April 13, 2014

Easter Holiday Hours

Monday -Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
April 17th
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
April 18th, 19th & 20th
Extended Hours begin April 21st

April 11, 2014

Library Extended Hours -- Finals

Extended hours begin Monday April 21st and end on Friday May 9th at 4:30.
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
12:00 (noon) - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday May 10th begins Summer hours
Closed on Weekends

March 24, 2014

Welcome Back from Spring Break

Hope you had a nice warm Spring Break.
Spring is on its way to Crookston.
You missed some cold weather while you were away.

October 29, 2013

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

TThe UMC Library as added two Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Players to our collection.of equipment which we circulate. These little devices stream online video, and music to your TV (read big screen) using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Chromecast requires the Chrome browser on an Android, iOS, or Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows. .Content available for streaming includes Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and Google Play Movies as well as mobile music apps.

Additional content can be streamed through Chrome browser on those pages where the Chromcast icon appears in the Chrome browser. . chromecasticon.jpg

New headphones for use in UMC Library

Our supply of audio headphones has been increased and become colorful if not fashionable. We have added to our collection new white, red and black Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones

These are for in library use and are available at the circulation desk. We will check them out to you.

October 8, 2013

New - Gale Academic OneFile

Gale Academic OneFile contains nearly 14,000 indexed titles, including more than 10,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 6,500 in full-text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

The interface is easy to use and has lots of full text articles and FindIt links for those that do not have full text.

This database will enrich the article search in the new UMC Library catalog when we switch to it in late December.

September 11, 2013

More Cameras for Students

We have added four Canon PowerShot IS cameras to our collection of equipment for student use. These are high resolution digital cameras with an extra-long zoom, advanced movie functions plus many shooting options as well as Image Stabilizer technology.

This is in addition to the digital cameras, videorecorders, and scanners that most know about. The entire list is at Library Digital Equipment page.

August 30, 2013

OECD iLibrary - new database

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics. It serves as the gateway to OECD's analysis and data which consists of economic statistical and demographic data including 8,890 ebook titles, 57,770 tables and graphs, 3,450 articles, 3,440 multilingual summaries, 4,020 working papers, 2,240 key tables and 5 billion data points across 42 databases.

August 20, 2013

New UMC Library Digital Archive home page

UMC Library Digital Archive home page linked from the UMC Library web site has changed. It has become the gateway to the materials digitized by the UMC Library. The digital collection has been divided into two parts: UMC & Northwest School of Agriculture materials and materials relating to Polk County, Minnesota History.

UMC & Northwest School of Agriculture collection includes the following publications: Commencement - 1909-2007, Commentator - 1966-1979, Cycle - 1895-1968, Fourth Estate - 1991-1997, Gleanings - 1895-1995, New Student Directory - 1993-2003, Northwest Monthly - 1916-1968, Yearbooks - 1910-2000

Polk County, Minnesota collection includes the following publications:
75 Years of the Red River Valley Winter Shows - 1910-1985, A Tale of Two Valleys - 1951, Bicentennial History of Polk County, Minnesota Pioneers of the Valley - 1976, Centennial History of Polk County - 1858-1958, Crookston 90 Years - 1879-1969, Compendium of History and Biography of Polk County, Minnesota - 1916., Footprints of Yesterday - 1879-1979, NW Minnesota Land of Prosperity - 1915, Warren...Plains to Plenty - 1880-1980

There is a search box on each of the pages to help locate specific information.

May 20, 2013

Ebsco Education Research Complete

Ebsco Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for thousands journals, as well as full text for over one thousand journals. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. This database also includes full text for hundreds of books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.

May 8, 2013


Graduate School tests study materials
Testing & Education Reference Center contains over 100 practice tests and courses including practice tests for the usual college entrance exams, as well as for the GRE and other graduate school exams along with online versions of the Peterson's preparation guides for many of these tests.

UMC Kindle -- Request at Circulation Desk
The official guide to the GRE revised general test. (2010). Educational Testing Service . http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/powerprep2/download

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The official guide for GMAT review. (2012). Hoboken, N.J. :, Chichester : Wiley ;

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The official guide to the GRE revised general test. (2012). Educational Testing Service.

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Master the PCAT. (2012). Snider, Mark D. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson's Pub.

Continue reading "GRE, GMAT, PCAT etc." »

April 26, 2013

lynda.com training videos

UMC students and faculty now have access lynda.com's online training videos. These provide training in the use of software and technology in several categories (3D and animation, audio, business, design, development, home computing, photography, video, and web and interactive design). These vary in length and difficulty. They are often software specific or task specific, If you are visual learner these are just the ticket.

The UMC Library has some of Lynda Weinman's earliest books She was one of the first instructors to provide training in web design and has built Lynda.com into a major business.

February 22, 2013

New Database - Children's Core Collection (H.W. Wilson)

The Children's Core Collection is a specialized database with information about books both fiction and nonfiction, story collections, and picture books that are recommended for readers in preschool through sixth grade.

The abstracts give recommendation levels from Most Highly Recommended, Core Collection to Supplementary Title. Reading levels are identified. Starred reviews are cited and any "Best Lists" for the title are identified.

Professional literature for the children's librarian--both periodicals and books--is also covered. Selected and recommended by collection development specialists, books within Children's Core Collection encompass a wide variety of topics, including social sciences, science, math and reading.

January 28, 2013

The last of the federal tax forms have arrived.

The last of the IRS forms that the Library will receive have arrived All of the Federal forms are online as well. The North Dakota and Minnesota forms are available online only. You would not need any federal forms if you use free eFile:
Free File
Federal forms:
Minnesota forms:
Includes on screen fill in forms.
North Dakota forms:
Includes on screen fill in forms.
Links to forms for other states:

Try the New Catalog!

The UMC Library home page now has a link Try the New Catalog! located just below the basic UMC Library Catalog link.

The format for search results looks like what you find in our databases result with links on the left side to limit the results in by dates formats and more specific subjects. The results are sorted by default to relevance ranking and this can be changed to date.

One big difference you will notice is that you now see the Library's eBooks by default. Access to view these books online is simplified. These books can be viewed online or downloaded to your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Try it you will like it. .