: 71330
Credit Hours: 1
Instructor: M. Yancey

-Kelly Diamond


How Satisfied Are You With The Libraries?

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 12th, 2005

The WVU Libraries are participating again in a national research project that measures student and faculty perceptions of library service. LibQual is a survey tool developed by the Association of Research Libraries to measure how satisfied users are with library resources and services.

Almost 5,000 students and faculty selected at random from MIX and GroupWise e-mail accounts will receive an e-mail inviting their participation in the online survey.

“The goal of LibQual is to help us understand how our users see our services. The feedback we received from the 2003 LibQual survey was extremely useful,” Libraries Dean Frances O’Brien said.

O’Brien encourages everyone who receives the e-mail invitation to complete the survey. This year, two people who complete the survey will be chosen in a random drawing to receive an iPod.

The online survey consists of 45 questions, and includes a section for comments. Participants are asked about their desired, perceived, and minimum expectations of service from the WVU Libraries.

Two years ago nearly 4,700 students and faculty participated in the campus’s first LibQual survey. The feedback guided the WVU Libraries in enhancements to their electronic journal web pages and other services. More information about LibQual will be available this week in the Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Sciences Libraries. Promotional materials for WVU LibQual were designed by Eryck Webb, a graphic design student.

The survey closes April 29.


Something for Everyone @ WVU Libraries

Posted by ppugh@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 11th, 2005

To celebrate National Library Week, take advantage of one of the many services and collections available through your campus libraries. We're not just for studying! The Libraries offer millions of books and journal articles to support research, but many other treasures await you@your library.

Here are some things you may want to try:

1. Leisure reading collections – latest suspense, science fiction, and more…
2. Music to go – blues, jazz, classical - check out a CD from the Evansdale Library
3. Surf the Web - on library computers or your own – wireless or ethernet
4. Expert assistance from reference librarians – for all your research questions
5. Study late - till 2 AM in the Downtown Campus Library
6. Free DVD loans - from our extensive collection of international and classic films
7. Quiet study nooks, desks, comfy chairs, or group study rooms
8. Online help - with email and chat reference services - we’re virtual!
9. Digital senders – scan journal articles and send them by email – it’s free!
10. Term paper help – a clinic for those last minute term paper woes
11. Win $1,500 – imagine the future and win the contest!


Map features Appalachian Tourist Sites

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 7th, 2005

The April edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine includes a folded map of Appalachia displaying 356 locations of cultural and historic significance narrowed from a field of 1000 sites nominated by state and local partners.

An interactive map, entitled “Discovering Appalachia,” contains pop-up windows with descriptions and links to Web pages with more information: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/appalachia/. Printed maps are available by calling 1-800-CALLWVA.

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Term Paper Clinic

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 5th, 2005


Have you come down with the research paper blues?

Find the cure at the Library's Term Paper Clinic!

WHO may use the clinic?
Any WVU student needing help with a research paper

WHERE is this clinic anyway?
Study Room 1028 on the main floor of the Downtown Campus Library

WHEN can I go to this clinic?
Monday through Friday 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
No appointments needed!

WHAT will happen in this clinic?
A Librarian/English instructor could help you with any of the following:

  • Find a research topic that fits your assignment
  • Help you begin looking for information
  • Teach you how best to find the information you need
  • Organize that information into a structured paper
  • Explain those pesky documentation and citation formats

Because we like you!