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.

April 26, 2013 training videos

UMC students and faculty now have access'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 into a major business.

January 28, 2013

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. .

February 21, 2012

Gale NewsVault

The NewsVault is a new Gale interface which searches a several large collections of archival newspapers shared with UMC by the University Libraries. This site searches the a very large number of newspapers and has an improved display of the results of the search which makes evaluation of the results much easier..

Collections include:
17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 1
19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Economist Historical Archive
Illustrated London News Historical Archive
Times Digital Archive

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January 23, 2012

How to "check out" eBooks

You can download eBooks for offline use from two of our largest eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) and ebrary Academic Complete. There are more than 80,000 books from major publishers available to your reading and research.

The UMC Library has eBook page detailing how to download eBooks for offline use. Rather than reading eBooks online on your computer you can download the entire book to read offline on your computer or on your tablet (iPad or Android) or mobile device.

Websites for mobile access

Some of UMC Library's databases provide access to their resources using a website designed for mobile devices. Many of these sites recognize that access is through a mobile phone or tablet and switch to the mobile site automatically.

Some of the mobile sites require some sort of authentication before a mobile user can access the full text from the mobile device. The links below provide the details for access to the mobile site and where available how to authenticate for access to the text of an article.

Annual Reviews --- UMC has access to entire backfile
BioOne Access to full site requires "pairing of device"
IEEE Xplore - Full text access requires special URL.
IEEE Spectrum: Technology & Science News is a science news mobile site.
JSTOR beta site which provides access and permits email of full text link
Scifinder Chemistry database

January 20, 2012

iPhone or Android apps for UMC Resources

Most of our major databases and journal collections have mobile apps which let you access the resource from your phone or tablet. The apps can be used to keep on the latest publication (using saved searches) or by checking the content of a particular journal. You can email references to yourself or others. Most sites permit you to save articles in the app. Below is a list of resources with links to instructions for installing. These apps give access to full text and require some sort of authentication as a part of installation.

Gale ---- Provides access to Gale databases
Ebsco ---- Provides access to Ebsco databases
ScienceDirect ---- Provides access to ScienceDirect journals
SciVerse ScienceDirect Premium ---- Provides access to ScienceDirect journals
Springer ---- Provides access to Springer journals

January 11, 2012

Tax Forms Online

The UMC Library participates in the Federal tax forms deposit program. The IRS is no longer sending out packets with the forms needed to file to individuals. We get a few forms and the a copy of Your Federal Income tax booklet. The forms are online. The UMC Library's print forms are kept near the Library Circulation desk.
North Dakota and Minnesota forms are online as are the Federal forms.

For many filing online is free.
IRS information about free tax preparation software and free eFile:
Free File

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January 6, 2012

Download of eBooks for offline use - Authorizing

You can download eBooks for offline use in two of our largest eBook collections eBook Collection (EBSCOhost): and ebrary Academic Complete. Both vendors require that you install Adobe Digital Editions to view and store the books offline. To install Digital Editions follow the instructions on the Adobe Digital Editions website.
Authorizing Adobe Digital Editions:
After installation of Digital Editions, the Setup Assistant wizard prompts you to activate Adobe Digital Editions (you must be online during this process). During activation, you have the option to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID. If you don't have an Adobe ID, creating one is free and only takes a minute. The Adobe ID enables you to check out eBooks protected by digital rights management (DRM)
Getting an Adobe ID
Create an Adobe ID
. Fill in the form with your information.

ebrary IOS (iPhone, iPad) eBook app

ebrary has an app for accessing and using ebrary resources which can be found in the App Store.

Because UMC Library has a customized sign in process for ebrary, you will be only able to signin to ebrary's Mobile App by using the Facebook login feature.
To set up your Facebook login link for ebrary:

Sign in to your ebrary account as usual. Once signed in, click the "My Settings" link at the top-right of the ebrary screen. Under "Link your account to Facebook", click "Log In" If you have a Facebook account, enter your Facebook username and password and click "Log In"

If you don't have a Facebook account, click "Sign up for Facebook" at the lower left. Once you've successfully logged in to your Facebook account, you'll be set to use ebrary's Mobile App.

The first time you log in to the ebrary app you will be required to authorize the app using your Acobe ID

September 20, 2011

New E-book Collection from Brill

We received access to 1700 ebook through the Universities Libraries to a collection of ebooks from the Brill Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity: I collection. The records for these books have been added to the Crookston Catalog Plus Internet Resources

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October 28, 2010

Library Resources on Mobile Device

Many web pages recognize that your device is mobile and take you to the site's mobile page(s). Your mobile devise is generally accessing from your provider system which leaves you outside the UMC Library's IP address add denies you access

Two of our major vendors have solved this access problem in different ways:

EBSCOhost Mobile created a website that is modified to work with most mobile devices.

Gale AccessMyLibrary College Edition is an app that can be downloaded and installed on Android phones and on the iPhone and the iPad and iPod touch.

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June 17, 2010

More eBooks - Wiley

2170 new Wiley titles have been loaded into the UMC Library Catalog. These are recent high quality academic books. Some examples: Fish reproductive biology : implications for assessment and management , Sharks of the open ocean biology, fisheries and conservation, Cheating in school : what we know and what we can do, Problem-solving in conservation biology and wildlife management heritage, Chocolate history, culture, and heritage

These and nearly 60,000 other etexts from major publishers can be found in the Crookston Catalog Plus Internet Resources These eBooks do not require any special reader they are in pdf format by chapter.

May 11, 2010

EndNote Web - Free and Easy Bibliographies

Wouldn't you like to automatically transfer the author, title, and citation information directly to software and create a database of your research without typing the information? That is exactly what Endnote Web (Thomson Reuters) does. It is especially useful for big projects or ongoing research.

Students, faculty and staff can create and access an EndNote Web account for free as part of the UMC Library's Biosis subscription. You must be on campus to Sign Up for an account. There is a useful getting started guide on the homepage..

You can transfer and organize citations directly from some databases (Ebsco and Biosis). For some databases you can save the citations and import them into Endnote Web (Proquest, Gale, PubMed). An easy process. Give it a try.

Endnote also has a PC based version which can be purchased at a discount by students.

February 24, 2010

Testing & Education Reference Center - new online resource

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. It also contains tests for many professional and civil service exams including American Foreign Service Officer Exam, Correction Officer Exam, Court Officer Exam, Parole Officer Exam, and the Police Officer Exam. The Center also includes online versions of the Peterson's preparation guides for many of these tests. It has in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships and awards.

February 23, 2010

Download Gale articles as mp3 files

Most of the Gale research databases now allow you to download an MP3 audio file of the article to a media player, iTunes or to other destinations of your choice. Commuters can listen while they drive.

This is a part of Gale's effort to provide text-to-speech audio for articles in their databases. The speech is generated mechanically by the ReadSpeaker software and not prerecorded--and is read back to the user by an automated electronic voice.

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September 17, 2009

Ebsco Animals - Encyclopedia of Animals online

Ebsco Animals is a database with thousands of easy-to-read entries about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. Each entry begins with a simple category breakdown of the animal including Kingdom, Class, Order, Genus & Species, and Geographical Locale as well as a detailed description. Many entries include colorful images. Based on the print resource Encyclopedia of Animals.

December 8, 2008

World Higher Education Database

The UMC Library subscribes to the print version of International Handbook of Univerties 2009. This newly revamped print publication is now two volumes and weighs nearly 10 pounds. This subscription includes access to the World Higher Education database. Both cover over 17,000 higher education institutions in 183 countries. The online database has an easy-to-use interface which can be searched on a variety fields.

The online version is at:

In the database you will find::

* A description of the education system and credentials of 183 countries
* Information on the institution and admissions information
* accreditation
* Contact details for national bodies
* Detailed information (location and description, type of institution,
officers, academic divisions, degrees, student services, etc).

October 24, 2006

Statesman's Yearbook 2007 online

The UMC Library has subscribed to the print version of Statesman's Yearbook since 1977. Published since 1864 and held by nearly every library in the United States this resource provides accurate and comprehensive information on the current, political, economic and social status of every country in the world. Well written in an engaging style it is the first best resource to start any research on a specific country.

The publisher is now including access to the online version as a part of the subscription. The online version is at

September 21, 2006

Historical Statistics of the United States

The UMC Library joined the Twin Cities Library to purchase access to Historical Statistics of the United States

This resource is the online version of the Millennial Edition of Historical Statistics of the United States and is the single most comprehensive compendium of historical U.S. statistics available. It covers the social, economic, political and geographic data collected by the Census Bureau and other agencies of the United States govenment. Each chapter provides extensive documentation for the sources of the statistics. Data can downloaded in Excel or CSV. Custom tables can be created which can also be downloaded, printed, or graphed.

August 1, 2006

Requesting books from other U Libraries made easy

If you search in the University of Minnesota All Campuses Catalog and find a book, video or other material that you would like to borrow click on the Full View link and you will see a link ILL Request for U of M Crookston - Authentication required as one of the options at the top of the Full View record.

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May 10, 2006

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

The Twin Cities Campus Libraries included UMC in their subscription to Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Chemistry faculty will recognize it as one of the basic resources for chemical technology and related fields. Check out the article on Beer and Brewing to see the kind of useful detail this resource provides.

This is another example of the benefits of being part of the University of Minnesota.

April 28, 2006

Chronicle of Higher Education

UMC Library is providing campus wide access to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Chronicle site highlights:

the Web site is updated daily with the latest news in academe;
all the text from the current print issue, which prints and mails on Friday, is posted the following Monday morning;
a searchable archive of back issues going back to September 1989;
all commentary and essays from our weekly magazine, "The Chronicle Review";
all the data from the annual Almanac and other reports in an easy-to-search databases.

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

The Twin Cities Campus Libraries included UMC in their subscription to Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. Chemistry faculty will recognize it as one of the basic resources for chemical technology and related fields. Check out the article on Beer and Brewing to see the kind of useful detail this resource provides.

This is another example of the benefits of being part of the University of Minnesota.